Soho Grand Hotel Rooftop Wedding Reception

Soho and the Soho Grand Hotel rooftop terrace were the setting for Sally and Stuart's New York City wedding celebration. A larger wedding was planned in Sally's home country of Australia over the summer. After debating whether to actually tie the knot or not, a last min trip to City Hall legally wed the couple turning the party into a wedding celebration! We did portraits on the street before the party around what is left of Soho's industrial, artistic older age and then headed to the rooftop terrace for the reception with friends and family. What a beautiful view and lovely evening.

Flowers: Rori Pierpont

Dress: Thurley

Music: Myriam Phiro & band

Make-up: Miss Harlequin

Romantic Shakespeare Garden Elopement

It was May, and May is suppose to be a bit cooler but for Emma and Sean's wedding it was in the mid 90s! Not exactly typical NYC Spring here, but everyone of their guests from England rolled with it and an Aunt even bought everyone ice cream! The day started off at the Renaissance Hotel 57 with getting ready in a lovely suite with hair and make-up from Miss Harlequin, Lucy Flint. Emma had some beautiful details including a dress from BHLDN and flowers from L'Oasis floral design.

I traveled with the guys to the ceremony site at Shakespeare's Garden in Central Park. However, I wish I had gone with the bride because she got an acknowledgement from comedian Amy Schumer who was jogging by the park! Nice wedding day story though! There was a string quartet, The Highline Quartet, for the ceremony by Mirelle Eid of Officiant NYC.

Following the ceremony we walked through the park, and yes it was hot. But Emma, Sean and their family members were troopers. We hit their favorite locations including the Boathouse, where everyone had dinner after photos) Strawberry Fields, Cat Rock and the Bethesda Terrace and Mall.

Despite the heat we had a great time and I wish the sweet couple many more years of happiness together!

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Chic Park Slope and Manhattan City Hall Wedding

Logan and Leah are NYC locals who wanted to tie the knot at Manhattan’s City Hall one fine Spring Day and I had a honor to document it! We started off outside their place in Brooklyn with their adorable pug and found some great locations near Prospect Park for some street shots. We joined up with their families and at the Marriage Bureau for their ceremony and some group photos. I’ll be on hand for their Hudson Valley reception in September, can’t wait!

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Colorful NYC City Hall & Brooklyn Waterfront Wedding

Sometimes taking portraits before a New York City Hall elopement or intimate wedding is the best idea when meeting family later. Such was the case for Tatiana and Ruben, two locals who tied the knot this Spring on a beautiful day! We met up for photos along the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Fulton landing which features amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyline of Lower Manhattan. Going early in the day means fewer people and nice light, but somehow the Brooklyn Bridge is always crowded! Ruben mentioned he wanted to add color into the photos and I knew just the spot, one of my favorite murals on the side of the BQE in DUMBO.

We met with family at the Marriage Bureau and following the ceremony, the couple had a dramatic exit from the building with confetti. So jealous, the couple will head to Bali later this summer on their honeymoon!

Spring NYC Marriage Bureau Wedding: Susie & Debbie

Susie and Debbie were married at New York’s Marriage Bureau this April with the beautiful Spring blossoms adorning many trees. It was exactly the romantic backdrop the couple was looking for. :) After the ceremony, we went to the vintage looking subway station near City Hall and then grabbed a cab to DUMBO for photos by my favorite mural. We explored the waterfront and ended the elopement photo session by Brooklyn Bridge Park with those fantastic view of the city. Always my honor to be a witness and document such a sweet couple's day! Congrats Susie and Debbie!!!

City Hall and DUMBO Wedding: Destiny and Rob

Getting married at New York City Hall is always an adventure! Despite it being a Friday, we were fortunate not to wait more than about an hour for Destiny and Rob's ceremony. After they were married we took photos with family outside and then headed to DUMBO. The couple wanted photos on Jane's Carousel and around the waterfront and we finished on the Brooklyn Promenade. The group met-up for dinner and the theater that evening. A relaxed, simple intimate wedding, what more does love really need?

Bethesda Terrace Fall Elopement: Sam and Crystal

I always tell couples to wait until the day before and even day of before worrying about the weather, because the forecast is often wrong and usually it works in our favor. But sometimes it just rains, and pours! It doesn't mean we still can't have a great and memorable time as evidenced here by this fun and a bit wet shoot with Crystal and Sam. They had the best attitude and went with the flow. We made a few adjustments to the timeline but still managed to visit all the locations they wanted to during the Documentary Day session.

We started out at their brownstone flat in the East Village and got coffee, one of their favorite things to do together. We cabbed it up to Central Park for the ceremony by Judie Guild at the Bethesda Terrace which is a great location for a rainy day. I brought along my double size clear umbrella to keep them dry so we could do some shooting as that rain did not let up at all. And it wasn't a sprinkle either! (My days working as a photojournalist having to shoot in all weather come in handy!) We visited Grand Central Station for lunch and more photos. We took the subway to give us some variety in transportation and also the couple likes the number 7, to the West Village. Finally the rain started to lighted up a bit and we explored some of the neighborhood and ended the session at Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes.

Rain and other weather does add some challenges and drama to an elopement or wedding day, but it makes for some unique photo opportunities and always keeps me on my toes!

Intimate Wedding at Tarallucci e Vino Union Square

It was a chilly November evening when I met up with the lovely Danielle and Sean on my favorite West Village street corner. The groom remarked that I resembled the bride! Total compliment, and I was just in love with her dress choice so I felt a bit like a long lost sister for the envening. :) After portraits we headed to Tarallucci e Vino at Union Square for their intimate marriage ceremony and dinner. The venue has a private event loft space perfect for a small wedding ceremony and dinner. There was even room for a first dance! 

Central Park and Bushwick Collective Murals Elopement

This is one of my all time favorite elopements and I have been keeping it to myself for way to long! Between the beautiful fall scenery in Central Park, a celebrity sighting, an awesome couple and the best collection of street art in NYC, you can't do much better. Oh and dancing. Subway dancing. I met Jeleann & Enrico in Central Park at the Gapstow Bridge for their secret ceremony. We took portraits around the southern end of the park and came across filming of the Showtime series Billions with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Just as we got close Mr. Giamatti headed off so we missed a chance at a photo op. Oh well! I'll have to keep enjoying him on tv. Can't wait for season 2 in February.

We then grabbed the subway to Brooklyn at Columbus Circle after a brief dance number in the station. (Who says you can't have a first dance when you are eloping? I am ALL for this and there are often musicians around for a tip willing for play whatever you'd like.) We arrived in Bushwick and explored the streets maintained by the artists of the Bushwick Collective. I'm a huge fan of street art and NYC and I love a chance to blend my photographic loves, weddings and street art.

Another thing I loved about this elopement was that the couple got to have a special day to themselves how they wanted it. So often big weddings are about so much more (though many good things) but that the couple and their wishes and experience can sometimes get lost in the chaos. This was a relaxed fun day and I'm so glad to have been a part of it.

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