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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers


San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers

We are San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers with over 500 weddings uniquely photographed at this amazing venue.  This website is dedicated to displaying the beauty and romance of having your Civil Ceremony  in this great city.  I am a native San Franciscan and have lived here for over 20 years. I started my career as a wedding photographer right here in San Francisco.  Eventually I became involved in San Francisco city hall wedding photography and have been doing it for close to 10 years.  Whether you want to have your ceremony at City Hall or just travel around SF on your wedding day to capture some of it's beauty, I know where to take you and the best times of the day to visit each San Francisco location.  The Palace of Fine Arts, the Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Bridge, Baker's Beach and the Japanese Tea Gardens are just a few of the wonderful destinations available.  We also have a more detailed San Francisco city hall wedding photography website to check out.  Specializing in documenting weddings celebrating the LGBTQ community, we have photographed multiple same-sex / gay weddings over the years.  We reached the 150 wedding milestone this past year (2019) and have always loved working with Gay couples

LGBT city hall wedding photo 

Affordable SF City Hall Coverage - 5 star Yelp Reviews

We offer affordable city hall photography packages that include full coverage of your San Francisco City Hall wedding and time to visit the SF landmarks of your choice. Planning an elopement?  We can help with that too!  We will serve as a witness and even drive you around on a tour of the City while we photograph you. We also have managed to average 5 stars on Yelp!  Check out our general Bay Area Yelp page to see our highly rated reviews and our San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer Yelp site for more specific information.  To see a video click Wedding Video. For more detailed information, scroll down to see our top 5 reasons to plan your marriage in San Francisco.

gay wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts 

 San Francisco City Hall Custom Wedding Packages

Let us know if you want reception coverage or just the city hall ceremony and San Francisco landmarks. We can design the best package to fit your needs and budget. With Dubnoff Photography you always get at least one of our 2 primary San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers.  Our team will provide you with the best romantic, candid and timeless images from start to finish. Check out our special week-day affordable city hall packages or our custom pre-wedding photography sessions.  We can also photograph your city hall engagement session or any other location in San Francisco.  We are an equal opportunity service provider and have photographed marriages of all cultures, religions, same sex marriages / gay / lesbian. For more information click on the Official San Francisco City Hall Website.

City Hall Grand Staircase kiss 

Same-Sex San Francisco Weddings

When Same-Sex weddings became legal again on June 6, 2013 we were one of the first wedding photographers to start covering LGBT / Gay / Lesbian weddings at San Francisco City Hall.  Since that time, we have had the pleasure to photograph close to 150 Same-Sex weddings and each one has been a memorable experience.  In the early days, after the ruling, there was a huge rush of Gay / Lesbian weddings, many of which involved couples who had been together for over 30 years.   One of our most memorable weddings involved a beautiful couple that had been together for 46 years!  In addition to them, we photographed many other couples who had been in committed relationships for over 10 years.  Imagine finally being able to make it legal and enjoy the benefits of other California married couples.

Northern California Professional Wedding Photography

Dubnoff Wedding Photography also offers full coverage of your large weekend wedding event throughout the Northern California area. Whether you are getting married in Yosemite, Napa, Sonoma, Sacramento, the Redwoods or other locations in the SF Bay Area, we can cover your event with no travel charges and inexpensive pricing. Our full-day coverage approach guarantees you a wedding photographer for your entire day. No worries about us leaving early, we stay until you tell us it's OK to go.  From the first dance until the cake cutting, bouquet toss, and candid photos, we cover it all!  You will never need to alter your schedule to fit ours.   This same full coverage approach is also available for civil ceremonies photographed at San Francisco City Hall or other nearby cities.  All of our couples receive examples of black and white photos along with their color proofs.  Having a professional wedding photographer is one of the most important things you can do for yourself - call us today!

Pier 7 by downtown San Francisco

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Wedding at San Francisco City Hall

1.  Beautiful Architecture: As you can see from the some of the photos above, the city hall architecture is amazing!  Truly one of the most beautiful wedding venues  in California and top 10 in the country!  People from all over the world come here to get married in this famous and historic San Francisco building.  Some of our clients ask us to focus on the architecture in their wedding photos while others want more romance and close-ups.  No matter what your preference, we make sure that you receive plenty of images showing the beauty of this amazing building.

