Frequently Asked Questions

Do you know a good place where we can see how to fill out a marriage license?
You betcha! Check out – and subscribe to – our YOU TUBE CHANNEL where we walk you through the license application process from start to finish. And you will find other interesting videos that are all about getting married in New York City.

Do you only come as a team?
While booking us as a team has a lot of advantages (from the service you receive to communication that we have with each other), we do understand that sometimes you just need an officiant or you just need a photographer. If that is the case you can also book us separately by following these links to our individual websites.

Jackie Reinking (Officiant):
Sascha Reinking (Photographer):

Why do you love elopements so much?
What can we tell you? We are suckers for love stories. Elope in New York…there is nothing better. We enjoy the connections we make with our couples. Finding out who they truly are and capturing their unique story is what we love the most about this work. That is probably one of the reasons we are still in contact with most of our couples and why some of them became amazing friends. With elopements we feel we can make this connection much better because there isn’t a huge wedding in the way! Elopements are intimate and we like that very much. They make for some of the most genuine photographs.

How long before our elopement should we contact you?
Right now is great!
We work with 150 to 200 couples each year, so please contact us as soon as you nail down your date. But, hey, if you decided today to elope tomorrow it’s worth giving us a call…maybe we are still available!

Small elopement or huge wedding, a bride wants to look good!
Any tip for a talented make-up artist and hair stylist?
We hear ya. It’s a great idea to hire a make-up artist and/or hair stylist to take care of you. Every bride deserves to be pampered as she sips champagne on her big day! Plus, professional make-up and hair will make the photos that much better. We work with the best stylists in the industry and we are happy to introduce you. We can promise that you will look and feel like a rock-star.

Music is the key to the heart. Is there a chance to have someone serenade us during the ceremony?
We love us some good tunes. We have worked with, and can recommend to you singers, songwriters, harpists, violinists, pianist, guitar players and a barbershop quartet. We confident we can find the right musician for you.

What about a bouquet?
There are soooo many amazing florists in this city. But, of course, that makes it all the more challenging to find the perfect one! We have a list of the best florists we have worked with and trust. We would love to send you some names.

This all sounds great but we would love to be more ‘hands-off’ on our wedding day. Do you guys offer ‘Elopement Packages’ ?
Sure do! Make sure to ask us about our convenient ‘All-in-One’ elopement packages where we bundle our services with other vendors on your wedding day here in New York City.

We are out-of-towners. Can you please help us find a dreamy ceremony location?
We get this question a lot! We have a long list with amazing ceremony locations that range from ‘unique’ and ‘fun’ to simply ‘romantic’. We are also always on the hunt for new locations when we are walking around the city with our family. There are thousands of locations in this amazing city! Together we can narrow it down and find the one spot that is just right for you.

Getting married makes us hungry. Where should we go eat?
Ah, one of our favorite topics. This city is a food-lover’s paradise and you can have a full culinary experience within a few blocks. Tell us what you crave and we will recommend some of our favorite restaurants. And if you would like to talk in a little more detail about New York restaurants and their food and cocktails, we will make sure to clear our schedules for you.

We are soooo excited, we hardly can stand it! How long until we can see our photos?
We know, we know. The most amazing day in your life and now you have to wait for the images! We always try to blog some ‘teasers’ on INSTAGRAM shortly after the wedding for the short-term fix. Your entire session will be ready, depending on the season, about 4-6 weeks after your wedding day. Most times you will see them faster than that, though.

Will you be our witness?
Aw, Sascha would be honored to be your witness. Thanks for asking! Just let us know beforehand so Sascha can bring his ID.

Are you, by any chance, insured?
Sascha, as the photographer, is insured. He has business and liability insurance.

Our venue is asking for a ‘certificate of liability insurance’. Huh?
Some venues require some sort of proof from the wedding professionals (photographers, musicians, caterers. florists, etc.) that they are insured in case there is damage. It is not a problem to provide this certificate. Just give us about one week notice so that we can put the information together for you.

Butterfingers over here always breaks our camera. Does that ever happen to you?
Knock on wood…so far it hasn’t happened. But not to worry, Sascha always bring a back up. He travels with additional lenses, camera bodies and other fun tools he uses during your time together. So rest assured that your special day is covered.

Really? Sales Tax?
We know, we know. New York State requires photographers to collect sales tax on their services and products they offer. It is part of doing business in New York. Here’s an option: If you get married outside of New York and you take us with you, there will be no sales tax, plus we’ll have a fun road trip! Jackie, however, does not need to collect sales taxes for her services as officiant. Hurray!

Out of curiosity…where are your clients from?
Our lovely clients are from all over the world. Couples come to us from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, England, and we have worked with clients from Australia, South Africa, South America, New Zealand and Canada, to name a few. We are very blessed with a truly global clientele.

Are you real New Yorkers?
We are! Well, at least we feel like New Yorkers. Even though we were’t born in New York (Sascha is from Germany and Jackie grew up in Portland, Oregon), we have been living here for more than 20 years now. We work here, we met here, we had our daughter here (which, by the way, makes our daughter a REAL New Yorker) and we love bagels with cream cheese and Nathan’s hot dogs. We think that qualifies us to call ourselves New Yorkers.

We are a little lost when it comes to all the papers and licenses we need. Any chance you can help us with that?
All the paperwork can be overwhelming. We are happy to help and give advice. We promise, it is not as tricky as you might think it is.

Even though we are foreigners? You still can help?
Sascha is a “foreigner” himself remember? So yes, we definitely can help. And if we don’t have the answer for you right away we will do the research.

But why? Why are you so immensely helpful?
Because we like you! And because we know that it’s sometimes helpful to have some people on location who know their way around. We are not saying we will plan the wedding for you (there are people who can do this much better) but we definitely can help, give tips, and point you in the right direction.

We LOVE New York. We really do! But to be honest, we have a different location in mind for our wedding. Would you travel for us?
Would we? WOULD WE?! Listen, you tell us where and when and we are on our way! Just let us know if we need our bathing suit, snow suits or black Tuxedo/dress, ok?!


If there are any other questions you would like to ask, do not hesitate and contact us.
Call Sascha at +1.347.200.5513, Jackie at +1.646.456.4555 or shoot us an email at

We cannot wait to hear from you!
Jackie & Sascha | #TeamReinking


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