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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Extra! Extra! Read All About It…

As you’re cruising around the internet, you may have come upon a few of my weddings that have recently been published.  A few notable items:

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Jace and Michael’s NYC City Hall Wedding Photos

NYC City Hall wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I am so pleased to introduce you all to Jace and Michael — whose wedding I recently shot at NYC’s City Hall. This transgender couple met in 1997 while on a bus to school when Jace was Jennifer.  Michael chased Jace for ten years off and on before Jace finally gave in and said ‘yes.’  The proposal took place while sitting at the bar at Tia Pol Restaurant in NYC.  Jace convinced Michael that he didn’t have to wait to buy an engagement ring before asking him to be his spouse, and Michael proposed on the spot.  Jace said ‘yes,’ announced to the whole restaurant that they just got engaged, and then the couple split a delicious bottle of wine!

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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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Cranford Rose Garden Wedding: James & Henry

Grooms in a taxicab before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Congratulations to James and Henry who came all the way from the UK for a Cranford Rose Garden wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!  The weather was beautiful, and the ceremony was so heartfelt that everyone there had tears in their eyes (myself included).

The day started out with a few shots at the Chatwal Hotel in midtown.  I can’t say enough good things about this hotel: the interior is stunning and looks like something straight out of a ‘Mad Men’ set.  This boutique hotel is a great option if you’re looking for a small, yet sumptuous hotel in the heart of NYC.  We then gave another nod to old school NYC with a ride in a Yellow Checker Cab (which unfortunately gave out halfway to the Gardens!).

Enjoy the pics, and check out the traditional morning suits on James & Henry.

Getting ready for a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Getting ready for a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Grooms in a taxicab before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Grooms in a taxicab before a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony processional at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Shoes at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ring exchange at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Signing the marriage certificate at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Holding a nephew at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony at a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits after a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits after a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Groom portraits after a Cranford Rose Garden wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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