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Civil ceremonies in the counties of Central Florida

Wherever you choose to tie the knot, I can help you celebrate your big day.

 

I'm Florida's busiest courthouse wedding photographer and have covered civil ceremonies at the courthouses of Orange, Hillsborough, and Seminole Counties with shoots coming up in Brevard and Osceola.

 

Because Florida is a vacation hotspot, many couples come from all over the world to get married here.

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"Courthouse Wedding perfection! Elizabeth gave us advice on time for the perfect lighting and found the cutest spots both inside the courthouse and Downtown Orlando. I know this will not be our only adventure with Elizabeth."

-Frances & Jeffrey

Orange County

Downtown Orlando

This is the most popular courthouse for my couples and I'm there 2-3 times a week. It's by far my favorite in terms of ease and surrounding location, but it's not for everyone.

 

I've done so many at the Downtown Courthouse that I have a dedicated page about it here.

Location

The Orange County Clerk of Courts is on N. Orange Ave in the heart of downtown Orlando.

 

Parking

Quite easy. About $4.

 

Overall vibe

Formal. It's a busy courthouse so they're very structured and they don't like you to be late. The officiants seem to love their jobs and are very sweet. There's a dedicated ceremony room with seating for guests.

 

Process

1. Security to get into the building

2. Go up to the 3rd floor

3. Line up to check in and get a number

4. Sit and wait for your number to be called

5. Go to the window and take care of the license and payment

6. Wait again to be called into the ceremony room

7. Ceremony is about 5 minutes long in a dedicated room

Bottom line

This is the perfect courthouse if you don't mind parking garages and a bit of red tape. The surrounding area is perfect for couples who are excited about taking photos in lots of different places walking around the city.

 

If you're anxious about how it will be on the day, you can always take a little adventure to see it beforehand and get a feel for what your day will be like.

 

And, hey, you'll have me with you and I know how it all works. Think of me as your photographer/concierge :)

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Winter Park

I've only done one wedding at the courthouse in Winter Park and, although they'll do them, they're not really set up for marriage ceremonies.

Location

The Winter Park Courthouse is in a strip mall at 450 N Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792.

 

Parking

Couldn't be easier. No charge.

 

Overall vibe

They aren't really set up for marriages so you'd be getting married at the window with a large guest list of folks waiting to pay their parking tickets.

 

That said, Winter Park is full of beautiful locations for your photos so if lush, green parks and gardens are your vibe, it might be worth the trade-off.

 

Process

1. Go straight in

2. Go to the window where they'll do your paperwork and ceremony.

3. Done!

Bottom line

This is the perfect courthouse if you're looking for quick and effective and aren't overly concerned with the aesthetics of your ceremony images. The one wedding I did there was very sweet and everyone was so happy that none of that mattered. It was very endearing.

 

And everyone cheered when they were pronounced man and wife, so if you want guests you don't have to feed, this is the courthouse for you!

Seminole County

Civil Courthouse

I've done so many at the Seminole County Civil Courthouse that I have a dedicated page about it here.

Location

The Seminole County Civil Courthouse is located in a quiet part of Sanford, right on the St. John's River.

 

Parking

Very easy. Free.

 

Overall vibe

This courthouse feels very quiet and laid back. I have rarely ever seen other people while I've been working with a couple there. During Covid, they did ceremonies outside. The people are very laid back and cheerful.

 

Across the road is the St. John's River and a boatyard. A bit further down is Veteran's Memorial Park.

 

They have a ceremony room with chairs for guests.

Process

1. Security to get into the building

2. Go to the window and take care of the license and payment

6. Wait again to be called into the ceremony room

7. Ceremony is about 5 minutes long in a dedicated room

 

Bottom line

This is the perfect courthouse if you're looking for laid-back, country vibes. It's not a great location if you're really into getting creative photos in lots of fun locations. There are only a few options for photos here.

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Criminal Justice Courthouse

Don't let the name stop you. The criminal justice courthouse in Sanford is a beautiful location to get married in Seminole County.

Location

The Seminole County Criminal Justice Courthouse is located in a more central part of Sanford. Not as quiet as the civil courthouse, but still not busy city vibes.

 

Parking

Very easy. Free.

 

Overall vibe

This courthouse is beautiful. On the whole, it's far more attractive than the civil location with one caveat—the ceremony room.

 

The ceremony room isn't a dedicated room, it's an area sectioned off with partitions. They've put up a floral backdrop which is a touching attempt at making a lovely space to get married, but it's not great if you're concerned about the aesthetic of your ceremony photos. However, this is one courthouse that allows you to opt for getting married outside!

Process

1. Security to get into the building

2. Go to the window and take care of the license and payment

6. Wait again to be called into the ceremony room (or taken outside)

7. Ceremony is about 5 minutes long.

 

Bottom line

This is the perfect courthouse if you're looking for a location in Seminole County that's more attractive than the civil courthouse with more photography potential.

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Hillsborough County

Downtown Tampa

And the award goes to....Hillsborough County Courthouse in Downtown Tampa. While I've only done one wedding there, this is by far the most beautiful courthouse wedding location I've ever shot at. I can't wait for the opportunity to meet another couple there.

Location

The Hillsborough County Courthouse is in Downtown Tampa.

 

Parking

Not the easiest. On-street parking in a city isn't always the most fun.

 

Overall vibe

This courthouse is the best marriage of city location and friendly, laid-back vibes. The ceremony room is small with very little space if you want to bring lots of guests, but it's for sure the most thoughtfully decorated of the courthouses I've worked in.

 

Process

1. Security to get into the building

2. Go to the window and take care of the license and payment

3. Wait to be called into the ceremony room

4. Ceremony is about 5 minutes long in a dedicated room

Bottom line

As you can already tell, I can't recommend this location enough if you want the cutest ceremony room, the most beautiful building exterior, and the best city for your photo shoot.

Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm Florida's #1 Courthouse Wedding Photographer

 

Since my first courthouse wedding in 2018, I've hung out with dozens of couples getting married in Florida's courthouses.

 

You wouldn't believe how many places there are to get married in your own way without feeding the wedding industry machine.

Switch off your busy brain

 

I bring photographic talent paired with over a decade of experience and hundreds of weddings under my belt.

 

With me, you don't have to worry about where you'll take your photos, how you'll pose, or what photos to take.

 

When you hire me, you get killer photos AND someone who lets you switch off your busy brain so you can enjoy the day without wondering if anyone is getting any good photos for you.

Pricing

I charge an easy rate.

 

✅ Ceremony

✅ Private photo time with just us

✅ At least 2 hours of shooting

✅ I estimate that for every hour I spend shooting, there are 50 final shots

✅ Get your photos within 24 hours - often the same day!

 

Booking fee $650

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