Manhattan Yacht Wedding on the Hornblower: Congratulations Sam and Lauren!

Lauren and Samantha were married on the Hornblower yacht in New York City on a beautiful spring day. The day began with preparations in a nearby hotel.

wedding rings and invitation

nyc wedding photography getting ready

nyc wedding photography parrot tulip bouquet

Before getting on the yacht for the ceremony, we took some photos around Chelsea Piers.

nyc wedding photography chelsea

NYC chelsea wedding photograhy

Lauren and Sam both have such beautiful smiles and their joy was infectious! I was honored to also photograph their engagement photos on the High Line earlier this year.

chelsea wedding photography

Hornblower yacht wedding NYC

Hornblower yacht wedding NYC

Lauren shares, “As far as our wedding style goes, we wanted to make the night memorable for everyone by making it unique and fun! We never really decided on just one theme. At first it was nautical; later it was subtly rainbow. In the end, we just decided that if it was fun, we liked it.

It’s hard to pick a favorite moment, but there are a few that stand out. I enjoyed watching our tiny ring bearer deliver our rings in exchange for the Swedish Fish he was promised. One of Sam’s favorite moments was when my mom pulled her right out of a conversation and into the photo booth for a picture with silly faces.

Sam’s favorite parts also included having her little sister and future little sister do her hair and having me tie her shoes after she had gotten into her dress and realized she couldn’t quite do it. (Not my favorite part. That was a struggle.) She also liked the light rain during the first part of the wedding since it meant we got to play with an umbrella in some of the photos.”

The ceremony took place on the yacht just before we pulled away from the dock.

cute ring bearer wedding

Horn blower yacht wedding NYC

Horn blower yacht wedding

view from hornblower yacht nyc wedding

Hornblower yacht wedding NYC

Hornblower yacht wedding NYC

Horn blower yacht wedding NYC

horn blower yacht wedding nyc

Lauren was unfamiliar with the tradition of a couple kissing whenever guests clink their glasses during a wedding reception. She learned it quickly, though, as it happened frequently throughout the night! She continues, “Sam’s Uncle Roy picked up his knife and clinked his glass, and I thought that maybe I had misunderstood what it meant because Sam was not even in sight, so I gave him a confused look. He looked back at me with a small grin, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “Better go find her.”

sugar flower cake shop wedding cake nyc

wedding cake cutting

wedding first dance

Lauren and Sam included a photo booth at their reception. With nautical props, funny faces and dancing in the booth, it was so much FUN! Check out the photo booth slideshow here.

wedding photo booth

Congratulations Sam and Lauren!

Check out more wedding photos in the wedding day slideshow:

Special Thanks to the vendors:
Venue, Food, DJ: Hornblower Cruises, planned by Mekina Saylor
DJ: DJ Kev G
Slideshow Song: Let Me In by Grouplove
Photography: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz


  1. Katrina Hummel says:

    The video brought me to tears. A perfect day. It was so beautiful. XOXO, Katrina










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