Istanbul Elopement : Jive & Joe

Jive is from The Philippines and Joe from America. They had been living in Turkey for a while, and decided to get married here before they move to Southeast Asia. I had the pleasure to photograph their Istanbul elopement, thousands of miles away from their home towns and families. It was a very small an intimate wedding. Other than the wedding officiants, they only had four close friends (and a toddler) to witness and celebrate with them. 

istanbul elopement: bride getting her maekup done

Eloping in Istanbul is a good idea for couples who prefer a city elopement. It offers many options in terms of venues and services. For their ceremony venue, Jive and Joe picked Gezi Hotel in the heart of Taksim. Bride and groom had their preparations in seperate rooms at the hotel.istanbul wedding: hand of makeup artist over brides head

Their close friends were also there to help. One of them had a lovely child, who did not seem to care much about the elopement. toddler at istanbul wedding istanbul elopement wedding dress wedding dress details at istanbul elopement istanbul elopement: groom putting his shirt on istanbul elopement: groom getting ready in hotel room istanbul elopement: groom and groomsman laughing istanbul elopement: bridesmaids helping bride getting dressed gezi hotel wedding: bride and bridesmaids having a conversation istanbul elopement: mom throwing toddler in the air

When the officiant arrived with his assistant, the ceremony began in the hotel room.istanbul elopement: groom watches as officiant signs the register elopement in istanbul: groom with officiants in the background istanbul elopement with bride groom and four guests istanbul elopement: bride posing istanbul wedding: groom posing gezi hotel wedding: bride and groom posing istanbul wedding: bride and groom istanbul elopement: bride and groom posing

Joe’s best man bought him a ukulele as a wedding gift. Joe did not waste time to practice on his new toy.istanbul elopement: groom playing ukelele while bride getting ready

After the ceremony, we went to the nearby Japanese restaurant at Grand Hyatt for elopement dinner.istanbul intimate wedding dinner small wedding dinner after istanbul elopement istanbul elopement: groom making funny faces at the child grand hyatt istanbul elopement: toddler exploring the restaurant grand hyatt istanbul elopement dinner istanbul elopement dinner at grand hyatt istanbul grand hyatt wedding dinner

That intimate night among friends ended with laughters and happy memories. I wish Jive and Joe a happy life together. Wherever the life takes them to. 

 

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