4. Our next visits were actually indoor sites. We visited City Hall first. If you're not familiar with San Francisco's City Hall, you MUST visit the site or find some google images. That place is gorgeous. I thought about the site simply because I worked across the street from City Hall all summer in 2007 when I interned for the Attorney General's Office. It took some convincing to get Fiance to look at City Hall, but once I found him some pictures, he was sold.
This time, I was prepared with my camera! Can you believe it took me this long to remember? So you get to see me, Fiance, and Puppy! The site has gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of the Fine Arts (see #3 above) and Alcatraz. The downsides were the possibility of the grass being super muddy, the fact that guests would have to sit in their Sunday's best on concrete steps and the fact that it's a pretty crowded area (it's close to a cafe/hot dog stand). We both liked the site, though, and it shot up to the top of our list.
7. Also at Crissy Field was the East Beach. There isn't one particular location you can have your wedding ceremony at, but basically as long as you do not obstruct a common pathway (you leave enough space between your set up and the edge of the water or behind the chairs) you're good to go. Now, even though we'd originally talked very seriously about a beach wedding, I wasn't thrilled with the idea anymore. I'd already bought my dress (with a train) and I wanted to wear heels! We looked into a number of ideas such as putting down tiles or straw mats or a very heavy aisle runner, but I still wasn't thrilled about it unless we could get a wooden walkway and platform. Fiance really wanted to do it though, so I agreed to look at the beach. Turned out, right next to the sand, there was a perfect spot to set up a wedding ceremony:
A perfect compromise, don't you think? It's beach adjacent, and basically right on the ocean. We could have us and the bridal party on the steps and set up chairs on the area you saw in the second photo. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are absolutely perfect. Plus, it's super close to the parking lot which meant it was convenient for the guests. After visiting the rest of the East Beach and agreeing that none of the other sites were what we were looking for in a wedding ceremony site, we decided we were done. We just needed to make a choice as to which location we wanted. But wait! Didn't I say there were eight sites? Well, since we had Puppy with us and it was a beautiful, sunny day (can you believe these pictures were taken in January?) we went for a walk through the Presidio. And wouldn't you know it? We found another possible ceremony site!
So what was the final decision? Tune in next time to find out...