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Photo Ops

  • Cable Cars
    We’re wrapping up our series of unique San Francisco photographer-approved photo ops this week with the iconic Cable Cars!  (At the bottom of this post you’ll find links to our other photo op spots.)  All of our featured locations are absolutely perfect for both engagement and wedding photos. Cable Cars: An Icon of San Francisco […]
  • China Beach
    When scoping out the best spots for wedding or engagement photos on a San Francisco beach, it’s likely you’ve come across Baker Beach. Since it has excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach is a wildly popular spot for photo ops and get-togethers alike. Due to its popularity, we find that this beach […]
  • Fort Point
    Fort Point – One of a Kind for Wedding Photos There is literally no other place like Fort Point in all of California. Actually, it’s one of its kind on the entire West Coast. Fort Point was built to defend the San Francisco Bay from attack during the Civil War and its architecture is only […]
  • Shakespeare Garden at Golden Gate Park
    It’s very possible that you’re reading this having never even heard of Shakespeare Garden. Perhaps you’ve been to Golden Gate Park a zillion times thinking you’d seen it all; there’s the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, Koret Children’s Quarter, the Arboretum, Japanese Tea Garden…we could go on. But don’t worry, it may seem […]
  • Sutro Baths/Lands End Lookout
      Go to the Sutro Baths on any day and no matter the weather, you’re likely to see a photographer in action. Why is this spot so popular?  Besides the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific Ocean and the fact that your photos make you look like you’re walking on water, the Sutro Baths have an […]
  • Top 5 Spots for Wedding & Engagement Photos in San Francisco
    The Best Places in San Francisco for Wedding and Engagement Photos If you’ve been following our blog lately, you’ve seen some glimpses of our absolute favorite places in San Francisco.  Well, for photos that is!  When couples ask us to take them somewhere in the city for engagement photos, or recommendations for where to head […]

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography

  • Alisha & Michael
  • Alyssa & Nicole
  • Amanda & Gene
  • Ashley & Malorie’s Iconic San Francisco Wedding
      Over a decade ago, Ashley and Malorie met while working together on their university’s yearbook staff on the other side of the country in Washington, DC. Ashley was a freshman and Malorie was the Editor-in-Chief. They were friends almost immediately, and after Malorie graduated and left campus they realized that it was actually much […]
  • Bridget & Brian + March 10, 2016
  • Cammie & Will + SF City Hall Wedding Ceremony + The Winery SF Ceremony
    SF City Hall Wedding Photos While most couples opt for a simple civil ceremony for their SF City Hall wedding, and a handful of others choose a private ceremony, there are a select few who go all out and reserve City Hall all for themselves. We were fortunate enough to be there for one of […]
  • Channing & Eric + September 23, 2016
  • Christina & Jason’s Wedding + Palace of Fine Arts Photos
    This beautiful family was such a joy to work with on this beautiful day in September of last year. (Yes, it’s almost been a year, congrats Christina and Jason!) We met up with Christina, Jason, their adorable young daughter, and several family members for their SF City Hall civil ceremony. “Having our daughter there to […]
  • Daniel & Henessy
  • Danielle & Daniel
  • Della and Henry’s San Francisco City Hall Elopement
    Della and Henry are a beautiful couple, inside and out. They are practical, motivated, and loving people and it was a joy to photograph their frugal San Francisco City Hall elopement. We loved every aspect of this wedding! Della and Henry met years ago, and dated for five years while they both finished school and started […]
  • Devon & David + SF City Hall Private Ceremony + Cable Car Photos
    World Travelers We are so excited to share this wedding with you all! It’s not unusual for couples to travel from all over the world to get married at SF City Hall. However, it’s a bit more unusual to have partners from two completely different parts of the world, who ended up choosing San Francisco […]
  • Erica & Wilson’s Destination Wedding to San Francisco City Hall
    San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography After 8 years together, Erica & Wilson, an incredibly sweet couple living in North Carolina could think of no better place to get married than San Francisco. And lucky us, they chose Red Eye Collection for their San Francisco City Hall wedding photography! San Francisco City Hall is a […]
  • Erin & Alex
  • Erin and Andrew + September 2, 2016
  • Felicia & Martin
  • Janelle & Rich
  • Jenna & Stephan’s SF City Hall Wedding
    ~April 2, 2019~ A beautiful civil ceremony at SF City Hall
  • Jenny and Brian
    Jenny and Brian had a picturesque wedding at San Francisco City Hall this past summer. We started the day at a mansion in Oakland, had a private ceremony (one-hour ceremony) at city hall, photos at the Presidio, and ended it all at a casual-ish “reception” at the restaurant Wayfare Tavern. This is a truly inspirational […]
  • Jessica & Pete – San Francisco City Hall Elopement
    jess and pete’s love story Pete and Jess met in June 2013 and their first date was at a French bistro in Brixton Village in London, which is where they currently live. Nine months later, they moved in together and Pete popped the question in September 2014 during the encore of a First Aid Kit […]
  • Jessica and Brayton + October 26, 2016
  • Joanna and Ryan + July 12, 2016
  • Judith and Kevin + October 31, 2016
  • Kelly and Ryan
    Kelly and Ryan were married on June 7th, with a beautiful ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. These two met in 2013 in Des Moines, IA, and got engaged while they were camping over the 4th of July weekend on the north shore of Lake Superior. Both Kelly and Ryan wanted to stay away from […]
  • Kristine and Bryan + 2016
  • Liliana and Wesley + October 20, 2016
  • Lindsay and Andrew
    A nurse and a firefighter go on a blind date (true story!)… fast forward three years later to this beautiful private San Francisco City Hall wedding. This wedding encompasses the intimacy that we love about City Hall weddings. Lindsay and Andrew adore the outdoors and love to spend their time hiking. They even got engaged […]
  • Nicole and Adam’s San Francisco City Hall Elopement
    This wedding is the perfect elopement. Two people in love, keeping it small and simple, with an officiant who’s friends with both of them. You couldn’t ask for a more idyllic San Francisco City Hall elopement. Nicole and Adam met back in 2007 while they were both attending San Diego State University. For years, they […]
  • Nisreen & David
    Nisreen and David are a beautiful couple. But, truth be told, Nisreen and David are also down to earth and so incredibly in love with one another that it’s completely infectious! When I first met them, they greeted me with their warm presence and talked to me as if we were old friends. I absolutely […]
  • November Wedding in SF and Montara Beach
    ~September 26, 2018~ Maya and Kevin's inspirational November wedding at San Francisco City Hall, followed by a sunset reception at La Costanera in Half Moon Bay.
  • Olivia & Brian + September 30, 2016
  • Robyn & Hugh’s SF City Hall Wedding + September 1, 2017
    How they met Robyn and Hugh have such an adorable story that we don’t even want to edit Robyn’s words: “We went to high school together in San Jose, CA. That was almost 20 years ago now! We went on one date in high school but it wasn’t meant to be at that time. Fast […]
  • San Francisco City Hall Elopement
    Elope to San Francisco City Hall! Thinking of avoiding all the crazy wedding planning and having a San Francisco City Hall elopement? You’re not alone! About 50% of our city hall weddings are elopements. Yes, half! Read about this couple who eloped to San Francisco City Hall! avoid (most) of the wedding planning Be sure […]
  • San Francisco City Hall Wedding Officiant
    ~February 15, 2018~ Every wedding needs an officiant, and that part of the planning process can be a little confusing. Whether you're planning a civil ceremony or a private ceremony, here we answer all your questions about a San Francisco City Hall wedding officiant.
  • San Francisco City Hall Wedding Reception
    Updated for Fall & Winter 2019 ~ We're often asked about the best places to take family and friends after the ceremony. We've compiled this list of dining options just for you!
  • Sara & Steven May 27, 2016
  • Shirley & Jose
  • Tasha and Seth’s San Francisco Elopement
    ~March 22, 2018~ After together five months, they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and knew that they wanted to bring a child into their beautiful relationship
  • Tiffany & Bobby
  • Vickie & Minyu’s Private SF City Hall Wedding in the Spring
    Yesterday was an absolutely perfect spring day in San Francisco. One of the first really nice days we’ve had this year. Just clear blue sky and warm sunshine. We had a great time running around the crazy streets of SF. These two were so laid back and sweet – it made my job incredibly easy. […]

