Amy and Patrick wanted our San Francisco Tour package, but also added some reception coverage. They had a relatively large ceremony by City Hall Standards followed by our photos around the building. The plan was to also visit Ghirardelli Square and hop on a Cable Car. We then finished up the tour with a visit to The Buena Vista Cafe for some Irish Coffee. We took some photos of them toasting at the bar and it was a great way to end the photo tour. But that didn't end our day with them! We also included Reception coverage in this particular package in the North Beach area. I love North Beach and particularly enjoy when wedding photography takes me there. Inevitably, any couple visiting North Beach will want a taste of some pasta or maybe a quick stop for Espresso. Let of great opportunities for natural photography of the bride and groom just enjoying their day in what is also sometimes know as Little Italy.
One of the particularly fun things about this wedding photography shoot is that the couple's daughter joined in and we were able to get some great shots of her with the married couple. She was a real trooper and followed us everywhere and never complained. Once we arrived at the reception location in North Beach we took some shots of the decorations, flowers, etc. We then went on a mini tour of the Washington Square area including a very fun visit to the Hat Shop. I have brought other couples there and it always results in some great wedding photography. I am actually thinking of purchasing my own hat there soon! Check out the gallery to see some of images from North Beach's hat shop. UPDATE: I have returned twice to the Hat Shop and now have 2 very nice hats that enjoy wearing especially in the winter.
The happy newlywed's photographic coverage ended with us getting some nice candid walking shots around North Beach with some famous restaurants in the background for effect. We would just wait for the light to turn green and have the newlyweds cross the street (carefully) while holding hands and enjoying each other. We made a brief visit to the actual Reception spot and got a few nice shots there as well. We ended this amazing day with the newlyweds with table shot of them with all of their guests. A great day overall and fun for everyone involved.
The type of largely candid photo coverage we did at this wedding is really a personal favorite of mine. During the City Hall photo tour, we always are able to capture more than enough posed and staged pictures to make a nice wedding album. So once we are outdoors and touring around and visiting the bride and groom's favorite San Francisco destinations, it's nice to change things up and keep the session more candid and natural. At this point, the goal was to really focus in on the relationship between the couple and also their daughter. I really feel like we accomplished this.