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Wedding Photographers

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We are San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers who love the beauty of this timeless venue. Your City Hall wedding is sure to be elegant and classy. We’ve photographed hundreds of weddings at City Hall and this guide will give you all the behind-the-scenes secrets for how you can get the most out of your special day.

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City Hall Weddings

What time should you schedule the ceremony if you want the building to be empty?

Is there really a 6 person limit for the number of guests?

And where exactly can you go for your City Hall wedding portraits?

Read on for our best kept secrets for how to have an absolutely spectacular San Francisco City Hall wedding!

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Wedding Ceremony at City Hall Rotunda

How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall

What is the process of getting married at City Hall?

To get married at San Francisco City Hall in 2017 you’ll need to make two reservations: one for your marriage license and one for your actual civil ceremony. We highly recommend scheduling your license appointment on a separate day in advance so you can save time and have less hassle on your wedding day. Once you receive your wedding license, it is valid for 90-days.

Your reservation for a ceremony can be made up to 90 days in advance on the following website: City Hall Wedding Reservations.

For 2017 City Hall wedding events are available Monday – Friday from 9am to 3:30pm. You’ll need at least one witness (we’ll be honored to do this for you!) and you can officially have no more than 6 guests, although we have seen much bigger gatherings.

Most importantly, remember to bring your state issued government IDs or passports as well as your wedding license. Everything else will take care of itself :)

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How much does it cost to get married at City Hall SF?

The fees for reserving a public City Hall ceremony is $83. The marriage license fee is currently $104.

If you’d like a more private ceremony on one of the three balconies you can pay $1,002 for up to 100 guests. The North Light Court is an especially beautiful part on the fourth floor of the office building.

Learn more about rental costs for special events here: City Hall Packages phone 415-554-6079.

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Where will your ceremony take place?

Most weekday San Francisco City Hall wedding ceremonies take place in The Rotunda, which is the beautiful public space on top of the grand stairway. It’s also possible to get married in a small room set up as a chapel, although this is not a popular option.

If you’d like a more private setting or if you’re having a lot of guests it’s also possible to rent one of three balconies: The Mayor’s Balcony, North Fourth Floor Balcony, and South Fourth Floor Balcony. These balconies are great if you want privacy for your wedding photography and allow up to 100 guests.

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photos

The Mayor’s balcony (seen below) is a beautiful private setting that can be reserved for your weekday City Hall celebration. City Hall can provide chairs as well as a way of blocking off the area so your celebration will not be interrupted. Up to an hour of time is allocated for each booking.

San Francisco City Hall Mayor’s balcony is available Monday – Friday before 4pm. This space can hold up to 100 guests.

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer

Choco Studio is one of the leading City Hall Photographer studios in the Bay Area. Our 12 years of experience help you to have a relaxed celebration so you can fully enjoy your special event. From the beautiful public staircase to the privacy of a Fourth Floor balcony - we have the necessary experience to help you enjoy the moment while we photograph your event. If you're looking for a San Francisco wedding photographer we welcome you to view our galleries and get in touch.

When you choose a wedding photographer San Francisco City Hall becomes like a beautiful photo studio. We’ll create an experience you’ll remember fondly.

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Wedding Reception at San Francisco City Hall

There are several options available for planning your wedding reception at San Francisco City Hall. If you’re looking to have a weekend wedding reception, rates begin at $10,000 (for up to 500 guests).

You can also rent the facility for just 2 hours for your San Francisco courthouse wedding. It's available on Saturdays and the cost is $5,000. You won't need a photography permit and you can learn more here about San Francisco City Hall wedding cost on their website.

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How do you get a wedding license?

To get your wedding license you’ll need to book an appointment. The available days are Monday – Friday 8:15am – 3:30pm.

Once you obtain your wedding license, the ceremony must take place within 90 days from the date that your license is issued. If necessary, you can choose to obtain a confidential marriage license. This will not require any witnesses and your marriage record will only be available to you.

To schedule your wedding license appointment, click on the following link: Wedding Ceremony Reservations.

San Francisco City Hall office building address is: 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, Ca 94102

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How can I get a copy of a marriage certificate?

You’ll be able to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate 10 business days after your marriage license is received from the person conducting your ceremony. The County Clerk will be able to issue you a certified copy of the record for a $15 fee.

Your marriage certificate can be obtained in person, online, or requested by phone at 800-708-6733. To learn more about this process in 2017, you can learn more about Marriage Licenses on the official website.

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Photography of Your San Francisco City Hall Elopement

One of the great things about this venue is that it’s perfect for a couple who is just looking for a special elopement package! As your wedding photographer, it’d be a pleasure to guide you and make sure that the details of your day runs smoothly while we create amazing images.

We know City Hall inside and out so we can give you suggestions about the best time of the day for light, where to go for portraits, and how to score the best spots for your dinner afterwards.

Elopements are great because they are intimate and without distractions. It’s an honor for us to witness the day you become a family.

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You don’t always get professionalism with talent, especially with wedding vendors. Mike and Nat, however, not only possess a keen eye and skill but they also are communicative, reliable, patient, and calm. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography Packages

Monday-Friday wedding coverage for City Hall and other venues.

City Hall Packages Include:

Fourth Floor Balcony Wedding at San Francisco City Hall

• All High Resolution Images are fully edited and delivered by download

• Online gallery with ordering and downloading of all delivered photos

• Full printing rights and two week turnaround

• Wedding reception coverage can be added for $300 per hour

When is your big day?


