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.
If you are a New Yorker ready to get married and you want to show your love for a particular borough, then today’s blog is for you. Just about everyone is familiar with how to get married at the City Clerk’s Office, a.k.a. the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. But did you also know you can have an official ‘City Hall’ wedding in any of the five New York City boroughs? From where to go, to what to bring with you — here are all the details of how to get married at City Hall in any NYC borough.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Thank you to all our service women and men, and I hope everyone is enjoying a great weekend. I am going to go a bit out of order for this week’s blog and skip over my two biggest weddings of the past week to give you a NYC City Hall elopement follow up report with photos from Karen and Terence’s nuptials. I am happy to report that things went much better this go round at City Hall.
The bright sunshine was a wonderful change to Londoners, Zoe and Chris, whom I had the pleasure of photographing at their City Hall elopement on Tuesday morning. I’ve got all the details about their wedding, plus the new changes you can expect at City Hall if you are planning to elope soon.
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!
Well, this is a first: I got to serve as a witness at a City Hall wedding! I had the pleasure of photographing Karen & Ted, who finally got married at City Hall after many long distance years together. Their wedding was lovely, but unfortunately, due to travel entanglements the friend who was supposed to visit with them as their wedding witness could not attend. So I stepped in and did double duty both clicking away and signing my name on the dotted line. Seriously, this was one of my most fun moments as a wedding photographer. Since it was just us three, we decided to go to the Brooklyn Bridge afterwards to take a few shots. Enjoy the photos!
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The whole family came together to celebrate the recent wedding of Chris and Lisa at City Hall. The wait wasn’t too long, and the couple said their ‘I do’s’ surrounded by love. As the photos indicate, this is a fun couple who loves to laugh. Most importantly, they were ready to get on to the party, so we kept the photos afterwards to a minimum by going just to the little wedding garden and to the main City Hall building. Enjoy the pics.
If you would like to see more photos like these by City Hall wedding photographer, Kelly Williams, please visit her website.
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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!
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