San Francisco City Hall Elopement
I’m pretty excited to finally have photographed an elopement at the legendary San Francisco City Hall! Last week I got up bright and early on a Wednesday morning. I grabbed my camera gear that I had packed the night before. And off I went to City Hall. The forecast called for it to be raining all day. Since that’s what happens in February in the Bay Area. But as I was walking towards the building the clouds started to lighten up.
The Lovely Couple – Regina & Eugene ?
I first met Regina at a fitness photoshoot for studio Core Society Fitness. A women owned boutique Lagree fitness studio in Emeryville. (You can see some of those images here). We stayed in touch after the shoot. So when it came time for her and Eugene to pick someone to photograph their wedding, lucky me was on the top of the list!
We got together at Rose’s taproom to go over their wedding photography options. I learned more about what they were hoping for. And from that we decided that photographing the city hall part of their wedding was essential.
In the fall Regina and Eugene will celebrate their marriage with family and friends. And I’m looking forward to that part of their wedding photography as well. I hope you enjoy some of my personal favorites from their San Francisco city hall elopement!
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”
– Tom Robbins
Here are some of the best photos from their San Francisco city hall elopement!
The best stop to elope in San Fransisco: City Hall
San Francisco’s City Hall is a stunning destination for couples eloping from all around the world. There is beautiful light and floor to ceiling marble details. Every corner you turn reveals another beautiful wedding portrait location.
City Hall was originally built in 1871 two blocks from the current location. But during the terrible earthquake of 1906 it was destroyed. In 1915 city hall was rebuilt and opened to the public as the monumental building we now know and love. Architect Arthur Brown Jr was the principe designer for the San Francisco City Hall.
The building is in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. That style was popular in the late 19th century. Much of the marble in the building comes from Alabama, Colorado, Vermont, and Italy. It also features sandstone from Indiana within. And the exterior face is Madera County granite.
Surrounding the impressive rotunda there are a series of balconies on each floor. Personally my favorite area is the 4th floor balconies. Depending on the time of day both the north and south balconies are stunning and flooded with light. We got lucky and were able to have the wedding ceremony on the 4th floor balcony.
Some more City Hall History
On the second floor you will find the Harvey Milk gallery. It’s a lovely space that boasts a bronze bust of former San Francisco county supervisor. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California. He was instrumental in the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community. Fighting for housing equality and banning discrimination. Sadly his career in politics was short. In 1978 he was assassinated. However, the brevity of his time in office did not limit his impact. Milk became an icon and a martyr in San Francisco and the gay community. In 2009 he posthumously received the presidential Medal of Freedom.
I am proud and humbled to capture the love in a place with as much historical significance as City Hall.
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Ella Sophie is an artist and photographer living in Oakland California. She specializes in creating images that empower women. Through portraiture, boudoir photography and ethical fashion photography. Ella strives to change the perception that women have of themselves one photo at a time. When she isn’t working you can find her volunteering at the local animal shelter. Encouraging fellow entrepreneurs and artists. Or traveling and taking in the beautiful wilderness.
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