Josh and Josie eloped to New York City during a chilly day in late winter. We started at the Hudson Hotel where I helped Josie into her dress, and then they did a giddy first look in the lobby. The Hudson has a lot of interesting locations for an outdoor ceremony, but the cold weather had us thinking indoors would be better. We opted for the indoor lounge area, and they got married by the roaring fireplace, officiated by a familiar friendly face on this blog: officiant Judie Guild.
We jumped into a cab after to head to the Late Show. Fulfilling Josh's years-long dream, they scored tickets to a David Letterman taping that night - a cool way to kick off a honeymoon! They posed under the iconic blue and yellow awning, and then it was back in the cab downtown. They wanted walk across the Brooklyn Bride for wedding photos. I pointed out that over the East River the wind would be especially brutal, but the newlyweds were feeling brave. I was especially worried about Josie's exposed shoulders which she bared for a few shots, after which she hastily shrugged right back into her wrap. I absolutely love how these photos turned out, and I'm so glad we did them.
We made it across the bridge and ducked into a Starbucks for tea and a snack before walking around DUMBO and taking some final wedding portraits in Brooklyn.
Josie's faux fur wrap was such a fun, classic touch to her elopement dress, and was just the thing for this chilly day (I think she said it was from H&M. Other brides take note.) Her sweet bouquet of orange tulips was made that morning from bodega* flowers around the corner, and they popped spectacularly against her white dress, brown wrap, and the steel and brick of the City.
Congratulations Josh and Josie!
* for out-of-towners, a bodega is what NYCers call the ubiquitous convenience stores throughout the boroughs. They often sell lotto tickets, beer, snacks, fruit, and many have a resident cat that can be found snoozing on a stack of newspapers. There are often fantastic flowers for sale too, and I've had more than one eloping bride make an impromptu bouquet from them.