San Francisco City Hall is an architectural gem that serves as an enchanting backdrop for one of the most significant moments of your life - your wedding day. Nestled in the heart of the city, this historic building's grandeur and elegance make it a dream venue for couples seeking a unique and magical wedding experience.
Steeped in history, San Francisco City Hall dates back to 1915, when it was designed by renowned architects Arthur Brown Jr. and John Bakewell. The Beaux-Arts style structure features a stunning dome, which is the fifth largest in the world and pays homage to the breathtaking domes of Les Invalides in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The majestic marble staircase, intricate detailing, and opulent chandeliers within the building add to its charm and beauty, making it an extraordinary setting for your special day.
Getting married at San Francisco City Hall is not only a visual treat but also a genuinely fun and memorable experience. The building's versatile spaces, such as the Rotunda, Mayor's Balcony, and the 4th Floor Galleries, offer incredible photo opportunities and create unforgettable memories. The welcoming atmosphere and helpful staff ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly, allowing you and your loved ones to fully enjoy and cherish the moments.
Hiring a creative and experienced wedding photographer for your San Francisco City Hall wedding is one of the best investments you can make. A skilled photographer will capture the essence of your love story, the genuine emotions, and the intricate details of your wedding day, preserving these precious memories for a lifetime. Their expertise in utilizing the stunning backdrops, natural light, and the remarkable architecture of City Hall will result in a wedding album that you'll treasure forever.
Choosing San Francisco City Hall as your wedding venue is a decision you'll never regret. The combination of its rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, and enchanting atmosphere creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you and your partner will hold dear for the rest of your lives. And with a talented wedding photographer by your side, you can relive these cherished moments through beautiful images that stand the test of time.
Welcome to our San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer page, where we strive to craft a story that is as unique and meaningful as your love.
We believe every wedding at San Francisco City Hall is truly one-of-a-kind, and the memories we create should reflect that. From our very first encounter, our focus will be on immortalizing those spontaneous moments, genuine emotions, and the deep love shared among families. Capturing the joy, happy tears, and laughter that make each wedding extraordinary is our passion.
Besides providing wedding photography, we are also more than happy to guide you through the check-in process, help you choose the most stunning shooting locations, and even stand as your witness if needed. All you have to do is bring your beautiful smile, unwind, and relish every moment of your special day.
We are delighted to provide a variety of packages, with options starting at just $995 for capturing your Ceremony and taking a few classic and posed portraits afterward. Kindly browse further down the page to view our pricing options. We also invite you to explore our informative "How to get married at City Hall" guide. For a more extensive look at our City Hall Wedding Photography Portfolio, please click here.
While we have had the pleasure of photographing weddings across the nation and journeyed to four continents, our home in San Francisco offers us the unique opportunity to be a part of the intimate weddings we hold so dear. Furthermore, our personal connection to City Hall weddings, having had two family weddings there ourselves, adds a special touch to our work.
Package 1 - $995 - The Essence of Love package is tailored for couples who desire a more minimalistic wedding experience. This package encompasses coverage of your wedding ceremony, during which we will focus on capturing the beautiful moments shared between the couple and the wedding attendees. The package includes all high-resolution files taken during the actual civil San Francisco courthouse wedding ceremony, as well as five high-resolution formal or posed files, all available for download. Please note that this package does not cover the signing of the marriage license.
Package 2 - $1,295 - The Timeless Romance package goes beyond capturing the wedding ceremony at the Rotunda. It includes candid photos taken before and after the ceremony, as well as inside the County Clerk's hallway. Following the public or private ceremony appointment, we will dedicate time to capturing more photographs (based on your preferences) throughout the exquisite City Hall, making the most of its stunning backdrops. All files will be conveniently available for download. This package covers one hour of photography coverage.
Package 3 - $1,795 - The Love & Elegance package is an extended version of the Timeless Romance package. The additional time allows for a comprehensive exploration of all four levels of San Francisco City Hall, capturing its distinctive architecture and creating an even more stunning collection of memories. This package is ideal for those who cherish the extraordinary City Hall atmosphere and wish to have more photos taken within its beautiful halls, or for couples who prefer to include another location within this extended time frame. All digital files and photos will be available for download. This package offers two hours of photography coverage.
Package 4 - $2,895 - The Eternal Love Story package is designed for couples seeking a comprehensive photography experience that includes bridal preparations, the first look, wedding ceremony, an additional location (e.g., beach, park), and the reception. Offering more flexibility than our previous packages, this option ensures that every treasured moment is captured. All files will be available for download, and the package includes four hours of photography. The time can also be split ($150) to accommodate an evening dinner or reception, such as having the ceremony in the morning and the reception later in the day.
Package 5 (photo & video) - $3,990 - Enjoy 2 hours of combined photo and video coverage, with all photos and a highlight video (3-4 minutes, featuring a song of your choice) included in the package. If desired, extra time can be added at a rate of $600 per hour for each service ($1200 per hour for both photo and video).
