Laura & Ben

June 30, 2016

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

While staring down the barrel of my camera lens, people always ask me, “What should I do?” And really, I just want you to do you-things. Stoic portraits are, of course, beautiful but there’s nothing better than a couple that can let their guard down. Couples that have the power to be comfortable in their own skin, despite being in a situation where you’re often wearing clothes and shoes and make-up and things pinned to your body that you normally don’t wear. People that let their emotions fly the second they hit. Whether they’re feeling romantic, teary eyed or goofy, it all comes out like an arpeggio of the heartstrings.

Laura and Ben are all these things and they’re not afraid to let their love show it. With a limousine at our disposal we took their parents, siblings and Laura’s grandmother on a driving tour of San Francisco. We’re talkin’ surprise first dances in the Palace of Fine Arts, bánh mì toasts on the grass, and a quick hello to the Golden Gate Bridge before dinner at an award winning vegan restaurant.

But first, it all starts with an intimate ceremony in the grand corridors of San Francisco City Hall. The place where a couple they had met while scoping out the building were married earlier that week. Laura and Ben jumped in that day as impromptu witnesses and spent a few hours taking photos for the newlyweds. Little did they know the couple had planned a surprise visit for Laura and Ben’s ceremony a few days later. And lo, the emotions did fly!

See? These two are just the best kind of people, and good vibes thus follow them everywhere. I cherish this day that I got to spend with Laura, Ben and their family.







Bride's shoes and ring pillow | San Francisco City Hall Wedding




Groom's reaction at the First Look | San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Mirror reflections at the First Look | San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Couple sharing some champagne | San Francisco City Hall Wedding


Couple snuggling on couches at the Mystic Hotel | San Francisco City Hall Wedding






















San Francisco City Hall Wedding Ceremony




San Francisco City Hall Wedding Ceremony



San Francisco City Hall Wedding Portraits




San Francisco City Hall Wedding Portraits

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Portraits






First dances at the Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco City Hall Wedding

First Dance in the park | San Francisco City Hall Wedding


Couple walking out to see the Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco City Hall Wedding



Bride and Groom standing on the beach | San Francisco City Hall Wedding



Portrait of Bride and Groom at the beach | San Francisco City Hall Wedding








Blowing out candles on their cake | San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Cake from Millennium | San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Vendors & Resources

First Look: Mystic Hotel | Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Reception Venue: Palace of the Fine Arts | Officiant: City Hall Representative | Florist: DIY + SF Wholesale Flower Market | Báhn Mì: Saigon Sandwich | Dinner & Dessert: Millennium | Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic | Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride’s Shoes & Accessories: Anthropologie | Hair: Harper Paige Salon

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