PRIVATE SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Welcome to our City Hall page. Offering a fresh take on San Francisco City Hall wedding photography, we deliver more than just beautiful photos - we create a meaningful story. And we keep your wedding photos private.

 

Inspired by this iconic building and happy couples who choose to elope there, we love telling untold love stories, capturing raw moments and creating meaningful images.

 

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- (already familiar with our work? - get in touch here)

- (would you like to be penciled in? - click here)

- (Interested in seeing a complete City Hall Portfolio - click here)

- or scroll down for multiple galleries.

 

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The vibrant City Hall never ceases to intrigue us with its ever-changing, awe-inspiring interiors drenched in sunlight and steeped in history.

 

Your elopement ceremony here is bound to be one to remember and we promise to encapsulate that memorable day in beautiful photographs you will cherish forever.

 

For us, every wedding or elopement at City Hall is unique and every album we create is different. From the moment you walk inside the marble hallway to the first kiss and a stunning send-off, we will photograph all the magical moments, beautiful poses, genuine smiles, significant looks and incredible fashion statements.

Welcome to our City Hall page. Offering a fresh take on San Francisco City Hall wedding photography, we deliver more than just beautiful photos - we create a meaningful story. And we keep your wedding photos private.

 

Inspired by this iconic building and happy couples who choose to elope there, we love telling untold love stories, capturing raw moments and creating meaningful images.

 

Familiar with our work? - get in touch here.

Interested in seeing a larger City Hall wedding gallery - use this link.

Would you like to be penciled in? - book here.

Or see our rates here.

 

- Main City Hall Gallery

- City Hall Gallery 1

- City Hall Gallery 2

- City Hall Gallery 3

- Instagram

- Slideshows (with music)

- Just Brides - Night Light

- Fun & Emotional & Candids

- More Candids

- Grand Staircase

- Creative Lighting

- Winter Light

 

The vibrant City Hall never ceases to intrigue us with its ever-changing, awe-inspiring interiors drenched in sunlight and steeped in history.

 

Your wedding ceremony here is bound to be one to remember and we promise to encapsulate that memorable day in beautiful photographs you will cherish forever.

 

For us, every elopement at City Hall is unique and every album we create is different. From the moment you walk inside the marble hallway to the first kiss and a stunning send-off, we will photograph all the magical moments, beautiful poses, genuine smiles, significant looks and incredible fashion statements.

 

A blend of exquisite portraiture, photojournalism and artistic imagery, our approach to wedding and elopement photography encompasses a range of styles and the final product is a gorgeous album brimming with images that are inimitable and one-of-a-kind.

 

We adore documenting love, joy, happy tears and laughter that make every City Hall wedding so special!

 

The crown jewel of San Francisco, City Hall is the place where it all happens: celebrations, protests and, of course, weddings. A choice of many celebrity couples including Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio is without a doubt one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the whole world.

 

Here, you can spot brides and grooms from every corner of the globe. We have photographed hundreds of ceremonies in this majestic courthouse and yet it remains to inspire and intrigue us every time we encounter its white-washed marble interiors that are jam-packed with one-of-a-kind and ever-changing photo backdrops. Its fascinating dome, beautiful galleries and intricate walls always reveal something new and visually stunning.

 

Originally built in 1870, San Francisco City Hall got severely damaged during the big earthquake in 1906 and the stunning building that we are admiring today has been constructed in 1915. It is a fine example of Beaux-Arts architecture designed by Arthur Brown Jr and an impressively large building spreading across two city blocks. Its most stunning feature is a gigantic dome inspired by Val-de-Grace and Les Invalides in Paris that is 19ft taller than the United States Capitol. The fascinating building exterior is an endless source of inspiration for wedding photographers, especially when the construction lights up in the evening. But the magic starts unraveling before your eyes as soon as you walk in and encounter the grandiose interiors adorned with acres of gleaming marble and gilded bronze. Space is beautifully filled with natural light, but the interplay of shadows constantly changes depending on the weather, season and time of day.

