Blog ~ City Hall
These City Hall wedding photos from Mary & Joreal’s elopement are a prime example of what an amazing wedding day with no guests can look like. Mary and Joreal came all the way up from Atlanta to have an NYC elopement, letting the established process at City Hall provide for easy logistics and the backdrop of the NYC skyline play 3rd wheel in their gorgeous wedding photos.
City Hall Wedding Photos
From the moment they walked into the Marriage Bureau, I knew that Mary and Joreal were going to have amazing City Hall wedding photos. I love that anticipation that builds up before the couple gets called in for the ceremony, and then to see it all bubble over throughout the vows, ring exchange, and then walking outside as a married couple. And these guys held nothing back. Sometimes one of the more challenging parts of wedding photography can be to anticipate these peaks of emotion, but hanging out with Mary and Joreal felt like we were all in a line dance. All in sync.
During this part of the day, I’m mostly operating as a photojournalist so I just let Mary and Joreal be with themselves as I floated around and got what I needed. The ceremony itself is very brief at City Hall, maybe 2 minutes total haha. I might look like a calm and collected photographer in those chapels, but it’s a mad dash to get everything in that short of a time. All while trying to remain as invisible as possible! Luckily the officiants at the Marriage Bureau are all amazing and provide for smooth sailing every time. I love that Mary & Joreal grabbed a selfie with their wedding officiant!
I love this photo above of Mary & Joreal walking towards the exit after their City Hall wedding. And this is also when Mary changed over to her special wedding day kicks to match Joreal. A sneakerhead match made in heaven! Outside we hailed a cab and hopped over the Brooklyn Bridge for portraits in DUMBO (Directly Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – the more you know!), one of the most requested neighborhoods for portraits. With its skyline views, cobblestone streets, industrial buildings, and the mix of grit and shine, it’s easy to see why people love having it play a part in their wedding day photos. Plus, it’s only a 5-minute cab ride over from City Hall!
Mary and Joreal thank you so much for having me along to document your fun and sweet day. Y’all were so amazing to spend time with!
NYC Elopement Vendors
Elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography
Louise & Matt eloped on October 12th at City Hall, and I was thrilled to photograph this moment in their lives for them.
I was particularly touched that Louise and Matt chose me because, while Matt is a police intelligence analyst, Louise works as a semi-professional wedding photographer. Being chosen to photograph another photographer’s wedding is such an honor. We professionals can be picky about what we’re looking for, and we know what’s good and what isn’t. Knowing that Louise trusted me to capture her vision was nothing less than humbling.
These two met on a blind date that Louise’s friend set up. That friend worked with Matt and thought that they would get along—and was absolutely right. They got engaged the March before the wedding when Matt took Louise to a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant in Manchester and then went out for drinks overlooking the city on their third anniversary. He got a Haribo candy ring out of his pocket and sarcastically proposed, which was a running joke at the time. Then, to Louise’s surprise, he got on one knee and pulled a box out of his pocket to ask, “What if I use this ring instead?”
Louise and Matt have an effortless style about them, and they definitely know how to keep it casual. In fact, they tend to stray so far into “casual” that Louise’s father asked her if she was planning to get married in jeans and sneakers! She didn’t get married in jeans, as you can see. The easygoing and laid-back nature of these two was so wonderful to photograph as we wandered through New York City. They are naturally relaxed and fun together—which makes my job easy.
Matt & Louise, thank you for asking me to photograph your elopement. I was honored that you trusted me with your big day, and I wish you both the best.