Autumn Elopement near Ithaca NY

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Autumn elopement in Ithaca New York

Lauren and Jerzy had the simplest yet romantic elopement day near Ithaca, New York last fall.

Without hesitation, Lauren and Jerzy’s sweet little elopement near Ithaca was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever been a part of. Everything about the day was purposeful and meaningful, and every detail chosen was undeniably them.

Lauren reached out to me only two months before their elopement day, wide eyed and ready to make any plan work. Although the pandemic was in full effect, it really didn’t seem to play much part in their elopement planning. You see, these two are elopers at heart and knew from the very beginning that they wanted their wedding day to simple, understated, and very purposeful.

The Elopement Day

Being huge nature lovers and bird watchers, both Lauren and Jerzy wanted a location that felt off-the-radar, but also special at the same time. Of course I sent them a few of my favorite places in Ithaca, but it was actually them who came across this unknown trail right around the corner from their home. It had ponds and rolling hills that showed off the autumn colors – everything they ever dreamed in their elopement location.

They decided to spend the first half of their wedding day getting ready together at home, and only invited two of their best friends along to act as their officiant and witness. They picked up some food and champagne for a picnic, and brought along a delicious chocolate cake from one of Jerzy’s favorite bakeries.

After the ceremony, Lauren and Jerzy booked a new nights at a nearby bed and breakfast called Gothic Eves Inn. Although I wasn’t able to join them for the elopement after party due to pandemic restrictions, I’m hoping one of my future couples books a room there for their elopement because it looks so beautiful!

From the quiet nature trail they picked as their location, Lauren’s stunning but understated ASOS gown, and of course Jerzy’s bird tie, every aspect was chosen with intent and with their personalities at the forefront. You wouldn’t mistake this elopement day as anyone else’s and that’s what getting married this way is all about!

Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Autumn picnic elopement in Ithaca New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Bride wears ASOS gown to her Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Wild autumn bouquet at Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Wild autumn bouquet at Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Wild autumn bouquet at Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
Wild autumn bouquet at Ithaca elopement in Upstate New York
"Working with Alyssa was a dream! Her correspondence was prompt and detailed - we decided to have a quiet elopement, and Alyssa was there every step of the way to bounce ideas off of and clarify logistics, etc. Her website is incredibly transparent, so there were no surprises in terms of expectations or prices. The actual elopement session was so easygoing and effortless. I told her upfront that I was worried about being awkward during photos, so she was great about giving some direction without posing us too much. It felt really natural having her around - she was there when she needed to be, but 'out of the way' at the right times too. She was also very prepared with an emergency bag with a sewing kit, hand warmers, and so on, which came in handy when my dress was snagging on twigs and the wind kept me chilled. When we forgot a few things back in the car, she cleverly put together some of our bags and jackets to sit on so we wouldn't be on the ground. After our ceremony, all 4 of us in attendance commented how great she was during the ceremony. I've received our sneak peek photo gallery, which was above and beyond my expectations! I assumed that we'd receive 2 or 3 photos, but instead we got 20+ beautiful photos within 24 hours of our ceremony. I can't wait to see the full gallery. Alyssa is so talented and natural at her job, and it really shows in her work. Her photos are personal, intimate, beautiful, and real. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
Lauren + Jerzy
Hiking trail near Trumansburg Ithaca New York
Hiking trail near Trumansburg Ithaca New York
Hiking trail near Trumansburg Ithaca New York
Hiking trail near Trumansburg Ithaca New York
Upstate New York Fall Colors Ithaca Elopement
Upstate New York Fall Colors Ithaca Elopement
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
Autumn Elopement near Ithaca New York | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
You're going to love the fall colors at this Ithaca NY elopement | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
You're going to love the fall colors at this Ithaca NY elopement | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
You're going to love the fall colors at this Ithaca NY elopement | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
You're going to love the fall colors at this Ithaca NY elopement | Alyssa Vanzo Photography
Wild fall color elopement bouquet
Sequin Elopement Gown
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Meadows and ponds elopement | Atumn Elopement near Ithaca, NY
Sequin Elopement Gown
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Sequin Elopement Gown
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Fall Elopement near Ithaca in Upstate New York
Chocolate cake and jewel toned bouquet at an autumn elopement near Ithaca NY
Chocolate cake and jewel toned bouquet at an autumn elopement near Ithaca NY
Elopement picnic next to a pond at a hiking trail in the Finger Lakes
Elopement picnic next to a pond at a hiking trail in the Finger Lakes
This couple did some bird watching at their autumn elopement in the Finger Lakes! | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
This couple did some bird watching at their autumn elopement in the Finger Lakes! | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
This couple did some bird watching at their autumn elopement in the Finger Lakes! | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
This couple did some bird watching at their autumn elopement in the Finger Lakes! | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer
This couple did some bird watching at their autumn elopement in the Finger Lakes! | Alyssa Vanzo Upstate NY Elopement Photographer