2.  Affordable Pricing: It's actually possible to have your nuptials in this picturesque building for under $100!  Yes, you can pay more if you want to reserve The Mayor's Balcony or the 4th Floor North Gallery, but even that only costs around $1,000.  The vast majority of couples pay the very reasonable price of $100 and have their ceremony in the Rotunda.  There is also a private room available for those who want a more quiet ceremony. You still have access to the rest of City Hall after the ceremony to take your pictures.  For weekend weddings, the city hall building can be rented out for about $4,000 for 2 hours.  Your money provides you with total privacy since City Hall is closed on the weekends.  Sometimes they limit where you can go in the building on the weekends so be sure to ask the Event Coordinator about possible restrictions.

3.  San Francisco! Well known as one of the most beautiful and highly rated cities in the United States, San Francisco offers you some amazing destinations to visit during your getaway weekend!  Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39,  North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Marina are loaded with some of the finest restaurants in California.  There are so many places to see and things to do, it's a great place for your honeymoon.  Try out South of Market for some dancing and fun bars.  Explore around, keeping away from the more touristy spots to find some of the most amazing places to eat.  We especially love the North Beach area with it's authentic Italian Restaurants.

4.   San Francisco Historical Landmarks:  As wedding photographers, this is one of the best things for us!  We can take you to gorgeous locations throughout the city for you to visit and have your photos taken.  As a native San Franciscan, I am happy to give you a guided tour as we take care of your photography.  We will provide you with transportation at no extra charge.  We can visit The Legion of Honor, The Palace of Fine Arts, Pier 7, Fort Point,  The Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, Twin Peaks, or the Japanese Tea Gardens.   Some of our clients like to just walk the streets and have us photograph them as they explore all that the city has to offer.  The list of photographic locations goes on and on!  We are happy to suggest some of our favorite spots if you are from out of town and not sure where to go. 

5. All In One Place! This could be the most important reason of all.  You don't need to go anywhere else!  Your wedding, your reception, your honeymoon, and your vacation all in San Francisco!  Think of the money you will save.  You can even book some of the best wedding photographers in the SF Bay Area to shoot your wedding for under $1,000!   Many of these photography companies charge over $4,000 for weekend weddings, but you can book them for a discounted price on a weekday. Not only that, but because of the additional time built in to a typical civil ceremony, you will actually receive more overall minutes of photography at City Hall. The typical wedding can run in the tens of thousands of dollars.  Take into consideration the venue, food, photographers, videographers, DJ, Honeymoon, etc. and you can wind up spending all of your savings.  Plan your wedding at City Hall and you can do all of this for 1/10th of the price.  It really is a bargain!

San Francisco Photography Tour Package

One of our most popular City Hall packages is our San Francisco Photo Tour.  This 4 hour package takes you to 3 additional locations after we photograph your ceremony and take photos at City Hall.  This can be yours for the affordable price of only $1,295.  We also provide you with comfortable transportation if you want at no additional charge.  We will drive you to each of your selected spots and then give you some time to look around while we get our equipment ready.  Then we make sure to get some amazing photographs of you and your spouse. We will provide you with both candid and posed shots during this fun photo tour! To see some sample photos from this package, check out this YouTube Video .  Also check out the photo below to see a perfect ending to our City Hall tour - an Irish coffee at the famous Buena Vista Cafe You can also view our main website for detailed information about our affordable San Francisco City Hall Photography Packages.  We offer options for the budget minded and for those who want it all!  Our most common packages start with 1 hour of coverage for Elopements and smaller weddings, but we can also provide coverage for 2 or 3 hours for those clients who want more.  If you are unsure of the best choice for you, please send us an email and we will help you select the most appropriate option to fit your wedding.

