San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer

Congrats on your engagement, you must be so excited about your wedding at San Francisco City Hall!

Hello! My name is Lilia, and I am a San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer. Since 2007, I have photographed over 500+ weddings at City Hall.

City Hall is one of my all time favorite locations in San Francisco. Many of my clients have traveled from all over the world to get married here.

It would be an honor to photograph your wedding! My style is modern, romantic, and timeless with a light and airy look. My approach is to tell your love story and capture real moments.

Family & Friends
If guests are joining you, I will document all of the candid moments, and capture relaxed and natural family portraits. If it is just the two of you, I am happy to act as your witness.

Are you interested in going to another location in San Francisco? I have lived in San Francisco for 25 years so I can give you some wonderful location suggestions. Some of the top locations in San Francisco for photos are Crissy Field (view of the Golden Gate and the SF skyline), the Palace of Fine Arts, the Legion of Honor, the Embarcadero area, and Golden Gate Park.

You can view some of my recent San Francisco City Hall weddings here.

Featured Press

San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Lilia Photography has been featured in People Magazine, Style Me Pretty and The Knot Magazine




Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve your wedding date with me, I just need a signed contract and a $250 non-refundable retainer. The retainer is applied towards your balance.

When you are ready to reserve your wedding date, contact me here. I will email the contract and retainer payment instructions to you.


We can schedule a free phone consultation to discuss what is important to you on your wedding day, and I can give you more info about myself, as well as the experience of getting married at City Hall.

Contact Lilia now.


Four weeks after your wedding, you will receive high-resolution photo files delivered at

The online proof gallery will be available 4 weeks after the wedding date. This is a free website where you can look at your photos online, share the photos with your family and friends, and order prints from the online gallery.

The gallery stays online for 4 weeks.


You will receive high-resolution digital photo files edited with basic color correction and Lilia’s signature style applied to every photo.


You will receive about 20 sneak peek preview photos the day after your wedding.


I accept credit cards, PayPal, cash, or personal checks. Final payment is due 7 days before your wedding date.


Pricing is only for weekday (Monday – Friday) San Francisco City Hall weddings.

I am happy to create a custom package for you based on the number of hours that you need.


8.63% sales tax is applicable with all goods and services.


Yes, I am fully vaccinated and boosted!


"It is a complete pleasure to recommend Lilia as a wedding photographer. From the very start, we were so pleased with everything she did to make it the best choice we made… I would not change a thing!

We never met her in person beforehand. But her gorgeous portfolio & initial phone conversation were enough to give us complete confidence in her personality, talent & vision. We got married at San Francisco City Hall, just the two of us, and Lilia knows every in and out of the process. Her guidance, hard work, patience, creativity, time, thoughtfulness and open-mindedness were invaluable to us on that very special day. She went above and beyond as our witness, creative director and photographer."




You must have a marriage license issued by the State of California in order to get married.

On the official City Hall website, you can make two reservations. The first reservation is for your marriage license. The second appointment is for your actual ceremony time.

If you are setting your marriage license and ceremony appointments for the same day, you need 1 hour between the two appointments. For example, if your ceremony is scheduled for 1pm, then you would want to schedule your license appointment for 12:00pm.

You can acquire your marriage license from any county in California.


Ceremonies are available Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Slots are available each half hour.

You are allowed to have 6 guests join you for your ceremony in the Rotunda.

Keep in mind that there will be one other couple also getting married in your time slot. Expect some time delays because it takes time for the marriage commissioner to check in each couple before their ceremony. Each couple is married one at a time in the Rotunda.

The ceremony is concise and lasts about 5 minutes long. Although brief, the ceremony itself is quite meaningful and well-worded.


Most couples have their wedding ceremony in the Rotunda. This is the area at the top of the grand staircase in the center of City Hall under the dome.

If you are having a large group of family and friends at the ceremony, you must reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony.

There are many reasons why you should have a private ceremony at City Hall:

  1. You have a private area for your ceremony and family portraits.
  2. You can reserve your wedding date a year in advance, rather than 90 days with the Rotunda ceremonies.
  3. When you have hired your own officiant, you are not at the mercy of the City Hall schedule which usually runs late.
  4. You can rent chairs, therefore your guests are comfortable during your ceremony.

If you reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your wedding, I highly recommend hiring your own officiant for a personalized, thoughtful ceremony.

Contact the City Hall special events coordinator to reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your ceremony.


City Hall is open to the public on weekdays (Monday-Friday). It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

City Hall is closed on the following dates…

  • New Years Day: January 1, 2022
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022
  • President’s Day: February 21, 2022
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2022
  • Juneteenth: June 20, 2022
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2022
  • Labor Day: September 5, 2022
  • Indigenous Peoples Day / Italian American Heritage Day: October 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Day After: – November 24, 2022 & November 25, 2022
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2022


There is limited metered street parking at City Hall.

An underground parking garage is located across the street below City Hall Plaza. You can enter the parking garage at 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco.

Parking is also available at UC Hastings and the Performing Arts Garage.

Public Transportation
City Hall is located within walking distance of the Civic Center BART and Muni Station. You can use the Trip Planner or Google Maps for more info.

Ride Sharing
You can use ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft.


If you are getting married in the Rotunda, one of the official City Hall marriage commissioners will perform your ceremony.

If you are getting married in one of the reserved areas like the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you hire your own officiant, or have a friend or family member perform your ceremony.

Here are some of my favorite officiants that you can hire: Cynthia Gregory, Reverend Anita Joe, Virginia Van Zandt, Irene Kane, and Lissin Lev Chaya.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, photography is no longer allowed inside the County Clerk’s Office.

This page was updated on June 26, 2022.