After 11 years together, Tiffany and Christian didn’t feel like having a large elaborate wedding was important to them. The couple considered eloping, but ultimately settled on an intimate wedding held in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park with just their immediate families and best friends. A simple and heartfelt ceremony, they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect way to celebrate their love and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Thanks to Tahni of Joyeuse Photography for sharing their love story with us!

Shakespeare Garden Elopement

Tiffany & Christian

New York City, NY

Wedding Date: June 19th, 2014

Number of Guests: 15

Wedding Cost: $7,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Shakespeare Garden, Central Park

Wedding Reception Location: Palma Restaurant

preparing wedding flowers

groom getting into yellow taxi

bride with bouquet

profile portrait of bride

bride portrait in Central Park

bride and groom portrait in Central Park

intimate bride and groom portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We began planning our wedding about a year ago. After 11 years together, we decided we no longer wanted or needed a large scale affair. Our priorities have shifted with time and the thing that was most important to us was having our immediate families and our best friends with us. We opted for a heartfelt, intimate ceremony and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

New York City street

groom's suit hanging up

groom getting ready

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

None really! That was the whole point of having a small wedding.

bride holding brooches

flowers being prepped in hotel room

wedding dress hanging up

bride getting her hair done

bride getting her make-up done

bride getting her make-up done

wedding dress draped over bed

wedding jewellery on vintage New York book

bride getting dressed

wedding dress sleeve detail on bride

bride putting on shoes

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We’d considered the idea of eloping together, but we realized that having our immediate family together just felt right. Once we made that decision, I think people respected that.

bride and groom in grand hotel lobby

wedding portrait in Central Park

groom kissing bride's forehead in central park

bride and groom portrait

black and white wedding portrait

bride portrait

groom portrait

Central Park

bride and groom in Central Park

bride and groom by lake in Central Park

bride and groom feet

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No, everyone was very supportive and understanding.

Shakespeare Gardens

wedding guests walking under umbrellas in Central Park

Bride with her father

wedding ceremony in Central Park

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We found an officiant that really took the time to get to know us as a couple and conveyed that in the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to focus on our love, and we believe that really came through.

bride and groom getting married in Central Park

Central Park wedding ceremony

bride and groom holding hands

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

We did everything on our terms, and were not trying to impress anyone. Everything worked out just the way we envisioned.

groomputting ring on bride's finger

bride and groom first kiss

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Have the wedding you want and don’t ever feel selfish about that. This is a celebration of your love so savor every single minute as it all goes by so fast!

bride and groom hugging after first kiss


Flowers: University Florist (arranged by mother of the bride)

Photography: Joyeuse Photography

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Baked Brooklyn

Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis