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Whimsical New York City Wedding

Real Weddings

Contrary to popular, potentially-wedding-blog-induced belief, it doesn’t take a billion little details and years of planning to create a beautiful and unique wedding. The perfect example? This absolutely adorable couple from London, who flew to New York City for a wedding at the iconic NYC City Hall. Armed with a 1950s tea-length dress, a bunch of pastel balloons in lieu of flowers, and just seven guests, Sara and Bradley were married in their favorite city, and celebrated with an ice cream party. Allison Pense Photography captured the joyous, fun-filled day perfectly, and I’m so thrilled to share it with you!

{Vendors: Photography: Allison Pense Photography| Venues: New York City City Hall, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and The River Cafe| Bridal dress: vintage, from Bristol| Groom’s attire: REISS}

How dreamy is that last series of pictures? I love the bride’s sweet wave as her “bouquet” floated off into the sky! This wedding truly goes to show how little it really takes to make a wedding special–after all, the fact that it’s a wedding makes it special as it is. :) Thank you so much to Allison for letting me share these lovely pictures!








  1. The picture of just the bride holding the balloons w/ the city in the background is perfection! I hope they frame it! Gorgeous, sweet, and simplified–I love it!:)

  2. staleymc says:

    So gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing Lisa! I am in love!

  3. Dana Olson says:

    this is a nice reminder that a wedding isn’t about the details and how much money you spend, but being the the love of your life and making it official! i think ice cream and balloons take care of that pretty well :)

  4. Rhiannon says:

    What a gorgeous and sweet little affair that focuses on the most important part of any wedding; the marriage :)

  5. Crissy says:

    So sweet. Sometimes simpler is just better. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Amanda says:

    Oh, the balloons. They make my heart sing.

  7. Kristen says:

    SO CUTE!!! love all of it!

  8. Lena says:

    LOVE. I can’t resist a courthouse wedding!

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  10. sarah ross says:

    Oh this makes me want to jump on a plane and come to NYC! and that dress? Beautiful!

  11. Konstantina says:

    What else a newlywed couple can ask? Simple, loving and pretty wedding.

  12. […] you love this wedding, be sure to check out the New York City Hall wedding I posted last year–it has the same relaxed charm. Thank you so much to Delbarr for letting me […]


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