Do You Need a Permit to Get Married in Central Park?

Two grooms popping open a bottle of champagne for an article entitled, ‘Do you need a permit to get married in Central Park?’

Yes…and no.  How to Plan a Wedding in Central Park.

After taking a few months off for social media summer vacation, I am back and wanted to share with you my latest wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Matthew and Travis this past week in Central Park. We lucked out with weather and crowds, and the result was some amazing photos in a (mostly) hidden spot right past Bow Bridge (a.k.a., ‘Bow Bridge beach’). I want you all to learn from Matthew and Travis’s good fortune, so in today’s blog I tell you everything you need to know about how to planning a wedding in NYC’s most visited park.  So let’s start by answering the question, ‘do you need a permit to get married in Central Park?’

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A Same Sex Wedding Celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Where was I this weekend? Attending (and photographing) the must-see same-sex wedding celebration of the year. Matt and Robb tied the knot in Washington DC, and in addition to being a beautiful ceremony, the weekend also turned into a mini- reunion of sorts since Robb and I attended high school together.   So let’s reminisce together in today’s blog post.

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Chris and Rob’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Wedding

Two grooms dancing at a Housing Works Bookstore Cafe wedding

I’ve photographed three nuptials here before, but seriously, Chris and Rob’s Housing Works Bookstore Café wedding was the one that had every guest shedding tears of joy. Even though it rained buckets in the hours prior to the wedding, nothing could dampen the love inside when Chris and Rob said ‘I do.’ Here are all the details of their Housing Works Bookstore Café wedding from portrait session to groom-led Greek line dance. Yep, think of this blog post as tales from a big, fat, Greek, gay wedding.

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Just married: Aldrin & Mike

Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I had the sincere pleasure of photographing the wedding of Aldrin and Mike earlier this year at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.  Their day was magical, and both of them said their vows surrounded by family and friends.  Kudos need to be said to the groom and ‘best lady,’ Yuen, whose creative DIY skills were entirely responsible for the hand-stamped invitations, menu cards, and programs.  Aldrin and Yuen also designed the guest book, which was a balloon of best wishes to the couple.  Some highlights of the day include the full pig roast which was a nod to Aldrin’s Philippine heritage, as well as the fantastic introduction dance presented by both grooms.  A few other details worth noting: the ceremony included both a unity candle and wine box ceremony, and the wine box ceremony included the couple melting wax to seal the box until they open it for their anniversary.  And it goes without saying that this crazy crowd really knew how to use the photo booth!

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