The City Hall Wedding of Callie & Dan

The City Hall wedding of Callie & Dan was so simple and elegant. The fanciest thing about it might have been Callie’s floral crown! I love that New York can host such simple yet fulfilling wedding days for couples from around the world. In fact, if I had known about having an NYC City Hall wedding when I got married, that’s probably what we would have done.

This City Hall wedding kept it simple and elegant

This elopement couple’s intimate wedding day followed the tried-and-true recipe for success — keep it simple and include those that matter most to you. The best way to keep your NYC elopement ceremony simple? Go to City Hall. (If you haven’t yet, check out our recently updated 2018 guide to getting married at City Hall.)

bride and groom starting their City Hall wedding dayWedding couple filling out marriage license at City Hall

Other paperwork might be boring to fill out, but the small moments that happen while you and your witness fill out the marriage license paperwork are always worth documenting. I love the laughs and smiles that overtook Callie, Dan, and her sister as they completed everything!

Bride and groom waiting with family during City Hall weddingBride and groom waiting to go into their City Hall wedding ceremonyBride and groom start their City Hall wedding ceremonyCity Hall wedding ceremonyCity Hall wedding ceremonies are so much fun to witnessGetting hugs right after being pronounced married at City Hall

While it is a brief ceremony, the emotions fly during those two minutes. With a group of guests along for the ride, there are always hugs that immediately follow the ceremony and I love it when I can capture all of these happening around me. It’s always such a mad dash to get these because they’re trying to (nicely) get you to leave the room so that they can do the next ceremony, haha!

Family group photos on their City Hall wedding dayBride with mom, grandmother, and sisters

Hopping just across the street from City Hall provides the perfect spot for some group photos. I loved these last few with Callie, her mom, grandmother, and sisters. Don’t they all look so amazing?! Then it was time to hop in a cab and get some portraits by the waterfront with views overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. With just a quick detour as the guests made their way to the reception, we were able to capture all of the amazing portraits Callie & Dan wanted. Then we got them back to the restaurant to join up with their guests for lunch!

Bride and groom entering a taxiWedding couple walking near the South Street SeaportNYC elopement couple with Brooklyn in the backgroundCreating striking and simple wedding portraits in NYCIndividual portraits of the bride and groom

Charlie Bird Elopement Reception

This bi-level West Village restaurant has a hidden gem — a private room in which to host an elopement reception! Callie & Dan’s intimate party of twelve fit perfectly, and with a few simple floral details and customized menus the room popped to life. If you’re looking for a great space to host a small elopement reception, I definitely recommend checking them out!

Charlie Bird has a private room that's perfect for elopement receptionsDetails from the elopement reception at Charlie Bird in the West VillageWedding couple toasts at their elopement reception at Charlie Bird

Callie & Dan, thank you so much for including me in your City Hall wedding day. It was a pleasure to document your story!

Are you planning to elope in NYC? I’d love to hear more about what you’re planning!

The Best NYC Elopement Vendors

Wedding venue – City Hall

Elopement reception restaurant – Charlie Bird

NYC elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography

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