Champaign County Courthouse

Lauren + Hugo | Married by judge at the courthouse

I love that courthouse weddings are becoming a niche market for me! It’s definitely something that I love marketing for, and also love photographing. I’ve come to know several of the bailiffs now and they welcome me warmly every time I enter the courthouse and courtrooms.

Lauren + Hugo were married at the Champaign County Courthouse a couple of weeks ago and will be welcoming a baby any day now! I am so excited for them and their growing family, and had a wonderful lunch hour with them photographing their marriage vows before Judge Heidi Ladd. The light on the 3rd floor was perfect that day, and the courtroom images are some of my favorite ceremony images yet! One of my favorite moments of the whole process is when the judge shakes their hands at the end and wishes them a long and happy marriage. I say cheers to that as well!!

Bowie + Kevin | Champaign County Courthouse nuptials

Summer craziness is here, so I haven’t been on top of my blogging like I should be! Trying to catch up in July!

Bowie + Kevin’s beautiful courthouse wedding took place in late May. Bowie had told me up front that they were both awkward in front of a camera — challenge accepted!! I don’t think they look awkward at all! That is one of my favorite things about being a portrait photographer — loosening people up and making them feel totally comfortable and at ease in front of my lens. I love how I was able to pull out some genuine emotion and laughter out of them too which gives these photos authenticity. I should mention that Bowie’s friends served as my kind of “hype girls” and would pump her up and squeal every time we did a cute pose. It was good for morale all around!! :)

Courthouse ceremonies are short and sweet (we’re talking like 5-10 minutes tops), and I spend roughly an hour with each couple. So while the actual ceremony is short, I take advantage of the rest of the hour to get candids, portraits of the couple, details photos, and group photos with any friends or family that are present.

If you’re considering getting married at the courthouse, let me walk you through the process! Send me an email to start the conversation.

Sarah + Andrew | City Hall elopement in Urbana

Sarah + Andrew had their wedding date on their calendar for months, but they had to wait to make an appointment to be married at the courthouse. So about 6 weeks out, they contacted the Champaign Circuit Court Secretary and got on the schedule for Friday, April 26. Weddings are performed by judges in the 6th Judicial Court in counties around East Central Illinois and can take place Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30. The costs is $10. You also have to be sure to get your marriage license at the Brookens Center at least 1 day prior to the wedding, and that fee is $75.

Once Sarah + Andrew had their appointment, she let me know and we got the ball rolling for my photography services. To reserve my services for an hour (that 11:30-12:30 time slot), it’s $100, with a balance of $200 due the week before the wedding, and you receive all the digital images via download. Generally I provide courthouse clients with about 100-150 images, with print release. My contracts are all online and easy/quick to fill out and sign, and then pay securely. I try to make it simple for all involved!

If you or someone you know is considering a courthouse wedding, have them contact me to see if we can work together!