(Closed) Elope in San Francisco-Help!

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Newbee

Just got back from a visit to San Francisco. If you want a quick, cheap wedding with only you and your partner; go do it at City Hall in San Francisco. The building is beautiful! Google it and you’ll see. Hire a photographer to take pics and there’s a park across the street if you want pictures with greenery. 

If you want it outdoors, have you considered going to Napa County? I’m sure a vinyard will have a private space for a small wedding. Or you can try a beach in San Francisco. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

You can do this!     I hear of people elopeing to SF all the time!     

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second eloping at the Courthouse. It’s gorgeous and they handle JOP weddings all the time. Ms. Mary Jane posted some pictures of a woman who eloped at the courthouse, and here is the link to the story and pictures: http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=97046 San Francisco is a beautiful, unique, interesting, fun city and great food to boot! (Sorry I’m gushing I just miss S.F. so much!)

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Did you decide what you are doing ?   Are you sticking to Feb. 14 ?

There are so many options in San Francisco !

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m in SF and thinking about City Hall too.  You do need to book a ceremony appointment online however!  The building is gorgeous.   Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married here.   Several photographers offer specific City Hall wedding packages – here are some examples: 

http://www.lilia.com/2009/01/san-francisco-city-hall-wedding.html

http://marygaetjens.com/san-francisco-city-hall-wedding/

Another alternative depending on the weather is getting married outside – Crissy Field, Golden Gate Park, etc. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I could help you with this ,     but I couldn’t give up that Feb. 14 yet.   The only way I could offer a 1-2 hour shoot is that if another couple booked on Feb. 14 and I could do both shoots.   I have a 4 hour shoot that is $1300 that I could do on that day if you wanted photos of a ton of great spots around the city.

 If you end up with something that isn’t right on Valentines day ( or want 4 hours on V-day),   give me a call !     I know of great spots in the city to get married and could put you in touch with a minister.     There are even affordable limos/towncar services in the city if you want to go to a couple spots for photos.        You really just need a minister,  a photographer,    transport ( which could be anything from cab – limo – cable car ) , plus any extras like cake or champagne ( or just a nice dinner reservation.  

Amanda Bowers Photography

http://www.bayarea-wedding-photography.com

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

City Hall is so gorgeous.  An outdoor location is definitely possible—the beach would be a great idea I think.  There are lots of other pretty cities near SF too where you could do an outdoor ceremony.  Maybe Half Moon Bay….Baker Beach in SF…..maybe a lovely park setting—Golden Gate Park.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

Just want to reiterate how gorgeous city hall is..it would make for lovely pictures!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2003

I hope this will not be construed as “blatantly promotional,” but a little while back I wrote up some pros and cons (with photos) of having a wedding at San Francisco City Hall and I thought it might be useful to those contemplating the decision:

http://www.alicesokoloffphotography.com/Resources/SFCityHall.html 

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2010

In February, my finance (now wife) and I decided to screw all the wedding planning and go to SF City Hall. WOW…what a beautiful venue and so stress free. We are really happy with our decision and got great pics too! The people at City Hall were great, the Judge that married us (DJ) was awesome…everything just went like clockwork. Also we got great pictures taken. A week before our ceremony appointment I did a google search of wedding photographer SF and up popped IQPhoto (www.iqphoto.com). I checked out the website and saw the $995 City Hall package.

Overall a very positive experience on a day that can be stressful. SF City Hall was a beautiful venue, the city workers were efficient, the Judge was awesome and we got a great photographer. End result is a relaxed day, pretty much stress free and we have beautiful pictures that captured our wedding that we can share with our family and friends.

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Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you are looking for a fantastic place to do wedding photos in SF you should consider the beach by the old bath house ruins. There is a rock in the ocean that has a heart shape hole in it. If you take pictures at the right angle you get very very romantic shots. If you take pictures standing on shore you will still be able to see heart in background! The ruins also glow like gold close to sun down! I live in SF so this is where we took engadgement photos =)

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