Between families already gathered for the holidays and the fact that there are a ton of people getting married before the end of the year to score a tax break, getting married at City Hall in NYC during the last week of December is generally an hours-long proposition that I tell eloping folks to avoid if they possibly can. Austin and Daniel were stumped to where to tie the knot otherwise. We didn't have a lot of time to figure it out, either; the guys defined "last minute elopement" by firming up plans with me 48 hours before their wedding! I helped them pull their day together with two major pieces: officiant and location. The officiant was pretty easy; my fiancé is a humanist celebrant. He has a day job but happened to be free this day, so officiant done!
The other problem was where. Eloping in New York City in the spring, summer, and fall is no problem; there are lots of amazing parks and outdoor locations, but indoor pop-up weddings can be tricky. It was SUPER cold, though, so vows inside were a requirement (we had a southern Mom and Dad to think of). We also wanted a spot that wouldn't be mobbed with holiday tourists. After a brainstorm session and visiting different locations I came up with the New York Public Library. It was swarming with security guards, but they tied the knot quickly and quietly on a landing, to the delight of a few passers-by who caught us.
We started the day at their hotel room at The Standard in the East Village and then headed up to mid-town for more photos and their wedding.
Thank you, Marley, for being on hand to marry these two (and for being super-duper sexy while doing it.)
Congratulations Austin and Daniel!