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Here are my 50 Top Favorite Wedding Locations
1. 620 Loft and Garden
620 Loft and Garden is one of my favorite wedding locations in the city. Located on top of Rockefeller Center, this garden getaway is a dream spot. Not only do you have a gorgeous rooftop garden that can be used for the ceremony or reception, but you also get prime New York City views. Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center are all lit up at night to give you the perfect city lighting. This venue holds a special place in my heart since it is also where I had my wedding! Check out all our 620 Loft and Garden Weddings here.
2. Rainbow Room
Another favorite wedding photo location of ours is the Rainbow Room. This is also located in Rockefeller Center and radiates glamour and elegance. Some of the biggest names in history have been celebrated here, and you can too! The window-filled space shows off New York skyline views from every angle.
3. Top of the Rock
If you are getting hosting your wedding anywhere near midtown NYC, getting wedding photos taken at Top of the Rock is a must. Top of the Rock boasts 360-degree views of all of New York City. Some of my favorite wedding portraits ever were taken here! You feel like you are on top of the world, and the photos are just one of a kind.
4. Central Park
Central Park is a New York City dream. There are so many incredible photo locations throughout the park for you to use! From Belvedere Castle to the Bow Bridge, or more secluded areas found walking around the expansive park, there are so many photo opportunities. In the concrete jungle, Central Park is a welcome escape, and perfect for romantic wedding photos. Even if your wedding isn’t located close to Central Park, I highly recommend taking some time to pop by for a few photos.
5. Tavern on The Green
While at Central Park, Tavern on the Green is a great wedding photo spot to stop at. Tavern on the Green is right off of Sheep’s Meadow at Central Park and has great photo opportunities. It’s especially magical during Christmas time, where they light up the whole outside with twinkle lights and nutcrackers. So romantic and beautiful! The food is also incredible, which is so important for a wedding.
6. The Loeb Boathouse
Another amazing spot in Central Park for a wedding is the Loeb Boathouse. It’s located in the heart of Central Park, right by the lake. The Boathouse is such a romantic wedding venue and lends itself to so many beautiful photos. It’s also conveniently located right by Bethesda Fountain, which is one of the most classic New York wedding photo locations.
7. The Edge – Hudson Yards
For a more modern wedding photo spot, take a look at The Edge at Hudson Yards. The New York skyline views are unmatched and make for some incredible wedding photos. The observation deck is mostly glass, so the skyline takes center stage.
8. The Foundry in Long Island City
Looking for a more urban, industrial backdrop for your New York City wedding photos? Look no further than the Foundry in Long Island City. The Foundry has tons of exposed brick, a skylight ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling ivy-covered walls. It’s the perfect mix of romantic and edgy. This wedding venue is one of my favorites for couples who want something a little more raw and industrial than the typical NYC offerings.
9. The Current at Chelsea Piers
For a waterfront option in New York City, The Current at Chelsea Piers is a beautiful wedding venue. The inside reception space is beautiful and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. Just a few steps outside and you have beautiful views of the skyline and boats, perfect for wedding photos. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a few boats sailing by in your photo!
10. TWA HOTEL
The TWA Hotel is a unique favorite location of mine! Located on JFK Airport grounds, the TWA airport is a time capsule hotel that encapsulates the perfect retro vibes. There’s a rooftop pool, a cocktail lounge inside a vintage plane, and even an outdoor roller rink! If you want to have one of a kind, retro wedding photos, this hotel is perfect for you.
11. Empire State Building
There’s nothing more New York than the Empire State Building. My recommendation is to go early in the morning to get the best light and the least amount of tourists in your wedding photos. 102 stories up give you the most iconic views of the city and make you feel like you are walking in the clouds. This is such a classic New York City location, and perfect for beautiful wedding photos.
DUMBO is one of the most iconic wedding photo locations in Brooklyn. For the best photos, head to the corner of Washington Street and Water Street. There you’ll get the historic brick road, brownstone buildings, and, of course, an unbeatable view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
13. Brooklyn Bridge
While in Brooklyn, you have to stop at the Brooklyn Bridge. Similar to other popular wedding photo locations, the best photos will be taken in the morning, before the rush. The dreamy morning light is incredible for wedding photos, and really makes you and your spouse shine. The Brooklyn Bridge is such an iconic New York City spot, and the photos really speak for themselves.
