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Is there any giddier place than City Hall in Manhattan, where people gather every day to get married? Our photographer Christine Han and I stopped by this month and talked to seven couples who were about to tie the knot. Here’s what they said…

Michael and Megan

How did you meet?
Megan: Tinder — we swiped!
Michael: We went to Tip Top Bar in Brooklyn. I had concert plans after so I said, ‘I have to go.’
Megan: I was so shocked. But it made me like him more.

What are you doing after this?
Megan: We’re going to find a Jewish deli and get some borscht. We also have tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld tonight. It’s a very New-York-wedding kind of day.

Cait and Vianney

Where did you find your dress?
Cait: Rent the Runway. He helped me choose this dress. He’s my stylist!

What do you love about each other?
Vianney: Everything.
Cait: That, too.

Fitch and Ashley

Where did you meet?
Fitch: We met on a lesbian dating app called ‘Her.’ The opening line of our first conversation was a sexy shooting star emoji.

What drew you to each other?
Ashley: She’s so smart.
Fitch: She lets me be free. She’s a hell of a lot of fun. And she has a cute butt.

Edo and Thuy

What was your first date like?
Edo: Our first date was on a November evening. I texted her to confirm our date, and she didn’t respond. Then, 20 minutes before I got off work, she said she and her friend were at a bar. Her friend was her backup. We talked a lot about art. We had disagreements.
Thuy: We were debating it.
Edo: Her friend kept interrupting to keep it light. Later, I asked if I could kiss her and she said, Nope.
Thuy: Not yet!
Edo: Then we spent the whole night talking until 4 a.m.

Sade and Segun

Did you hit it off right away?
Segun: A little bit!
Sade: We met at work and went to the diner on our first date.

Who is this little one?
Segun: Our four-year-old daughter. She’s so excited.

Christina and Shady

How long have you know each other?
Christina: We started dating in June and, from that moment, we were inseparable. Things moved quickly —now we’re getting married!

Why did you hit it off so immediately?
Christina: He prays with me and brings out the best in me.
Shady: I love how crazy she is! Everyone is crazy to a certain extent but she is so passionate and real. I would never want to take that away from her.

Todd and Rachel

What do you love about each other?
Rachel: He’s really goofy without trying to be and the nicest person in the world.
Todd: She’s very sweet, and I feel smarter just by being around her. And she’s hilarious. And pleasant.
Rachel: Yes, very pleasant!

Congratulations to all these lovely couples!

P.S. My friend’s wedding overalls, and 11 wedding dos and don’ts.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

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Noelle

January 6, 2020 5:52pm 5:52 pm

This post made my day! It’s very “When Harry Met Sally” :)

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Emma

January 2, 2020 2:28pm 2:28 pm

Yesssss city hall weddings!! I got married in May at the city hall in San Francisco and it was the BEST. There is such great energy there and it can be exactly what you want it to be, no stressing about things that don’t actually matter to you. I had the dress of my dreams and a great photographer and a simple bouquet my dad made for me and didn’t have to make seating charts or buy invitations. Afterwards we all went out for a drink at the ferry building, stopped by a playground so my nieces could run around a bit before we all stuffed ourselves with Chinese food for dinner!

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Sydni Jackson

December 27, 2019 12:34pm 12:34 pm

The joy in the faces of the last couple!! Made me tear up.

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Gemma Grover

December 21, 2019 1:01am 1:01 am

I had a hard day and this brought a smile to my face. Thank you!

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December 19, 2019 7:00pm 7:00 pm

This just made me happy. So, so much love. We got married by the mayor of a small town outside of Philadelphia.

We just loved seeing all the other couples there that evening.

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Jane

Reply to Sherry

December 22, 2019 5:45pm 5:45 pm

By any chance was it at Yerkes? I was married there many years ago and just googled them. The place looks EXACTLY the same.

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Alex Messina-Schultheis

December 19, 2019 2:00pm 2:00 pm

I love this SO much. Can this be a reoccurring thing?! I could read posts like this over and over again. :)

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Alex Messina-Schultheis

December 19, 2019 2:33pm 2:33 pm

we’d love to do more!

