Weddings @ San Francisco City Hall. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Change)

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Good Morning:

Few personal changes rank higher than marriage. The weddings at City Hall offer tremendous variety, but they do seem to have a few things in common. First, comes the waiting for either the bride or groom. And with the waiting comes the nerves. And my, how those nerves come.

Nerves, 16 September 2015.

Nerves, 16 September 2015.

Waiting, 29 June 2015.

Waiting, 29 June 2015.

One way in which City Hall weddings differ from each other–the dresses. Most wedding dresses I’ve seen come in white, but one Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, my family and I blundered into a small procession led by a woman in a fire engine red gown. As it happened we were more than welcome to join in the little parade, but we peeled off after the bride stopped at the church door, took a deep breath, and walked inside. Blue also seems an acceptable color.

Something Blue, 13 August 2015.

Something Blue, 13 August 2015.

One other thing that weddings have in common is of course the wedding photographer, trailing behind the party or arranging compositions.

The Walk to City Hall, 29 June 2015.

The Walk to City Hall, 29 June 2015.

Photographer Arranging Wedding Photo After the Ceremony, 3 September 2015.

Photographer Arranging Wedding Photo After the Ceremony, 3 September 2015.

Wedding photographers cannot have an easy job. How many original angles are there?

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Wedding Photographer at City Hall, 28 August 2015.

Wedding Photographer at City Hall, 28 August 2015.

I imagine these were not the shoes the bride wore, but those shoes must have felt very uncomfortable. Curious–I don’t know whom she married. Might have been the gentleman on the right holding the purses.

Wedding Shoes, 1 July 2015.

Wedding Shoes, 1 July 2015.

What all weddings have in common–a kiss on the threshold of a new life.

After the Wedding, on the Threshold, 24 September 2015.

After the Wedding, on the Threshold, 24 September 2015.

Vonn Scott Bair

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5 responses »

  1. Love the photographer on the ground! There isn’t enough $$ in the world for me to do that job. Just because if you screw up,somehow there’s NO recovery!! Clever idea for the challenge VS

    • El Rolyat: Thanks, used a technique learned from the movie Z, of all things, a scene where a photographer just lets his camera dangle below his waist so it appears he isn’t taking pictures. Vonn Scott Bair

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