City Hall Elopement + Chinatown NYC | Anna & Brian

A couple hold hands at City Hall before their wedding, showing her diamond engagement ring from Brilliant Earth.
A couple embraces at their City Hall wedding in Manhattan while two friends look on.
A ceremony at the Marriage Bureau at City Hall in lower Manhattan.
Bride and groom wedding bands from Brilliant Earth.
A bride celebrates with her friedn following her wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom holding hands and smiling in front of a door of a church.
Wedding photos in Chinatown, NYC.
A quirky wedding photo using a wide angle lens, showing the bride and groom in Chinatown, NYC.
Wedding photos in downtown Manhattan. The World Trade Center can be seen in the background.
Hot pink flats are a quirky wedding shoe choice for this offbeat bride.
A bride and groom snuggle after their wedding ceremony.

They met through Bumble and had a first date that started at 3pm and wrapped up at 10. He proposed in bed on her birthday while she was reading birthday cards, and they got married this summer on the anniversary of their first date. I was thrilled to be there to photograph it for them!

We met up at City Hall in Manhattan for their ceremony, where they were surrounded by a small handful of family and friends. After family photos on the steps, we sent family off to the restaurant they’re having lunch and I took them to Chinatown for fun “eloping in NYC” photos (even though these two are locals who live in Brooklyn! But that still counts as an elopement.)

My absolute fave detail of the day was Anna’s dress. She scored a vintage Comme des Garçons sundress on eBay, and counted it as her “something old”.

It has pockets!

She paired her dress with hot pink Ferragamo flats.

Her hair and makeup were styled that morning by Paula Rivera at the Toka Salon on Madison Avenue. They selected wedding bands from Brilliant Earth; her engagement ring is also from them.

Anna’s earrings served as her “something new” and are from Jangmi, a local jeweler here in NYC that has been in business for 30 years. Her bracelet belongs to friend and counted as her “something borrowed”, and she wore a tiny blue enamel bee on her hairpiece for “something blue”, a nod to her nickname: Anna Bee.

I kept them for a few extra minutes this day, and tried out some wide angle shots while we were walking on the streets. I think I’ll slowly work them into my coverage, which is an exciting development as an artist.