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 his friends that rarely get to see each other. Their elegant City Hall wedding was a dream to shoot and I loved meeting Y.
Morning San Francisco City Hall wedding
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 is 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. If you’re getting marred in the morning let’s play on the Van Ness side. It’s not very busy, the light is gorgeous before about midday and there is a beautifully elegant park.
Ceremony space at SF City Hall
WE SECURED THE 4TH FLOOR NORTH GALLERY FOR THE CEREMONY!!! Woo hoo!
I always recommend couples ask if it’s possible to marry up there, if they want to. While every judge will make their own call as to whether to allow it, it’s 100% worth a try! M + Y got a spectacular space with amazing light where their family could spread out and witness the ceremony.
For family portraits as well as couples & individual marrier portraits, we Lyfted to the Palace of Fine Arts. We achieved all of this in 3 hours. M + Y enjoyed the rest of their wedding day chilling & celebrating with their families.
Feedback from the couple
After the wedding M 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.”
Before you get in touch to receive my info brochure, check out my 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 click here
- Specific wedding-focused City Hall information check out their dedicated event website here.
- City Hall tips check out these Tips You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else.
- My comprehensive guide to getting married at City Hall, check out this blog post which explains it all!
Zoe Larkin is a San Francisco-based wedding photographer specializing in San Francisco City Hall weddings. Her work has been published on A Practical Wedding, Offbeat Bride, Equally Wed and Catalyst Wed Co among many others. Read more about Zoe’s SF City Hall services here.