It was just the two of them. Sweet and simple — just the way they wanted it. They chose to not invite any family or friends (though they knew about it!), and are instead sharing my photos with them after the fact. Justine + Grant had the only wedding at the courthouse on Monday, so we had the 3rd floor hallway pretty much to ourselves. We did a few portraits while we waiting for the bailiff to call us in, and then asked them to pretend I wasn’t there while I snapped some candids. We were then called in to the courtroom, and Judge Heidi Ladd performed the quick ceremony. There were still a few minutes left in our session time, so they hopped on the elevator for one of my signature elevator shots, one quick photo with the Champaign County seal, and then on to the beautiful outside of the courthouse where we finished up with some more portraits and action shots. I always love a good dancing twirl photo! <3
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!
Most of my courthouse weddings happen on Fridays, but Megan + Sean chose a Monday to be joined as husband and wife. It turned out to be a great idea as there weren’t any other weddings that day so we had the hallway and the judge to ourselves! These first two photos are 😍😍😍!
I adore courthouse weddings because they are so intimate and low pressure. I also love that no phones are allowed because it forces the couple and their loved ones to hang around, chat, and connect while we wait for the courtroom to open.
If you or someone you know are considering getting married at the courthouse, please send them a link to my website! I’d love share with them my courthouse wedding photos and walk them through the whole process.