Palace of Fine Arts Elopement // Gaby + Alex


We are excited to share Gaby and Alex’s elopement at the Palace of Fine Arts!

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic background for your stunning elopement or engagement photos. This highly sought-after venue was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. Its rich history and exquisite architecture are on full display amongst the expansive lagoon and lush greenery. The towering columns and grand rotunda will make your special day a dream come true.

Our photographers love capturing elopements at the Palace of Fine Arts. Even though it is open to the public during your ceremony, we have quite a few tricks up our sleeves to make it feel like your private oasis. Just ask Gaby and Alex! We had a wonderful time photographing their magnificent portraits around the impressive grounds. Gaby looked fabulous in her long-sleeved, satin dress and white veil, while Alex’s black suit and shined shoes were the perfect contrast to the historic site.

We can’t wait to share Gaby and Alex’s Palace of Fine Arts Elopement photos!

Palace of Fine Arts Elopement Photos

Palace of Fine Arts Wedding Cost

Your intimate wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts will cost $808 plus a refundable $500 deposit. This cost includes your reservation fee and a two-hour minimum rental of $147 per hour. You will hold your ceremony under the magnificent rotunda, with the beautiful grounds visible through the grand arches. Note that this space is open to the public during visiting hours, so your “I dos” will not be private. If you choose to have your reception here, the starting cost will be $6,264 for up to 250 guests. This cost includes a $5,000 venue fee, a $1,000 refundable deposit, and three hours of staffing at $88 per hour. If you prefer a tented reception, your cost will be $15,000 daily. For more information, visit their website

Palace of Fine Arts Parking

The Palace of Fine Arts has limited parking availability. Their first come, first serve lot is along Palace Drive next to Lyon Street. Further down, there is additional parking at the triangle lot. Street parking should be available in front of the Palace of Fine Arts and on neighboring streets. Many San Francisco Muni buses stop nearby if you prefer to leave your car at home. Also, almost all downtown-bound Golden Gate Transit buses stop nearby. For more information or to contact them with questions, visit their website

San Francisco Wedding Venues

San Francisco has many gorgeous venues for your wedding. Voted one of the best wedding venues on The Knot, The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square is a dream venue for your elegant wedding. With 35 unique spaces to host your guests, their lavish design and décor will be the perfect accents to your special day. The Pearl is a stunning location where industrial architecture meets art and nature. Their beautiful large, multi-level area, complete with rooftop space for your ceremony, makes the perfect, inviting atmosphere for your magical day. The Exploratorium boasts striking views of San Francisco Bay. Not only will you and your guests be awestruck by the sweeping views, but their interactive exhibits will also entertain everyone. 

San Francisco Wedding Photographers

San Francisco Wedding Photographers is not just a service; it’s a promise to cherish your special day forever. Nestled in the vibrant heart of the city, our team is fueled by a passion for capturing love stories in their purest form. With each click of the camera, we aim to freeze moments of laughter, tears, and pure joy, ensuring that every detail is immortalized with warmth and authenticity. From the bustling streets to the serene shores, we’re here to tell your story through the lens, creating timeless memories that will tug at your heartstrings for years to come. Let’s embark on this journey together and make magic happen.


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