Lucky enough to be planning your wedding in the San Francisco area? You certainly have many choice locations for some amazing bridal and couple portraits. I’m including a list of some of my favorite destinations here.
Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill. Gorgeous murals decorate the inside spiral staircase, and the top observation deck offers 360-degree views of the bay and city. On the grounds around the tower, there is a wonderful stone walkway that leads up to the tower, with lush greenery behind it and quaint street lamps along the path.
Alamo Square is among one of San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods with views of the famous “Painted Ladies” along Postcard Row. The spacious park features abundant lawns, drought resistant and pollinator-friendly flowerbeds (meaning they should look gorgeous and colorful regardless of weather conditions), and gorgeous full low-hanging willows. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge, park benches and fountains make wonderful backdrops for portraits. And for those more whimsical couples, I love the Shoe Garden!
Hawk Hill is part of the Marin Headlands and provides beautiful ocean views of southwestern San Francisco. While most weddings aren’t taking place at sunrise, the view of the sun hitting the fog as it hangs over the water can be nothing short of amazing, and depending on the weather similar images of this mystical feeling can be captured as a beautiful backdrop for wedding pictures or pre-wedding photography portraits. I will note the parking in this area is limited and it is not easily accessible for those with mobility challenges, so it may be best suited for small elopements and portraits rather than larger ceremonies.
Cavallo Point in Sausalito offers everything from memorable proposal sites to magnificent comprehensive wedding packages complete with a day spa, lodging for guests, ceremony and reception packages. Located at the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, views of the structure can be seen from the property with trees and clouds framing its rust-orange color. I love Cavallo Point for its diversity in one location - a gorgeous restored historic building, water front property, and city skyline views. It’s quaint, rustic, and elegant all in one!
Cupid’s Span is a 60-foot-tall public sculpture of a bow and arrow built by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The sculpture was installed in 2002 along the western waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. This seems like the quintessential spot for wedding photos capturing views of the bridge and bay.
Lombard Street is probably the most iconic crooked street with hairpin turns and beautifully landscaped flower beds. Capturing some great wedding photographs here may be a bit of a challenge, as local photographers know tourists come here in droves and getting amazing photographs of a couple without lots of passers-by in the background is an art!
I suggest choosing locations which are meaningful to you as a couple whether places the two of you have taken dates, or places which reflect your personality as a couple - historic, outdoorsy, creative. When searching "wedding photographers near me", be sure they are in fact local photographers, as they are familiar with the best places for wedding photos in SF. Eli Zaturanski photography stands out here in San Francisco, and has much experience in wedding photography that is unique and elegant. While all areas in the San Francisco district are idyllic and are beautiful, these 6 best places for wedding photos in San Francisco will make truly memorable wedding pictures for your wedding day.
* Some photos of locations were taken froom google for location demonstration only and not property of Eli Z Photography.