Gay Marriage in NYC | lauren colchamiro photography

Gay Marriage NYCYesterday I had the opportunity to photograph a momentous day in NYC’s history, on behalf of Metro – same-sex nuptials were FINALLY legal in the state! Over 400 couples were wed, and I was smack in the middle of the celebrations at the Manhattan City Clerk’s Office. Armed with my lovely assistant David, I woke up bright and early and was waiting outside by 8am with a crowd of 300 to 500 people. Throughout the day, I snapped photos of happy couples while David interviewed them and we live-blogged the entire event on Metro’s website. Check out the coverage replay here!

It was a truly beautiful day, sunny and clear skies despite the thunderstorm warnings. I met couples that had been together for over 40 years, finally officially tying the knot. I met their friends and families, and everyone had huge smiles plastered across their faces.

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Counting down ’til they open the doors:
Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

People were there giving out free water, which was amazing since it was 100 degrees out!Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

David got friendly with one of the Captains of the NYPD! That guy was awesome!Gay Marriage NYC

We met the majority of the couples we spoke to BEFORE they actually entered the office, since that’s where everyone was lined up. The exits to the building were all blockaded off , but people were allowed to stand across the street and watch. As each couple exited, they were met with screams, applause, and the music of a live string quartet! If they crossed the street to their adoring fans, they got confetti thrown on them and more cheering. It was amazing to see everyone so happy. What an amazing day and how lucky I am to have been there documenting it!

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC

Gay Marriage NYC


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