Manhattan Marriage Bureau City Hall || New York, NY

New York is such a beauty!

I was initially there for a photography workshop when my best friend, who was Cecilia’s college roommate for three years, told me that Cecilia would be marrying Jason during my stay, and wanted me to take pictures of their special day. I couldn’t have been more excited! It’s such a dream to photograph anything in the city that never sleeps. So, I couldn’t be happier to present to you the highlights of Cecilia and Jason’s wedding!

The couple met online through a dating application. Cecilia, originally from Rio de Janeiro, is a graduate from University of Central Florida. On the other hand, Jason is a personal trainer from New Jersey. Cecilia actually officiated Allison and Shamir’s wedding in Orlando, which I photographed a couple of years back. The guest list proved to be rather small yet intimate, with only their closest family and friends. The simple wedding at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau was attended by Cecilia’s parents, plus her two brothers and their partners. Jason’s best friends were also present to celebrate the couple’s early morning elopement.

Cecilia looked lovely in a charming sleeveless dress, knee-length with a circle skirt – traditionally white with a modern twist. Since it was rather snowy and chilly out, she topped it off with an off-white faux fur cropped coat. It’s her stunning hairpiece – a jewel-studded headband – that served as the showstopper! Husband Jason, on the other hand, looked dashing in his black suit, accented with a flint-shade tie.

The event held an essence of blissful simplicity all throughout, and collective enthusiasm followed the celebratory group to the reception venue, Claudette. Reception was lively, and full of genuine laughter. Embraces were exchanged and stories were shared by the attendees as they ate and drank to their heart’s content. By the end, the couple let go of a few white balloons to signify letting go of the past and starting a future together.

I’ve never photographed snow until that very day. It was such a privilege to photograph an amazingly diverse couple in an amazingly diverse city.

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