Jacqui and Tom eloped on October 2nd with a ceremony in Astoria Park, Queens.
Jacqui works in the Queens College art department curating and cataloging digital image collections, while Tom is a professional guitarist who works freelance jobs that include Broadway musicals. Both of them are passionate about their jobs and art—and huge nerds—so they’re the perfect fit for each other.
In fact, it was their love of art that brought them together. They met in an undergrad choral group singing madrigals—Renaissance songs that are often based in romance and drama. The small group rehearsed in a circle, so Tom, a bass, stood directly across from Jacqui, an alto. They made eyes at each other while singing love songs for a full semester before Jacqui had a dream that she asked Tom out for coffee—so she did. He didn’t drink coffee, but he took up her offer for hot chocolate instead.
They got engaged during the first weekend of August 2015 after a short sightseeing trip to Montreal. Tom had been secretly planning to propose during the trip, so when they stumbled upon the Montreal International Fireworks Competition on August 1, he decided to propose during that special moment, even though he hadn’t brought the ring along with him.
They decided that he should try again, “officially,” so the next day, they spent their time at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, and he proposed again in a pretty and secluded spot—this time with the ring.
On the day of the wedding, Jacqui and Tom met up with a few guests under the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park for the brief ceremony. After that, there was plenty of mingling, lots of hugs, and the opportunity to take group photos and portraits of the two of them. Jacqui loves detail shots and whimsical photographs that aren’t posed, so I was taking photos like mad the whole time.
We sent them off after plenty of hugs for their dream honeymoon trip. They have always wanted to go to Japan, so the chance to see the amazing architecture and culture in Tokyo, Nikko, and Kyoto was an amazing opportunity for them!
Tom & Jacqui, thank you for asking me to be part of this intimate and exciting moment in your lives. I wish you both the best of luck together!