Matthew and Rachel met in high school, and had their first kiss while playing lovers in their class musical. It was only fitting that, years later, they'd plan a beautifully dramatic wedding complete with a stage-worthy newlywed kiss.
The couple opted to elope because, as self-described introverts, they wanted to avoid a big production. They also loved the mystery and adventure behind not telling anyone their plans. Their autumn elopement in Central Park may have been a small ceremony — with just the couple, the officiant, and some of their close friends and family (including Rachel’s ‘beyhive’ who wore matching honeycomb rings for the celebration) — but it was packed with elegant, personal touches.
There were the vintage pink champagne flutes at their brunch reception at Tavern on the Green. The gold trimmed cake stand and "LOVE" cake topper. Their custom "We Eloped" sign they held for photos, antique wedding rings, and flowers Rachel put together herself. Plus, the breathtaking wedding day attire.
Rachel wore a stunning burgundy caped dress with a plunging neckline (custom made by her friend Allison, inspired by the iconic Valentino design) topped with a birdcage veil and an heirloom fur that had belonged to her great aunt. Matthew wore a dark suit with a flower-print tie, and he and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres.
They may have only wanted a small spotlight on the day of their elopement, but, as we took wedding photos around Central Park, all eyes were on them.