12 Couples, 12 Beautiful City Hall Weddings

These days, it’s sometimes difficult to see beyond the veil — past the choreographed YouTube-able dance down the aisle, past the matching bridesmaid dresses handmade by an indie designer in Fort Greene, past all the random cousins you haven’t seen since your 12th birthday. Sometimes, a wedding can easily feel more like gluten-free, off-white icing than actual cake. But, at the end of the day, a wedding is a celebration of you, your boo, and the bond you share. Everything else is just extra

Which is why we love a good City Hall wedding. It’s the “I Do” in its purest form — and a million times more romantic than any episode of Bridezilla we’ve ever seen. Plus, when you’re perched on the steps for a few days, like we were, you can see all this happiness take place about four dozen times — a good thing for any love-story addict. Now, scroll through to see our favorite couples who recently tied the knot. Now, excuse us while we go take care of that thing in our eye…

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Kaoru Kumatani asked Matthew Smith for directions coming out of the subway. Next thing you know…

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Kumatani is a user-experience designer.

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And Smith is a copywriter!

4

Now that’s a hemline!

5

No, this isn’t a Free People campaign image — it’s newly married couple Elle Malan and Jasmin Green.

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Don’t they look like they just belong together?

7

Converses do go with everything!

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Elle and Jasmin are both actresses, and met at acting school and connected at a party where they spent the whole evening locked in the bathroom. The rest is history!

9

Mark Kibutu and Sheila Nijiru met at work, where he’s an architect, and she’s a marketer.

10

Bling!

11

A red lip, a kohl-lined eye, and statement accessories to remember — that’s how you do a wedding look the right way!

12

Kathryn Hu and David Calderon met at a Wing Chun Kung Fu class five years ago.

13

That’s Converse pair number two already!

14

Feel that? That’s your heart melting.

 15

Daria Brit Greene owns Brass Tacks Culture engineering firm. Her man, Chris Greene, is a director. They met on OkCupid.

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How sweet does Daria look?

17

Gordon Bouler and London Smith met at a Georgia Tech football game.

18

Matching lilies, pinstriped suits, and sharp haircuts.

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A close-up shot at the boutonniere.

20

Banker Francois Mougnaud has known his new wife, lawyer Elisabeth Tirouflet, for 15 years.

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Elizabeth is the younger sister of Francois’ best friend from college.

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A gorgeous ring to represent a gorgeous love.

23

Ali Sorensen met her husband, Ziv Saar, on OkCupid.

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“The free sites mean the guys are just ‘trying it out’ and generally more adventurous about finding love.”

25

Accountant Dillon and HR assistant Karissa Maharaj on their wedding day.

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The happy couple met at a Trinidad carnival in 2012.

27

Benoit Matival is the president of Overboarder LLC, and Lise Bienvenu is a teacher. The two met at university.

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A string of pearls and a splash of tulle rosettes.

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Hey there, Benoit!

30

Actress norma Lana met writer Sheila Head doing voiceover work.

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Sweet veil, you two!

32

Student and navy veteran Timothy Franz follows his new bride, journalist Turna Ray, out of the building.

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Killer shoes, Turna!

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The couple met at Boston University in 2002 before Timothy left for the Navy. Eleven years later…

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