I can think of no better way to usher in the month of April than with this darling Spring elopement from Gia Canali! Proof that sometimes all you need for the perfect wedding is the one you love, and maybe something special to wear…

Lisa on her choice to wear a yellow dress (and the best ever re-use of a bridesmaid dress): “One of the first things I bought for the wedding was a tea length dress. However, whenever I put it on, I felt uncomfortable, like I was wearing a costume. When I thought back to the last dress that made me feel like a better version of myself, it was the one I wore in my best friend’s wedding. It was beautiful and infused with happy memories. So, I wore a yellow dress on my wedding day and donated the white one to charity.” 

Says Lisa, “I’m sure I received loads of wonderful insight from others, but the best piece of advice I can remember was from our photographer, Gia Canali. She told me to hold my bouquet down low for photographs. I can definitely see the difference in the images!”

Such an iconic shot in front of San Francisco’s City Hall!

Gia captured the couple with some of her vintage film cameras.

Miette cupcakes and the Golden Gate Bridge – what a sweet way to celebrate an elopement!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Jared and I love to travel. When we became engaged, the first thing we agreed upon was our honeymoon destination: Japan. As we started looking at local venues and pricing out our options, we realized that the cost of the wedding could jeopardize our honeymoon. The guest list continued to balloon, and we found ourselves lamenting that we “had to” invite so-and-so in order to be polite. I’m not sure when it dawned on us, but we felt a sense of relief when we realized that this was our wedding and we could choose to invite no one at all. To have a ceremony with just the two of us was actually very appealing; it would allow us to stay within our budget and have an intimate ceremony. We began to explore courthouse weddings, but were disappointed to find that most of the venues look like office buildings. We wanted to find a way to have a beautiful wedding and still visit Tokyo. Through the wonders of the Internet, I discovered San Francisco’s City Hall. The beauty of the space, coupled with the fact that it was on the way to Japan, cemented the location for us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The idea that we should do what we want.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  When my newly minted husband pulled me aside to read aloud a letter he had written for me. It totally caught me off guard and I was touched by his words and the gesture.

What advice do you have for other brides?  There are many ways to get married. Choose the way that best suits you and your partner.


See even more beautiful photos from Lisa and Jared’s elopement in the gallery.

Photographer: Gia Canali / Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Cole Haan / Veil: Ornent / Necklace: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Shirt: H&M / Tie: Ben Sherman / Floral Designer: Studio Choo / Cupcakes: Miette / Hair, Makeup: Wow Pretty
  • City Hall Elopement in San Francisco

    1 April 2013
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    2. CJ Isaac (Charlie Juliet Photography)

      Love this wedding! They are so cute together. What film camera was used for some of the shots?

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      • Gia

        Hi, CJ – A Contax, a Rollei, a Leica, a 4×5, and a couple of toy cameras were in the mix. And I agree – they are so cute together!

    3. Tess

      Though our wedding was lovely, I secretly wish that we had eloped at SF City Hall. I honestly could not think of a more romantic wedding. This bride is darling- the coat and dress and veil are all perfect together!

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    4. Studio Choo

      What a sweet couple. So fun to see this bouquet in action- great tip to hold it low!

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    5. yvette

      just beautiful. so happy and lovely and full of joy!

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      • Kathryn

        Isn’t it the happiest?! I just love their smiles!

    6. Erika

      This is absolutely adorable! My fiance and I are thinking of eloping — definitely bookmarking this for inspiration!

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    7. Kait

      i love this – so smart, simple, and un-fussy. my kind of wedding :)

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    8. Jana at The Summer House

      These two are the cutest1 Love her yellow dress too!

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    9. Kelly

      WOAH those flowers are insane! So beautiful. And such happiness captured in the photos! Yay! All the best to the newlyweds!

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    10. Sarah

      I think I would much rather elope than have a large ceremony. But with just the bride and the groom can’t it get kind of awkward with a photographer? I feel like I would be weirded out by someone taking pictures of us on our day especially in such an intimate setting. But on the other hand I would love to have photos of the day! Is that just me??

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    11. Second Floor Flat

      Gorgeous! I got married at City Hall last year and found it to be incredibly personal and just fun. Glad to hear that you guys felt the same. Congrats!

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    13. Kathryn

      Totally random, not wedding related, but I love her haircut and am wondering if she gets it cut in the city and by who?

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      Sheet film! Nice.

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