Today I’ve got a sweet New Year’s Eve elopement to share, photographed by top Philadelphia based wedding photographers AGAiMAGES. What’s more fun than NYC during the holidays?! When the winter festiveness is paired with an incredible couple celebrating their new life together, and images that capture the magic of the city they love so dearly.
The Couple: Debbie and Rick
The Wedding: 12.31.2011 – New York City
Junebug: What specifically drew you to AGAiMAGES and their imagery?
Debbie and Rick: We were seeking a documentary style photography team that was experienced in “gorilla” weddings. They had excellent references, a working relationship with our chosen officiant, were easy to deal with and very accommodating in spite of the geographical distance and the logistics of shooting pictures on New Years eve in New York City. A family member, who is a fashion photographer on the West Coast, also viewed their online portfolio and thought they would be perfect for what we were interested in doing.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Debbie and Rick: Only three?! Festive, intimate (if you count the whole of Manhattan and the theater district on New Year’s eve as intimate!) and poetic, including impromptu planners, vows, backdrop and live music including Italian standards.
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Debbie and Rick: We love Manhattan, Broadway, dance, plays and musicals and, after hours of conventional planning and logistics became challenging and dry, decided, on a whim, that we would get married in one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the Theater district in NYC, as the area encompasses everything we love and possesses a special energy that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world.
Especially important to us was the incorporation of some of our favorite spots in the City into to our wedding book. Not being much for posed pictures, we wanted impromptu settings in memorable locations that told a story and demonstrated to everyone that viewed them that we not only were in love with one another, but also with life. It was a matter of the whole being so much more than the individual parts! We surrounded ourselves with cheerful, colorful people where we could celebrate our marriage, our lives (and one of our birthdays) together with song, dinner and dance and bring in the New Year in a memorable way!
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your elopement?
Debbie and Rick: The spontaneity of making the decision to elope, the excitement of keeping an exciting secret that family would not know about until the last minute, the ease of everything falling into place, from flying 5,000 miles with no sleep to get to NYC in time to pick up our marriage license the day before at City Hall (marveling at how many happy couples were doing the same thing!), breathing in the life, vibrancy and splendor that is quintessential NYC, planning our trips to favorite spots, theaters, dance clubs and piano bars and the final crescendo of spreading the news to family and friends that had not been told yet. What a way to begin a fabulous future together!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Debbie and Rick, and thank you Aga and Marcin for the gorgeous photos!