M + Y | Classically elegant intimate City Hall wedding

March 27, 2019
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M + Y are a private couple, so a City Hall wedding with just closest family present worked perfectly for them.

I adore working with couples who have a specific vision, and M + Y brought so much to their wedding that was so stunningly pretty. Even a little of that Southern California sunshine! I’d worked with M before on a different shoot which celebrated friends that rarely get to see each other, and it was such fun that I was invited back to shoot this happy day.

Their wedding took place in the early morning so we were able to capture that morning light in one of my absolute favorite photo spots at the back of City Hall, where we kicked off. One of the biggest benefits of City Hall is that it’s symmetrical left to right and back to front.

There’s often a lot of chaos and visually distracting elements at the front of City Hall so I really recommend heading to the back of the building where 1) it’s deserted and 2) there is a beautiful park which matches the elegance of this couple’s style.

But I’ve worked with many different couples in this pretty spot, and it works for absolutely any vibe or lighting scenario. So it’s a win-win, bring whoever you are, we’ll make magic!


I always recommend couples ask if it’s possible to marry up there, if they want to. While there is often not a lot of rationale as to when requests can be obliged, it’s always worth a try, I say! M + Y got a spectacular space with amazing light that any photographer worth their salt would go giddy over (or wait, maybe that’s just me).

For family portraits as well as couples & individual marrier portraits, we Lyfted to the Palace of Fine Arts. A few quick portraits in the rotunda area, and we were done! See, wedding photography can be painless and easy. M + Y enjoyed the rest of their wedding day chilling & celebrating with their families.

After the wedding they said,

“Your guidance and energy really made us and our families feel at ease, and made the day all the more memorable!  The photos themselves came out wonderfully.  Most importantly, our families love them.  My mom said she particularly loved the candid moments you managed to capture and the unique and grand nature of some of the distance shots.”

Are you looking for a down-to-earth, yet creative wedding photographer that knows San Francisco City Hall inside and out and loves nothing better than sharing her experience with marriers that don’t know where to begin? I got you, boo! Before you get in touch to receive my info brochure, check out some of my helpful resources to see if I might be the City Hall wedding photographer for you!

For detailed, comprehensive & always up to date info on City Hall from the horse’s mouth click here

For specific wedding-focused City Hall information check out their dedicated event website here.

For more tips from a photographer’s perspective, check out 10 City Hall Tips You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else.

For my comprehensive guide to getting married at City Hall, check out this blog post which explains it all a la Clarissa!


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Zoe Larkin is a San Francisco-based wedding photographer & fine art graduate originally from London. She specializes in photographing intimate weddings for joyful, free-thinking couples. Zoe creates raw, personal images that evoke a range of emotions, combining documentary photography with a stylized edge. Her work has been published on Offbeat Bride, Equally Wed, Catalyst Wed Co, Love Inc Mag among others. She adores simplicity, kindness & Earl Grey. Zoe is an equality-minded vendor that celebrates diversity in all its forms. She has a soft spot for City Hall weddings! Read more about Zoe here