In the "About" section of this website, I talk about how you know you're an Amber Marlow couple if you keep kissing while the camera goes down, and if you've been late to a party because you've got caught up "doin' it". Ryan and Theresa: check and check. I got to witness the former first-hand; the latter they confessed to me via my pre-wedding questionnaire. (When I read it a few days before their wedding, I laughed so hard my husband came over to see what was so funny!)
Ryan and Theresa live in Maine and, like many couples eloping to NYC from out of town, they didn't think about an alternative to going to the marriage bureau. I talked them out of it. Going to City Hall is fantastic if you don't mind the one-minute, very matter-of-fact ceremony, and I've had plenty of couples over the years that LOVED this way of getting married with zero fuss. I sensed - because I've been doing this a long time and have gotten wicked good at picking up vibes from emails - that it was not the case for these two, so I suggested an alternative, which they went for.
My gut instinct was correct. It feels so good to not only take photos, but understand the process of eloping so well that I can be of service to my clients in this way, to do business not just with technical photography knowledge, but with "heart n' soul", too. Sorry if that's cheesy! But it's true; when I started doing wedding photography, I dreamed of a business I put my whole self into, and I have one. They were thankful for my guidance, and it was honestly very moving to have been such a significant part in making their day just right for them.
The always-wonderful Judie Guild ended up being the perfect officiant for their ceremony, and Charles Schurz Park served as the backdrop for their ceremony. After we took photos around the park, while their friends and family gathered at their Air BnB. They split some delicious desserts from Ladurée as a wedding cake alternative.
Photo assistant Emily Gela | Bouquet and boutineer made by Ryan and Thereasa, with lavender from Geldarragh Farm | Rings from Zales | Veil from Parisienne Luxe | Wedding dress ModCloth | Suit by J Farrar | Shoes are Graham Street Shoe Co. from ModCloth