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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 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

The City Hall Elopement of Ruth & Ricky

Simply put, I love being a City Hall wedding photographer in New York. It’s always exciting to walk out of my house, hop on the subway, and then emerge in Manhattan to start telling my couple’s wedding day story. And while getting married at City Hall might seem like the most simple of weddings, it still comes with all of the excitement of any other wedding day. Ruth & Ricky had an amazing elopement by embracing just that. As a recent graduate of West Point, Ricky was looking dapper in his Army blues while Ruth looked amazing in her flowing backless dress.

City Hall Wedding Photographer

Our day started in the gorgeous entryway of The Marmara Park Avenue in Midtown, and after a short Uber ride down to the City Clerk’s Office on Worth St we were in line to get married! It’s always great to sink back into the crowd at City Hall and document my couple waiting to be called up. Especially when it’s just the two of them waiting with each other, there’s a great sense of anticipation that builds up as the number being called gets closer and closer to theirs.

The Marmara Park Avenue is a great place to stay on your wedding dayThe entryway to The Marmara in midtown made the perfect spot to grab a few quick portraits of the bride & groomI love capturing the wedding couple exiting their car upon arriving at City Hall!The bride & groom waiting at City Hall for their marriage ceremonyGroom looking sharp in his Army blues as he leads his bride into City HallThe wedding couple signing their paperwork at City HallJust before going into their wedding ceremony at the Marriage BureauA vignette of carried items to this West Point City Hall weddingThe groom slipping the ring on his bride's handThe bride trying to slide the ring onto her groom's handCity Hall wedding photographerArmy groom and bride exiting City Hall in Manhattan immediately after their wedding ceremony

It was all smiles out the door as we hopped across the way to get some portraits amongst the classic architecture of the Civic Center area of downtown Manhattan. For the shortest of wedding days, this is a great area to explore as it has some really great spots within a short walking distance of the City Clerk’s Office.

Wedding couple on the Law & Order stepsPhotographing in downtown Manhattan provides some great backdrops for wedding portraitsA dramatic portrait of an Army groom and his bride in ManhattanThe classic architecture of the Civic Center makes for classic wedding portraitsThe wedding rings along with a lucky penny

Ruth & Ricky, thank you so much for having me along for such a beautiful and intimate wedding day. Are you planning a wedding at New York’s City Hall? I’d love to document your wedding day!

The Best Elopement Vendors

Getting ready hotel – The Marmara

NYC elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography

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