This couple eloped with their family up on my favorite rooftop

How does an inquiry for a little City Hall Wedding turn into a day spent with an amazing couple on one of the best rooftops in New York City and running around the most iconic portrait locations? Don’t ask me I’m still pinching myself.

On our original discovery call, Julia and Nick were bummed to hear that City Hall was still severely limiting how many guests you could bring inside with you – something that was originally supposed to be temporary but seems to have become the new post-covid normal – but took it as an opportunity to gleefully chuck their original more subdued elopement plans out the window. And so, in two months, they planned a dreamy New York elopement from six time-zones away.

The day started at the Warwick Hotel in midtown, a short walk from 620 Loft and Gardens, where the usual happy chaos of a wedding day was in full swing. The flower girls were the only ones ready on time, but the groom’s party didn’t mind the wait as they had an incredible 27th floor balcony to smoke cigars on.

Once everyone was ready to go, we walked around the corner to Rockefeller Center, with delighted tourists and New Yorkers shouting encouragement and complements as we passed them on 5th avenue. Up on the incredible rooftop of 620 Loft and Gardens, the scene was set for a dreamy ceremony, and the delicious buttercream cake was arriving from Magnolia Bakery.

The ceremony was a joyful affair, perfect for their high school sweethearts love story, followed by a quick and intimate reception with delicious food from Food Trends Catering. Everyone laughed, and cried, and enjoyed the views from high above Rockefeller Center, before Julia threw her bouquet and it was time to head back down to street level.

And then, the portrait session began. Julia and Nick had flown around the world for this elopement, and they wanted to make the most of their time in New York. We started by walking up to Central Park, where we stopped by Gapstow Bridge and my favorite rock with a view of billionaires row, then took a cab downtown to the Library at 42nd St. Finally, we loaded back in the cab to head to Brooklyn, and ended out time together wandering around Dumbo.

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