These two beautiful people flew up especially from Orange County, CA to celebrate their intimate wedding at San Francisco City Hall with a small handful of close family present, including Steph’s father, Minh’s mother and siblings and cousins. Stephanie and Minh had been together for a year and a half and she says they’re pretty ‘cheesy’ with one another, and always goofing around.
The couple chose the day before Valentine’s Day to celebrate, anticipating a less busy atmosphere than the day itself. It turned out to be a wise choice, as the 9am ceremony meant we had the entire City Hall to ourselves to take pictures and vogue on the staircase!
Stephanie had never seen SF City Hall in person before her big day, so her first visit was on the day itself. She was so impressed and even more so as we totally lucked out with it not being at all crowded (contrary to how it usually is!)
Stephanie and Minh were keen to include their little 9-lb maltipoo Mouti (short for ‘Mouton’ – French for sheep!) He is a comfort animal and so was able to be part of the ceremony! The couple said their vows in the iconic rotunda. Side fact: the rotunda is made of Tennessee pink marble and gives off a pinkish gold hue at certain times of the day! This is definitely evident in the pics!
Stephanie favored a simple approach to her and Minh’s nuptials but she also had a soft spot for cute little props and outfits that would make the day more memorable and F U N. She brought some heart-shaped rainbow confetti, two jumbo 36″ pink balloons with long sparkly tassels and a cute blush bow tie with white polka dots for Minh. She also changed outfits, opting for a big, magical-looking blush skirt for the portraits on Strawberry Hill and the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.
Speaking of flowers, one of the things that was important to this couple was fresh flowers. They enlisted Ampersand San Francisco for flower crowns and wedding florals that really made the images sing.
As we had the luxury of time during this City Hall wedding, we headed to a couple of locations for couples and family portraits (after doing some City Hall vogueing shots!). Strawberry Hill is a beautiful and not very well-known spot tucked away down a small windy road in the Golden Gate Park and affords lovely views and also hiking trails.
Next up was the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers which I love for the amazing light, alone! Steph and Minh thought it would be fun to set their huge pink balloons against the lush greenery of the Victorian glasshouse, which created such beautiful juxtapositions!
This exquisite though simple celebration with thoughtful details was thoroughly in keeping with the values of this couple. Weddings certainly don’t have to be elaborate to be sweet, meaningful and lovely! Such an honor to photograph this beautiful couple.
If you are planning a city hall wedding and are looking for a photographer, get in touch because I can’t wait to hear your story.
Floral design by Ampersand San Francisco, CA
Hair and make-up by Adelina http://www.glambyadelina.com/ San Francisco, CA
Diamond by Princess Bride Diamonds Huntington Beach, CA
Photography by Zoe Larkin, Oakland, CA