DUMBO First Look First Look 2 First Look NYC Wedding Battery Gardens Wedding Bridal Party Battery Gardens Wedding Looks of love

NYC Wedding Battery Gardens Wedding CloseupCeremony Details Battery Gardens Wedding Ceremony Battery Gardens Wedding Groom sees Bride Ceremony Space

The best part about a Battery Gardens Wedding—pedestrians can stop and watch you declare your love!

Battery Gardens Wedding Vows Battery Gardens Wedding Kiss Battery Gardens Wedding Ceremony Brooklyn Battery Gardens Wedding Bridal Party Battery Gardens Wedding Battery Gardens Wedding DUMBO Battery Gardens Wedding GroomBattery Gardens Wedding Walking Dumbo Manhattan Bridge Earings Battery Gardens Wedding Boutonieer Battery Gardens Wedding Looks of love Hands Family Battery Gardens Wedding Reception Centerpiece NYC Wedding Guests NYC Wedding

Dane’s brother showed so much love during his speech.

Statue of Liberty

Dane & Carolyn’s Battery Gardens wedding took place on a warm October afternoon in NYC.

Dane grew up in South Africa and recently came over to the United States, where he met Carolyn, a native New Yorker. Dane’s closest friends and family flew all the way from South Africa. Many of them had never been to the US before!

Dane and Carolyn wanted to take pictures in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in addition to Battery Park. After getting ready at their apartment (which had an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the roof,) we took the short trip to the bridge. We then headed to the wedding ceremony and reception at the Battery Garden’s Restaurant in the financial district.


Battery Gardens Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Tom Schelling Photography
Venue: Battery Gardens Restaurant

Florals: Masters and Co.

Cake: Peter Pan Doughnuts

Bride’s Dress: KittyChen Couture

Groom’s Suit: Bonobos

DJ: Hank Lane Music
Makeup / Hair: Beauty by Leeat
Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Invitations: Invitations and Beyond

Rings: Zales Emerald


Are you thinking about taking photographs in DUMBO, for your wedding? You might be interested in this article:

5 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos in DUMBO, Brooklyn

As a wedding photographer who frequently works in the Hudson Valley, Bear Mountain is one of my favorite locations to take photographs. The short drive from the base up to the Perkins Memorial Tower summit make it feel like you’re deep within the mountains. The best part is you’re only about 45 miles from NYC!

It was a beautiful day in November for Zach & Sam’s engagement session. We began at the summit and made our way into the surrounding areas to take photos.


Couple Love up close Zach looks at Sam Hands Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Twirl Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Kiss Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Closeup Zach Sam Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Formal Photo Piggy Back

I love the way these two look at each other!

Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Piggy Back Closeup Walking away Trees Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Hero Image

Zach and Sam’s outfits were on point—look at those colors!

Close up Candid moment Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Eyes Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Love Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Walking up Bear Mountain Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Sam Candid Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Behind Close up Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Top Bear Mountain Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Couple Look away Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer Double Exposure Looking at each other Holding hands Sunset


Here’s Zach describing how he and Sam met: “We actually went to school together all the way back to 1st grade. We didn’t really talk much until 7th grade when I asked Sam if she would go to a dance in Boston with me on our school field trip. We danced once together but we were both shy and it never amounted to anything more. Sam went away for college and I stayed in New York and we didn’t really talk for 2 years.

It wasn’t until Sam transferred schools and came home to Long Island and that we ended up right back in the same group of friends without even realizing. This reignited some old feelings for both of us and we found out how much we had in common. Cue endless nights driving around in my pickup truck, listening to Taylor Swift (side-note—yes!!!) We quickly became inseparable and fell more and more in love with each other!”


Looking for more inspiration? Check out these boards on Pinterest!

When it comes to Brooklyn wedding venues, few spots beat the W Loft Hotel for a beautiful rooftop view of that incredible New York City skyline. The glass walls all around the reception space will make sure your guests enjoy the view all night long. An added bonus is it also will protect you from the elements incase it rains!

Newly renovated and located in the heart of Williamsburg, this intimate wedding venue has easy access to the roof (for an incredibly photogenic ceremony). The roof access is located right next to the receptions space, so guests can easily switch between the two locations. The bring your own vendor approach means once you rent the space, you’re able to style the wedding you want down to the last detail.

I worked together with To The Nines Events and other talented vendors on this beautiful styled session to help give you inspiration when wedding planning. Enjoy!

NYC Skyline

The view from the roof of the W Loft Hotel. The entrance to the roof is located right next to the reception space. This gives you and your guests easy access!


