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San Francisco City Hall Weddings

Hello! My name is Lilia Ahner. I have photographed over 500+ San Francisco City Hall weddings since 2007.

City Hall is one of my all time favorite locations in San Francisco. Many of my clients have traveled from far away places — such as Great Britain, Germany, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Ireland — just to get married in this historic location.

It would be an honor to photograph your wedding! My style is modern, romantic, and timeless. My approach is to tell your love story and show your authentic self. I love to capture the emotional dynamic between a couple, and to show their real personalities. I help you to look your best at all times.

I will take you to the best photo locations inside the building. City Hall has four floors, and each floor has different architectural details. There are many beautiful backgrounds for photos inside City Hall, and I know all of them! Of course, we will definitely take photos at the iconic and famous front door.

My best advice is to just be yourself, and I will guide you through your wedding day.

If family and friends are joining you, I will document all of the candid moments with your guests, and capture relaxed and natural family portraits.

If it is just the two of you, I am happy to act as your witness.

If you are interested in other locations after your ceremony at City Hall, I know San Francisco very well and can suggest wonderful locations for you. Some of the more popular locations include Crissy Field, the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Legion of Honor, the Presidio, the Embarcadero, and more.

Or if you are interested in reception coverage, I am available to capture the candid moments at your reception. If you need restaurant recommendations, just let me know.

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KIND WORDS

"It is a complete pleasure to recommend Lilia as a wedding photographer. From the very start, we were so pleased with everything she did to make it the best choice we made… I would not change a thing!

We never met her in person beforehand. But her gorgeous portfolio & initial phone conversation were enough to give us complete confidence in her personality, talent & vision. We got married at SF City Hall, just the two of us, and Lilia knows every in and out of the process. Her guidance, hard work, patience, creativity, time, thoughtfulness and open-mindedness were invaluable to us on that very special day. She went above and beyond as our witness, creative director and photographer."

LISA MARIE + RICHARD

HOW TO GET MARRIED AT CITY HALL

MARRIAGE LICENSE

You must have a California marriage license to get married.

On the official City Hall website, you can make two reservations. The first reservation is for your marriage license. The second appointment is for your actual ceremony time.

If you are setting your marriage license and ceremony appointments for the same day, you only need 30 minutes between the two appointments. For example, if your ceremony is scheduled for 1pm, then you would want to schedule your license appointment for 12:30pm.

You can acquire your marriage license from any county in California.

CEREMONIES

Ceremonies are available Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Slots are available each half hour.

You are allowed to have 6 guests join you for your ceremony.

Keep in mind that there will be two other couples also getting married in your time slot. Expect some time delays because it takes time for the marriage commissioner to check in each couple before their ceremony. Each couple is married one at a time in the Rotunda.

The ceremony is concise and lasts about 5 minutes long. Although brief, the ceremony itself is quite meaningful and well-worded.

CEREMONY LOCATION

Most couples have their wedding ceremony in the Rotunda. This is the area at the top of the grand staircase in the center of City Hall under the dome.

If you are having a large group of family and friends at the ceremony, you should consider reserving either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony. Contact the City Hall special events coordinator to reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your ceremony.

If you reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your wedding, I highly recommend hiring your own officiant for a personalized, thoughtful ceremony.

CITY HALL PARKING

There is limited metered street parking at City Hall. An underground parking garage is located across the street below City Hall Plaza. You can enter the parking garage at 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco.

WEDDING OFFICIANT

The official officiants at City Hall are volunteer marriage commissioners. They all do a wonderful job with the ceremony.

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