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Thursday, August 22, 2013

NYC City Hall weddings

When Alex and I stopped by City Hall four years ago to pick up our marriage license, we saw a bunch of couples tying the knot. Some wore tuxedos and puffy white dresses, some were in casual clothes and one entire family was wearing Mets jerseys. It's a giddy scene over there. I always thought it would be a fun tourist destination; you could spend an hour on the steps outside and people-watch. Or throw confetti!

Refinery29 recently stopped by City Hall and snapped photos of 21 happy couples; see the full slideshow here.

Would you get married at City Hall? Did you? xo

P.S. Wedding with a pink dress, and my friend's City Hall wedding.

83 comments:

Athira said...

I know someone who got married at City Hall :)

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Heather said...

I am definitely hanging out at City Hall and throwing confetti next time I'm in NYC :)

Sara said...

off topic - but where is the URL for the sexy breathing technique you and Alex shared...not quite kissing but breathing in to each other.. can't find it!

Gemma said...

We travelled from Edinburgh to get married at City Hall last June and it was perfect - you can see some of the photos here.

Laura D said...

So cute! I think it would be fun to just hang out, surrounded by happy couples (and cranky people at the town hall...). I love that flower crown, and how happy everyone looks.

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Stephanie Chaplin said...

I've been reading your blog religiously since I discovered it a couple of months ago. It's actually become a running joke with my husband (well what does Jo think about that?!) so I was super excited to see our wedding featured on Refinery 29 this morning (we're Max and Steph from Slide 24) and even more thrilled to see your post! Here's to love :-)

Ally said...

I did get married there! I live in Arkansas but love NYC (so jealous that you live there) so we decided to get married at City Hall and honey moon in the city for a week, 5 years ago. Wonderful experience and it only took about 10 minutes. ha

crabigail said...

I got married at NYC city hall and it was great! Afterwards we walked over Brooklyn Bridge to our garden reception in Brooklyn Heights. It was all perfect.

Kate Harvey said...

You looked beautiful!!!

Carol said...

Yes I did get married in NYC Hall. Traveled there from Toronto and wore a short black designer dress :)

Stephanie said...

I don't think I would, although I'm sure it's perfect for other people. I would rather have a full day of special things, because hopefully (!) I would only be getting married once.

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Colleen said...

We got married at SF City Hall--just us and our photographer as a witness. It was perfect :)

Kathy said...

The NYC City Hall weddings seem fun and festive. I live in Washington, DC and when my fiancee and I went to apply for our marriage license we saw only one couple get married and they were dressed in shorts and t-shirts! I'm not sure if that's because in NYC you get married in a grandiose building whereas in DC it's in a tiny chapel inside the Marriage License Bureau, but it definitely did not make me want to get married in the DC courthouse!

M.M. said...

No, but I'm in the midst of wedding planning, and it looks more and more appealing every day. Haha.

The Recordologist said...

Fun photos! The guy on the third picture doesn't seem to happy, the girl looks gorgeous! I love her white dress.

jenni said...

I wish I had! My husband and I always talked about eloping - even my Dad was supportive of it - until we got officially engaged. Then all bets were off and everyone turned on me. Lol. We ended up having a Florida country club wedding with 80 guests and I was horrified by even that many. I cut SO many people off the guest list, I felt like the biggest jerk but I just couldn't stand the idea of that many people witnessing what I felt was a very private moment. It was too much. Our 10th anniversary is coming up and I plan to have a do-over MY way. ;)

Sandra said...

I got married at NYC city hall a couple of months ago! it was simple and intimate and very us. We then followed up with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge where perfect strangers were shaking our hands and shouting us well wishes and congrats. I would do it all over again if I had to.

some pics:

http://sandraparkcallaghan.blogspot.com/search/label/weddings

Caroline, No. said...

I got married on the pier in Red Hook. So it's a big YES from me!

lindsey Sorge said...

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jenblossom said...

We did! A whole lotta years ago. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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Stephanie Chaplin said...

Thank you so much Kate! x

MelanieKPrice said...

I love this!! Brought a smile to my face this morning...and what lovely photos.

The best food comes from the heart. said...

Best decision I ever made. Love You, Honey!

kd_ring said...

My husband & I attended the City Hall wedding of two friends who'd come up from Mexico City to get married in NYC - as you mentioned the waiting area was a total scene - all types of people and definitely a giddy atmosphere! But what surprised me the most was the actual ceremony - the woman performing it had the most AMAZING energy. She was this gorgeous, serene, Oprah-like spiritual presence and even though we were only with her for like 5 minutes I think EVERYONE in the room was crying by the end! I think I was picturing some Ben Stein type saying "Do you... do you..." so it was totally unexpected how beautiful and moving it ended up being.

koala said...

