An Autumn Elopement in Central Park | Matthew & Rachel

 Antique wedding rings from an estate sale at Walton’s Jewelry.
 Portrait of the bride in a caped burgundry wedding dress.
 Black and white portrait of the bride admiring the back of her dress.
 Photo of the groom writing in a journal on the morning of his wedding.
 The groom reads a letter from his fiancee on the morning of their wedding.
 To My Groom: I can't wait to marry you, you are home to me. A card given to the groom on the morning of his wedding.
 Pinning the boutineere on the groom.
 Black and white portrait of bride in a birdcage veil.
 Bridesmaid helps the bride put on a bracelet.
 Portrait of a bride and her friend on her wedding day.
 Black and white photo of an elopement ceremony in Central Park.
 Black and white portrait of a bride looking at the groom in an elopement ceremony in Central Park.
 The bride and groom echange wedding rings at an elopement ceremony in Central Park.
 First kiss as husband and wife at a Central Park Wedding.
 A friend of the groom plays a song.
 A bride and groom embrace after their Central Park wedding.
 Black and white portrait of a bride in a birdcage veil looking at her husband.
 The bride's beyhive shows off their honeycomb rings.
 Portrait of the officiant in a green dress.
 Portrait of the groom in a floral print tie.
 Portrait of the bride in a caped burgundy dress and an antique fur.
 Black and white portrait of the bride and groom dancing on their wedding day.
 Portrait of the bide and groom kissing on their wedding day.
 Portrait of a bride and groom embracing on their wedding day.
 Silhouette of a bride and groom after eloping.
 The bride and groom kiss on their wedding day while a friend looks on.
 Portrait of a bride and groom at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. 
 A bride and groom embrace after eloping in Central Park.
 Bride and groom walking hand in hand through Central Park in New York City.
 Black and white photo of a bride and groom on their wedding day in Central Park in New York City.
 Wedding cake with LOVE topper at Tavern on the Green in Central Park.
 Champagne brunch wedding reception at Tavern on the Green in Central Park.
 Pouring bubbles at a champagne brunch wedding reception at Tavern on the Green in Central Park.

Matthew and Rachel met in high school, and had their first kiss while playing lovers in their class musical. It was only fitting that, years later, they'd plan a beautifully dramatic wedding complete with a stage-worthy newlywed kiss.

The couple opted to elope because, as self-described introverts, they wanted to avoid a big production. They also loved the mystery and adventure behind not telling anyone their plans. Their autumn elopement in Central Park may have been a small ceremony — with just the couple, the officiant, and some of their close friends and family (including Rachel’s ‘beyhive’ who wore matching honeycomb rings for the celebration) — but it was packed with elegant, personal touches. 

There were the vintage pink champagne flutes at their brunch reception at Tavern on the Green. The gold trimmed cake stand and "LOVE" cake topper. Their custom "We Eloped" sign they held for photos, antique wedding rings, and flowers Rachel put together herself. Plus, the breathtaking wedding day attire.

Rachel wore a stunning burgundy caped dress with a plunging neckline (custom made by her friend Allison, inspired by the iconic Valentino design) topped with a birdcage veil and an heirloom fur that had belonged to her great aunt. Matthew wore a dark suit with a flower-print tie, and he and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres.

They may have only wanted a small spotlight on the day of their elopement, but, as we took wedding photos around Central Park, all eyes were on them.


Dress Allison Fleming  | Suit Billy Reid | Shoes ASOS | Tie Abednego Nash | Rings Walton’s Jewelry | Nails Bisou Nails