With its emphasis on narrative and unscripted moments, the photojournalistic style of wedding photography has become highly sought after by modern seeking to preserve their special memories in a timeless, honest and heartfelt manner. If you’re looking for a photojournalistic wedding photographer in the SF Bay Area, it’s important to find a photographer that captures […]
We’re diving into 32 of the best San Francisco wedding venues here on the Zoe Larkin Photography blog. Oh Lord, there are just SO many amazing wedding venues! In a city known for being dynamic, fun and innovative, is it any wonder that the places to get married in San Francisco are so varied and […]
Hey friends! Phew, I’ve been blogging like crazy for a minute, and I thought it would be fun (and a good idea) to create one centralized resource page with all of my favorite FREE blog posts for couples who are planning their weddings. Organization, yay! I’ve been blogging about wedding planning and wedding photography for […]
Planning a small intimate wedding? Perhaps you’re wondering if you even need a wedding planner – after all, isn’t a professional wedding planner a bit of a luxury? And isn’t the whole point of having a small wedding to save money? Well, yes and no. And it depends. Of course, a small wedding doesn’t have […]
Weddings are expensive and everyone wants to save money wherever possible. I’ve seen a lot of wedding photographer opinion pieces in which they argue that you should definitely spend a lot of money on your wedding photographer if you want even halfway decent pictures. But let’s take a moment to pause and look at both […]
If you’ve landed here, it’s because you are wise enough to know that a little preparation can go a long, long way to ensuring your wedding day stays stress-free. Once the wedding day approaches, it’s time to start turning your attention to the little things you can do that will make a big difference. This […]
Are you wondering what actual steps you can take to look GOOD in your wedding photos? I mean natural, looking like you really feel – happy and in love and enjoying the best day of your life. Good as in not cheesy, not awkward, just totally happy, relaxed and IN LOVE. Well, friends, there is a […]
In this post I’m sharing the 36 best engagement photography locations in San Francisco. The places on this list are San Francisco spots that are amazing for wedding or engagement photos. What makes spots for couples photos any different from general cool photo spots? Well, for one thing, they each have a wide variety of […]
We know how hard it is when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer! Where do you even begin? There are so many out there, and it’s difficult to figure out what really differentiates them. It can be a tough decision, especially when you consider the role the wedding photographer will take on your day. […]
The no-fluff guide to deciding: ‘should I get a second photographer at my wedding?’ The 2023 edit is that while I used to have a very cut-and-dried answer to this question (it was ‘yes’, unequivocally), nowadays things are a bit more nuanced. As I’ve grown in my ability to capture weddings and to get different […]
If you’re in search of an idyllic setting for your big day (which obviously you are because who isn’t?!) the Mountain Terrace in Woodside, CA is a breathtaking Bay Area venue that’s well worth a look. What I personally love about this wedding venue is the outdoor space. The spacious meadow with surrounding woods is […]
I couldn’t be more excited to showcase photos from this Riverfront Regional Park outdoor wedding ceremony! Cindy & Mike married there in November 2021 with a tiny group of around 20 adults and 3 children. They held their ceremony there and then went on to Paradise Ridge Winery for their reception (about a 25-minute drive […]
Nestled in the breathtaking Marin Headlands of San Francisco, Hawk Hill offers a stunning backdrop for couples seeking a Golden Gate Bridge elopement experience! As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing a love story or two played out against this enchanting setting. In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to […]
Foreign Cinema is a bona fide San Francisco dining institution. Nestled in the vibrant heart of the Mission District, it is the epitome of effortless cool. It’s absolutely a unique and memorable venue if you’re looking for a restaurant wedding venue. You can tie the knot surrounded by enchanting ambiance, artistic flair, and world-class cuisine […]
This is the stunning Piedmont Community Hall—think Mediterranean vibes with chic taupe walls and a terracotta rooftop. Party the night away in the stylish main room, featuring sky-high beamed ceilings, polished hardwood floors, and eye-catching chandeliers. Those floor-to-ceiling windows? They’re bringing the outdoors in, so you can soak up that park-side magic all night long. […]
