An Unplanned Double NYC Elopement Is the Kind of Love We Need Right Now

Rain makes everything even more romantic

by Stephanie Kaloi

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As soon as Samantha and Amber’s super gorgeous rainy-day NYC elopement showed up in my inbox, I fell for it. Samantha and Amber are clearly head over heels, and their love is obvious and so, so sweet. But for me, it’s even sweeter because these two accidentally shared their wedding day with another couple. Rhys and Michael are a couple from Australia who came to NYC so they could legally get married. Rhys and Michael didn’t realize they needed a witness, so Samantha and Amber graciously offered to joined forces to inadvertently pull off an accidental double elopement.

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Samantha and Amber originally planned their elopement for $3,000, and a lot of their budget was allotted to photographer and hotel. As Samantha explained:

Since we eloped, we wanted to still make it special for us. We wanted to go to a nice hotel, and spurge a little on ourselves since we weren’t going to feed a hundred-plus guests. Staying at The Ludlow just felt right. The hotel was close enough to the Marriage Bureau that we wouldn’t face too much traffic, and it was in the area we wanted. The hotel was lovely and classic, while still being modern. They had a lovely terrace we thought we might take pictures at, as well as a restaurant we could go to for celebratory drinks.

As for the photographer, I think it was the most important aspect for the two of us. Neither of our families would be able to join us, so we wanted to have a means for them to feel a part of the ceremony. Kate embodied that in every way possible. She was lovely to be around and allowed us to just go about our day without forcing us to stand in funny poses. The whole set felt very true to how the day went and showcased our love to family and friends.

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Rhys and Michael, however, have a different story, as photographer Kate Thompson (of Betty Clicker Photography) explained:

There’s a great story there! Rhys and Michael are Australian and came to NYC so that they could legally get married. When they arrived at the circuit court, they didn’t realize they needed a witness, so Amber and Sam became their witnesses. Both couples got married in the small courthouse room one right after the other.

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Samantha and Amber are clearly champions of rolling with it—whether “it” is doubling up with another couple, or last minute changes to their photo plans:

It took us almost one hour to get from the Marriage Bureau to Buvette (1.5 miles), where we took the outside pictures. That was not even the plan. We wanted to go to Central Park and get pictures there, but unfortunately we only had Kate for four hours. That was not even close to enough time to get us up there and back. So we decided we could go to Buvette, take some pictures on the West Side, which was GORGEOUS. I’m very happy with how everything turned out, but so that expectations aren’t let down, I suggest you keep in mind traffic when planning photo ops.

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Samantha is also all about those plans—and it turned out that being a planner saved the day:

I’m a planner, so I made sure to research when were the best days to get married to avoid a line, checked out best restaurants, researched where to get the dress tailored, etc. Nothing was a surprise when it came down to the day (save the traffic! as I mentioned above). Amber was fantastic at communicating was she wanted and what she didn’t want. We were always able to find a solution that made us both happy without compromising what was important. On our wedding day we were so tired after lunch that a nap was what we both needed and it was great to be on the same page about everything.

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I mean, this is what love is all about. Cheers to Samantha and Amber, Rhys and Michael, and one rainy day in NYC.

The Info:

Photography: Betty Clicker | Wedding Location: New York City, NY | Samantha’s Dress: BHLDN | Samantha’s Rings: Diamonds Direct | Amber’s Suit: ASOS | Shoes and Jewelry: Nordstrom | Amber’s Wedding Band: Ashley Schenkein 

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! ? ? ?).

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  • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

    My exhausted heart just grew three sizes.

  • CMT

    OMG, I love this <3

  • Ashlah

    Love the looks of shock and joy on those strangers’ faces.

  • toomanybooks

    Love this! So fun to unexpectedly bond with other queers. Didn’t even realize same sex marriage wasn’t legal in Australia!

    • Rebecca

      Yes, and we are utterly sick of it. Unfortunately we have a stupid conservative cabinet who like to do things like deny climate change and blame migration for terrorism (sound familiar?) and lock up asylum seekers indefinitely in conditions that have been internationally denounced as inhumane.. and their stupidity extends to same sex marriage. Don’t look up the news about it, it’s exhausting – but we finally have the upper house taking steps to remedy it.. We hope. Public opinion is unusually united on this one, it’s just that the government are being ridiculous!

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      • Leah

        Thirded. Boggles my mind that as a people we are so for marriage equality and yet the government is still able to drag its heels on the issue.

      • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

        We have some things in common.

  • I just had to send this to my friend saying “want to look at something to make you feel warm and happy? (and a little teary)”. This wedding is nothing short of heartwarming. I have always adored NYC City Hall weddings, and this gorgeous one is at the top of the heap. What a great story and a huge congrats to all!

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  • StevenPortland

    What a story that both couples will always remember! And having them included in some of the photos is fantastic. Congrats on having such a great wedding day. Congrats!!