One of the premiere San Francisco city hall wedding photographers with over 10 years of experience taking pictures at this amazing building. We are creating memories at SF City Hall at least twice per week and would love to be your wedding photographers! For more information about our affordable service, click on any of the links at the top of this page including our San Francisco city hall pricing and availability. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our special packages and prices. To read our team's professional photographer bios, click our About Page. We are adding new photos to our website all of the time so please come back to check out more of the beautiful San Francisco city hall weddings and architecture. We have had the pleasure of photographing over 500 couples from around the world and would love to work with you. We look forward to you choosing us to be your San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer!
Welcome to our San Francisco city hall wedding photography website. We specialize in creating lasting memories through pictures while documenting your Civil Ceremony. When covering weddings at SF City Hall, we do everything we can to capture all of the special moments that occur. Laughter and love should all be part of your day and we make sure that these memories are recorded forever! We offer San Francisco city hall wedding photography packages for every budget and need. We can photograph your nuptials and then take you on a photo tour of the building after the ceremony is complete. To see some of our favorite San Francisco city hall photography locations click the link. You can also expand your coverage and head out into beautiful San Francisco for more pictures and lasting memories. Our vast experience photographing weddings has enabled us to serve as your personal city hall wedding planner. We handle everything for you and help make your wedding day at SF City Hall stress free. We also have the versatility to provide you with different wedding photography styles to fit your preferences. Please scroll down to see more information about how to contact and book us for your San Francisco City Hall wedding.
May is a great month to have your wedding at San Francisco city hall. The light in the building is amazing this time of year because the fog has not quite set in. San Francisco city hall wedding photographers are all aware that once the summer begins the fog comes along with it and this can darken the building considerably. Reserved weddings in May continue to be on the rise with very few San Francisco alternatives currently available to the public because of the Pandemic. We think this will be changing soon as additional San Francisco wedding venues begin to open up. The big news for late April and May is that SF city hall has made masks optional. They are still recommending them be worn, but it is up to the individual. Also, Vaccination status is no longer being checked at Restaurants in San Francisco, which is another big change. These are all signs of the Pandemic being less of an issue. We still advise caution of course because people are still getting sick. We have added a new section to our website that shows many of our Couples that we have photographed over the years at San Francisco city hall. This lovely compilation includes many pictures of our brides and grooms by the City Hall front entrance.
There are many beautiful locations to get married at in San Francisco City Hall! We have put together the list below of some of the best available weekday ceremony options. Some of these locations usually require a reserved ceremony fee, but you can ask
your officiant if they will allow you to choose one of these alternative ceremony locations under certain circumstances. If you prefer to have a private ceremony with your own officiant, you may be able to have it at one of these locations as well.
If this is your preference, we can also help steer you to the best places to accomplish this. In most cases, the city hall officiants will only allow you to get married in the Rotunda or the private room. This list is also applicable to the actual San Francisco city hall wedding photography that we provide after the ceremony. All of these locations serve as amazing photo tour spots to take our brides and groom for pictures.
Rotunda Weddings - This is the most common place weddings occur. You will meet with your officiant shortly before your ceremony and will often be provided a choice of getting married in the Rotunda or the private room. The Rotunda is at the top of the Grand Staircase, but the privacy is limited. People walk by and will occasionally take photos of the ceremony. But it is the default location for the vast majority of city hall weddings and it is a beautiful spot. There is some privacy afforded by the wall surrounding this top-notch area. We also like the Rotunda area because of the neutral colored walls surrounding it that allow us to bounce our flashes for softer light. When we take pictures of you in the Rotunda, you will not even be able to tell we used a flash because the light appears so natural.
Private Room - The Private Room offers complete privacy during the ceremony. San Francisco City Hall keeps it available in case of a large private event occurring during your wedding and also for those that request it for privacy concerns. It has been recently renovated and looks much better than it did a few years ago. It is now a much improved option for having your nuptials but still not as beautiful as the Rotunda at the top of the Grand Staircase. If you do chose to have your ceremony in the private room we will still take pictures of the brides and grooms around City Hall to capture the magnificent architecture. We promise you won't miss out! UPDATE: I have not seen the private room offered since City Hall reopened. This may be due to the small unventilated space not being safe for Covid-19. We are in the process of checking this out and will report back soon.
