How to Plan Dream Courthouse Weddings in GA

by Jaimie Dee

A word to those planning Courthouse Weddings in GA – You have OPTIONS to choose from! Learn the ins and outs of planning the courthouse wedding of your dreams!

A Guide to Courthouse Weddings in GA

Embark on a journey of planning the perfect courthouse wedding in Georgia with our comprehensive guide. Discover a selection of stunning courthouses, including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County Courthouses, each offering its own unique charm and ambiance.

From the historic charm and modern elegance of Fulton County Courthouse to the captivating architectural splendor of DeKalb County Courthouse, you’ll find the perfect backdrop for your special day. We’ll also explore Cobb County Courthouse, situated in the picturesque Marietta Square, known for its abundant photo opportunities. Lastly, experience the grandeur and grace of Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, offering an enchanting setting for your wedding celebration.

With our expert advice and recommendations, we hope to inspire and guide you towards a memorable courthouse wedding in Georgia experience. As a wedding photography studio, we are passionate about capturing your love story and creating timeless memories. Contact us to discuss your photography needs and let us be a part of your extraordinary journey.

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Courthouses in Georgia to get Married

Georgia offers a range of beautiful courthouses where couples can exchange vows and begin their lifelong journey together. Among the notable courthouses in Georgia, those in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties stand out as popular choices.

Fulton County Courthouse

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County Courthouse combines historic charm with modern elegance. This landmark courthouse showcases neoclassical design elements and intricate detailing, reflecting its historical significance. With its central location, couples can enjoy the convenience of nearby attractions and landmarks, creating an ideal setting for a memorable courthouse wedding experience in vibrant Atlanta.

See more photos from Fulton County Courthouse Weddings here.

DeKalb County Courthouse

Located in Decatur, Georgia, DeKalb County Courthouse boasts impressive architectural splendor, creating a captivating backdrop for wedding ceremonies. With its elegant design and meticulous attention to detail, this courthouse offers a charming and sophisticated atmosphere for couples to exchange their vows and celebrate their special day.

See more photos from Dekalb County Courthouse weddings here.

Cobb County Courthouse

Situated in the heart of Marietta, Georgia, Cobb County Courthouse is a stunning architectural gem that exudes timeless beauty. This courthouse seamlessly blends classic and contemporary features, creating a captivating atmosphere for wedding ceremonies.

Its picturesque location in Marietta Square provides couples with a multitude of photo opportunities, as the square is known for its charming streets, historic buildings, and scenic surroundings. From romantic strolls along the quaint streets to capturing moments against the backdrop of beautifully preserved architecture, the courthouse’s setting in Marietta Square adds an extra touch of charm and character to wedding photography.

With its unique blend of classic and contemporary elements, Cobb County Courthouse offers an unforgettable backdrop for couples seeking a truly memorable and visually captivating courthouse wedding experience.

See more photos from Cobb County Courthouse weddings here.

Gwinnett County Courthouse

Gwinnett County Courthouse, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, exudes an ambiance of grandeur and grace, making it a perfect choice for couples seeking an enchanting wedding location. With its impressive architecture and meticulous attention to detail, the courthouse provides a captivating backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Its location in Lawrenceville also offers abundant opportunities for beautiful photo opportunities, ensuring memorable moments are captured on your special day.

Learn more about planning a Gwinnett County Courthouse Wedding here.

Whether you desire a metropolitan feel, architectural allure, or a touch of sophistication, these courthouses in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties promise to add a touch of magic to your courthouse wedding in Georgia.

How much is it to get married at the courthouse?

The cost of getting married at a courthouse can vary depending on the specific courthouse and location. In addition to general fees, it’s crucial to be aware of any potential additional costs that might arise. These can include fees for obtaining a marriage license or expenses associated with completing any necessary additional paperwork. These fees will vary by county and state. It is advisable to check with the courthouse where you plan to get married for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their specific fees and requirements.

How to get married in Georgia without a ceremony?