Big beautiful windows means lots of natural light—perfect for photographs!

Groom Invitation Bride & Groom W Loft Wedding Cake

W Loft Wedding Flowers

Gorgeous ceremony florals provided by FDK Floral.


Have your ceremony outdoors, with the NYC skyline as your backdrop!

Love Bride Holding Hands Love Looking at her W Loft Wedding Up close

Beautiful sunsets over the NYC skyline means you don’t need to travel too far from your guests to take amazing photographs.

W Loft Wedding Intimate W Loft Wedding Bride Menu W Loft Wedding Sweetheart Table W Loft Wedding Laughing W Loft Wedding look at menu Over shoulder Kiss NYC


W Loft Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Tom Schelling Photography
Planner: To the Nines Events
Venue: The W Loft
Bride’s Dress: The Law Bridal
Florals: FDK Florals

Cake: Wild Flour NYC

Makeup & Hair: Samantha Agostino


Interested in more NYC Wedding Inspiration? You might like these:

Battery Garden’s Wedding | Dane & Carolyn

DUMBO, Brooklyn Wedding Adventure | Arleny & Daniel

5 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos in DUMBO, Brooklyn


For Mabel and Troy’s styled sunrise New York City Elopement in Central Park, we took photographs at the iconic Bethesda Fountain. Mabel, a designer, made her wedding dress herself—from scratch!

With hardly another person in sight, we captured some amazing images that looked like we were the only ones out and about in NYC.

Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding

The Loeb boathouse in the distance.

NYC Elopement Mabel & Troy

The famous Bow Bridge. During the day this location is packed, but at sunrise, we got it all to ourselves!

Couple NYC Elopement Bridge NYC Elopement Look at each other NYC Elopement Bow Bridge

I loved the way Mabel & Troy look at each other!

NYC Elopement Close Up Detail NYC Elopement Bow Bridge

Mabel works in fashion design. She made her wedding dress from scratch!

Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding Fountain NYC Elopement Hands NYC Elopement Fountain

Bethesda fountain is empty early in the morning.

NYC Elopement Hands Mabel looking Walking away

One of my favorite images from the session. I love the way they are looking at each other!

NYC Elopement hands NYC Elopement looking at each other Mabel solo shot

Mable showing off her custom made dress!

Mable laughing NYC Elopement hands Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding Bethesda Fountain Central Park Wedding Mable looking over shoulderBethesda environmental shot

If you’re looking for some other NYC sessions, check out these sessions for more in Central Park:

Central Park Engagement Session: Joe & Risa

NYC Engagement Photos: Ankita & Dhruv

Are you looking for some more NYC Elopement or wedding inspiration? Check out these boards on Pinterest!

Ankita & Dhruv’s engagement photos were taken in Central Park in NYC. Though our session was in NYC, Ankita is actually from Texas, and Dhruv from India.

Ankita & Dhruv wanted a pre-wedding session that embodied their love for New York—especially the beauty of NYC in the Fall. Since their wedding would be taking place in India, capturing their love in the states before their wedding was super important and our goal during the session.

When it comes to selecting a location in Central Park, Bethesda Fountain is alway a favorite of mine. Located right next to the Loeb Boathouse, this iconic spot is very photogenic. Because it can get very crowded, I always recommend a sunrise session to keep the crowds at bay and get the location all to yourself.

NYC Engagement Photos-1

Late Autumn colors in Central Park.

NYC Engagement Photos CoupleNYC Engagement Photos Autumn

The fall color was incredible!

NYC Engagement Photos NYC Engagement Photos NYC Engagement Photos cheek kiss Details NYC Engagement PhotosNYC Engagement Photos Dip

We had Bethesda Fountain all to ourselves. Also, these two were excellent dippers!

TreesNYC Engagement Photos Couple

I absolutely loved how their second outfit blended so perfectly with the fall color.

Vogue hand Dhruv Cheek KissVogue

Vogue, anyone?

Elegant Hand Traditional Dancing together


See more NYC engagement photos in these galleries:

Merrily & Eugene at Bethesda Fountain

Mabel & Troy’s Central Park Wedding Session

Joe & Risa at The Lake at Central Park

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these boards on Pinterest!

So what's next?

Set up a chat to talk about your amazing wedding plans.

Reserve your date.

Work together to create an unforgettable photography experience.

Years from now, you'll relive your memories with beautiful family heirlooms!


Let's talk about you and the details surrounding your wedding! 

Fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Having trouble with the contact form? Send us an email instead at: tom@tomschelling.com