This guide Has a lot of information from my personal experience shooting over 400 ceremonies over the last 4 years and also some research I’ve done for you so you don’t have to do it yourself, I got you!
As of March 20, 2020, the NYC Marriage Bureau has closed. To get married in NYC go to Project Cupid for more information. For getting married out of NYC and in PA most city halls and marriage offices still remain open at a limited capacity, so you have to check in with them about appointments. With all that being said, as far as elopements go the marriage license is probably the only really hard part. Everything else is easy !
Well first of all it can be better for the environment, for your pockets, and for your mental well being.
How do we obtain our marriage license?
First things first you have to get your New York marriage license. Right now due to COVID I suggest everyone checks out The https://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/content/ and see what there updates are saying. While the Manhattan location is the most popular, you can get the license in any New York County including any of NYC’s other boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. You can also get them outside of NYC upstate, long island, and any city hall in NYS. You can save a little time by starting the marriage license paperwork online, but either way you and your partner must finish the process together in person. The City Clerk’s website contains more detailed NYC marriage license information.
A full 24 hours after receiving your marriage license, you can perform the ceremony. These days a lot of couples are choosing to hire their own officiant usually a friend or relative, or professionally ordained minister and officiant. I can help with this as well.
Get your own Officiant: Elope anywhere in NYC or PA by hiring an elopement officiant. Literally anywhere, I got married in front of the Supreme store which was an old abandoned bank for many years. With alittle courage and a small group we can do whatever we want! I also have hook ups at some super cool indoor photo studios, backyards and Brooklyn roof tops just lemme know. P.S You will need a witness for the license signing, good thing is your photographer, ME, can act as your witness or a friend or relative
Elope at City Hall: So Sadly City Hall has not yet reopened , but I cant wait till it does, I love city hall weddings and the truly old school NY vibes.
For some countries, they require extra paper work, make sure you know if you’re on that list. I know for sure folks from the UK need extended licenses. You’ll return to the City Clerk’s Office to get this and it will allow you to register the marriage back in your home country. If you’re from a non-English speaking country, you’ll also need to get an apostille. You can read more about the apostille at the Department of State’s website.
Okay lemme start by saying if you book a beautiful Air BNB or Hotel we can start the session there, Or we can meet in your apartment I love in home sessions as well. Or we can just meet at your ceremony, Best thing about elopements is you can do whatever you want! As for photography locations please see this bullet point below of some of my favorite locations & these can also be Ceremony locations as well, remember with small crowds (meaning less than 5) you can get married anywhere in NYC.
PA Elopement Locations
All right Folks I hope this helps a little on your journey, I am super excited to connect please feel free to reach out with any questions <3