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San Francisco City Hall is the most popular place to get married in the city. Couples from all over the world chose to tie the knots under the Rotunda atop of the grand staircase, as well as Mayor's Balcony or the Fourth Floor Gallery for private ceremonies. Among them, baseball star Joe Di Maggio married movie star Marilyn Monroe in City Hall under the 307 feet high spectacular dome, the fifth largest in the world.
Since 2004, Kurty Photography is honored to have been chosen as one of the few photographers recommended by City Hall's Events and Planning Department. We are experienced with the process of civil ceremonies and know the best spots to shoot. When you choose us as your wedding photographer, you can rest assured that your wedding will be well documented and your memories artistically preserved.
Civil ceremonies usually last about five minutes. Therefore, an hour of photography coverage is adequate. We meet the wedding couples 10 minutes prior to the ceremony at the County Clerk Office (Room 168), and capture the marriage license signing with your officiant. A witness is required and we are happy to serve as a witness if necessary. Then we proceed to the ceremony site (usually the Rotunda or the balcony depending on availability) and document the ceremony. Once the couple concludes the ceremony with the first kiss, we take group portraits of the newly wed and any guests if they are present, followed by portraits within the grand architecture of City Hall.
Our rate for one hour City Hall wedding coverage is $450. You may add an additional hour for $350 for portraits with San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and Palace of Fine Arts, or take photos during your wedding reception. Our rate includes unlimited photos taken, photo editing for best color and density, and all high quality digital negatives for you to keep and cherish for a lifetime. A complimentary online gallery is available upon request.
Click here to see a private ceremony held at the Mayor's Balcony.
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Civil ceremony tips:
• You can schedule your ceremony up to 90 days in advance online or in person.
• Two appointments are required: one for the marriage license and another for the civil ceremony.
• Schedule the ceremony 30 minutes after the marriage license appointment, so you don't have a long gap of waiting time in between.
• One witness is required to sign the marriage certificate, and we are happy to serve as your witness if you are eloping.
• Up to six guests (including photographer and witness) are allowed for the civil ceremony. We have captured many weddings where more guests were present, and it wasn't an issue.
• Make sure you and your spouse bring a photo ID or passport on the wedding day.
For private ceremonies, we highly recommend Wedding Officiant Irene Kane 510-969-5756, Cynthia Gregory 415-648-8454 and Mark Hespeth from A Perfect Wedding Ceremony.