I’m not sure it gets more stylish than this NYC elopement, with the groom’s classic tux and the bride’s gorgeous Aurelio Costarella gown. And while choosing a photographer is always a pretty big decision, when it’s just the two of you, it’s even more important! No surprise, then, that Nikki and Todd hired one of our all-time favorites (and a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!), Trent Bailey

Why elope? “We didn’t have the time or patience for wedding planning,” says the bride. “We were feeling distinctly uninspired until I started Googling and realized elopements have evolved – eloping no longer means no frills. We could still have a beautiful day and gorgeous photographs to share with our family and friends while keeping the focus on us. The whole idea felt slightly indulgent but exciting and we knew it was the right decision.”

Why New York City? “New York has an energy and sense of urban romance unlike anywhere else in the world, so we decided it was not only the perfect backdrop for our elopement but also our ultimate honeymoon destination all in one.”

“The feeling of being amongst so much joy at the New York Marriage Bureau was amazing. So many different people with so many different stories all united in a kind of nervous elation. And later, as we shot photographs downtown, we couldn’t believe how many New Yorkers stopped and smiled or yelled their congratulations. It was wonderfully surreal.”



Nikki’s advice for brides? “Do what feels right for you and your partner. Eloping isn’t for everyone, but it felt right for us and we knew that was what mattered most. And be sure to find a great photographer to capture the moment.”

Photography: Trent Bailey / Ceremony: City Hall in New York, New York / Bride’s Gown: Aurelio Costarella / Shoes: Givenchy / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Rolando Sturlini at Asos / Rings: David Collins / Baby’s Breath Bouquet:  Adore Floral NYC / Hotel: The Bowery / Celebration Dinner: Eleven Madison Park

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  • Stylish Elopement in New York City

    21 January 2014
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    1. Trent & Dara

      Thank you so much for sharing Todd + Nikki’s beautiful wedding day photographs!

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    2. NYC Wedding Photographer

      What a lovely elopement. Her dress is absolutely beautiful!

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    3. Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

      This is awesome, so beautiful guys.

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    4. Christina

      Love these photos… love film…love square format… love the light… the the brides dress! So perfect.

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    5. Dustin Francis

      Beautiful images! If I were to elope, I would want to do it in style like that :)

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      Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.

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    7. Polly Alexandre

      This is so incredibly beautiful! Congratulations Nikki & Todd! Gorgeous photographs and you make such a stylish couple…. really magical xx

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    8. Emilia Jane

      Stunning! I’m obsessed with her dress <3

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    9. Laura Reaux

      So gorgeous! I love Trent & Dara’s work so much.

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    10. Lucy

      What a fabulous dress!

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      “What a cool city for a beautiful, stylish couple. All the best guys!”

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    12. Scott Andrew

      What a gorgeous, happy couple! What a beautiful set of photographs to pair with a lovely elopement. Trent and Dara are such a fantastic team!

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    13. Kia

      The idea of a NYC elopement photographed by Trent Bailey sounds so dreamy!

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    15. Jeromy Reaux

      This is awesome. I love elopements and your work!

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