We are a professional photographer and experienced registered marriage officiant in New York. Together, we have helped hundreds of couples celebrate their spontaneous elopement, classic intimate wedding, or a fun, "stealth" ceremony. Judie has officiated 1300+ marriage ceremonies of all sizes, and Liam has photographed 400+ elopements and small weddings. You can enlist Judie's services as your officiant alone, or you can enlist both our services as your officiant and photographer. As married co-workers who choose a tiny wedding ourselves, we specialize in "sweet and simple" services for all loving couples. We are especially delighted to reside within a State that supports Marriage Equality.
Getting married legally involves obtaining a license and celebrating with a marriage ceremony, whether it be five or thirty minutes long. If you need a public record (most do) and plan to marry in New York, you must secure a marriage license in advance somewhere in New York. The process, which is fairly easy, is the same for locals and non-residents who plan a NYC destination wedding. For details, visit a New York Clerk's office near you. A vow renewal does not require a license.
In the winter, when very cold temperatures prevail, popular wedding ceremony locations include Grand Central, the Staten Island Ferry, or a private home. Landmarks, such as the Merchant House Museum, Mount Vernon Museum, Voekler Orth House, Flushing Town Hall, and Old Stone House, often offer affordable rents lovely rooms for weddings. The All Souls' Unitarian Church and Landmark on the Park have elegant chapels available. Top of the Rock is fantastic for elopements, as it offers indoor/outdoor niches. Restaurants are great for intimate gatherings: New York Magazine has a full restaurant database to search by location, cuisine, and price. Finally, hotel suites are especially wonderful: the NoMad Hotel, Giraffe, Kimberly, Roosevelt, Hudson, Conrad, Tribeca Sheraton, Waldorf-Astoria, Plaza Athene, Surrey, Soho Grand, Ink 48, Paper Factory, Wythe, and Crosby Street Hotel all offer beautiful suites, roof-decks, or large lobbies in which to exchange vows. Some couples even rent a suite for an hour to exchange vows in a lovely and comfortable setting.
In warm weather, marrying outside is usually ideal. Central Park is the top choice among those planning destination weddings: the Cop Cot, Gapstow Bridge, Dene Summerhouse, Poet's Walk, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge/Ramble, West Side Rustic Shelter, Ladies Pavilion, Shakespeare Garden, Turtle Pond, Belvedere Castle Plaza, Reservoir, and Glen Span Arch are among our couple's favorite areas. Of course, NYC has lots of other amazing parks and gardens too! A few include City Hall Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Fort Tryon Park, Bryant Park/the New York Public Library, Riverside Park, Battery Park, the Elevated Acre, Irish Memorial, High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Carl Schurz Park, Astoria Park, Flushing-Meadows Corona Park, Prospect Park, the 6BC Botanical Gardens, as well as the Brooklyn and Queens Botanical Gardens.