Allegheny Courthouse Elopement in Downtown Pittsburgh: City Hall Wedding

December 17, 2023

Natalia Baqueiro

Destination Weddings, Eloping, Engagements, Pittsburgh Locations, Weddings

How to plan a fun wedding day when you’re eloping in the city?

You can do anything you like for your wedding day, which may include a gorgeous courthouse elopement, city sky views, and a lot of fun at Puttshack Pittsburgh!

Jill and Dontae had their elopement in December during a morning private and intimate ceremony at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh, said to be one of the most beautiful courthouses in the United States.

It was originally designed in 1883 by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson, so it’s not a surprise that The Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, is the city’s most significant architectural landmark.

What to wear for your Classy and Elegant Elopement

Jillian chose a simple, yet elegant wedding gown that showed off her figure with a medium-sized bouquet with red roses that was the perfect size for her.

She wore a white pair of booties that were very appropriate with the 35-degree weather we had in Pittsburgh that day, and a Caracilia Faux Fur Shawl Wrap Stole Shrug Winter Bridal Wedding Cover Up, which she wore when we were taking photos outside the courthouse.

When we went to Mt. Washington to Grandview Overlook. Dontae wore an elegant suit with a long and elegant coat that was the perfect pair.

Allegheny Courthouse Elopement in Downtown Pittsburgh

Their love story proves that anything can happen!

Jillian and Dontae’s love story is one of those that deserve to be shared in a film. They met years ago in a wedding where they met as Jillian was the Maid of Honor and Dontae the Best man.

Right before the speeches, Dontae challenged Jillian by saying he would be she was going to cry during her speech, at what Jillian gratefully accepted because she planned to make a British accent and make her sister laugh.

At the end of the wedding Jillian told Dontae he owe her $50 and so their story began.

Jillian moved to Australia, and Dontae continued with his bachelor life back in the states. They stayed in touch through social media from time to time until Jillian moved back to the states when her sister got pregnant, and they began to see each other.

On December 6 they tied the knot and are having a life they never imagined. As Jillian and Dontae said themselves, they were an untraditional couple who got together through fait and destiny and a lot of love.

Choosing to have an intimate elopement, where they got to spend the day together, just made sense to them. They wanted to go around the city and spend more time going to their favorite Pittsburgh spots so we could take pictures and make memories.

Bride and Groom walking while holding hands in Mt. Washington at Pittsburgh Grandview Overlook

Grandview Overlook

After Downtown Pittsburgh, we headed to Mt. Washington where they got engaged at The Grandview Overlook, which boasts the perfect view of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, a 450-foot hill that is popular among residents and tourists alike.

The Overlook runs the length of Mount Washington and provides vantage points of Pittsburgh’s beautiful Skyline.

We then had to stop at The Monongahela Incline, which was built in 1870 by engineer John J. Endres, and has been in nearly continuous use for a century and a half. It was the first passenger funicular railway built in the United States.

This icon of Pittsburgh history was built to transport workers up and down “Coal Hill” which was otherwise almost inaccessible from the city proper. “Coal Hill” is now known as Mount Washington.

Bride and Groom looking at the city from The Monongahela Incline

We then headed to the Strip District where we spent the remaining of the day at PuttShack Pittsburgh

This is an upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience with a great restaurant and bar where we had fun experiencing the place and taking many different photos with the different vibes PuttShack offers.

Their family met with us later to have drinks and food the remaining of the afternoon at the Strip.

Bride and Groom dip at Puttshack in Pittsburgh, PA.

Your wedding, your rules: A Grand Celebration or an Intimate Affair

You can really make anything out of your wedding day. A grand celebration or an intimate elopement more focused on your connection and love.

For Jillian and Dontae photography was very important so they let me guide them through the right times to reserve the courthouse and schedule the remaining events so we could have the optimal light and make the best out of the day.

Due to the weather being so unpredictable during the winter months in Pittsburgh, we opted to reserve the courtroom at 9 a.m., so we could have more of the daylight and better chances of less rain and snow to take advantage of the places they were significant to Jillian and Dontae.

Happy to report it all worked out, and we had a cold, but dry day in Pittsburgh with gloomy skies, which makes for the best photos.

If you’re planning your elopement and you want an experience that is relax, authentic and fun, make sure you send me an inquiry so we can start crafting the right experience for you.

If you need more inspiration when it comes to locations, here’s two guides on the most Iconic Pittsburgh Locations in the Steel City and the Best Pittsburgh Engagement Locations to consider so you can get more ideas on what vibe you’d like.

Couple coming down at the Allegheny Courthouse

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