SF City Hall Wedding – Elise and Anthony

Bride and groom stand holding hands underneath the beautiful San Francisco City Hall ceiling. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom during their SF City Hall wedding

SF City Hall

Elise and Anthony’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. I know that people sometimes think a City Hall wedding can’t be special, but it really can – and this one proves it! SF City Hall isn’t your typical City Hall.  It’s breathtaking and simply unique.  It was as amazing as any other wedding I’ve seen.  If not more!

An Intimate Event

Only Anthony’s and Elise’s parents were present for their civil ceremony, which made it so personal and intimate. A lot of people worry that a small ceremony will make their wedding feel less special, but it really let this couple have a meaningful experience that was all about them. It was full of emotional moments and personal details. The deputy did such an amazing job incorporating them and helping the ceremony feel personal.

Elise and Anthony made a whole day out of their wedding, including everything that was truly important to them. They did get married in a small ceremony at SF City Hall, but they also had a reception at a pizzeria nearby and spent special time with their little dog, Lincoln. Even though their fur baby wasn’t able to accompany them to the ceremony or reception, they wanted to hang out with him in honor of the event, because he’s an important part of their family.

They rode in this vintage car to their wedding reception, got out to be greeted by their family, and got to eat some incredible pizza. 

Time with Loved Ones

It was such an exciting moment when Elise and Anthony arrived at their reception. No one had seen them prior to that, so when they stepped out of the car, it was like they were celebrities on a red carpet. Everyone cheered for them, and the energy was incredible.

The food was great; it was so much fun for everyone to hang out, talk, and be together; and the speeches were so perfect. They were all so heartfelt, with so much history and so many jokes. Anyone in the room could see how the guests were moved, to both laughter and tears, by the stories.

Everyone in attendance was specifically chosen to be there, because it was important to the bride and groom. There were no acquaintances invited to fill out a guest list. Instead, the couple was surrounded by people who had meaningful history with them, who they wanted to share their special day with. It was such a sweet, chill experience to be there with them, and they made it a truly marvelous event.

Hidden Gems of SF City Hall

If it wasn’t intimate enough to have a City Hall wedding in SF with family, Elise and Anthony also got the last spot of the day for their ceremony. That meant the hall had started emptying out by the time they were finished, and it felt like they had the whole place to themselves. We were able to enjoy the playground of this beautiful location and capture some really special moments.

Even as short as our time together was, I felt like I got a glimpse into their relationship. The way they looked at each other said everything that needed saying, and I could instantly see how in love they are. What I saw and captured at their wedding was amazing. I hope I get the opportunity to capture even more of their love story in the future!

Check out Amy and Charles’ SF City Hall wedding for more elopement ideas.

Learn more on how you can plan your own wedding at SF City Hall here.

Contact me if you’d like me to come along and document all your special moments during your day.

Bride sitting in her wedding dress as she gets her hair done. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride gets her hair done while she drinks coffee. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom join the line for their San Francisco City Hall wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Couple hands their IDs to the elopement office in San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Family congratulates newly wed couple after their San Francisco City Hall elopement. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom walk towards the officiant for their civil wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom hold hands and smile wide at each other as the officiant performs their civil ceremony during their San Francisco City Hall elopement. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom hold hands as the officiant performs their civil ceremony during their San Francisco City Hall wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom smile widely while holding hands as they walk to elope in San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom hold hands and smile at each other as they walk in San Francisco's City Hall. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Close up of bride holding her white bouquet in her white wedding dress. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Groom stands alone in San Francisco City Hall in his tuxedo. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom stand holding hands underneath the beautiful San Francisco City Hall ceiling. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom walk down the Grand Staircase holding hands after their San Francisco City Hall wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom exiting San Francisco City Hall after their wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom smile in the back of a car. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom stand in front of a vintage car in San Francisco while guests excitedly greet the newly married couple. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Seating chart for Elise and Anthony's restaurant wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride hugs wedding guest at her wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Wedding table decoration with plates, a menu, flowers, and table numbers. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Pizza oven and pizza being made in a San Francisco restaurant. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Framed photographs of loved ones who could not attend the wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying a San Francisco wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom have an intimate conversation during their wedding reception dinner. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying a pizza wedding reception in San Francisco. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Woman gives speech to bride and groom during their intimate wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Wedding guests toast bride and groom at a San Francisco wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Bride and groom react to wedding speeches during their wedding reception. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Wedding guest cheer bride and groom after their San Francisco City Hall elopement. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Intimate wedding reception photos from a San Francisco wedding. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.
Guest toasts to couple after a San Francisco City Hall elopement. Photo by Liz Koston Photography.

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Vendors

Ceremony:  SF City Hall

Reception:  Del Popolo

Dress:  Alyssa Kristin Bridal from A and Be Sacramento

Suit:  Men’s Wearhouse

Hair and makeup:  Bolt Collective

Clutch:  Cult Gaia

Earrings: A.B.Ellie

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