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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography


We believe San Francisco City Hall is one of the most beautiful places to get married at. We also realize that everyone needs a good wedding photographer. If you are planning a weekday San Francisco City Hall Wedding and need a photographer for just few hours: we have session tailored just for that.

This simple City Hall session includes printable high resolution files for $1,195 with two hours of coverage. Edited or Raw images will be uploaded into password protected online gallery for your family and friends to view and for you to download.

 

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This San Francisco City Hall Wedding Package includes coverage by one photographer at the City Hall with additional location of your choice around San Francisco before or after the ceremony. There will be no limit of photos taken during the coverage time and clients may request additional coverage at $500/Hr. Although from our experience, two hours of coverage is enough for 90% of our clients. This package can be combined with engagement and pre wedding photography if needed.

Of course it’s not just City Hall. There are plenty of inspiring places around Northern California to get married at. We will be happy to talk with you about the details of your day, and can even recommend an officiant, florist, makeup artist or transportation. If you need a better idea on how to get your marriage license and register for City Hall ceremony, please read this article.

If you are considering to get married at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday, please take a look at this sample wedding.

 

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

We offer this package so your lifetime memories will be some of the most beautiful anywhere. After all, you can have the most expensive wedding ceremony in the world, but an inexperienced photographer will not capture its beauty. A good photographer will make the simplest setting vibrate with life.

We photograph weddings exclusively in many destinations throughout the country and worldwide (see weddings at: Tuscany, Santorini, Cabo San Lucas, British Columbia, Hawaii). However, we want very much to make ourselves available to wedding ceremonies in our local community.

Note: We do not offer a free consultation with this package. We believe our work and reviews speak for themselves. To retain our services We offer convenient and secure online payment tools. Sales tax, parking ($6-$9) and applicable travel fee (beyond 50 miles) will be applied on top of the total price. Final balance is due on the day of the wedding.

 

P.S. San Francisco City Hall is a very special place for us. Two of our family members recently got married there. Coming back to City Hall brings back those beautiful memories of our own weddings.

 

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall FAQ

 

Recommendations:

We recommend getting your marriage license on a different day then your actual ceremony day, if possible. Sometimes it might take 20-30 minutes or more before you get a chance to sign it. Especially on Fridays. If photography is on your priority list, please contact us prior to making a reservation with City Hall to make sure we are available.

SF City Hall courthouse does not allow Civil Marriage Ceremony reservations beyond 90 days in advance so those who are planning on popular dates such as, 11/12/13, long weekend dates, etc., We suggest to reserve your ceremony time immediately 90 days prior to your intended date.

If City Hall already booked for the date you prefer to get married, you can always hire an independent wedding officiant who can perform (and even customize) your City Hall Marriage Ceremony. Among other benefits, you won't have to check in with the County Clerk office and officiant will file all the paperwork on your behalf. Here is one we highly recommend. You can also reserve a 4th floor or Mayor's Balcony through City Hall event department.

If you are planning to get married at San Francisco City Hall from across the world, all you need is valid passports. City Hall commissioner will perform your ceremony. We can even be your witness.

Best time for the Ceremony is early morning or around noon as City Hall is less crowded that time of the day: waiting is shorter and it is easier to get panoramic photos without roaming tourists in the background.

If you are planning a larger number of guests, I'd suggest having your marriage ceremony at the 4th floor. It's well lit area and usually very quiet. See #4 in picture below. However, City Hall charges extra for that.

We strongly recommend arriving at City Hall for your ceremony at least 20 minutes in advance. This way, you will be the first in the check-in line for the ceremony.

And finally if you're planning a dinner reception afterwards, 3:30PM will be the best time to start.

 

See picture below: Numbers represent areas inside where the ceremony may take place. #1 is (Rotunda) the most popular. This photograph was taken from Mayor's Balcony on a weekend wedding (City Hall was completely rented out).

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Cinematography:

We offer combined Photo+Cinematography package for $2,390. Cinematography package includes highlights movie (sample below) and Raw Footage on DVD or Hard Drive. Choice of Super8 film or HD.