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Lauren

December 19, 2019 9:48am 9:48 am

This is so wonderful! I’m single, but would love to get married like this one day :-) I wish all of these couples the very best!

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Katharina

December 19, 2019 2:50am 2:50 am

Love this post!

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t

December 19, 2019 12:53am 12:53 am

There are lesbian dating apps now! Amazing and awesome. My wife and I wanted so bad to get married in NYC city hall but alas it wasn’t legal at the time. We got married in CT. But no complaints because the world has progressed.

Beautiful people

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Reply to t

December 20, 2019 4:35am 4:35 am

My mother and her wife got married in two states. First, it wasn’t legal in their home state, so they went elsewhere, then when it became legal, they did it again at home!

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KC

December 18, 2019 10:15pm 10:15 pm

Just read through the profiles and thought how funny it is that total strangers sharing a big, personal celebratory moment can be so uplifting to me, on my phone, in bed 1,000 miles away. I’m actually smiling ear to ear! Thanks for the post, and my heartfelt congratulations to all the lovely couples!

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M

December 18, 2019 4:22pm 4:22 pm

I love this post. Thank you for asking the questions I’d wish were socially acceptable to ask if I were in a place like that, and publishing the answers for all of us to read!

More, please! It made me happy!

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jane

December 18, 2019 4:01pm 4:01 pm

What a diverse group! I am in love with Todd and Rachel, may their happiness with each other last forever! Likewise all!

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Elisabeth

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December 19, 2019 8:28am 8:28 am

This is awesome! I’m going there on Monday to get married :)

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Milly

December 18, 2019 1:55pm 1:55 pm

Lovely idea, and beautiful couples. We’re from the uk and got married at city hall in 2002 – we “borrowed” our witness from the couple behind – she had the lovely name of Katiusca Ferreira and I regret that I have never tracked her down to say thanks. We’re v happily married, with two kids, and would observe three things (1) the excitement of NY’ers at meeting/ seeing tourists married in their city was very moving, some 6 months after 9/11 (2) US border control do not like people with wedding dresses arriving at JFK, though better when you point out the groom has a UK passport (3) sending postcards home that say “PS we got married this morning” is a sure fire way to annoy your family and friends

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Katherine

December 18, 2019 12:48pm 12:48 pm

Love love love love this

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Natasa

December 18, 2019 11:53am 11:53 am

Once I saw a new york city hall wedding post here on cup of jo and said to myself, I need to find a guy who will want to marry me here. A few years after, I found the man who became my husband in this very place. We’re from Vienna, Austria and looking into our wedding day photo book is one of my favorite things to do.

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Michelle

December 18, 2019 11:35am 11:35 am

This is awesome but can you do some outfit posts for Christina and Shady? I love their style!

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Joanna R

Reply to Michelle

December 18, 2019 10:58pm 10:58 pm

I second that request!

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Carter

December 18, 2019 11:31am 11:31 am

This was great!! Would love to see this again.

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Liz

December 18, 2019 11:19am 11:19 am

Can’t help but smile at this!!

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carolyn

December 18, 2019 11:03am 11:03 am

My heart is so full of joy! This was such a beautiful post! I do also hope you will do it again. Especially knowing how dreary the weather was yesterday I love imagining these couples having beautiful, happy, loved-filled days together.

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Heather

December 18, 2019 9:58am 9:58 am

“Yes, also the butt.” Ha!

This feels like a fun throwback/full circle to Joanna’s early career at Cosmopolitan, “where my editorial responsibilities included stopping good-looking men on the street and asking them funny questions.” As a shy introvert, I can’t imagine going up to strangers and asking them questions, but I love that you used your extrovert/professional superpowers to do it on our behalf!

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Heather

December 18, 2019 11:16am 11:16 am

haha yes! it was like the old days! :)

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jrg

December 18, 2019 9:51am 9:51 am

every single couple’s outfits are amazing!