To get married in Georgia without a ceremony, you can follow these steps:

  1. Obtain a Marriage License: Visit the Probate Court in any county in Georgia and apply for a marriage license. Both you and your partner must be present and provide valid identification.
  2. Complete the Application: Fill out the marriage license application form with accurate information about yourselves, including full names, addresses, and social security numbers.
  3. Meet the Requirements: Ensure that you meet the legal requirements for marriage in Georgia, such as being at least 18 years old or having parental consent if younger. You cannot be closely related by blood.
  4. Sign the Marriage License: Once your application is approved, both partners must sign the marriage license in the presence of a Probate Court staff member. This step typically requires both parties to be physically present.
  5. Obtain the Marriage License: After signing, the Probate Court will provide you with a marriage license. This document confirms that you are legally married.

It’s important to note that the process of obtaining a marriage license in Georgia does not require a ceremony. However, it’s recommended to consult the specific requirements of the Probate Court you plan to visit, as the process may vary slightly between counties.

In Conclusion

As you delve into the world of courthouse weddings in Georgia, we hope this guide has provided valuable insights and inspiration for your upcoming celebration.

From the iconic Fulton County Courthouse in the heart of Atlanta to the architectural splendor of DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur, the timeless beauty of Cobb County Courthouse in Marietta Square, and the grandeur of Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, each venue offers its own unique charm and photo opportunities.

As a wedding photography studio, we understand the importance of capturing these precious moments, and we would be honored to document your love story with our professional services. Contact us today to discuss your photography needs and let us be part of your unforgettable courthouse wedding experience. Cheers to a lifetime of love and cherished memories!

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About the Photographers

Hi! We're Jaimie & Kyle (+Associates) with Jaimie Dee Photography. We're Atlanta photographers based in the metro area and service clients all over the globe. Jaimie Dee Photography was established in 2008. We're primarily a wedding and portrait studio. Our images are crisp, clean & colorful and strike a balance between classic and candid styled portraits. Aside from the photography, we help you craft the perfect photo experience - from the beginning planning stages to the finished artwork hanging on your walls. When you're in front of our camera, we'll also offer you gentle guidance through a combo of stationary and movement based poses. We'll help bring out your inner diva too - even if you're shy! If you're looking for a photographer in the metro Atlanta area or beyond, we'd love to meet you!

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"Jaimie and Kyle captured our wedding day perfectly. We booked them for our engagement photos and we knew then that they had to join us for our wedding too! They are such an incredible team and so much fun! ... they really put us at ease. Our wedding photos look like US in the best way possible. They captured our dynamic, our silliness, and of course our love for each other...  You absolutely must book them for your big day."

– Rhiannon Youngbauer

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"... [Jaimie] was patient, friendly, and professional throughout the whole experience, and seemed genuinely interested in our story and relationship... She was able to very naturally capture our moments of happiness, and was a pro at finding great shots. Even the sales aspect of their services are very well put together and thorough. 100% recommend, and we will be contacting them for any services we need in the future."

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" ... THE most organized, thoughtful, and excellent photography duo in the industry! Hands down!!  I have had the pleasure of working with Jaimie Dee and Kyle for years, and they NEVER miss!
My clients adore them and are always given the VIP treatment. I love their attention to detail, their masterful eye, and how they can be everywhere they need to be to capture the key moments.  We love them and highly recommend them!"

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Atlanta Elopement Packages

An Elopement/ Courthouse/ Intimate/ Micro wedding is generally defined as an event with fewer than 10-50ish people in attendance (but we won't hold you to that). These intimate weddings also typically don't require more than 1-4 hours of coverage. Our Atlanta elopement packages are perfect if you're looking for a photographer for a small wedding.

Every COLLECTION includes edited digital jpgs from your wedding, access to our recommended wedding vendors, complimentary timeline planning, sneak peeks, and a complimentary Ordering Premiere.

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Available for Fridays - Sundays within the next 45 days

~$1699

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Outdoor elopements booked Friday - Sunday must take place regardless of rain or shine & are required to have a suitable indoor backup location in the event of inclement weather.

