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planning a denver courthouse wedding

Planning a courthouse wedding doesn't mean your day should be any less special or beautiful. For some, having their wedding at a courthouse is a great way to reduce the stress of a traditional large wedding day. Getting married in Downtown Denver is super easy and there are so many locations to still get epic and beautiful wedding day photos. If you're still in the planning process, take a look at the process below for my take on how to plan a Denver courthouse wedding.

Once you have a date and location, it's time to secure the rest of your vendors.

secure your vendors


There are several different courthouses to choose from– pick your spot & fill out the application online.



Your photographer will be able to help you location scout and plan, so it's best to secure them early!

book photographer


Chat about your priorities with your partner– budget, how many guests,  etc.

start planning


Your license must be both signed in CO within 35 days from the date of issue and must be returned for recording within 63 days.

sign & return license


the process


start the planning process

When dreaming up your wedding, no plans are too far fetched– the world is your oyster! Think about what is important to you and your partner and how you want to infuse your personalities into your wedding day. 

Some questions to ask yourselves: 
  • Do you want guests at your wedding?
  • Do you want to get ready together?
  • Do you want to do something after your courthouse ceremony? Dinner? Hiking? Spa day? 
  • Do you want to have a reception after your ceremony?

find your photographer

Even with smaller courthouse weddings your photographer is still a big choice! They will document the day and can suggest different locations for photos pre/post ceremony. You want to choose a photographer whose style you love but also whose personality you really vibe with. 

When choosing your photographer, ask some of these questions: 
  • How long have you been photographing weddings? 
  • What part do you play in helping us plan and scout?
  • Do you have vendor and location recommendations? 
  • How would you describe your photography style?

choose a courthouse

There are a few different courthouses to choose from. 

Byron White: 1823 Stout St 
  • Cool columns and architecture outside 
  • Near 16th street mall
  • Photographs well during the day

Denver County Court: 1437 Bannock St
  • Cool columns and architecture 
  • Across from Civic center which has nice shade and greenery (can sometimes be crowded with people and can be a little sketchy)

Wellington Webb:  201 W. Colfax Avenue
  • Near civic center
  • Glass roof and lots of natural light indoors

Lindsey Flanigan: 520 W Colfax Ave
  • Most modern of all courthouses
  • Neat sculptures and glass windows
  • Near Denver Art Museum

secure your Denver vendors

Just because you are having a courthouse wedding, doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a dream team helping you plan and execute the perfect day! Make sure you reach out to vendors well in advance to ensure they're available for your date. 

Some vendors to consider for your wedding day: 
  • Planner
  • Florist
  • Officiant 
  • Private chef
  • Hair and/or Makeup Artist


sign & return your marriage license

In order to be legally married in Denver, you must obtain a marriage license. 

Here's the detailed breakdown: 
  1. Fill out an application online here. 
  2. Schedule an appointment online at your selected courthouse. Make sure you bring with you: A valid ID (passport, drivers license), Social Security Numbers, and $30. 
  3. Your license is good for 35 days. 
  4. Return in person or by mail to the county clerk who issued it within 63 days. And don't forget to make a few certified copies while there, they cost $1.25!

When is the Best Time for a Denver courthouse wedding?

Colorado temperatures vary greatly from season to season (and even day to day!!) Here are some weather related tips for your Colorado elopement.

Summer is one of my favorite times to photograph in Colorado
 because the weather is so predictable. Temperatures are relatively mild (especially comparing it to Texas, my home state!)

Spring can be colder than you might think!
Especially if you're wanting to go into the mountains. And there might not be as many flowers and fauna since it takes longer for the winter ice to melt. 

Fall has the most gorgeous colors, but it comes and goes quickly!
Fall is my favorite season in Colorado. The orange and yellow leaves are absolutely magical. But Fall can come and go quickly. Sometimes those gorgeous leaves only last a week. But if you plan it right (and with a little luck) your wedding would be stunning. 

Winter can be freezing or mild.
Winter in Colorado is always a toss up. It can be frigid or mild. Always plan for it being cold. (Layers, proper transportation, etc.) 

my take...

When would I plan a Denver wedding? Go with Summer or Fall! If you're wanting those gorgeous fall colors, aim for late September. Luckily though, Colorado is beautiful all year round– you really can't go wrong!

who to invite to your Denver courthouse wedding

Choosing who to invite to their wedding is probably the biggest stressors for couples eloping or having an intimate wedding. But at the end of the day, you are choosing to have a non-traditional, unique and authentic experience with just you and your partner– so you should do whatever feels best to you. 

Some things to consider if you choose to invite friends and family: 

1. Is everyone on your list fully onboard with your decision to marry your partner? Are they fully onboard with your vision to have a small wedding and the way you see your day? 

2. Would it be impactful to you to have some of your guests hear your vows? Or is that something you want to be private and intimate? 

3. Is there anyone on your guest list who you're concerned will hijack your day? Make it about them? Provide any unnecessary stress and anxiety for you?

4. Does your courthouse location have a capacity limit? Will you be able to have the day you've envisioned with X number of people or will you need to adjust your vision to invite more people?

5. How will travel and lodging work? Will you need additional resources to include more people?

Remember, this day is about you and your partner. There is no right or wrong answer! I want you to have the best day ever that fully is the day you've envisioned. You've likely chosen to have a courthouse wedding because you want to break free of the stress and norms of a big wedding. So stick with your guns and choose the day that is right for you! 

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Yes! In fact, my payment structure is already broken up into installments to make my services more accessible. Your payments will be broken up into 5 payments throughout your journey with me. 

To be fair to everyone I can't hold dates without a signed contract and retainer.

Yes! And I offer a 50% discount on them for wedding clients! Engagement shoots are a great way to see how my couples interact on their wedding day. We can chat about which poses you find most flattering and natural. I can see if you are more touchy and intimate or more reserved and traditional, all which will create a more seamless and streamlined wedding day experience.

You'll receive a sneak peek of a few images on social media within 72 hours because I know how eager couples are to see their images! A highlight blog post will go live two weeks after your event. And then your final gallery will be ready in 4-6 weeks. 

There is no cap on images I deliver for a wedding. The amount of images you receives varies from wedding to wedding. But typically you'll receive 60-100 images per hour. 

I am located in Denver, Colorado. But I will travel wherever! Travel and lodging fees do apply outside of a 150 radius of Denver and if your location is more than 3 hours away. I offer discounted rates for certain "bucket list" wedding locations. 

My style is a mix of photojournalistic and traditional. I love capturing candid moments, the authentic smiles, the natural tears, the goofy glances— all the things that make your wedding authentically you. But I also want to make sure that you get the shots you've been waiting for. I want you to have the classic images of you and your partner seeing each other for the first time, or your first dance, or just a big family photo that your mom will display in her home.

Absolutely!! The planning and logistics is something I include in every elopement package. You can choose from an extensive list of locations I've found or give me your vision and I'll help you find the perfect spot. 

Some locations require the couple to secure their permit, but if not I'll also help with all the logistics of permits (you will be invoiced for the cost). 

Yes! Absolutely! Small intimate weddings (less than 20 guests) and elopements are some of my favorite things to photograph! I typically only book these 3 months in advance or on weekdays. 

I will send over a proposal that allows you to choose your perfect wedding package. A $500 deposit will be due upon booking, this retainer is non-refundable and reserves your date. You'll then sign a contract and be officially booked!

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