We got married at the city hall in NYC (before our official ceremony in Korea)! I really loved the experience. We decided to dress up and get a bouquet, so we had really sweet older woman give us her blessing and wish us well on the subway ride there and afterwards when we stopped by a Brooks Brothers' store to check out bow ties for his tuxedo at the real wedding, one of the salesman insisted on doing a whole photoshoot of us around the store so we'd have the memories to share later. It was a pretty hilarious but very sweet experience to have all these strangers so excited for us. I think I might have enjoyed this day more than the formal ceremony!

stephanie said...

You looked gorgeous!!! ( And your man is so handsome ;)

Mary said...

We are hoping to do so soon! Thank you for whetting my appetite even more! As if I need any more encouragement to get on a plane from London! x

morestomach.com said...

next month! so very much looking fwd to it.

katherine said...

city hall weddings are my favorite! my friend is a photographer in NYC and she photographs city hall weddings all the time. I love how they're usually smaller, really personal weddings - they make me smile!

http://pennacephotography.com/blog/category/city-hall-wedding-wedding/

Jordan said...

We did get married at City Hall-- it's the best!
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Alexa said...

i would totally get married at NYC city hall and i sort of really want to. i have this thought of stopping off at my favorite sidewalk flower stand in my neighborhood to pick up a bouquet on the way :)

Megan M-R said...

We got married at City Hall in NYC. It was so simple, and old-fashioned, and romantic! I highly recommend it. :)

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KristiMcMurry said...

That's adorable! I would definitely have gotten married there. We have a lot of family, so we went ahead and did a big wedding, but I would have been tickled with a city hall wedding. My grandparents got married at the courthouse in Corinth, MS, and I think it's the sweetest thing ever :)

Megan M-R said...

Side note--

Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars got married at the same time in the little room beside ours :) And then she asked my new husband (!) to take their wedding photos!!!

AMAZING!

Mary said...

That is crazy Megan! I guess that was before their big do in Italy. Wow! I love reading these stories! x

Awnie said...

We got married there a couple months ago (we eloped!), and it was absolutely perfect. Our wedding is next year, but we needed to get legally married now, and it was such a fun, intimate experience. Unlike our wedding, which will be more about family and friends, our city hall marriage was just ours. We were lucky enough to have the best officiant, NYTimes actually wrote an amazing profile of him last year, here's the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/fashion/weddings/surrounded-by-love-all-day-field-notes.html?smid=gp-nytimes&_r=1&

Lizzie Polish said...

I love the romance of a quickie not super planned wedding but it also seems a bit depressing. I didn't have a huge wedding, just 60 people, but it meant a lot to have people there to celebrate with us.

Megan M-R said...

It was so crazy!

I looked them up after (of course :) and they had already done the big Italian wedding. So this must have been the US "paperwork" version. It was awesome and Sofia made a beeline across the room to ask my husband to take the photos. I was dying. I took a couple photos of him taking their photo. Ha!

A super fun added memory to our own day.

DIT&O said...

I've seriously considered it & am still considering it. My boyfriend and I have been together for 8 years and at some points I just want to be married. I'll probably just have a small wedding though. - Christina

Unknown said...

My husband and I 'eloped' to City Hall and it was the most fun, intimate, romantic day ever. I wore a red dress and picked up a bouquet on my way downtown; our two best friends were our witnesses and toasted us afterwards. We spent the rest of the telling friends and family and having Champagne, and then had a reception a month later which gave us the chance to celebrate in person with our loved ones. The people-watching was tremendous, the location was iconic and the building itself felt very special with the vibes of all the couples who have gotten married there before us. Recommend!

Nina Leung said...

I love these photos! Everyone looks so happy and beautiful! Puts a smile on my face! Thank you!

Aya said...

We did last month in San Franciscoand it felt just right. My husband(!) says whenever someone feels down, they should go to city hall and see all the excited, loving pairs getting married. It's enough to cheer anyone up!
http://ayabug.tumblr.com/post/56251916257/im-still-on-a-cloud

Caitlin said...

OMG! All of these couples are beautiful and especially Corin & Cristina on slide #17 - I went to Middle School with Corin!! Such a small world!

Michelle Panting said...

This is one of my favourite features on Refinery 29. So funny that I was just looking at this slideshow on their site and then saw it when I popped over to your blog.

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Tricia Tan said...

I wanted to, but me coming from a Chinese family and my fiance coming from a traditional Italian family... it really wasn't an option! So we ended up having a tea ceremony and lunch in Singapore (where I am from) and will do our proper wedding ceremony on Long Island (where he is from)!

Tricia
http://nihaonewyork.blogspot.com

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Lane said...

I think city hall weddings are amazing! Everyone really just loves the party part of the wedding. A small court house wedding and then a big party is my idea of the perfect wedding day! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures.

abby staffieri said...

In the midst of all the wedding planning for our recent wedding we sort of dreamed of eloping at city hall! I kept seeing pictures of lovely short, more casual wedding dresses and just dreamed of throwing away the wedding plans and hitting up city hall. But alas we did not wed at city hall. But our wedding turned out perfect and literally nothing went wrong, despite all of the stress! I see nothing wrong with a city hall wedding! I do think that if you just elope with no family or close friends by your side, you'd regret that.