 

There are countless picturesque backdrops that guarantee to make your City Hall wedding photography breathtaking! As experienced San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers, we can help you pick the right time for shooting when the light is amazing and it is much less crowded.

 

In addition to delivering exceptional wedding photography, we can also be your guides to help you with the check-in process, selecting time slots and choosing an elopement ceremony location that is perfect for you. All you need to do is bring a smile, relax and enjoy your big day.

 

We can even make jaw-dropping snaps while you are waiting in the hallway, signing the documents or standing in front of the elevator. Not to mention those iconic photos at the grand staircase, rotunda and Mayor’s Balcony!

 

see our packages

 

 

Let's GET SOME IDEA ON SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS

 

THE ROTUNDA | MAIN ELOPEMENT LOCATION

 

The Rotunda is the very heart of San Francisco City Hall located just above the main staircase. It is where the majority of public wedding ceremonies take place. Photo opportunities here are amazing!

 

Rotunda’s coolest perks? It is filled with soft light plus there are beautiful crystal chandeliers. It is standing right opposite from the Mayor’s Balcony which means that great photo backdrops are guaranteed.

 

read more & see samples...

 

MAYOR'S BALCONY

 

Mayor’s Balcony is a fantastic vantage point from where you can capture the most beautiful snaps of San Francisco City Hall. That’s exactly why wedding photographers love it so much! Book a ceremony here and you will get gorgeous views of the ornate marble walls, the grand staircase and the Rotunda.

 

Without a doubt, it offers the most elegant backdrops for the bride and groom shots. Its unique feature is the iconic golden railing which can really stand out in your wedding photos.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE 4TH FLOOR

 

The 4th Floor Galleries are visually intriguing! The color palette is comprised of soft, natural shades of ivory, white, and grey. To make it even more picture-perfect, you can add some vibrant colors! Vivid bouquets, floral arrangements and bridesmaid dresses will create wonderful contrasts.

 

Here, you can easily seat 60 guests and the chairs are forming a natural aisle for your big entrance. Additionally, there is also ample space for live musicians, small table for cupcakes, champagne, weddings gifts, etc.,.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE GRAND STAIRCASE

 

The impressive marble staircase is the centerpiece of San Francisco City Hall and its most photographed feature. Its extraordinary beauty will strike you as soon as you walk into the building. Exuding regal elegance and timeless style, this architectural masterpiece is often compared to the iconic staircase at the Opera de Paris.

 

And even if there are other people in the background, a skilled photographer can still make a few amazing shots.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE 3rd FLOOR AND THE FAMOUS WINDOW

 

The 3rd floor is probably the most peaceful area in the building an excellent place to escape the crowds and busy areas and to get awesome portraits by the famous window.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE MAIN DOOR

 

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.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE COUNTY CLERK OFFICE

 

You are allowed to take your wedding photographer inside the County Clerk Office. This means getting a few extra photo opportunities.

 

The photographer can then take a photo of you signing or holding your marriage certificate. Or capture the moment when you are talking to the judge who is about to marry you.

 

This space may seem un-photogenic to an inexperienced wedding photographer. However, a professional who has photographed hundreds of weddings at San Francisco City Hall will know exactly which moments to capture.

 

read more & see samples...

 

CITY HALL ELEVATORS

 

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 groom are standing inside. We always try getting a shot inside these beautiful time capsules assuming we are alone.

 

NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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.

 

read more & see samples...

 

CITY HALL SAMPLES

 

A blend of exquisite portraiture, photojournalism and artistic imagery, our approach to wedding photography encompasses a range of styles and the final product is a gorgeous album brimming with images that are inimitable and one-of-a-kind.

 

- City Hall Gallery 1

- City Hall Gallery 2

- City Hall Gallery 3

- Instagram

- Favorite Slideshows (w/music)

- Very Large Gallery

- Just Brides - Night Light

- Fun & Emotional & Candids

- Candids - Grand Staircase

- Creative Lighting - Winter Light

 

We adore documenting love, joy, happy tears and laughter that make every City Hall elopement so special!

