Many of our City Hall clients ask us to take them to the Palace of Fine Arts after their wedding. It is definitely one the most popular destinations of our clients who have their nuptials in San Francisco. We enjoy taking brides and grooms to some of the less obvious places at this iconic location. The one challenge at The Palace is to find areas free of tourists. Fortunately, we have discovered over the years some great places to take our recently married couples that are less populated. We walk around to the back of Rotunda and find great backgrounds with beautiful architecture. The image above was taken in the Rotunda with an off camera flash. This can be a tricky picture to capture effectively because it requires a super wide angle lens to show the entire dome, but also is heavily back lighted which causes other potential problems.
The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific International fair and was intended as a temporary building. When the Exposition ended, all of the buildings were torn down except the Palace. It was used for various purposes mostly involving art for many years. However, since the building was built to only be up for one year, it was starting to fall apart. The decision was made to tear it down and rebuild it, which occurred between 1964 and 1974. Now the building attracts tourists from all over the world and also serves as a wedding venue. For us, it is a great place to bring our clients after their city hall wedding.
City Hall Bride with north facing window in San Francisco