Which are the best days for a City Hall wedding?

As you may have guessed, Fridays are usually the most busy – especially towards the afternoon. Some of the best days if you want less crowds are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you want to take photos at another San Francisco location afterwards we recommend scheduling your ceremony closer to 3:30pm. This will give us the best light for your outdoor pictures.

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  • Which are the best days for a City Hall wedding?

    As you may have guessed, Fridays are usually the most busy – especially towards the afternoon. Some of the best days if you want less crowds are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    If you want to take photos at another San Francisco location afterwards we recommend scheduling your ceremony closer to 3:30pm. This will give us the best light for your outdoor pictures.

  • Do you edit the photographs?

    Yes! Every photograph you’ll receive will be edited for accurate color, exposure, cropping, etc.

    A number of photographs will also be black and white. Your images will be without any watermarks and ready to print.

  • How can we reserve the date?

    Contact us to see if we’re available for your date. We’ll reply with an easy way to make the reservation.

  • What kind of rights do we have to the photos?

    You’ll have full printing rights to your wedding photos. The full resolution images can be printed, shared, and used for any personal purpose.

Vendors We Love


Lissin Lev Chaya

Lissin is deeply rooted in her practices, trained in rituals of many faiths, and committed to blending traditions in a way that feels authentic and respectful to all.

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Triple Twist Makeup

Because we only do weddings, we know exactly what our brides are looking for – natural, beautiful makeup and flawless, precision hair styling. We arrive with an Italian makeup table and director’s chairs to provide the most comfortable setting for your day-of service. Best of all, you’ll have an amazing lighted backdrop for your pre-ceremony photography.


Hit Maker Films

Kyle Henry is an awesome, down to earth filmmaker who creates beautiful cinematic wedding videos for his lucky clients. Even after 10 years in the business he continues to push the creative angle and his clients are thrilled with his work. We love working with Kyle and we think you will too.

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Awesome Shot Studios

With a background in live network television, photography, and teaching workshops, Oren has spent over 25 years perfecting the craft of visual storytelling. Having covered hundreds of weddings, Oren has a knack for being in the right place, at the right time…and working as a team to create wonderful memories for each couple.


Bella Fiora

In 2005 Dino Bocala and Mark Leahy opened Bella Fiora within the walls of a tiny kiosk at the corner of California and Polk Street in San Francisco. Four short years saw an explosion in demand for their beautiful floral designs, and Bella Fiora ‘bloomed’ into a new luxurious suite only steps away.


A local flower shop and design studio based in the Mission District, San Francisco. Most of their material is California grown and every design is custom made.


Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Located three blocks away from the City Hall, Absinthe features French and Northern Italian-influenced brasserie fare for lunch and dinner. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and late-night dining. Absinthe Private Dining, located adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, functions as a completely private dining room, with its own entrance, bar, and restroom.

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San Francisco City HallElopement Wedding

The San Francisco City Hall is a wonderful place for an elopement. We photograph couples who come from other states, and even other countries to get married at our City Hall.

Katherine and Joseph visited from Miami and wanted to have a private and memorable elopement in our beautiful town.

Click to see more wedding photos from an City Hall elopement.

San Francisco City HallSame-Sex Wedding

We were so thrilled when equality prevailed and every couple was finally able to get married. This was a wedding between two people in love and we were honored to be a part of their day.

We believe that skin-color and gender have no meaning when it comes to love. It’s absolutely wonderful when people have equal rights.

Click to see more photos from a same-sex wedding at City Hall.

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Weddings often allow us to meet people with whom we click right away. Sveta and Dae are the sweetest couple and we are still in touch with them, several years after their SF City Hall wedding.

We love to roam the City Hall and come up with new angles and ideas for creative portraits.

Click to see more photos from an Sveta and Dae’s Wedding.

St Francis Yacht ClubWedding Photos

Some couples choose to have a ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall and a reception dinner at another venue. Anna and Gary had their beautiful party at the St Francis Yacht Club.

Their ceremony took place on the Mayor’s Balcony at the City Hall. We just loved the style of this wedding!

Click to see reception photos from the St Francis Yacht Club and a ceremony on the Mayor’s Balcony.

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Many of our City Hall wedding couples choose to have additional locations for portraits. This usually happens after the ceremony and adds a nice variety to the scenes and backgrounds.

There are an infinite number of gorgeous settings in San Francisco. We traveled to The Palace of Fine Arts on this beautiful day.

Click to see more photos from a ceremony at the City Hall and portraits at The Palace of Fine Arts.

“The one bit of advice I heard from so many friends and family was to find a photographer you really love. Once the big day is over you cannot get it back and retake the photos. Choco Studio completely captured every last detail of our wedding and left us with so many wonderful photos to treasure for years to come. ”

Jenny D, Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, Ca

“What we liked most was that the pictures were real, not posed or forced. They are genuine people and really interested in capturing the essence of a couple. ”

Laura I, City Club in San Francisco, Ca

“Mike was so quick and thoughtful, he authoritatively flew us around city hall to the best locations, making sure to capture all the small candid moments and amazing views around the gorgeous site. We knew that picking the right San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer was going to make a big difference in how we remembered our wedding day.”

Jocelyn D, San Francisco City Hall Wedding