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Our Rockaway Beach NYC Wedding | Part One

An insight into why we choose Rockaway Beach for our wedding

The Planning Processes

We had initially planned on having one ceremony in one city, but after a few unforeseeable events, we decided to split our celebration into three different events. We choose to have our first wedding ceremony in New York City. As a couple, we had a lot of favorite spots, so it was hard to decide where our wedding would be and where we would take our photos. We eventually landed on Rockaway Beach. Some of our first memories as a couple were on the beach, and we love the water, so it was essential for us to be near it while we made our vows to each other.

We rented a bunch of Airbnbs for all our friends from out of town and spent a glorious weekend together. Luckily we had good weather (which is good because we didn’t have a plan B), and our dear friend Pooja, which is the person that introduced Tarun and me, helped us pull off the wedding details. The amazing part? The entire ceremony space cost us only $25 for the permit.

The Morning

On the morning of the wedding, I got to sit on the beach with my closest friends and relax before getting ready in an eclectic beach house right by our ceremony location. My friends are so darn talented, and it was important to have them be a part of our wedding in a unique way. Sarah Patch did my makeup, Kaytlyn Cockrell did my hair, and Marissa Bero did our flowers.

While Tarun was getting ready, our friend, Nate, led the charge in clearing off a spot for us on the beach. It was a gorgeous Saturday, so it was super crowded, but because I photograph elopements in the city all the time, I love that New York feeling of being surrounded by strangers and possible friends.

The Ceremony

It was vital for me to have a wedding where we could walk to everything, and I also wanted snacks and drinks for our friends to have while they were waiting for our short ceremony to begin. After we finished getting ready, we walked to the beach, and I was so nervous. I’ve photographed so many weddings, but I had never been the bride in one. It was an out of body experience seeing all our friends in one spot sitting on blankets, and walking towards each other at one of our favorite places.

We had our dear friend M’elissa officiated the wedding, and she killed it. I was so nervous, so having her up there with us helped so much.

The Reception

After the ceremony, we hugged all the people we love, and they started the five-minute walk to the reception at Community House Restaurant. We snuck away and got some photos before the sun went down. And then we joined the party, ate way too many lobster rolls, and danced the night away. We gave away plants as a wedding gift, and our friends still send us text messages with photos of how our little plant babies are doing.

Thanks for letting me share about our beach wedding day in New York City!

Our Favorite Wedding Photos

Wedding Dress: Sally Eagle

Suite: Suits Supply

Shoes: No 6. and Birkenstock

Photography: Sidney Morgan

Hair: Kaytlyn Cockrell

Makeup: Sarah Patch

Flowers: Marissa Bero

Ceremony: Rockaway Beach, NYC

Reception: Community House Restaurant, NYC

Lodging: Airbnb

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What People Are Saying


Emily Reid

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Bethany inconspicuously captured the happiest and most spontaneous moments during the evening. She's wonderful - professional, personable & kind.

Camille Feliz

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Bethany is highly skilled at following her intuition on when to engage with guests, and when to step back and allow everything to just be, she demonstrated this balance all weekend beautifully.

Lauren Sperber

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Organized and dedicated, Bethany made sure we got everything we wanted.

Emily Okey

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She made us feel natural in front of the camera and captured moments we had missed. We will cherish these photographs forever.

Lisa Boral

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Bethany is kind and calming, smoothly handling every moment, even calming the stressful ones.

Clara Cotton

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She was there with me, advocating for me, and helping me feel calm! The photos that resulted are beyond beautiful. I will treasure them forever!

Johnna Yates

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Bethany is a joy to work with. She was always looking out for ways to capture the range of relationships and emotions throughout the day.

John Williams

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She's professional, communicative, open, warm, and she made us feel so comfortable

Tracy Tran

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Bethany was laser-focused on telling our story through our photographs and worked with our budget. She captured candids perfectly so we could enjoy the moments we missed during our busy day. Her work is natural & organic.

Faiz Osman

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Something to consider for couples with different skin tones, she knows how to make you both look great! It's not about an "arty" shot; it's about the reason you're gathered together.

Ashley Heyburn

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One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was having Bethany photograph it. She listened to our vision, of capturing the feeling of the day, and nailed the execution.