Deb and Bart on the 4th Floor of city hall in Black and White
Another fun wedding today for this SF City Hall wedding couple, Deb and Bart. The 2 of them made the trip to San Francisco City Hall all the way from Boise, Idaho just to get married at this impressive building. Even more impressive was their children who basically came from all over the USA and even one part of the world to watch their parents get married. After a fun filled ceremony and an amazing photo shoot at City Hall we decided to head to our pre-planned photo tour starting at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. We obviously could not fit all 5 of their kids in the car so we had to meet them there. When we first arrived at the Legion of Honor we noticed that it was getting foggy so decided it would be best if we went right into the Golden Gate Bridge photos that we had also planned to do. This is the type of decisions we often have to make when photographing outdoors in a foggy city that changes constantly.
We took them to the 17th Hole at Lincoln Park Golf course which is a little more than walking distance from the Legion. The Tee Box on the 17th hole has a nice view of the bridge so we rushed down there to get our shots before our opportunity was completely fogged over. You can see from the photo above that the fog was rolling in fast as it quite often does. The Golden Gate bridge was covered by the famous San Francisco fog just moments after we were able to create these images. That’s how fast it can happen sometimes. We quickly captured some amazing images that provided the best of both worlds. Personally, I love the fog of San Francisco and it’s nice to show it in some photos because it is so typical. Obviously, it’s more important to actually show the Bridge, so this photo accomplishes both of these things. It is rare to be able to capture both in our wedding photos.
Spinning Bride at the Golden Gate Bridge
Legion of Honor or Palace of Fine Arts?
After completing our wedding photography at the 17th Hole at Lincoln Park, we headed back up to the Legion of Honor to wait for the kids. As it turned out, they were actually waiting for us at the Palace of Fine Arts. Deb and Bart have no idea how they ended up there, but it was clear that we needed to change our plans and get back in the car. After a nice shortcut through the Presidio we finally met up at POFA in San Francisco. The kids had purchased some Champagne and we were able to get the awesome shot below. A great way to end the shoot. The location mix up just added to light hearted fun that this family enjoyed throughout the wedding day. They had a way of making the best of everything without getting bogged down in some of the small problems encountered that day. Just to educate anyone who is wondering. The reason for the confusion is that the official name of The Legion of Honor is actually “The Palace of the Legion of Honor”. So you can see why some might get confused with the Palace of Fine Arts.
Champagne Toast at the Legion of Honor
Wedding Photography Action Shots
Action shots are always the best types of photos to obtain especially with a larger group like this one. The family will look at this shot for years and laugh at each of their expressions as the bottle was opened in celebration. Of course there was also the issue of the misdirection and us arriving late, but once the champagne started flowing everyone forgot about it. Besides, it only delayed our shoot by about 15 minutes since we know all of the good shortcuts to get from the Legion of Honor to the Palace of Fine Arts. Sometimes intimate knowledge of San Francisco traffic patterns can be very helpful! It ended up being the perfect timing to obtain some amazing wedding pictures at the Palace of Fine Arts. The fog rolling in coupled with some blue sky added drama to these iconic San Francisco wedding photos.