This could be you...

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Location 1: Bethesda CEREMONY

The ceremony is such a beautiful time of showcasing your commitment in front of those closest to you. For me & my associates, we will not just capture the walks down the aisle & your first kiss, but also the way Manfred smiles as Bettina gives her vows, & the way a subtle tear falls down each of your faces from the overwhelming joy you two are feeling.

I also want to work with you to have your absolute DREAM ceremony setup. Just because it's an elopement does not mean you can not have beautiful decor, with romantic candlelight, surrounding you two as you say "I do".

LOCATION 2: central park trails

Couples photos are the bread of my work. I will give you two prompts that help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, as well as play off your natural energy together to capture moments that are authentically you.

We will take traditionally formal wedding photos that your parents will want copies of, & candid photos of joy that you will want to make your phone lock screen. We can dance in the middle of Bethesda, make our ways down the Central Park paths, & then hit up the streets surrounding the park for some NYC street photos.

Location 3: Subway

To make the most of our time together, we can get some moody direct flash photos on the subway, & maybe mess around with shutter speeds while the train rushes behind you, all as we travel down to our final iconic NYC backdrop.


DUMBO gives way to the most magical Manhattan skyline views, which will be made all the more magical by the love you two share. I cannot wait to capture dreamy photos of you two leaning against the railing, & photos of fun as you two run around the carousel. & to finish our time off together, maybe we can end with popping a bottle of champagne & cheer-sing to the life you two are starting together!

Below are some more film photos from previous weddings, elopements, & sessions.

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Digital + Film Photo Investment: $2,350 for 2.5 hours on June 8, 2023.

The Carissa Joy Photo treatment is one that takes a real look at who you are as a couple, & documents your wedding day authentically to who you are. I hope you feel that already through the way I have included mostly photos that could translate to an autumn Central Park wedding, followed by an evening of taking photos on the streets & ending with some city-scapes, be it on the cobblestone streets surrounding DUMBO, or the carousel with the Manhattan skyline behind you two. My team & I believe we are best suited for you, because of the way we specialize in the in between moments, both big & small, so we hope to help make that vision come to life for you in both digital & film. Micro-weddings are packed full of genuine moments of love & laughter, we will help you relive each one.

Film has a special character to its images. It is not just a trend making its way through the current wedding zeitgeist, it is a timeless practice of capturing love in a whimsical & raw way. I genuinely think that film photography is the most romantic way to capture a wedding, as the character of the images give off warm vibes & are inherently both nostalgic & timeless. The practice of film photography brings such intentionality to the moment, that can be felt & experienced when you receive them once developed.

This proposal includes two rolls of film, an additional photographer who specializes in film to be there to capture everything for all 2.5 hours, the editing of all 70-72 film images, & 70+ digital images per hour. We deliver each film photo taken, even if it is slightly out of focus or blurred, because that is the magic of film photography - "mistakes" are made beautiful.

Digital Photo Investment: $1,850 for 2.5 hours on June 8, 2023.

If you two decide film photography is not something you want to invest in now, no problem! My team & I would be so excited to capture the joy of your wedding day through a digital medium.

Our same heart for capturing the big & small moments will serve you on your most important day.

As always, we guarantee 70+ fully edited images per hour, which would give you 175+ images in your final wedding gallery.

Whether you have more questions or you are ready to book one of the options, let me know!

I am happy to address any area you might be confused on or bring more clarity to each proposal. BUT if you are ready to full send it on either of these proposals, PLEASE do not hesitate to text me, because you already know I will be doing a happy dance as I write up your contract & send it your way.

I value attention to detail for your images...

I photoshopped people & distractions out of this image to ensure Jazzmin & Brandon could have a perfectly magical engagement photo, even though we took these on a busy Friday evening. I will give you two the same dedication.

Once you are ready to book you will...

1) Sign the contract I send over.

The contract is pretty simples & straight forward. It is designed to not just protect our business, but also you to, as all of Carissa Joy Photo's promises will be written down in this contract. From services performed, to editing, & editing schedules, we both will sign the contract to ensure we are on the same page + all of our needs are met. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of it, my team & I are happy to answer!

2) Put down a 30% deposit.

Details about the 30% deposit will be in the contract. Once I receive the retainer, I will mark the date of your wedding off on my calendar, so that if any other potential clients inquire with me for that day, I can confidently tell them, "So sorry, but I already have a stunning wedding with an amazing couple scheduled for that day!"

3) Jump up & down for joy with me.

Once the contract is signed & the deposit is paid, I am OFFICIALLY your photographer! What an honor that will be & I truly cannot wait to make this happen. I am confident in the beauty we will capture together, both the planned & the unplanned moments. So many priceless photos come from in between, candid moments, & I will be right by your side for however many hours you choose, to photograph each one.

Once we have your elopement on the books,

I will be here with you every step of the planning process. I will plan out a route/schedule & show it to you two as we go to ensure I do not miss any locations you want photographs in. I have a list of vendors I can recommend, be it florists for a good bouquet & boutonniere or a makeup artist to get you feeling good at the beginning of the day. Anything else that arises, no matter how small or big, consider me your NYC elopement expert to give you all the tips on ensuring your day is as special as you envision it to be.