Now for a totally unique intimate wedding venue! The urban chic setting with industrial accents creates an atmosphere where modern elegance meets laid-back charm. The crowning jewel is undoubtedly the rooftop area, offering spectacular views of the city’s skyline. I had the pleasure of photographing Kait and Nick’s summer 2021 outdoor wedding that took place […]
Nestled amidst lush greenery, rugged canyons and enchanting redwoods of Woodside, California, Huddart Park serves as a serene oasis just a stone’s throw away from the bustling San Francisco Peninsula. Easily accessible, the park is a mere 3.5 miles from Highway 84. Huddart Park offers an idyllic setting for the down-to-earth wedding of your dreams. […]
Fancy getting married at a 300-acre mountaintop retreat perched high above Santa Cruz overlooking Monterey Bay? Because that’s precisely what Chaminade Resort promises! Lynsey & Ashley’s day didn’t start and end at Chaminade, though. They actually had their ceremony at a chapel, the iconic roadside chapel about 25 minutes away. Afterward, they opted for a […]
Crystal & Alisa’s sweet summer wedding at Garden Valley Ranch, Petaluma, was photographed by our associate photographer Jeremi. We’d love to be back at this stunning, flower-filled Petaluma wedding venue, so in this article I’m going to share with you more about the space as well as photos of this sweet LGBT+ wedding our team […]
Canyon View Event Center, situated in San Ramon, CA is the setting for this gorgeous, heart-filled wedding! The venue presents breathtaking city and canyon panoramas of the Tri-Valley, both indoors and outdoors. In short, it’s a photographer’s dream. It was my first time shooting at Canyon View Event Center so I did some research about […]
The beautiful Amador Rancho Community Center in San Ramon is SUCH a great and little-known venue for all types of weddings! I can see a smaller, low-key celebration happening here, or even a more upscale event like Jacqueline and Asad’s sangeet that took place here in summer last year. With the help of an excellent […]
The Seymour Center provides an affordable, intimate oceanfront wedding experience with a unique twist. Located on the Central Coast, this venue offers stunning ocean views, bluff-top terraces, and glimpses of Monterey Bay’s marine life. The venue is set among various quaint, wooden structures situated on a secluded cliff overlooking the pristine Santa Cruz coastline and […]
If you’re considering the Temescal Beach House, Oakland for your wedding, feast your eyes on this recent wedding, photographed by one of our associate photographers! Emma (they/them) and Dylan (he/him) chose this venue for their relaxed and informal ‘Jewish-ish’ wedding in 2022. When they reached out, they told me they were planning a smallish wedding […]
This was my first wedding at the cozy Haas-Lilienthal house in San Francisco, but I hope not my last, because I am officially in love with this space. It’s not the easiest space to shoot in – dark wood walls, nothing to bounce flash off, and little natural light. Especially during the lower-light months like […]
Gay spaces are important. None is gayer or more fabulous than Oasis nightclub, San Francisco. Oasis nightclub is one of those iconic gay spaces – a sprawling nightspot located in a former bathhouse, featuring cabaret & drag shows, DJs & dance parties. Oasis is a space for joy, inclusion and celebration of queer identity. Our couple, regular […]
Located on Treasure Island, just 10 minutes outside of San Francisco, Mersea restaurant was the venue for this gorgeous September wedding. Mersea offers arguably the best view of the San Francisco skyline including the city itself, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge! It promises an unforgettable wedding day experience, with a price […]
Blake Garden, part of UC Berkeley, is such a stunning hidden gem of a wedding venue! It’s the perfect spot for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of capturing Cassidy and Julia’s nuptials at Blake Garden in the Summer of 2022 and it was so beautiful. As much […]
The Sunnyside Conservatory in San Francisco is such a charming, unexpected delight. This wedding was the first one I photographed at this historic, storied venue, but I hope it won’t be my last. In this article, I’ll guide you through some must-know information about the whimsical Sunnyside Conservatory along with photos from Antonella & Marc’s […]
What’s our FAVORITE reception venue for a meal after your San Francisco City Hall wedding? There’s nowhere better than the Wayfare Tavern! Located between the Financial District and Chinatown, Wayfare Tavern is a timeless San Francisco tavern featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century. Think: Barbary Coast-speakeasy-meets-British-pub. […]
I’m delighted to share with you photos from this Outdoor Art Club wedding! The Outdoor Art Club is an absolute haven of tranquility, tucked away in the middle of downtown Mill Valley. It’s easily accessible from San Francisco and is an affordable wedding venue with a historical, Old World charm, rustic features and exquisite planting. […]
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