Weekday
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Available for weekdays Monday - Thursday

~$999

 

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A 50% retainer is due upon reserving your photo session time & date. Remaining balance to be paid 14 days prior to scheduled photo session.

* Additional travel fees apply for locations farther than 25 miles from the Studio (Marietta, GA). Additional fees also apply for locations that require a photography permit, entrance fee, paid parking, etc. Additional locations may be added on at an additional cost. Additional fees will apply for holiday dates.

** Digital JPGS are delivered in jpg format, approximately 2000x3000 px

*** Professional Editing includes color & exposure correction

Contact the studio for an exact quote.

ADD-ONS AVAILABLE:

  • Expedited Delivery (Same Day, Next Day & 1 Week)
  • “NDA” / Privacy of Photographs Agreement
  • Lighting/ General Assistant
Elopements, Engagements, Proposals, & Wedding Portraits

starting at $999 / $799

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Atlanta Wedding Photographers at Ventanas

Micro Wedding/ Elopement FAQ's

Can I see a full price menu?

 While basic pricing info can be found on our website, exact pricing fluctuates based on studio availability, time of year, & required travel (if necessary).

To provide you with the most accurate pricing for your day, you will be asked to schedule a quick 15 minute phone call to discuss your exact needs. We may even create a custom quote designed specifically for your day. (WhatsApp calling also available for those outside of the USA.)

Photography is a huge decision - we want to do our best to provide you with the most accurate information for your day.

Who will be my photographer(s)?

Our micro wedding/ elopement collections include a Photo Team comprised of a Primary and a Secondary photographer, or a single Primary photographer. Assigned Photo Team pairings include:

  • Kyle + Associate Photographer
  • Jaimie Dee + Associate Photographer
  • Kyle + Jaimie Dee
  • 2 Associate Photographers

Single Primary photographers may include Kyle, Jaimie Dee, or an Associate Photographer based on studio availability.

Contact the studio directly for your Photo Team availability.

Learn more about your photographers here.

How many photos do I get from my wedding?

With one to two photographers included in every micro wedding/ elopement photography package, we average 100 – 150 images per hour.  For example – for a standard 4 hour intimate/ micro wedding, we typically deliver 400 – 600 images.  For a 120 minute elopement, we typically deliver 200 - 300 images. With fewer guests in attendance and fewer details to photograph, you can expect to receive fewer images on the spectrum.  With more guests and more details to photograph, you can expect to receive more images.

Do I get ALL of the photos from my wedding?

Prior to delivering your wedding photography end product, we remove duplicate images, test photos, blurry photos, and any other images that might dilute the quality of the overall end product.  The end product we deliver averages 100-150 images per hour. (Learn more about our Editing & Post Production Process here)

What photography equipment do you use?

We use all the photography equipments!  Haha, but seriously we bring whatever equipment we need to get the job done and then some.  With camera & equipment rentals available to photographers all throughout the United States (and probably the world), we can also rent additional equipment at any time if a particular job requires equipment we don’t already own.

Do you include videography services?

As we are primarily a wedding photography studio, we specialize in creating the best possible photography for your wedding day.  Although we do not currently offer videography as a service, we include a Preferred Vendors List (videographers included) to all of our booked wedding clients.

Do you have insurance?

Yes.  We have general liability insurance and equipment insurance. We are happy to provide proof of insurance if your venue requires it.

How long have you been photographing weddings?

Jaimie Dee Photography was established in 2008! Depending on your assigned wedding day photographers, you will typically have between 10 - 30 years of combined experience on your Photo Team. (Learn more about Jaimie Dee Photography's background & experience here)

Do you have any full weddings we can view?

Yepp.  Check out the blog here.  You can see all of our latest weddings there.  Be sure to also check out the extended slideshows that happen to accompany most of our blog posts as well.

Have you photographed at my wedding venue before?

