Monique and Rob’s Brooklyn elopement began at their apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historic tree-lined neighborhood in South Brooklyn. The couple got ready in separate rooms of their apartment and had their first look just steps away from their front door.
After the first look, we hopped in a classic NYC taxi and headed to the famous Notorious B.I.G “King of New York” mural a few blocks away. It’s such an iconic mural in Brooklyn and looked incredible as a backdrop for Monique and Rob.
After a short portrait session, we got back in the cab and made our way to the Garden of Hope in Bed Stuy, a local community-run garden that was founded almost four decades ago. Monique and Rob’s immediate families were waiting for them as they pulled up to the Garden. The couple entered the garden gates to cheers and applause and went right into an intimate and emotional wedding ceremony. Afterwards, the Brooklyn elopement continued as we made our way up to Williamsburg for more couple’s portraits. The neighborhood is one of my absolute favorites for portraits, and provides a plethora of beautiful backgrounds for capturing my couples.
My favorite spots are right around the Wythe Hotel / William Vale, where you can get a mixture of clean, monochrome backgrounds as well as funky Brooklyn graffiti. It’s always inspirational.
We made our way to MyMoon in Williamsburg after portraits where Monique and Rob were greeted by their closest friends for an outdoor cocktail hour. Once the sun went down, everyone took their seat inside for speeches and the most epic quiz game I’ve ever witnessed.
In my wedding photography career, I have only shot a handful of elopements, and every time I do it, I’m reminded that all you need are the essentials to make your day special. The ones you It was so such a fun day and here’s a bit of what I captured…