I met Cynthia and Pat earlier last year when I was documenting a baby shower/ company picnic for a local vet hospital. A few months later I was asked if I was available for their intimate wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. In all my years of photographing weddings, I’ve never documented one at city hall. As well as, in all my years of weddings, I have never seen a wedding dress as colorful of Cynthia’s. It was so unique, people were stopping to say how much they loved her dress. It brought a pop of color amidst the sea of white that was swirling about that day. I also loved Pat’s shoes. He wore sneakers that he said held meaning to him as it reminded him of a friend that is no longer with us. Being that I too have a memento from a dear friend that passed, it felt as if our friend’s were with us.

I have to say, after I left bride prep and got to the location, I think my eyes widened to their fullest. The history and architecture of the building was so amazing to take in. A whirlwind of brides and grooms coming to and fro were milling about, but as luck would have it, wherever we went for pictures, we found little nooks where nobody was. Marble floors, high ceilings and the most beautiful light made for such classical backgrounds in all the images. This wedding was particularly meaningful to me as when in the flurry of everything happening,I witnessed moments that really stood out. Right after the kiss, Pat held Cynthia for those extra few minutes. It was if at that very moment, it set in that these two lovebirds are actually married. Time has now changed, the person they are going to spend the rest of their life with is now official. It’s such a remarkable feeling when you see things like this and realize you get to witness such significant times in people’s lives.

Huge thank you goes out to Amanda for shooting with me – her images are mixed in with mine. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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