Reserved Marriage Ceremony on the 4th Floor of San Francisco City Hall
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Reserved Ceremony at SF City Hall

A reserved ceremony on the 4th floor North Gallery at San Francisco City Hall. As a wedding photographer who has worked in this building for 10 years I always try to show an overall picture of what is happening during the ceremony. I learned this the hard way when during one of my early weddings here I failed to show the guests who were watching. Instead, I focused more on the bride and groom and their emotions and love. The couple was very happy with the photos they received from us, but did mention that they would have liked a few more photos that showed everyone watching them get married. I completely agreed with them and vowed to always make sure I capture at least one wide-angle shot similar to this at every reserved ceremony I do. You might be asking yourself right now what is a reserved ceremony? There is quite a bit of detailed information about City Hall Reserved ceremonies on this website, but allow me to summarize. the San Francisco City Hall event Department offers every couple who wants to get married here the option of paying $1,000 for a private ceremony. You are able to rent out either the Mayor's Balcony or the 4th floor North gallery and invite up to 60 guests. They are all provided with comfortable chairs and can enjoy the space for one hour. This wedding was one of those types of ceremonies and so I wanted to make sure that I captured a photo that showed the whole event not just the bride and groom. I like this angle quite a bit because it shows the architecture, the guests, the officiant, and the bride and groom. In addition to the photo pictured above, we frequently take a wide-angle shot from both sides as well. If your wedding is on the Mayor's Balcony, we can even take a picture from across the way. This can be a very effective way to portray the ceremony and still show all the guests and wedding party. If you have a large guest count I highly recommend paying the extra money and getting a reserved ceremony. This is especially true now because City Hall has recently begun to enforce their Six Guest rule when it comes to civil ceremonies.