San Francisco City Hall Elopement – Amy and Charlie

San Francisco City Hall elopement. Liz Koston Photography.

San Francisco City Hall Elopement

This all started when Charles reached out to me with the idea for him and his fiancee, Amy, to elope in the redwoods. It would be a special, intimate elopement with just the two of them and their dog, Bandit, present. They eventually ended up changing the date and deciding on a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall – but, they still wanted to include the redwoods that they love in the celebration of their marriage.

What we ended up crafting for the day of their elopement incorporated all of the elements that were important to them. We started the morning with the first look, outside of San Francisco City Hall. They had their parents and siblings at San Francisco City Hall for the actual elopement ceremony, and we took some pictures there as well. And to wrap up the day, we headed over to the redwoods to take some more special photos with Bandit. Canine family members aren’t allowed at San Francisco City Hall, so our photos at the redwoods allowed them to include him in their special day, at a beautiful setting.

Amy and Charles’s Unique Celebration

A friend brought Bandit to meet us at the redwoods, so we could get some family photos with the three of them. It was a beautiful day, and I had so much fun watching them in their element with each other. It’s so special to have the opportunity to go through a journey like this with them, and I feel honored to have been able to craft this perfect day for them. Their love and their intentions really guided the choices for the day to make it exactly what they had dreamed of it being.

They had lunch with family after the wedding ceremony, they got to include Bandit in their celebration, and afterwards they took a mini honeymoon in San Diego. I’ve spent a lot of time with them in this process, talking and getting to know them, and I’m just so excited for them and whatever comes next. I feel devastated that I won’t be able to attend their reception later this year and capture the next round of precious wedding moments, but I know it will be beautiful and I wish them the very best. It has been such a pleasure working with them and their families to start their marriage off with the perfect elopement day.

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Venue: San Francisco City Hall

Dress:  BHLDN

Hair and Makeup:  Styles by Ann

Florist: Canopy Floral

LGBTQ couple interlocked hands having a moment together as one bride kisses her partner's hand on the beach of San Francisco during their elopement

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