The Beekman Hotel in lower Manhattan feels like the set of a Wes Anderson movie, if he was trying to do a film noir. The hotel as it is now opened in 2016, but the building, which was abandoned 20 years ago and lovingly restored with historical details still intact, dates back to 1883.
It’s pretty magical.
Jason and Susanna chose it to get ready there, and we took advantage of the stunning architecture before heading to nearby City Hall for their ceremony. They described themselves as private people, and opted to have a luxurious elopement experience over a big wedding.
Susanna went with an option I really love: a private elopement plus full wedding gown and bouquet. The gown she chose is from Watters, which she paired with a long veil (I had to include this series of photos of it almost flying away!)
Her flowers were a Marlow bride favourite florist: Rachel Cho, who crafted a classic selection of roses in peaches and pinks. Her shoes were from Vera Wang’s collection.
The couple received special permission to take photos in front of the fountain at Lincoln Center, and we ended our time together with a short session at Bethesda Terrace.
Alex and Amy were determined to have a low-key wedding at the Malt House in FiDi. We met up in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the drizzle for some wedding portraits, and then met friends and family in lower Manhattan by the Oculus for some formal shots.
The original plan was to have the ceremony in Battery Park in lower Manhattan, but the rain persisted, so they conducted it in the party room of the MaltHouse with just close friends and family. What followed was a super fun, laid back wedding reception with bar food, beers, and people having a great time all night.
Christine and Jork came from the West Coast to NYC to have wedding portraits taken before their private elopement at City Hall. They really wanted Central Park, and I suggested sunrise. “Are you up to it?” I asked. “The time difference will make it brutal on you!” but they were game.
Christine got a blowout from DryBar the night before (my suggestion - slept-on blowouts are just as gorgeous with a tiny touch up, and for brides with thicker hair, sometimes they’re even better.) She also and opted for a no-make look, which I loved.
The day was perfect. We started at 6 am in the Park, and practically had it to ourselves. We took photos in the most iconic areas of the Park: Bethesda Terrace and the area by the lake that has the dramatic weeping willows, and the Mall with those American Elm trees I think are so incredibly special.
At the very end of our session, family joined us for a few photos before they all traveled off to get breakfast and get married on their own.
For an affordable option to eloping in NYC, this is a good one. My one-hour elopement collection covers this perfectly, and we were able to spend the entire time getting wedding day portraits.
The Otto Kahn Mansion used to be a grand New York City residence, and is now an amazing, intimate wedding venue that retains its classic detailing.
Also classic was… everything. The bride wore a dreamy gown from Anne Barge, her mother’s sapphire earrings, and a vintage Cartier watch, and the groom wore an elegant tuxedo.
After their traditional Catholic ceremony, we took photos with their rescue dog before sending him home, and headed to Central Park for family portraits, wedding party portraits, and finally, couple photos. I was really impressed by one detail of the caterer, Feast & Fetes: they sent a waiter outside with a platter of snacks and drinks for the newlyweds.
After an incredible dinner, the bridesmaids piled on the stairs for a ladies-in-waiting classic pose, and then the couple danced until the end of the evening with their family and friends in the ballroom.
I absolutely loved working with Stephanie Gatton Events on this wedding!
I second shot this wedding at the Brooklyn Winery, which means I was backup to the lead photographer, Tanya Salazar. I love doing these, because it gives me a chance to work with another great photographer and see how they do things, help out in a cool “community over competition” way, and get a gig on a day I wasn’t working.
I wasn’t there for the bride getting ready; instead I hung out with the groom and groomsmen in their room, getting ready at the Williamsburg Hotel, as well as take a few of the bride’s wedding day details: her amazing Jimmy Choo shoes, their wedding rings, and flowers from her mother’s garden. I also watched as the groom took the time to polish his loafers.
The couple had their first look around the corner from the hotel in front of some only-in-Brooklyn street art. For their portrait session, we all walked together from the hotel to the Brooklyn Winery for their ceremony and reception, taking photos the whole way, on one of the most gorgeous late spring days of the year.
Liana Galardi-Murgola is a personal stylist - Be Brilliant Styling is her company - who will style your engagement session in NYC. We collaborated with a bunch of other vendors on another styled shoot, and while we had two gorgeous models, I suggested we style an engagement session, too. The end result is this downtown glam engagement session, shot on a rainy spring day on the streets of the Meatpacking District.
Frank and Jennifer hail from Jacksonville, Florida. Jennifer told me, “Frank proposed at our favorite French restaurant with my ring sitting in between the layers of a macaron...sweet.”
After a lot of paperwork mishaps, including attempting to get married in Rome, they finally decided to elope to one of their favourite cities in the United States: New York. They wrote, “We have been to NYC a few times together, and the city holds many special memories for us. Are you available?”
I am so glad I was.
We started at one of the best hotels in NYC in my opinion, ESPECIALLY if you’re planning a winter elopement: the Ludlow. The sunny rooms and roaring fireplace in the lobby make it a warm respite from the cold, and they treat their guests so well. They had their first look in the lobby.
Amanda Thesen did Jennifer’s makeup, and Jill Gaynor created her stunning winter white bouquet. She also wore her own mother’s pearls. Frank had a surprise up his sleeve, too: a set of yellow diamond drop earrings for Jennifer, to match her yellow diamond engagement ring that he actually got after they landed in NYC.
Nicely done, sir.
Their officiant was the best person I know, Marley from Married By Marley, who conducted their ceremony lakeside in Central Park.
Wisely, Jennifer brought a pair of snug boots to wear between our photo shoot locations, even though she is rocking the Louboutins in her photos! Good thing, too, as we went all of New York City: Greenwich Village, Central Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. These two opted for my largest elopement package: six hours! We ended on the Brooklyn Bridge right after sunset where it was cold and incredibly beautiful.