So the idea of having a huge overly expensive wedding at home makes you want to pull your hair out. I get it, I do. Getting married should be about you both starting on an amazing journey together, not about seating charts and whether you should serve chicken or beef.
Planning a Destination Wedding in New York City is as easy as it comes. Want an intimate Central Park wedding followed by Brunch? How about a Top of the Rock Ceremony followed by hitting Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn for pizza? Oh New York City you really know how to celebrate a marriage.
Why You Should Run away to New York City and get Married:
1.You’ll be getting married in New York city (duh).
2. After grabbing your marriage license, the wait period is only 24 hours.
3. Which also means you can make the city your honeymoon destination — two birds, one stone Bam!
4. Elopements used to be all hush hush, but now
couples elope for all reasons and most of the time friends and family in attendance.
5. Plan something simple or elaborate, it’s totally up to you!
Step One: Obtain a Marriage License
Step Two, Option A: Elope at City Hall
Getting married in NYC is crazy simple and the wedding itself can be held pretty much anywhere, but there’s one venue that is most popular — City Hall. The combination of friendly government employees running an efficient marriage bureau (I know, sounds like an oxymoron) and the people-watching of the other couples always makes for a memorable wedding day.
What’s the general process for getting married at City Hall?
When should we arrive to minimize the wait time?
Do we have to bring a witness?
Who will marry us?
Any other advice for couples getting married at City Hall?
City Parks: Some parks in New York City, such as Central Park or Madison Square Park are property of the city and run by the Department of Parks & Recreation. For these parks a permit is only needed if you’ll have more than twenty people or if you’d like to reserve a specific area within the park. These permits cost $25 and need to be submitted in advance. You can see more specific information here.
We want to host a reception after our ceremony. What are our options?
If you’re looking to host something on the formal side of the spectrum, almost all “fancy” restaurants will have at least a section of the restaurant that you can reserve for such affairs, if not the entire restaurant. Some might be more flexible than others in terms of times you can book out private events, but all will have someone in house to speak with to discover your options.
Looking to host something less formal? Discovering your options at these types of places may tap into the same skill set as buying a rug in Marrakesh, but sometimes booking that perfect venue is worth the extra digging.
We want to have our entire wedding (ceremony and reception) at a single venue. How do we find the perfect one for us?
Step Three: Explore New York City for Portraits
Most people will gravitate towards the big locations — Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central, Empire State Building — and for good reason, they scream “We had our wedding in New York City, bitches!”. While it’s great to hit the major landmarks, I encourage you to think differently, trust your photographer, and let a little bit of the real city become a part of your portraits. A good strategy is to pick a neighborhood that has one or two key landmarks you might like to visit, and then to explore around those landmarks for things that are interesting. Gorilla style shooting, it’s what all the kids are doing these days.
Most people have a bucket list, or at least a rough outline in their head of one. We all have things we want to see/do/eat/experience before we “kick the bucket”. It’s a bit of a morbid idea actually if you really think about it, but it also can be life-giving. Keeping tabs on making sure you’re living life to the fullest is one of my life-goals. I haven’t actually written out my “life bucket list” but I have a some good ideas for it and fleshing that out is something I’d like to spend time doing this year. Thinking about that list got me thinking about smaller categories of it, namely my photography bucket list. And as I thought of all the things I would love to photograph I was struck with an idea: why not get my clients involved in creating some of these amazing images?
With that in mind, I’m super excited to announce a fun project I’m launching for this wedding season (and beyond!). Below is a running list (I’ll be adding to it!) of places, activities, and things I would be so jacked to shoot. So this is where you come in. If you’re getting married in one of these places, willing to try out one of these activities in front of the camera, or integrating one of these elements into your wedding or engagement shoot, I’ll give you a discount! The discount varies based off the bucket list item, but if you’re interested in one of them let me know and we’ll go from there! I’ll be offering everything from print and album credits to $$ off your wedding package so please don’t hesitate to ask me! Depending on the item I’ll allow more than one couple to do the same activity so if you see one of these things pop up on my blog or feed don’t worry; you can still get in on the fun!
SO without futher ado; my Wedding Photography Bucket List!!
Places (Free Wedding Photography* )
Activities (eligible for album credits)
Things (eligible for print credits)
*Cover my travel expenses and I’ll photograph your ENTIRE Destination wedding. Simple as that! No tricks or gimmicks, just take care of flight, hotel, food and Uber expenses, and I’ll be there!
STORIES BELONG IN BOOKS! Think how beat up your favorite book you’ve read more than once is, you don’t want that to happen to your album! It’s important to get a quality album, as it’s probably the only book you, your family, and your house guests will still be “reading” thirty years from now. This thing needs to be as durable as it is classy. Clients who purchase albums tell me fondly that they often find themselves taking a trip down memory lane, curled up in a chair, thumbing through their custom book instead of clicking “next” on a computer screen. I offer albums for every budget because I feel strongly that everyone should have one. If you aren’t getting an album, you’re paying all that money for what? Files on your computer, the ability to create prints, and some social media profile images. That seems silly, right? Food for thought
I offer 4 different Photo book sizes 3.5″ x 2.75″, 7.75″ x 5.75″, 11.25″ x 8.75″ or 15″ x 11.5″. Clients that book me for their Boudoir Photography will recieve the 7.75″ x 5.75″ size book. All Photobooks come with lay flat pages and keepsake storage box. I personally love the look of the Linen cover, but you can also select the Book Jacket, Photo Finish (pictured above) or Leather cover.
A la carte Photobooks begin at $75
Tracey and Toree were married in a intimate sweet ceremony at the Brooklyn Marriage Bureau, after which we headed towards the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for our portraits. As for their reception we celebrated their new marriage the next day in Atlantic City with friends and family at the Chelsea Hotel. Black, gold and beautiful touches accented this classic and elegant family affair. Stay Tuned for Part two !