A Grand Central Station Elopement
Traditionally, rain on your wedding day means good luck! In the case of Kim & Kirsten, it meant stunning elopement pictures! These two are so sweet and the sheer joy on their faces makes everything about this day perfect! Kirsten was kind enough to tell me a bit about their New York elopement! Nicki of De Nueva Photography was along for the ride to capture every sweet moment.
"Kim and I met at an Austin-area community theater production of "The Foreigner." I played Catherine and she stage managed. Every night in the last scene, my character would take off her engagement ring and throw it at her turned-out-to-be-the-villain fiancee. After curtain call, Kim, as stage manager, had to go put props away. She'd swear that every night I'd throw that ring in a different direction, because she always had a hard time finding it. I'd go help her look for it...and by "help her look for it" I mean FLIRT. I was a smitten-kitten from the second we met. Bless her heart, Kim also had to find my contact lens on stage one night. I blinked that darn thing right out. As soon as the scene ended, I ran to her backstage in a BLIND-panic, literally! She's been taking care of me ever since. I love to tell my friends who are married to guys that I haven't done laundry in almost a decade. (Not that there aren't guys who do laundry, but I know I've got it good.) I put every meal in front of her, so I pull my weight, too!
Kim and I have considered ourselves "married" for over 9-years, but when the government said that we could file joint federal taxes, we decided to get some official paperwork and some better jewelry! As for eloping, we obviously had to go out of state to have anything legal. A few years ago, Kim and I had a little adventure, and fulfilled a dream, by moving to New York City for a year. She taught at a charter school and I was a school psychologist for an agency. It was a fantastic year, and we thought about making the relocation permanent. But, on two educators salaries, we realized that living in NYC would pretty much be the only adventure we could afford, if we stayed there. If we went back to Austin (much lower cost of living), we could afford much more travel and many of the other adventures that we hope to have. But, when it came to picking an eloping destination, we knew it had to be New York!
We contacted a good friend (our witness) about our plans, and she just happened to be friends with an officiant. Then, we found our wonderful photographer, Nicki, on-line. It was supposed to be a Central Park wedding, but was moved at the last-minute to Grand Central Station. We got a few photos first at the library and on the street before the freezing rain started...and we had a blast interacting with strangers, like a lady in the station convenience store who wanted to take a picture with us, and a Salvation Army bell ringer on the street corner. It was a perfect day!
As school employees, in Texas, we don't hide...but we are very private. We have no legal protection and could potentially lose our jobs, if anybody decided they had a problem with us. One of the things that really touched me about our wedding day was being celebrated by strangers. It was probably the third or fourth time in almost a decade that Kim and I kissed in public. I think that is something that so many people take for granted.
One of my favorite pictures from the wedding was the one of our "wedding party." Nicki gave the camera to a stranger, and the five of us got a picture together...The Bride, The Broom (what our friends called Kim...a little bit bride, but not much), our witness, officiant, and Nicki."