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The City Hall Wedding of Dannii & Reece

I’m so happy to finally share the City Hall wedding of Dannii & Reece with y’all! They had such an amazing NYC wedding that started with a City Hall ceremony and continued with portraits all across town. They even opted to ride in style by hiring a classic Checker cab!

City Hall Wedding Photos

Getting married at City Hall may not seem like a luxurious concept at first, but if you put aside a few presumptions you’d be surprised to know that getting classy is not just for big weddings. Dannii & Reece’s NYC elopement is a great example of how a wedding with just the couple can be a fabulous affair.

Exterior of 141 Worth St, "City Hall"Waiting in line at City Hall is fun

The excitement is always visible when couples are waiting for their number to be called. Dannii & Reece were sharing lots of laughs and smiles as they talked about what was going to happen in the next few minutes. City Hall wedding photos are always so much fun to capture because of all of these emotions that show while you’re waiting.

Bride and groom waiting for their number to be called at City HallSigning the marriage license paperwork at City Hall wedding

Sneaking a photo of the couple signing the marriage license is always a moment of dancing around to get the best angle, and I love this photo that lined up of Reece signing. At first glance the lighting at the Clerk’s Office might seem a little unflattering but it actually makes for these great pockets of light for the couples to be in while signing the marriage license paperwork.

Waiting to go into their City Hall wedding ceremony

I tend to love a lot of the little moments that happen right before the wedding couple is called in to get married. As Dannii & Reece were waiting, they’d alternate between telling stories and laughing to seriously listening for their names to be called next, making sure they didn’t miss it haha!

Bride and groom at their City Hall wedding ceremony

The ceremony might be brief at City Hall, but it sure is lovely. It’s a flash of emotions within the two or three minutes that you’re in there, and the next thing you know you’re walking out the doors married!

Elopement couple exiting City Hall and getting into Checker cab

Details inside Checker cab on wedding day

Dannii & Reece hired Peter with Film Cars to drive us around NYC in a classic Checker cab. I LOVE it when couples include this fun detail in their wedding day. Functional and fashionable! If you want to run around town for portraits on your wedding day, I definitely recommend arranging private transportation, like a Checker cab, ahead of time.

DUMBO Wedding Photos

The Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO is a great place to take wedding photos. In fact, I wrote an article about just that the other week. It was the first stop on a skyline tour of NYC for Dannii & Reece, and we got some great portraits showing off the Brooklyn Bridge Park views.

DUMBO wedding portrait of bride and groom with skylineWedding couple at Brooklyn waterfront with view of Brooklyn Bridge

You know I love exploring back into the neighborhood, so the three of us walked a few blocks in from the waterfront to find some cool backdrops for more wedding photos.

Wedding portraits in DUMBO

Portraits of bride and groom after City Hall weddingBride and groom kissing in DUMBO

Before we left I had to get them under the span of the Manhattan Bridge, as the scale of it is just nuts. Then it was back in the cab and up to midtown for some more fun.

Top of the Rock Portraits

Top of the Rock is probably my forever favorite place to take portraits in NYC. I’m a sucker for a skyline, I love the drama in the scale of the views, and it’s always a fun time taking photos there. Plus it has some indoor space so if the weather is dicey we can still get great photos. All we need are tickets to the top!

Top of the Rock wedding photo with skyline viewTop of the Rock wedding portraits of bride and groom after their City Hall weddingWedding photos at Top of the RockWedding photos at Top of the Rock in NYC

Central Park Elopement Photos

The last stop on our skyline tour was Central Park, where a classic view of The Plaza hotel from the Gapstow Bridge was on a list of must-visits. While the crowds can sometimes be an issue here, it’s always worth a try if we’ll be in the area. This is a classic view at any time of year!

Gapstow Bridge wedding photos with Plaza Hotel in backgroundWedding portraits in Central Park NYCWedding portrait of bride and groom in Central Park

You can still explore the city for portraits if you get married at City Hall!

Are you getting married at City Hall, and want great portraits? City Hall wedding photos are best followed up with exploring NYC for portraits in amazing locations. I’ll bring your story to life, all you need to bring is your love!

Contact me today to see if I have your wedding date available.

The Best NYC Elopement Vendors

Wedding dress – Toni Maticevski

Checker cab rental – Film Cars

Elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography

The 620 Loft and Garden Elopement of Natalie & Peter

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.

Details of The Whitby Hotel in midtownGroom getting ready at The Whitby HotelPortraits of the groom on his Whitby Hotel terrace

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.

Bride getting ready at The Whitby HotelBridal portraits on a terrace at The Whitby Hotel

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!

The first look at 620 Loft & GardenA beautiful ceremony atop 620 Loft & Garden in midtownCeremony close-ups of the bride and groomThe wedding couple exchanging rings and kissing at their rooftop ceremonyBride and groom make it official by signing their paperworkWedding portraits atop 620 Loft & GardenThe 620 Loft and Garden wedding couple just after their rooftop ceremonyRooftop wedding portraits at 620 Loft & Garden are always greatThe wedding couple heads out onto 5th Avenue

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.

The bride and groom with the Manhattan skyline behind them from Brooklyn Bridge ParkSome intimate moments below the Brooklyn Bridge on their wedding dayWalking hand in hand after their wedding ceremonyFinding a bit of greenery along the waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn with the wedding coupleThe industrial feel of DUMBO is always great to explore with a bride and groom

Natalie and Peter, it was such a pleasure to document your wedding story!

Are you planning a rooftop elopement in NYC? I’d love to document your day. Let’s chat!

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

Freemans Restaurant Elopement of Un and Steven

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Un and Steven eloped on December 10th, with a ceremony and reception at Freemans Restaurant.

Un is the director of development for a beauty association, and Steven owns his own landscape architecture studio. The two of them met on Tinder and had their first date the day after Thanksgiving in 2014. It was actually Steven’s very first Tinder date, and he came all the way to Brooklyn Heights from his home in Harlem—which Un thought was incredibly sweet of him. After their first date, they built up a good friendship but didn’t really date, simply getting to know one another and texting on occasion. But when that started to shift to texting every day, they decided to meet up again and finally realized that their friendship had grown into something more.

Then, last July, they had just moved into their first apartment together when Steven suggested that they take their dog, Ella, to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their early morning walk that weekend. They walked in St. Ann’s Warehouse and sat down for a bit, and as they talked, Steven started to choke up. Un didn’t realize what was happening until he pulled out a ring!

On the day of their elopement, I met up with Un and Steve in Brooklyn Bridge Park for some photos before the ceremony. Both of them had told me that they felt they were not photogenic, but nothing could be further from the truth for these two. Their excitement and pure joy bled through in every single photo I captured of them, especially in the park where they got engaged. I think it definitely helped that they were in a place that had such a special meaning to them.

After that, we migrated to Freemans Restaurant to meet up with their families. They held a simple ceremony and then sat down for an intimate celebratory dinner in one of the private dining rooms.

Steven & Un, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer for your elopement. I know that your future kids will look back on these photos and know how much you love each other—it was obvious for me to see, too.

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

Freemans Restaurant Elopement New York City JC Lemon Photography

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