Blog ~ elopement
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
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!)
The Jane’s Carousel elopement of Kayleigh & Charlotte was a captivating mixture of an intimate crowd and the bold New York City skyline. The waterfront carousel in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood has a fascinating history behind it, aside from being a striking fixture to get married in front of. This adventurous couple from the UK brought along a small entourage of family and friends to surround themselves with, which made their amazing day even more so.
Kayleigh, a school teacher, and Charlotte, a firefighter, first met like a lot of us do — on a night out. After a few dates, Charlotte asked Kayleigh if she wanted to spend more time with her before having to leave for Cyprus (Charlotte was in the RAF at the time and was about to ship out), and Kayleigh jumped at the opportunity. It was a chance to get to know Charlotte better and meet her family, all in an action-packed week! A week after Charlotte had left, she was on a plane to Cyprus to start a very long distance relationship which followed them through several stations before Charlotte finally left the RAF. Five years later, they were back in Cyprus on holiday when Charlotte asked Kayleigh to marry her on a private beach. They celebrated by eating at the same restaurant they had their first date on when Kayleigh first visited Charlotte.
After their heartfelt ceremony on the Brooklyn waterfront, everyone got on the trolley to head to Williamsburg, where a laid-back cocktail reception at Diviera Drive opened up the evening of festivities. Kayleigh & Charlotte, thank you so much for selecting me to preserve your wedding story!