San Francisco City Hall Elopement : Kelly+Ty


She liked him. The long conversations, the laughter, the lingering thoughts of him throughout the day…Kelly was undone by Tyler. But she lost her heart the day she received a package addressed to her Boston apartment. Having moved to attend photo school, Kelly missed home. Northern California was a part of the world she hung her proverbial hat and rested from the chaos life sometimes threw her way. In Boston, Kelly longed for all things home.

Tyler was a friend from church and someone who made the transcontinental distance shorten. They emailed, IM’d, and chatted as any friends might, but when Kelly slowly unwrapped the box with the California return address, she realized she had given her heart to Ty in the process of communication.

A handwritten note, freshly cut grass from California (a smell she so dearly missed), and a hat from In-N-Out Burger. That’s what she found in the box.

Kelly and Tyler’s friendship unraveled through the years to reveal how perfectly matched their hearts were. They now call San Francisco home…a place filled with handwritten notes, freshly cut grass, and In-N-Out Burger.

I had the pleasure of collaborating with an amazing team of San Francisco wedding professionals to photograph a San Francisco elopement. This shoot was a labor of love and it was an honor working with a stellar team to put together a photoshoot for the fun of it…I can’t wait to work with everyone again soon! It was a day I appreciated and won’t soon forget.
Venue: San Francisco City Hall
Makeup + Hair: Alana Halvorsen
Floral: Natalie Bowen Designs
Dress: Opening Ceremony
Models: Kelly Boitano and Tyler Madsen of Branches
Photography: Jasmine Star

Here’s the thing about Tyler: he’s awesome. Sometimes you meet people and within a few minutes, you know you’re better because of them. Tyler is one of those people. He’s smart, witty, caring, and really hears what you’re saying in between the lines. On top of this, he’s talented. He’s the lead singer for Branches and I lovelovelove their music (check out this Beyonce cover song they recently did!)

Oh, Kelly Kell, we both know you’re all kinds of crazy, but only the best kind of crazy. I love you to bits and pieces. Thanks for the inspiring conversations and becoming a new friend…

Kelly and Ty bragged about San Francisco’s City Hall…and, well…I couldn’t disagree. What a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos…every square inch is magical. I could shoot there every day and never tire of it. Ever.

After leaving City Hall, we celebrated with libations at Comstock Saloon in San Francisco…no better way to toast than with bubbly.

I just have to take a second and thank Natalie and Jenny of Natalie Bowen Designs for creating a gorgeous bouquet and boutonniere…love them!

We quickly passed through Golden Gate Park for a few more wedding photos…

Kelly, you’re gorgeous. Really.

Kelly and Tyler share a beautiful thing called love and I was thrilled to document every ounce of it.

To see more San Francisco City Hall elopement photos, feel free to click HERE for a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed or simply watch it here…

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  1. Lindsey Laughlin

    April 18th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Oh – my – goodness…

  2. Dana Laymon

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    OMG this pictures are amazing! I love everything about them and city hall! what an amazing location. this couple is just the cutest and you captured them so well! fabulous work

  3. Dana Laymon

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    OMG these pictures are amazing! I love everything about them and city hall! what an amazing location. this couple is just the cutest and you captured them so well! fabulous work

  4. Sheila Sim

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Yeah baby, great work! You must have died and gone to heaven when you saw what awesome light you were getting in the park. These are delightful images πŸ™‚

  5. Monica Justesen Photography

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    WOW! These are absolutely stunning!

  6. laraine shields

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    What a charming couple and touching love story. Takes a lot to move me and get me to tear up. Fabulous, amazing, wonderful images too. L

  7. Emily

    April 18th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    These are so FRESH and amazing!! Beautiful, beautiful work. And a really lovely couple!

  8. Laura Jens

    April 18th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! These stunning images leave me speechless. EVERY single one is full of magic, beauty and pure love…with a few fun fab ones thrown in…. = Perfection.
    It looked like you had the whole place to yourself. Just gorgeous. Did I say that already? πŸ™‚ love, love, love. J~ you are beyond gifted with what you can capture. xo

  9. Liz

    April 18th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Is it just me . .. or does she look like Emily Blunt in a couple of these photos? As someone who got married at City Hall and just had one person with a point and shoot (and digital was just out of the gate), I really wish I could recreate something like this! Beautiful images!!

