In the age of social media, wedding images have taken on a new currency, with couples going to great lengths to capture moments on camera for eternity—and for their Instagram followers. Of course, when it comes to capturing scenic images for posterity, you can’t beat New York City. From the most beautiful wedding venues in NYC to the most picturesque wedding locations, we’ve rounded up our favorite places to capture your Instagram-worthy wedding glow.
89 East 42nd Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
New York, NY 10017
Images of Grand Central Station, considered a pinnacle of Beaux-Arts architecture, have been inspiring awe in even the most cynical New Yorkers since 1913. Unsurprisingly, it’s considered one of the city’s best wedding photo spots, and permits are not required for interior shots. You and your significant other will have fun recreating all the classic Grand Central Station photos, but be sure to pre-plan some additional creative options (hint: the hand-painted zodiac ceiling makes for a perfect backdrop.) Best time to go: weekdays between morning and afternoon rush-hours.
74th Street, West of Bethesda Terrace
New York, NY 10024
You don’t become one of the city’s most Instagrammed locations by accident; this elegant bridge has earned its place in the wedding albums of many a happy couple since 1862, before Instagram was a twinkle in Kevin Systrom’s eye. Your photographer is sure to be inspired!
DUMBO’s Washington Street
Washington and Water Streets
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The most photogenic spot in the most photogenic neighborhood of Brooklyn, this snapshot captures everything great about NYC: the brick buildings and the Manhattan Bridge create utter visual perfection. The only thing missing in the shot is a happy couple.
990 Washington Avenue at Crown Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
This picturesque park is a haven of natural beauty in our concrete jungle. Unsurprisingly, it’s also one of the most beautiful wedding venues in NYC. For photos that will make your Instagram account explode with a bouquet of “likes,” book this spot for your wedding during cherry blossom season in April. If you only want to take photos there, you’ll find permit information here.
Image via thefoundry.info
42-38 9th Street between 43rd Avenue and Queens Plaza South
Long Island City, NY 11101
The Foundry is the industrial-chic venue for the offbeat couple that wants to get married at a location with the perfect city backdrop. With gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge, and a vibrant greenhouse covered in ivy, The Foundry offers endless possibilities in the way of photographs. The space comes empty, so it’s a blank slate for your aesthetic vision.
Grand Central Parkway and Park Drive East
Queens, NY 11354
This park inspired millions of people when it was host to two twentieth-century world fairs, so it might just be that magical spot for your (much smaller) crowd. The largest park in Queens, Flushing Meadows contains plenty of spots perfect for photographing, from the art museum to the botanical gardens to the baseball stadium. Be sure and snap a photo by the Unisphere from the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
Considerations When Taking Photos
A few words to the wise, based on advice from real wedding photographers:
- Go in the morning or afternoon on a weekday: The crowds will be less overwhelming and the lighting will be better.
- Avoid the High Line: It’s always filled with tourists and it’s incredibly narrow, making it extremely difficult to attractively capture the space.
- Wear comfortable shoes: You will look and feel better in your shots if your feet don’t hurt during the shoot!