"And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside."
I celebrate love. I celebrate marriage equality. I embrace, welcome, and wholeheartedly celebrate same sex marriage. I am honored to document LGBTQ+ weddings.
I would be humbled and proud to tell your story, to photograph your wedding, and work with you to provide you the best wedding photography I possibly can.
These two women are a revelation together. They make each other laugh, hold each other with joy, and love each other with every fiber of their being. I was deeply honored to have them as models for a workshop that I taught in New York about posing a wedding couple together.
If everyone in this world found even a fraction of the love that these two women have for each other, well, the world would be a much better place!
This image illustrates the type of images that I would make for you at your same sex wedding in NYC. I want to show the love that you two have for each other, and to create beautiful photographs of your wedding in the process!
This image was taken just after twilight outside my studio in Brooklyn, New York. I had the two women climb up on top of a picnic table to get their heads closer to the gorgeous garden lights strung across the courtyard.
I had an assistant with a simple video light illuminate the background so that the women's faces were better highlighted.
I love this image, and I feel that it truly illustrates the dramatic love that these two women have for each other. To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda again, "How lucky we are to be alive right now." I am so proud to live in a city that honors same sex weddings and embraces everyone's right to marry their loved one.
Same Sex Marriage in New York
To get married in New York, just click on this link and follow the clearly laid out instructions! This website of the City Clerk in NYC states the following:
"New York City has always prided itself on its openness and diversity, and we look forward to welcoming all couples who want to get married amid our bright lights and legendary sights, including many landmarks of gay history. Whether you are a native New Yorker or someone who has dreamed of having your wedding in New York City, that opportunity is now yours. The City is committed to accommodating all eligible couples who would like to marry, whether they are of the same or opposite sex."
To have your same sex wedding in New York city, here are the steps you must follow:
• Fill out and submit your application for a Marriage License online. Receive your confirmation number, and take it with you when you visit the City Clerk's office in person. If you don't have internet access, you can obtain the proper paperwork in person and fill it out at the City Clerk's office when you go.
• Next, go to the City Clerk’s office to finish the process. Make sure that you go together! Both of you must be present to finish the application in person and get your Marriage License.
• You can get married right then and there at the City Clerk's office if you want! You need a Judicial Waiver if you want to get married on the same day that you pick up your License.
• As of June 2017, the charge to get a Marriage License in NYC is $35. You can pay via credit card, but not check.
Questions About Same Sex Marriage in New York
Here are a few common questions about having your same sex marriage legalized in New York City:
Can we have our same sex wedding and get married in NYC if we don't live in New York? Yes, you can!
Do we have to have a witness to sign our Marriage License in New York? Yes, you do!
Is there any difference between a same-sex marriage in New York and an opposite-sex marriage? From the City Clerk's website directly, no. It states : "The Marriage Equality Act gives married same-sex couples the same rights, responsibilities, and benefits that married opposite-sex couples have under Federal, State and City law. "
If we have our same sex wedding in New York, will we still be married when we leave New York and go back to living in another state? Yes. You will still be just as legally married when you go home!
City Clerk Offices in New York City
If you are trying to find a City Clerk's office in any of New York's boroughs, here is the information direct from the NYC City Clerk's website:
Manhattan Office 141 Worth Street New York, NY 10013 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday
Bronx Office Supreme Court Building 851 Grand Concourse, Room B131 Bronx, NY 10451 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Brooklyn Office Brooklyn Municipal Building 210 Joralemon Street, Room 205 Brooklyn, NY 11201 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Queens Office Borough Hall Building 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001 Kew Gardens, NY 11424 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Staten Island Office Borough Hall Building 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311 Staten Island, NY 10301 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
If you're getting married, I'd LOVE to document your love.