February 1, 2019

Salem Oregon Elopement Photographer | briana + winchester | courthouse nuptials

Courthouse, ice cream, and vinyl, oh my!

Briana & Winchester said “I do” on the front lawn of the Marion County Courthouse. Apparently, some judges will give couples a choice between the courtroom and the front steps or lawn of the courthouse. In this case the judge agreed to do outdoors, but it had to be after court was done for the day. This was perfect because it meant the place was pretty much a ghost town and I didn’t have to worry about random people in the background.

The couple had their best friends, a couple from out of state, serve as witnesses. Aside from them, the only other guest was Winchester’s son. The weather could not have been more perfect on this day in June. Briana made her own wedding dress and of course I loved it. As you probably know, I am a big fan of non-traditional wedding garb, so Briana choosing a short, floral dress, was awesome. Winchester wore a vintage vest and accessories, with an adorable boutonniere, which matched Briana’s bouquet (both from Morning Glories Floral). Amanda also hooked Briana up with a perfect little floral crown.

After the ceremony, they walked around the downtown area, hitting up some of their favorite places. Their first stop was Dolce Mama’s, for ice cream. While I didn’t try any ice cream myself (needed both hands free), it looked amazing and everyone said it was delicious. The shop is adorable too, by the way. After ice cream, everyone strolled over to Ranch Records, which is a really cool store that sells records, cassette tapes, movies, weird candles, etc. As a couple, Briana and Winchester have spent a lot of time in that shop, so it only seemed natural that they go on their wedding day, and purchase their first vinyl record together, as a married couple (I believe it was Etta James, but I’m not 100% positive on that). Everyone took their time, flipping through all of the options, and making their choices. After making their purchases, we parted ways, with me headed home and their group to dinner.

So, as you can see, a courthouse elopement doesn’t have to look any certain way. Some get married in the courtroom, some get married outdoors. Some get ice cream, some do family portraits. Some brides where a white dress, some don’t. Like I always say…do what you want! It’s your wedding!

Please click on the vendor names below to visit their websites.

Morning Glories Floral

Dolce Mama’s

Ranch Records

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