If 15% of couples consider eloping most years, then I bet 2020 had ten times that figure… the tears and postponements and new rules have had us all tearing our hair out in frustration. But come 2021, I imagine more of us will be calmly planning to elope – and trust me, it’s a wonderful thing to do. If you read our ‘Married Now, Party Later Revolution‘ feature you’ll get what I mean. And if you read about Laura and Daniel’s STUNNING elopement to New York (in safer times!) I think you’ll be sold on the idea. NYC is a dream elopement location, but you can tie the knot pretty much anywhere these days. These gorgeous guys went big, hit the city and got amazing shots from English Wedding member Artisan X Photography.
If you’re considering eloping, do it! We had the most incredible time without any of the stresses of planning a traditional wedding. We focused on the things that would make us most happy and we look back on our day as such a fun time full of fantastic memories.
If you are looking for out of this world wedding photos, then Chris at Artisan X Photography is the man for the job!
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How did you choose your photographer?
We went to the NEC wedding show in Birmingham on a whim, the first stand we came across was for Chris and we instantly fell in love with his work. Photography was the first thing we arranged as we felt it was one of the most important aspects, we booked him straight away and planned the wedding around his availability!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
YES! Chris’ photographs are so different from the usual wedding pictures you see, communication leading up to the big day was great and he is such a pro at what he does.
The day before the wedding we had a pre wedding shoot at various locations in Manhattan including Time Square, Central Park and Hell’s Kitchen. When you’ve never had professional pictures taken before and then you’re stood in the middle of Time Square with your photographer lying on the floor and a LOT of people stood around watching it’s a shock to the system! Chris has great energy though and we got into the swing of things quickly. He makes you feel at ease and just makes it feel so much fun!
On our wedding day Chris arrived at our hotel along Central Park South promptly and just got straight to work, there was six of us in total with 2 guests and Chris and his assistant. Everyone was having such a fun day it felt as though we were all old friends. Our album turned out better than we could have ever imagined, and everyone we’ve shown it to has been genuinely blown away.
Tell us where you eloped – what made this place special for you?
New York City is a very special place for us, we go as often as we can and we got engaged there in 2017.
We knew from the start that we didn’t want a traditional wedding at all so we decided to elope, and had just 2 guests, John and Roisin, family who live in Manhattan.
On our wedding day we got married at the City Clerks Office which was a really fun experience. There’s a great buzz about the place. Everyone else was there to celebrate the same thing, so there was a great atmosphere. We then walked a couple of blocks to a diner for brunch and mimosas! It was surreal walking through Manhattan in full bridal wear, but the locals loved it! They even offered us umbrellas when it began to drizzle.
The afternoon was spent with Chris capturing more amazing photos, this time in Brooklyn and the day ended with drinks in an Irish bar!
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
We loved our outfits on the day, I found choosing a dress quite overwhelming with so much choice, but I enjoyed the dress fittings more.
Daniel chose a grey Reiss suit with pink tie & brown brogues from Brooks Brothers.
The dress and veil were from Wed2B, and the heels and bag were from Jimmy Choo.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
No, the day before the wedding we went to Chelsea Market and bought 3 stems of white hydrangeas and some white ribbon and made my own bouquet! The hotel kindly kept them in water overnight to keep them fresh. Then at the end of the day gave them to a friend of our guest in the bar!
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
We had dinner in the evening at the River Café in Brooklyn which was an incredible experience. The best meal we’ve ever had at a restaurant, with views out over the river looking onto the Manhattan skyline at night – perfect! We didn’t have a wedding cake but we did have mini chocolate versions of the Brooklyn Bridge which were very delicious!