What can I say when the sun and the weather helps you during an engagement photo session? This is exactly what happened last week when I had the privilege to photograph Lana and Jeff. The second we finished our photography in the Marina Green in San Francisco; it started to rain. While we are driving to a location on Mt. Tam for more dramatic photos, the clouds were threatening to open up, but the minute we stopped, the sun shone through and gave us beautiful light for our engagement photo session! And what can I say about sunset? It was just incredible!
It was a pleasure to photograph clients Ann and Paul at their recent wedding. Taking place at San Francisco City Hall, there were two rooms where the wedding took place- the signing ceremony was in supervisor Scott Wiener’s chamber, and the actual wedding ceremony was in the Supervisors Chamber. City Hall weddings are very popular right now, and while there, I saw at least 15 other wedding parties!
I have had the honor to photograph many gorgeous San Francisco City Hall Weddings in the past, and doing so have picked up some useful tips about getting married in City Hall:
- You have to reserve two appointments to get married at City Hall, one to obtain a marriage license, and one for the actual ceremony. These appointments can be scheduled on the same day or two different days. If scheduled on the same day, make sure to reserve your appointment to obtain a marriage license at least an hour before the actual ceremony as to ensure enough time.
- Appointments for marriage licenses and ceremonies and can be made up to 90 days in advance, and ceremonies can be booked Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. These reservations can be made online or in person at City Hall.
- Once you arrive for your Ceremony Reservation, each person must present:
- Photo identification.
- Valid marriage license.
- One witness (no more than two) if presenting a public marriage license.
- No witness is required if presenting a confidential marriage license.
- There are a few beautiful locations in City Hall where you can have your marriage ceremony. The Rotunda or a private room comes with no extra charge, limit to six guests (including a witness and a photographer), and 10 minuets for the ceremony. City Hall does not allow you to reserve the Rotunda because there is no guarantee you will be able to use it for your ceremony. The 4th Floor and Mayor’s Balcony are more private, allow up to 100 guests, and 1 hour for the ceremony, but with a charge of about $1,000.