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Autumn elopement in New York City by Elopement NYC photographer Nessa K.

This post was long overdue. I love that New York City is just a 2 hour train ride away from Baltimore. I can walk to the station from my house, read a book on the ride, spend the afternoon photographing lovely people like Rachael and Trusten, grab hot cocoa with the lovely Akilah (who I had the great fortune to photograph a while back), then be back in Baltimore by the end of the day. Fall weather, crisp air, and a view of the NYC skyline. I just adore New York in the fall.

  • Heather Elizabeth - Nessa my darling friend, this is beautiful. These two have just so much elegance and grace. Beautiful picture taking <3


This girl has my heart. Sara lives in Portland and I live in Baltimore. We met in NYC when she was living in Boise ID and I was living in Frederick MD. We’ve been best friends since the day we met, but weve never lived close to each other so when we hang out, it usually involves a lot of travel. We’ve explored Phoenix, New York, Amsterdam, Vegas, Paris, Seattle, Vancouver, DC, San Francisco, and Bruges, but this was first time either of us had been to Charleston, South Carolina and it was so completely charming.

Sara and I found a house on Air BnB a little ways away from the city. Down a dark, forested road was this cozy little building in a commune with walls full of pictures, trinkets, stacks of records and tapes, an outdoor shower, a ladder you climb up to the bed, and a ton of land. We were given homemade ginger kombucha when we first pulled in and we sat on the little dock looking over the lake on the grounds for a few hours before driving into the city.

We had four days in the city; we explored marshes where trees grow out of swamps, forests where spanish moss swings slowly from the trees, the coast with light sand, peppered with lighthouses, found a local carnival, and drove down tree lined paths at the Botany bay Plantation. I had my first South Carolina BBQ brisket (forgive me, Carolinas, but I’ve had Texas brisket and I won’t let you win this war) and we let Yelp be our guide through the restaurants in the city, except that we had to decide for ourselves if Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier or Macaroon Boutique had better macarons. It turns out one week in Paris was not enough training for my palate because I ate them all happily.

We spent time in historic districts, swooned over the old buildings, selecting the ones we’d both move into. We even checked out a local improv company on one of our last nights in town. It was our only night out — we even spent halloween fully dressed up as a fox and bee in Starbucks, laptops open as we worked into the night.

In the end, I fell in love with the city. We saw a lot in a few short days even though we spent most of our time drinking lavender lattes and mochas at Black Tap Coffee as we planned for a workshop in Austin TX. So here it is. Tons of love from my best friend who lives on the other coast, from the time we picked a city at visited for a few days. Charleston SC, I think you’re swell.

  • Dylan Howell - <3 <3 <3

  • Megan Saul - Aw! you two are precious! Glad you are blogging! And the pictures!!! More please. <3

  • Lindsay Anne Dransfield - I love love love the moments you caught. The cotton candy ones are adorable and have got to be my favorite! You two are a dynamic duo for sure.

  • Elissa - These photos are perfect <3

  • Tiffany Farley - Love these!

  • Jessica Cooper - Your work is incredible! So inspiring :)

  • Joe Dodd - Love these, Nessa!

  • Mat Simpson - I dig

  • Eduardo Goulart - Fantastic! <3

  • Pande Kadek Heryana Saputra - ohhh Sara Byrne awesome shoot Nessa

  • Sarah Fredenburg - Macarons! Yummmm. Love the amusement park/fair photos! Lovely trip! I'm not sure how Sara does it with boots and pants in Charleston. I'd die! Phew it's so hot there!

  • Hanneke Beld Vollbehr - Gorgeous!!!

  • Aia - I’m a big fan of both you amd your partners! You and Sam. Dylan and Sara! <3 You guys are awesome!

  • Adam Cavanagh - Stunning!!

  • Aline Ramos - Que lindo

  • Aline Ramos - Fantastic!

  • Amy Faith - Beautiful set of photographs, I am speechless.

    However, I must find my voice so I can ask "where can I get a pair of those boots??" :D