San Francisco City Hall is one of the most beautiful places to get married with its grand staircase, elegant architecture, and romantic light streaming through the windows. As a local San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer, I've worked with so many couples to capture all the big and small moments of their wedding day. Whether you're looking to elope with just the two of you or want to have a full day wedding, check out this guide on how to get married at San Francisco City Hall for more info on common questions like different options (civil ceremony vs. 1-hour ceremony), costs, logistics, and sample timelines for photography coverage.
Tip: It's totally ok to pick a similar backdrop for your engagement session and wedding! These two are getting married later this year at a redwoods venue, so they chose to start their adventure by documenting their love story amongst the giant trees. While sometimes it's hard to predict when you'll find the magical sun streaming through the trees, luckily it's a bit easier to catch when scheduling a redwoods engagement session in the morning. Check out the rest of their dreamy session below!
C + E: SF City Hall Wedding and Wayfare Tavern Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with tying the knot at SF City Hall? C + E held an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful, iconic San Francisco wedding and celebrated with their closest family and friends at Wayfare Tavern in the city. They counted down together to start 2020 as Mr. and Mrs. and then jetted off to Cancun for their honeymoon. Congratulations C + E!!
Holiday season brings on proposal season! Richard and I talked for weeks planning his proposal to his girlfriend - he knew that he wanted to pop the question in Big Sur. So we decided on a location that would set the stage for such a sweet moment, and set our alarms early to catch the sunrise on Christmas Eve. When the day came, she of course said yes! We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather, having had rains the last week, and celebrated with a beautiful engagement session. Check out the rest of their Big Sur proposal and engagement photos below!
From North Carolina to California, these two didn't let distance keep them apart. He proposed in Mt. Tamalpais on her first trip to San Francisco, and this was her second trip ever out to the Bay Area. We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to watch the sunset over the horizon as we adventured along the coast. Check out the rest of their Marin Headlands engagement session below!
J + J: SF City Hall Wedding and Dogpatch WineWorks Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
I knew that we had crafted the perfect wedding day when they said, "Yes. This is us!" J + J created a day that wholly and genuinely represented their love story. Their wedding day started with a tearful first look with her dad and there was not a dry eye at their SF City Hall wedding ceremony when their closest family and friends blessed them with words of love. When I had asked these two what they loved most about each other, they had told me that they just loved cuddling at home together. So after the ceremony we returned back to their place, and then adventured out to the woods for their bride and groom portraits with just the two of them. These were the moments and memories that meant the most to them - making smoothies in their PJs in their home, adventuring and laughing together surrounded by the tall trees, and celebrating with their family and friends at their epic wedding reception that opened with an incredible Arabian drummer entrance. The entire room was filled with so much excitement and joy for these two - it was an energy that couldn't be contained. What an incredible wedding day - congratulations J + J!
This hidden gem of Half Moon Bay was where R first showed C her hometown on the beautiful California coast. Unmarked by much signage with parking directions described as "that pullout on the side of the road next to those houses," this spot was special to their love story and made for the perfect place to capture their engagement session. From walking through the trees to to running into the ocean to catch the sunset, it truly embodied a place of memories for these two where they had spent many dates together. And to top it off, she brought a puffin sweater with the best story - she bought the sweater in Iceland not realizing that it was hundreds of dollars due to the exchange rate, and now wear it to remember their trip together. Check out the rest of their Half Moon Bay engagement below!
"What if it's foggy?" is a question that sometimes comes up when scheduling engagement sessions. Bring it on!! K + C wanted a minimalist vibe for their engagement session and showed me some of their favorite photos - little people in the great expanse of the sky. When the fog rolled in just at sunset on the coast of Big Sur, it couldn't have been more perfect for these two's engagement session.
Having photographed countless proposals and engagements on the coast of Big Sur, I'm always looking for new hidden gems on the coast. The last time we drove by every turnout and explored each and every trail, we found this beautiful spot that was just meant to be photographed. So when E + J jumped on the chance to capture their engagement session here, I couldn't stop laughing with these two as they cuddled up with each other on the rocks and laughed until their chests hurt. Check out the rest of their dreamy engagement session below!
The moment you met Isabel or Evan, you knew that you didn't just make a new amazing best friend, you just joined an incredible group of friends who could only be described as family. Whether from childhood, their college days at UC Santa Cruz, or adulthood, these two had a way of bringing people together on their beautiful journey. They were both in tears as they vowed to be by each other's side in the most poetic way, planted a tree together to symbolize their union, and laughed all night to all the incredible toasts that only brought more tears of joy. Plus, you can't go wrong ending the night with churros, donuts, and all the dance moves. Congratulations E + I!