Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Washington Park, Albany, New York Elopement Photo Story Award

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Washington Park, Albany, New York Elopement Picture Story | The bride and groom stand facing each other

The bride and groom stand facing each other and holding hands as their friend officiates their wedding ceremony outside on a bridge in the park.

Nooshin, a PhD student, and Shervin, a software engineer, had a small wedding ceremony with their closest friends in attendance on a bridge in the city park near their apartment, followed by a party in the evening with more friends. Both Nooshin and Shervin's families were not permitted to be present for their ceremony, and the couple could not travel home to marry, because of the current travel bans in place for people from Iran.

The day was hot with bright sun and summer was in full swing. Nooshin wore a stunning blue dress and Shervin looked dashing in a black suit. Everyone was jovial as the pair had a short but very heartfelt ceremony officiated by one of their best friends. After the ceremony, a traditional ceremony with sugar, rice, and singing was held on a park bench accompanied by smiles and tears. After a bit of visiting and group portraits, the party moved to a nearby restaurant for dinner and dancing. The perfect ending to the perfect day. Congratulations Nooshin and Shervin!

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Albany, New York, USA Elopement Wedding Photo Detail | The bride's very elaborate shoes made of gems

The bride's very elaborate shoes made of gems are fastened by a friend.

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Albany, New York Outdoor Elopement Wedding Ceremony Image | The groom looks meaningfully at his bride

The groom looks meaningfully at his bride during the ceremony.

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Albany, New York Park Elopement Ceremony Photographer | bride is smitten during their wedding ceremony

The bride laughs smitten during their wedding ceremony.

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Albany, New York Elopement Ceremony at the Park | The bride cheers, surrounded by friends

The bride cheers, surrounded by friends, as the bride and groom's wedding ceremony ends.

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New York Elopement Ceremony Photography | The bride and groom stand with friends

The bride and groom stand with friends on the bridge just following their wedding ceremony as an uncle signs the wedding license.

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New York Wedding Elopement Photography | on a park bench as friends hold a fabric over them while sugar is sprinkled on the fabric

The bride and groom sit on a park bench as friends hold a fabric over them while sugar is sprinkled on the fabric.

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Washington Park, Albany, New York Wedding Elopement Image | The bride and groom visit with friends

The bride and groom visit with friends after the ceremony on a path next to a river.

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Empire State Plaza, Albany Wedding Elopement Portrait | The bride and groom pose for a portrait

The bride and groom pose for a portrait in front of the Empire State Plaza, a dynamic building with strong vertical columns.