We are one of the leading Same-Sex city hall wedding photographers and have been since it was legalized in California back in 2013. We have been servicing the LGBTQ community ever since and have witnessed and photographed well over 150 Gay Weddings. We often talk about how amazing it was especially early on, to be part of so many marriages of couples that had been together for many years. In the very first week after same-sex marriage was legalized we photographed a wedding of couple who had been together for 38 years! Imagine being in a committed relationship for that long and finally having the chance to get married legally. It is no wonder that so many gay couples rushed to have their wedding at San Francisco city hall back in 2013 and even into 2014. We photographed close to 50 of our 150 LGBTQ weddings in those first 2 years! Many of them were also in very long relationships and now finally were able to get married.
As City Hall wedding photographers we think it is important to personalize our service for each of our couples. Not everyone wants the same type of photography style, posing and romanticism. We never want to make our couples uncomfortable, but at the same time we want to make sure we are providing them with every opportunity to have the perfect wedding shoot. Feel free to let us know if you want lots of posing or prefer more candid type of images. How romantic do you want the photos to be? We feel it is important to talk about these issues in advance because it makes the shoot go smoother and avoids any feelings of being uncomfortable. Ideally, once the shoot starts, we do not have to discuss any of this, we just go! This technique has worked for us for many years and we know that our clients appreciate it.
One of the things that are often missing at Same-Sex marriages are flowers. In most cases the couple just doesn't think about it but then regrets it when they see other couples at San Francisco city hall with floral arrangements or boutonnieres. Why do I feel that this is so important? We certainly love photographing weddings at City Hall for all the reasons mentioned throughout this website. The architecture, the lighting, the windows, etc. All of these factors make it an amazing place to take wedding pictures. The only thing lacking is color. The walls and the floors are all different shades of gray and white. Adding a nice bouquet with lots of color or a Boutonniere for the men really provides a nice accent and breaks up the monotony of the gray. As you can see in the photo below, it is also works nice to have some color in the outfit. I loved this burgundy tux worn by one of the guys. It really stands out, but in a nice and classy way.
Another fun thing to bring to your San Francisco City Hall nuptials are signs. Many of our couples bring clever or fun signs that they hold for a few photos. Sometimes the sign can say "Just Married" Or "We got Hitched". I have even had couples bring a sign to hold that simply says: "Thank you!" A great idea for the couple to use in their thank you cards to their guests! Some of our couples will also bring hats of sports Jerseys. A more recent sign we saw that was very clever was "Mommy and Daddy got married!". I am sure you can guess who held this sign up for the wedding pictures. There are all kinds of fun things to enhance the wedding photography shoot.