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Fitz & Kendra – A Black, Queer Elopement in San Francisco

Fitz & Kendra – A Black, Queer Elopement in San Francisco

Caribbean gay couples elopement wedding in San Francisco Bay Area captured by Xilo Photography (4)

Fitz and Kendra’s San Francisco City Hall elopement was a day to celebrate the significance of what it means to be Black, queer women, who are children of immigrants living our lives openly and authentically.

We both love to travel and explore new places. Our shared love for travel is one of the things that brought us together. We wouldn’t call ourselves foodies, but we definitely enjoy all the Bay Area’s fantastic restaurants. Both of us love to spend time outdoors and appreciate that living in California means we can comfortably do that year-round. 

We are both from the Caribbean, Kendra is from Trinidad, and Fitz’s family is from Jamaica. Our identities as the children of immigrants are ones that we hold close to our hearts.  

We’ve been together for over six years and met when we both swiped right (on Tinder, of course!). We were living in Philadelphia, both of us ready for a serious relationship. Kendra kissed Fitz on the first date, which set things into motion.

Tell us about the proposal.

Fitz proposed to Kendra in December 2019 on a beach overlooking the Golden Gate bridge. She planned an adventure day filled with a cable car ride through San Francisco, riding bikes across the Golden Gate bridge, and lunch by the waterfront in Sausalito. Kendra proposed to Fitz on a secluded beach in Santa Cruz, CA, about a year later. It was a bit of a hike to get to the beach, but it was all worth it just to see the joy and excitement on Fitz’s face. We made a special weekend out of the trip and enjoyed exploring the local area while in Santa Cruz. 

Talk us through your wedding day.

After dropping our dog Huey off at doggie daycare that morning, we headed to a hotel in San Francisco to get ready for the day! 

We met our photographer for the first time in person on the day of our ceremony, and luckily we all vibed. We explored city hall before and after our ceremony, and since there wasn’t much going on that day, we were able to take advantage of all the beautiful hallways and take lots of pictures by the iconic grand staircase. 

The actual ceremony was in the rotunda of the building, and we were able to share our own vows (which we hadn’t prepared for). In addition, we remember there was a Harvey Milk plaque behind us. Which was an appropriate reminder of the significance of our marriage. 

After all the pictures at city hall, we headed back to our hotel to rest and relax before meeting our friends and family for dinner.

What does the future hold for you both?

We still want to have a proper wedding with our friends and family. Most likely somewhere on the East Coast where we first met. It’s important for us to celebrate with all the people who mean the most to us. We love a good party, so we’re looking forward to making that happen. 

Photography by Xilo Photography

Catering & Reception Venue La Mar Cebicheria Peruana 
Ceremony Venue San Francisco City Hall 
Dress Designers Amsale, Black Halo
Engagement Rings Brilliant Earth, Crown Nine 
Florist Friend, Sequoyaa Lee
Hair Omar Childs, Lex
Shoes Badgley Mischka 
Stationery Paperless Post 
Suit Designer Asos

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