 

The crown jewel of San Francisco, City Hall is the place where it all happens: celebrations, protests and, of course, weddings. A choice of many celebrity couples including Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the whole world.

 

How to get married at City Hall - the complete guide.

 

Here, you can spot brides and grooms from every corner of the globe. We have photographed hundreds of ceremonies in this majestic courthouse and yet it remains to inspire and intrigue us every time we encounter its white-washed marble interiors that are jam-packed with one-of-a-kind and ever-changing photo backdrops. Its fascinating dome, beautiful galleries and intricate walls always reveal something new and visually stunning.

 

Originally built in 1870, San Francisco City Hall got severely damaged during the big earthquake in 1906 and the stunning building that we are admiring today has been constructed in 1915. It is a fine example of Beaux-Arts architecture designed by Arthur Brown Jr and an impressively large building spreading across two city blocks. Its most stunning feature is a gigantic dome inspired by Val-de-Grace and Les Invalides in Paris that is 19ft taller than the United States Capitol.

 

The fascinating building exterior is an endless source of inspiration for wedding photographers, especially when the construction lights up in the evening. But the magic starts unraveling before your eyes as soon as you walk in and encounter the grandiose interiors adorned with acres of gleaming marble and gilded bronze. Space is beautifully filled with natural light, but the interplay of shadows constantly changes depending on the weather, season and time of day.

 

There are countless picturesque backdrops that guarantee to make your City Hall wedding photography breathtaking! As experienced San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers, we can help you pick the right time for shooting when the light is amazing and it is much less crowded.

 

In addition to delivering exceptional wedding photography, we can also be your guides to help you with the check-in process, selecting time slots and choosing a ceremony location that is perfect for you. All you need to do is bring a smile, relax and enjoy your big day.

 

We can even make jaw-dropping snaps while you are waiting in the hallway, signing the documents or standing in front of the elevator. Not to mention those iconic photos at the grand staircase, rotunda and Mayor’s Balcony!

 

Let's GET SOME IDEA ON SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS

 

THE ROTUNDA

 

The Rotunda is the very heart of San Francisco City Hall located just above the main staircase. It is where the majority of public wedding ceremonies take place. Photo opportunities here are amazing! Rotunda’s coolest perks? It is filled with soft light plus there are beautiful crystal chandeliers. It is standing right opposite from the Mayor’s Balcony which means that great photo backdrops are guaranteed.

 

read more & see samples...

 

MAYOR'S BALCONY

 

Mayor’s Balcony is a fantastic vantage point from where you can capture the most beautiful snaps of San Francisco City Hall. That’s exactly why wedding photographers love it so much! Book a ceremony here and you will get gorgeous views of the ornate marble walls, the grand staircase and the Rotunda. Without a doubt, it offers the most elegant backdrops for the bride and groom shots. Its unique feature is the iconic golden railing which can really stand out in your wedding photos.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE 4TH FLOOR

 

The 4th Floor Galleries are visually intriguing! The color palette is comprised of soft, natural shades of ivory, white, and grey. To make it even more picture-perfect, you can add some vibrant colors! Vivid bouquets, floral arrangements and bridesmaid dresses will create wonderful contrasts. Here, you can easily seat 60 guests and the chairs are forming a natural aisle for your big entrance. Additionally, there is also ample space for live musicians, small table for cupcakes, champagne, weddings gifts, etc.,.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE GRAND STAIRCASE

 

The impressive marble staircase is the centerpiece of San Francisco City Hall and its most photographed feature. Its extraordinary beauty will strike you as soon as you walk into the building. Exuding regal elegance and timeless style, this architectural masterpiece is often compared to the iconic staircase at the Opera de Paris.

 

And even if there are other people in the background, a skilled photographer can still make a few amazing shots.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE 3rd FLOOR AND THE FAMOUS WINDOW

 

The 3rd floor is probably the most peaceful area in the building an excellent place to escape the crowds and busy areas and to get awesome portraits by the famous window.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE MAIN DOOR

 

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.

