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New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

Sophie and Tim had a beautiful New York City Hall elopement on September 12th, with a ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

These two have known each other since high school, when they were just 17 years old. Their first date together was a walk along the beach, where they chatted into the wee hours of the morning, which turned into a relationship that has blossomed now for 12 and a half years.

They never officially became engaged—instead, they simply planned a holiday and mutually decided to elope around the time that they would both be turning 30. Neither of them liked the idea of a big, cliched wedding, but they did want someone to capture the unique moment in their lives so that they could have photographs to take back to their friends and family.

So, I met up with them at their Air BnB near Tompkins Square Park for a few photos before the ceremony. We migrated down to City Hall for the marriage itself and then popped over to DUMBO for more photos in the neighborhood. Finally, we walked up to the Brooklyn Bridge for some truly gorgeous final, lasting memories.


Out of all the photos we took together, my favorite is the one of them against a wall with pipes running everywhere. It’s a wall I’ve walked by many times before, but for some reason, it jumped out at me this time. I’m so glad it did as the way the lines and texture play together created such a unique photograph of the happy couple.

Tim & Sophie, thank you for letting me be part of your NYC elopement. I loved going out on the town with you two capturing the memories of your big day.

 New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

New York City Hall Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

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Cradle of Aviation Wedding, JC Lemon Photography

Hannah and Brian were married on September 4th, with a reception at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY that followed a ceremony at the Garden City Community Church.

These two actually started out their relationship with a marriage—a destination wedding of their friends in Puerto Rico, where they first met. Since Brian was in New York City at the time, he had to fly down to Chicago for their first day, but after Hannah picked him up at the airport and they had deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, their beautiful love story began.

Hannah and Brian got engaged on November 11th (11/11), which is called Pepero/Pocky Day in Korea and is a celebration similar to Valentine’s Day. But originally, Brian had intended to propose on the 13th after a dinner with the couple who introduced them. He just wasn’t able to wait that long, though. They went out to dinner and a speakeasy in the East Village—and once they got back to his Long Island apartment, they ended up chatting until he proposed right then and there.

The two of them love to support the performing arts and will often attend Broadway shows, performances of the New York Philharmonic, operas, heavy metal shows, and jazz clubs. They eat out at different pizza joints around the city, never eating at the same place twice, and they are looking forward to continuing their life of adventures together as husband and wife.

On the day of the wedding, after the classic ceremony at the Garden City Community Church, we captured some photographs of the family and wedding party all together before the reception. Brian in particular was excited about getting those formal photographs of his family, because there were a few family members he had not seen in some time, and he wanted to capture those rare moments.

But my favorite photographs were the series of portraits outside the museum itself with Hannah and Brian. They looked simply timeless together—but admittedly, I was head-over-heels for the venue. I was a huge aviation nerd as a kid, so walking into the museum to see the dance floor set up right under a Blue Angel fighter jet was so crazy.

Brian & Hannah, thank you for asking me to be part of your amazing wedding. I loved being part of your day—and I especially loved hanging out with you all at the aviation museum.

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620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

Marie and Wayne eloped on September 8th, with a ceremony at the 620 Loft & Garden with additional photographs taken at Central Park.

Wayne met Marie when he went for a managerial job interview at a restaurant where she was working. As soon as he saw her, he thought, “I have to get this job, because I have to get to know her.” Well, he did get the job and as it turned out they hit it off straight away, especially when he found out that Marie was Czech. Wayne spent most of his teenage summers in the Czech Republic staying with his brother, who had lived there for nine years.

In August, Wayne and Marie were in Prague on a beautiful, sunny day, sitting in a swan boat for two, floating down the river and looking at the old, beautiful city. Wayne had been planning to ask Marie to marry him for months now. Just as he was getting up the nerve, a boat with three Americans and a Taiwanese man came over to them. The Taiwanese man handed Wayne a small, red envelope with a card containing the symbol for love. The moment was perfect—and Wayne proposed then and there.

On the day of the elopement, I met up with Marie at the venue and got her tucked around a corner, then met Wayne as he got off the elevator. It was just the two of them at this intimate wedding, so once I got Wayne and the officiant, Amy, set up for the ceremony, in walked Marie! The entire service was accompanied by the Highline Quartet.

These two had an amazing energy, bubbling over with laughter and joy. They had sweet vows they read to each other, too, so the whole ceremony ran the gamut of emotions and was amazing to watch.

After the ceremony and some private time on the rooftop, we migrated to Central Park for some additional photographs. We took a cab, but Marie ended up having a hard time getting out because of her dress. She didn’t make it out on the first scoot, which had Wayne cracking up as she tried again. One of my favorite shots of the day was of them finally managing to get out of that cab, beaming with leftover laughter and smiles.

When we got to Central Park, we wandered around, taking a few more romantic photographs, and my favorite one of the day was when we got the wide dip in the street in the middle of Park Avenue.

Wayne & Marie, thank you for letting me be part of your special day. I’m so honored that I was able to capture these memories for you forever!

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

 

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

620 Loft and Garden Elopement, JC Lemon Photography

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