Spotlight Wedding – Patrick and Nicci

2020-01-09T21:05:40-08:00January 9th, 2020|

Since we have Patrick and Nicci's wedding video up on our video page, I thought you might like to take a deeper look and see the details of this beautiful wedding, and also how we shoot a wedding when we aren't at San Francisco City Hall. Team members Will and Mindy get [...]

Eight Key steps To A a Perfect Surprise Proposal

2019-12-08T05:46:15-08:00December 5th, 2019|

It's officially engagement season, and everywhere I turn someone is getting down on one knee, or thinking about it! A few months ago I got a phone call from Kunal in Maryland.  He was so sweet, and really wanted to make sure that everything went off without a hitch when he popped the question to his girlfriend, and he had a million ideas, and questions for me.

Lauren and Kyle

2019-12-05T20:59:37-08:00November 22nd, 2019|

This couple just have the cool and sweet factor from the get go! Lauren emailed me and told me that she and Scott had booked the Mayors Balcony at San Francisco City Hall which rents for about a thousand dollars for an hour long ceremony and family photo session afterwards. We spent [...]

10 Cool Things To Do On Your San Francisco, California Honeymoon!

2017-05-24T07:15:27-08:00May 23rd, 2017|

Getting married at SF City Hall is always a magical experience, but it's also a bit like walking through a labyrinth with the goal being to come out on the other side as newlyweds. The whole process of getting the license, checking in and then waiting with two other couples for your turn [...]

Ellen + Josh are Getting Married at San Francisco City Hall!

2017-01-08T14:51:48-08:00January 8th, 2017|

These two planned an epic elopement at San Francisco City Hall, and flew half way across the country to do it. It was a cold , dark winter day, but that makes the old gas lamps (now electric) to glow beautifully in this historic building originally built before the turn of the last century. [...]

Eloping to… San Francisco

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00December 4th, 2016|

The last few weeks gave been very exciting for me, I have been co-authoring a blog about the experience couples have when they elope to San Francisco. Carly from and I have written about the San Francisco City Hall experience, What you need to get married there, and the steps that you [...]

California honeymoon destinations, you’ll both love!

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00November 12th, 2016|

So many of the couples who elope at San Francisco City Hall, come from far and wide around the world. Because of this, they often plan an extended honeymoon trip to make the most of the energy they've put forth getting here in the first place. I love talking to my couples about all of [...]

Help! I need somebody….

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00July 21st, 2016|

I don't have to tell you that once you say "Yes, I WILL marry you!", the panic of planning your wedding sets in within roughly twenty four hours. I've read a lot of articles on planning a wedding, and all of the experts agree that the most import thing you should consider first [...]

Maternity Weddings, 6 Tips For Mom-To-Be Brides!

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00May 19th, 2016|

I'm going to say something I've never said in a blog before: It's baby season! This Spring I have had the honor of photographing so many weddings for gorgeously glowing brides at ALL stages of pregnancy. Some were just showing a bump, others were flaunting it! One thing is for sure, I think [...]

The Power of Flowers

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00May 9th, 2016|

Let's talk about your wedding flowers today! Your bridal flowers may just seam like a sort of after thought, and one more thing that you need to add to a growing list of choices to be made for your wedding day. As a photographer I can tell you that to me, they are [...]

Aussie couples love San Francisco destination weddings!

2016-12-23T19:29:38-08:00April 23rd, 2016|

I'm really proud of San Francisco and I feel like we've finally arrived on the world stage. Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the Great Quake of 1906, and if you look at pictures of our City Hall compared to what else was going on with the city at the time, you'd see [...]

Two sexy Texans get hitched in the City By the Bay!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00June 15th, 2015|

I always say the most stunning brides come from Texas and in this case it's true times two. From what a lot of my gay clients have told me, Texas is not always the friendliest, most welcoming place to be in a same sex relationship or have a commitment ceremony, since legal marriage [...]

Three countries, two people, one magical wedding!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00June 8th, 2015|

Brie and Andrew met at a friends wedding. In Mexico. Brie lived in Southern California, and Andrew was a resident of the United Kingdom. To make matters even more complicated, Brie had brought a date to the wedding in Mexico! But somehow, by the end of this wedding weekend, Brie knew it was [...]

Two dads and two kids makes for a perfect family wedding!

2015-05-28T19:58:56-08:00June 1st, 2015|

I honestly think John and Bill, along with their two gorgeous little girls, are the new perfect American family. There was just so much wholesomeness and love, it was insane! They all flew in from Las Vegas for a destination wedding in San Francisco, which would be followed by a "familymoon" in the [...]

A True Elopement!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00May 26th, 2015|

Sometimes you just have to leave everyone and everything behind and make your own space for your wedding vows. Eric and Annie gave everyone the slip, and it's not that they don't love their friends and family, but it's nice that they were able to focus on each other and the excitement of [...]

Seattle Erotic Art Festival…we're IN!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00April 7th, 2014|

I'm very proud to announce that one of my fine art nudes in going to be in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, this May 30 and 31, and June 1. It was a long shot, but I went for it, and it panned out. I was shooting fine art female nudes before I became a [...]

Engagement shoots, using props at hand!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 19th, 2014|

You never know what you're going to find when you go out to shoot, and sometimes it's those special little details that end up making the day. I wrote recently about Robyn and Lyndseys wedding shoot at the Ferry Building. We had giant bikes and library ladders offered to us. Other times the couple came [...]

Fantastic wedding shoot at San Francisco Ferry Building!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 13th, 2014|

A few days ago I had two very special ladies fly into San Francisco to get married at our City Hall. Robyn is a dentist in the Navy, stationed in Virginia, and her new wife Lyndsey is a second grade teacher. There are no words for how adorable these two are! Since, in addition to [...]

Posing tips for engagement sessions!

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 4th, 2014|

Just cut and paste the link above if it doesn't load properly. There is just so much going on at Rachel Levine Photography  this year. I'm going to be adding a lot of video content to the blog and writing a lot more as well. We had a huge shift just designing the [...]

The thirty year engagement.

2015-05-28T19:55:04-08:00January 22nd, 2014|

Tommy and Danny met thirty years ago to the date of their wedding, December 17, 2013. For decades they never thought that marriage was an option for them, so they just quietly lived their lives like so many couples across America, traveling, going to work each week. But in the summer of 2013, DOMA [...]