Liz & Jim: A NYC City Hall Wedding

Bride and groom portrait after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams
I just photographed the NYC City Hall wedding Liz and Jim — a great couple who, like most New Yorkers, met and fell in love online.  Their reception was held at the Capital Grille, located in the Chrysler Building.  This is a very old school place, with waiters who have made a career out of excellent service.  The food was outstanding.  The most unique part of the reception was Liz’s DIY wine bottle centerpieces, the inspiration of which she found on the Martha Stewart Weddings blog.
Bride and groom portrait after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams
From a ski trip to Okemo Mountain in Vermont to several trips to Tampa, Florida, their courtship involved a host of adventures.  All of these fun trips then became the labels on the wine bottles, personalized with a description of the place why it meant so much to Liz and Jim.  These bottles served as a great way for guests to find their seats versus the old standby of boring table numbers.  To add another personal touch, the pair had additional wine bottles on the table that presented guests with a special drink menu of customized cocktails– fancy a ‘Liztini’ or a ‘Jimlet’?  The couple’s favorite wine—Root : 1, which they’ve has been present at all momentous occasions throughout their relationship—was the wine of choice for the reception centerpieces.  Enjoy the pics!

The information sign at a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Comparing shoes before a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Wedding rings for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Dapper father of the bride in a fedora at a NYC City Hall wedding

Bride and groom waiting for their NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride, groom, and mother of the bride before a NYC City Hall wedding

 

Guests waiting for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Guests waiting for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Guests waiting for a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

The officiant at a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Kiss during a ceremony at a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Little girl sniffing the bouquet at a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Hugging after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Taking photos after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

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Bride and groom portrait after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Battery Park after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Battery Park after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Battery Park after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Battery Park after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Grand Central after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Grand Central after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Grand Central after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Grand Central after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait in Grand Central after a NYC City Hall wedding, by Kelly Williams

Toast at a Capital Grill wedding reception, by Kelly Williams

Guest enjoying a Capital Grill wedding reception, by Kelly Williams

Guests enjoying a Capital Grill wedding reception, by Kelly Williams

Groom enjoying his Capital Grill wedding reception, by Kelly Williams


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Courtney & Warren: A Beautiful Penthouse 808 Wedding

First dance at a Penthouse 808 wedding

It’s been a very busy June, so I’ve been away from the computer, but I am back and happy to present the wedding of Courtney and Warren.  They were married on May 19th at the lovely church of St. Joseph’s in Astoria.  Their reception was held at Penthouse 808, atop the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City.  The view from Penthouse 808 is spectacular, and I can’t recommend this location highly enough as a venue — great food, and great service from their staff as well.

Courtney put together the entire wedding herself, and she did a fantastic job!  Two unique aspects to her wedding were her precious cake toppers (which included a banner with their last name) and a photo booth.  The photo booth (provided by Classic Photo Booth) was a great source of fun entertainment for guests, and gave Courtney and Warren a unique scrapbook memento.

And speaking of photos, Courtney and Warren both wanted to incorporate a bit of old school New York into their big day.  To do so, they called up Film Cars and hired an original Checkered Cab to take them from the church to the reception.  Peter, our driver, could not have been more accommodating and as a result we got some fantastic photos of Courtney and Warren with the car.  Enjoy the pics!

Ceremony venue: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Astoria

Reception venue: Penthouse 808 at the top of the Ravel Hotel, Long Island City

Photo booth: Classic Photo Booth

Taxi cab: Film Cars

Bride getting ready before a Penthouse 808 wedding

Bride getting ready before a Penthouse 808 wedding

Bride getting ready before a Penthouse 808 wedding

Wedding dress detail

Bride getting ready for a Penthouse 808 wedding

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Church

Bride and groom at Gantry Plaza State Park

Bride and groom at Gantry Plaza State Park

Bride and groom at Gantry Plaza State Park

Bride and groom at Gantry Plaza State Park

Guests at a Penthouse 808 wedding

 

First dance at a Penthouse 808 wedding

First dance at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Father daughter dance at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Mother son dance at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Dancing at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Bride and guest at a Penthouse 808 wedding

 

Toasts at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Toasts at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Guests at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Toasts at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Toasts at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Cake at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Cake topper at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Guests at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Guests at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Bride eating cake at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Bride and groom kissing at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Photo booth at a Penthouse 808 wedding

Photo booth detail at a Penthouse 808 wedding


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Madison Square Park Engagement: Jingle & Huang

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I could not have asked for better weather for my recent Madison Square Park engagement shoot with with Jingle and Huang last weekend!  The park was overflowing with visitors, but these two lovebirds never noticed.  We were able to carve out moments of privacy on benches and around the corners of the park so it looks like the couple has the park all to themselves.  I also used a very shallow depth of field to blur out any visitors in the background.  Finally, you’ll notice that a lot of the photos are close ups, because a wider shot would reveal the crowd beyond the shot.

