Outdoor Weddings

Top of the Rock Wedding

William proposed to Heather about one year ago at Top of the Rock.  Throughout the past year, they considered approximately twelve wedding plans, including running to Vegas to elope, which they rejected for its overt showiness and, well, inelegance.  Finally — or so they thought — they decided to simply go to their local courthouse […]

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East Village Community Garden Wedding

Kristen and Michael married in the lovely 6BC Botanical Garden, which is an intimate community garden located in the East Village.  It also happens to be one of my favorite sites for small weddings in Manhattan.  Locals do gather there, but since few tourists think to visit tiny community gardens while visiting NYC, the feeling […]

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Chateau Briand Wedding

If you are inviting lots of guests who are traveling from both NYC and Long Island, the Chateau Briand should probably be on your list for possible sites.  It’s close to the LIRR (walking distance!) and has a nice outdoor space complete with television screens. Most probably know that I am not personally inclined towards […]

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Cop Cot Wedding

The Cop Cot is an adorable rustic shelter easily accessible from Central Park South and 5th Avenue.  It’s been a few months since I married a couple near here  — the last was actually at a PETA protest in the Fall.  Fortunately, Katie and Ben fell in love with the spot while searching for a […]

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Community Garden Wedding, Brooklyn

Have I mentioned lately how much I love weddings and elopements in community gardens?  If not, please allow me to recommend them once more.  Community gardens are ideal because…they feel like a real backyard — not a meticulous, formal garden, but a comfortable space in which to convene; they are private; and they juxtapose the […]

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Eloping in Central Park

Well-educated and kind-hearted Karen and Terry flew out from the Mid-West to elope in Central Park.  Like many of my eloping couples, they planned their wedding.  But I would not quite categorize such affairs as “destination weddings.”  A notable distinction exists between those planning a low-key wedding and those who plan to invite more than […]

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center Wedding

Courtney and Jeff originally planned to elope in California. They grew frustrated quickly when vendors were non-responsive to their elopement plans and their budget mushroomed. Then they noticed the photos on our site from one of weddings in August 2009 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center — also known as the Staten Island Botanical Gardens. […]

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Fort Tryon Park

I adore Fort Tryon Park.  It is an oasis that involves all facets of NYC.  Located near a cultural institution (the Cloisters), it contains a small garden area, lots of greenery, a hidden structure that looks like church ruins, a cozy, acclaimed restaurant, and fabulous views of both the Hudson River and the urban skyline.  […]

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Park Weddings

Bonita and Joe married in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, which is one of my favorite sites for wedding ceremonies.  Other great niches are the Ladies Pavilion, Ramble, Cherry Hill, Wagner’s Cove, Belvedere Castle Plaza (not inside the castle, though), Harlem Meer, Cop Cot, Bethesda Terrace, Gapstow Bridge area, and the Wisteria Pergola.  Do keep in […]

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Rainy Day Weddings

According to legend, if it rains on your wedding day, abundance — and fertility — will fill your future.  For most couples, though, rain is frustrating.  For these two couples, Kate + Aaron and Tracey + Greg, rain was not bothersome.  After all, Spring showers can yield excellent metaphors for natural growth.  Furthermore, cuddling while […]

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Early 2010 Weddings

Here are some scans of photos from some of my weddings and elopements in early 2010.  The count so far this year is already 35! Susannah & Steven’s elegant, traditional civil ceremony at the New York Palace Aruni and Mike’s Sri Lankan + Jewish intercultural ceremony at Bargemusic Lila and Jake’s whimsical “Dr. Seuss” Central […]

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