Kika and Brian eloped on September 15th, with a ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
These two came to New York all the way from Berlin, where Kika works as an artist doing large-scale drawings and Brian works as a director of design for Blacklane.com, a startup transportation company. They wanted their wedding to have a vintage, relaxed sort of feeling to it, and that was reflected in the photographs we were able to take around New York City. This city is a setting that definitely fits both of their personalities and the modern-yet-timeless style that they were looking for.
Kika and Brian met as they were both flying through Newark Airport (EWR). He had just finished a conference in Portland, and she was headed back to Berlin from San Francisco. Brian noticed that Kika had her cat, Penny Lane, on a leash. He approached her to ask how she had managed to train her cat to do that, since his own cat, Sushi, definitely didn’t cooperate when he tried to train her to do the same. The ended up chatting about cats for a while before boarding their flight, and they met up again at the baggage claim to talk some more.
During their conversation, Kika found out that Brian had just moved to Berlin from her hometown of San Francisco. So, to welcome him to town, she invited him to a galactic-themed Halloween party. According to Kika, he spent months after that only able to refer to her friends by the costumes they had worn at the party: “Oh… that was the girl dressed as Nebula? Was that the guy dressed up like Darth Maul?”
Brian proposed to Kika in June of 2016, after they had talked for months about getting married. They had picked out a ring together in May, so a month later, when they were out on a walk, they stopped by the edge of their favorite canal by their house—which is also one of their favorite places to read and relax under the trees. Right after Brian proposed, one of the rare Berlin beavers swam by, which they took as a sign of good things to come.
Brian & Kika: thank you for letting me be part of your intimate and beautiful wedding day. I loved hearing your story and photographing you around New York City. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your images and the memories of your beautiful day for years to come.