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Claudia & Isaac’s Impromptu New York City Elopement

Claudia & Isaac’s Impromptu New York City Elopement

It’s become pretty apparent that not even the coronavirus can stop love, and Claudia and Issac’s story is no exception! The couple had their big, traditional wedding perfectly planned in Northern California – where Claudia is from – until the pandemic stopped them completely in their tracks. Rather than call the whole thing off, Claudia and Isaac decided to get hitched somewhere fun, recognizable, and exciting: New York City’s Central Park. On August 15th, the couple shared their vows amongst a handful of loved ones, and had an incredible day celebrating! Read all about their love story and their elopement experience below!

How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another?

We met on a dating app when we were both living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We both assumed this would just be another app date and not much would come of it, but we were both pleasantly surprised by how much we got along and liked each other.

When did you first fall in love? How did you know?

We were together all the time and it was just easy being around each other. Something just clicked in a way it never had for either of us before and we both felt that it was just right. A year later, Isaac moved to New York City for a job and we knew we didn’t want to break up. We did long distance for a year and it further solidified the feeling that we didn’t want to be without each other. I  moved to New York City the following year and the rest is history.

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

Isaac proposed at the spot where we had our first date. It was a beautiful spring day with a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge. He had a photographer standing by to capture the moment and I was completely surprised! He even had his parents (from Boston) and my parents (local) nearby to celebrate after!

What do you love about your partner?

Claudia: Isaac always makes me laugh, which I think is a key piece of a long and happy marriage. Life can be tough sometimes and you have to be able to laugh through the difficult times together.

Isaac: I love everything about Claudia. But if I have to be specific, she is sweet and caring and loving. She’s always taking care of everyone and everything around her.

What is the greatest strength of your relationship?

We genuinely like each other as people. We love to be around each other and we get along really well. We’re both intense in different ways but we are able to handle each other better than most anyone else. We just get each other.

Why did you decide to elope?

We actually had a big wedding planned for the same date in Northern California, where I’m from, but COVID forced us to postpone to next year (at least). We still wanted to get married,  so we decided to have a small elopement ceremony in Central Park with just our close family and two local friends. It felt very New York!

How did you find Simply Eloped?

Research and reviews!

How did you know Simply Eloped was the right fit for you?

I had the big wedding entirely planned, but since that wasn’t going to be possible this year, I wanted a company that would take care of all the details for her. Simply Eloped would take care of all the details and had packages that included just the right things.

What attracted you to the venue you eloped at?

Central Park is iconic New York. If we were going to get married in New York City, it needed to be somewhere recognizable and exciting. (The dress was also very Carrie Bradshaw!) I liked that it was public and people could watch, too! In fact, everyone around us was watching!

What activities did you do before the wedding? How did you prepare? How did you feel leading up to the moments of your elopement?

I didn’t really have to do much. I made sure my elopement dress went to the tailor and that Isaac had what he needed for the ceremony. Our parents coordinated a picnic in the park after the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows and I had my hair and makeup done. It was pretty stress-free, which was the point.

Tell us about your experience with Simply Eloped leading up to and on your big day!

Simply Eloped made things easy. I didn’t really have to do anything, which was nice.

How did you celebrate after?

We had a picnic in the park, and then everyone came back to our apartment and we had a mini reception on our terrace. Everyone gave a little impromptu speech; we had dessert, danced, and had a great time.

What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?

It’s a very special experience. It’s intimate and low-key. I always wanted a big, elaborate wedding, and an elopement wasn’t something I had considered. But given the circumstances, an elopement was so special and fun. Now we’ll just have two weddings!

Planning: Simply Eloped
Officiant: Rev. Chelsea MacMillan
Photographer: Laura Diliberto
Hair & Makeup: Ashley Riley
Flowers: Flowers by Richard

Article written by karen norian
Karen Norian is a writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has been featured in many publications, including INSIDER, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Elite Daily. Her work as a wedding photographer has led her to Simply Eloped, where she has been working since early 2019.
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