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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

The City Hall Elopement of Mary & Joreal

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!

Outside of the City Clerk's Office, aka City Hall

Walking into City Hall for their elopement

Bride and groom waiting to get married at City Hall

Excited for her City Hall wedding ceremony to start

One of the many great officiants at NYC City Hall

The ring exchange is just as emotional at an elopement

These City Hall wedding photos show how to still have an awesome elopement without any guests

Being pronounced married at the Marriage Bureau

Such a sweet kiss after their City Hall wedding ceremony

A warm embrace directly after their NYC Marriage Bureau wedding ceremony

The bride & groom grab a selfie with their officiant

Sneakerheads have weddings too!

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!

A quick taxi ride over to Brooklyn after their City Hall wedding

Bride getting out of the cab in Brooklyn, such great laughter

The wedding couple basking in the morning sun with the NYC skyline in the background

Wedding portraits in DUMBO are always amazing, such great views of the skyline and Brooklyn Bridge

Snapping the wedding day

Such a colorful corner of DUMBO Brooklyn for wedding photos

A beautiful bride and dashing groom in Brooklyn

DUMBO has such wonderful architecture for wedding photos, including views of the Manhattan Bridge

Jane's Carousel makes a great backdrop for wedding photos, including lifestyle ring photos!

A calm, quiet portrait of the bride and groom in front of graffiti

The wedding photos in DUMBO Brooklyn included this awesome graffiti wall

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

The Central Park Elopement of Lauren & Cody

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!)

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography

Central Park Elopement - JC Lemon Photography