Bride Cheering in front of City Hall Sign with Bouquet in the air

Best City Hall Sign Wedding Photography

All of our couples want a photo in front of the San Francisco city hall entrance. It is the perfect ending to their San Francisco city hall wedding. The door is very elegant with lots of gold and blue colors and of course it has the sign that spells out CITY HALL! What city hall wedding photography session would be complete without this iconic photo. We always finish our shoots by taking some fun images in front of the sign. Some couples prefer to just do a simple pose and others want some more exciting photos like the one above. Another option that we often suggest to our couples is to have them walk out of the building through those doors and we take an action shot as they celebrate. Either way, we realize the importance of making sure this photo becomes part of the bride and groom's special memories. The fact is, even if we were to ever forget to do this particular wedding photo I know our couples would remind us.

Inside angle of San Francisco city hall sign shot

Invite the Bride and Groom's Guests to Pose

In most cases once we are done with the family pictures and ceremony, we take the bride and groom around the building on our City Hall photo tour. This tour involves exploring all 4 floors if time allows and taking amazing images at each location. We usually leave the guests behind for this part of the shoot so we can focus on getting great wedding photography images without the distraction of family and friends. Not only will they get in the way of our efficient photo tour, but they will often make comments and suggestions directly to the couple which can cause problems.

Returning to the outside of the building for the city hall sign photo is a good chance to reunite with guests and get a couple of shots by the same place. This also makes everyone happy because we involve the friends and family again after leaving them on their own for a bit of time. It always amuses me how the couples anxiously wait for this photo and make sure that we remember to take it. We have found recently that some couples will be uneasy unless we assure them that this photo is one of our typical shots. They do not always realize that this shot is best completed at the end of the newlywed's San Francisco city hall photography session. The reason for this is once you got outside, you have to go back through the building security again!

Groom lifting bride in front of SF City Hall Exit and  Entrance sign