Zoe Larkin Photography Blog 

A warm welcome to my little corner of the internet! I pour my heart & soul into providing helpful resources and showcasing #wedspiration. 

I left London, wondered rootlessly & pursued a meaningful life. 

My blog is the place I share my journey and those of my amazing couples. 

Interested in having the whole of San Francisco City Hall to yourself for your Saturday wedding ceremony? Then check out Eduardo and Dieter’s September City Hall ceremony for full buyout inspiration! The San Francisco couple were kind enough to lift the lid on some of their planning experiences – so I’m going to share this, […]

San Francisco City Hall full buyout Saturday wedding

set up at San Francisco City Hall for full buyout wedding

March 26, 2020

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wedding photography timeline for san Francisco city hall wedding

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If you’re in the throes of planning your San Francisco City Hall civil ceremony, you’re in the right place! In this article, I’m going to guide you through how to create the perfect SF City Hall timeline for your wedding. Because seamless, stress-free wedding days don’t just happen, they’re planned! Sure, a San Francisco City […]

How to create the perfect timeline for San Francisco City Hall wedding

March 21, 2020

If you’re planning to get married at San Francisco City Hall, congratulations, and welcome! You may be well underway with City Hall wedding planning already. Or perhaps you’re gathering ideas for your future wedding or elopement. Whatever the case, I hope my guide to getting married at San Francisco City Hall is helpful! San Francisco […]

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall – 2020 guide

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall - Official Guide by Zoe Larkin Photography

March 12, 2020

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restaurants for san francisco city hall wedding receptions

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Wondering where to have your reception after your San Francisco City Hall wedding? I’ve put together some of my favorite, achingly cool San Francisco restaurants that will be happy to your reception or meal after your City Hall wedding!  All of these epically hip restaurants serve excellent food and will take good care of you […]

The 12 coolest San Francisco restaurants for City Hall wedding receptions

March 10, 2020

Today I want to let you in on a little San Francisco City Hall inside knowledge on Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies. City Hall doesn’t always publicize their special set-up for Valentine’s Day, so I’m letting you in on all the goss! 2020 was the 4th year that SF City Hall has instated the tradition, and […]

Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall

couple checking in at North Light Court, San Francisco City Hall for their Valentine's Day wedding

March 3, 2020

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Mayor’s balcony wedding at San Francisco City Hall

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Oh, for more of these stunning Mayor’s Balcony weddings at the glorious San Francisco City Hall! The Mayor’s Balcony is an elegant choice for couples that would like a little more privacy, a higher guest count and the chance to exchange personal vows at their City Hall wedding. To show off this private area of […]

Mayor’s Balcony Wedding – San Francisco City Hall 

February 15, 2020

As a City Hall wedding photographer, I am sometimes asked about the standard marriage vows that couples will be taking on their wedding day at San Francisco City Hall. When you get married at a courthouse or city hall, there isn’t an opportunity for personalized vows like at a regular wedding ceremony. At least for […]

San Francisco City Hall wedding vows


February 3, 2020

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10 ideas for san francisco city hall wedding day transportation!

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What’s the best way of getting around on your San Francisco City Hall wedding day? Whatever you have planned on your big day at City Hall, you’ll undoubtedly need some form of transportation! In this article, I outline the 10 best transportation ideas to & from San Francisco City Hall. I also include some pros […]

10 transportation ideas for San Francisco City Hall weddings

January 4, 2020

A private city hall ceremony is always a wonderful idea, but the price tag can make it unfeasible for some. Is there a middle ground between the private rental of an area and the typical 5-minute rotunda civil ceremony? A recent couple made me aware of an option to get married privately at San Francisco […]

How to have a private ceremony at SF City Hall without renting a space

close up of marriage license being signed on windowsills of 3rd floor of sf city hall

December 2, 2019

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Bride and groom posing with san francisco skyline at Potrero Hill Wisconsin & 20th Streets after city hall wedding

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Outdoor photo locations NEAR San Francisco City Hall for wedding photos! 10 great location ideas, all less than 3 miles from San Francisco City Hall