  10. Meredith Adams

    April 18th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Jasmine, these are some of my favorite shots that you have taken! They are absolutely stunning. You did amazing.

    Also, what a touching story from that couple! uh. Fresh cut grass in a box?! Incredible. And they are gorgeous. And I’m listening to that Beyonce cover right now and it’s beautiful.

    Overall, this post just makes me so happy. Congrats to the couple!! And Jasmine, you ROCKED it.

  11. Monette Anderson

    April 18th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I love their story- I had to share with my female coworkers at the office who all said "AWWW!"

  12. Catherine Mac

    April 18th, 2013 at 3:49 pm


  13. Maria (aka Mavi)

    April 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful couple and stunning images!! I just love you J*!!

  14. Shar

    April 18th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful photos as always. I love her dress and shoes! <3

  15. Brianna

    April 18th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Love!! Where is her dress from? Such a beautiful couple and shoot.

  16. Ashley Rogers

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Stunning! I love the personality that just shines through!

  17. Ruth

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Just beautiful Jasmine πŸ™‚

  18. Hannah Nielsen

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love love LOVE that second shot! I keep going back to look at it. You have the best look clients ever (besides mine of course :))

  19. Jenna Kutcher

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE THIS! J, you did amazing. Your work is shining so bright and you have left this Wisconsin gal wishing for a little sunshine and greenery. What a beautiful project… this is fantastical.

  20. Allie Ann

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  21. Linda

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I love the locations! They are so beautiful and so is the photography. Great job.

  22. Carly Arnwine

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Jasmine, everything from the lighting, styling, and composition of these photos are pure genius. You are a true master of your craft. Incredible!!! xo

  23. glady

    April 18th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    i freakin love every ounce of this jasmine. you should just move here. that’s it. xo

  24. Elise

    April 18th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    So in love with this shoot

  25. Adriana Morett

    April 18th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! mwuah!

  26. kayla :)

    April 18th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    J*! By far the most gorgeous post of photos yet! Love your talent.

  27. UrΕ‘ka Majer

    April 18th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Please stop with all this gorgeousness! Totally stunning shot!

  28. Mark Potter

    April 18th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    No flippin’ way j*, seriously out of this world amazing. Every shot, utter crazy beautiful perfection! Any chance you’d plan a workshop at a venue like this that allows for tons of time concentrating on posing? I’d be there in a flash.

  29. Sabrina

    April 18th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Oh Jasmine… they’re all just so LOVELY! I’m not British by any means (although I may pretend from time to time), but that’s the only word that comes to mind as I look at these. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

  30. Michelle S Hanks

    April 18th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    So very unique and creative! Just them and architecture! Love it and very inspirational. Beautiful images – AS ALWAYS!

  31. Life with Kaishon

    April 18th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    She might be my favorite bride you have ever photographed. I love her dress. I love her hair. I LOVE her smile. What a beautiful story. Fresh cut grass? Get out of the city. That is adorable.


    April 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I just LOVE these! I went to photography school with Kelly and she is just the sweetest thing on this planet! That’s so wonderful that you guys got to spend the day together!

  33. Feather Rubio

    April 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    So perfect! All the way through…them, their story, and your perfect capture of it all! So in love right now πŸ˜€

  34. francesca caputo

    April 19th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    i love all of the details in these photos…they kind of reminded me of the movie, benny and june.

  35. Stephanie

    April 19th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I was a little confused because you noted them as Models….so I wasn’t sure this was a real event…but I think it was?

  36. Evie Perez

    April 19th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Agh…Jasmine!! The images are timeless. I absolutely love this elopement. Awesome job!

  37. Tod p

    April 19th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I think it is amazing how you are able to achieve so much dynamic range in a back lit scenario shooting natural light …my props to you…truth be told I will never be a fully natural light photographer but I must say I love your work and it inspires me to make use of natural light more then I have ever before only if I can attain the quality of light you are able to create…

  38. Mom

    April 19th, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Just, just beautiful Jasmine. All pics natural light? So fun and beautiful!

  39. Cherry

    April 19th, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Ohhh, these are just too GORGEOUS for words! I’m loving that last shot, it’s the perfect ending πŸ™‚

  40. John Pyle

    April 19th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    How did you get permission to shoot in city hall? Or did you get any pushback from security?

  41. Mikaela

    April 19th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    these are all absolutely, totally PERFECT! xo!

