8 Photographers Share Their Best Tips for the Most Beautiful City Hall Wedding Photos
Nothing says "no fuss" like getting married during a ceremony at your local city hall. Whether you're after an intimate wedding or planning a destination affair and need to make it legal before you leave the country, there's no reason why your city hall nuptials can't be beautifully documented. To that point, we asked some of our favorite wedding photographers to share their best tips for capturing stunning city hall wedding photos.
Although hosting your nuptials at a modest building generally comes with an added benefit of minimalism and simplicity, you don't want to undervalue the importance of the occasion. That's why we strongly suggest hiring a professional photographer who can capture all of the noteworthy moments of your big day. No matter where you're trying the knot, wedding photos are one of the best ways to relive every moment of this special occasion, and there's a good chance you'll regret not having them in the years to come. You'll also want to hire someone who can capture the essence of your venue—after all, you chose city hall for a reason! Your photographer should snap pictures that highlight the backdrop, architectural features, and distinct surroundings of your venue.
Here, eight wedding photographers share their best bits of advice for documenting a city hall wedding. From mapping out where you'll take portraits and how to best utilize the surrounding scenery to their favorite ways to personalize the images, these ideas all center around documenting your day in a way that highlights just how special it is. Share their tips with your own pro as you start planning your city hall nuptials!
Map Out a Day-Of Strategy
"Go to city hall and familiarize yourself with the location and the process! You'll know exactly where to go for the perfect shots on the actual day." —Judy Pak, Owner,
Spotlight Interior Architectural Backdrops
"A city hall's unique architectural features often make for some of the most noteworthy backgrounds. They give your venue its character and charm, and utilizing these characteristics will make for stunning photographs. They also make striking keepsakes from your big day." —Kat Braman, Owner,
Play Up Romantic Details and Accessories
"Since décor options are nearly obsolete for city hall weddings, what you and your guests wear and carry becomes your décor. Get a great bouquet and boutonnières and encourage everyone to dress in their finest attire. Finally, be sure everyone ditches all the bags and overcoats or else that will become your décor." —Brian Dorsey, Owner,
Utilize Surrounding City Scenery
"Just because you're getting married at city hall wedding doesn't mean you have to limit your photos to just that space. Stage beautiful photos in areas located around your venue, or travel to spots that evoke the uniqueness of your chosen city. Options like these make it easy to still have beautiful images without hosting a huge wedding." —Kelli Durham, Owner,
Embrace the Opportunity to Tell a Story
"Undeniably intimate, city hall weddings are special because the focal point rarely ever shifts from you and your soon-to-be spouse. Often, a lack of bridesmaids/groomsmen/guests makes for a unique ambiance that sets the tone for engaging portraits." —Greer Gattuso, Owner,
Discover Hidden Spaces
"It can be easy to stay so focused on your big day that you forget to explore the nooks and crannies of your unique venue. City hall's usually have such a treasure trove of great vignettes to use as portrait locations. Don't just stay in one spot." —Andrew Weeks, Owner,
Embrace the Outdoors
"Who says a one-of-a-kind city hall wedding has to take place inside? For this wedding, the bride and groom exchanged vows on the steps of their venue making for an incredible ceremony backdrop and photo op." —Carla Ten Eyck, Owner,
Make it Personal
"A city hall wedding, an elopement, or a smaller ceremony is not a reason to forego personal details that will make your occasion stand out. Spend time on details that will come into play on the day of, whether it's a customized wedding dress, seasonal florals, or any other attributes that you and your spouse would want to have that will make your experience that much more personal and memorable." —Anthony Vazquez, Owner,