San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers
Welcome to our San Francisco City Hall wedding photography website! We are one of the premier photography teams shooting weddings at this beautiful San Francisco Historic Landmark. We photograph weddings at City Hall at least twice per week and would love to be your wedding photographers! Toni and Mike's combined professional San Francisco wedding photography experience is over 30 years with over 1,500 marriages creatively photographed! 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 Toni and Mike's professional photographer bios click here. We are adding new photos to our website all of the time so please come back to check out more of the beautiful weddings and architecture at San Francisco City Hall. We have had the pleasure of photographing over 400 wedding couples at City Hall. Thank you for visiting San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography by Toni and Mike!
Best City Hall Ceremony Locations
There are many beautiful locations to get married at in San Francisco City Hall! Listed below are 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. If you chose to have a private ceremony with your own officiant, you may be able to have your ceremony at one of the locations as well.
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. There is some privacy afforded by the wall surrounding this top-notch area.
Private Room - The Private Room offers complete privacy during the ceremony. 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 couple of 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 our ceremony in the private room we will still take pictures around City Hall to capture the magnificent architecture.
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 bring 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.
Mayors Balcony 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. This is one of my favorite places to photograph because of the beautiful Rotunda in the background. Reservations need to 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.
Fourth Floor Gallery - Reserving the 4th Floor Gallery is another option to have a private ceremony for you and your guests. One hour costs an additional $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.
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. They are quite helpful and will be more than willing to work with you to help make the perfect wedding!
City Hall Wedding Ceremony Alternatives
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.
Serving San Francisco Bay Area
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 photo opportunities.
Ask us about our affordable extended wedding reception coverage. Our longer SF tour packages cane be altered to instead 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.
SF City Hall Architecture
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 historical building. If you get a chance, stop by and sign up for a free SF City Hall tour available daily. The docents love to share their knowledge of this beautiful building. 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. 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.
The Best Photography Locations in San Francisco
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 Romance" or "Enchantment" Packages, we will escort you to other locations in the city for photos and will even provide the transportation if needed. Let's explore 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 photos, good parking mid-week, and 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. 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 on our newlyweds favorite wedding photography locations. It is also conveniently located adjacent to other San Francisco landmarks.
The Golden Gate Bridge - Probably our most frequently requested photo location. It can be approached from many angles and is THE iconic San Francisco photograph. If it's a foggy day, it becomes nearly invisible. We always recommend alternative locations just in case or we will take you closer if possible. It also might be a little chilly and windy so be prepared! We can get nice shots of the bridge from Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lands End, Baker Beach and the Legion of Honor. We can also take you to Sausalito for a unique angle. On a foggy day, Fort Point is probably the best bet to get a good look at the bridge since you are practically underneath it!
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.
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.
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, 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 Cafe. The Irish Coffee is on us! Be prepared to be loudly cheered by the patrons as you walk in the door!
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.
Lands End Trail - One of our favorite new spots to take our City hall brides and grooms in San Francisco is to the trail 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!
Additional Locations - More location suggestion coming soon!
City Hall Weddings Video
Wedding Album and Prints Available
We offer our customers many options in addition to our normal quality coverage. We can put together a gorgeous and yet affordable 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.
Toni and Mike have been photographing quality weddings in San Francisco with dozens of LGBTQ / Same-sex weddings photographed. We would love to photograph your wedding and take you on a photography tour of the city. Please check out our LGBTQ+ portfolio.
How to Reserve your Wedding Ceremony
You will need to make 2 reservations, one for your marriage license and a second for your ceremony. Both reservations can be made in person at City Hall on weekdays from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. Or you can schedule your ceremony through the
on-line reservation system and can reserve your date as early as 90 days in advance. I would suggest that you reserve your wedding
date early if you are choosing to have your ceremony on 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.
San Francisco Wedding Photographer
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 up to 9 hours of 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 1,200 Marriages. In addition to this type of photographic coverage we also specialize in Indian Weddings.
We are Happy to Meet With You
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 char or at 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 or Yelp City Hall . We are a LGBTQ+ friendly wedding photography service.
How To Book Us for your Wedding
In the San Francisco Bay Area you have thousands of the best city hall wedding photographers to choose from. Please look around my website and see if our style is for you. If you are looking for a San Francisco Photographer and you'd like to book us, please contact us for more information about our services. We would love the opportunity to photograph your wedding day!
To see more of our work including large weddings and portraiture, please visit Toni Bailey Photography at www.tonibailey.com .