Package 6 (photo & video) - $5,590 - Experience 4 hours of comprehensive photo and video coverage, complete with all photos and a highlight video (3-5 minutes, set to a song of your choice). Should you require more time, it can be added at a rate of $500 per hour for each service ($1000 per hour for both photo and video).
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The Rotunda, nestled in the heart of San Francisco City Hall and situated just above the grand staircase, is the central hub for most public San Francisco Courthouse wedding ceremonies. The remarkable photo opportunities available in this iconic location are truly spectacular!
Coolest perks? It is filled with soft light plus there are beautiful crystal chandeliers. It is standing right opposite the Mayor’s Balcony which means that great photo backdrops are guaranteed.
The Mayor's Balcony is an exceptional viewpoint for capturing stunning photos within San Francisco City Hall, and it's no wonder wedding photographers absolutely adore it! By renting Mayor's balcony, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the intricate marble walls and the impressive grand staircase.
Undeniably, the Mayor's Balcony provides some of the most elegant backdrops for couples' photographs. Its standout feature, the iconic golden railings, adds a touch of sophistication that can truly elevate your wedding photos.
The 4th Floor Galleries are a visual delight, boasting a gentle color palette of ivory, white, and grey. Enhance this picturesque setting by incorporating vibrant colors with striking bouquets, floral arrangements, and bridesmaid dresses to create eye-catching contrasts. The spacious galleries can comfortably accommodate large wedding parties, and yes, the area is available for rent. By doing so, you can fully personalize your ceremony, hire your own officiant, exchange custom vows, arrange seating, and even bring in musicians.
The galleries can easily seat 60 guests, with chairs arranged to form a natural aisle for your grand entrance. There is also plenty of space for live musicians, a small table for cupcakes, champagne, and wedding gifts, and more. The North gallery is typically preferred over the South, as it offers softer lighting for your special day.
The grand marble staircase, undeniably the centerpiece of San Francisco City Hall, is also its most frequently photographed element. Its remarkable beauty will captivate you from the moment you enter the building. Radiating majestic elegance and enduring sophistication, this architectural gem is often likened to the iconic staircase at the Opera de Paris.
A skilled San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer can masterfully capture stunning shots, even when other people are present in the background, ensuring that your memories of this extraordinary location are treasured forever.
Compared to Grand Staircase and The Rotunda, South and North sides of the 4th floor, The 3rd floor is probably the most peaceful area in the building an excellent place to escape the crowds and busy areas (especially during City Hall events) and to get awesome portraits by the famous window.
Trained in Paris at the famed Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Arthur Brown Jr has designed San Francisco City Hall meticulously and with incredible attention to detail. One of the most striking features is the main entrance itself. Bedecked with intricate ornaments in gilded bronze, the iconic "City Hall" signage makes one of the most recognizable photo backdrops.
After your online reservation and during your booked time slot, you are allowed to take your wedding photographer near the the County Clerk Office.
This space may seem un-photogenic to an inexperienced wedding photographer. However, a professional photographer who has photographed hundreds of weddings there will know exactly which moments to capture during the wait time before the marriage license appointment..
City Hall elevators are exuding luxury and romance of bygone eras. Even the marble hallway with gleaming silver elevator doors looks gorgeous!
But the best photos can be made while the doors are open and the bride and/or groom are standing inside. We always try getting a shot inside these beautiful time capsules assuming we are alone.
A unique example of Beaux-Arts architecture, San Francisco City Hall comprises acres of pearly white marble and elegant gilded bronze. Beauty is everywhere you look and natural light is filling the entire building.
Most of it is coming from numerous skylights. Stemming from the ceilings, the sun rays are spreading around and filling even the long hallways. On a sunny day, every corner is drenched in sunlight.
And when it is cloudy or foggy outside, crisp white surfaces are still bright. Ornate walls are constantly contrasted with bold shadows. This juxtaposition always creates awe-inspiring backdrops for your wedding photography.
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Clients who wish to have their ceremony appointment and marriage license signing photographed often opt for either a one or two-hour package. The initial hour is devoted to candid shots before the private ceremony, coverage of the actual wedding, group and formal photos afterward, and a selection of posed or semi-posed images of the couple throughout the building. This results in a beautiful documentation of the essential parts of your special day.
While we can capture plenty of memorable moments within the first hour, a second hour allows for a greater number of candid (or posed) photographs. Longer packages enable us not only to photograph essential aspects like the marriage license and ceremony but also to explore more locations, utilize natural light better, access previously unavailable areas, and enjoy increased flexibility. In essence, the more time we have, the more diverse the images will be.
Many of our creative light shots featured in our portfolio were captured during a two-hour wedding package. However, anything beyond two hours might be excessive for City Hall photography coverage alone. We recommend a four-hour package (with a customizable three-hour option) for couples interested in capturing bridal preparations, visiting additional locations, or having their reception documented.
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