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I’m delighted to introduce to you my favorite hotels in San Francisco that are fit for your wedding stay! The mainly 4- and 5-star hotels given below are ideal for your SF City Hall wedding. Whether you live in the Bay Area or beyond, it’s a smart move to book a beautiful hotel that’s close […]

27 best hotels for San Francisco City Hall wedding stays

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January 31, 2023

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Waterfall Lodge is a relaxed, rustic-chic wedding venue and retreat situated in Ben Lomond CA. Nestled high in the Santa Cruz mountains, Waterfall Lodge is set in 30 acres of lush redwood forest.  Despite its secluded feel, it’s just 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz beaches, an hour from San Jose and about an hour […]

Waterfall Lodge wedding photos (Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz)

January 26, 2023

There is so much to love about Hacienda de las Flores, a Spanish-style mansion nestled in deepest Moraga, a small town in the East Bay.  It’s an open-air, all-weather location surrounded by lush grounds, historic columns, manicured lawns and sprawling ivy.  Once a sprawling country club, since early 2022 it is run by Wedgewood Weddings […]

Hacienda de las Flores wedding photos | Moraga CA

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January 20, 2023

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Stable cafe wedding photos and info by Zoe Larkin Photography

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The Stable Café in San Francisco’s Mission District is one of those venues that both couples and photographers love. It never goes out of style, has a relaxed, urban-chic-meets-manicured-garden aesthetic and an affordable price tag given the central location. It has a special place in the hearts of many! I’m going to introduce to you one […]

Stable Café wedding photos (Mission District, San Francisco)

January 9, 2023

Thinking of getting married at Vine Hill House? You’ve made a fabulous choice – you can stop searching for a Sonoma wedding venue! When I was there for Rachelle & Simon’s wedding in late fall 2022, absolutely everyone from the vendor team (plus many guests) commented on how impressive this venue is. Everywhere you look, […]

Vine Hill House wedding photos (Sebastapol CA)

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January 4, 2023

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Presidio Yacht Club at Travis Marina is SUCH a stunning, unique wedding venue under the Golden Gate Bridge nestled in Fort Baker, Sausalito CA. It has even been described as a hidden gem (though not for long as demand is apparently high!) It’s an institution for the people so prices are kept affordable, and the […]

Presidio Yacht Club Travis Marina wedding photos

January 1, 2023

Blanco Urban Venue is an absolutely stunning modern wedding venue located centrally in downtown San Jose, right off San Pedro Square.  Despite being pretty new (it opened in late 2020), it is popping! It’s already become a firm favorite San Jose wedding venue. It hosts many other events too.  Blanco Urban Venue combines the historic […]

Blanco Urban Venue wedding photos (San Jose, CA)

Inspiration and information about blanco urban venue, San Jose. By Zoe Larkin Photography

December 24, 2022

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We’re diving into 30 of the best San Francisco wedding venues here on the Zoe Larkin Photography blog. Oh Lord, there are just SO many amazing wedding venues! In a city known for being dynamic, fun and innovative, is it any wonder that the places to get married in San Francisco are so varied and […]

30 Best San Francisco Wedding Venues 2023 (by a wedding photographer)

December 7, 2022

I’m often asked by couples getting married at San Francisco City Hall for my tips on how to personalize their day. This is especially the case for civil ceremonies – after all, you cannot even personalize your wedding vows you’ll be reciting the standard courthouse vows.  Whatever type of ceremony you’re planning, there are a […]

How to make your SF City Hall ceremony extra special

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April 18, 2022

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wedding photography posing tips for brides on the wedding day

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Get the best wedding photos on your big day! Posing you is your photographer’s job, but there are also many things you can do that will help us get the best possible photos.  Also, understanding a little about the principles behind what you’ll be asked to do for your wedding photography poses, can help demystify […]

Wedding day posing guide for couples

March 22, 2022

You probably already know that the 4th Floor Galleries are available for private rental for wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall. You are perhaps thinking of booking one of the 4th Floor balconies and want to get a little bit of info before doing do. First of all, welcome! I’m Zoe, one of the most […]

Your 2023 guide to 4th Floor Wedding Ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall

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February 15, 2022

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pandemic updates for san francisco city hall weddings - 2022

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If you’re looking for up-to-date information regarding wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall, you’re in the right place! I’m a wedding photographer that shoots a large number of weddings in this iconic public building. I have a lot of updates, news and info to share with you, based on my knowledge and experience working […]

San Francisco City Hall Pandemic Wedding Updates 2022

January 21, 2022

The term ‘sneak peek’ gets thrown around a lot by wedding photographers, but few take the time to explain what it means and why you’d want one! What is a sneak peek? Most sneak peeks (or ‘sneak previews’) are delivered via the photographer’s preferred gallery delivery software, but some photographers may simply email them or […]

What is a sneak peek in wedding photography?

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January 19, 2022

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santa rosa wedding at pellegrini olivet lane winery

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Did you know you can get married at Pellegrini-Olivet Lane winery in Santa Rosa, CA? You may know it as a stunning yet affordable place to spend some time away from the busier parts of the Bay Area on a slow Saturday.  It’s a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of Sonoma County in the […]

Pellegrini-Olivet Lane Winery wedding photos

December 17, 2021

What do you do when you want two different events covered on your wedding day? Basically, when there’s a big gap in proceedings – morning ceremony and evening reception, for example? Every now and then, I get this question: We’re having an early wedding ceremony, then a gap in our day before our reception / […]

Split photography coverage – when you want non-continuous hours

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December 2, 2021

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best san francisco elopement photographer

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I’m Zoe and I’m a San Francisco elopement photographer! It’s truly a pleasure to meet you, I’m so glad you found me! By the end of this informative article, we will make sure we’re on the same page here and you’ll know whether I’m a photographer you want to reach out to for your upcoming […]

San Francisco Elopement Photographer

November 21, 2021

Let me level with you guys – as a wedding photographer I have a few pet peeves. One of them is this: You’re standing at the altar or the arch – the most sacred spot, gathered together with your nearest and dearest community. You’re a giddy mess of joy, nerves, excitement, a little sweat, happiness, […]

Inexpensive + beautiful wedding vow books

45 beautiful wedding vow books on Amazon affordable

November 16, 2021

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rainy wedding day ideas for san francisco weddings

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San Francisco is a great city to get married in, whether you’re doing a simple City Hall ceremony, eloping on the beach or something more elaborate at one of San Francisco’s gorgeous wedding venues. One thing you’ll notice is that San Francisco isn’t a city that has a lot of indoor or covered options when […]

What to do if it rains on your San Francisco wedding day

November 15, 2021

And now for something completely different! Who’s heard of a Holga camera? This is my Holga, a medium format 120 film camera from Hong Kong.  The Holga is known as a toy camera. It has an incredibly low-cost construction with a plastic meniscus lens (two spherical curved surfaces, convex on one side and concave on […]

Wedding photos taken with my Holga (old toy film camera)

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September 5, 2021

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Zoe Larkin Photography is hiring associates in san Francisco bay area 2021

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Hey, awesome Bay Area togs!  Let me introduce myself if we haven’t already met. I’m Zoe and you’ve landed on my little business’ website! I’m looking for associate wedding photographers based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  An associate photographer is a professional photographer that shoots weddings instead of the business owner. Not to be […]

We are hiring associate (lead) photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area!

June 25, 2021

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