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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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Yale Club: Wedding Venue Spotlight

The Yale Club at 50 Vanderbilt Ave. is a historic and elegant wedding venue offering an eclectic blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Originally built in 1915 as a club for Yale University alumni, this stunning Beaux-Arts building boasts a rich history and classical architecture that makes it a top choice for weddings in New York City.

Also? It’s just super pretty.

yale club wedding photos on roof

The venue’s grand ballroom is a standout feature, with its 24-foot ceilings, ornate moldings, and crystal chandeliers. The ballroom can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated dinner, and its ample space makes it ideal for large-scale weddings.

The Yale Club also offers several other event spaces, including the Trumbull Room. This is a more intimate space that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated dinner. The Trumbull Room features large windows that provide plenty of natural light and offer stunning views of the city.

Another popular spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions is the Rooftop Terrace. With its sweeping views of the city skyline and the Empire State Building, this outdoor space provides a picturesque backdrop for a romantic and memorable wedding day.  It’s especially excellent at sunset – that’s where the sunset image above was taken!

yale club wedding indoor ceremony location

Wedding photo locations in the Yale Club

The Yale Club also offers several locations for photo opportunities within the venue, including the grand staircase, which provides a striking setting for portraits – and y’all know I have never met a grand staircase that I didn’t love. The club’s elegant lobby and wood-paneled library (A LIBRARY!!!!) offer additional backdrops for timeless and classic wedding photographs. They’re also lovely, quiet, private spaces which I adore.

yale club wedding bride in library

Additional wedding photo locations near the Yale Club

In addition to the stunning indoor locations, the Yale Club’s location in Midtown Manhattan also provides plenty of nearby options for wedding photos. Here are some of the best wedding photography locations that aren’t too far away:

  • Grand Central Terminal: This iconic train station is a classic New York City landmark and provides a stunning backdrop for wedding photos. The terminal’s main concourse boasts soaring ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and a stunning clock that makes for a romantic and timeless setting.  Note: You DO need a permit for photos here and they WILL ask you to leave without one.  Don’t worry, I can help you navigate getting a permit!
  • Bryant Park: This lush green space is located just a few blocks from the Yale Club and offers a serene and tranquil setting for wedding photos. The park features beautiful gardens, fountains, and seating areas that make for charming backdrops.
  • The New York Public Library: This Beaux-Arts building is another iconic New York City landmark that offers plenty of photo opportunities outdoors.
  • Rockefeller Center: This bustling plaza is home to the famous ice skating rink and the iconic Christmas tree during the holiday season. The Art Deco architecture of the surrounding buildings provides a stunning backdrop for photos. The location offers plenty of opportunities for striking and creative shots.
  • The High Line: This elevated park offers stunning views of the city and the Hudson River and provides a fun and modern setting for wedding photos. The park features beautiful gardens, artwork, and seating areas that make for creative backdrops.
  • The Flatiron Building: This historic building, located just a few blocks from the Yale Club, is a must-see and iconic New York City landmark. Its triangular shape and Beaux-Arts architecture make for a distinctive and memorable backdrop for wedding photos.
  • Central Park: This expansive park offers endless opportunities for wedding photography, with its pretty gardens, lakes, and landmarks such as the Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge. The park’s natural beauty provides a timeless and romantic setting for wedding photos.
  • The Chrysler Building: This Art Deco skyscraper is one of the most iconic buildings in New York City and offers a striking backdrop for wedding photos. Its intricate details and stunning architecture make for a grand and memorable setting.
  • The Empire State Building: This famous skyscraper offers stunning views of the city and is a classic New York City landmark. Its Art Deco architecture and iconic

yale club wedding photographer

In conclusion, The Yale Club in New York City provides a lovely and luxurious setting for weddings, with its elegant architecture and rich history. The venue’s range of event spaces and central location make it a popular choice for couples looking for a classic New York City wedding. With so many beautiful locations for photos, both inside the club and in the surrounding city, it’s a true treat for a wedding photographer to experience!

yale club wedding first dance in ballroom

yale club wedding cake

yale club wedding portraits of the couple

yale club wedding getting ready in suite

yale club wedding invitation detail

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