We’re always extremely honored when our own friends trust us to capture their special day, especially when it’s an intimate one! Logan and John first met while working at a college radio station (the same way Lily met them) and bonded over anarchopunk and bicycles. Several years later on a beautiful summer afternoon, we joined them, their family, and a few longtime friends at the unassuming Alameda County Recorder’s office in downtown Oakland for a simple civil ceremony. For analog fun, we brought along our Leica and Diana cameras and some expired film to complement our digital arsenal.
In keeping with their punk ethos, they arrived via their favored mode of transport. Logan was a knockout in a 1940s-style blue/black/white dress, gold heels, and turquoise hair, while John rocked a black suit with a navy-and-white floral tie. Friday, it turned out, is a popular day for civil ceremonies so our couple passed the time by catching up with their loved ones, playing musical chairs with other couples in the room, and perusing the intriguing pamphlet that’s handed to all couples who apply for a marriage license.
Eventually, their number was called and we whisked up the elevator to wait a little more before being ushered into the wedding room. Although it’s in no way as grand as San Francisco City Hall, we totally dug its wooden pews and groovy glittery backdrop. Perhaps it was all that bright light streaming through the giant windows, but we got a touch misty-eyed during the ceremony. We powered through, though, to capture more fun afterward, exploring the neighborhood and nearby Lake Merritt. Here’s a look at the lovely afternoon we had.