  42. Ashley

    April 19th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hey Jasmine! This photos are amazing!! Love love love how unique this couple is πŸ˜‰ I have a question regarding the slideshow … I was wondering how you do your slideshows now that showit have discontinued their slideshow feature? I was really interested in starting to use showit for the plus site, facebook, and slideshow capabilities but I am now second guessing because of loss of the slideshows. Thanks! and again your work is amazing πŸ˜€

  43. Bianca

    April 19th, 2013 at 6:33 pm


  44. Jonny Carroll

    April 19th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    These are absolutely fantastic! I love getting to see elopements captured by photographers. they always turn out so personal to the couple. Lovely, lovely!

  45. Evonne & Darren

    April 19th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    So glad to see you back in our beautiful city! What a sweet elopement!

  46. Jade

    April 19th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I’m pretty much obsessed with these photos – love the last 3 especially!

  47. Monika Greenaway

    April 19th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Seriously, how amazing is this wedding? Absolutely stunning Jasmine.

  48. Courtney

    April 19th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I’m with you Jasmine, I lovelovelove Branches’ music! I’ve had the privilege of seeing them twice. And as always, your images are beautiful inside and out. πŸ™‚

  49. Whitney Lane

    April 20th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Jasmine these are so beautiful and colourful and just WOW! Love to see that even you can keep pushing the envelope on yourself πŸ™‚

  50. John Cain Sargent

    April 20th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    The slideshow has been on repeat for the past thirty minutes and I have no intention of stopping it… what a fun (and attractive) couple. πŸ™‚

  51. Ken Tan

    April 21st, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful work, Jasmine! Amazing locations!!! Gorgeous looking couple!

  52. Emily

    April 22nd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    LOVED these pictures!

  53. Stephanie

    April 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous – so beautiful

  54. Stephanie Fay

    April 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    LOVE this shoot!! beautiful job as always!

  55. Manuel Ortega Photography

    April 23rd, 2013 at 7:58 am

    One of my favorite shoots you’ve done. Great job!

  56. m*

    April 23rd, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    So pretty!!!!

  57. Christy Tyler

    April 23rd, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This is one of my favorites ever! This couple is adorable, has fabulous style, and clearly are crazy about each other! Love the intimate nature of elopements too. So sweet.

  58. Jessica Carney

    April 23rd, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    WOW the colors!!!! Stunning.

  59. Samantha

    April 24th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! I am in love the the photos at Golden Gate Park! They are all amazing!

  60. Alaina Bos

    April 25th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I think I may have commented on these photos somewhere already but dang girl, they are beautiful!

  61. Mercedes

    April 29th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This is seriously one of my favorite weddings of yours. SUPER love this couple! Every frame is so pretty!

  62. Joanne Spencer

    April 29th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Well…ummm, this is all a bit special isnt it! Completely magical light, and a little sensitive, feminine touches to every image. Your work constantly blows my mind Jasmine, I’m trying hard to take what I see from your work and interpret it in my own way. But wow, what a role model you are to so many photographers. x

  63. sheng

    April 30th, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Love it!!!!!!!! Colors are awesome!!!!

  64. Jenn Gaudreau

    May 1st, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Jasmine, I seriously love EVERYTHING about this shoot!! I am always inspired by how you can style something so glamorously with your fab team and also capture the most authentic moments. I will be looking at this one for quite awhile.

  65. Eddie Sanchez

    May 1st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Man…..J*, you really outdid yourself on this one. Beautiful work. Loved it.

  66. Rae Leytham

    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    amazing backdrops for sure! Love the architecture!

  67. Rici

    May 2nd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Oh I`m IN LOVE with THEsE!!! Jasmine!!! I so badly love this style! Incredible! The fun & whimsy and cute and smiles & city hall! The hat and the flowers!!! Such a super ΓΌber great style & wedding!!!!!! ~ Saluti.

  68. Sue

    May 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    WOW, you are just amazing. I love your talent! Such an inspiration!

  69. Sean Lara

    May 13th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Awesome photos! No photos of the golden gate bridge? lol

  70. derek martinez

    May 15th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Such an elegant and amazing wedding, gorgeous work!

  71. Iqphoto

    September 20th, 2013 at 6:04 am

    You have really great collection of blog post. I love your blog and the way of using images in your post. Love to be here again. Keep it on with this type of blog post in future.
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