Blog ~ 620 Loft & Garden
I’m really excited to share this 620 Loft and Garden wedding! From the classy getting ready location to the rooftop ceremony, to the skyline views from Brooklyn..this elopement was a smashing intimate wedding day. Natalie & Peter came all the way from Australia to get married on a rooftop and they chose one of the best ones to do it on. Located in Rockefeller Center, having a 620 Loft & Garden wedding is an amazing way to get a dreamy scene amongst the skyscrapers of midtown. Amazing views became the running theme of Natalie & Peter’s wedding day as we were using another amazing rooftop terrace just a few blocks away at The Whitby Hotel for their getting ready, and then the iconic waterfront views from Brooklyn for some portraits.
620 Loft and Garden Wedding
I LOVED starting Natalie & Peter’s wedding day at The Whitby Hotel, a very elegant spot in midtown that offers some amazing terrace options. (They even made our recent roundup of three great hotels to stay in while eloping in New York City!) If you’re looking for your wedding hotel to be near all of the bars, restaurants, and attractions that midtown has to offer, then this is definitely my highest recommendation.
Even though they were staying in the same hotel room, Natalie ducked into one side of the room while Peter got ready on the other. After sneaking Peter out onto the terrace for a few portraits, he was off to get set for the ceremony…and their first look! As I turned my attention back to Natalie, the floor to ceiling windows were just begging for a photo of her checking out her dress. I think that’s just such a classic photo. Once Natalie was dressed in her stunning Lover wedding dress, we popped out onto the terrace for some portraits and then we made the short walk to 620 Loft & Gardens just a few blocks away.
It was an incredibly warm day with the sun shining, and the couple just couldn’t hold their smiles back as Natalie made her way out onto the amazing rooftop terrace. Larissa of Weddings by Larissa ran a beautiful ceremony with the subtle sound of midtown traffic buzzing below. This is of the most iconic rooftop scenes in the city, where you’re facing the incredible front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral just across the way and loads of skyscrapers are on top of you. I love it!
After popping onto 5th Avenue, it was a hop in a cab down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to catch some skyline views from across the water. DUMBO is definitely still one of the hottest destinations for wedding portraits, and for good reason. Look at those views, people! Day or night, it’s a classic scene that will always look amazing.
Natalie and Peter, it was such a pleasure to document your wedding story!
The Best NYC Elopement Vendors
Getting ready hotel – The Whitby Hotel
Elopement venue – 620 Loft & Garden
Wedding officiant – Weddings by Larissa
Wedding dress – Lover
Bridal shoes – Jimmy Choo
Elopement photographer – 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!