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Five Unique Places to Elope in New York City

While weddings in City Hall or Central Park are always lovely, sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and do something a little off the beaten path. Last year I listed five unique ceremony spots I would like to shoot a wedding at, so I thought I’d add five more to that list today.

(DISCLAIMER: I don’t know any of the rules/regulations for getting married at any of these places, so you may want to look into it before you make solid plans. OR you can just show up and get married and hope for the best – I’m a big believer in asking for forgiveness, not permission, when it comes to photography.)

1. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade: I love shooting portraits here, but I am absolutely dying to photograph an elopement on the Promenade. Sunset would definitely be the time to do it – with all of Manhattan glittering behind you. Then we can shoot portraits in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, two of my very favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

2. Battery Park: Gorgeous skyline and water views make Battery Park an amazing location for an elopement. I’ve never actually gotten to shoot here before at all – not even portraits, so I really want to make this happen in 2013. Again, I think sunset would be the ideal time for a ceremony here.

3. Carl Schurz Park: Carl Schurz Park is a hidden gem on the Upper East Side. I photographed an engagement session there last year and absolutely fell in love with it. I think this would be an amazing place to get married in the spring – it is full of flowers. I can’t believe I never knew about this place until last year!

4. The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park: I photographed a maternity session in Flushing Meadows Corona Park about three years ago, and I loved it there. It’s such a massive park with so many background options. I think eloping in front of the Unisphere would be so cool. I think Queens is such an underrated borough in general – I always enjoy shooting there.

5. 9th Street Community Garden & Park: This is one near and dear to my heart, because we lived right across the street from it when we first moved to New York in 2006. It’s a tiny but sweet community garden, and if you are an East Village local, I think this would be the perfect spot for you. John and I took our engagement photographs here. I would definitely try and get permission instead of just showing up – just out of respect for the community. But I think it would be doable. In the spring, this park is just so alive and beautiful.




  • What an interesting post! I need a post ceremony spots in Syracuse NY that is indoors with natural lighting, haha! I’m getting married and so afraid of rain in September! I shot 5 weddings in Sept and it rained like every weekend!! AHH!

  • Oh what a helpful post. I can’t imagine trying to plan an elopement from a distance. Great post.

  • What a great post, no doubt this is going to be very helpful to some excited couples who just can’t wait to get married!