Elle_dee_em said...

We're doing the City Hall thing (my dream "wedding") with 2 friends as witnesses, and a non-legal ceremony and reception with family and friends 5 days later. I'm happy we get the best of both worlds!

christinamm said...

I did get married at NYC City Hall! It was mostly because I was here on an engagement visa and only had 90 days to get married to my American sweetheart, but it turned out to be the best day: http://christinamm.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/finally-a-happy-ending/

Lauren said...

We got married st city hall in downtown Chicago. It was -2 February 3rd and I switched from my winter boots into pumps when we got inside :-) my husband was wearing a fedora and a guy yelled "hey man, cooool, you are like bluuuues brothers!" It was funny.everyone was so happy and smiling and the judge was grinning ear to ear with us. When we come out everyone still waiting their turn clapped and cheered. We went for a cozy dinner and drink afterwards. It was the best day. ever. And it was totally ours. We had a wedding party 6 months later where we wrote our own vows. That was also a blast but I'm so glad we have that special day in chilly February that was totally outs and drama-free! (Divorced parents who bring the drama not allowed!)

Lauren said...

Sorry for all the typos! One handed typing while nursing is hard!

Jimena... said...

As a wedding photographer, I've photographed several weddings in NY City Hall and I absolutely love them!! They are all fun and a little crazy, because you never know how much time you will be waiting!
I have done a secret elopement who travel from DC without telling anyone , a gorgeous couple from Brooklyn who drove their vintage Cadillac through Brooklyn Bridge to get there and even a couple who flew from England to get married in City Hall with almost 40 guests!

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Caitlyn said...

^ Awwww!! Made me smile!

vanillalemon.com said...

My sister got married at City Hall in San Francisco, 5 years ago TODAY! It was absolutely beautiful!

Amber Marlow said...

As a wedding photographer that specializes exclusively in intimate events, I've photographed maybe 50 City Hall Weddings in New York City. They are all unique and joyful!

Bri Towne said...

we should have. i really didn't enjoy my wedding at all. i know, crazy. but i was just ready to get it over and get on with my life with my new husband! we even came home three days early from our honeymoon because we just wanted to start living. :)

NotesFromAbroad said...

My husband and I were married in a judges chambers. Beautiful room with wood paneled walls and a few of our nearest and dearest friends and family . I have been married to him more than half my life :)

Renee said...

My best friend got married in a local court, I'd never been to a court wedding before and i suppose i always thought there was something unromantic about it. For my friend's wedding we all dressed up and it was beautiful, they're love for each other was enough to match any big expensive wedding!

Mary said...

Oh my! That's so cool! What great great memories! Thanks for all the details xx

Jade Sheldon said...

I would definitely get married at city hall!

SarahJo said...

I so wanted to elope to city hall. Albeit not in NYC, but it was just the most romantic idea and with our family situations being as they were seemed the best idea. Alas, mom wins out when she wants a church wedding. Maybe we'll do it again (with each other!) though!

haleyat7 said...

In the last picture the women is wearing all anthropologie! Belt, skirt, and shirt!

Ladies in Navy said...

gorgeous, simple way to love each other
kw ladies in navy

Laurel Cyr said...

My husband and I were married at City Hall in SF 5 years ago next month! It was amazing. Our ceremony was super quick, which was perfect because we were both so nervous. We had 5 guests and after our ceremony we all rode in pedicabs to the Ferry Building for a 4 hour luncheon at The Slanted Door. The celebration was over around 4pm which allowed us to have a romantic evening stroll around the city and bask in our newly wedded bliss. It was a beautiful day and for a destination wedding it was affordable. We paid for our wedding and trip ourselves and it really was the perfect way to spend the day!

scgrits said...

I got married at the courthouse...the same day I won the office pool and there was complimentary red velvet cake at the resto we chose for lunch. Yay for free weddings! We're now getting divorced and I am SO glad I din't shell out a load of cash!

Jane B. said...

We got married at the courthouse as well, pretty much eloped. No regrets whatsoever, best $120 we spent.

Emma said...

Such a beautiful dress! Such a lovely couple. Love the prison/warden story.. xx

Kayleigh Houde said...

My friend Suz is on this list, I just love the idea!

LPC said...

I did! But in San Francisco. SF City Hall these days is like a Taj Mahal Disney Wedding Palace. So. Much. Fun.

Some photos. http://emilia-jane.com/2013/08/san-francisco-city-hall-wedding-photos/

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Aslyn Lapham said...

Our city hall was booked when my husband and I called, so we snuck into the Meijer Gardens and eloped there!

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but where is the URL for the sexy breathing technique you and Alex shared...not quite kissing but breathing in to each other.. can't find it!tai iwin

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