Jaimie Dee Photography was established in 2008. If your wedding venue is in the metro Atlanta area, there is a high likelihood we've been to your venue before. (You can see previous venues we've worked at here - keep in mind, this is not a full conclusive list) In the event we have not photographed your venue in the past, (or you happen to be planning a wedding out of state, or outside the USA) we are happy to send samples of previous work from similar styled weddings. These previous wedding samples should help to offer insight for lighting conditions & general shooting styles for any given venue type. On the wedding day, we also typically arrive early to scout your location & check current lighting conditions.

Can you photograph my wedding in Switzerland/ Japan/ Hawaii/ insert cool place to get married here!

Yes, yes, and yassssss.  We love to travel & service couples all over the globe.  We simply charge additionally for travel + accommodation in addition to our regular collection pricing.

Do you offer any discounts?

There are very few circumstances in which we offer discounts.  However, in addition to our typical Wedding Photography Collections, we offer alternative pricing for weekday Courthouse & Intimate weddings (Monday-Thursday).  We also offer alternative pricing for non-wedding day bridal portrait sessions.  We do also offer value-added specials from time to time as part of our Consultation Booking Special.

My wedding venue is very dark – Do you bring additional lighting?

YES!  We bring…. ALL OF THE LIGHTS….. (Rihanna, anyone? 😜).  On camera flashes, off camera flashes, and even video lights that act as personal spot lights (so you can ….. shine bright like a diamond…..😝).   We bring lighting equipment to prepare for just about any situation that may or may not arise.  And on the off chance your venue is a dark church or chapel that doesn’t permit additional lighting, we photograph with professional grade equipment that specializes in low light situations.

Do you edit ALL of my wedding photos?

Yes & no! All of the images you receive (100-150 images per hour) are corrected for color & exposure – meaning the images will be brightened or darkened as necessary and colors are edited to look as true to life as possible with a little added pop. We then do a natural beauty style edit that includes subtle skin smoothing, teeth whitening, and eye brightening – including the under eye area. We also do our best to light and pose our couples correctly while photographing to create the most flattering images for every skin type, body size and shape – this should minimize the need for additional retouching. Our goal while photographing is to create the most flattering images that shouldn’t require additional retouching most of the time. (Learn more about our Editing & Post Production here)

Do you offer additional retouching? Like SUPER skin smoothing, ULTRA teeth whitening, body shaping, object removal, etc?

Your images are initially edited to look as true to life as possible with a little added pop (learn more about the process here). If you require additional custom retouching, we include this service complimentary for art pieces commissioned during your Ordering Premiere (learn more here). Your commissioned art pieces will be retouched to your level of specification to the best of our abilities, and even tinted or toned to perfectly match any room you wish to place your artwork in. This complimentary retouching service is also available for all images placed in your wedding album.

Additional Custom Retouching is currently only available for art pieces commissioned at your Order Premiere and currently unavailable as a stand alone service. If you have additional questions on this, feel free to contact us.

Do you back up our images?

Yaaaaaaas.  And our backups have backups!  While photographing images on the wedding day, our professional grade cameras record identical images to two separate cf/ sd cards simultaneously.  Upon returning to our studio from the wedding day, images are immediately uploaded to our local server as well as well as backed up by the cloud to an offsite server.  The cf/ sd cards are then stored in a fire proof/ waterproof secure vault on site until the images are shared with you in an online photo gallery.  At any given time there are 2-3 copies of your photos stored on and offsite. (Learn more about the Backup & Post Production Process here)

What happens if we cancel or reschedule our wedding?

In order to reserve your date, we require a signed wedding contract and a retainer payment.  This ensures your Photo Team does not accept other photography work on your date.  In the event of a cancellation or rescheduled wedding, our studio suffers a loss.  If this cancellation/ rescheduling occurs 60 days  or more before your wedding, liquidated damages include your retainer payment.  If this cancellation/ rescheduling occurs within 60 days or less of your wedding, then liquidated damaged include all monies paid. Contact us for additional questions.