Darcie + Robert | Kid-friendly San Francisco City Hall wedding

December 17, 2018
tearful city hall wedding ceremony on mayor's balcony

This sweet, family-centered City Hall wedding ceremony was the epitome of joy and kid-friendly fun! Darcie and Robert decided to celebrate their tenth anniversary by getting married at City Hall, San Francisco, just a few months after their move up from San Diego, where they’d previously lived for 5 years. The couple originally hails from Los Angeles.

Darcie and Robert met a decade ago at a bar, after Darcie had a bad day and had to drive 85 miles to an event that didn’t end up happening. Her friend owned a bar, so she decided to go and pay a visit and vent to her pal.

Vent she did, admitting that she may have complained just a touch about the awful day she was having. Unbeknownst to her, a cute guy was sitting nearby and Darcie was mortified that he must have heard the whole conversation!

That cute guy was, yep you guessed it, Robert. And nope, he didn’t hear a thing.

Just then, the karaoke guy called in sick and Darcie was called up to the stage to host the karaoke. She’d been up since 5am and was still having a bad day, but chose to help out her bar-owner friend as she’d hosted karaoke before.

Robert was about to leave, but decided to stay once he realized how entertaining Darcie was!

Darcie and Robert now have 2 tiny humans, as well as an almost grown-up son from Darcie’s previous relationship, so family – specifically kids – were a huge part of this wedding. Darcie’s mother flew in from Southern California, so 3 generations were in attendance at this sweet ceremony.

These folks are not ‘selfie’ people! They only have a small handful of photos of the two of them together, so the wedding was a great chance for some posed and candid photos of the couple and their family, to mark this time in their lives.

Even though they’re not the type to call a photographer for all of life’s milestones, they were told that they would seriously regret it if they don’t hire a photographer. I have to agree! 😉

I love to work with whatever’s going on around us on the wedding day. City Hall can be unpredictable (in a good way) with so much that might be unfolding! I’ve seen protests, hordes of visiting schoolchildren, massive tourist groups, gala event preparation, and huge film crews.

The day Darcie and Robert got married, San Francisco mayor-elect London Breed held a press conference on the steps of City Hall after candidate Mark Leno called Breed to concede. The couple exited the building where reporters were eagerly waiting for Breed, and got a huge round of applause! The couple was approached by a reporter afterwards.

After leaving City Hall in style, we headed to Twin Peaks and the Sutro Baths of Lands End for more pictures.

Darcie found my work on Instagram and said she ‘digs my aesthetic’ and was drawn to the unpretentious and quirky nature of my photography.

If you are looking for a City Hall wedding photographer to honor the moments organically, work with you on a photo timeline, capture all the family groupings and then head out to EPIC San Francisco locations to carry on shooting portraits of the two of you, get in touch! I’ve put together a helpful and informative guide to all things City Hall and can’t wait to send it to you!

xo, Zoe


Flowers by Kimberly Schultz @_k1m3erlyanne_ / Simply Celebrate

Hair and make-up @cinta_salon / Cinta Salon

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