Are you wondering if you should elope in New York or continuing planning your big wedding at home? So many of our couples come to us after struggling with the same question. Somewhere along the way couples realize they want the focus for their wedding day to be an intimate, special moment that’s just about the two of them. So #TeamReinking is honored to be able to help and be part of this moment for you.
Sharing Angelica and Ryan’s elopement in NYC felt like the perfect inspiration for anyone looking for answers to the question ‘should I elope in New York?’.
Like other couples, Angelica and Ryan actually started planning a big wedding in Johannesburg. However, in an instant of frustration they realized the planning stopped being about their promise to each other and more about everyone else. They always wanted the ceremony to be just about the two of them but that’s not what was happening. So Angelica and Ryan started to question whether they should elope in New York. Suddenly they were excited and it shifted their focus from creating this massive wedding day towards creating their own special moment. A memory that is real and authentic without distraction of everything that comes with a big wedding. And that’s how they ended up doing a private ceremony with #TeamReinking in New York.
It was a cold January 1st elopement at the very end of Pier 45 on the west side of New York City.
Angelica’s classically created look was breathtaking. She wore her hair long. Her ivory crepe dress that hung just above the knees and her sparkling shoes were divine. The light pink, ivory and peach flowers she carried completed her look.
Ryan looked so handsome as if he had Angelica in mind when picking his sharp blue suit. Although more noticeable was his smile and expression of love towards his bride that he wore that day. I don’t think there wasn’t a moment that he took his eyes off of his beautiful bride.
This couple is special and I was highly aware of their love for each other at all times. Even with the ice cold winter wind cutting through what we were all wearing their eyes were warm and loving as if it were a perfect 75 degree day. At one point we paused for Angelica to put on her coat, to wipe away tears and to laugh at how crazy we all were for sticking it out in this cold. There was no giving up on love because on this day we were all in this together.
After the the ceremony we headed back to a less windy spot to do the paperwork but not before Angelica threw on some slippers to walk back in comfort and warmth. Now those are the moments that tie a ceremony together and truly make it perfect. I love being part of this moment in time that is forever etched into all of our memories.
I hope this inspired your own considerations of whether or not you should elope in New York. Remember that your wedding day is about you and your partner and you should get married when and where you want. It’s your day!!
officiant | Jackie Reinking New York Elopement Officiant
photos | Sascha Reinking Photography
team | Jackie and Sascha, the New York Elopement Team
bouquet | Starbright Floral Design
makeup & hair | MG Hair and Makeup