City Hall Wedding Portrait Locations

Wedding Garden sign for an article on City Hall wedding portrait locations

If you are going to tie the knot down at City Hall, the reality is you don’t have a lot of obvious options for portraits in the area. Just walking into the Marriage Bureau office, you’ll notice you are surrounded by construction and scaffolding. While you do have locations such as the Little Wedding Garden, Foley Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even Chinatown, which spot is best?  In today’s blog I assess all of your City Hall wedding portrait locations and let you know the pros and cons of each option from a photographer’s perspective.

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A NYC City Hall Wedding: Helen & Grant

Love is in bloom at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau! Helen and Grant celebrated their wedding yesterday at City Hall, and I was honored to photograph them. The weather, while threatening to rain earlier that morning, turned out to be glorious. In addition to shooting at City Hall, we also shot a few pics at the Robert J. Wagner park next to Battery Park. Congrats, Helen and Grant!  #HelenAndGrant2014

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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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