I keep saying post after post there ARE options for those couples who want to elope. There ARE vendors out there who are passionate about and interested in small weddings. Enter Liz McEachern Hall with Three Twelve Photography. She is a vibrant wife, mother and photographer based in Boston, MA. The ONLY weddings she shoots are elopements and small ceremonies. Liz (from Australia) eloped with her American husband 15 years ago (her dress was only $13! How amazing is that?!) Liz appreciates and understands the beautiful simplicity of a small wedding and has a real heart for couples that choose this path. Amy and Matt’s NYC intimate wedding is the perfect example of the personal experience and irreplaceable memories you can gain by working with a photographer like Liz. Now meet this adorable couple!
City the couple calls home: New York City, NY
Wedding Date: 2014-08-16
Ceremony Location: Central Park, Conservatory Gardens
Reception: Delancy and Ludlow
Photography: Three Twelve Photography
Flowers: Essex Florists
How did you meet and fall in love?
Amy was between her first and second years of medical school and had just completed a pediatric research fellowship in Buenos Aires. She decided to travel to Brazil for a quick vacation before starting the new school year in NYC. On the very first morning at her stay in Rio Hostel, she met a tall friendly Englishman who also happened to be a guest at this hostel. His name was Matt and when he wasn’t working on a boat as a sailor somewhere in the high seas, he would be exploring the world on land by foot. This time, his vacation travels brought him to the same hostel as Amy. They spent their first days in Rio together, getting to know the new city and each other with an insatiable sense of curiosity. Amy extended her vacation to stay another 2 weeks with Matt. They spent their days traveling along the coast, island hopping, surfing, drinking caipirinhas and eating acai berry ices. They got matching tattoos. He bought a malleable wire ring from a local artist and proposed to her on the streets of Lapa.
Describe the day for us.
It was an August morning in NYC. The summer’s heat was encroaching, sirens rang, and people hustled to work just like any other morning. But that day, we escaped from it all in our tranquil corner of NYC in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. Our guests convened in the very intimate English-style Secret Garden, bordered by trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. They stood encircling the small water lily pond as we read our personal vows to one another, officiated by Matt‘s childhood best friend. We enlisted our musical friends to serenade the group on the ukulele and acoustic guitar. As we finished the ceremony, our guests indulged in childhood nostalgia and blew us celebratory bubbles, each bubble its own little sphere of rainbow light. They then boarded a big yellow school bus to continue the festivities downtown over a boozy brunch reception. It was a no nonsense, no frills kinda brunch–scrambled eggs, southern fried chicken and biscuits, waffles, fried donuts, and of course unlimited mimosas and bellinis. After our guests filled their bellies, we headed upstairs to the restaurant rooftop where an EDM party was already taking place (free DJ-bonus!).
Why did you decide on an intimate wedding?
Its just logical that parties are more fun when you love each and every person attending. Plus, Matt could not enter the US until he received his fiancee visa. Given the uncertainty, we wanted something that could be thrown together at a last minutes notice. And all that mattered were that the people closest to us could be there.
What was your favorite moment of the day?
Getting to see my father-in-law let loose and hula-hoop to the beat of a silent disco was definitely one of the highlights. The wedding day just kept getting better and better as the day went on. By mid-afternoon, only a handful of our closest childhood and college friends remained (blame it on the day drinking!). So we left the EDM party to grab burgers at a nondescript burger joint (imagine a bride in her wedding dress with ketchup and mustard rolling down her face), then continued the day bar-hopping in the lower east side. The whole day was honestly filled with ‘favorite moments’–but I especially loved getting back to our hotel at the end of the day, ordering a large pie, and stuffing our faces with pizza while reminiscing on what was no doubt the best day of our lives.
Do you have any advice for couples planning an intimate wedding or elopement?
Just be true and honest with what you want. Nothing else maters–tune out all the marginal, ancillary requests from distant relatives who see you once every ten years.