Grand Staircase Ceremony - Officiants sometimes offer the top of the staircase or the lower landing for your ceremony site. The Grand Staircase offers beautiful architecture but is the least private. The staircase is one of the more popular areas for tourists and other professional wedding photographers so there is lots of activity. This activity will not curtail during your city hall ceremony and it could end up being a distraction for the bride and groom. There is no guarantee that San Francisco tourists won't walk by and listen to you performing your marriage vows. The grand staircase is also available for reserved weekend weddings and works quite well for these much more private ceremonies. Since San Francisco city hall is closed to the public on the weekend, there is no concern about the above mentioned distractions. UPDATE: The Marriage commissioners who were using the staircase appear to have retired and so this location remains a beautiful spot for your wedding photos, but it rare that civil ceremonies are held here now.
Mayors Balcony Reserved Ceremony - This option is available to you for an additional $1000. The Mayor's Balcony is roped off for one hour to provide privacy to you and your guests. The city hall events department also will set up chairs for your guests at your request. They can seat up to 40 people comfortably in my opinion, but we have seen more on occasion. I think the maximum is 60 but we rarely see that. This is one of my favorite places to photograph because of the beautiful Rotunda in the background. Reservations need to be placed through the City Hall Events Office to have your wedding on the Mayor's Balcony and you can do this up to 1 full year in advance. Reserved ceremonies are on the rise recently because so many San Francisco venues are still closed due to Covid-19. Be sure to reserve early to obtain your reservation. One thing to be aware of is that the Rotunda is a great background, but there WILL be people in the background of your ceremony pictures.
Fourth Floor Gallery - Reserving the 4th Floor Gallery is another option to have a private ceremony for you and your guests. One hour here for your ceremony will cost you $1000. The 4th floor offers the best view of the inside of city hall and is a popular reservation choice. Make sure to book early through the City Hall Events Office if you choose the 4th floor for your ceremony site. We have a strong preference for the North Gallery because there is usually no direct sunlight streaming through the large bay windows. If you are on the South side in the summer, the sun can be quite hot and difficult to deal with. It can also make wedding photography difficult due to the harsh light present. Here again, there will frequently be people in the background of your ceremony pictures from across the building. It is hard to avoid, but not too bad of an issue. You can book this option up to 1 year in advance. Also a wonderful place for wedding pictures after your ceremony and even the family shots work well here. Most San Francisco city hall wedding photographers love the 4th floor for pictures so if you reserve it with a ceremony, it is all yours for 1 hour!
Another option is the San Francisco City Hall Weekend Package offered by the City Hall Events Department. A two hour reservation costs $5000 and can be booked through the Senior Event Manager. If you want to go all out you can rent the entire San Francisco City Hall for 10 hours! This allows you to take photos throughout the building with nobody in the background! The lighting at night in City Hall also is quite spectacular. They do not always provide access to all 4 floors so you should ask your event department representative about this. Work closely with your San Francisco city hall wedding photographer when it comes to coordinating Saturday events.
You have decided to elope to San Francisco and you love the wedding photos you have seen taken at City Hall, but you just don’t want to say your “I DO’s” there. Maybe you want to have your elopement outside the official hours City Hall performs ceremonies. No problem! Find a registered marriage officiant, choose your favorite spot to get married in San Francisco, and get hitched! Want your wedding on the beach? Do it! Want the Golden Gate Bridge in the background? Go for it! It’s your wedding day! You can pick the location and have fun. Just make sure that you remember to acquire the appropriate permit or permission if needed at that particular ceremony site. Once you have all the details worked out, bring yourselves, your officiant, marriage license, proper ID, and your witness. If you don’t have a witness, I am happy to serve in that capacity for you. This can be an affordable alternative to your San Francisco city hall wedding. We will take you to SF city hall for amazing pictures after your nuptials are complete.
We are based in San Francisco, but serve other City Halls throughout the entire Bay Area including Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and San Ramon and others. Despite the fact that these other city hall wedding venues may not offer quite the architecture and history that San Francisco does, many of them have lovely outdoor locations nearby for wedding photo opportunities. We can also take you to alternative San Francisco Bay Area locations for the rest of your wedding photography session. We have been offering our services throughout the bay area for years, let us help you on your special day. We can be your city hall wedding photographer at any location throughout the Bay Area. Martinez, in particular has some fantastic photo locations in the old town section and we can walk there after your civil ceremony.
Ask us about our affordable extended wedding reception coverage. Our longer SF tour packages can be altered to cover your wedding reception or family dinner in the "City by the Bay". Our service is open to people of all cultures, religions, gay / lesbian / same-sex and race. We are LGBTQ+ friendly. We are a full service and well established professional wedding photography company and have been in business in San Francisco for over 10 years.
