When I think of an elopement, the first place I think of is the classic New York City Hall, simple affair. So I set out to style that exact elopement with a modern, oh-so-in-love couple and create a short wedding inspiration film that shows all of New York City’s beautiful sides from the towering buildings glittering mid-day, to the feeling of a subway ride when you are with the one you love, to a cozy, practical, and intimate cake cutting back at their apartment. Even though this shoot was not a real elopement, we wanted to create a very “real” and very honest feeling to the film and photos, so much of the choices we made for this shoot was based off our own experiences having lived in NYC for 2 years.
Part of what made us so successful in making this film feel real, is that we used a real couple, Sarah and Nate, who happens to actually be engaged now. None of their sweet little interactions were staged or posed, they are just actually one very in love and committed couple.
We styled this shoot trying to be realistic about what would and would not be included in an actual elopement. There are obviously no invitations, but we did get some stunning florals provided by a florist in Williamsburg called Florescer NY. The bride wore a vintage white dress with a stylish faux fur jacket which had a very modern bridal look but very doable for an elopement, could maybe even be something the bride already had in her closet. She wore a DIY crown of cherries because she is from Michigan and because why not?
A lot of the rules of normal weddings can go out the window when you elope, so why not have fun with your look? There was obviously no place settings because there is no need for a mock tablescape for an elopement. So we had them pick up a small, simple wedding cake which was graciously provided by the local BAKED Tribeca, which they intimately shared by candlelight after their ceremony and instead of champagne, they toasted to their new marriage with cans of Modelo.
We shot the film in a hand-held documentary style so it would even feel like a friend following them to the courthouse to document them getting married (something I would highly recommend to anyone eloping, so that way all the friends and family that missed it can feel like they were there!)
-Brittany Holt (Co-Owner of Sculpted Films)