Blog ~ Central Park
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
The Best NYC Elopement Vendors
Wedding dress – Toni Maticevski
Checker cab rental – Film Cars
Elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography
Lauren & Cody came from Minneapolis to New York City to have a Central Park elopement, a simple and classic vibe for the wedding day. I love it when couples want to be out within the city for their ceremonies! Central Park is obviously an easy choice, but then you have to decide where within the park you want to be. HA! Well the good news is that there are lots of spots to choose from and on their wedding day I decided to direct Lauren & Cody to this cozy nook off the pond. This small landing is surrounded by vegetation and has a great view of the San Remo building directly across the way, and on a rainy day like we were having it felt even more secluded. We had a beautifully intimate ceremony officiated by Officiant NYC (they’re always so great to work with!). After the ceremony, we walked a small loop in the park for portraits and then ended up at Bemelmans Bar inside the Carlyle Hotel for a toast!
There’s a lot of things to stress about (and not) before a wedding, but one that almost no one escapes from is worrying about the weather! Lauren & Cody’s wedding day is one of the many examples of why freaking out about the rain can be turned down a notch. Sure, if it’s a hurricane we’ll adjust. But otherwise, a wonderful mood tucks in over the city and it’s usually fine to dip under an umbrella and have some fun with it. After all, I always come ready to be waterproof! (Another hidden bonus: the parks are usually more empty when it’s raining!)
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!