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Gallery: Elopements

There’s a special air of excitement and energy around elopements. The spontaneity! The exciting locations! The lack of elaborate seating charts/expensive venue rentals/etc.!

Of course, we love a traditional (or a beautifully non-traditional) wedding as much as the next person, but today, we wanted to showcase some of the amazing elopements that have appeared on the site over the years, from some of our very first elopement posts like Mari & Cassandra‘s Provincetown ceremony….

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and Naomi & Rachel amusement park extravaganza!

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We’ve got Central Park elopements, like Kelley & Michelle‘s or Liz & Lucy‘s…

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City Hall elopements, like Rebecca & Bonita‘s…

and Danielle & Sandra‘s…

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and so many gorgeous outdoor elopements—like Ellen & Amanda‘s day in New Hampshire…

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Kaitlin & Jenny‘s December beach wedding…

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and Tara & Meegan‘s ceremony in a graffiti-ed Vancouver alleyway!

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But wait, there’s more! Gorgeous natural backdrops like this one, for Tiffany & Stephanie‘s elopement at Wahclella Falls…

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this one, for Kimberly & Hayley‘s wintery Banff nuptials….

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and Lil & Nere‘s majestic mountaintop wedding in New Zealand:

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But the best thing about each of these elopements? The couples! Like Anna & Mel

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Cierra & Jenna, and…
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Latrice & Maurita:

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Did you and your partner elope? Are you thinking about it? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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Wedding: Laura & Louise

Over the years, we’ve featured plenty of Central Park weddings and engagement shoots, so we were thrilled when Claire got in touch with us to share Laura and Louise’s story. After her planning her own Central Park wedding, Claire started a whole business devoted to helping couples who want to tie the knot in the park. Here, she fills us in on English couple Laura and Louise’s big day.

From Claire, Laura & Louise’s wedding planner: Laura and Louise are from Sheffield in the North of England.  They met around fourteen years ago.  They were in the same hockey club and knew each other only a little at first, then they ended up playing on the same team and they got to know each other better.  This friendship became a romance, although love is often never as smooth as it should be: they spent some time apart as their lives took different courses for a while, but there was never a day when they would not be in touch in some way.

They got engaged in the middle of a fireworks display.  Louise asked Laura, with the aid of a ring Louise and Laura’s brother had made for the occasion.  Then they went together to get a proper one made specially.  They knew that they did not want a conventional wedding, so they looked in to several options of unique and unusual places to get married in England, such as a woodland center and an old factory.  Then they started to consider going abroad, and Laura casually suggested getting married in Central Park after she had remembered seeing it in a film.  After thinking it through more seriously, and comparing prices of venues at home to the cost of a destination wedding with built-in vacation, it seemed like no contest!  They contacted me, and we started to discuss their options.

We always get an event permit from the Central Park Conservancy for a wedding to ensure that there are no other wedding parties at the time and place where we want to hold a ceremony.  They chose the Ladies’ Pavilion, a lovely spot by the Lake on the West side of Central Park. The closest entrance to the Ladies’ Pavilion is the one right by John Lennon’s old home, the Dakota, at Central Park West and 72nd Street.

It is a very popular wedding location. There are seats inside and it has charming art deco cast-iron details.  It really matched their 1920s style outfits.  The Ladies’ Pavilion was originally built in the 1870s and used as a shelter for trolley passengers and was at Central Park’s 8th Avenue and 59th Street entrance, but it has been relocated to its current location. During the Winter the Ladies would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the lake, hence the name.  Laura and Louise had a lovely an iconic backdrop to the wedding, with the lake and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

There were seven guests in attendance at the wedding.  They had Laura’s Mum, Dad, brother and cousin, maid of honour and her boyfriend, and one friend from university who happened to be in America at the time.  We wrote a ceremony especially for the couple, and they wrote their own personal vows to read out to each other during the ceremony.  Laura’s brother, Adam, was their photographer.  After the ceremony they all travelled in the pedicabs to Bow Bridge and then on to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and had more pictures taken there.  

Laura wore a Joy by Jenny Packham dress with Irregular Choice shoes.  Laura’s saw the dress on an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride.  She contacted the shop in the show, and found out the name and designer of the dress and stockists in her home town. She never even looked at or tried on another dress!  Louise wore a Vivienne Westwood shirt and tailored trousers. There were no flowers, although the boys in the group all wore waistcoats with some fab boutonnieres made from buttons.  Laura did her own makeup and hair after tutorials back home in England, Louise’s hair was styled by Laura, and their make-up was done by one of their guests.

