Elope, Justice of the Peace Style

An intimate wedding becomes an elopement

S+S first contacted me with plans to invite family and friends to their June marriage ceremony in the Shakespeare Garden.  A few e-mails later, they booked formally.  Weeks rolled by.  Then the groom sent an e-mail canceling: they were having a really hard time coordinating schedules with family and friends. A few weeks later, he […]

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Cop Cot Wedding Ceremony

Just over one year ago, the lovely and low-key E+W traveled from Ireland to marry in the Ladies Pavilion. This May, I married their wonderful friends (G+E), who also traveled from Ireland!  These two couples are among the nicest, cutest, and gentlest couples I’ve ever met.  In fact, both pairs were together for years and […]

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A lovely couple from Queens marries in Central Park

J+P opted for a most unusual ceremony and reception arrangement.  I’ve married couples who planned private ceremonies immediately (versus the next day or week or month, which is very common) followed by a larger reception previously, but most invite parents or siblings to witness the exchange of vows.  This pattern–a local couple who truly eloped […]

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Reasons to Elope in NYC

Between updating an Offbeat Bride advertorial and recent comments from my couples, the underlying reasons why couples elope are central to my thoughts. One couple invited a brother and his wife only.  As Liam snapped away, the sister-in-law turned to me with “this is so nice and romantic.”  Apparently, their wedding –while wonderful– had to […]

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Top of the Rock Wedding Ceremony

I could stare at this couple all day long; they are so pretty inside and out!!! Melanie and John’s love story offers reminders to take advantage of every possible opportunity. In May 2009, Melanie rushed to Nissan to have her car serviced on a lunch break. John insisted she slow down long enough to receive […]

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Guerrilla wedding on the steps of a church

Eight hundred years ago, couples did not marry inside the church.  They exchanged brief vows in the present tense at the church doors.  Then they ventured inside for mass–the sermon, communion, and blessing.  This lovely couple, who planned a quick weekend elopement or destination wedding from afar, did nearly the same thing.  In a civil […]

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A private ceremony in a public park

Before officiating this NYC wedding by the Angel of Waters’ Fountain, I noticed about four couples in their wedding finest and another four couples enjoying their “e-sessions” or engagement photo session.  Since this couple was a bit wary of marrying among the crowds, we moved to a quieter spot in the shadow that nonetheless affords […]

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Couple weds in North Forest Park

I married another local couple in my neighborhood recently.  When couples come to me, it really is a sign that they want something a bit sweeter than the NYC Clerk’s office and nonetheless relaxed and low-key.  After all, the ceremony is a gateway to official recognition of a marriage.  It is a joyful and serious […]

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A quickie in the park

A family emergency challenged J+A’s plans to wed in the Roosevelt Hotel, where I was initially going to marry them.  But, in the end, the place does not matter.  I don’t know any couple that ponders where they are standing (or sitting) while reciting vows to their betrothed. They came to me –North Forest Park […]

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Sealed with a kiss after thirty years

M+T committed to one another officially thirty years after they first met abroad.  When M came home from her travels, she told folks that she met “the one.”  Then life interfered.  The internet fostered their reunion.  They planned a celebration in late May, yet life again accosted them.  Fortunately, finally, nothing assailed their plans on […]

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A Very Joyful, Fun Elopement in NYC

I normally find it hard to choose photos to feature.  I try to balance images that I like with images I think other couples might enjoy.  And I do add in a few  clearly showcasing the site to give future couples ideas.  But this slide-show was really difficult to put together: laughter abounds.

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Informal Destination Wedding in the Conservatory Gardens

Images below were taken in the lovely “Secret Garden,” which is the English styled garden in gorgeous Conservatory Gardens.  Remember that a permit is mandatory here! Convocation:A+S, you kindly invited us within your protective “bubble” to memorialize the past four years and celebrate the possibilities of your future together. This ceremony will not create your […]

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