What is it about city elopements that’s so totally romantic? I love them! And guys, you are going to love this NYC elopement from photographer Emilia Jane…
Says Alexandra of their destination elopement: “When we started to think about the best location for the wedding we wanted it to be very special for both of us. And we love to travel! (Konstantin proposed in a very authentic small Italian village Dolce Aqua.) We decided to have a small and warm wedding party just for the closest relatives, to enjoy this day with people who really care about us and give us unlimited support. We wanted to have an elopement and a family dinner. And we wanted it to be outside of Russia (where we live). It is always so good to have a special place to come back for your anniversary, so the idea to get married in one of the most fantastic cities in the world came to us! We both visited NYC before we met, and got absolutely in love with the energy of this city. It is so similar to Moscow, and at the same time it is so different! To have a wedding in a movie setting, isn’t it a beautiful dream?”
“I was inspired by New York and its timeless architecture and beautiful views, and the absolutely unforgettable atmosphere,” says the bride. “When I visited NYC for the first time in my life, I had a feeling that I’d been there before, and I knew everything – déjà vu! It was because of the movie scenes and Sinatra songs playing in my mind all the time. I was inspired by black and white wedding photos of my parents and was absolutely amazed how timeless they looked. I didn’t want to have a long princess dress. It is still gorgeous but just not my choice for the simple elopement and wedding party for 10 people. So I told Konstantin my idea of having a classic and simple wedding like in black and white movies, and he absolutely loved it.”
“Konstantin said his favorite moment was when he saw me in my wedding dress. He had not seen the dress before this moment. We both really enjoyed the fact that during all day there were so many people in the streets of New York who were congratulating us! That was absolutely amazing! We didn’t get used to it – in Moscow people are not so communicative with strangers, even if they are a bride and groom. We felt like movie stars!”
“We wanted our wedding to take place in mid-April when spring is blossoming and after the long winter you started to feel something different as a new season comes. We wanted to celebrate the beginning of our new life together with the spring.”
Planning their wedding from across the world meant that Alexandra and Konstantin didn’t know exactly how things would turn out. Says Alexandra, “It was a day full of good surprises! When I ordered my wedding bouquet and the centerpieces, I just named the flowers and the colors, sent a couple of pictures – and I was so amazed how beautiful it was!”
The couple and their eight guests enjoyed an oyster bar before dinner.
The romantic pink cake and wedding favors came from Ladurée.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? During the dinner, Konstantin asked me to join him on the balcony. We had a special moment together looking at the stars, at our families having a good time together, at the New York streets, breathing its air and trying to capture our happiness and remember that moment.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We have very similar traditions as Americans except for one sweet Russian tradition. During dinner guests say “bitter, bitter, bitter.” It means they are asking the groom and the bride to kiss. The longer the kiss takes, the sweeter their future life will be!
What advice do you have for other brides? If you are planning a destination wedding somewhere far away from your home and you have no idea about the vendors and the photographers there, you should have an absolutely clear idea of what you want. I have some experience in event planning and working with suppliers because it is a part of my job, and I like this part. But it was not easy to be in charge of every part of the day and to relax and enjoy it! So if you don’t speak the language of the country and have no experience in event planning, I definitely recommend hiring a professional.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? The personnel of the Marlton Hotel was so helpful with everything we needed. We’d never had a dinner at BoBo before, we had some pictures of the room where dinner would take place, and that’s more or less it. And when we got there, we were in love with the atmosphere and the cuisine. I enjoyed every minute of our photo session with Emilia, because she is brilliant and she was perfect for us. I am so happy I was able to trust my vendors. They sensed that and exceeded our expectations.