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Amanda

December 18, 2019 8:55am 8:55 am

As an engaged person who a) doesn’t really stan wedding content, b) does not have any type of money or family money for a wedding, and c) looooves love, I adore this post.

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Amanda

December 18, 2019 11:16am 11:16 am

<3

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December 18, 2019 8:12am 8:12 am

I love this. It’s something I’ve always loved the idea of doing, the fact that there is zero pressure of guest lists, menus and seating arrangements. I also love the fact that it can just be the two of you (it would be three including our daughter),
All I’d want is a nice beautiful dress and a photographer to take the pictures for us, and proceed to have a wonderful honeymoon somewhere tropical.

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Luísa

December 18, 2019 7:57am 7:57 am

please!!!!!!

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Em

December 18, 2019 6:17am 6:17 am

Awh I love this post! I think this should definitely be a repeat :)

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Jen

December 18, 2019 4:49am 4:49 am

Yay! My husband and I got married in NYC City Hall and had the best time! We were living in Saudi Arabia at the time and came to the city for one day before we left again for our honeymoon. I love seeing pictures of other people’s weddings there because it makes me feel like I’m a part of a big, diverse community of love!

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agnes

December 18, 2019 4:49am 4:49 am

yes to a regular post of these! They look so perfect! I suppose it’s love radiating from each couple… those photos and interviews are uplifting. That last dress, LOOOOOve it!!

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to agnes

December 18, 2019 11:16am 11:16 am

would love to do this again when it’s sunny so we can photograph them outside!

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G

December 18, 2019 12:40am 12:40 am

So sweet. We had a New York City Hall wedding before our traditional ceremony because #greencard. It was so fun people watching and seeing what the other couples were wearing and doing. It might be the happiest place in Manhattan :)

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December 17, 2019 11:59pm 11:59 pm

Ouu I see the Nigerians!!!!

Really lovely post.

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Steph

December 17, 2019 11:44pm 11:44 pm

So fun!! ♥️♥️

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Jane

December 17, 2019 11:21pm 11:21 pm

Omg! We are coming to NY with our 3 kids next to get married at city hall. This post makes me so excited!!!
Thank you!!!

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Jane

December 18, 2019 11:17am 11:17 am

that’s so exciting, jane!!

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Kelly

December 17, 2019 10:31pm 10:31 pm

So good. I actually read this twice so I could look at all the pics one more time! Congratulations to all of these couples! I wish them all the best!

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Amber J

December 17, 2019 10:13pm 10:13 pm

This was so lovely to read! I giggled at them all. Thank you!

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Amy

December 17, 2019 9:53pm 9:53 pm

Heartwarming and charming and just what I needed this chilly Tuesday!

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Kirsten S Suer

December 17, 2019 9:44pm 9:44 pm

I love that the last couple love that the other is pleasant. Being married for nearly 20 years, I think such a characteristic – exuding a sense of happiness, being considerate, likable – is helpful. With the addition of children, jobs, and other assorted responsibilities, it can be difficult to remember at times, but being nice to one another makes a relationship sustainable.

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Courtney

December 17, 2019 9:35pm 9:35 pm

I love this post! I also love how different they all are!! Super refreshing.

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Mila

December 17, 2019 9:27pm 9:27 pm

Loved reading these! Please make it a regular feature on the blog!

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SG

Reply to Mila

December 18, 2019 6:08am 6:08 am

Yes- I agree!! And a little more info about each of them please!! Congrats to all the couples. This definitely put a smile on my face in such a bitter news world.

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Lauren

December 17, 2019 9:03pm 9:03 pm

I went to high school with Megan from the first photo! What a cool surprise to see her on here! She (and her husband) look so lovely and happy. ?

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Lauren

December 18, 2019 11:17am 11:17 am

what a small world!

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Laura

December 17, 2019 8:43pm 8:43 pm

Joining the chorus of people who would love to see this as a regular feature!

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Alex

December 17, 2019 7:53pm 7:53 pm

We got married there! It’s amazing. I recommend it to anyone I know who gets engaged. Congrats to the happy couples!

