Notes on Destination Weddings in New York

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Eloping in another city, especially one with only a twenty-four hour waiting period and no need to produce the birth certificate (a passport or US driver’s license is sufficient), is fairly easy!  Unless your plane experiences a delay.  With the winter weather soon emerging, please be sure to allow for two possible business days to secure the license just in case the traveling plans do not go smoothly.  If you plan to elope on a Saturday, arrive on Thursday morning.  However, should conditions be beyond your control, know that we can often (albeit not always) reschedule your wedding to ensure adherence to the waiting period AND it is possible to get a court order to waive the otherwise mandatory waiting period.

Although many of our couples are content to plan an elopement without a post-ceremony celebration, many opt for a reception with their family and friends when they return.  Such was the case for Heather and Colby, who brought only Heather’s sister as a witness to their wedding vows.  If this is your plan, please do let Liam know and make a mental note that he usually cannot send the wedding photos any sooner than two weeks after the wedding date.

In addition to adding an excerpt from Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms to their ceremony, Heather and Colby also put together personal wedding vows, which I had to share!

I take you to be my husband/wife, loving you now and in your growing and becoming. I will love you when we are together and when we are apart; when life is peaceful and when it is in disorder; when I am proud of you and when I am disappointed in you; and in times of leisure and in times of work. I will honor your goals and dreams and help you to fulfill them. From the depth of my being, I will seek to be open and honest with you. I say these things believing that God is in the midst of them all.

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