New York City Elopement Photography
"High end, low key."
That's my motto for elopements (borrowed from the best cocktail bar in Manhattan).
I'm commissioned by couples from all corners of the globe who want an incredible, luxurious New York City elopement experience.
A full elopement photography collection in New York City begins at 1845.
They are photographed in classic wedding style, starting at your hotel during hair and makeup, and always with a curated variety of candids, portraits, and editorial shots.
Smaller "portrait session elopements" are also available, only during the week, and only for couples eloping outside of City Hall. They're about an hour long.
Regarding horse-drawn carriages in Central Park
Due to the less-than-stellar conditions the horses are kept in, and the fact busy Manhattan streets and horses don’t mix, I (along with many other New Yorkers) believe they should be banned. Until they are, I decline taking photos of couples in or by these carriages; supporting this practice with my art is something I can’t do.
You should jump in a pedicab instead. The guys who drive them are fun, and the seats are tiny and perfect for snuggling.
Common Questions About Eloping in New York City
How many hours of photography we need for our elopement?
Probably 3. Sometimes it's 4.
I also offer a one hour "portrait session" elopement perfect for couples who just want the ceremony and portraits after covered. These are available Monday - Friday, and only if you aren't getting married at City Hall.
How do you elope in NYC? How does it work?
First, you'll need a marriage license for the Marriage Bureau, located at 141 Worth Street in Manhattan. You'll have to have this in hand at least 24 hours before your ceremony. It's $35 for the license, which you may pay with cash or credit. You'll both need to appear in person, and you'll need to also bring government issued ID (like a passport) for each of you.
For your ceremony, you can either go back to City Hall 24 hours later (no need to book ahead of time) or hire a private officiant to get married elsewhere in the City. You will need at least one, and up to two witnesses. I'm happy to be your witness if you'd like - at this point my signature is on dozens of marriage certificates all over the planet.
We need professional hair and makeup, and would like a bouquet. Can you help?
My welcome package has the best hair and makeup artists I know, as well as a ton of other resources for making your elopement perfect - florals, hotels, a hired car... even a planner.
What if City Hall takes a really long time and cuts into our portrait session?
Not for my couples!
I made my own "Marlow elopement rule": Any time we spend at City Hall counts as no more than one hour. Say you have my three hour elopement photography collection. We do an hour of getting ready, then arrive at City Hall. There, it takes two and half hours for you to make your way through to get married. After you're done, no worries: we'll still have an hour left for portraits.
It’s different than the way most elopement photographers work, but lines up with my values: No looking at the time on your wedding day or missing out. I just want you to have great photography. Period.
Do you offer wedding albums for eloping clients?
Most elopement clients get a small album in their collection. It's a linen-bound art book with archival pages. You may also swap it out completely for a traditional wedding album, exactly like what I offer to my large wedding clients. It's coffee table style, and is heirloom quality.
What about permits?
You are responsible for acquiring all photography permits needed on the day of the wedding. If it’s in NYC, I can usually point you in the right direction off the top of my head.
What if something happens to you on the day of our elopement?
I've never missed an elopement. I take shooting your wedding very seriously, of course, and would never "call out sick" unless there was a circumstance so extenuating it could not be helped. Should this happen, I have several amazing photographers on speed dial.
Wait, we just changed our minds and we're getting married a plane ride away.
I can come, too! Every year, I photograph weddings big and small all over the world.