I will have the pleasure of shooting their wedding on June 23rd, but in the meantime, please enjoy these lovely moments.

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A Madison Square Park engagement shoot, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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Engaged: Courtney & Warren

Couple in front of the Wonder Wheel, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Hi all!  I recently shot the wedding of two of my favorite people: Courtney and Warren.  But before I get ahead of myself, I wanted to show you their engagement portrait photos from earlier in the month.  The shoot took place at Coney Island — always a fantastic location for photos of any type.  The weather was a bit cold, but Courtney and Warren persevered and the photos are lovely!  In addition to the usual shots along the boardwalk, Cyclone, and in front of Nathan’s, we got off the beaten track and went down under the pier for some great photos.

Some tips for shooting at Coney Island: go on an off time.  Trying to shoot great photos when you are surrounded by hundreds of beach goers is not an ideal situation.  Avoid the weekends and any major holidays.  Early morning is a great time to shoot as well.  Also, don’t forget about the Aquarium and the Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach.  Enjoy the photos!

Couple in front of Nathan's, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the boardwalk, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple by the parachute jump, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the boardwalk, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple under the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple under the pier, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the beach, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the beach, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple on the beach, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple at Luna Park, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple at Luna Park, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple at Luna Park, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple at Luna Park, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple at Luna Park, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple in front of the Wonder Wheel, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams

Couple in front of the Cyclone, by Coney Island engagement photographer, Kelly Williams


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Aimee & Colin: A High Line Engagement

Couple kissing during their High Line engagement photo session

I recently shot an engagement portrait of Aimee and Colin at NYC’s High Line and the surrounding meatpacking district.  In case you’re not familiar, the High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.  It is an extremely popular tourist destination in New York, and my recommendation to anyone wanting to have a photo shoot there is to do what we did: get there early on a weekday.  At 10:00 a.m. on a Wednesday, we virtually had the place to ourselves which resulted in some great shots.

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple holding hands during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together on brownstone steps during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple laughing during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple kissing during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together on a bench for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple kissing during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session

Couple dancing during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple dancing during their High Line engagement photo session

Couple posed together for their High Line engagement photo session


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Holga Portraits

As an artist, I’m always looking for new ways to creatively capture the moment.  Recently, I began using my Holga camera to take portraits.  For those of you not familiar with a Holga, it is a plastic, medium format camera with a cult following due to its low-fi aesthetic.  The simple construction of the camera allows for lots of distortions, including vignetting, blur, and light leaks.  Each Holga has its own quirks, with virtually no two Holgas creating the same types of distortions.  One of the best features of the Holga is that it can easily create double exposed images.

This is what a Holga looks like:

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And these are a few examples from some of my recent engagement portrait shoots:

For more on this great camera, please visit http://microsites.lomography.com/holga/about.

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Seda & Omer: A Manhattan Marriage Bureau Wedding

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I recently had the great honor of photographing the wedding of Seda and Omer at their Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding.  They are a lovely couple who were joined by Omer’s sister (and wedding witness!), Layla, as they patiently waited for their number to be called.  The whole process took approximately one hour on a Friday morning.  The lesson here is that if you are going to get marriage at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau on a Friday, then make sure you get there early.  Weddings taking place in the afternoon can include a wait of two hours or more.

After the brief ceremony, we took some portraits both in the wedding garden, located just outside of the City Clerk’s office and on the steps of the NYC courthouse.  Enjoy the photos!

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Filling out paperwork at a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Waiting for a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding to take place, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride and groom portrait after a Manhattan Marriage Bureau wedding, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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Kelly Williams featured in ‘New York Magazine Weddings’!

I am honored to be included in this season’s issue of New York Magazine Weddings.  The write up includes a note that I am one of the most affordable options for wedding photography in the City.  Check out the issue on newsstands now!

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