The moment you walk into city hall on a Friday afternoon, you always feel an immediate rush of excitement. The hall is buzzing with photographers and soon-to-be-married couples stumbling around in high heels and long white dresses, waiting to squeeze in photos before their names are called by a judge. An SF city hall wedding is something of a dream. People from all over the world, let alone, the US come to marvel at its brilliant arches and grand staircase.
As I make my way over to the grand staircase, I stop to take a breath to take it all in. I’m no stranger to photographing at City Hall, but I can’t wait to see which nooks and corners I can find to capture something truly different, unique, unlike any of the portrait sessions I’ve done before.
Today, I was meeting with my lovely friend Virginia and her fiancé, Tony. I’ve known Virginia since our days at UC Davis, where we were both a part of the same sorority, Sigma Omicron Pi. It’s almost been 10 years since we’ve graduated, but everytime I see her, it feels like no time has passed. The moment I saw her, I squeezed a big hug on her, with memories of rush week, sisterhoods, and themed parties flooding back to my mind. When I took a step back, I couldn’t help but feel stunned by the white off-the-shoulder dress she was wearing. “Lulu’s“, she replied simply when I asked.
Other than the gorgeous bouquet of neutral floral and pampas grass she had in her hand, Virginia accessorized with simple silver earrings and a wide grinning smile. No doubt, of course, because she was about to marry the love of her life this coming June.
Throughout our session, we explored each level of the hall, dodged wedding guests, all while finding pockets of light to capture the sweetest and most tender moments between these two loves. It was simply a wonderful afternoon amongst old friends. I could not be more honored to have captured such a sweet moment in time for a dear friend. Congratulations Virginia + Tony!