NYC City Hall Wedding // Katie + Jose

Katie and Jose snuck away for an NYC City Hall wedding in the spring. The NYC marriage bureau does a fantastic job setting the tone for love in their iconic building with stunning gold accents and ornate chandeliers. NYC makes in-person appointments for a marriage ceremony and marriage license through what they call Project Cupid. You don’t, however, get to choose which chapel you get. But, both the west and east chapel have a sweet bubble gum pink walls. Despite the fact that Katie + Jose waited against the east chapel wall, they were directed to the west chapel. The west chapel has a yellow and pink rainbow striped, abstract art. And the east chapel has a stunning, large blue painting that I linked from another elopement!

After the marriage ceremony, the clerk, the couple, and the witness (I could be yours!) or witnesses must sign the marriage license. I always love getting to sign off as a witness when I do a courthouse wedding. I always bring my most pristine signature. For this NYC City Hall wedding, I was the witness, as it was just the three of us. It’s always an honor to be asked.

That day, all the magnolia trees were so fragrant as we walked through Manhattan and into Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. In addition, a lovely, little intentional garden is specially designed for wedding photos and it sits directly outside the Office of the City Clerk. Plus, if you forget to bring your own flowers, there’s a vendor right there that will sell you a perfectly bunched bouquet.

Katie’s white flower crown added to the city’s natural blossoms. Their post-nuptial excitement continued as we walked along, discovering quiet nooks to take photos. Just look at how vibrant their NYC City Hall wedding, ahem, elopement, was!

NYC City Hall wedding
NYC City Hall wedding
West Chapel of NYC City Hall wedding

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