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Eileen and Andy Wedding at Freedom Hall Santa Clara

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Genevieve and Noah tied the knot on Mayor's Balcony at City Hall

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Genevieve and Noah drove down from Sacramento to get married at the splendid San Francisco City Hall. They reserved the Mayor's Balcony for a private wedding to accommodate a large attendance of families and friends. I loved how Genevive's best friend served double duty as Maid of Honor and the wedding officiant, as she revealed the story on how the bride and groom met back in high school.

After the ceremony, we began taking family group photos with both sides of families followed by shots with friends. While the guests were celebrating on the Mayor's Balcony, the happily married wedding couple took portraits at various spots including the Fourth Floor Gallery, the huge iron window, the vintage elevator, and of course the famous grand staircase as seen in major Hollywood hits such as Dirty Harry and the first Indiana Jones movie.

Genevieve and Noah love Bi-Rite Creamy and would always wait in the line for the ice cream every time they come to San Francisco. They were so smart to use Uber-X SUV services and saved more money than hiring a Limo driver. It's always fun and stimulating for photographers to shoot something different. I loved taking photos of them ordering and eating the organic ice cream in the shop. The groom even bought the Uber driver and I a tasteful scoop!

Luckily there was no waiting line to order the ice cream, so it only took us 10 minutes to order and finish eating the ice cream while I took some candid shots. The Uber driver was happy to wait for us while he enjoyed the ice cream, and we quickly got back on the SUV for portraits at Palace of the Fine Arts.

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most popular locations for wedding photos. Uber drove us to Crissy Field for the next location. The weather was perfect and not windy on that day. We didn't spend too much time taking photos there, as Genevieve the bride needed to head back to the Grand Hyatt Hotel to change into an evening dress for the wedding reception. We took some fun photos in Union Square as the last location and discovered a colorful "Love" sign hidden in an alley. What a lovely couple and a memorable day!

Same-sex Marriage at City Hall

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Ever since the state of California legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013, I have been photographing same-sex couples traveled from all over the United States and from other countries to be married. It is finally fair that same-sex couples may now qualify for federal benefits that were previously only available to heterosexual married couples.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 14 U.S. states including California, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

As the official San Francisco City Hall photographer, I am honored to have the privilege to witness, capture and celebrate the diversity in marriages, and meeting wonderful couples from all over the states and the world.

Kym and Jody's Same-Sex Wedding Celebration

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It was so much fun capturing Kym and Jody's same-sex wedding at San Francisco City Hall. The beautiful couple flew in from Phoenix, Arizona for their civil ceremony. Their love was celebrated by family and friends as they exchanged their wedding rings. The splendid architecture of San Francisco City Hall provides amazing backdrops with countless photo possibilities.

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