Anti-Bride and The Hooks at the W Hotel in San Francisco

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Last night I had an opportunity to attend and photograph Operation Aisle Style here in San Francisco at the W Hotel. The event was dubbed an Alterna-Bridal Fashion Event and in addition to an alternative wedding fashion show there was a second fashion show showcasing the designs of Project Runway contestant Austin Scarlett and lead designer Kenneth Pool. After the fashion show there was a concert by the band The Hooks.

The event was pretty packed with about 500 people in attendance. The Alterna-Bridal fashion show was put on by the Art Institute of California and featured their “rising star” fashion design students.

The Hooks had a great sound. Sort of an Irish punk rock style. Brothers Keith and Ronan Mulligan are the front men for the band. Ronan’s a spitting image double for Johnny Rotten. Colin Delaney is on drums with Willie Gregory playing bass. The Hooks are playing next in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 17th. After that they are heading off to Austin to play SXSW.

Ronan Mulligan

If you’d like to check out my shots from last night’s events you can find my set of images of the fashion shows here and my set of images of the Hooks here.

Thanks much to Shannon Clark for getting me a photographer’s pass to this great event! Shannon helped organize what was an absolute first rate event!