Many of our City Hall weddings end up booking our San Francisco photo tour and we often end up at the Palace of Fine Arts for at least one of the stops. This great LGBTQ couple asked us to drive them around SF and we happily took them to the Palace on a beautiful day in the The City. For this image, I thought it would be nice to just have them sit in front of the Rotunda by the Palace Lagoon and interact. Nothing posed, just the happy married couple enjoying their wedding day and perfect weather. I often feel like these types of photos create the most amount of emotion among the viewers, especially the newlyweds themselves. Wedding photography is all about making memories and if a photo like this evokes feelings and emotion, so much the better. Note: Due to Covid-19 concerns, we are no longer able to personally drive our couples around to the various locations. However, we are still more than happy to meet you at any San Francisco destination you desire.
Clearly our most requested 2nd San Francisco location to take our San Francisco city hall wedding participants. It is certainly a favorite of ours as well! We really love the architecture and outdoorsy feel of the Palace of Fine Arts (POFA). It also has an amazing history that makes it very unique when it comes to San Francisco Landmarks. Put up as a temporary building in 1915 and then rebuilt years later, it stands as one of the preeminent tourist destinations in San Francisco and the Bay Area. This can also be the only real negative of bringing our clients here.... It can be crowded. For us, it just means allowing more time to get the great shots that our couples want. Patience is a virtue when shooting at POFA. Worst case scenario is that we will have to wait for tourists or another couple to walk by while we set up our photos. A minor inconvenience and still so worth it. I think we have probably been to POFA for wedding photography at least 500 times.
The photo above is from another favorite photography destination of our in San Francisco. The beach behind this couple if right next to Ghirardelli Square. It is actually just a few hundred feet away from the Powell Street cable car turnaround, which is probably the most popular place for tourists to board the trolley. We took these newlyweds on a grand photographic tour of this entire area and mostly avoided tourists as we did it. If you look real carefully in this photo you can see the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance. Even though it was hard to see, our couple wanted to make sure we included it in one of the photos. We were more than happy to oblige.