For years now I’ve said that if I were to get married, I’d elope. Give me an amazing dress (or several), an insanely talented photographer and the man of my dreams, and I’d be one very happy bride. So to me, this modern yet romantic New York City elopement editorial is absolute perfection. With the one and only KT Merry behind the lens, The Nouveau Romantics creating a crazy beautiful design, wedding dresses from the best of the best styled by yours truly (think: Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab from Mark Ingram Atelier, J. Mendel and Viktor & Rolf), floral masterpieces by Jenya and beauty by the gurus at Face Time Beauty Concierge, this day is a 21st century fairytale. Read on for the happily ever after and ideas to inspire your own perfect day.
The bride is 29-years-old, Gemma, and she works for a well known fashion designer on their international marketing team. She is well travelled, well educated, and extremely down to earth. She loves exploring new restaurants and often dreams of a life in France. In fact, she and her fiancé were engaged in Paris. Her groom, Patrick, is originally from London and studied at Boston University (where the two met) before beginning a career in finance. He fell in love with Gemma’s smile, her effortless charisma and love of meeting new people and places. They bonded further over their tight knit families and common love of reading and history.
After getting engaged, they realized that bringing together their large international families for a destination wedding was something that would create a large financial burden on them both and their start together. They also didn’t want to burden their parents with an elaborate celebration and quite quickly they both fell in love with the idea of eloping. They had made a home together in New York City and it felt fitting that their marriage begin there as well. As their talks continued they knew they would want to involve their immediate family and friends and it was an easy decision to bring their closest friends and family to New York to celebrate with them in what would be an intimate and memorable dinner celebration in the city. They decided to marry privately at City Hall and with fashion being a passion for Gemma they would still dress exquisitely, her selecting a stunning, fashion-forward gown and he in a tuxedo. After their private ceremony they would explore the city with a photographer they both loved and capture images to celebrate their milestone. That evening Gemma would change into a timeless dress and join their waiting family and friends for a candlelit dinner at the top of the Gramercy Park Hotel. They would dine, toast and cut a cake while their closest family celebrated their new beginning alongside them.
Following their intimate celebrations they would embark on an adventurous honeymoon to the beaches of the Seychelles followed by a week long safari in Africa.
Planning your own elopement or intimate wedding? We’ve got you covered. Without spending a small fortune on food and alcohol for 100+ of your nearest and dearest, you have the freedom to splurge on details that really mean something to the two of you as a couple. Instead of simple place cards, consider calligraphed letters to each guest sharing your gratitude for their relationship and presence. Another thoughtful touch? The favors. Rather than go the traditional route, we thought that Gemma and Patrick would love giving each of their guests a book of poetry by their favorite writers — a meaningful gift that guests can cherish forever.
Photography: KT Merry Photography | Design + Styling: The Nouveau Romantics | Floral Design: Jenya | Wedding Dress: Courtesy Viktor & Rolf | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bride's Shoes: Azzedine Alaia | Jewelry: William And Henri | Jewelry: Lauren Addison | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Books: Juniper Books | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Earrings: Larkspur & Hawk | Fashion Styling: Gabrielle Hurwitz | Garter: Eberjay | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lingerie: Eberjay | Location: Candy Studio | Model: Lance Parker | Model: Imena De Barros | Paper Goods: Kaela Rawson | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop: ABC Carpet & Home | Tabletop: Crate & Barrel | Veils: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon