Christina and James | Chicago Courthouse Wedding Photographer

These two beautiful people are in the process of planning their wedding (but, just between you and me, they kinda already locked it down).

There are plenty of really good reasons to seal the deal prior to having your big dream wedding, and there is something sweet about having an intimate ceremony first.

If you plan to have a destination wedding, sometimes it can be necessary, or easier, to have the legal ceremony at home. If finances are a factor, a city hall wedding may make more sense. Perhaps you and your love have a wedding date set, but you opt for a no-frills ceremony first, in order to include a beloved relative who may not be able to witness your nuptials otherwise. Or sometimes, two adventurers from different parts of the world fall in love, and can’t wait to commit to each other, even before their traditional celebration.

Whatever the reason, I can tell you from personal experience that courthouse ceremonies, city hall weddings, and elopements are definitely a good idea, and in no way inhibit you from enjoying a more grand celebration later. (And, from a professional standpoint, I can tell you that I love shooting all shapes and sizes of weddings!) 🙂

As Christina and James prove, courthouse weddings can be classy, stylish, and moving.

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