Christine & Tony: A Perfect Elopement in San Francisco

August 01, 2015 / City Hall, San Francisco CA

I’m so excited to share Christine and Tony’s elopement at San Francisco City Hall with you. I have always believed that small, intimate weddings can be just as romantic and beautiful as large-scale weddings. Different styles of weddings fit couples better than others and it’s a thing of beauty when brides and grooms realize this and have the exact wedding they want. My husband and I realized early on that a big wedding wasn’t for us either. We tied the knot at Burning Man because that’s where we met and how we wanted to celebrate. (See our wedding here.) So when I have the opportunity to photograph elopements, I feel honored to be part of the select few who get to share in the couple’s wedding day.

We asked Christine and Tony to share their story with us as to how they decided an elopement was right for them. I loved it so much that I just copied Christine’s email to me below the images in this blog entry. Please scroll down and take a moment to read their story and see how their wedding day was their perfect wedding day.

“Our wedding story did not start with a grand gesture down on bended knee. In fact, I never envisioned myself married and I don’t think Tony ever did either.  We had been dating for the better part of a decade and were perfectly content in our commitment to each other.  Last year, however, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Her diagnosis and subsequent disease progression prompted frank discussions about life, death, financials, family, and our future.  From those conversations our decision to marry was born.

We never considered a traditional wedding, not even for a moment. We both knew we wanted a private ceremony with just the two of us at San Francisco City Hall—a day to enjoy being together and to celebrate our love in the city where we met and now live.  The actual wedding day was absolutely stress free. I got my hair and makeup done, we got ready at home, had some lunch, and met Tara and her assistant, Natalie, at City Hall. Tara and Natalie served as our witnesses, my stand-in bridesmaids, and, by the end of the day, our friends. After taking pictures at City Hall and around our neighborhood, we stopped for some wine and cake at a local winery and ended our day by dining, just the two of us, at our favorite French restaurant. We woke up the next morning to catch a flight to Hawaii. It was such a romantic and magical way to celebrate our union. Perhaps an elopement is not right for everyone but I can honestly say that it was spectacular and perfect for us.” ~ Christine and Tony

Photography: Arrowood Photography
Second Shooter: Natalie Sanderson
Location: San Francisco City Hall
Dress: Julie Ireland
Makeup: Make by Quis
Bouquet/Boutonniere: A. Hana Design