We’re diving into 30 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 10 best locations for your engagement photos in SF. 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 […]
Shooting a wedding is a big undertaking and something that a professional wedding photographer doesn’t take lightly. Managing your expectations goes a long way to ensuring that there are no nasty surprises down the pike. This post was created in tandem with this other post. That post provides insight into the actual process from cards […]
Waterfall Lodge is a relaxed, rustic-chic wedding venue and retreat situated in Ben Lomond CA. Nestled high in the Santa Cruz mountains, Waterfall Lodge is set in 30 acres of lush redwood forest. Despite its secluded feel, it’s just 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz beaches, an hour from San Jose and about an hour […]
There is so much to love about Hacienda de las Flores, a Spanish-style mansion nestled in deepest Moraga, a small town in the East Bay. It’s an open-air, all-weather location surrounded by lush grounds, historic columns, manicured lawns and sprawling ivy. Once a sprawling country club, since early 2022 it is run by Wedgewood Weddings […]
The Stable Café in San Francisco’s Mission District is one of those venues that both couples and photographers love. It never goes out of style, has a relaxed, urban-chic-meets-manicured-garden aesthetic and an affordable price tag given the central location. It has a special place in the hearts of many! I’m going to introduce to you one […]
Thinking of getting married at Vine Hill House? You’ve made a fabulous choice – you can stop searching for a Sonoma wedding venue! When I was there for Rachelle & Simon’s wedding in late fall 2022, absolutely everyone from the vendor team (plus many guests) commented on how impressive this venue is. Everywhere you look, […]
Presidio Yacht Club at Travis Marina is SUCH a stunning, unique wedding venue under the Golden Gate Bridge nestled in Fort Baker, Sausalito CA. It has even been described as a hidden gem (though not for long as demand is apparently high!) It’s an institution for the people so prices are kept affordable, and the […]
Blanco Urban Venue is an absolutely stunning modern wedding venue located centrally in downtown San Jose, right off San Pedro Square. Despite being pretty new (it opened in late 2020), it is popping! It’s already become a firm favorite San Jose wedding venue. It hosts many other events too. Blanco Urban Venue combines the historic […]
Did you know you can get married at Pellegrini-Olivet Lane winery in Santa Rosa, CA? You may know it as a stunning yet affordable place to spend some time away from the busier parts of the Bay Area on a slow Saturday. It’s a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of Sonoma County in the […]
I am so excited to share these Ruby Hill wedding photos! Sure, I say that for every wedding, but what can I say. As a wedding photographer, I’m your hype girl! Seriously though, there are four main reasons why this Ruby Hill wedding was so special. It’s an Indian wedding. (where my Bay Area Indian […]
Looking for photography inspiration for your Gamble Garden wedding? You’ve found it! I’m delighted to bring you a small selection of photos from Diana and Rodrigo’s beautiful wedding which took place in December 2020. But I want to give you more than pretty pictures in this blog post. I also want to share information that […]
Considering getting married in San Francisco? Whatever kind of wedding you have planned, the Palace of Fine Arts might just be the perfect elegant, historical Bay Area wedding venue for you. The Palace of Fine Arts is the venue I want to highlight today. Having photographed a handful of small weddings there, including a destination […]
Want an affordable, beautiful Bay Area wedding venue that’s centrally located and still something of a hidden gem? OK – you’ve basically just described the Highlands Country Club! Nestled in the Oakland Hills and overlooking the entire bay, this is a stunning yet budget-friendly East Bay wedding venue. So, I was here in 2019 for […]
Another beautiful wedding to bring you today, this time from the beautiful Oceano Hotel, located in Half Moon Bay, California. This wedding venue is actually situated on the Pillar Point Harbor, about 5 miles north of the coastal city, Half Moon Bay. It’s a Bay Area seaside venue, that boasts picturesque views overlooking the bay, […]
Enjoy this intimate San Francisco beach wedding! Angely and Vincent’s ceremony was held in the tucked-away location of the Crissy Beach Cypress Grove. This little-known San Francisco beach location is a super special wedding spot, located close to Crissy Field. You are overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge as you say ‘I do!’! What makes this […]
I’m excited to share this Camp Mendocino wedding! Unique, meaningful and fun are the words that come to mind when I look back on Sara and Chris’ October 2019 wedding. Camp Mendocino holds a special place in the hearts of many locals. If you grew up in Northern CA, chances are you went to Camp […]
Mellow + chilled… and I’m not just talking about the wine! Honestly, this Eristavi Winery wedding was the epitome of effortless Cool. With a big ‘C’. Urban wineries are becoming more popular these days. Traditional wineries will always have their place. For many San Francisco couples, spots closer to home have their unique appeal. Morgan […]
Love these two and their Glacier Point Amphitheater wedding! This was my first time photographing a wedding in Yosemite National Park, and I sincerely hope it won’t be the last. A Yosemite wedding is also an excuse for a fun little getaway for you and your guests! Everyone wants to linger a little longer to […]
Thank you for checking out these wedding photos from Monte Verde Inn wedding in Foresthill, CA! Located about 12 miles northeast of Auburn, CA in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the quaint private estate, Monte Verde Inn. As outdoor wedding locations in Northern California go, it’s pretty special. The property is a […]
Note: the Quadrus Conference Center has now closed down permanently. For other wedding venue ideas, please check out my guide to the best San Francisco wedding venues linked below: Sharing J & B’s Quadrus Conference Center wedding in Menlo Park. This was my first time shooting at the venue. At first you may be wondering […]
Delighted to share today this beautiful Stern Grove wedding! Stern Grove is a pretty iconic San Francisco location, but in case you aren’t familiar – here’s the backstory! According to Wikipedia, it’s been the setting of the famous Stern Grove festival for over 80 years! The 33-acre recreational site is administered by SF Recreation and […]
Wow for this beautiful Chateau Carmel Wedding! I love the amazing places that my couples find. When they told me about Chateau Carmel I was above all, intrigued. This unique, elegant European-Style villa is available on Airbnb and VRBO. I know, right, it seems so crazy to think you can find an incredible wedding venue […]
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