The wedding ceremony took place at 1pm so the morning was spent enjoying a hearty breakfast and then getting ready.  After the ceremony, the party spent some time in Central Park taking photos, stopping off for a quick hot dog and snow cone from a vendor.  They then walked back through Central Park to their nearby hotel.  They were congratulated as they walked.  In the evening they all went for a celebratory meal to Sarabeth’s on Central Park South, which they tell me was amazing food with great service.  They had been notified that it was a wedding breakfast and they made a huge effort to make it special.  They finished off the day by changing into their pajamas and drinking champagne on the rooftop terrace of their hotel. The next morning Laura and Louise enjoyed a helicopter tour of the city, which had paid for by some of their family as a wedding gift.

Laura told me that one of the most amazing things about the day was how amazing the people were who happened to stumble upon their ceremony, and then afterwards as they took a stroll back through Central Park to their hotel.  They said that people were very friendly and complimentary, with so many people saying “Congratulations”, making nice comments on their outfits, and people stopping to talk to them about the ceremony and their plans for the rest of the day. They said that it made them feel really special.

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Elopement: Danielle & Sandra

From the brides: We eloped in Santa Barbara, CA at their gorgeous Spanish style courthouse in an intimate and emotional ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Christine Skari.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: CrushcakesCatering: JaneFlorist: Victor the FloristLocation: Santa Barbara, CAPhotography: Christine SkariVenue: Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Elopement: Tiffany & Stephanie

From Kim, Tiffany and Stephanie’s photographer: Tiffany and Stephanie recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and love spending time outdoors, so naturally when planning their elopement they chose the Columbia Gorge as their venue. Keeping it short and sweet for fear of “ugly crying,” we met up at a trailhead and enjoyed a sun-soaked, heartfelt ceremony at the base of Wahclella Falls.

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Event Credits

Location: Wahclella Falls, ORPhotography: Kim Smith-Miller Photography
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Elopement: Kimberly & Hayley

From Kimberly: Hayley and I met online 6 years ago, and although I’m from Connecticut, USA and Hayley is from the UK, we’ve kept things going strong and gained a love of travel. When we were planning our wedding we knew we couldn’t have it in America or the UK because one set of our families wouldn’t be able attend. So we decided to make it all about us and elope in Banff, Canada. On the day of our wedding we made our way out with our commissioners and photographer to frozen Lake Minnewanka to say our vows. Afterwards we went for afternoon tea and then later to fondue. When Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” came on the radio, we knew it was meant to be.   

Photos courtesy of Robyn Kirkpatrick.

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Event Credits

Location: Banff, CanadaPhotography: Robyn Kirkpatrick: http://www.robynkirkpatrick.com/
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Elopement: Rebeca & Bonita

From Amanda, Rebeca and Bonita’s photographer: Truly, madly, deeply. That is exactly how I would describe Rebeca and Bonita. Most couples we work with have been planning their wedding for years, picking out flowers, meeting with vendors, tasting the cake, but not these two. Only 8 days before their wedding, they sent me an email asking if I’d be free to photograph their ceremony in Philadelphia. You see, these two just knew. And they didn’t want the fuss and frills. They wanted to be married, they wanted private vows, emotional moments, true, mad and deep love. And that’s exactly what their wedding day was.

Their ceremony had all of us in tears. In the wake of legalized gay marriage, there is this sense of finally. Finally we can be married. And as soon as they finished their first kiss as wife and wife, Bonita was saying over and over that finally she could call Rebeca her wife. There was so much joy in those judges chambers, so much happiness and so much focus on what it really was about… two individuals pledging their lives to each other.

Afterward we walked around center city Philadelphia, taking photos of the two of them, talking about life, love, community and of course their two adorable rescue dogs. They literally couldn’t keep their hands off of each other and what resulted was some of my favorite images this year. We ended the night at Nineteen, a gorgeous top story restaurant where they graciously allowed us to photograph on their decks. They shared their first dance while sky burned gold and orange and pink around them and it was simple and beautiful, just like their love.

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Event Credits

Location: Center City PhiladelphiaPhotography: Swiger Photography
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Elopement: Anna & Mel

From Anna: Mel and I met three years ago through Tumblr. She was based in Canada while I was based in the Philippines. Three months after we met, she got all crazy, jumped on a plane and headed home to ask me to be her girlfriend and her wife. Since same sex marriage isn’t legal where I live and getting a visa to where she’s at is a long shot, we decided to elope in stunning New Zealand.

Photos courtesy of Kate Wark Photographer.

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Event Credits

Date: 10/27/2015Location: Auckland, New ZealandOther: Hair and Makeup by Face Me Makeup NZPhotography: Kate Wark PhotographerVenue: Silo Park
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