San Francisco City Hall Wedding • Seria & Steve

San Francisco City Hall seemed to be the wedding venue for me to photograph this year, and I surely love it because it’s one of the most stunning venues for couples to get married!

DESTINATION WEDDING

I was so pleasantly surprised when Seria approached me to photograph their City Hall wedding, because she and her now-husband were traveling all the way from Hong Kong, where I was from. I thought it was meant to be that we got to work together. The bride wasn’t actually looking for a Cantonese-speaking photographer, but not only did we get to communicate in our native language, we also got to meet in person when I was making a trip to Hong Kong right before the wedding!

Large windows, small people • San Francisco City Hall wedding

Wedding photos at the San Francisco City Hall dome

San Francisco City Hall wedding photography

San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer

Bride, window and shadows • San Francisco City Hall photographer

Seria and Steve were originally going to keep their outfits casual for the day, but I love the long gown that she ended up wearing on her wedding day! The beaded details and the length of her wedding gown elegantly matched the Beaux-Arts architecture at City Hall.

Getting married at City Hall

Signing the marriage license • Photojournalistic wedding photographer

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS

Since the wedding ceremony was after noon, the building was bustling with couples and tourists. The usual civil ceremony location at the rotunda was busy, so the the officiant arranged for the ceremony to take place on the 4th floor gallery. There was plenty of natural light, and the top floor spot provided a beautiful view of the large windows and dome. (A side note: the Baroque style dome is the 5th largest dome in the world! Good to know…) I always like to bring my couples up there for their wedding portraits anyway, so the ceremony spot was perfect!

San Francisco City Hall wedding at the 4th floor gallery

Exchanging rings at San Francisco City Hall wedding

Wedding at San Francisco City Hall

Kiss • San Francisco City Hall wedding photography

AN INTIMATE CEREMONY

Though their parents were well aware of their wedding plans, the small City Hall wedding ceremony was an elopement in a way as most of their friends in Hong Kong did not know about it! The couple was joined by a handful of friends, old and new, who lived in the States. Their friends pictured in the window photo actually just got married the week prior to Seria and Steve’s big day, adorable.

It felt great to be part of an intimate wedding ceremony and craft beautiful portraits for such a charming couple. There was so much joy that day, I hope you can see it from these wedding photos!

Congratulations, 恭喜晒, Seria and Steve 🙂

Natural light wedding photography • San Francisco City Hall

Ornate window • Couple at San Francisco City Hall

Fun portrait at San Francisco City Hall

Couple and Stairs at the San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography at the Grand Staircase

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