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NYC ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER


Brides kiss in rain on NYC rooftop on their wedding day




INTRO

If you are looking for an NYC elopement photographer, you are in the right place. For over 8 years now, my speciality is guiding couples from the Tri-State area, the United States and around the world as they marry in NYC. The city offers amazing locations and experiences to celebrate a wedding day, even during a pandemic.


I know the ins and outs of getting married at the NYC Marriage Bureaus (Manhattan location is reopened for appointments only), Central Park and a host of other locations perfect for elopements or intimate weddings.

I am also registered as an officiant so I can also legally marry couples in NYC in addition to photographing their weddings. We'll just need a witness, which my assistant can be if you don't have guests. (I do NOT offer officiating as a standalone option and only provide this option in NYC.)

And of course, I know all the best locations for portraits that show off the iconic and subtle scenes of New York!

During the coronavirus pandemic, having a safe and fun wedding is still important no matter the size. If the situation has changed your plans and you are thinking of marrying now and partying later, an elopement in NYC may be the best solution. Let me help you plan a wonderful experience!




PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS

I offer photography for elopements and intimate weddings in NYC and northern New Jersey for up to 25 guests.

Collections begin at 2800. Custom collections available.
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ELOPEMENT GALLERIES

C&A
City Hall and Manhattan
E&S
Central Park & DUMBO
C&C
City Hall & Westchester


DETAILS

Gone are the days when couples would run off all alone to get married in secret. (OK, some people still do that! Old school elopements are sooo romantic and fun!) You believe in quality over quantity and want a wedding experience focused on the people and places you love.

I define elopements and intimate weddings with 2-20 people with ceremonies in places like NYC City Hall’s Marriage Bureau (still closed), Central Park, luxury hotel suites, chapels, private restaurant dining rooms, etc. The focus typically is on the ceremony and portraits. However, couples may also have getting ready, a meal, small reception or more photographed. It is your day!
You will be provided with a stress-free experience from the moment you inquire. I am here to answer any questions you have and am eager to solve any problems that arise before, during or after your wedding day. Your experience matters to me as much as the photographs do.

  • You will be guided through planning out portrait locations in NYC that reflect your desires/needs
  • You will be provided with a timeline of your wedding day plans
  • You will be assisted in posing to make you comfortable when being photographed or
  • You can have an entirely unposed session if desired!
  • You will look BEAUTIFUL, relaxed and happy in your portraits
  • You can have your photos in color and black and white, even add retouching
  • You won't get images with stylized filters or altered beyond basic processing
  • You can make your own prints, or use my full-service printing and archival design album service
  • You will have an assistant to help us on the day and act as a witness if needed.

"We had the best elopement ever thanks to Kristy May! She was super professional, fantastic photos, and a joy to spend time with on such a spectacular day - sweet, easygoing, and thoughtful. She made the day a smooth and super enjoyable ride that we will never forget!"


- Camille and Henning, May 2019

See what more clients have been saying about their experiences here.
Fear not, you aren’t alone. It is my job to capture beautiful images in a flattering and authentic way. During portraits, I will guide you. For candids, just pretend I’m not there. I promise, I will catch you experiencing the emotions of the day and edit out any unflattering images.

If need be, I can retouch out any skin issues or apply additional work in Photoshop if you have a body concern. (I will not make these adjustments without being asked and there may be a fee depending on the work.) However, you should love your wedding photos!
See my FAQ for specifics on retouching.

"As a couple who really don't enjoy having our pictures taken, Kristy was excellent in making us feel at ease on the day. We're really delighted with the pictures of our elopement but we also loved spending a few hours wandering through New York with Kristy."


-Bethan and Antony, December 2019

TIP: Get professional hair and make-up because it will last longer, looks better in photos, and because it will make you feel awesome! Find a hair and make-up artist here.

