Sophisticated San Francisco City Hall Vintage Inspired Elopement Photographer | Interview + Tips | Part 1

What did you love most? What were your favorite parts or moments of the day?

We loved all of the amazing locations we included in our wedding day: San Francisco City Hall, the coffee shop, and the secret garden at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. They all served as such spectacular backdrops, expressing layers of our love and relationship. It was so special to us that Angie was so open to all of our ideas and adventures!

A favorite moment of mine at City Hall during the ceremony, was how both of the entire rotunda areas cleared out, on both sides of the building! We had uninterrupted backgrounds in our photos and a peaceful wedding ceremony experience in such a busy and public space, which can be near impossible!

We also had no idea that Angie had run all the way to the other side to get those wide shots of the building and our ceremony in progress, captured in the midst of it all, they were a huge and exciting surprise at our photo reveal!

Meaningful and silly stories?

It seems like there were 100 other weddings going on simultaneously at City Hall as well as ours that day, which was a Friday. I found that interesting and actually thought that made it more romantic, that we were all a part of each other’s special day in some way :)

A funny moment in the midst of so much energy and excitement, was having numerous foreign tourists taking pictures of us, while Angie was taking pictures of us at City Hall. It was so funny! One in particular was literally caught red handed in a few photos, which makes us laugh every time!

Tell us about traditions you made your own and why?

Using the Kiddush Cups (the Jewish version of communion) and the Ketubah (the Jewish wedding contract) in our ceremony was special for us, especially since we aren’t Jewish! We admired the concepts and loved that they made the commitment more of a personal promise for us, rather than a legal process.

Incorporating my stunning vintage ring purchased from an estate store called Dover Jewelry and Antiques and Jason’s inherited ring was special, different, unique and meaningful for us as well.

Tell us about your wedding day theme, design and inspiration:

When I first moved to San Francisco (from Colorado), I visited City Hall, and immediately stated that it was so beautiful and that I’d love to get married there someday! And then, a few months before moving out of California (back to Colorado with my brand new husband), my dreams came true! Not to mention that I love the artistic design of Art Nouveau and the turn of the century – it was the perfect excuse to run with the theme for our elopement!

Thoughts on location choices?

San Francisco City Hall: I can’t get over how beautiful it is and I really can’t get over how beautifully it photographed!  Beyond what I imagined. Also, on the phone and in the clerk’s office, the people that worked there were so over the top kind, helpful, and excited for our special day. I did not expect that at all :)

Sight Glass Coffee, San Francisco: Since we are coffee fanatics and huge Sight Glass fans, it would have been sacrilege to not include it in our wedding and document it as part of our story!

Secret Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Such a hidden gem, it was our own intimate secret garden, in one of the most visited and busiest parts of Golden Gate Park!

Tips for couples planning their own weddings and/or elopements?

Relax and enjoy your day and your partner! Don’t worry about the details, it all comes together in the end.

How did you meet?

Jason is our officiant Jaimee’s brother, her and I (then the 3 of us) were best friend’s, that’s how I met Jason and fell in love. And there is nothing better than marrying your best friend. He is my favorite person!

See what’s next:

  • Part 1 | You are here!
  • Part 2 | Industrial Artisan Coffee Bar Romance, click here.
  • Part 3 | Intimate Secret Garden Brunch in Golden Gate Park, click here.

The team: Photographer: Angie Capri Photography // Wedding Coordinator: Jaimee Leigh Events // Flowers: Jaimee Leigh Events // Officiant: Jaimee Leigh Events // Homemade Jam and Wedding Favors: Jaimee Leigh Events // Hair and Makeup: Lily Tran of A List Makeup // Table Linens, Place Settings, and Other Party Rentals: Stuart Event Rentals // Cake Stands, Signage and Calligraphy: JBG Designs // Wedding Dress: Designed by Madison James from Trudys Brides, Campbell, CA // Bridal Vintage Crystal Hair Band: FAYBOX // Flower Girl Dresses: Bow Dream Flower Girl Dress Vintage Lace // Flower Girl Shoes: OzKiZ // Flower Girl Socks: Fairy Wings Socks // Custom Garter: La Gartier // Bride’s Ring: Dover Jewelry and Antiques // Groom’s Ring: Inherited // Men’s Suit: JCPenney // Men’s Shoes: UGGS // Bow Tie: Macy’s // Fedora Hat: Hats in the Belfry // Suspenders: JIERKU Suspenders // Brunch Beverages: J Vineyards & Winery // Venues: San Francisco City Hall, Sight Glass Coffee, Secret Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco