Marshalls Beach engagement

Are you considering locations for your San Francisco engagement shoot? There are a lot of options out there for sure! Some of the beaches of San Francisco are not only beautiful but very underutilized.

Yes, they can be chilly! But worth it! The light is stunning, there are often hardly any people around and Karl the fog can make for some epic photos. This Marshalls Beach engagement couple took on the challenge of a beach that’s a little harder to get to than some!

Marshall’s Beach requires a hike down from the parking lot but you’ll be rewarded when you do finally make it down.

About the engaged San Francisco couple

Rekha and Chris are a pair of travel-loving engineers who live in San Francisco and love the outdoors. They have the spirit of adventure in their veins that has taken them on trips all over the world.

Their upcoming destination wedding is in India this December, and is slated to be one of the biggest adventures of their lives. It’ll be a BIG affair that fuses elements of both cultures.

Speaking of new adventures, they’re new homeowners in San Francisco and super busy with their jobs at top tech firms #bayarealife.

Life moves so fast, so it’s vital to take a moment to mark this special time in their lives than with an engagement shoot.

I joked with them that they’ll look back in the years to come at the crazy year that 2019 was, and wonder how they did it all.

Hopefully these pictures will help them to remember the year they got married AND bought a house.

The couple’s meeting and proposal story

The two met in college at the University of Pennsylvania and have been together for seven years. After a stint in New York City, they decided to move west to the Bay Area 4 years ago for work opportunities.

Since then, both have fully made the transition into Silicon Valley and haven’t looked back!

The couple got engaged in Ireland (how’s that for romantic?) over dinner at their hotel. But this was no ordinary hotel – it used to be a castle!

If you’ve ever been to Ireland, you’ll know how common a sight castles really are. They start to seem almost mundane if you spend any time on the road there, but Chris and Rekha couldn’t get enough.

It was a leisurely, castle-seeking road trip through the Irish countryside. Sounds idyllic, right? They had just attended a friend’s wedding in the UK which is where Rekha grew up.

Chris had asked the waiter to slip the engagement ring into a basket that arrived after the appetizers.

Rekha mistook this for bread, and after briefly trying to send it back with the waiter, had quite a surprise when he opened it and proposed!

hiking battery to bluffs trail at marshalls beach couples photos

About choosing Marshalls Beach as your location

San Francisco’s Marshall Beach was the setting for our shoot. It is a pretty wild and rugged place. The amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge are stunning. Likewise the terrain with large, somewhat smooth, dark rocks when the tide is in. Pretty unique.

There is apparently a narrow strip of sandy beach if you visit early in the day, but no sign of it during our sunset shoot!

To access the beach requires a hike of about half a mile down, and 400 feet of elevation change. T

he descent is steep but very well maintained with actual steps. You’ll want to start at the northern end of the Batteries to Bluffs trail.

It’s closest to the Golden Gate Bridge and a pleasant but not overly strenuous hike (if you’re fit… unlike me!) The parking lot to put into your GPS is Langdon Court Parking which is right at the trailhead.

Side note: This is the same parking lot as you’d use for Battery Godfrey, which is super close. You can incorporate both locations, but it’d take a while as the hike down to Marshall’s Beach takes you off down a different track.

How use the time wisely

Rekha and Chris handled the many, MANY steps back up to the parking lot with ease as I tried my best but ultimately was so puffed out I had to call a time out.

The couple was incredibly game, despite my leading them down a somewhat circuitous path to the beach!

We chanced upon a separate beach adjacent to Marshall’s Beach where no-one else was hanging out and we captured some beautiful light there.

It has the benefit of being very quiet and not a widely known spot, even among the sunset photography brigade.

Marshall’s Beach is also supposedly known as a low-key nudist beach (?) though I’ve never seen any evidence of this.

Its Google write-up calls it, “Small, remote shorefront area with rugged terrain, bird-watching & views of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Spot on!

Wild places like this have my heart, even though I’m not the world’s greatest outdoorswoman. I LOVED introducing ‘San Francisco’s most hidden​ beach’ to fellow SF locals!

My hope is they will introduce this place to their friends in the future and revisit it with fond memories! Congratulations, Rekha & Chris!

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Beach engagement photography on San Francisco's Marshall Beach! This secluded and hidden San Francisco Beach is the perfect spot for your off the beaten path engagement photo shoot! Get in touch if you'd like to learn more, in the meantime, enjoy this beach-loving couple and grab some inspiration for your engagement session! | #engagementphotography #sanfranciscoengagement #sanfrancisco | Zoe Larkin Photography


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Looking for a San Francisco Bay Area engagement photographer? I travel all around the Bay Area for engagement shoots and am passionate about bringing love stories to light. 

If San Francisco is your jam, I have a guide to my fave engagement locations to help spark ideas I’d love to send. Let’s chat about where your story will take us!

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