When Raymond e-mailed us from Texas saying he was planning to get eloped to Nadia, the love of his life, at Top of the Rock in New York City, we knew it was going to be a very memorable experience. And it certainly was, shooting on the coldest day of the year in sub-freezing temperatures at 850 feet above Rockefeller Center!
Top of the Rock is the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Center, the 39th tallest building in the U.S.A. which also serves as the headquarters of NBC Studios. It is a favorite venue for couples getting eloped in NYC, and traditional wedding ceremonies can be staged there too.
Our day started in the lobby of 30 Rock where we waited on line with hundreds of tourists under the Joie Chandelier, a beautiful crystal artwork created by Swarovski. But more about this in a bit.
On the observation deck, our cameras started clicking on our lovely bride Nadia — and yes you’re seeing right, she did brave below freezing temperatures in that gorgeous, sleeveless wedding dress.
With the sun rapidly setting and the air growing chillier, our groom Raymond arrived in the company of officiant Gregg Kits, also known as “The Wedding Man”.
A detail we really found endearing about this elopement was that at the last minute, Nadia’s parents found out about the couple’s plans and tagged along for the trip. Here’s Nadia’s dad giving the bride away.
And here’s her mom taking snapshots along with a solid wall of sightseers who got attend a wedding along with their price of admission.
And here’s Nadia’s sister and best friend getting teary eyed.
Their vows were very heartfelt, and we even teared up when Raymond promised to always to put Nadia ahead of his work.
After their first kiss as husband and wife, night came very quickly but that didn’t stop us from shooting and capturing our couple against the one and only NYC skyline.
Frozen through and through, we headed back down to the ground floor. Along the way, we captured this image of the view through the glass ceiling of the elevators servicing Top of the Rock.
And now for that Swarovski chandelier. Before heading off to a quiet dinner with the bride’s family, Nadia and Raymond wanted some unique imagery to always remember their special moment in Rockefeller Center. We set them up in an impromptu dance under the chandelier. You’d never know there was an audience of hundreds of people and that there wasn’t any dance music. The music that kept them moving came from their own hearts, and it was magic.
Finally, before heading into Bar Sixty Five at the Rainbow Room, we took these images in front of the Christmas trees decorating the lower concourse. When a couple loves each other as much as Nadia and Raymond, our job seems so easy.
Congratulations to you both Nadia and Raymond as you head back to Texas to build your lives together as husband and wife. We were so honored to have been there with, and your love kept us warm on the coldest day in December!
PHOTOGRAPHY Duetimage Photography
VENUE Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center
OFFICIANT Gregg Kits
GUITARIST Lou Mavroudis
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