Rachel and Tim: An ‘Off-beat’ New York City, City Hall Wedding

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Rachel and Tim are one of the coolest couples I have had the pleasure of shooting! They found me on Instagram and during our first FaceTime chat, I knew that their quirky, sarcastic and fun personality’s matched with mine perfectly. During our talk, I quickly learned how much moments meant to them. They wanted someone who could truly capture their unique personality’s and document their day authentically. They also really wanted to showcase New York, the place they fell in love, spent almost 10 years together and where they were to continue their story long after they're wedding day. I was excited and up for what turned out to be, a fun and unique wedding day! 

Wedding Day 

Despite the extended winter New York had been subjected too, April 20th was a gorgeous day to get married. The day started off early  at The James Hotel in Soho, in a stunning corner room with floor to ceiling windows. This is where Rachel and her two best friends got ready and watched the sun come up over the city.

About 7 am, Rachel and I walked outside in front of the hotel to meet her soon to be husband in front a really cool weathered wood wall, courtesy of the David Burke Kitchen. The two were all smiles as they got their first glimpse of each other. 

Rachel and Tim’s portrait session showcased the vibrant colors of New York City and included some sweet moments as well as some hilarious funny faces that truly showcased who they are as a couple. Their portrait session ended up on the rooftop of The James. We were given private access to the rooftop that consisted of panoramic views of the city and a plush bar that continued the panoramic views with large floor to ceiling windows.

After climbing into a car, we took off to the iconic New York City hall. The line moved quickly and before you knew it, we were all inside greeting Rachel and Tim’s closest family and friends who would bare witness to them saying ‘I Do’.  Everyone waited in high spirits as we waited a few short hours to a make it a private room for their ceremony.  

Rachel and Tim, now husband and wife, we headed to Balthazar, the restaurant where they were meeting some family for a celebratory lunch. Along the way they shared a hot dog and grabbed some starbucks, a tradition and essential part of their life together. 

Day After Reception  

Rachel and Tim held a larger reception of about 75 people at one of their favorite restaurants in China Town, Jing Fong the day after their wedding. The theme, was gatsby-esk and Rachel adorned a gorgeous flapper dress complete with peacock headpiece. Dim Sum was served with smiles and laugher as everyone celebrated the newlyweds. The reception ended with a gorgeous cake with Gatsby elements and for a twist, in unique Rachel and Tim fashion, atop the cake were two of their favorite video game characters. 

It was an absolute honor that they choose me to document their special day. I wish them both nothing but, eternal happiness and laughter and above all love. 


Getting Ready/Portaits - The James Hotel, New York

Wedding Dress - The Pretty Dress Company

Makeup - Glam Squad Wig - HC Wigs Paper Bouquet - Fan Crafter Designs Cake - City Sweets

Reception Venue - Jing Fong

Published in | Off Beat Bride

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