March 1, 2019

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | City Hall | Emily + Dan

Wedding

Weddings at Philadelphia City Hall aren’t easy to navigate.  There are rules and regulations that you’ll only discover after you’ve gone through the process since they’re not posted online or in an easy phone call.  Ah, bureaucracy…

Philadelphia City Hall on Valentines Day

Now let’s talk about Philadelphia City Hall weddings on Valentine’s Day, an entirely separate beast! 

Emily and Dan contacted me last fall about the prospect of getting married on Valentine’s Day at City Hall.  This involved a lot of waiting and a few calls for the list to open up for their chosen day.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular day to tie the knot.  So popular that the process is even more intense than usual – allowing 50 couples get married on that single day vs the standard 8 to 10.  

couples waiting to get married at Philadelphia City Hall

On Valentine’s Day, the couples and their guests (up to 6) sit in a large, beautiful courtroom.  Couples + guests are called to their own station with a judge to preside over their nuptials, several of these small ceremonies going on at once.

putting rings on bride and groom on Valentines Day wedding ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall

Hi, Leslie!

adorable flower girl watching uncle getting married

Emily and Dan were in the first round of ceremonies and Judge Dugan graciously allowed me “back stage” to get a view on the “I do”s, ring exchange, and kiss.  The courtroom was abuzz with noise, random groups of applause, and lots of happiness.

first kiss at wedding ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall on Valentines Day

The hour+ of waiting leading up to the ceremony had Emily understandably anxious.  They both knew that they always wanted a small ceremony though the crowds and anticipation were brutal!

bride and groom getting married at Philadelphia courthouse at City Hall

Once the ceremony was over, their families gathered together for some group pictures before I got to take them around gorgeous, historic City Hall for some more pictures.

beautiful bride and groom portrait on Valentines Day wedding day at Philadelphia City Hall

The stairwells there are incredible.

groom portrait on wedding day at Philadelphia City Hall
beautiful bride in white wedding dress at Philadelphia City Hall
bride and groom in gorgeous historic stairwell at Philadelphia City Hall
bride and groom in stairwell at Philadelphia City Hall after courthouse ceremony

It was chilly and a bit blustery outside but Emily was well prepared in her Uggs and R2D2 something blue socks!

R2D2 blue Star Wars socks on bride and groom with Uggs
groom carrying red and white bouquet of roses for bride
bride and groom silhouette after ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall outside
groom kissing bride on wedding day at Philadelphia City Hall

It was fun being a part of the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day at Philadelphia City Hall.  Thank you, Emily and Dan, for bringing me along for the ride!

bride and groom kissing outside of wedding ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall

“There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.”
~ Dave Grohl

Hey, hey, we were also featured on the news! https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/3810852-couples-tie-the-knot-at-17th-annual-valentines-day-wedding-extravaganza/

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