Adam and Marisa | Central Park Elopement Photographer

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These two Portland, OR natives sneaked off to New York City for a fun weekend get-away, and while they were here they got married in a secret elopement! I was on hand as sole witness to them tying the knot; they shared the good news after by calling and texting friends and family (and changing their Facebook statuses, of course).

I went to their room at the St. Regis Hotel to start the day, where Marisa was getting ready with the help of makeup artist Amanda Thesen. Amanda helped her slip into her gorgeous gown and pin her veil into place. I adore these "getting ready" shots. Maybe it's my girly side, but I think they are so special to have. This is usually what "getting ready" photos are; I don't need to be on hand when you're brushing your teeth, but towards the end of you getting your makeup done is usually a great time for me to arrive and get those anticipatory primping shots.

Adam was at the bar waiting for me. I helped set them up for an emotional first look in the gorgeous lobby, and then we went out to the street where their ride pulled up.

They traveled in style, in a 1961 vintage Rolls Royce (featuring an ice bucket of champagne - my favorite part), driven by M&V Limo. Our driver had us laughing with his old school New York City commentary and fantastic personality. We arrived at Central Park and I navigated them over to the Ladies' Pavilion for their ceremony, beautifully officiated by Suanne Bonan. Pedicabs helped us back to the street, where cruised in the limo down to Greenwich Village for photos before I dropped them off at Gotham Bar and Grill to have a romantic post-wedding dinner for two.