 

read more & see samples...

 

THE COUNTY CLERK OFFICE

 

You are allowed to take your wedding photographer inside the County Clerk Office. This means getting a few extra photo opportunities.

 

The photographer can then take a photo of you signing or holding your marriage certificate. Or capture the moment when you are talking to the judge who is about to marry you.

 

This space may seem un-photogenic to an inexperienced wedding photographer. However, a professional who has photographed hundreds of weddings at San Francisco City Hall will know exactly which moments to capture.

 

- City Hall Mobile Gallery 1

- City Hall Mobile Gallery 2

- City Hall Mobile Gallery 3

- Our favorite slideshows

- Our City Hall Packages

 

CITY HALL ELEVATORS

 

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 groom are standing inside. We always try getting a shot inside these beautiful time capsules assuming we are alone.

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Quick City Hall Locations Diagram

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SF City Hall locations | Complete Diagram
  • County Clerk Office – Most couples will have to register there before the ceremony. Except those who are bringing their own wedding commissioner.
  • The Rotunda – A place where most couples with 6 guests will marry
  • The 4th-floor gallery – (and Mayor’s balcony – not shown – located above the camera position) are the private areas that can be rented for a fee.
  • The Grand Staircase – Most couples would want to have a picture taken there.
  • Mayor’s Balcony – (located behind the camera view

The audio recording of Rotunda Ceremony

Actual Rotunda wedding ceremony recording

City Hall Photography FAQ

  • WE HAVE MORE THAN SIX GUESTS, WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM GETTING A ROTUNDA CEREMONY?

    For years City Hall didn’t care much how many guests couples bring. However, in May of 2019 City Hall started to enforce the 6 guests limit and couples who bring a bigger party risk getting married in a small chamber located near the county clerk’s office. It’s a nice little room but no match for the Rotunda. If you have a larger group, I highly recommend renting a space at City Hall.

  • WE CAN ONLY BOOK CITY HALL CEREMONY 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE, CAN WE BOOK YOU EARLIER?

    Yes, you can book us before making a reservation with City Hall. All you need to do after that is to make sure to log-in into the City Hall’s booking page exactly 90 days prior to guarantee your time slot. Alternatively, you can bring your own officiant – this way you will not need to make any additional arrangements with San Francisco City Hall.

  • CAN YOU BE OUR WITNESS?

    Yes, we will be happy to act as your witness. Just ask.

  • HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE RECEIVE?

    While the quantity of the photographs is less important than their quality, we typically deliver 120-150 images per hour of the coverage time. We delete only images that are obvious duplicates and/or images with bad facial expressions, eye blinks, exposure test shots, etc., However, if clients choose us not to delete these files, we will deliver even more photos.

  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET MARRIED AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL?

    On Fridays, City Hall can be very crowded. If you want to enjoy empty City Hall and get the most out of your photo session, please schedule your Ceremony on Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s mornings. City Hall is fairly empty around lunch break as well (except Friday). There is a little trick to get completely empty City Hall on a weekday but it involves some level of creativity. I also recommend checking our availability first, before making a ceremony reservation.

  • WHAT ARE THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL?

    We don’t have favorite spots. We know each spot advantages and drawbacks. The easiest location would be the 4th-floor gallery as it provides even and soft light. Overall we consider good coverage to be a combination of images taken at different locations while working closely with a couple and establishing a connection. We don’t just give orders, we talk, share ideas and even planning ahead.

    Here are some samples from 4th floor galleryMayor’s Balcony, The Great Rotunda and the Front Entry.

  • WE ARE TRAVELING FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, CAN WE GET MARRIED AT CITY HALL?

    Yes, San Francisco City Hall will perform your marriage ceremony as long as you have valid passports. Your marriage certificate will be shipped to you after 2 weeks (you must complete online form & postage fees apply).

  • HOW AND WHEN DO WE GET THE PHOTOS?

