If you are ever in San Francisco, take a drive down to the beautiful Stanford University (about 30 minutes south). Here you can find the lovely Stanford Memorial Church. I had never visited the campus and this day I visited with my buddy Horace Kwan (Horace Kwan Photography). We arrived real early one AM and walked around and took a few shots. When the church opened (this was out target), we went in and grabbed a bunch of photos. The architecture is amazing. I can imagine a great spot for a wedding! If you are ever going to shoot a church, stop by as soon as it opens. I usually luck out and have no issues with using a tripod. I think photographers need to compile a book with a list of locations that allow tripods. Now that would be a book I would buy in a second!!
Info from the web: Stanford Memorial Church (also known as MemChu) is located at the center of the Stanford University campus in Stanford, California, United States. It was built during the American Renaissance by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland. Designed by architect Charles A. Coolidge, a protegé of Henry Hobson Richardson, the church has been called “the University’s architectural crown jewel”.
Designs for the church were submitted to Jane Stanford and the university trustees in 1898, and it was dedicated in 1903. The building is Romanesque in form and Byzantine in its details, inspired by churches in the region of Venice and, especially, Ravenna. Its stained glass windows and extensive mosaics are based on religious paintings the Stanfords admired in Europe. The church has four pipe organs, which allow musicians to produce many styles of organ music. Stanford Memorial Church has withstood two major earthquakes, in 1906 and 1989, and was extensively renovated after each.
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