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Fulton County Courthouse, Atlanta, GA Elopement Photo Story Award

Atlanta civil ceremony wedding Photo created as the couple celebrates after being legally married

 Atlanta Elopement Photography | the couple celebrates after being legally married

Cath and Laura celebrate after being legally married.

When Cath met Laura, she was ready to give up on online dating services. Thank goodness she didn't, because the next match was the one they had both been waiting for.

Their first date was a 9 a.m. yoga class on a Sunday morning. After class, they had lunch together and talked for two or three hours.

The wedding was totally spontaneous. Laura was listening to the radio and heard about the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. She called Cath to tell her about it. The two had been tossing around the idea of marriage but had made no plans. When Cath heard that there was going to be a mass wedding in downtown Atlanta that day, she proposed to Laura over the phone, asking if she wanted to get married that very day.

Laura was hesitant at first because she wanted her whole family to be able to share in the joy. So Cath told Laura to call her parents to see if they could make it. When they found out Laura’s parents were willing to drive from Conyers to come, Cath and Laura decided to head to the courthouse. They also called and invited a few friends and co-workers.

Everything happened so quickly, Cath and Laura didn't have time to buy rings, so they borrowed rings from their friends, Hilary and Katie. 

Their wedding was one of a series of 14 same-sex weddings that took place at the Fulton County government center across the street from the Fulton County Courthouse.

Atlanta civil wedding picture of the couple greeting family outside the courthouse

Atlanta Courthouse Elopement Images | the couple greet family outside the courthouse

Cath and Laura greet family outside the courthouse. They were both delighted family could join them to celebrate marriage equality and to be there as they signed their marriage license and got married.

Fulton County Courthouse, Atlanta, GA wedding image of The couple sharing a happy hug

Fulton County Courthouse, Atlanta, GA Elopements - The couple share the excitement of the day

The couple share the excitement of the day. LGBT couples across America celebrated with them.

Atlanta, GA wedding image showing The couple listening to the judge during their civil ceremony

Atlanta, GA Elopement Picture | The couple listen to the judge during their wedding ceremony

Cath and Laura listen to the judge during their wedding ceremony. The couple, along with family and friends, had walked from the courthouse, where they applied for their license, to the government center, where they were wed.

Atlanta, GA wedding image of Photojournalists and videojournalists from around Atlanta crowd the front of the courtroom

Atlanta, Georgia Elopement Photos | Photojournalists and videojournalists from around Atlanta crowd the front of the courtroom

Photojournalists and videojournalists from around Atlanta crowd the front of the courtroom to document the marriages taking place the day of the landmark Obergefell decision.

Georgia wedding photo from the courthouse of ATL of Friends and families of 14 couples celebrating

Georgia Elopement Images - ATL | Friends and families of 14 couples celebrate

Friends and families of 14 couples celebrate with Cath and Laura.

Georgia wedding photo from ATL of The couple go in for the hug at the courthouse ceremony

Georgia Elopements in ATL | The couple go in for the hug

The couple go in for the big hug after the wedding ceremony.