Courthouse weddings are great in that they get to the essence of marriage. Two people are choosing to get married and that's all that matters.
Still, I believe that even a quick and simple wedding should be captured beautifully. If you're having a courthouse wedding, I recommend that you reserve about 45-60 minutes either before or after the ceremony for photos with your family and close friends. Because after all this is over, the only memorabilia you'll have of this day are the photos. And I'm of the belief that every photo of you should be beautiful, especially when it comes to your wedding day.
Tips for Great Courthouse Wedding Photos:
1. Dress smart! You don't need to wear Vera Wang or Armani to look like a million bucks, but you should wear something that makes you look sharp. I love how these guys had bow ties and matching Hawaiian leis.
2. Get flowers. This couple had beautiful Hawaiian leis, but you could opt for a fresh bouquet from the market. The Pike Place Market offers amazing $10 bouquets.
3. Capture key moments: the vows, the exchanging of rings, signing of the certificate, and of course, the KISS.
4. Step outside with your family and friends for fabulous outdoor photography. The courthouse is OK for photos, but florescent lighting and government issued furniture is no match for the natural beauty of Seattle. Luckily, the Seattle Municipal Court in Pioneer Square is a short walk away from many interesting spots for photography. A few blocks away are a brick-and-glass transit station and The Waterfall Park. If you walk further into Pioneer Square, you can get some fabulous shots at Occidental Park, where there is a natural archway of tall trees and a row of art galleries that serve as a fabulous backdrop to your photos. (See more wedding photos from Pioneer Square.)