Two Beautiful Brides Wed in Central Park Elopement • Aubrey + Emily

New York, New York

They had a huge wedding planned. But life happens and financial priorities get rearranged. With a new house being built and a daughter at home they decided to go to plan B: an awesome wedding, just the two of them, to a memorable city they’d never visited: New York.

I was so excited when Emily contacted me on Facebook. She explained their family and friends, especially their daughter, wouldn’t be in attendance and they valued photography. Thus, it was important to them to have wonderful photos to commemorate their day and share with those back home in Dallas, Texas. As a supporter of all love, and especially intimate weddings like small elopements (there’s just something so special about them!), I was anxious to talk to her and her fiancee, Aubrey. We had a great conversation and before we knew it we were all set for their wedding day, at the end of June.

Pink rose boutonniere with wedding bands for a Central Park same sex wedding elopement. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #boutonniere #roses #equality #centralparkwedding The bride's simple chiffon wedding gown for her same sex wedding. Elopement in Central Park with photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nycwedidng #samesexmarriage #equality #nudeheels #weddingoutfit #nycweddingphotographer Pink rose bouquet for a Central Park same sex wedding elopement. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #boutonniere #roses #equality #centralparkweddingI helped them find their florist when they expressed a desire for a bouquet for AubreyAlex at Petals & Roots did a fabulous job with a variety of beautiful very-much-in-season roses. I love the note she included with their flowers! Simply stated and in her beautiful script handwriting. The bride's blazer and suit for her same sex wedding. Elopement in Central Park with photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nycwedidng #samesexmarriage #equality #nudeheels #weddingoutfit #nycweddingphotographer Pink rose bouquet with a photo keepsake of the bride's grandfather attached to the stems for a Central Park same sex wedding elopement. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #boutonniere #roses #equality #centralparkwedding Bride gets ready at NYC's Ameritana hotel, for her same sex wedding elopement in Central Park. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography, #nycweddingphotographer. #elopement #marriageequality #equality #gayrights #weddingdaySince their daughter, Gia, couldn’t be there Emily gifted Aubrey with a few photo keepsakes on the morning of their wedding day: a locket with Gia’s photo and an additional framed photo of Aubrey’s grandfather (2 photos above) to fasten to her bouquet stems. It was the perfect finishing touch! Brides have their daughter with them at their NYC same sex wedding elopement by way of a special locket! Wedding in Central Park. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography, #nycweddingphotographer. #elopement #marriageequality #equality #gayrights #weddingday #locket #weddingkeepsake #gardenrosebouquetBrides get ready at NYC's Ameritana hotel, for her same sex wedding elopement in Central Park. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography, #nycweddingphotographer. #elopement #marriageequality #equality #gayrights #weddingdayAubrey put Emily’s boutonniere on (okay, maybe I helped a little after the photo was taken – I’m kind of a pro at this by now) and we were ready to head to Central Park…but only after snapping a few photos in the entryway to the hotel (how pretty, right?!) and getting into a NYC taxi!Brides get ready at NYC's Ameritania hotel, for her same sex wedding elopement in Central Park. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography, #nycweddingphotographer. #elopement #marriageequality #equality #gayrights #weddingdayBrides get ready at NYC's Ameritana hotel, for her same sex wedding elopement in Central Park. Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography, #nycweddingphotographer. #elopement #marriageequality #equality #gayrights #weddingdayTwo brides get into a NYC taxi cab on the way to their same sex wedding, NYC Central Park nuptials! Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #equality #gayrights #gaymarriage #samesexwedding #elopement #NYC #CentralPark #NYCWeddingPhotographerTwo brides get into a NYC taxi cab on the way to their same sex wedding, NYC Central Park nuptials! Photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #equality #gayrights #gaymarriage #samesexwedding #elopement #NYC #CentralPark #NYCWeddingPhotographerIf the above photo had a caption from the brides I think it may say, “Let’s get married! But first…lemme take a selfie.” ;-) Central Park same sex elopement. 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Wedding photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nyc #centralparkelopement #samesexmarriage #equality #gayrights #equalrights #nycweddingphotographer #bowbridgeCentral Park same sex elopement. Wedding photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nyc #centralparkelopement #samesexmarriage #equality #gayrights #equalrights #nycweddingphotographer #bowbridgeTheir wedding drew quite a crowd. Weddings are such joyous occasions and you couldn’t help but notice how stunning they both looked and feel the love radiating from where they stood, reciting their tearful vows.Central Park same sex elopement. Wedding photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nyc #centralparkelopement #samesexmarriage #equality #gayrights #equalrights #nycweddingphotographer #bowbridgeCentral Park same sex elopement. Wedding photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nyc #centralparkelopement #samesexmarriage #equality #gayrights #equalrights #nycweddingphotographer #bowbridgeCentral Park same sex elopement. Wedding photos by Mikkel Paige Photography. #nyc #centralparkelopement #samesexmarriage #equality #gayrights #equalrights #nycweddingphotographer #bowbridgeAs they were pronounced “spouses for life” and sealed their marriage with a kiss, the crowd that had formed around them cheered and yelled “Congratulations!” They celebrated well into the evening as they attended an Amos Lee concert in Prospect Park that night (So happy they could go! Bummed I couldn’t join – but a wedding the next morning called…) and enjoyed the view of Manhattan, the city where they wed, from Brooklyn’s beautiful waterfront. 

It was truly a pleasure spending the day with you, Aubrey and Emily! I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness together!

Ceremony location: Central Park Bow Bridge / Hotel: Ameritania / Florals: Petals & Roots / Emily’s Blazer: Banana Republic  / Officiant: Keith at New York Marriages

Happy Thursday!

  • Emily O'Neal

    June 26, 2014 Reply

    did we forget to ask you to be our sister wife? bc WE are in love wittttt you!!! OMG Mikkel, we couldnt have asked for anything more! you are amazing!!!! you are so talented, hands down new york's best!! You are sweet,patient,creative and fun! THank you for making our wedding day so special! Muahhhhh and I Luh ya Papi!

    • admin

      June 26, 2014 Reply

      I'm game. Haha! It was truly a gorgeous day and I wouldn't have changed a thing! I'm glad we had the right positive outlook on everything in the end, enjoyed extra time together and incredible weather. I luh yas, papis! So honored to have been able to document your day and call you both friends now! Or sister wives! Haha. xoxo

  • Patricia Stevens

    June 26, 2014 Reply

    What a beautiful wedding and amazing photos for them to share with their family back home. Mikkel, you never cease to amaze me. You capture so many special little touches that one wouldn't even think about until after the fact. Keep producing wonderful memories.

    • admin

      June 26, 2014 Reply

      Thank you so much, Pat!! Mean so much to me, especially that other people notice my attention to detail. :-) xo

  • Tanya

    June 26, 2014 Reply

    May yall have Many many years of love & happiness!! Its such an honor to know two beautiful ladies so in love like you two !! Love yall! !

  • Kate

    June 26, 2014 Reply

    I LOVE THESE!!! so beautiful mikkel!

    • admin

      June 26, 2014 Reply

      Thank you, Kate!!! Huge hugs! xo

  • Toni Hooper

    June 26, 2014 Reply

    Amazing pictures!!! I knew this wedding day would be nothing less than wonderful!! I SO HAPPY YOU HAVE THESE LIFETIME MEMORIES!!

    • admin

      June 27, 2014 Reply

      Thank you, Erika!!

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