Northern California is famous for its redwood forests, so it's no wonder that redwood wedding venues are one of the first options couples look at when planning an outdoor wedding. As a Bay Area wedding photographer, I've captured so many beautiful redwood weddings and am here to help you get started on your search! Check out this guide on Bay Area and Santa Cruz redwood wedding venues with information on pricing, guest capacity, location, and sample wedding galleries.
When it comes to elopement locations in the US, Big Sur is one of the top places people come to get married. With its vast coastal views and redwood forests, it's a place full of wonder and natural beauty. As a Big Sur elopement photographer and a local who spends countless weekends exploring the endless trails in the area, I'm here to help you craft an epic day that feels genuine to your love story. Check out this guide for location recommendations, day-of timelines, and planning tips! Scroll to the bottom of the post for a map of all the locations mentioned.
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.
Y + J said their vows to each other at San Francisco City Hall on the memorable day of 2/20/20. Originally from San Francisco, the bride came back to her hometown to celebrate with an intimate group of family and friends. They shared their love for their outdoors by chasing the sunset over the Marin Headlands. With only 30 minutes left, I knew it was the perfect choice when she said, "This is exactly what an envisioned." What a beautiful way to end the day, followed by a dinner reception with their loved ones. Congratulations Y + J! If you're considering eloping, out this guide on How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall.
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!!
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!
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!
L + A got married at the beautiful industrial venue of The Old Sugar Mill in Sacramento, California. This venue was the perfect backdrop to their wedding, from their first look in the brick building lit by sunlight streaming through the windows, to celebrating with their friends and family under the string lights of the reception room. Before the ceremony, they took some time alone to read letters to each other. Little did she know, he had a jar full of notes he had written for her - one for each day as they got closer and closer to their wedding day. She had always joked about him not texting her during the day, but instead he had spent that time writing down all the little things he loved about her, folding each note into an origami heart. To think they almost skipped reading their letters in the rush of the day - this moment became one of their favorites (and one of mine!) Congratulations L + A!
What more can I say than what a dream these two were. Having photographed 3 other weddings at this gorgeous venue, I couldn't be more excited to be back - especially when my very first bride made the macrame bouquet holders for these two! J + C said their vows to each other nestled in the Santa Cruz redwoods at Slowcoast Laughing Canyon and danced the night away under the twinkle lights. Their wedding was absolutely dreamy, with intricate macrame creations, greenery tablescapes, and rust orange details. The bridesmaids danced in their velvet orange dresses and the groomsmen toasted with their ox horn mugs. But all these details only added to the beauty of their love that shined through the little ways, like how she gave him moon cufflinks knowing he would forget his cufflinks, how he was just awestruck when he saw her down the aisle, and how he would just spin her around during the first dance with so much joy that they were now husband + wife. What a night to remember!
What an incredible, beautiful wedding we got to the honor to capture at Nella Terra Cellars in Sunol, California. For T + W, they didn't take so much care and effort into the details so they could have a dream wedding. They did it because they wanted to host the best dang party for their friends and family. They wanted to go all out so they people closest to them would remember their wedding with joy, a beautiful reflection of how much love had been poured out to both of them from the support of their church through her move from Taiwan to America, to her mother's deep devotion for her daughter in a new country, to the many pastors who blessed them at their wedding ceremony. Tiffany and Winston, here's to you. We couldn't be more thankful to have gotten to know your love story and to capture such a special day for more than just clients, but now friends sharing homemade meals and travel adventures. Congratulations T + W!!