Buena Vista Cafe at Ghirardelli Square

Wedding Reception Photography

Many of our wedding couples request Reception/Event coverage.  We can customize any one of our main packages to include coverage of your celebration in the City after the ceremony.   You can book our "San Francisco" package and simply replace the additional locations with the reception coverage.  If you want both the locations and the reception coverage we can easily create a custom package to fit your needs.  Just let us know the total hours of professional wedding coverage you need and will send you a quote. Whether you are celebrating at a local restaurant, cafe or major venue we have the experience to handle it with exceptional quality.  For larger venues, we will even bring room lights and lighting equipment to give your final wedding pictures that perfect look.  Our experience with large marriages at major venues gives you the confidence that we can handle even the most difficult reception locations.  Your reception with be covered with photojournalistic types of photos, but we will also pose you when necessary.  If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact us and we will provide you with a custom quote based upon the length of time needed.  Sometimes with city hall weddings there is a gap of time between the ceremony and the reception.  We can still accommodate you, but will charge a small split fee.

Approved San Francisco City Hall Vendor

We are one of a select few professional San Francisco city hall wedding photography companies that have obtained official approval to photograph reserved events and nuptials at this amazing venue.  We meet all of the insurance requirements and after 500 city hall weddings we have earned the right to be called a "City Hall Featured Vendor".   We have also been recognized as a leading LGBT / gay wedding photographer with close to 150 same-sex weddings over the past few years. In addition to this honor, the recent full color brochure put out by the  City Hall Events department featured our  photos in the wedding section!  If you are interested in learning more, we are happy to provide with links to additional same-sex wedding portfolios.  All this and 5 star Yelp reviews!

same-sex city hall wedding photography 

Guide for the Best Pro Wedding Experience

  • Allow plenty of time to arrive, park and check-in for your wedding at San Francisco City Hall.  There are many things that can go wrong when trying to reach City Hall.  Traffic, Special Events and closed parking lots are just a few of the things that can cause you to miss your wedding.  We recommend allowing at least 45 minutes of cushion time.  One idea is to have that cup of coffee or snack at the City Hall Cafe rather than somewhere else.  At least you will be in the building!  Especially if you have a late ceremony because after 3:30 pm the officiants leave and you are not getting married that day if you miss your time.

  •  The San Francisco City Hall reservation website suggests that you book your license appointment at least 30 minutes before your ceremony.  We have seen this practice backfire.  We suggest at least 1 hour and to REALLY be safe, get your license the day before your ceremony.  This allows you time to fix any issues that may come up when you attempt to get your license.  If problems crop up 30 minutes before your ceremony, you may not be getting married that day!

  • Be sure to bring CURRENT ID's for your marriage ceremony.  It's also smart to bring some sort of a file folder or other document holder to keep all the important papers in.  One of the most common problems we run into with city hall weddings is couples with expired licenses or passports.  The County Clerk's office at City Hall will not let you get married without current Identification, even if they know who you are!

  • The average city hall wedding ceremony occurs about 25 minutes past the scheduled time.  It's a good idea to bring snacks, water and other nourishment to hold you over.  Try to sit down and relax while waiting outside of the County Clerk's office for your ceremony check-in.  You will be on your feet plenty after the wedding.  Keep this delay in mind when informing guests about your ceremony starting time, but make sure they are still on time!  They may get a little antsy, but at least they will know the schedule.

  • There are a number of things to bring with you that will come in handy for a wedding.  Safety pins, sewing kits and tape are all good things to have on the day of your city hall wedding.  We also suggest that brides carry walking shoes for after the ceremony.  We will be taking you around the building for photos and we will provide you with plenty of time to change back in to your heels!

  • Once the marriage ceremony is complete, we take the couple on a photo tour of San Francisco City Hall.  If you have guests and family with you, we will photograph them right after the ceremony and then they are free to leave or wait in the cafe.  We don't recommend taking the whole group throughout the building because it could affect the quality of your photos and disrupt others.  We also have noticed that our clients are more comfortable posing for photos without everyone watching!

We are also available to shoot your event in the Wine Country,  Sacramento, San Francisco, Livermore Valley and other locations in California. Indian Weddings are also a specialty of ours! We are happy to provide you with a custom quote for your destination wedding anywhere in the USA or the World.  Looking for other high rated professional wedding photographers in Seattle? Beautiful Day Photography.  Check out Toni Bailey's new city hall site at City Hall Photography in San Francisco.  In addition to working with me, Toni has photographed hundreds of city hall weddings on her own.  She has also photographed many Gay Weddings and has tons of experience.  You will see her name all over our Yelp reviews and deservedly so.


Dubnoff Wedding Photography - Yelp