Allison and Ames wanted a classic New York City wedding, as in 1940s classic, with a morning church ceremony, a luncheon afterward, and an exit where you go straight to the airport for your honeymoon.
Allison even eschewed the typical white wedding gown for a floral Dolce & Gabbana three-quarter-length dress. After their ceremony at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan, everyone enjoyed a formal luncheon at the James Burden Mansion. At the end, Allison and Ames changed into hiking boots and backpacks, exiting the reception to go straight to the airport to catch their flight to Nepal for their honeymoon.
Allison and Ames met in 2012 on a group sailing trip when both were looking for resets in their lives. Ames, who was a contestant on Season 7 of The Bachelorette, had recently been rejected from the show. Allison was looking for more substance in her life beyond her studies and her career as an engineer.
Allison and Ames are both accomplished individuals in their careers who also love spontaneity, adventure and anything out of the ordinary. It was how they met, how they fell in love, how they honeymooned, and how they continue to live their lives.
Their unique wedding story was featured in the New York Times. Read a more in-depth look into their lives and their wedding here. And definitely check out Chrisman Studios filmmaker Vlad Chaloupka’s highlight film: Allison and Ames’ NYC Wedding.