Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

City Hall Marriage Court - Chicago, IL Elopement Photo Story Award

The bride and groom at the Chicago Timber Lanes Bowling Alley after their elopement wedding ceremony

Chicago Illinois Elopement Picture | The newlyweds toast at the Timber Lanes bowling alley after their elopement ceremony.

The newlyweds toast at the Chicago Timber Lanes Bowling Alley after their elopement ceremony.

Danielle and Ryan wanted a quick City Hall wedding in Chicago, and then some stops at some of their favorite places. The only guests were their parents, who tagged along to each location. There was even a stop at their apartment to check in on their dog! We ended the day with some bowling at their favorite bowling alley. 

Chicago elopement couple on the way to the marriage court at City Hall

IL Elopements at the Chicago City Hall | On the way to the marriage court, downstairs

On the way to the marriage court, downstairs at City Hall.

Chicago City Hall couple signing up for the court elopement wedding ceremony

Elopement Photography at the City Hall Marriage Court of Chicago | The couple getting signed up for the court ceremony.

The couple getting signed up for the court ceremony.

Chicago elopement couple had matching gold wedding shoes.

City Hall Marriage Court Image - Elopements in Chicago | The couple wore fabulous matching gold shoes.

The couple wore fabulous matching gold shoes.

Chicago city hall wedding ceremony image from the judge's chambers

Elopement Image from Chicago City Hall | A small wedding ceremony in the judge's chambers with their parents.

A small wedding ceremony in the judge's chambers with their parents.

A quick couple portrait outside Chicago City Hall

Elopements at City Hall Marriage Court - Chicago | A quick portrait outside City Hall

A quick portrait outside City Hall, as a married couple!

Couple at the cherry circle room brunch with a toast after getting married

Chicago Elopement Photography - cherry circle room | A quick brunch with a toast after getting married.

A quick brunch with a toast after getting married.

Chicago elopement newlywed couple stopped at home see their dog

Chicago IL Elopement Photos - The newlywed couple stopped at home to visit with their dog!

The newlywed couple stopped at home to visit with their dog!

How can we get married / elope at the Marriage Court at City Hall Chicago?

Couples who wish to apply for a marriage license online must first:

  • Fill out the Clerk's Online Marriage Application.
  • Appear together at one of the Clerk's six Vital Records locations.
  • Inform the clerk that you filled out your application online.
  • Present valid identification with proof of age.
  • Sign the marriage license application.