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Scenes From an Elopement


Tina Lüdtke and Brian Kristjansen are not models. They’re a real, quirky Canadian couple in love, shown here karate-chopping through the drizzly mist in Brooklyn the night of their wedding. The couple got engaged a year after being set up on a blind date, and days after the proposal, they decided to come here to elope (all the way from Calgary). Four friends joined them as witnesses, and their New York–based wedding photographer, Dave Robbins, suggested they cruise around the city together, via limo and subway, to get interesting shots. On day two of their stay, they picked up their rings, which had been FedExed, and went to City Hall to get their marriage license. That night, for a rehearsal dinner of sorts, they went to Buddakan. “As we were leaving, Lou Reed walked in!” recalls Brian. The next day, they were married in Central Park, then traversed the city with friends and photographer in tow. “People were cheering for us in the streets, stopping their cars to honk,” says Brian. Their first dance was in the subway, and their wedding-night dinner (party of six) was at the River Café in Dumbo. “Our wedding cake was a chocolate dessert shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge, with a gold CONGRATULATIONS written on it. The whole thing was perfect.”

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