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A New York City Yacht Wedding on The Atlantica | Destination Wedding Photographers | Heidi + Andrew | Part 1

A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC wedding

Oh gosh you guys… Grab a favorite beverage and pull up a seat because this is going to be a long one… Back in August Matt and I traveled to New York City to photograph Heidi and Andrew’s wedding! The day started on land at The Plaza to be exact and ended cruising the Hudson River on a gorgeous yacht chartered by Elite Private Charters! Between intimate (haha.. you’ll see…) first look in front of a crowd at the stunning and historic Grand Central Station to wedding party pictures in Central Park, this wedding couldn’t have been more “New York” if you tried! We were thrilled to go along for the ride!

A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC wedding

Despite being VERY busy, Grand Central was the backdrop for some of my favorite portraits from the day!

A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC wedding

You might remember these two from their fall engagement session in Asheville at the NC Arboretum. Needless to say, as awesome as their Asheville engagement was, their wedding was even better! Heidi planned their wedding out with precise detail and in spite of all the moving parts which left plenty to go wrong (you know NYC is not exactly known for quick travel), traffic kept moving (for the most part) and things came together perfectly!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

The Plaza’s rooms are big and have beautiful window light which helped me out when it came time to shoot all of Heidi’s beautiful details! I adored Heidi’s choice of flowers, her cascading bouquet made of white orchids was so classy!

A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza

A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza

Manhattan’s skyline made a great backdrop for a couple detail shots! Notice the Empire State building back there?!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

Oh how I love photographing beautiful brides and their sparkly Jimmy Choo’s!

A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza

Oh Heidi, you are such a beautiful bride! Andrew is one lucky man!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

How cute is she?! I absolutely love her flower girl dress!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

Not only is Andrew a very handsome dude but he is one of the nicest people you’ll meet… Yup, Heidi is one lucky lady!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

Some of the fun gifts given to the groomsmen and ring bearer!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza

Bridal portraits in The Plaza lobby

Here comes what was easily my favorite first look of the season, at Grand Central Terminal amongst a crowd of people…

epic first look in grand central station

Grand Central Station wedding portraits

Heidi and Andrew’s wedding party watched from the balcony!

Grand Central Station wedding portraits

Grand Central Station wedding portraits

I’m not gonna lie… I was very worried about shooting bride and groom portraits in Grand Central! When we have a limited time for couples portraits I like being able to control the background, in this case I knew we’d be dealing with hundreds of moving people. What I never in a million years would have predicted is 1. Just how much those people in the background added to the pictures (especially the first look image above!) and 2. How courteous people were about stepping out of the way when asked (politely of course). The result ended up being some of my favorite couples portraits of the season!

Grand Central Station wedding portraits

Grand Central Station wedding portraits

Grand Central Wedding Portrait

And I’m going to stop right here and break this beautiful New York City wedding into two parts! Check back tomorrow for images from Central Park and their epic sunset wedding ceremony + dance party on a yacht!

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