I am writing this blog post because we have had a number of brides at city hall show up without flowers. San Francisco city hall is an amazing place to have your wedding ceremony. The architecture alone is incredible but there is even more to this story. Because of the way the building is oriented, the natural light can pretty amazing at times. As a City Hall wedding photographer, you learn where to go at certain times of the day to capture this light. The windows are also incredible, not only because of the light they let in, but also the designs on the windows themselves. The only small problem with photographing weddings here is that the backgrounds are all very neutral. You have a mixture of white and gray and many shades in between. For this reason flowers make an incredible difference. Just adding that little splash of color can really enhance a wedding photo here.
As you can see from the above photo, the image is enhanced by the color added from the bride’s bouquet. Even the boutonniere worn by the groom makes a difference. We are able to produce wonderful images even without flowers, but we highly suggest you consider bringing even a small arrangement. I honestly think that some City Hall brides dont even think about the possibility of flowers because its a civil ceremony. But San Francisco city hall is so different because of the elegance of the building! Here is a link to a city hall florist that we have liked in the past just in case you need ideas.
Another fun thing about bringing a bouquet to your city hall wedding is that you can throw it! Its kind of obvious who was going to catch it this time, but still a fun shot. For more information about our SF City Hall Wedding Photography service check out our Yelp Reviews. We feel that it is more important to carefully read the reviews than to look at the rating. We always try to help our brides and grooms out with the process of getting married at City Hall and this is reflected in our Reviews. Providing advice on flowers is just one aspect of how we try to assist our Newlyweds. NOTE: We have discovered over time just how important it really is to add flowers at SF City Hall. We have now started to bring a very nice silk bouquet to the wedding just in case our couple shows up with flowers. Of course it is optional, but many of our clients take us up on our offer!
We constantly are asked before our San Francisco city hall wedding photography bookings to suggest great local florists. Although there are none that we work with exclusively, we can give you some of the more popular names that our brides have used in the past.
Rose Bowl Florist is by far one of the most frequently used wedding florist close to San Francisco City Hall. Probably the main reason for this is just that, their proximity to SF city hall. In fact, they were walking distance away. We have seen nothing but great reviews for this company including on their Yelp page. We can recommend this florist without hesitation.
Bella Fiora is another very well known local wedding florist. They are not as close as Rose Bowl, but do an exceptional job. Their proximity to San Francisco’s famed Nob Hill makes them a little more pricey, but with great quality. Another shop with great Yelp reviews and quite popular with city hall brides.
The Floral Loft is not a florist that we have personal experience with, but we have heard good things. They are located fairly close to city hall and have incredible Yelp Reviews with over 85 experiences documented. Even though we cannot personally recommend them, the writing seems to be on the wall for this fine San Francisco Florist.
Nob Hill Floristis another San Francisco Wedding florist that we are not sure that we have personal experience with. It definitely seems like we have had brides tell us about this company though! Again, just looking at their Yelp page I see a couple of things. First of all, they have nothing but 5 star reviews which is pretty incredible. Also important is the fact that as you go through the reviews, you see many pictures of city hall weddings featured. Not sure about the pricing on this company, but they are definitely worth checking out!
Wedding Photography at City Hall with Flowers
One of the reasons we are providing this information is that it kinds of goes along with our very strong recommendation that all brides have a bouquet for their city hall wedding. Despite San Francisco city hall’s amazing beauty there is one small flaw – not much color. The walls and floors are either white or gray. Beautiful architecture for sure, but very neutral colors. We have found that the perfect thing to set off these gorgeous backgrounds is a splash of color that is provided by a nice bouquet. It also gives the bride something to do with her hands!