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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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NYC Waterfront Wedding Photography Locations

New York City offers a stunning array of waterfront locations perfect for wedding photography. The city’s diverse waterfronts provide breathtaking backdrops that can elevate your wedding photos to new heights. Here’s a guide to some of the best NYC waterfront wedding photography locations.

Two grooms in tuxedos embrace, smiling, with a city skyline and river in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Overview: Brooklyn Bridge Park offers iconic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the East River. This park provides a mix of greenery and industrial charm, making it an ideal spot for wedding photos. The park stretches along 85 acres of waterfront and includes various piers, each with unique features and views, allowing for a wide range of photo opportunities.


•Pebble Beach with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

•Jane’s Carousel for a whimsical touch.

•Pier 1 with sweeping views of the skyline and the river.

dumbo photo locations pylons behind hotel


Overview: The DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) area is known for its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and striking views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. It’s a favorite spot for couples looking for urban and waterfront aesthetics. The combination of gritty urban elements and beautiful waterfront views provides a unique contrast that makes photos stand out.


•Empire Fulton Ferry with its stunning views of the bridges.

•The historic Tobacco Warehouse.

•The iconic view from Washington Street with the Manhattan Bridge in the background.

Summer bride and groom walking in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Gantry Plaza State Park

Overview: In Long Island City, Gantry Plaza State Park offers panoramic views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. The park features unique gantries, beautifully landscaped gardens, and piers extending into the river. Its modern, industrial vibe, combined with lush greenery, makes it a versatile location for capturing different moods and styles.


•The iconic Pepsi-Cola sign.

•The piers with unobstructed views of the city.

•The lush lawns and waterfront paths.\

wedding day portraits two grooms long island city

South Street Seaport

Overview: South Street Seaport combines historic charm with modern waterfront views. The cobblestone streets, historic ships, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River make it a versatile location for wedding photography. This area is rich in history and provides a nostalgic feel, perfect for couples who appreciate the blend of old and new.


•Historic ships and piers.

•The scenic views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

•The charming, historic buildings and streets.

Newlyweds in New York pose for a photo in front of the Brooklyn Bridge on their wedding day.

Liberty State Park

Overview: Although technically in New Jersey, Liberty State Park offers unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. It’s a spacious location that provides a mix of urban and natural settings. The park’s vast open spaces and waterfront paths allow for a variety of photo compositions, from intimate couple shots to grand, sweeping vistas.


•The Liberty Landing Marina.

•The scenic views of the Statue of Liberty.

•The expansive lawns and waterfront paths.

A couple walks hand in hand with the New York skyline behind them, their casual yet stylish outfits complemented by the warm sunset lighting

Battery Park

Overview: Battery Park, located at the southern tip of Manhattan, provides serene waterfront views and historic monuments. It’s a picturesque location with views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The park’s well-maintained gardens, historic fortifications, and peaceful atmosphere make it an excellent choice for couples seeking a blend of history and natural beauty in their photos.


•Castle Clinton National Monument.

•The waterfront promenade with views of the harbor.

•The tranquil gardens and historic statues.

A bride and groom standing on a dock with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, capturing their memorable wedding in New York.

Roosevelt Island

Overview: Roosevelt Island, situated in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, offers unique perspectives of the city’s skyline. The island’s parks and promenades provide peaceful settings for wedding photography. Its relative seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the city offers a more relaxed environment, ideal for capturing intimate moments.


•Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

•The views of the Queensboro Bridge.

•The scenic promenades along the river.

Smiling bride and groom with Manhattan skyline

Tips for Waterfront Wedding Photography

1. Timing: Plan your photoshoot around the golden hours (just after sunrise or before sunset) to capture the best lighting. The soft, warm light during these times enhances the natural beauty of the scene and provides flattering light for portraits. Additionally, early morning or late afternoon shoots can help avoid the harsh midday sun, which can create unflattering shadows and highlights.

2. Permits: Check if you need permits for photography in these locations, especially for larger groups or extensive setups. Some popular spots may require advanced booking or have specific rules regarding professional photography. It’s important to confirm these details to avoid any disruptions on the day of the shoot.

3. Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and have a backup plan in case of rain. Waterfront locations can be particularly affected by weather, with winds and sudden changes being common. Consider having umbrellas or a nearby indoor location ready to ensure the shoot can continue smoothly regardless of the weather.

4. Comfort: Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk, as some locations involve moving between different spots. Waterfront areas can have uneven terrain, cobblestone paths, or long stretches between picturesque spots. Ensuring comfort for you and I will help maintain energy and enthusiasm throughout the shoot.

Sanctuary Roosevelt Island Wedding portrait with the tram


NYC’s waterfront locations offer a diverse range of backdrops that can enhance your wedding photography with stunning views and unique settings. Whether you prefer the iconic views from Brooklyn Bridge Park or the serene landscapes of Liberty State Park, there’s a perfect spot for every couple. Consider incorporating these beautiful waterfront locations into your wedding photography to capture the essence of New York City and create unforgettable memories. With the right planning and preparation, you can make the most of these picturesque venues and enjoy a seamless, enjoyable photography experience.

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