A Modern Take on Tradition at City Hall

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

As promised, I am so happy to share with you photos from Aadhya and Aarav’s wedding on Monday!  These two met eight years ago while both were volunteering in India.  And though Aadhya eventually moved to Ethiopia and Aarav moved to the UK, love couldn’t keep them apart.  Their friendship turned romantic, and Prashant finally asked for her hand in marriage the old fashioned way — over WhatsApp.

Their marriage yesterday at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau honored their family’s cultural traditions, but in a modern fashion with a quick saying of ‘I do’ and a fantastic reception at Utsav Restaurant in midtown.

A bride and groom pose at City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

For anyone looking to say their vows at City Hall, and I can’t emphasize enough to go early in the day and not on a Friday.  We arrived at City Hall around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, and the wait was all of thirty minutes.  Seriously, this is the quickest I have ever gotten out of City Hall in all of my five years of shooting weddings there.  Compare this with the average 2.5 hour wait that will happen if you go on a Friday afternoon.  You have been warned…

A bride and groom get ready to say 'I do' at City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

We set up the ‘first look’ right in front of the marriage bureau, as you can see below.  With all of the bridal party’s colorful saris, we were quite the sight for tourists.  Indeed, we stopped traffic a few times during the day!

A bride and groom do their 'first look' in front of City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bride and groom do their 'first look' in front of City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bride and groom do their 'first look' in front of City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bride and groom do their 'first look' in front of City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bride and groom do their 'first look' in front of City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

For the ceremony, the couple chose to exchange rings as well as garlands of flowers as is common to Indian weddings.  And as is the tradition, the bride’s family tries to put up a (faux) fight to keep the groom from getting the bride.  She reciprocates, and catches her man in the end.

 

A bride and groom chase each other with flower garlands for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
That’s the bride’s brother literally throwing himself in front of the groom
A bride and groom chase each other with flower garlands for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Note the boost given to the groom by the best man

A bride and groom chase each other with flower garlands for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bride and groom chase each other with flower garlands for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Caught him!

We had a spontaneous bouquet toss after the ceremony.  Again, some advice for anyone having their wedding at City Hall: the back entrance to the marriage bureau has lovely art deco doors that are great for photos.  No one ever seems to exit through the doors, and there is usually very little traffic on this end.  It’s a great spot to set up a wide shot of the bride and groom or even the entire wedding party.  Also, note that the little wedding garden just across from the marriage bureau is currently under construction.  Plan for a secondary location for any photos in this area.

A bouquet toss at City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bouquet toss at City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A bouquet toss at City Hall for an article by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Enjoy the pics!  Are you planning on getting married at City Hall?  If so, drop me a line and let’s plan your perfect day together.

Getting ready for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Don’t miss the pedicure being given by one of the bridesmaids
Getting ready for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Warning: the bride bites!

Getting ready for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Getting ready for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Mom getting ready
Getting ready for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
The earrings were painful to get on, but you have to suffer to look this beautiful.

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams
Mom holds her daughter’s hand in the final moments before the wedding

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

Final moments before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Indian wedding photographer NYC, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A City Hall wedding photographed by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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