Central Park - Blue Sky/White Sky

We have had a crazy Spring and early Summer here in New York.  Brilliant days alternated with stormy downpours, sometimes several times a week.  We had been planning a Central Park wedding with Richard and Yvonne for over a year.  They had family coming in from all over and were looking forward to some beautiful pictures.  Then it happened - a prediction of torrential rains, gale force winds, and lightning for their wedding day, while the day before was going to be perfect.  So to be sure we got good photos, we asked Yvonne and Richard to put on their wedding clothes the day before and come down to the park.

The first three photos were taken the day before.  The last two were taken on their wedding day. As it turned out, the rain held off till later in the day and the storm was not as dire as first predicted.  Still, we were glad to have gotten those photos the day before.

At the Bow Bridge in the sunshine

Overlooking Bethesda Fountain

A perfect day in the park

Exchanging rings the next day

A misty day but the skyline is still visible


A Festive Pride Month

This June has been a Pride Month to remember. The Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. As one of the growing number of Marriage Equality states, New York is a magnet for same sex couples who want to "make it legal." Congratulations!

Sophie and Deanna exchange rings in Central Park's Cop Cot

About to board a chartered sailboat at North Cove MarinaDeanna and Sophie with a fantastic view of the Statue of Liberty as seen from New York Harbor

Dwayne and Bryan in Times Square with Solstice yoga practitioners

A smooch by the Brooklyn Bridge

Sometimes you just want a quickie - marriage ceremony, that isLisa and Gee with Central Park's romantic Bow Bridge


Alternative Wedding photo location ideas

Liz and David came over from England to get married in Central Park.  Nothing unusual about that, but after their ceremony, they jumped into a vintage Checker cab to find some offbeat wedding photo locations.  They love graffitti so 5 Pointz in Long Island City was a perfect backdrop.

Super wide angle lens action

After 5 Pointz, they went to the Dumbo area for bridge views and a ride on Jane's Carousel.  By the way, the weather was not cooperative that day, so having the Checker was a life saver.  Liz and David were real troupers posing for photos in between bouts of cold rain.

The Manhattan Bridge and Checker cab

On Jane's Carousel, perfect for a rainy day


Central Park Brides

A few pictures of brides by themselves. What can be prettier?


City Hall Glamour

Weddings at City Hall, or more accurately, the City Clerk's Office have their own no-frills charm.  You get a ceremony that goes by so fast, there's no time to cry and smear your make-up.  The former Motor Vehicles Department office has been refurbished and it looks pretty nice. Right outside are some impressive municipal buildings, including the New York County Supreme Court featured at the beginning of Law and Order.

Outside the City Clerk's Office

Don't blink or you'll miss it. The ceremony is about one minute long.

Since it's not really in City Hall, there's this mural for photos.

Congratulations to Michelle and Mark, married on May 16!