Buckle up your seatbelts, because I am getting ready to explain exactly why you need an intimate minimony session after your courthouse elopement. Trust me, this one is going to be a good one, and you’re going to want to read to the very end!
Let me tell you, as an elopement photographer based out of Arizona, I have experienced a lot within the industry. Most of the time, minimonies after courthouse elopements are often looked at as less than, and I am here to set the record straight. I mean, if a traditional wedding can have photos captured of cake being shoved in each other’s faces, then why can’t we design a fun session of you signing the marriage license at the courthouse with dreamy Arizona desert photos to follow?
We can still capture all the details that big weddings have… just in a different, simpler fashion. Let’s make your day even more memorable. Here are some ideas on how to plan the perfect courthouse elopement followed by the most romantic minimony.
It is an age where big weddings just aren’t as popular as they used to be. If having a big wedding isn’t as important, why not contemplate the idea of getting married at the courthouse?
QUICK FUN FACT: If you are having a wedding in a different country; some countries don’t recognize the marriage license so some people go to a courthouse anyways to get married before they have their wedding abroad.
Let’s bring back courthouse elopements
Here are just some reasons why it is always a good idea to have a courthouse photography session and make a day out of it.
Now that you don’t have all the stress of planning a wedding you can focus on hiring out a photographer or going to a nice dinner and just have a fun night celebrating your marriage together.
You have more money to put towards other things like a photographer so hire a photographer so you can relive your special day.
Sometimes accommodating big families can be just as stressful when planning a wedding.
This is a ceremony and session that is designed for you two and what you want. If you want Aunt Karen and mom there for family photos, bring them to the courthouse for family photos. However, make sure to save enough time for YOU, the couple because after all, this is YOUR wedding!
Let’s just focus on your love, not anyone else’s. Sometimes couples want the more intimate aspect of a wedding day vs being in front of a bunch of people.
The party doesn’t have to end after the courthouse signing!
Intimate minimony sessions that take place after courthouse weddings, are starting to take the world by storm with a whole new funky twist to them. The non-traditional concept is starting to open up opportunities for you to wear funky attire and/or run off to an absolutely gorgeous location for photos.
If you decide on having a courthouse ceremony and a minimony later, make your time at the courthouse romantic while your minimony is a little fun & funky! I mean, how many times do you get to marry the man of your dreams, twice?
Note: Photographers are usually not allowed inside the courthouse when you are signing your documents. Usually, it is easier to meet you at an off-site location and capture intimate romantic photos celebrating your commitment to each other or meet you at the courthouse capturing you walking out of the building with your marriage license then heading to an off-site location for photos to follow.
Usually, an intimate minimony session can range from 1-4 hours depending on what you want. If you want just a photography session during sunset, allow an hour just for sunset photos just the two of you. Sunset is the best time to capture photos.
Another idea for a minimony session is grabbing your marriage certificate and heading to a rad location and have a little minimony session of your two saying your vows, signing the marriage certificate, then taking romantic photos of just the two of you.
Being based out of Arizona, I have had the opportunity to capture some dreamy courthouse elopements in the state. With those courthouse elopements, come with minimony sessions afterward! I will not stop raising awareness of these beautiful and transcendent opportunities.
FUN FACT: I am ordained and am able to be considered a witness.
Here is a helpful link for more information on obtaining your marriage license in Arizona.
LET THIS BE A REMINDER THAT YOUR WEDDING DAY IS STILL YOUR WEDDING DAY. Let me help your relationship experience the furthest thing from traditional! Let’s get you married at the courthouse and have an intimate minimony session afterward capturing photos remembering the day you tied the knot “officially”.
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