    Our typical turnaround time is four to six weeks unless clients request rush processing. Clients will have 30 days to download the images from a secure online gallery and will be responsible for the photos after delivery. We recommend making multiple copies on USBs and hard drives but we also offer professional backup options.

  • DO YOU HAVE THE CITY HALL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS?

    Overall, City Hall does not require a permit for standard Rotunda weddings. However, the event department requires proof of business liability insurance. We have all current paperwork on-file including. We personally know the staff of both County Clerk Office and the Event Department which makes it easier to coordinate between our clients and the City Hall.

  • WILL OUR PHOTOS BE EDITED?

    Our clients receive color corrected full-size digital images as a part of this package by default or request raw files instead. Images will be ready for printing and will retain natural light and tonal range. We will color correct the images and adjust many of the parameters to achieve a uniform look for the entire gallery. Editing decisions will be based on many factors such as weather, lighting, skin tones, age, etc., Clients may also request “special” editing of the entire wedding such as B&W conversion, however, this must be requested in advance.

  • WHICH LOCATIONS DO YOU RECOMMEND VISITING?

    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 Bridge Overlook, Golden Gate Park, Baker’s Beach, Japanese Tea Gardens are just a few of them. However, there are a number of secret spots that offer very unique photo opportunities.

  • WHAT IS A DURATION OF YOUR CEREMONY PACKAGE?

    Unlike with hourly packages, this option is not entirely based on time. We will meet at the time of your registration and will wait for you until the ceremony. We will then photograph the ceremony and will also spend 10-20 minutes afterward taking formal posed shots at one or two additional spots. This package is oriented to provide basic posed shots and to cover the ceremony.

  • CAN WE READ OUR OWN VOWS?

    Unfortunately most deputy marriage commissioners will not allow couples to read their own vows due to time constraints. However, sometimes they don’t mind. If reading your own vows is something you must do, we recommend hiring your won officiant.

  • CAN WE SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR ONE OF YOUR CITY HALL PACKAGES?

    Unfortunately, we don’t offer consultations for our City Hall packages (due to their pricing structure) but will be happy to schedule a phone consultation instead.

  • SHOULD WE VISIT ANOTHER LOCATION OR STAY AT CITY HALL?

    While there are many couples who’d rather stay in the building as it is really magnificent, others prefer to visit another spot. This can be decided upon when we meet.

  • CAN WE SPLIT THE COVERAGE AND HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPH OUR DINNER RECEPTION IN THE EVENING?

    Yes. You can split the time with a 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.

  • WHAT IS YOUR PROVIDED IMAGES FORMAT?

    By default, you will be getting full resolution unmarked color corrected jpeg images. We will only delete obvious duplicates, blinkers, bad expression shots, etc., You can opt for unedited files (same exact images but in Raw format) instead, at no additional charge. Or you can upgrade the package (extra fee) and have two versions of the same image as well.

  • CAN WE REQUEST OUR PHOTOS TO NOT BE PUBLISHED?

    By default, we reserve the right to use the photos to promote our Studio. However, we have enough weddings to work with and simply don’t have time to publish most of them. And if we do publish, it typically goes either on our website or to our partner wedding related blog. If, however, clients prefer us not to publish the images, they can ask us. We also offer NDA option.

  • HOW GOOD CITY HALL COURTHOUSE PROVIDED DEPUTY MARRIAGE COMMISSIONERS ARE?

    Well, first of all, they are volunteers. A number of them are REALLY FANTASTIC, but some are not. Most will read a script with a smile. Unfortunately, you can’t really control who your officiant will be and some of them have a very weak voice or will chew through the script in less than 60 seconds. Some older officiants (very few, though) are also painfully slow to process the paperwork which creates long delay. Others judges won’t say “Now you may kiss the Bride!” – which may cause mild confusion. However, some of them really flexible and it’s possible to convince them to take you to the 4th floor instead. Once we see who you will be working with, we will provide you with instructions that will minimize the problems.