 

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And another short video sample. This time in HD with voiceover by Mark from www.aperfectweddingceremony.com

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Q: Will 2 hours of coverage be enough?
A:
San Francisco City Hall Wedding in 2 hours.

Q: We have more then six guests, will this be a problem getting a Rotunda Ceremony?
A: Even though City Hall website states six guests is a limit for Rotunda Ceremony, we've witnessed many ceremonies with over 30 guests attending inside the Rotunda with no restrictions. The only day we recall we weren't able to get the Rotunda, was 08/08/08. Still don't take our word for it and make sure to verify that City Hall doesn't hold assembly meeting on your date as there may be large group of people gathering around the Rotunda. SF Assembly chamber located right behind the Rotunda. More info.

Q: How good City Hall courthouse provided officiants are?
A: Well, first of all, they are not being paid for this job. It is all volunteer based. Some judges are fantastic, they can make you and your guests cry. Most will read a script with a smile on their face.

Q: Can we combine city hall package with engagement / pre wedding photo session?
A: Yes, we can create a custom package for the single or multiple days.

Q: How crowded City Hall can be and when is the best time to get married at city hall?
A: On Fridays afternoon City Hall is usually more crowded then on other weekdays. If you want to enjoy empty City Hall, schedule your Ceremony for 9:30AM on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. City Hall is fairly empty around lunch break as well. There is a little trick to get completely empty City Hall on a weekday but it involves some level of creativity.

Q: WHAT IF IT RAINS?
A: If there is a heavy rain, we can either stay and finish the entire two hours at the City Hall or complete the session on another weekday. If its light rain, you be surprised how beautiful photos may turn out.

Q: Will photos be edited?
A: Yes. Basic editing included. Color correction, exposure, contrast and white balance. Some photos may be converted to BW if requested in advance. We also offer fine art editing a-la-carte.

Q: Can you be our witness?
A: Yes. Just ask. We signed many marriage licenses before.

Q: Can we print the images?
A: Yes. As long it is for personal (non commercial use).

Q: Where should we go for our second location?
A: San Francisco is a beautiful city with plenty of places to visit. Palace of Fine Arts, Legion of Honor, Crissy Field, Fort Mason, Golden Gate Park, Baker's Beach, Japanese Tea Gardens are just few of them. Even City Hall by itself is so magnificent, two hours can be easily spent there.

Q: Will there be enough time to visit second location?
A: Yes, in most situations we are able to visit 2nd location. The only times we were unable to visit second location within 2 hours of coverage were larger weddings with longer family group shot lists.

Q: Can San Francisco Mayor perform our Ceremony?
A: Yes. But its not an easy task to schedule with his office.

Q: Can we split the coverage and have you photograph our dinner reception in the evening?
A: Yes. You can split the time with minimum of four hours of coverage (otherwise there is a $100 split fee). Ex: Three hours during the day to cover the Ceremony and additional location for portraits and one hour to cover the reception.

Q: How and when do we get the photos?
A: Our typical turnaround time is two - three weeks. You will have 30 days to download them from secure online gallery. You will be responsible to back them up. We recommend making multiple copies on a DVDs and hard drives. We will not delete the photos but can not be responsible for the them after you have downloaded them.

Q: Do you provide transportation?
A: You can drive with us although our car is packed with equipment so it might not be the most comfortable ride. Additionally, We may not be able to bring you back to City Hall.

Q: WHAT IF THERE A TRAFFIC?
A: In case of bad traffic we always try to add some extra time but generally two hours time includes driving.

Q: What is provided images format?
A: By default you will be getting full resolution unmarked jpeg images. You can opt for unedited files instead at no additional charge.

Q: Can we see some feedbacks from people who had experience with your City Hall package?
A: Yes, please take a look at our Reviews on Yelp. We've also put together a dedicated City Hall reviews page. Link.

 

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall

 

Combination of Photography and Cinematography Sample.

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City Hall is beautiful!

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Some accolades we've received in the recent years.

        brides choice award

 

 

 

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