The Rooftop at Exchange Place is a total hidden gem in the heart of Jersey City, NJ. We couldn’t believe the breathtaking view of the New York City skyline at this beautiful wedding venue. As NYC wedding photographers, we always love crossing the river to capture the beauty of New Jersey and the skyline.
Deepali and Eric tied the knot in a blended ceremony, mixing some of the bride’s traditions with a Western wedding twist. We loved capturing this intimate micro-wedding at The Rooftop at Exchange Place, with Sarah from Small Shindigs coordinating this winter micro-wedding.
Since they planned the wedding on a short timeline, we didn’t get to do engagement photos ahead of time. It didn’t even matter as we felt like we already knew these two on their wedding day. They were so kind and happy to be there, even when they had a super cold wedding photography experience.
We started the occasion with Deepali getting ready at the hotel, and Eric getting ready at their home. With the bride surrounded by close friends and loved ones, they toasted, and then it was time to go. These two braced themselves for the chilly first look that was going to come next.
Although it was chilly outside, Deepali and Eric opted for a first look anyway. In the winter months, the sun sets a little earlier. For couples planning to have an afternoon or evening ceremony, without a first look, they may miss out on most of the natural light for their photos.
As experienced wedding photographers, we often recommend couples do a first look if they’d like to get natural light photos in. Additionally, first looks are wonderful for speeding up the timeline of your day. You can get all your couples photos and family portraits done ahead of the ceremony, so all you have to worry about post-vows is your party-party-party!
This loving couple decided to go for it and get some of that beautiful sunshine in before their ceremony. The first look took place on the outdoor section of this beautiful New Jersey wedding venue. Eric waited outside, looking out onto the NYC skyline–– including over at the building where they first met.
These two began their relationship at a specific building on the skyline, and being able to see that from their wedding venue was so special to them. Deepali came outside to greet Eric, and they had such joyful reactions to seeing each other on their New Jersey wedding day.
We then walked over to the waterfront, just steps away from the Rooftop at Exchange Place. This super convenient Jersey City event venue has stunning views and a gorgeous spot to take wedding photos right outside its door. We did a brief portrait session outside as it was a very cold day in February, but we captured some magic with these two happy humans.
Returning inside, it was time for Deepali and Eric to make it official. The blended ceremony featured a beautiful blessing from the bride’s mother. These two also exchanged flower garlands, which they had their own fun with as Eric “faked her out” and dodged the garland at first.
Deepali and Eric getting married on the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River was such a gorgeous event to witness. With close family and friends around for this micro-wedding, the sun hung low over the city. Sealing it with a kiss, they were officially married – meaning next comes party time!
The cocktail hour was beautiful as dusk hit the city. The asymmetrical floral design for the ceremony was replaced by a stunning golden arch with flowers. We set up lights and a tripod to make it feel more “photo booth” style as families and guests filtered in and out for photos.
This golden arch with the glimmering Manhattan view in the background was a magical touch at this Jersey City wedding venue. Weddings at the Rooftop at Exchange Place are stunning during the day, but even more incredible at night. There’s nothing more beautiful than that view… except maybe Deepali’s gorgeous dress!
During dinner, speeches were made by close friends and family. Even for an intimate wedding, this room felt so full of love. Lots of laughter, tears, and smiles ensued through these meaningful speeches. And finally, although there was no first dance, some guests decided they’d get their boogie on anyway.
Deepali and Eric ended the night with a cake cutting in front of their golden arch. It was the perfect spot to cut this beautiful gold and red wedding cake. We were so impressed with how well thought out the details of this wedding were. Sarah from Small Shindigs made an incredible impact, ensuring everything about this day went off without a hitch.
With florals by Karma Flowers, we were stunned at the beautiful arrangements. From the bridal bouquet to the ceremony design, to the golden arch, each floral detail was gorgeous and intricate. The venue, Rooftop at Exchange Place, had outstanding catering and exceptional staff that was just so friendly.
This gorgeous New Jersey wedding venue can host up to 150 seated guests depending on the area you choose. With spaces between 40-80 guests and the full space for up to 300 standing on the rooftop and the terrace, weddings of all sizes can take place at this unique spot. Perfect for all seasons, these multi-level indoor and outdoor spaces can close during the winter and open up in warmer months.
For wedding ceremonies, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, this spot can do it all. With a retractable glass roof and walls, the indoor and outdoor spaces on the rooftop provide beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. It’s the perfect setting for wedding receptions, both big and small.
We loved capturing this Jersey City wedding and can’t wait to go back. As New York wedding photographers, crossing the river is always a welcome change of pace. Thinking of getting married at the Rooftop at Exchange Place? Let us know – we’d love to capture your celebration!