Ailsinn and Philip came all the way from Chicago to get married in the City Hall. No guests, no large parties... just the 2 of them. I served as their witness, photographer and guide around the City Hall for about an hour. Aislinn mentioned to me earlier that her parents got married in the City Hall, so it was a special location for her. She even showed me a photo of her parents on the steps of the City Hall and asked if we could do a similar photo. We did, minus the pigeons that seemed to have made their habitat on the steps years back. Nowdays you don't get to see that. All though it would make for some good photos.
Over the years we have shots hundreds of weddings from small number of guests fitting all comfortably under the Rotunda to large weddings where the whole City Hall had to be booked. They all have their uniqueness, lots of interesting moments and shots to capture. One of our favorite though is when it's just the photographer and the couple. First of all the couple is more relaxed - there's no pressure as it's just them. They are there for themselves only... and for the photographer who hungrily takes the advantage of this opportunity.
Zoe and Daniel were such a couple. It was just the 2 of them. After being together for 5 years, they felt it time to tie the knot with a quiet ceremony. They were at first shy in front of the camera stating they don't like too many pictures. But as the time together went on they became very comfortable with the camera in front of them to the point that they completely forgot about it at times. As a result we got some very real photos even when they were posed.
Couples come from all over the world to get married in San Francisco City Hall. Over the years I've met people who flew from different states and different countries to tie the knot in beautiful City Hall.
In this case the groom is local Californian, while his bride came all the way from Brazil. Only Brian's family attended, but we made sure to capture the ceremony and plenty of family and portrait photos for the family in Brazil. As a side bonus we recorded a video of the ceremony just because we could. They were a real pleasure to work with. These are the moments i wish we had the whole day to photograph the couple. But oh well.. after about an hour we had to let them go to enjoy the rest of their lovely day.