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NYC Wedding Photos Location Guide: DUMBO

When talking to couples that are planning an NYC wedding, one of the main topics of conversation is where to go for portraits. With DUMBO being the most popular neighborhood for the past few years, most couples are specifically asking, “What are the best wedding photo locations DUMBO has?” Even though that might be the hotspot right now, the more broad question is always at play — where should we go for wedding photos in the city?

In that spirit I’m going to start highlighting some neighborhoods throughout New York City that are great options for exploring on your wedding day. Because I am a location-based wedding photographer, the city is our studio and we can literally go anywhere and create amazing wedding photos. Each neighborhood lends its own character into the look and feel of the photos, so choosing the right location for the type of wedding photos you want is definitely something to consider.

What are the best wedding photo locations DUMBO offers

Why you should go to DUMBO for wedding photos.

The skyline views alone are worth the trip over, but step away from the waterfront and you’ll find a striking neighborhood with cobblestone streets and converted industrial warehouse buildings. I love any neighborhood that offers a lot of options because it means that we can create lots of variety within a short walking distance. With a little bit of everything, DUMBO has a long list of photo spots worth checking out.

This waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood is nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges (hence the name, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). It includes the north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park, along with Jane’s Carousel, the most photographed block on Instagram, and a former industrial neighborhood peppered with boutique shops and converted lofts.

Explore the city for portraits when you elope

What are the best wedding photo locations DUMBO offers?

There are lots of great nooks and crannies to explore in DUMBO, but there are three key areas that I try to visit with every wedding couple.

Fulton Ferry Landing

While technically not part of DUMBO (but it’s *right* there!), this ferry landing holds the iconic skyline view of the area. It looks straight across to downtown Manhattan, while the span of the Brooklyn Bridge soars past you to the north. Ferries come and go along with tourists who snap photos, but it’s never too hard to capture some photos where it’s just the wedding couple with no one else around. A must visit!

Bride and groom at Fulton Ferry Landing section of DUMBO with skyline viewsWedding photos in DUMBO BrooklynBest wedding photo locations in DUMBO includes Fulton Ferry LandingWedding couple with the skyline views from Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO Brooklyn

Jane’s Carousel and converted warehouses

If you love the waterfront but don’t want all of your photos to have skyline views, these are two great areas to explore for some variety. Jane’s Carousel is a restored, fully functional carousel. You don’t even have to ride it to take advantage of it for photos, but why wouldn’t you ride a carousel? The two converted warehouses on the waterfront are actually old tobacco storehouses. They finally received some love and care and have been recently reopened, including an elevated public space and a ground-level garden.

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BQE Wall, Rust Wall, and other spots off the beaten path

The first one might be well known, but this one is actually all about the nooks and crannies! DUMBO is a great neighborhood for exploring random blocks, so let your feet you lead you somewhere exciting. The BQE Wall is a colorful piece of graffiti along the wall supporting the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (from the 2013 DUMBO Walls project). The “Rust Wall” is just the side of a random building I found a few years ago while exploring back in the neighborhood.

BQE wall of graffiti in DUMBO Brooklyn makes for colorful wedding photosThe Rust Wall, found exploring the DUMBO neighborhood with bride and groom on their elopementCobblestone streets and interesting walls are all over DUMBO BrooklynExploring DUMBO Brooklyn for wedding photos is great when eloping

A few DUMBO weddings to dive into

The City Hall elopement of Mary & Joreal was such a great intimate wedding! After their City Hall ceremony, we hopped across the Brooklyn Bridge and explored DUMBO for their wedding portraits. The loop we made covered most of the best wedding photo locations DUMBO has!

This Frankies 457 wedding day started at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, at the south end of DUMBO. After a first look, I explored DUMBO with Katherine & Quin for some fun wedding photos.

What neighborhood should I feature next?

New York is such a wonderful city to explore, especially on your wedding day. Do you have a favorite neighborhood you’d like featured next? Let me know!

