© 2017 Julie Melton Unique and creative candids of the bride and groom before their elopement wedding at City Hall.

Philadelphia Elopement at City Hall:
Stephanie + Matt

Elopements and city hall weddings are my new favorite thing. The intimacy, the subtle excitement, the fact that I’m sometimes the only witness. All of the extraneous details have been stripped away to leave raw emotion and honestly, just a really lovely, no stress day. It doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia has the prettiest City Hall in the country. It’s a stunning building.

Imagine a City Hall judge that every Thursday, for one hour, marries ten or so couples. The preciousness of these wedding ceremonies is probably lost on that judge after doing it a few hundred times. Thus, it’s a testament of just how engaging Stephanie and Matt are as a couple that the judge herself was in tears at the end of the ceremony. She had been holding Stephanie’s bouquet while they recited their vows and exchanged rings. Stephanie was in tears, Matt was in tears. And when the judge handed Stephanie’s bouquet back, she noticed the picture Stephanie had pinned onto the flowers – her grandmother. The judge was moved and by then everyone was in tears.

Photographing Stephanie and Matt’s City Hall wedding on a Thursday afternoon is about the best thing I could be doing with a camera and still call it work. They laughed so hard. They danced when the street violinist broke into a rendition of the wedding march. We walked and photographed and told stories. We shared a glass of wine in their suite afterwards, toasting their wedding day and waiting for their parents to show up for a celebratory dinner. It was a perfect day.

View from atop the Bellevue in Center City, Philadelphia.

Unique intimate elopement wedding in Center City, Philadelphia.

Interracial wedding couple gets ready for their intimate elopement at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Bride helps her groom get ready before their elopement wedding at City Hall in Philly.

Portrait of the groom inside the dining area at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

Intimate moment between this biracial couple before their small elopement at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Bride gets ready for her small Philadelphia wedding at City Hall in Center City.

Philadelphia bride of color gets ready for her interracial elopement at City Hall.

The Bellevue has unique suite rooms for getting ready wedding portraits.

Bride and groom at the Bellevue in Center City, Philadelphia.

Unique interracial wedding portraits at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

A unique portrait of this Philadelphia bride of color in an alternative white color dress,

Bride and groom walk through City Hall to their elopement wedding.

The Bellevue is a unique venue for city skyline wedding portraits.

Gorgeous photos of the bride on the Bellevue balcony before her intimate elopement wedding.

Couple walks around City Hall taking portraits, photography by Sweetwater Portraits.

Couple waits their turn for their small elopement wedding ceremony in Philadelphia's City Hall.

Excitement continues as this couple waits to get married at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia bride and groom during their intimate elopement wedding at City Hall.

Couple exchanges vows during their intimate elopement wedding in Philadelphia.

Bride tears up during her small elopement wedding ceremony at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Elopement couple exchange rings during their wedding ceremony at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Couple shares their first kiss as husband and wife during this intimate elopement wedding.

Modern elopement wedding ceremony at City Hall in Philadelphia.

City Hall in Philadelphia is a unique and beautiful venue for elopement wedding ceremonies and portraits.

City Hall elopement couple on top of the classic staircase in Philadelphia.

City Hall in Philadelphia is a unique venue for intimate elopement weddings.

Bride in an ivory dress for her elopement City Hall wedding.

Unique and creative candids of the bride and groom after their elopement wedding at City Hall.

Couple holds hands outside of City Hall Philadelphia after their unique elopement wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom walk down Broad Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

Unique portraits of the bride and groom at their City Hall elopement.

Newly eloped bride and groom take photos outside of City Hall.

Unique City Hall elopement wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.

Bride and groom take photos outside of City Hall, where they were newly eloped.

The bride and groom's family gather for an intimate meal after their elopement.

The Bellevue in Center City is a unique space for outdoor city photos.

Unique view of the Philadelphia city skyline at twilight after this couple's intimate elopement.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2017 at 11:27 am | #

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Photographing Stephanie and Matt was such a joy. It was nice to meet you!

  2. Posted April 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm | #

    Julie! These pictures are spectacular. Wow I am deeply impressed by how you captured the emotional intensity of their special ceremony. Every photo tells a story and is gorgeous in its own right. The bride, groom and City Hall never looked bettter lol! Just a really beautiful day captured for prosperity by an amazing photographer! Thank you.

    Aunt Pumpkin