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 a private and intimate ceremony at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.

In my opinion is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny Courthouse was originally designed in 1883 by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson, so it’s not a surprise that The Allegheny County Courthouse 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.

Jillian wore a white pair of booties that were very appropriate with the 35-degree weather we had in Pittsburgh that day.

To compliment her wedding dress she had a Caracilia Faux Fur Shawl Wrap Stole Shrug Winter Bridal Wedding Cover Up.

It came in handy when we took photos outside of the Allegheny County Courthouse and at Grandview overlook.

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

Allegheny Courthouse Elopement in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Importance of Storytelling

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.

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.

Jillian and Dontae described themselves as an untraditional couple who got together through faith, destiny, and a lot of love.

Choosing to have an intimate Elopement in Pittsburgh

They got to spend the day together, just made sense to them.

They wanted to go around the city and spend time going to their favorite Pittsburgh spots to commemorate their relationship, make memories and have those photos to cherish forever.

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

Grandview Overlook

After the Ceremony in Downtown Pittsburgh, we went to Mt. Washington. This was special to them, because they got engaged at The Grandview Overlook.

A popular location where you can see Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle.

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

We stopped at The Monongahela Incline, which was built in 1870 by engineer John J. Endres. This was was the first passenger funicular railway built in the United States.

Bride and Groom looking at the city from The Monongahela Incline

We then went to the Strip District where we spent the remaining of the day.

They had reservations at PuttShack Pittsburgh which is a great location to relax and enjoy the day.

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 to celebrate with them.

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. They let me guide them through the right times to reserve the courthouse and schedule the remaining events so we could have 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. We wanted more of the daylight and less chances rain and snow.

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 you might find helpful. The most Iconic Pittsburgh Locations in the Steel City, and the Best Pittsburgh Engagement Locations.

Couple coming down at the Allegheny Courthouse

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