Experienced City Hall photographer for your ceremony
San Francisco City Hall is the most popular wedding venue in the city. In 1954, baseball star Joe Di Maggio married movie star Marilyn Monroe at City Hall. City Hall's spectacular dome, rising 307 feet, is the fifth largest in the world. Wedding couples from all over the world have married under the Rotunda atop the grand staircase.
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 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 conclude 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.
Since Proposition 8 passed on June 26, 2013, same-sex marriage is legal in the state of California. We respect all wedding couples and gladly perform photography services to any one.
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.
Civil ceremony tips:
• You can schedule your ceremony up to 90 days in advance online or in person.
• Two appointments are required: one for marriage license and the other for civil ceremony.
• Schedule the ceremony at least 30 minutes after the marriage license appointment. Do not schedule both appointment at the same time, or you will miss the ceremony.
• One witness is required to sign on the marriage certificate, and we are happy to serve as your witness if you don't have one. This is efficient for couples eloping and traveling from out of states.
• Up to six guests (including photographer and witness) are allowed for civil ceremony. We have captured many weddings where more guests were present, and it wasn't an issue.
Get Kurty for your wedding!!! He is an amazing photographer. I really love San Francisco City hall and I want to have my ceremony over there. I found Kurty as one of their preferred vendors. So I went to his website to checkout his work. A picture is worth a thousand words, if you see Kurty's slide show, it worth a million words! His pictures are beautiful, the story line is great, and music is amazing. I fell in love with all the slide shows on his website, I watched them all. After my fiance (now husband) and I meet with Kurty, we decide to book him for our wedding.
Joyce + Ki
San Jose, CA
Kurty was amazing at our City Hall wedding last week. We were two brides and he was warm and welcoming. We felt completely comfortable with him and he took great photos! We got pictures at City Hall and Bakers Beach. They turned out great and incorporated a variety of portraits, posed, and candid. I would definitely recommend him! Plus, you can't beat the price compared to other photographers found on YELP and online in the area.
Amy + Mandy
Van Nuys, CA