Roger and Alexa decided to do a wedding portrait session several months prior so that on the day of their actual wedding, they could spend more time with their guests and less time posing. We explored the beautiful San Francisco City Hall for about an hour and created these gems. Enjoy!
Ever since getting engaged myself, people have asked, “When’s the wedding?” and my response has always been, “I haven’t even started planning yet.”
With all the hubbub of planning and expectations, sometimes I think I would follow in Taryn and Natalie’s footsteps and just elope somewhere. Maybe in a completely different country! When Taryn and Natalie first contacted me, they told me they were from Ottowa, Canada, and they were coming to San Francisco to get married at City Hall.
”Taryn and I are truly best friends - we have a great time together without having to stage it, so I’d love that to come through in our wedding photos,” Natalie wrote me in her initial email. They treated themselves to the unique Proper Hotel in San Francisco and I joined them as they got ready together. We walked to City Hall, and one of my favorite moments was when the judge officiating their ceremony snuck us to the Mayor’s Balcony because it was so loud and crowded in the usual area. “They usually charge extra for this,” I gushed to Natalie as we hurried over.
It’s hard to express how honored I was to be not only their photographer but also their witness. I was breathtakingly close as the vows were said, the rings exchanged, and I got chills shooting through it.
Thank you Taryn and Natalie!
Kindest words from Marie - “I had known I would want Annie to photograph my wedding before an engagement was even in the horizon - and somehow, she managed to exceed all expectations. We had a 20 person wedding in San Francisco City Hall and the pictures capture so beautiful the day and the emotions we all shared. Her quiet attitude makes her unobtrusive to the process, and she was thoughtful when giving guidance to help us be in the best light. The pictures feel honest, elegant and flattering and now the biggest question is picking out which to frame out of many. Our guests were equally pleased, and we received so many private messages of how well the pictures turned out. If you are looking for a photographer who clearly respects the meaning of this important bond and will create images true to you and your relationship - Annie is an all-star.”
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I've always loved San Francisco City Hall as the backdrop for the usual five person or so wedding where you wait in line alongside seven other couples for your turn to get married.
But Lisa and Tim reserved the beautiful Mayor's Balcony on the 2nd floor, where 40 of their closest friends and family celebrated their union. After portraits, Lisa and Tim took their guests to Fort Point via a classic San Francisco trolley, then to Foreign Cinema (the Modernism West gallery) for a leisurely dinner and dancing.
Even after I've photographed so many of these small little ceremonies, it always intrigues me - the smallest of a ceremony, sometimes done in secret, yields so many lovely little moments.
On October 1, 2015 - a Chinese National holiday - many Chinese couples went to San Francisco City Hall to get married. Among them were Bernie and Weiwei, an adorable and super sweet couple who loved my documentary approach to weddings.
City Hall weddings are beautiful not just because of the gorgeous building and endless natural light, but I also love the simplest of moments such as waiting in line to sign papers, or giggling at the fact that Bernie signed his name a different way on the document and had to redo it.