September 5, 2020
Kesha and Dan have been together for several years, but used COVID as an excuse to tie the knot at an intimate courthouse wedding in Hillsborough, NC! They reached out to me to capture some images of the day with two of Kesha’s sons present.
Kesha and Dan originally chose their date of August 24th thinking there wouldn’t be rain, but if COVID has taught us anything, it’s that nothing goes according to plan, right? Luckily, the showers subsided enough for me to be able to get some images outside after their courthouse ceremony (and the sun started to shine just as our time together was ending)!
After they signed all of the paperwork, we headed outside of the Hillsborough courthouse to grab some portraits of the two of them with two of Kesha’s sons present, who served as witnesses. Since the Hillsborough courthouse is also very close to the riverwalk, we drove over to grab a few more portraits over there!
Now that we have done a few elopements during COVID, we wanted to share some of the things we have learned in case you are planning your own!
Tip #1: Keep it Small
Don’t feel like you need to invite a ton of people to a wedding — it can just be you and a few loved ones! Keeping your invite list small means that you’ll have more flexibility on the day of, you can truly focus on each other, and your friends and family will be that much more excited to see your photos!
Tip #2: Splurge on a Few Details
We all know that weddings can come with a huge price tag. If you are planning a more intimate celebration, then feel free to splurge on a few eye-catching details! Kesha wore a lovely band in her hair and carried a picture-perfect white rose bouquet, while Dan wore a matching boutonniere, but you could also splurge on your shoes or clothing. The best investment, in our opinion? Great photography! 😉
Tip #3: Consider Hiring an Officiant
Though Kesha and Dan chose to forego a more traditional ceremony, that doesn’t mean you have to! Having a courthouse wedding really just means you’re doing the official marriage license signing at the courthouse without a huge audience and reception to follow. But what if you want a more traditional ceremony? It’s totally fine to do all of the paperwork at the courthouse but also hire an officiant so that you have a true ceremony as well! Other options? A close friend or family member could also get ordained and create a custom ceremony just with all of their insider knowledge!
Kesha and Dan, thank you for trusting me with your beautiful wedding celebration! It was an honor to get to capture it. I hope you look back fondly on these images of the day for years to come!