Weddings Around the Christmas Tree

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

It is true what they say….that New York is a magical place during the winter holidays. I am lucky enough to work a block away from Rockefeller Center. With the glorious Christmas tree and skating rink, it is at the heart of what makes the Big Apple so special this time of year. I must confess that I’ve taken it for granted, but I’m really trying to let it all soak in this year—from the Radio City spectacle to the well-choreographed decorations along Sixth Avenue.
Regularly, I am approached by a spirited couple who’d like to make Rock Center the backdrop for their wedding celebration. Whether in daylight or at night, I’m up for the task. I assure the couple that it is certainly doable, but there will be no privacy. That’s part of the fun, after all! There are no permits required, of course. And the best advice I can offer, is that the couple deploy someone, an officiant or friend, for instance, to stake out a little open spot for the ceremony. And it goes without saying that it’s key to have an enthusiastic photographer who will roll with the punches and jump in for creative, lively shots.

An added bonus of a ceremony by the tree (besides the joyful support and applause of onlookers) is the proximity to other great spots for photos, including Central Park.

The following weddings—of Dawn and Craig from California and Holly and Tim of Arkansas—took place in different holiday seasons. But, both were photographed by the wonderful John Mazlish. I’ve complemented John’s shots with various video clips of the area. I hope they capture the spirit of love and the spirit of the season!