The architecture at San Francisco City Hall is absolutely magnificent. People from all over the world come to San Francisco City Hall to not only get married, but to tour this historic building. If you get a chance, stop by and sign up for a free SF City Hall docent tour available daily. The docents love to share their knowledge of this beautiful building. We actually have participated in these tours and learned a lot. During your walk throughout City Hall you will be able to see some of the locations where daily wedding ceremonies occur. The beautiful architecture present is French inspired and is in the Beaux-Arts style which is characterized by repeating lines and symmetry. These unique patterns are one of the things that inspire San Francisco city hall wedding photographers to create beautiful wedding pictures. One option would be to make this tour part of your wedding day. Invite your guests to come early and tour the building before your wedding. It's a great way to make sure everyone is on time. To learn more about the history and construction of this amazing building click this link for San Francisco City Hall. Here you will learn additional details about how City Hall was rebuilt after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and other interesting and more recent historical information. There is also a self tour located in the South Gallery on the 1st floor with lots of useful information.
After your San Francisco city hall ceremony we will take you on a tour of the building to photograph you and your new spouse. Many of our city hall customers want more and ask us to take them to other locations around San Francisco for additional photos. By booking either of our San Francisco Photo Tours including the "San Francisco Romance" or "Enchantment" Packages, we will escort you to other locations in the city for photos. There are so so many wonderful places within the city for wedding photography. Let's explore below some of the best locations to go for romantic wedding photography in the city by the bay.
The Palace of Fine Arts - One of the more famous wedding photo spots in San Francisco. A beautiful place for pictures, good parking mid-week, and easily accessible. The only downside is that there are always people around and they could be in the background of the photos. Gorgeous architecture and wonderful colors set the Palace of Fine Arts apart from other famous SF locations. Some people will tell you that the architecture is reminiscent of San Francisco city hall. While there are some similarities, for the most part they each have their own unique personalities. Crissy Field is just across the street with great San Francisco views and beach access. The Golden Gate Bridge can also be seen from the Crissy Field vantage point with some unique angles to take advantage of. All in all, the iconic Palace of Fine Arts continues to be one our SF city hall newlyweds favorite wedding photography locations. It is also conveniently located adjacent to other San Francisco landmarks. This makes it a good combo if you decide on one of our multiple location packages. The only downside to this location is that there are no public restrooms unless you are willing to cross the street over to the Crissy Field location.
The Legion of Honor - It's a bit of a drive to reach this fantastic photo location, but well worth it. The light here is always great for photos and it's a nice place if the weather is bad. You can even see the Golden Gate Bridge from here! If it rains on your wedding day, this is the place to come. There are some nice natural outdoor locations nearby. Note: Our Golden Gate Package includes 1 San Francisco location, if you choose the Legion of Honor, we will also take some photos with the bridge in the background. 2 locations for the price of 1! It is closed on Monday and after 5:15 pm on other days. Parking is almost always available which also makes this a convenient destination. A perfect place to go after we complete your San Francisco city hall wedding photography session.
The Japanese Tea Gardens - Another beautiful photo spot in San Francisco. Parking is tough and be prepared for a good walk! Lots of people in the background, but it's possible to avoid them by visiting certain areas of the gardens. The Tea Gardens are located in Golden Gate park - another nice photo location. Plan on making this a large part of your day. Its not something that can be done quickly, but its absolutely incredible. There is a reason that people come here from all over the world.
Ghirardelli Square - We love taking people here because there is so much going on. It's a great location for San Francisco Street Photography and the perfect place to get a Cable Car Shot! This is because the Cable Cars line up here to enter the Hyde Street turnaround so most of the operations will allow the newlyweds to quickly board the Trolley for wedding pictures. It is amazing what can achieved when you have a dressed up bride. It seems that everyone is happy to accommodate. Ghirardelli Square is also home to a multitude of fun bars and restaurants to visit. Many of our clients like a photo with the famous Ghirardelli sign in the background. We often end our shoots here by taking the couple to the famous Buena Vista Café. The Irish Coffee is on us! Be prepared to be loudly cheered by the patrons as you walk in the door! Another great destination to visit after completing your San Francisco city hall wedding ceremony.
Twin Peaks Lookout Point - Without a doubt, the best view of the City. You can capture a near panoramic view of San Francisco from up here. Parking can be difficult and don't bother if it's foggy or really windy. Parking restrictions recently added has made access a little tougher, but we can still manage. It is a bit of a drive from San Francisco city hall, but well worth it!