The Brooklyn Wedding of Alexis & Mike

The Liberty Warehouse wedding that Alexis & Mike had last Fall was simply a BLAST! They started their wedding day with some amazing moments and details, and they wrapped up the evening with lots of dance partying with all of their family and friends. It’s always so hard to narrow down a whole wedding into a single blog post, and this one felt especially tough. There can be a lot of things that go into making really great wedding photos but the most important is to just have a great day. Alexis & Mike blew that out of the water and we spent the entire day documenting all of the fun and excitement that was happening around us. This is how you have a wedding!

Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photos

Bride's Rachel Simpson wedding shoes and jewelry details on the wedding inviteThe Aire Barcelona wedding dress hanging in bride's grandmother's old bedroomThe final touches of the bride getting ready, with a quite portrait of her grandmother from her wedding day

Alexis spent her time getting ready at her parent’s home in Bay Ridge, which is also the home that her grandmother lived in. The entire getting ready process had this amazing personal energy about it, but what really got me was the few minutes we spent taking a few key photos in her grandmother’s old bedroom. The photo you see Alexis holding is actually her grandmother getting ready on her wedding day in that exact corner where Alexis is standing!

Just before the wedding couple's first lookLaughter and excitement as the bride and groom see each other at the first look

I loved their first look in Cobble Hill Park! This was along the way from where Alexis got ready to Liberty Warehouse, and it was the perfect little neighborhood park to use for such an intimate moment. It was right before Halloween, so we also had this funny paper mache skeleton head watching on!

Wedding portrait in Cobble Hill ParkA classic wedding portrait in BrooklynSome fun wedding portraits in Brooklyn just before HalloweenA classic Checker cab on the wedding day takes you around in styleDetails of Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere

love it when couples hire out Peter from FilmCars to ride in one of his classic Checker cabs. Besides providing us with transportation for the day, we obviously can use it to take fun and unique couples portraits and detail photos.

Bride and groom sharing a milkshake outside Brooklyn FarmacyAll you need is love, and milkshakesBride and groom enjoying the mood at Brooklyn Farmacy

We popped by Brooklyn Farmacy on the drive over to the wedding venue because…why not?! A quick milkshake at a favorite spot was a great way to carve out a little more personal time for Alexis & Mike to spend with each other before joining up with all of their guests.

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We spent a little time capturing some fun and personal photos of Alexis & Mike with their wedding crew. Selecting friends and family to be in your wedding party is no frivolous choice, so we always make sure the bride and groom have some time to spend with those they’ve honored with this role. After that we got everyone inside for the ceremony and reception, and it was all candid coverage from there!

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How amazing is this energy that Alexis & Mike burst onto the dance floor with? I love it when couples get right down the partying with their guests, and 74 Events had a great DJ setting the pace that carried on into the night.

Wild dance floor from Liberty Warehouse wedding receptionGrandmother of the groom plays the piano at the Liberty Warehouse wedding reception

A quick break was taken for the groom’s grandmother to play a tune for the couple on the piano, and then a very sweet and heartfelt trio of speeches was given by the father of the bride, the groom’s brother and best man, and the bride’s sister and maid of honor. The rest of the evening was wrapped up with more partying and a quick cake cutting to toast the newlyweds!

Wedding speeches from the father of the bride, best man, and maid of honorGroomsman dancing at the wedding reception in BrooklynMore fun dancing at the Liberty Warehouse wedding receptionGroom dancing at his Liberty Warehouse wedding in Red Hook BrooklynBride and groom do the cake cutting at Liberty Warehouse wedding

Alexis and Mike it was such a pleasure to spend the day celebrating alongside you and your guests, and such an honor to document your wedding story!

Planning a Liberty Warehouse wedding? I’d love to learn about the day you’re putting together and how we can help preserve your story!

The Best Brooklyn Wedding Vendors

Wedding venue – Liberty Warehouse

Wedding dress – Aire Barcelona

Bridal shoes – Rachel Simpson

Groom’s tux – Brioni

Wedding florals – Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Hair & makeup – Adelyn’s Canvas

Checker cab – FilmCars

Reception DJ – 74 Events

Red Hook key lime pie wedding favor – Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

Brooklyn wedding videographer – Mint Wedding Cinematography

Brooklyn wedding photographer – JC Lemon Photography