Without trying to sound too obvious, these past months have been tough on all of us. However, among all of the chaos, being able to photograph this secret wedding at city hall was my bright light.
Hal, one of my favorite friends and an incredible human, texted me on a Wednesday in July.
“Hey. I have a question for you. Is there a chance you’re free on the 29th around 4pm?” He asked.
“I am!” I replied. It had been a while since I had seen Hal, so I was excited to see what we were going to do.
“Elle and I are going to the courthouse to get married. Do you think you’d be willing to meet us outside after and take a few pictures of us happily newly wed? I want it to be low key—and it’s a surprise for Elle! I’ve been really back and forth and not really wanting us to invite anyone, it’s just a tough time to feel like we’re having a ceremony but not. But Elle really wants at least one photo of the day (I don’t blame her!) So I’m taking matters into my own hands and just staging a little surprise for her.”
“YES YES YES YES A MILLION TIMES YES!”I typed as fast as I could. I couldn’t believe it, I was smiling from ear to ear. Those who know me best know that photographing my friends is my favorite thing in the world. I couldn’t wait for their big day to come.
Their ceremony may have been quick, but that small room on the bottom floor of City Hall was filled with just as much emotion as a 300 person banquet hall. There were just the four of us- Hal, Elle, the judge and myself. After they both said “I do,” they kissed (masks on, of course) and we headed back out to the street to shoot an intimate, romantic session.
We strolled over to the riverwalk to snag some photos and then over to one of the bridges looking over the river. Their secret wedding at City Hall was so moving and I incredibly lucky to have been a part of it. Although these photos are for Elle + Hal, they are also very special to me. Taking pictures of world-renowned artists and celebrities is cool and all, but being able to capture the wedding of a special friend is love in it’s purest love for this sentimental photographer.