VW Bus Photo Booth

  • Introducing Penny, Our VW Bus Photo Booth
    ~September 21, 2018~ For years, Oscar has had a special love for the 1960s. As a professional wedding photographer, he's harnessed that soft lighting style so prominent in photography of that decade while combining it with his own modern style. While envisioning the next step in growing the Red Eye Collection team, he knew that he had to create something unique and special. So, upon seeing a gorgeous 1968 Volkswagen bus earlier this year, he couldn't pass up the opportunity. It didn't take long to transform her into a perfect VW bus photo booth.
  • The VW Booth at DBX Fest 2018
    ~January 29, 2019~ We were honored to be a part of the 2018 Dropbox annual company picnic!

Wedding Photography

  • Five Reasons Why You Need to do a First Look on your Wedding Day
        We always recommend doing a first look As wedding photographers with experience with hundreds of weddings over the past several years, we highly recommend doing a first look before your wedding.  Many think that this breaks too much with tradition, but we disagree.  Who said that you have to wait until the actual […]
  • Our 9 Favorite Detail Wedding Photos
    ~December 3, 2018~ We love photographing details at every wedding and we're excited to share our favorites

Wedding Planning

  • 6 Tips to Finding a Hotel for Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day
    ~January 7, 2018~ The list of things to figure out for your wedding day can seem endless, which is why choosing the perfect hotel for getting ready often ends up as the last priority. Trust us though, taking some time to scope out the best hotel for wedding day prep is worth it.
  • A Guide to Having Perfect Wedding Day Hair
    ~January 25, 2019~ Start NOW when prepping your hair for your wedding.
  • Grooming Tips for the Groom
    ~May 2, 2019~ Excellent advice for all grooms-to-be!
  • How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget
    ~May 17, 2018~ Frugal weddings are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the San Francisco area. Young couples have less and less money to spend than past generations and are re-prioritizing how they spend their money.
  • San Francisco City Hall Wedding Reception
    Updated for Fall & Winter 2019 ~ We're often asked about the best places to take family and friends after the ceremony. We've compiled this list of dining options just for you!
  • The 3 Best Hotels Near San Francisco City Hall
    ~August 16, 2018~ As San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers, couples ask us all the time where they should stay before and after the wedding. Since many of them are traveling from out of town, or even from another state or country, they get overwhelmed with all the hotel options in the city. It's nice to have a hotel relatively close to City Hall, while still enjoying lovely amenities and a nice space for getting ready.
  • Winter Wedding Color Trends
    ~December 17, 2017~ Popular color trends for winter weddings