Can you keep a secret?
When Kelsea and James told me that they were eloping at City Hall the old fashioned way, not telling any loved ones beforehand, and that my pictures would be the first way their parents would find out their children had wed, I was a little nervous. Not of the job, but of their parents hunting me down in revenge. Luckily, it seems that their parents were just overjoyed that their children had finally tied the knot and as excited to see the full gallery as I was to share it.
I met Kelsea and James downtown for their City Hall Wedding, and immediately knew we were in for a fun session. They were both so giddy and giggly, overjoyed to finally wed after 10 years of dating. We started our session with a few pre ceremony shots up on the top of the Supreme Courthouse, which has some of my favorite classic NYC architecture, and then I followed them into the – sadly covered in scaffolding – City Clerk’s office. The office is still following covid safety protocols, so we donned our masks and I photographed them waiting and signing documents in between my duties acting as their one allowed witness.
After a quick ceremony, we left the building as giddy as we entered it, and finished out their two and half hour session running around the City Hall Park area and venturing up through China Town to their dinner reservations at La Mercerie – who were kind enough to treat the newlyweds to some champagne while we took our final shots of the day sitting on their outside dining tables.
This intimate City Hall Wedding has fueled my love for New York City elopements to new heights. The grand old architecture, the buzz of the city streets and the wonder of our many different neighborhoods crammed together creates the perfect backdrop for a modern romance.
If you are planning to elope at City Hall just like Kelsea and James, head over to my contact form and say hey. I would love to make some magic with you too!