California truly has it all from pacific coast to snowcapped hills of Lake Tahoe. From vineyards of Napa to rustic charm of a barn. So If you're a newly engaged couple thinking of having your destination wedding in San Francisco, and you have to pick only one location then City Hall is definitely a top contender. The majestic symmetry and character of an old historic building can only be found at the SF City hall. Trust me it’s the perfect blend of European luxury and grandeur that is easily available to couples aspiring to get married at the most picture worthy location in SF Bay Area.
Here is a quick blog post to help you book a local photographer for your San Francisco’s City hall destination wedding shoot.
Which is the best destination wedding spot in San Francisco ?
There are so many picturesque places in and around San Francisco but since you want to take away the essence of SF, my top Suggestions are:
Who will help plan my destination wedding shoot?
Once you have decided that San Francisco Bay Area is where you would like to elope, get engaged or tie the knot, give me a call on +1-408-768-5523. I personally spend time understanding your ideas and expectations before making any suggestions. I will go above and beyond to help you plan the ultimate destination wedding photo shoot.
How long is the wedding or elopement shoot?
The civil ceremony at the city hall is really short so keep 1 hour for the ceremony and 1 hour for post wedding shoot at the same location. If you want to add an outdoor location, book 3 – 4 hour session at least.
When should I take an appointment at City hall?
Weekdays Monday - Wednesday after 2.30 pm as it is lot less busy than other days of the week.
What should I wear for the destination wedding at Shoot?
For indoor wedding you can opt for a ball gown, bridal dress with a long detachable train or a lace adorned outfit. Go as short or as long as you want.
Keep tieks in your bag if you don’t like the idea of walking in heels.
For beach side location – Keep the same dress on and carry a jacket. Just don’t underestimate the weather as San Francisco is always windy.
When will I get my photos?
Generally 7 – 10 days from the 3 – 4 hour wedding / engagement session but if it’s a big wedding it can vary from 4 – 6 weeks.
The pictures of bride & groom posted above were shot after the ceremony as we planned it like that. The actual ceremony is less than 10 minutes and here are a few good clicks of a very intimate civil wedding at City Hall.
Post- Wedding Shoot at Baker Beach
Soon after the ceremony and indoor portrait shoot, you can always consider heading to another location. This gorgeous couple really wanted San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. So we selected Baker Beach as it offers the perfect angle to capture the bridge and the beach in the background for your engagement / destination wedding photoshoot.
What to consider while choosing a beach location in San Francisco?
Timing is crucial. Besides considering the golden hour shoot, I highly recommend a weekday to avoid large crowds. Bring a friend or two along as it deters the thugs from approaching you.
Take an Uber and get off at the first parking lot when you are driving from the North side of Golden gate.
Must carry flats.
Carry a snack and a bottle of water.
Bring a jacket.
What to avoid?
Don’t bring a lot of dresses or an extra outfit as the public restrooms are not very hygienic and usually there is a queue. It also saves time and you can focus on your photo session.
Why should you hire me as your local photographer in San Francisco Bay Area?
I have been working as a professional for over 5 years with a very versatile portfolio. I have had the opportunity to shoot corporate and beauty portraits for magazines, celebrity events, food & interior photography for elite restaurant & hotels and most importantly weddings and engagements.
When I am not shooting for clients, I am generally practicing and honing skills to create and learn something new everyday.
My main focus from any photography session is to give you a variety of images using different lighting techniques. I give clues, instruct you and even crack lame jokes on what to do during the session which makes me sound silly but definitely add fun. Your session will have a combination of styled and fun photos in both natural light as well as moody & dramatic shots. It really depends on a number factors like lighting, timing, how excited are you as a couple etc etc.
Ready to book an amazing destination wedding photographer in San Francisco for 2019?