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If you’re considering the Temescal Beach House, Oakland for your wedding, feast your eyes on this recent wedding, photographed by one of our associate photographers! Emma (they/them) and Dylan (he/him) chose this venue for their relaxed and informal ‘Jewish-ish’ wedding in 2022. When they reached out, they told me they were planning a smallish wedding […]

Temescal Beach House wedding

Temescal Beach House Wedding Photos by Zoe Larkin Photography

May 26, 2023

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Haas Lilienthal House wedding photos


This was my first wedding at the cozy Haas-Lilienthal house in San Francisco, but I hope not my last, because I am officially in love with this space. It’s not the easiest space to shoot in – dark wood walls, nothing to bounce flash off, and little natural light. Especially during the lower-light months like […]

Haas-Lilienthal House Wedding

May 17, 2023

Gay spaces are important. None is gayer or more fabulous than Oasis nightclub, San Francisco.  Oasis nightclub is one of those iconic gay spaces – a sprawling nightspot located in a former bathhouse, featuring cabaret & drag shows, DJs & dance parties. Oasis is a space for joy, inclusion and celebration of queer identity. Our couple, regular […]

Oasis Nightclub Wedding (San Francisco)

Oasis Nightclub San Francisco wedding photos by Zoe Larkin Photography

May 11, 2023

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Mersea restaurant treasure island wedding by Zoe Larkin Photography


Located on Treasure Island, just 10 minutes outside of San Francisco, Mersea restaurant was the venue for this gorgeous September wedding. Mersea offers arguably the best view of the San Francisco skyline including the city itself, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge! It promises an unforgettable wedding day experience, with a price […]

Mersea Restaurant Wedding (Treasure Island, San Francisco)

April 24, 2023

Blake Garden, part of UC Berkeley, is such a stunning hidden gem of a wedding venue! It’s the perfect spot for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony in the Bay Area.  I had the pleasure of capturing Cassidy and Julia’s nuptials at Blake Garden in the Summer of 2022 and it was so beautiful.  As much […]

Blake Garden UC Berkeley Wedding

blake garden wedding (Kensington CA)

April 11, 2023

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With its emphasis on narrative and unscripted moments, the photojournalistic style of wedding photography has become highly sought after by modern couples seeking to preserve their special memories in a timeless, honest and heartfelt manner. If you’re looking for a photojournalistic wedding photographer in the Bay Area, it’s important to find a photographer that captures […]

What is Photojournalistic Wedding Photography?

April 7, 2023

The Sunnyside Conservatory in San Francisco is such a charming, unexpected delight. This wedding was the first one I photographed at this historic, storied venue, but I hope it won’t be my last.  In this article, I’ll guide you through some must-know information about the whimsical Sunnyside Conservatory along with photos from Antonella & Marc’s […]

Sunnyside Conservatory Wedding (San Francisco)

sunnyside conservatory wedding - zoe larkin photo

March 27, 2023

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Wayfare Tavern Wedding - Info and Photos


What’s our FAVORITE reception venue for a meal after your San Francisco City Hall wedding? There’s nowhere better than the Wayfare Tavern! Located between the Financial District and Chinatown, Wayfare Tavern is a timeless San Francisco tavern featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century.  Think: Barbary Coast-speakeasy-meets-British-pub.  […]

Wayfare Tavern Weddings – Complete Guide (with photos!)

March 23, 2023

I’m delighted to share with you photos from this Outdoor Art Club wedding! The Outdoor Art Club is an absolute haven of tranquility, tucked away in the middle of downtown Mill Valley. It’s easily accessible from San Francisco and is an affordable wedding venue with a historical, Old World charm, rustic features and exquisite planting.  […]

Outdoor Art Club wedding

outdoor art club wedding photos by zoe larkin photography

March 9, 2023

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Lucie stern community center wedding photography


If you’re considering the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto for your wedding, I applaud your choice! I photographed this outdoor wedding at the Lucie Stern Community Center back in Summer 2021 and I can’t wait to share the photos with you finally! Yadira and Pablo had their ceremony over at the Stanford Memorial […]

Lucie Stern Community Center wedding

February 20, 2023

I’m delighted to introduce to you my favorite hotels in San Francisco that are fit for your the night before (and after) your San Francisco City Hall wedding ceremony! These primarily 4- and 5-star hotels are ideal in terms of their location, amenities offered and high standard of excellence. Whether you live in the Bay […]

27 best hotels to get ready at before your San Francisco City Hall wedding


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

hacienda de las flores wedding photos - zoe larkin photography

January 20, 2023

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Stable cafe wedding photos and info by Zoe Larkin Photography


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 & info (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)

wedding photos from vine hill house at O'connell Vineyards - by Zoe Larkin Photography

January 4, 2023

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travis marina wedding photography by Zoe Larkin Photography


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 32 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 […]

32 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

how to make your wedding at San Francisco city hall more meaningful and special

April 18, 2022

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wedding photography posing tips for brides on the wedding day


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

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