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We’ve been looking towards Anna and Gary’s wedding ever since they told us their wedding theme – Doctor Zhivago. How super creative and awesome is that? This winter wedding took place on a rainy Friday afternoon, but the uncooperative weather didn’t spoil the day even a tiny bit.

The day started at Campton Place Hotel where I probably spent way too much time photographing Anna’s awesome shoes :) and from there we made our way to City Hall where all the guests were ready for the ceremony to start, right on the Mayor’s balcony. If you’re having a wedding at San Francisco City Hall we welcome you to check out our packages, wedding galleries, and albums.

Campton Hotel wedding preparation

I just loooved this pair of Louboutins:

wedding shoes

bride getting ready at Campton Hotel

wedding prepartions at Campton Hotel

groom getting ready at Campton Hotel

Most of the couples getting married in San Francisco City Hall choose to get married under the Rotunda – which is absolutely gorgeous. I think my favorite spot for a City Hall ceremony now is probably the Mayor’s balcony. It has an amazing view of the rest of the building, it is always quiet and private as the area is roped off to the public. It allows for the couple to have pretty much as many guests as they want! The wedding vows we hear at City Hall always make me emotional because the words carry so much intent and focus.

san francisco city hall wedding

wedding ceremony at san francisco city hall

We decided to do all the portraits right inside of the City Hall because of the rain. We spent about an hour shooting in the halls, on the stairs, in the elevators, and even by the drinking fountains! Anna and Gary were great sports, ready to participate in any crazy ideas we had :)

bride and groom wedding photos at san francisco city hall

groom portrait at san francisco city hall

bride on the stairs of san francisco city hall

san francisco city hall wedding bridal portrait

wedding photography san francisco city hall

san francisco city hall portraits

Then we were off to a candlelit reception at Saint Francis Yacht Club. In line with the Doctor Zhivago wedding theme colorful matryoshka dolls were set as centerpieces at each table surrounded by brightly lit candles. The live piano music greatly added to the evening’s atmosphere. The Saint Francis Yacht Club wedding also included a beautiful ice sculpture of a Russian Orthodox Church in the cocktail area and the guests were treated to black caviar and other hors d’oeuvres.

St. Francis Yacht Club wedding decor

St. Francis Yacht Club wedding reception

St. Francis Yacht Club cocktail hour

That evening at Saint Francis Yacht Club had much delicious food and warm toasts. The reception ended with a traditional Russian folk dancing performance in which Anna was one of the stars.

St. Francis Yacht Club wedding photos

Wedding Reception at St. Francis Yacht Club

bride at St. francis yacht club

Congratulations, Anna and Gary!!! We were honored to be a part of your day :)

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a wonderful weekend.

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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.