A London Meets San Francisco City Hall Wedding

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San Francisco City Hall weddings are among some of my favorites. Their City Hall is absolutely BREATHTAKING and reminds me of something you would see in Europe (Paris, in particular). If you’ve never seen it, the building occupies two city blocks and is more than 50,000 feet. In fact, the San Francisco City Hall dome is the 5th largest in the world.

But, it’s not just Jennie and James’s wedding venue that we love! This gorgeous couple–who live in the UK–have such an amazing story. Shortly after the two became engaged (62 years to the day her grandfather proposed to her grandmother…with the same ring!), the pair left their jobs in London to travel the world. After visiting such amazing locations as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia (phew!), the pair decided to tie the knot in San Francisco 10 months into the trip.

We’ll let the bride fill you in on more details, below. We are so thankful to the amazing IQphoto Studio for sharing these gorgeous photos, and to Jennie and James for letting us get a glimpse into their amazing day.

Looking to plan something small? We’ve got some great tips to help you plan a dream City Hall wedding.

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“My sister Becky and bridesmaid Anna took charge of making the flower bouquets and boutonnieres. Dixon and I had gone to San Francisco flower market a few days before and picked up some flowers we liked, I had no idea what I was doing really, but my sister and Anna did a fantastic job of putting the flowers together the night before!”

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“We hoped a few family and friends would come, but were very overwhelmed that 23 people were there on the day. Most had travelled all the way from the UK! To make the trip as cost effective as possible for everyone we had managed to arrange a Home Exchange with two couples in Berkeley, so most family and friends were staying with us for two weeks for free.”

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“After the ceremony and pictures we went to Golden Gate Park, where we reserved a picnic spot and had burritos delivered. We played some games like sack racing and went rowing on Stow Lake. Afterwards we headed into the Castro for a few drinks. It was so much fun and very low key..it was so nice chatting with old friends and enjoying a great day in San Francisco together!”

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Photographer:  IQphoto Studio//Other: Golden Gate Park//Reception Venue: San Francisco City Hall//Floral Designer: San Francisco Flower Market//

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