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The 620 Loft and Garden Elopement of Natalie & Peter

I’m really excited to share this 620 Loft and Garden wedding! From the classy getting ready location to the rooftop ceremony, to the skyline views from Brooklyn..this elopement was a smashing intimate wedding day. Natalie & Peter came all the way from Australia to get married on a rooftop and they chose one of the best ones to do it on. Located in Rockefeller Center, having a 620 Loft & Garden wedding is an amazing way to get a dreamy scene amongst the skyscrapers of midtown. Amazing views became the running theme of Natalie & Peter’s wedding day as we were using another amazing rooftop terrace just a few blocks away at The Whitby Hotel for their getting ready, and then the iconic waterfront views from Brooklyn for some portraits.

620 Loft and Garden Wedding

I LOVED starting Natalie & Peter’s wedding day at The Whitby Hotel, a very elegant spot in midtown that offers some amazing terrace options. (They even made our recent roundup of three great hotels to stay in while eloping in New York City!) If you’re looking for your wedding hotel to be near all of the bars, restaurants, and attractions that midtown has to offer, then this is definitely my highest recommendation.

Details of The Whitby Hotel in midtownGroom getting ready at The Whitby HotelPortraits of the groom on his Whitby Hotel terrace

Even though they were staying in the same hotel room, Natalie ducked into one side of the room while Peter got ready on the other. After sneaking Peter out onto the terrace for a few portraits, he was off to get set for the ceremony…and their first look! As I turned my attention back to Natalie, the floor to ceiling windows were just begging for a photo of her checking out her dress. I think that’s just such a classic photo. Once Natalie was dressed in her stunning Lover wedding dress, we popped out onto the terrace for some portraits and then we made the short walk to 620 Loft & Gardens just a few blocks away.

Bride getting ready at The Whitby HotelBridal portraits on a terrace at The Whitby Hotel

It was an incredibly warm day with the sun shining, and the couple just couldn’t hold their smiles back as Natalie made her way out onto the amazing rooftop terrace. Larissa of Weddings by Larissa ran a beautiful ceremony with the subtle sound of midtown traffic buzzing below. This is of the most iconic rooftop scenes in the city, where you’re facing the incredible front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral just across the way and loads of skyscrapers are on top of you. I love it!

The first look at 620 Loft & GardenA beautiful ceremony atop 620 Loft & Garden in midtownCeremony close-ups of the bride and groomThe wedding couple exchanging rings and kissing at their rooftop ceremonyBride and groom make it official by signing their paperworkWedding portraits atop 620 Loft & GardenThe 620 Loft and Garden wedding couple just after their rooftop ceremonyRooftop wedding portraits at 620 Loft & Garden are always greatThe wedding couple heads out onto 5th Avenue

After popping onto 5th Avenue, it was a hop in a cab down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to catch some skyline views from across the water. DUMBO is definitely still one of the hottest destinations for wedding portraits, and for good reason. Look at those views, people! Day or night, it’s a classic scene that will always look amazing.

The bride and groom with the Manhattan skyline behind them from Brooklyn Bridge ParkSome intimate moments below the Brooklyn Bridge on their wedding dayWalking hand in hand after their wedding ceremonyFinding a bit of greenery along the waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn with the wedding coupleThe industrial feel of DUMBO is always great to explore with a bride and groom

Natalie and Peter, it was such a pleasure to document your wedding story!

Are you planning a rooftop elopement in NYC? I’d love to document your day. Let’s chat!

The Best NYC Elopement Vendors

Getting ready hotel – The Whitby Hotel

Elopement venue – 620 Loft & Garden

Wedding officiant – Weddings by Larissa

Wedding dress – Lover

Bridal shoes – Jimmy Choo

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

The Frankies 457 Wedding of Katherine & Quin

I’m so excited to finally share the Frankies 457 wedding photos of Katherine & Quin! They had an amazing Brooklyn elopement that started at the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and went well into the night at Frankies 457 Spuntino in Carroll Gardens. With about 60 guests in attendance this was definitely one of my larger elopements; with a first look, a small bridal party, a live jazz band, and first dance, it had a lot of the components of a more traditional wedding day but with a much more laid-back vibe. Heck, even a guy in a thong made an appearance!

Frankies 457 Spuntino is a fantastic Italian restaurant in Brooklyn with the perfect arrangement to host intimate weddings, either with or without a ceremony on-site. They have a gorgeous a backyard stable house that’s just oozing with exposed wood, candlelight, and cafe lights, which is exactly the vibe Katherine & Quin were going for. The fact that they have killer food too is just an added bonus (the cavatelli & sausage is by far my favorite dish there, and the smell hits you right as you walk in)! The only things to add were a splash of beautiful florals by Bourgeon, a local Brooklyn florist, and a few hand-lettered signs. To handle the logistics they brought in Adrienne of Ruffles & Tweed, a fantastic wedding coordinator that works at Frankies 457 all the time.

Frankies 457 Wedding Photos

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a great place to get ready on your Brooklyn wedding dayDetail photos of the wedding invitation suite and bridal party bouquetsThe bride's BHLDN wedding dress and Badgley Mischka bridal shoesThe bride's final moments of getting ready with her girlsA toast of presecco with the bridesmaidsBride walking to her first look in Brooklyn Bridge ParkThe wedding couple's first look in Brooklyn Bridge ParkJust after their Brooklyn Bridge Park first lookThe bridal party poses in front of the NYC skyline from Brooklyn Bridge ParkThe bride and her bridesmaidsThe groom and his groomsmenBride and groom walk past a guy in a thong in Brooklyn Bridge ParkWedding portraits on the Brooklyn waterfront in DUMBOThe bride and groom with the NYC skyline in the backgroundWedding portraits in DUMBOThe DUMBO waterfront is always great for wedding portraitsFinding a pop of color for their wedding portraits with a brilliant red doorWedding details from Frankies 457A backyard Brooklyn wedding ceremonyFrankies 457 tented wedding ceremony in the backyardThe wedding couple kiss after their Brooklyn wedding ceremonyBride and groom celebrating just after their Brooklyn wedding ceremonyCongratulatory hugs just after their Frankies 457 weddingWedding details from the Frankies 457 stable houseBlue Vipers of Brooklyn set the wedding reception mood with live jazzSome of the delicious Italian food at Frankies 457 SpuntinoWedding pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds of BrooklynDinner reception vibes at Frankies 457 SpuntinoFirst dance at the tented backyard of Frankies 457 in Carroll GardensThe wedding couple and guests dance to live jazz in Brooklyn

Katherine & Quin, it was such a pleasure to spend your wedding day with you and document such an important time in your lives.

Are you planning an intimate wedding at a local NYC restaurant? I’d love to chat!

The Best NYC Elopement Vendors

Wedding coordinator – Ruffles & Tweed

Getting ready hotel – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn wedding venue – Frankies 457 Spuntino

Brooklyn florist – Bourgeon

Live wedding band – Blue Vipers of Brooklyn

New York elopement photographer – JC Lemon Photography

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