Vintage City Hall Elopement

Sometimes smaller is sweeter! Today’s vintage styled City Hall elopement captured by Emily Kirsten Photography is so darling! We love the bride’s chic vintage style and their fun nods to their 4th of July wedding date!

Bradley and I bonded over our love for history. We love antiques. Plus I like the idea of making our wedding photos as timeless as possible, where you can’t really place a decade. Simple and classy. Since we knew it was going to be quaint and intimate thanks to COVID, we found a Courthouse in Oregon that we liked. Jacksonville is a beautiful historic town and we figured it would all go with the intimate, timeless, and rustic atmosphere.

We had everything from the saying, “ Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe!“. Yes we got a sixpence from an antique shop! Also, my mom passed away five years ago. And she told us that she would show up with butterflies. So my father and brother had purchased a beautiful butterfly necklace, one for my sister and one for myself. So I wore the necklace on behalf of my mother, a new heirloom piece that will be passed down. And my hairpiece was an antique hair piece that my mother had given me.

We got married on the Fourth of July. Did I mention we like doubling our anniversaries, along with loving history? So everything had a nod to “red white and blue.” We made Bradley’s tie to be subtle but patriotic. My shoes and lips were red, my dress white, and my vintage hat and veil were a dark blue. The flowers were such an asset to the vision as well. Our talented friend did them all herself. They were a subtle red white and blue combo, with the inspiration of fireworks.

Keeping a budget was the most important. Bradley said he got 10% input and veto power! We are really financially focused as a couple and want to start our life off well. The marriage to us is the important part, the wedding is just a fun something to celebrate our sacred union. Communion together was also important to us, to start off with our faith leading us. I would say my shoes and lipstick (Lisa Eldridge) were the splurge!

Our advice? Go small! I know there is a desire to have a large celebration because we see so many of them. But I can’t express enough the beauty and intimacy of a small celebration. I feel like it was so much less stress, and I’m actually thankful for COVID for causing me to have it. I got to have so many beautiful intimate conversations with everybody, and it was really nice for everybody to know each other even better at the end of the night.

Photography: Emily Kirsten Photography | Ceremony: Jacksonville City Hall | Reception: Jacksonville Inn | Rentals: Motif Event Rentals | Dress: Unique Vintage | Groom’s Attire: Joseph A Bank | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Veil: Vintage | Submitted via Matchology