New York City Hall Elopement: Sharon + Daniel

New York City is definitely looking different these days but let’s go back to when Sharon and Daniel had their elopement at City Hall and dream about roaming the city streets again soon!

Be sure to scroll down for Q&A from the couple.

Photography: Brooklyn Wedding Photo

Location: New York City Hall

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Oct 18th, 2019 was our courthouse date and civil ceremony. Two weeks later we had our exchange of vows and celebration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It felt like a mini elopement, we had no family nor friends attend. Our photographer was our witness. We wanted to have this moment just for the two of us.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: We had no decoration of our own but the room that we got married in had purple walls which suited the mood perfectly and is Sharon’s favorite color!

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: Dan surprised Sharon with a bouquet of Deep Purple roses, two toned variety of lavender and purple at the entrance of city hall. This was a DIY bouquet since he found these at a flower stand and asked for the length to be cut and used the natural dried raffia string as a ribbon.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We had made dinner reservations at the Boathouse in Central Park, last minute we decided to cancel and go home to freshen up. We ended up going to Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel as walk-ins and had a wonderful dinner. We were lucky to get a table since it was a Friday night. On our way out we bumped into an old colleague from the restaurant where we had met who was working as a manager there. We felt like the wheel had turned full circle.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: It took Sharon a few trials until she found “the one”. She wore an off-white  long sleeve jumpsuit with a vintage feel from with nude pumps. Her something blue were her diamond and blue sapphire earrings that Dan had given to her during their first Christmas. Dan found a few staples that were part of his current wardrobe and put together the outfit the day of the ceremony. He wore burgundy wool sports jacket, a blue pinstripe  dress shirt with a silk burgundy tie, burgundy chino pants with a black leather belt and black leather dress shoes.

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We briefly worked together at Mercer Kitchen towards the end of 2011. Sharon was a hostess and Dan was a server. Sharon was still in college and had taken off two weeks due to finals and Dan thought that she wasn’t coming back and he had never asked for her number. When she came back and Dan saw her he told her this and asked her out on a date which she accepted. The proposal: In 2017 we had a mini vacation in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where Dan had planned to pop the question prior to spending the holidays in Argentina visiting the in-laws to be.    We were staying at the Belmond Copacabana Palace which had a beautiful terrace overlooking the Copacabana beach. On Dec, 18th Dan took Sharon at night to the terrace and bent the knee. Sushi and champagne to celebrate was shortly after at Mee.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Saying our “I do’s” and being pronounced husband and wife was super special moment. It was only us with our photographers as witnesses so it really allowed us to be relaxed and fully present in the moment.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Some wedding planning advice that I can provide, especially if you are having a destination wedding:- Make sure to meet in-person or video-chat with vendors the week of your wedding to stress important details.- If your photographers and videographers are new to the location, make sure they visit the location with you prior to your wedding day so they scout the grounds in advance. – Practice carrying your bouquet, your guests are forgiving but your pictures won’t be. – If it is in your budget, higher a day of coordinator. This is one thing I didn’t do and regret. Once the party starts even the most detail oriented person from your bridal team might forget about certain things that a coordinator will be on top of since that is their function :)- Stay present and enjoy every second of it, it goes by so fast!!!- Once it’s all said and done you might go through post-wedding depression. After such a big high it feels like a big low to go back to mundane life. You are not alone. Talk to recent brides about it. It can be a great cathartic release.