Wedding photographer Braulio Cuenca, right, talks with groom Jorge Mejia and bride Irma Aguilar, from the Bronx, before their ceremony at New York's Office of the City Clerk on Aug. 7, 2013. Richard Drew / AP
Goran Veljic, left, waits to be hired as Braulio Cuenca shoots pictures of Jorge Mejia and Irma Aguilar outside City Hall. Between them, the two wedding photographers have served as witnesses for thousands of couples. Richard Drew / AP
Hundreds of people get married at New York City Hall every day. Some couples forget flowers or rings, but what about the one real necessity - a witness?
That's where Goran Veljic and Braulio Cuenca come in. Between them, the two wedding photographers have served as witnesses for thousands of couples, a duty that both markets their services and allows them to share in the happiest day of people's lives.
Neither man charges to witness a marriage - but if couples want to buy photos, Cuenca charges $175 for a 35-print album and portrait, and Veljic offers print packages and DVDs for $299.
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Braulio Cuenca is paid by groom Jorge Mejia after the wedding ceremony. Richard Drew / AP
Goran Veljic poses groom Lt. Lisardo Hernandez and bride Alnair Vivanco, of Oviedo, Spain, before their ceremony inside City Hall on Aug. 7. Richard Drew / AP
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