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You know how people always say that we usually don’t treasure what we have? Time and time again this proves to be true. How special is the San Francisco City Hall to all of us? Weddings at San Francisco City Hall are some of our favorite events to photograph throughout the year: www.chocostudio.com/city-hall/

I used to work right across the street from it and never seemed to notice it. The lawns around it were a good place to have lunch on a sunny day, but nothing more than that. To the people living in and around San Francisco who run past it every day it’s often just another building.

Well, what I didn’t know until recently is just how many people from all over the US come to elope with just a San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer. That’s right, I think almost half of the weddings we shoot at City Hall are actually destination weddings. Some couples have even told us that it is not San Francisco that lured them in but in fact the beauty and history of the City Hall.

Katherine and Joseph recently came all the way from Miami for their elopement at the San Francisco City Hall. We got pretty lucky with the weather on this day (as if our weather can ever be nice enough for a visitor from Miami :) Well, the weather was good enough and following their ceremony we left their guests behind to spend a couple of ours driving Katherine and Joseph around to show them our beautiful city and to take photographs at many of the San Francisco sights.

Here are our favorites from the day:


SF City Hall elopement


San Francisco City Hall elopement photography


Majority of the City Hall elopements that we photograph happen on Friday afternoons. Unfortunately it’s a very popular time slot, so the building is always full of people. Katherine and Joseph choose to have their wedding on Tuesday morning, and we were excited to see an absolutely empty City Hall. I’ve always wanted to capture this perspective without people all over the floors, so this made me very happy:

San Francisco City Hall elopement pictures


San Francisco City Hall elopement photographer


San Francisco City Hall elopement portrait


San Francisco City Hall elopement bride and groom


SF City Hall elopement photography


SF City Hall elopement photographer


SF City Hall elopement portrait


Congratulations Katherine and Joseph, hope you have an amazing time in Hawaii and enjoy your honeymoon!

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.