Bakers Beach - This location has experienced somewhat of a resurgence since the reopening of San Francisco city hall. We have found ourselves going here as much or even more than The Palace of Fine Arts. I think part of the reason for this is the fact that people are being a little more careful about choosing San Francisco landmarks that are touristy and crowded. I assume this is a by-product of the still simmering Pandemic. Baker Beach is a lovely spot for a couple of reasons. First, it offers one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, it almost seems like you can reach out and touch it. Also, for those who love the ocean, this is an especially picturesque beach with smaller crowds. A great photo spot no matter what direction we point our cameras. As a bonus there are also some backwoods areas that we sometime take our newlyweds for pictures. This beautiful location is just minutes from the beach and offers an alternative to strictly taking ocean view pictures.
Lands End Trail - One of our favorite new spots to take our San Francisco city hall brides and grooms is the trailhead at Lands End. The start of this trail can be picked up just south of Lincoln Park Golf Course. For those couples who want a more natural setting, this is the place to go! Plus you get the added bonus of great angle of the Golden Gate Bridge. We can walk you a little way down the trail and get some nice rustic photography with trees and flowers in the background.
Sutro Baths - One of San Francisco's famous historical destination, the baths actually no longer exist, but the ruins remain. Right on the ocean, Sutro Baths can be a spectacular location for wedding photography. Just make sure you are OK with climbing lots of stairs and are not afraid of heights! there are some narrow walkways with a pretty sharp drop off. As long as you have good balance, this should not be a problem. Another favorite place to take our San Francisco city hall newlyweds.
Additional Locations - More location suggestions coming soon! To see some additional sample photos of our San Francisco Tour packages check out this page.
We offer our customers many options in addition to our quality photographic coverage. We can put together a gorgeous and yet affordable professional wedding album for you or a music slideshow of your wedding images. One of the added benefits of ordering a wedding album is that we give each of your selected photos a second round of editing. This special treatment will sometimes include facial retouching and removal of distracting background items such as Exit signs and tourists. This can especially be useful if you happen to choose a busy day for your wedding because we can remove people from the background using Photoshop (in most instances). We can also provide beautiful wall portraits and small prints with a number of different framing treatments that you can compare. Wedding albums are one of the best ways to display your treasured San Francisco city hall images and we are currently offering them at a discount. Another added bonus is that we will provide you with all of the wedding album digital files, which include the special edits. Not all San Francisco city hall wedding photographers offer these complete services to their clients. Ask us for more details about our beautiful prints and professional wedding albums.
We have photographed over 150 LGBTQ weddings over the past few years and have enjoyed every minute. We were one of the first San Francisco city hall wedding photography teams to extensively become involved in helping with Same-sex marriages. We would love to photograph your wedding and take you on a tour of the city with pictures. Please check out our LGBTQ+ portfolio to see many examples of our first-rate wedding images. We love this building for gay marriage photos and you will too!
You will need to make 2 reservations, one for your marriage license and a second appointment for your ceremony. Both reservations can be made in person at City Hall on weekdays from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Or you can schedule your ceremony through the on-line reservation system and reserve your date as early as 90 days in advance. I would suggest that you reserve your wedding early if you are choosing to have your ceremony at more popular times of the year. Summer months, Fall Fridays, and holidays like Christmas Eve, New Years, and Valentines day can all book up fast. To reserve the Mayor's Balcony or 4th Floor Gallery for a weekday wedding the cost is an additional $1,000. These reservations need to be made through the City Hall Events Office. You can use this same link to book your San Francisco city hall weekend wedding ceremony.
In addition to our San Francisco City Hall wedding photography coverage, we also offer packages to handle your full-day weekend marriage celebration. From bridal prep to the bouquet toss, we can provide you with full day coverage on your special day. We have experience with many of the major wedding venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our packages are affordable and flexible to fit your individual needs. We provide you with our normal friendly service and have creatively photographed over 1,600 Marriages. In addition to this type of professional photographic coverage we also specialize in Indian Weddings. We have photographed both Hindu and Sikh weddings in the Fremont, San Jose, Hayward and East Bay areas.
If you would like to set up an appointment to see some of our best work, we would be happy to meet with you via video chat or at San Francisco City Hall itself! Not only can you get to know us better, but we can show you some of our favorite wedding spots to photograph. We offer some of the top bargain packages available for SF City Hall civil ceremonies and will do everything we can to make it affordable for you. Many of our clients create their own custom package to fit their needs. We also have special packages for elopements and pre-wedding portrait sessions, just ask us! To read our 50 - 5 star reviews click Yelp SF City Hall wedding photographer. These 5 star reviews will provide you with a good idea of our approach and style. We are a LGBTQ friendly wedding photography service.