City Hall Wedding - Legion of Honor


Phoebe and Sean chose our San Francisco Photo Tour 1 Package which provided them coverage for 2.5 hours with one additional location. We started at San Francisco City Hall with the couples civil ceremony and then went on a photo tour of the building. Once completed, we took them to The Legion of Honor to create some more photographic memories. The Legion of Honor happens to be one of our favorite photo destinations in San Francisco. We love the light here and the fact that it is protected from the elements. You can even shoot here on a rainy day and we have on numerous occasions!


legion of honor columns

Phoebe and Sean had the standard San Francisco City Hall Ceremony in the Rotunda surrounded by family and friends. The Rotunda is such a great place to have your nuptials, it is located at the top of the Grand Staircase and overlooks the Mayor's Balcony. Surrounded partially by walls, it provides the bride and groom with sufficient privacy. Just remember that if you want total privacy for your wedding you can book a reserved ceremony on the Mayors Balcony or 4th floor North Gallery. The cost is $1,000 which may sound like a lot of money compared to a standard ceremony, but it is still a bargain in San Francisco for such a magnificent venue. We love city hall weddings.

loh ring exchange

The photo below was taken on the 4th floor of City Hall, commonly referred to as the North Gallery, it is one of the most beautiful locations for wedding photography. We love taking our couples there as part of our building photo tour. The photograph above was taken with a fish-eye lens. The 4th floor is blessed with ample natural light which creates a soft mood and look to your wedding images. This locale also provides you with a great angle to capture the architecture at San Francisco city hall. Your wedding photographer needs to focus on this beautiful décor and backgrounds.

4th floor city hall loh

This photo really shows off the amazing architecture at San Francisco City Hall. It's one of the main reasons wedding photographers love to take pictures here. In this image we obtained gorgeous rim lighting from the south facing window. It gives the bride's veil a magical glow. These are the types of pictures you can expect from your city hall wedding photographer when touring this historic building.

bride and groom holding hand at legion of honor

San Francisco's Legion of Honor is one of our favorite stops when we take our married couples on a photographic tour of the city. The natural light is always great, there is protection from the wind and it's covered in case of storms! We spent a considerable amount of time here for this particular wedding photography session. Our newlyweds were more than happy to pose for us and they received some incredible photos as a result. We like to mix up our formal photography session with lots of natural posing including walking shots and interaction between the couple.

bride looking away at legion of honor

Phoebe shows off her wonderful wedding gown in this image between the giant columns of San Francisco's famous Legion of Honor. I love this image because even though it appears candid, it is actually a posed shot. She was a great model and we were so happy with the results

legion of honor walking out

One last kiss as we ended our shoot and the happy couple walked out of the Legion of Honor. There is so much to photograph here, it never gets old. Think of the Legion of Honor as one possible destination for your San Francisco photo tour! Maybe the only one!