14. One World Observatory
Another great skyline spot for wedding photos is the One World Observatory. This location is actually the highest point in NYC, so the views are extra special. Sunset wedding photos here are truly jaw-dropping. The One World Observatory is so romantic and beautiful!
15. Metropolitan Museum of Art
For an extra glamorous backdrop, you must stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side of NYC. There are so many great photo spots here. The iconic MET steps in the front of the museum, the Roman Sculptures hall, or even the rooftop garden, which has unmatched views of Central Park and the city. I can’t think of a more picturesque spot to take your wedding photos. If you are a member of the MET, you can even rent out the rooftop for wedding receptions.
16. The Highline
Another beautiful spot to take wedding photos in New York is the High Line! The High Line is in Chelsea and is an elevated park that stretches about 1.5 miles long. It is a great spot for wedding photos as it captures both beautiful green gardens and city views. It was once a freight line, but now features stunning plants, art, flowers, and gorgeous views of Chelsea. This location is great for wedding photos, especially around sunrise!
17. Carl Schulz Park
Looking for a beautiful park location for your wedding photos with fewer tourists? Carl Schulz Park may be perfect for you. This stunning park is a beautiful spot right off the East River and has tons of stunning scenery. You can catch gorgeous cherry blossoms during the spring, and tons of colorful leaves in the fall. With the water right behind it, there are a lot of beautiful wedding photo opportunities to choose from.
18. Gramercy Park
One of our favorite areas to take wedding photos in is Gramercy Park. This location has a bit of everything. Brownstones, a beautiful park, New York City streets, and lots of flowers- it’s just stunning. Gramercy Park used to be limited to those who lived in the area, but if you stay at the Gramercy Park Hotel, you can get access to the park during your stay. It’s very exclusive, but if you are able to manage a stay, the scenery is well worth it for your wedding photos.
19. Long Island City
Long Island City is what I consider to be a bit of a hidden gem here in New York. Nestled in between Brooklyn and Queens, Long Island City offers the same beautiful skyline views of Manhattan, without the tourists. There are lots of great restaurants and scenery in this area, which makes it a great spot to get wedding photos taken. Some of my favorite wedding venues, including The Foundry, are also here!
20. Brooklyn Museum
For the art and culture buffs, I highly recommend the Brooklyn Museum. This is a great alternative to the MET museum if your wedding is located in Brooklyn but you still want some portraits with stunning architecture. The facade of the museum is just spectacular and feels very regal for your wedding photos. It’s also right by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which is another amazing spot!
21. City Museum of New York
The City Museum of New York is a great option for those looking to incorporate a hint of academia into their wedding photos. This location just steps away from Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens (more on that right below), so you can get some really romantic photos taken between the two. It’s also right on 5th ave if you are hoping to get some iconic New York street style photography as well.
22. Conservatory Gardens
The Conservatory Gardens are such a hidden gem in New York. They are located right off of 5th Ave on the Upper East Side of New York in Central Park. This spot feels like you are being transported to a scene from Bridgerton, and is just so romantic and beautiful. This is a great spot to get wedding photography done since it has less traffic than other parts of Central Park, but it is so stunning. You also are able to rent out the gardens for wedding ceremonies up to 100 guests.
23. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
One of the most beautiful gardens in the whole city is the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. This wedding venue is so stunning and has a few different options for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Whether you choose the sun-drenched Palm House or the elegant Atrium, you’re sure to find the romantic wedding backdrop of your dreams. Both rentals come with access to the gardens for some romantic wedding photography.
24. New York Botanical Gardens
Up in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Gardens are an escape from the hustle of the city. This beautiful garden has several areas to host your wedding ceremony and reception and is home to hundreds of plants and flowers. Whether you choose the Garden Terrace Room for a more traditional feel, or venture to the Conservatory for a true greenhouse vibe, you can’t go wrong. You’re guaranteed some stunning wedding photos no matter which location you choose.
25. Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of the most iconic spots in New York City for photos. Whether you want to get photos by the fountain, the arch, or just cuddled up on a bench enjoying the scenery, there are a lot of great opportunities for wedding photography. As with other tourist-filled areas on this list, you’re more likely to get some privacy if we head over early in the morning or on a weekday.
26. Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum is a wonderful spot for wedding photos if you are looking for a more modern art feel. Both the outside architecture and the inside galleries are super modern and unique, and they give off a more editorial look for wedding photography. The Guggenheim also just steps away from Central Park, which makes it a great location if you want a bit of both!
27. Times Square
Nothing screams New York City photos more than Times Square! For some iconic NYC wedding portraits, head to Times Square late at night (and make sure your photographer has good flash equipment!). You can get some amazing photos with all of the lights and city skyscrapers as your backdrop. Late at night or early morning will be your best bet to get the least amount of tourists.
28. Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Next up is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This spot is located right in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a great location for wedding photos if you are getting married in Brooklyn. You get views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the East River. I love this spot in Brooklyn especially in the fall since you get some really beautiful foliage.
29. American Museum of Natural History
Another great museum spot in the city is the American Museum of Natural History. This museum is located on the west side of Central Park and has a beautiful facade for wedding photos. For a truly unique wedding reception, you can even rent out different wings of the museum. You can celebrate your wedding surrounded by the oceans, dinosaurs, the stars, or even the African mammals! Definitely a one of a kind experience for your wedding day.
30. Union Square
Union Square is an amazing spot to take photos if you are having your wedding in Manhattan. This New York location always has something exciting going on, and houses tons of great food and shopping. It’s a smaller park, so you can get both romantic park photography and iconic city scenery. During the fall, the leaves turn the most beautiful shades of orange and copper, which make for a really romantic wedding photo as well.
The Flatiron district in New York City is such a fun spot to take wedding photos. In the heart of the Flatiron district is the Flatiron building, which is a triangular-shaped architectural wonder. It’s an iconic area of New York and just steps away from a beautiful park. This area is so beautiful and has a bit of everything for the perfect NYC wedding photo.
32. Madison Square Park
Just moments away from the Flatiron building you’ll find the beautiful Madison Square Park. Unlike some of the other prominent parks in NYC, Madison Square Park is a bit smaller but has stunning tulips and other flowers blooming throughout the year. This romantic spot is a great wedding photo location, and if you need to grab a quick bite on the way to the chapel, you can stop by the very first Shake Shack location for a burger. The perfect wedding day treat!
33. Lincoln Center
Looking to quench the arts and culture itch in your wedding photos? Look no further than Lincoln Center. This cultural hot spot has hosted some of the biggest names in the theatre and arts community. The plaza out front is absolutely breathtaking any time of year, but right now, it has been transformed into a green lawn paradise. Lincoln Center is a must-go for any culture buff’s wedding photos.
34. South Street Seaport
Dying for a little New England in your wedding photos? Look no further than South Street Seaport. You’ll feel like you were transported to the New England coast rather than the concrete jungle. You can get some charming wedding photos on the docks by the water or in front of the brick-covered storefronts. Either way, this location is a beautiful area for wedding photography!
35. St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you’re looking for the perfect traditional church for your ceremony, St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of our favorites. It’s located just steps away from Rockefeller Center on 5th Ave, so there’s plenty of opportunities for beautiful wedding photos. Inside the cathedral are towering columns and gorgeous stained glass. You can book St Patrick’s Cathedral for your wedding ceremony and then head over to one of the many venues around midtown to spend the rest of the party!
Chinatown is another great area for wedding photos! I personally love Chinatown not only for the rich culture but also the vibrant streets. There are tons of beautiful colors lining the streets, and wedding photography here is just so special and unique. There are tons of great food options in this area too for a quick post-wedding bite.
37. Bryant Park
Bryant Park is one of my favorite areas to get wedding photos done. From the fountain in front to the tree-lined benches and tables, there are so many pretty spots to take photos. My favorite time of year at Bryant Park is Christmas time, as they have a holiday market with lots of local shops. Walking around the holiday market with all the lights with your future spouse is just so romantic!
38. Museum of the Moving Image
Are you a cinephile? The Museum of the Moving Image is the perfect wedding photo spot for you! Located in Queens, the Museum of the Moving Image is a modern media museum with history and relics from all of history’s best movies. It’s a stunning museum and has plenty of photo opportunities for your wedding day. You can even rent out the museum for a modern, unique wedding reception.