10 San Francisco portrait locations close to City Hall

November 21, 2019

I’m so excited to introduce this gorgeous LGBTQ+ City Hall wedding couple today on the blog! I know I say that every time but from the moment that Jake first reached out I knew this was going to be very special. Call me crazy but sometimes I just get a feeling about these things. The […]

Jake and Omar | Pride month 4th Floor SF City Hall ceremony

2 grooms wedding ceremony at LGBTQ+ City Hall wedding on 4th floor

September 10, 2019

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info that you need to know about sf city hall wedding photography | Zoe Larkin Photography

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This article is intended for anyone getting married at San Francisco City Hall, but primarily couples considering working with Zoe Larkin Photography. It’s intended to help to manage expectations and fill you in on things that you may not be aware of, or have had no reason to ever think about before! There’s more than […]

City Hall weddings – the fine print stuff

July 28, 2019

Although we hear so much about wedding planning, there are still couples that do the whole spontaneous City Hall elopement thing! Megs and Chad were one such couple that reached out to me just a few days before but we made it happen! The story Megs and Chad eloped to San Francisco City Hall from […]

Megs + Chad | Rad tattooed couple’s spontaneous City Hall elopement

tattooed couple eloping at san francisco city hall

June 29, 2019

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A sweet San Francisco City Hall wedding of a Vietnamese American couple, as they pose for pictures on the 2nd floor of the iconic San Francisco landmark on their wedding day | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

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Meet Mimi and Kim and check out their City Hall Vietnamese wedding! San Francisco dwellers & all-around sweet and practical people! Close family and chosen family attended the wedding. Mimi and Kim will have a larger wedding reception in the South of France the following year! It made sense to do a City Hall wedding […]

Mimi + Kim | City Hall Vietnamese family wedding

June 18, 2019

Jess and John eloped to San Francisco City Hall for a truly intimate City Hall elopement – it was just the two of them! As SF City Hall elopements go, this one was truly special. Such heart, such love and a real bond that was so palpable to be witness to.  These two emphasized how […]

SF City Hall elopement + downtown & beach

couple leaving san francisco city hall | Zoe Larkin Photography

June 10, 2019

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japanese bride and nigerian groom just married leaving City Hall san Francisco through iconic doors

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Excited to bring you this fun and relaxed San Francisco City Hall wedding that took place around Christmas time! I love a good Christmas wedding while the tree is set up in the rotunda. The Rainbow World Fund Tree of Hope is a staple in the rotunda every year! You can read about it here. […]

Yumi + Dayo | Swirl couple’s relaxed San Francisco City Hall wedding

May 28, 2019

Excited to share photos from another SF City Hall wedding! I was so pleased to get to know Jen and Jeff when they first reached out and told me about their plans for their San Francisco City Hall wedding. About this super hip City Hall couple These two people are the most incredible and inspirational […]

Jen + Jeff | Simple stylish SF City Hall wedding photos

just married sf city hall wedding couple walking down polk street san francisco holding hands

May 16, 2019

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indian wedding at san francisco city hall couple with indian bride in blue lengha

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For this Indian wedding at San Francisco City Hall, Sandhya the bride took inspiration from her originally Indian heritage (via the Fiji Islands!). The Bay Area native wanted to honor her roots at the more formal City Hall ceremony ahead of a relaxed shindig the following weekend. They had a fun picnic for their reception […]

San Francisco City Hall Indian wedding

April 20, 2019

This 4th Floor SF City Hall wedding was a super fortuitous, happy occasion. You know when all stars align? That was how this wedding felt! Despite not having a booking (which would cost $1,000), they got married on the 4th Floor of San Francisco City Hall! M + Y are a private couple, so a […]

4th Floor SF City Hall wedding

epic kissing shot at san francisco city hall 4th floor ceremony

March 27, 2019

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tearful city hall wedding ceremony on mayor's balcony

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This sweet, family-centered City Hall wedding ceremony! So much joy and kid-friendly fun! Darcie and Robert decided to celebrate their tenth anniversary by getting married at City Hall, San Francisco with their cute kids in tow! This was just a few months after their move up from San Diego where they’d previously lived for 5 […]

Kid-friendly San Francisco City Hall wedding

December 17, 2018