We haven’t featured a really simple, pared back, all-about-the-love wedding for a while and so this gorgeous NYC elopement is just the ticket. Emma & Matt had been together for 13 years when they decided to go on a last minute holiday to the states…and get married. Simple as.
It just goes to show (and we say it ALL the time) that it really is just about you and your partner promising your lives to each other. Everything else is just for fun.
Often we read from you lovely lot that wedding planning has made you wish you were eloping…well this lovely pair managed to avoid the planning too!!! It looks like they had an amazing time – I think it’s truly romantic that those memories they created in NYC are just for them. It really is a magical city.
Emma The Bride: It a ll sounds a bit weird right… Here’s the back story. Last May, we decided we’d have a holiday to celebrate our 13 year anniversary. Matt is an Matt Richard – illustrator, I’m a designer and we run our own agency, so working for ourselves we’re always incredibly last minute holiday planners. On the Monday before we still hadn’t decided, let alone booked, where we would go at the weekend. Choice being two weeks in Asia for a good chill out, or a few days in NYC to go crazy. We’d had a thought sometime ago that we could probably get married in New York if we did go there, so did a little research, found out it was possible, looked a little more into it, searched on Instagram for NYC elopement photographers and we found Michael Busse’s instagram and Chellise Michael Photography. Loved their work so we emailed them to see if they were free. On Tuesday they replied, YES. On Tuesday night, we tossed a coin to decide what to do. Heads NYC. Tails Thailand.
Heads! So we booked up, finally finding flights and a hotel from British Airways at around two in the morning, to spend six nights in New York, leaving on Saturday. We dashed about over the next few days sorting out the essentials in London. It’s certainly not your average year-long wedding planning story. We arranged our rings on Wednesday morning from Fine Jewels in Hatton Garden, where my engagement ring came from, and I went on my lunch break from work to size up.
Matt and I went shopping for a dress on Wednesday night, but never found one. Only for me to pop into Marks & Spencer and find a perfect choice on my Thursday lunch break. My shoes are from Topshop. Matt had a personal shopping appointment at Topman on Thursday and got his whole outfit sorted. My hair is always short and easy, but a cut from my hairdresser Louise at Edward Holland Hair in Spitalfields, meant that it was easier on the day, then it just left us to sort anything else out whilst there.
On the morning of the wedding, I found Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics around the corner from the Hotel on Rivington, where we were staying, so walked in and asked for some help! Meanwhile, Matt chose the bouquet and his button hole from Flowers on Essex on Grand Street and we left our wedding dinner planning to the concierge team at the Rivington that morning.
We found out when we returned after the deed at City Hall and having our lovely photos taken by Mike that we were booked in at Jack’s Wife Freda on Lafayette Street. In fact, we were late! Then we went clubbing at Cielo for our wedding disco… That’s it. Easy.
We told our parents and sisters before we left London what we were planning, but no friends. So the first they all heard of it was when we sent a photo saying, “this just happened…” It was just so perfect for us this way. We’d been together for 13 years, engaged for over two years and had hardly discussed what we would do, just knew we didn’t fancy a big deal. We got our license 13 years to the day that we met, and married the next. That keeps the anniversary easy to remember anyway. ..
How To Elope
Everything was so last minute, it was all quite simply based on what could be done and how quickly. I saw the dress on a mannequin. Tried it. Liked it. Matt had a personal shopping appointment at Topman – clothes and beers are brought to you as you choose what to buy. At NYC City Hall you take a ticket and wait for your number to be called, you turn up one day, fill in some forms, show ID, pay a $35 fee for the marriage license and then you’re free to go back after 24 hours to get hitched, or take your license anywhere else with a celebrant if you’d prefer. There’s another small fee of $25 dollars I think for the wedding ceremony and after queueing for quite a while it was over within a few minutes. You only need to have one witness, so Mike our photographer was ours.
Matt chose our flowers well – Hydrangea are a favourite of mine and he obviously knew this. Good lad! Jack’s wife Freda in the Meatpacking district was a great choice by our concierge. I Can’t really remember what we ate, but we had some nice fizz! We found our photographers on Instagram! We LOVED the work and they were available at such short notice so we booked them.