When Erika and Grant set out to plan their wedding, it was a completely different day than the one they ended up with. That being said, their day couldn’t have been more perfect. Switching from a large Rhode Island wedding to an intimate micro-wedding in NYC, these two rolled with the punches that 2020 brought. When it unexpectedly rained on their special day, they quickly switched plans to have a sweet Boro Hotel wedding.
The staff at the Boro Hotel was so thoughtful and considerate when it came to hosting our couple. Since their plan to elope in Gantry Plaza State Park got rained out last-minute, the hotel allowed the couple to marry in one of their event spaces. Since the couple was staying at the hotel, this was perfect – they could just go upstairs to get married!
We had captured their engagement photos in Gantry Plaza State Park and thought we’d continue the story there. Even though we didn’t end up back at Hunter’s Point South Park, we did still end up in Long Island City for this micro-wedding.
We started with a first look in the lobby for their Boro Hotel wedding. The lobby of this hotel is just gorgeous, featuring bookshelves and art pieces. After the first look, we took some quick portraits before heading out for some iconic NYC elopement photos. We walked down the Long Island City street and hopped in a car to Dumbo.
These two wanted some epic Brooklyn wedding photos, so we started on the Brooklyn Bridge. Although it was raining, they powered through with some clear umbrellas. We walked along the bridge to capture the iconic New York monument. It was thankfully quite empty due to the inclement wedding day weather.
Clear umbrellas are a great idea to have on your rainy wedding day. They allow more light to come through for photos, as opposed to having a big shadow on your faces. Bubble umbrellas like the ones Erika and Grant used are also perfect protection for your wedding dress or suit. Plus… they make super cute photo props!
Dumbo is one of our favorite spots for elopement photography in NYC. There are so many amazing photo locations packed into one condensed area. From Washington Street to Jane’s Carousel, there are so many iconic New York spots for wedding photos. We stopped on Washington Street before heading back to the Boro Hotel wedding ceremony.
Curled & Contoured, their hair and makeup artists, met us on Washington Street to touch up Erika’s bridal look. We were so impressed with this super quick action that made Erika feel well taken care of. Even for this intimate NYC micro-wedding, they took the time to make the extra effort for the bride and groom.
When we returned to the hotel, it was time for the ceremony. Boro Hotel is a perfect spot for an intimate wedding; you can see the whole New York City skyline at this amazing Long Island City venue. With a 360º Manhattan view and Brooklyn skyline, this spot is perfect for both micro-weddings and celebrations.
This boutique hotel wedding venue in LIC can host a larger wedding up to 200 guests, or as few as close family and friends. Erika and Grant’s celebration had the latter, with loved ones gathered around as they said their vows. With Common Ground Ceremonies officiating, this ultra-personal wedding had us tearing up behind the camera.
We were so glad that Erika and Grant opted for videography, as we captured such beautiful emotions from each of them during the ceremony. Although you wouldn’t typically think of elopement videography as an option, we love shooting micro-wedding videos in NYC. Even on a lighter schedule like this, there are tons of sweet moments to capture in a wedding video.
After the ceremony on the NYC skyline, we did their staged family wedding photography outside while the sun set. Since it was a cloudy day, there wasn’t a ton of sunlight to begin with – perfect for a sparkly evening skyline. When family photos wrapped up, we took the couple for some final photos with the sparkly city in the background.
Post-ceremony, the couple and their family members headed out to an intimate dinner. We said our goodbyes and wrapped up an incredible day of elopement photography in New York City. As wedding photographers based in Brooklyn, we love seeing all the beauty that this city has to offer. Long Island City weddings, in particular, are always awesome because the venues have such gorgeous views.
When it comes to planning New York City elopements, you have a ton of options. It can be as minimal as just the two of you and a Brooklyn wedding photographer, or as elaborate as close family and friends gathered at a venue. At the end of the day, if you have a marriage license, officiant, and photography team, anything is possible!
If you’re looking for an NYC elopement photographer, let us know. From city hall weddings to the Hudson Valley, we’re happy to help with your micro-wedding plans! This Boro Hotel wedding was an absolute dream to photograph. We can’t wait to head back to Long Island City for more stunning New York wedding photos.