If courthouse wedding elicits a vision of underplanned simplicity for you, prepare to have your mind utterly blown. In the midst of wedding planning, Chelsea and Nate had a change of heart and decided to elope to their local county courthouse, bringing along the awesome Kat Braman to photograph the results. Their day was just as beautiful as any other I’ve seen!
From the photographer, Kat: Chelsea and Nate originally planned on getting married in Florida and decided to elope instead. Chelsea emailed me and asked me to pick their wedding date. They ended up inviting their closest family and friends to their elopement and created a beautiful wedding exactly like them: warm, intimate, fun and completely stylish. I was so honored to be there to document their unique date; My favorite moment was the elevator ride with 2 convicts in orange jumpsuits on the way to the ceremony. We weren’t sure what the Courthouse would say when 20+ people showed up to witness a wedding, but everything worked out exactly how Chelsea and Nate wanted it.
From the bride, Chelsea: We decided early on that we weren’t interested in having a traditional wedding and since neither of us were keen on being the center of attention, a courthouse elopement seemed fitting. We wanted our day to feel spontaneous and intimate with a vintage feel to match the character of the 81 year old courthouse. From the borrowed jewelry, to the look of handpicked flowers, to the cupcake shop that we walked to after the ceremony –we wanted to create a day that felt effortless.
I’d describe our wedding as simple and organic with some vintage flair. We started with neutrals and earth tones – whites, beiges, greens, and greys – and added pops of blue and red to match the beautiful painted ceilings of the courthouse. Initially I got a little DIY crazy (like all brides do) and eventually limited myself to 2 projects – the hair piece I wore and the magnets that we gave to our guests – with other mini projects sprinkled in.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Since I did all the planning myself it was really important for me to prioritize. Make a list of what’s most important and focus on those things. Also, find a photographer that shares your same vision. Those photos might last longer than your memories so make sure they’re going to capture your day the way you envision.
Wedding vendors (Asheville, NC):
Ceremony venue: Buncombe County Courthouse / Reception venue: The Market Place / Wedding Photographer: Kat Braman Photography / Wedding dress: Calypso St. Barth / Bride’s sweater: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Bride’s shoes: Loeffler Randall / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Wedding flowers: Blossoms at Biltmore Park / Wedding hair: Bliss Salon / Wedding invitations: e.m. papers / Wedding cupcakes: The Sisters McMullen Cupcake Corner / Hair accessories: made by bride
e.m. papers is a member of Blue Label.