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GJ

December 17, 2019 6:36pm 6:36 pm

Wow, I really adored this. What a great idea for a post!

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Louisa

December 17, 2019 5:43pm 5:43 pm

Visit San Francisco City Hall!! I got married there on a Tuesday by Judge Mary. :) THE BEST.

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Jules

Reply to Louisa

December 17, 2019 6:07pm 6:07 pm

I eloped on a Tuesday, too! ❤

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Reply to Louisa

December 17, 2019 7:57pm 7:57 pm

Was she a little old lady? I think she’s the one who married us in September, loved her!

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Louisa

Reply to Louisa

December 17, 2019 11:04pm 11:04 pm

Daniela – yes!

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jane

Reply to Louisa

December 18, 2019 4:06pm 4:06 pm

Would be interesting to hear marriage stories from the City Hall judges – surely there must be some interesting ones!

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Caitlyn

December 17, 2019 5:36pm 5:36 pm

Yay! We got married at NYC city hall and our anniversary is coming up on Feb. 29th (our first “real” anniversary since we married on Leap Day). I love this! The atmosphere there really was amazing and contagious. We didn’t realize we needed a witness and another couple’s parents stepped in for us! It was such a wonderful communal moment. LOVE!

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Eleanor

December 17, 2019 5:17pm 5:17 pm

I could read a million of these!! It’s like humans of New York but with the happiest twist!

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Mercy

Reply to Eleanor

December 17, 2019 9:06pm 9:06 pm

I completely agree! I want more! haha

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Neela

December 17, 2019 4:52pm 4:52 pm

Perfect counterpoint to the previous article, for those of us who maybe can’t handle the sad. Thanks for being such an amazing and and thoughtful team ❤

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Neela

December 18, 2019 11:18am 11:18 am

xoxo

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Nade

December 17, 2019 4:46pm 4:46 pm

Omg! The daughter of Sade and Segun is the cutest thing ever! Love her outfit, too. As well as her parents’

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Danna

Reply to Nade

December 17, 2019 5:20pm 5:20 pm

I came here to say just that. She’s adorable and I love her shiny gold shoes!

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jeannie

December 17, 2019 4:39pm 4:39 pm

I love ALL of these! Congratulations and best wishes to you all! Fun to see all the beautiful dresses and happy faces!

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Kim

December 17, 2019 4:27pm 4:27 pm

Yes to the suggestion of this being a monthly feature!

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Maria

Reply to Kim

December 17, 2019 11:58pm 11:58 pm

Weekly!!!! :)

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lauren

December 17, 2019 4:25pm 4:25 pm

My husband and I got married at City Hall! I was very nervous and misheard the justice of the peace when she greeted us, and it sounded like she said, “Lauren and Joe, you guys are the best.” “That’s really nice of her to say,” I thought, “but I sure hope none of the other couples overhear her and feel bad!”

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Alice Noriega

December 17, 2019 4:25pm 4:25 pm

Loved this story. Was wanting to know even more about the couples…but you gave us just enough. Bravo! ?

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Leah

December 17, 2019 4:20pm 4:20 pm

Omg love this!! You can feel the happiness through the screen and that’s just what I needed while I sit here at my desk :) Please do this again sometime!

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Kate

December 17, 2019 4:10pm 4:10 pm

Congratulations to the happy couples!

My husband and I got married at City Hall almost exactly two years ago (in December 2017) and the whole city felt magical (The snow! The lights! The holiday festivities!)

Our family came to celebrate with us, and ended up chatting with the young couple behind us in line, who’d come from overseas—just the two of them—to tie the knot. My mom (a hobby photographer) took pictures for them, and my little brother (tidied up in a suit!) acted as their witness. More than anything, I love the sense of community a City Hall wedding can foster.

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Nikki

December 17, 2019 4:06pm 4:06 pm

GUYS! I got married at the magistrate office and it was the best. We have a big ceremony planned for April but due to military orders I needed to get on we did the legal stuff a month ago.