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A licensed NYC officiant! There are many different officiant options for your wedding. (I recommend a few here) I can also perform a brief ceremony akin to the clerk's at City Hall. If you want a more custom ceremony, hire a dedicate officiant.

You can also have a friend or family member become an officiant and register in NYC. I have also had clergy or even embassy staff perform weddings. Or a clerk can officiate at an NYC Marriage Bureau for $25. (You must make an appointment)
NYC City Hall Marriage Bureaus

The Manhattan Marriage Bureau is reopened for ceremonies by appointment only. Located at 131 Worth Street, the Manhattan location, with its art deco vibe, is by far the most popular. The Brooklyn location can save you time, but it only has one ceremony room and the background is a '60s/'70s style stained glass piece. (It hasn't reopened yet as of September, 2021)

Read more about how to get married at NYC City Hall Marriage Bureaus here.

Central Park
Central Park offers many unique locations for elopements or intimate weddings. There is the Ladies Pavilion, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Wagner Cove, Dene Summer House, Cop Cot, The Conservancy Gardens and more. I’ve complied a list of my favorite locations here.

You do not need a permit to marry with fewer than 20 people in the park. You can literally marry anywhere! Get a permit for popular locations to avoid being asked to leave. Apply ideally at least 4 weeks in advance.

To marry anywhere other than the marriage bureaus, you'll need an officiant to marry you. They can conduct a short and sweet ceremony to something more elaborate or religious. You can also have a friend or family member get ordained.

For full details on how to get married in Central Park and my recommended officiants list, see this page.

Additional Ceremony Locations
With an elopement or intimate wedding, you have a unique opportunity to marry or celebrate in spaces otherwise too small for large weddings. During the pandemic many of these locations are outdoors or ideal for small groups with social distancing.

The sky is the limit once you hire an officiant -- you can marry anywhere. I’ve had ceremonies in hotel lobbies, restaurants, chapels, the Brooklyn waterfront, hotel suites, gardens of a cafe, private homes, Top of the Rock, etc. Even the middle of Times-Square.

I’d love to photograph a wedding at a rollerskating rink, in a zoo, sculpture garden, or any historic location!


When deciding on a location for your wedding portraits, you have many choices in NYC! Some of my favorite spots include:

  • DUMBO
  • Brooklyn Bridge (either side)
  • West Village
  • Central Park
  • Top Of the Rock
  • Times-Square / Grand Central
  • Lower East Side
  • Williamsburg/Greenpoint (Brooklyn)
  • City Hall, Downtown, Seaport area
  • Highline
  • and more!
View portrait locations galleries
Same-sex weddings are legal in New York and the entire United States. (Woohoo!)

I’ve been photographing same-sex weddings since before they were legal and am thrilled to take part in these weddings. So yes, I photograph same-sex weddings and any LQBTQ+ weddings. Love is love.

Check your date here or schedule a time to chat! (Please include date)

Once we agree on the amount of time (or the minimum) needed for your elopement or wedding, I’ll send a booking proposal, which we both sign. After that, I will send an invoice via PayPal for the non-refundable deposit or you can mail a check.
What other vendors might you be looking to hire for an elopement or intimate wedding? Hair and make-up, officiant, cakes, flowers, etc. There are quite a few vendors I work with regularly on elopements and I’ve listed all their contact info here.

At a minimum, I highly suggest professional hair and make-up and a small bouquet. I like having a bouquet, but it needn’t be fancy! The florist outside City Hall, George, makes simple seasonal wedding bouquets for as low at $35.


  • Bring snacks and water and don't start the day hungry
  • Bring comfy shoes (and a small bag for changing out the nice ones), we will be walking a lot
  • Don’t forget the license or your IDs!
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the event. (Don’t wear a long train dress for a park wedding unless you plan to carry it the whole shoot!)
  • Leave extra time for travel, NYC is notorious for making people late (but not me!)
  • Plan to be in the city for a few days before and after your wedding date. (This leaves time for flight delays or rescheduling to a day before or after if needed)

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