Weddings are about the two of you. Whether a posh soiree or a simple street elopement, it needs to reflect you and your love for each other. John and Shannon made their day simple and sweet on the streets of NYC.
“John and Shannon eloped in New York City on an early November morning before their larger wedding which will take place next fall.They wanted their photos captured on 35mm black and white and color film for a timeless feel. Despite a cloudy start to the day – we ended up with blue skies and beautiful autumnal light. We started the day at City Hall before hopping on a subway to the Lower East Side to meet her family for a celebratory brunch at Freemans. Shannon and John were completely willing to go with the flow so when we had time to kill before brunch we stopped by the Elizabeth Street Gardens, the Public Hotel and Freeman’s Alley to take some organic, candid shots of them around the Lower East Side. – from the photographer
How did you both meet?
We actually met on Bumble! Our first date, we had wine and apps. John made sure my glass and plate were never empty, the quickest way to my heart. Shortly after that things got serious. We were enjoying our unexpected, romantic adventure, especially during the peak of covid.
What’s the proposal story?
We vacationed in Aruba with Shannon’s whole family, grandma included. On a clear night we walked along the beach after a romantic dinner, while her brother and sister sneakily looked on. She ran out into the water to get a better look at the stars, that’s when I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She thought I was tying my shoes, not proposing lol.
How did you pick your outfits for this session?
We wanted something simple and timeless. It felt very organic with Parker’s film photography. Besides, John loves anything corduroy.
Favorite part of the day and any advice?
We loved getting ready in the morning together. The traditional not seeing each other before the ceremony didn’t feel natural for us. Shannon helped button my suit and tie my shoes. I clasped her jewelry. We were entirely at peace and connected. A beautiful start to the day.
Do whatever feels genuine for both of you! There is no right/wrong way to have a wedding as long as your love for one another is at the center of it. If you had told me when I was a little girl that one day I would elope, I wouldn’t believe it. But it was perfect and magical in every way, because it was us.
Photography: ParkersPictures LLC | Ceremony Venue: New York City Marriage Bureau | Reception Venue: Freemans Restaurant | Film Lab: Trilogy Photo | Wedding Dress: Reformation | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Bride’s Shoes: DSW | Submitted via: Matchology