Highlights:
– Only my best friend knew it was happening that morning. I needed help picking out an outfit so she came over. She brought a bouquet. A special surprise.
– Our witnesses were strangers, we witnessed theirs and vice versa. We were all married in front of a cheesy beach mural.
– It was super romantic, just us. I didn’t think it would be so special, but those two minutes were perfect. It was fun that we felt no pressure before or after- just us in that moment.
– Afterwards, we were going to a nice restaurant but one doesn’t exist in our military town so we ate cheese and crackers and drank really nice champagne. That night we ordered pizza.
I’m excited to marry him again in April in front of our family and friends. We’ve told a few select few people but overall it’s just a fun romantic secret. I call him my husband under the covers.

I highly recommend getting married before you get married.

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Nikki

December 18, 2019 11:18am 11:18 am

nikki, that’s so romantic!

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NK

December 17, 2019 4:06pm 4:06 pm

Love this! My husband and I went to City Hall in NYC to get our marriage license before our wedding and it was one of the most fun experiences ever. Everyone is in an amazing mood, people are all dressed up and either with their families or just with each other. I could have stayed there all day, it was so amazing! It’s probably a pretty fun job to work there too.

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Pat in Chicago

December 17, 2019 3:51pm 3:51 pm

Really loved this post. What is better than love!

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Kate

December 17, 2019 3:48pm 3:48 pm

I love this… but, logistical question. Are the people posing in front of a big picture of city hall? Is this located in city hall itself?

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Kate

December 17, 2019 3:49pm 3:49 pm

oh yes! it’s a big photo backdrop in the main lobby. it’s a fun tradition to take a photo there! :) here are my friends’ photos, so you can see more of the space: https://cupofjo.com/2011/08/new-york-city-hall-wedding/

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ks

December 17, 2019 3:42pm 3:42 pm

my heart needed this joy. why do i love weddings like this so much? xx

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lisa

December 17, 2019 3:35pm 3:35 pm

ooooooh please make this a regular feature! congratulations to all the happy couples here!

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Elle

December 17, 2019 3:28pm 3:28 pm

This should be a monthly feature! So fun!

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Joanna Goddard

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Reply to Elle

December 17, 2019 3:28pm 3:28 pm

i could have stayed there all day! it’s such great vibes :)

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Ashley

Reply to Elle

December 17, 2019 3:57pm 3:57 pm

Seconded!

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AR

Reply to Elle

December 17, 2019 4:32pm 4:32 pm

Yes. Full support for this being a regular feature. I could read about these weddings daily :-) So much joy

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Kat

Reply to Elle

December 17, 2019 4:47pm 4:47 pm

I fully support this!

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Sarah

Reply to Elle

December 17, 2019 11:14pm 11:14 pm

It might be neat to see this in other cities from time to time too. I have all the warm fuzzies from this post!

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Sarah

December 17, 2019 3:21pm 3:21 pm

Favorite post in a while! No shade to the others, just got so much joy out of this!!!

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Sadie

December 17, 2019 3:19pm 3:19 pm

This is such a fun post. Great idea :)

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Mags

December 17, 2019 3:18pm 3:18 pm

This is the best. I love that it is regular people (ok, regular NY people) on one of their best, happiest days. I just love everything about it.

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Sasha

December 17, 2019 3:17pm 3:17 pm

I love all the outfits! I got married at the courthouse (although in California, not NYC) and it was just the best day, I would do it the exact same way 100x over again.

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CAnn

December 17, 2019 3:15pm 3:15 pm

So lovely! Please consider making this a regular feature. The world needs to read more love stories!

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Becky

Reply to CAnn

December 17, 2019 3:22pm 3:22 pm

Oo I agree!!!

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Courtney

Reply to CAnn

December 18, 2019 9:06am 9:06 am

I love all the comments requesting this to be a regular feature – but I have to say, I’d love to see partners included in love stories who aren’t married (I understand why that wouldn’t have worked for this particular post, but I’m thinking into future possibilities). I have been with my partner for 6 years, we intend for it to be forever, with no intention making it a legal thing/officially getting married. It would be refreshing other people like us.

I loved all the happy vibes in this post!

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