City Hall wedding: Kelsey + Eddie

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What a fun weekend!  Kelsey & Eddie split up their nuptials into 2 days…getting married at City Hall with just their closest family on a Friday, then having a a party the next day with extended family and friends at Rockwood Music Hall.  I love when couples do things at their own pace, in their own way!

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From the photographer:
Over and over again I am impressed with couples doing their wedding the way they want to. It is such an important day and so often we get bogged down by expectations as opposed to knowing ourselves and building our day around just that. Kelsey and Eddie split their wedding up into two lovely days in December. They invited just their immediate family and myself to the civil clerk’s office on Friday to have their civil ceremony. There we all experienced the cultural phenomenon that is the Manhattan Civil Clerk’s Office. There were brides everywhere you looked, tons of photographers, pregnant bellies, flowers, and so much celebration. It was awesome.  Kelsey and Eddie got married in a bright pink room with only their closest family members present. Afterward we ventured around the area and to the Brooklyn Bridge where everyone who walked by shouted something. We got “Congrats!” “You look beautiful!” and our mutual favorite “Is this real, is this a real wedding, or are you models?!” I know every couple wants to hear that they look like models on their wedding day, which these two totally did.  Afterward the couple made time for an In Bed Session, which is a series I have been working on in the last few months. We went to The Ludlow Hotel and they jumped on the bed in excitement of being able to now call each other husband and wife. They cuddled, kissed, and then we said farewell for the night.  On Saturday we all got dressed up again to celebrate with their extended family and friends at Rockwood Music Hall, where Eddie works. They had live music, amazing food, tons of dancing, and Eddie even played a song he wrote for Kelsey. It was a perfect weekend celebration for K & E and NYC gave the perfect backdrop.

[images from Manzanita]

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Real wedding: Laura + Jordan

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What better way to do a wedding than with a pink dress and a simple City Hall ceremony?  Top it off with a rooftop dinner at the NoMad Hotel with friends and family (who came all the way from Australia no less!), and its pretty perfect to me.

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[images from Brklyn View Photography]
Brklyn View Photography is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real City Hall wedding: Mira + Ricardo

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Such an adorable, intimate City Hall wedding with a celebration amongst friends in Brooklyn….kinda perfect, right?

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“Ricardo and I wanted to spend our wedding day celebrating with our close friends, and visiting places that were special and meaningful to us.  We also wanted to keep the celebration rolling after our early afternoon ceremony into the evening. We had an intimate, heartwarming ceremony with a handful of our friends at the iconic City Hall in Manhattan.

We live in Brooklyn, had our first few dates there, and wanted to celebrate half of the day at locations where our relationship began.  After the ceremony, we headed to Fort Greene and visited spots like where we had our first kiss and our favorite restaurants. Putnam’s Clinton Hill pub was a local haunt of mine and I had invited Ricardo there on our second date. It was a great place to relax with our friends before the party, eat a few bites and of course share some celebratory drinks.

Later in the evening, we hosted a small reception for 40 people in Williamsburg at the Nighthawk Cinema Café. The expert bartender poured specialty cocktails for our guests.  Everyone enjoyed great music and delicious appetizers. The intimate room allowed us to talk and laugh with our friends.

It was a slightly overcast cloudy day, but the lighting allowed our photographer, Miho to capture so many wonderful moments. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day.”

Venue: Nitehawk Cinema
Hotel: NU Hotel
Bar: Putnam’s Pub
Flower: Kat Flower
Makeup and Hair: Theo Kogan (Armour Beauty)
Cake: One Girl Cookies

[images from Miho Aikawa]

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Real wedding: Ivana + Josip

I love when couples come from out of town JUST to get married in NYC…it really says something about how awesome our city is I think.  I especially love when they’re as stylish as these two….

[images from Maggie Harkov Photography]

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Real elopement: Danielle + Gregor

When this adorable elopement landed in my inbox from Trent Baily, I just let out a big sigh…everything was just sheer perfection…her Zoey Deschanel bangs & kicky dress, to their wedding bands made out of NY quarters!  And of course, capturing their updated Facebook statuses….genius!

Eloping to New York filled us with excitement of the old school charm of the recently renovated court house, the private wedding chamber and the escapism that follows but there was also a bit of anxiety…we would be alone, no family mostly reliant on new connections to help make our day spectacular.   Those new connections were a gift.
We met Trent the day before our wedding to stroll through the city and guide us with a friendly smile and encouragement through the first heat wave.  We strolled through the streets and stopped in quaint spots, smiling and laughing with Trent as he snapped pictures, hailed cabs and cajoled us to press forward even as the temperature increased.
That evening, Greg and I had dinner with his good friend, Alyson.  It was the first time I met her and we gleefully confessed our plan to elope the next day.  Alyson called her boss on the spot, took the day off and met us in our hotel room before the ceremony with her mother’s pearls in hand (something old and borrowed), a wonderful wedding gift and a superman-attitude that more than filled the shoes of best man, bridesmaid, and general all-time cheering section.
Trent met the three of us at the court house and our dream became reality.  The court house was filled with joyful couples dressed in casual shorts and elegant dresses and even the occasional tux and frilly white dress.  A buzz of happiness filled the room as Greg and I and Alyson and Trent chatted and walked through the most important day of our lives with the camera lens quietly clicking in the  background.  Congratulations from strangers followed us onto the streets from the courthouse to the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the champagne toast that followed.

I cannot not imagine those moments without remembering the kindness of the strangers that made our day.  It spoke to how important connections in life really are…the photographer I found on the internet, an old friend of Greg’s I just met, the florist who created the perfect bouquet, the genuine joy and warm of a NYC court house wedding.

Vendors:

Flowers: Elizabeth Ryan Floral Design
Dress: Victoria Simons

[images from Trent Bailey]

Trent Bailey is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride.

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