39. Tribeca Rooftop
Tribeca Rooftop is one of the best wedding venues in the city, in our humble opinion. The rooftop is perfect for a skyline wedding ceremony, while the modern industrial interior is spacious enough for a hype wedding reception with up to 325 of your closest friends and family. The building used to be a printing press in the 1920s and is transformed to be a modern getaway while retaining the rich history.
40. William Vale
Located in Williamsburg, the William Vale hotel is a dreamy wedding venue with tons to offer. This hotel has the longest rooftop pool (a hot commodity in the warm summer months), and a gorgeous rooftop terrace for wedding ceremonies and receptions. You just can’t beat a sunset wedding ceremony overlooking the beautiful Manhattan skyline. The wedding photos here are truly unbeatable!
41. 74 Wythe
74 Wythe is a brand new wedding venue located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It used to be a nightclub, but the team at 74 Wythe has completely transformed this space into an art deco heaven. The rooftop terrace is just stunning for wedding ceremonies, and it has a retractable awning in case of bad weather. You can choose to have your wedding reception outside on the roof, or inside in their spacious main room. The real hidden gem of this space, however, is their cocktail bar- J Bird Cocktails. This bar area is an extravagant and luxurious escape for wedding guests to enjoy cocktails and mingling under a breathtaking chandelier.
42. The Weylin
Another fabulous wedding space in Williamsburg Brooklyn is the Weylin. This location used to be home to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, but is now an elegantly restored wedding venue. The interior perfectly preserved the incredible architectural details of this former bank and is a one-of-a-kind space to host your wedding.
43. Pier 17
Pier 17 is another amazing waterfront location to take your NYC wedding photos. During the winter, this spot has little greenhouses you can rent out while it’s cold. But, during the summer, the rooftop transforms and the greenhouses are replaced with mini lawns! Whatever time of year you decide to have your wedding, a pit stop at Pier 17 is always a good idea.
44. Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Earlier, we talked a bit about the Current at Chelsea Piers. They have another wedding venue right next door called the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, and it is a gorgeous space for a wedding! You can host your wedding right off the Hudson River and have full views of the water and the gorgeous sunsets. There is floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in the view, and you can fit up to 540 guests for a wedding reception.
45. Little Island
New York City’s newest floating park just opened in the Hudson River, and it’s called Little Island. This floating park feels like a whole other planet, and is home to some beautiful plants, scenery, and good food too! This area can get a little crowded, so if you decide to stop by for your wedding photos, make sure to come early in the morning for the best photos.
46. Christopher Street Pier
Christoper Street Pier is a great waterfront area for wedding photos! Conveniently located off of Greenwich Village and overlooking the Hudson River, this group of piers is perfect to get some portraits of the newlyweds. Sunrise and sunset wedding photos over the water are truly stunning!
47. The Pierre Hotel
If you picture old Hollywood glamour for your wedding, look no further than the Pierre Hotel. The Pierre Hotel is located right off of 5th Ave right by Central Park and is the pinnacle of elegance and luxury. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have graced these halls, including Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Weddings at The Pierre are the epitome of sophistication and always have a special allure.
48. Transmitter Park Greenpoint
Transmitter Park is a beautiful park in Brooklyn well known for the incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. I always like to take my couples who are hosting their wedding in Brooklyn over to this spot to catch the water and the views. The light is just gorgeous, and you can even head out on the bridge a bit for some waterfront wedding photos.
49. New York Public Library
Right behind Bryant Park is the New York Public Library. This location has some incredible architecture and scenery, which makes it the perfect backdrop for elegant NYC wedding photos. It’s just stepping away from Bryant Park, so you can easily capture both romantic park wedding photos and upscale portraits in front of the facade.
50. Marriage Bureau at City Hall
Last but certainly not least is the Marriage Bureau at City Hall. Now more than ever, micro weddings and elopements are gaining more and more popularity. Thankfully, New York City Hall has gorgeous architecture and scenery, making it the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. You can also walk just a few blocks to one of three parks surrounding the area for more romantic wedding photos outdoors.
Now that you’ve learned about all the best NYC wedding photo locations, I am happy to share with you what it’s like to work with my team for your engagement and wedding photography needs.
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