Love on High: An Empire Hotel Rooftop Wedding

Empire Hotel rooftop wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

If you’ve never been up to the roof of the Empire Hotel in NYC, do yourself a favor a make a trip this summer your top priority.  It’s an absolutely lovely view, and a great place to have a drink (or even a wedding!).  Nicole and Brian certainly thought so, and I am happy to share photos from their recent wedding.

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Just married: Robin & Chad

Battery Gardens wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Congrats to Robin and Chad, who were recently married at Battery Gardens Restaurant!  This wedding was a long time coming: Robin and Chad were each other’s first true loves 17 years ago.  They finally reunited the modern way — over Facebook.  As Robin puts it, “the connection hadn’t changed.”

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Rupa & Ian: An East Wind Inn Wedding

East Wind Inn wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a good weekend.  The weather here is abysmal, and so I thought I would spread some cheer by sharing the joyously colorful photos from the wedding of Rupa and Ian.  They chose to have a traditional Indian wedding, complete with Hindu fire ceremony, to celebrate and honor Rupa’s cultural roots.  The wedding took place at East Wind Inn out on Long Island.  This is a family that loves to dance, and the mix of Indian and American house music was hopping.  Enjoy the pics!

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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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