"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, and have photographed close to 200 elopements!
One question that comes up all of the time elopement clients is "How much time do we need?"
Most elopements are three or four hours.
They are photographed wedding style, starting at your hotel during hair and makeup, and always with variety of candids, portraits, and editorial shots.
On weekdays, I offer "portrait session elopements". They're one or two hours, and just right for a little something.
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.
FAQs about elopements
+ How do you elope in NYC? How does it work?
First, you'll need a marriage license for the Marriage Bureau in City Hall, located at 141 Worth Street in Manhattan. You'll have to have this time-stamped 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?
Yes. Check out my Friends of Amber Marlow page for some of the best wedding vendors in New York City.
+ What are our album options?
I offer a small, linen-bound art book with archival pages to my elopement clients. You may 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.
I highly recommend you do this.
+ 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.
+ Wait, we just changed our minds and we're getting married a plane ride away.
I'm happy to come, too! I photograph destination weddings for New Yorkers and others, both big and small, all over the world.