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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. 

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Washington, DC couple wedding image from their new apartment with little furniture

Washington, DC couple wedding pic | They had just moved into their apartment and had little furniture

They had just moved into their apartment and had little furniture. What might have seemed like a deficit felt appropriate, as it spoke of new beginnings.

Richa and Anthony had just moved into their apartment. Richa's family was largely overseas, there wasn't a lot of cash on hand, and eloping seemed the best solution. They got to the courthouse a bit early, had some time to kill, so wandered through the National Building Museum. The room in the courthouse where civil ceremonies are held was rather small and sterile, so absorbing a bit of the museum's grandiosity seemed a good idea.

The ceremony was brief but carried no less weight for them. I was the only witness, but I felt qualified in that role. They meandered around the courthouse grounds afterward. You wear a wedding dress once, so you want to feel it, want to be seen by strangers, and have them acknowledge that yes, this is your wedding day. Then they hailed a taxi and went to have lunch.

Washington DC apartment living couple in a BW wedding image getting ready for their elopement

Washington DC apartment couple BW wedding image | It is the recognition of a covenant, stripped to its essentials

Sometimes weddings can be such large productions that the couple, while the center of attention, can almost feel like a small part of the overall spectacle. Elopements in many ways feel more romantic. It is the recognition of a covenant, stripped to its essentials.

DC Superior Court civil ceremony photographer showing Quiet moments carry much weight

DC Superior Court civil ceremony photographer | Quiet moments carry much weight

Quiet moments carry as much weight with me as strong emotions at expected times. I like to keep a small presence, clicking selectively, allowing silence and space where things can happen naturally.

National Building Museum, Washington, DC wedding photography from when the couple arrived at the courthouse early

National Building Museum, Washington, DC wedding photographer | They arrived at the courthouse early

They arrived at the courthouse early, so we wandered the halls of the National Building Museum. Eloping provides the ultimate in spontaneity; aside from the time of the ceremony, there are no schedules, arrangements, and settings to coordinate in advance, no endless planning to keep 100 people happy and entertained.

D.C. Superior Court wedding image from The suite for civil ceremonies

D.C. Superior Court, Washington, DC wedding image | The suite for civil ceremonies was tiny

The suite for civil ceremonies was tiny, with standing room for perhaps a dozen guests. I was grateful there weren't any, allowing me to move around the small space with ease.

Superior Court, DC Wedding Couple Photo of the bride and groom leaving the courthouse

Superior Court, DC Wedding Couple Photography | the couple are leaving the courthouse

Anthony and Richa leaving the courthouse. The rest of the day, and they, are free.

DC elopement photography of a couple in a cab after they left for lunch

BW Wedding Image from a Taxi - Washington, DC | By noon, they were done

By noon, they were done. They left for lunch and the next day, for Florida.