Prices and Packages for Weddings in Central Park

I have listed the packages that we offer for weddings, elopements and vow renewals in Central Park on the website.  I won’t discuss the prices in this blog post, because they’re all listed there on the website and they are subject to change.  This blog post is intended to be a discussion of the packages and options when considering purchasing a wedding package from us. Click the link for the most up-to date prices for weddings in Central Park.

The first, cheapest and most basic package is for just the ceremony.  With this package, I will write the ceremony wording for you (and that involves me asking you some questions about yourselves and your relationship and anyone else that you’d like to mention), and I arrange for a NY state registered officiant to be there to perform the ceremony.  I will get the event permit for you from the Central Park Conservancy.  You may have some questions about the locations, which I’ll do my best to answer, and try to show you what each location looks like, and the pros and cons of each.   I will ask you for a first choice of date, time and location and then apply for this for you, if that isn’t available then I’ll come back to you and ask for a second choice.  This will get you all the planning and advice from myself about the wedding, and your time in Central Park that you need.

The second package is as above but with a photographer for two hours.  The photographer might meet you at the entrance to Central Park, or at the ceremony location, as you wish.  They will take candid photos of the ceremony itself, and portrait photos around Central Park.  We can do portrait photos either before or after the ceremony, whichever suits you.  We usually suggest two hours is just right for photos in Central Park, this yields around 120-150 photos.  The photographer will edit them and get the high resolution digital images to you as soon as possible.

The third package is as above but the photographer is there for just one hour.  I can only offer this one for eloping couples Monday to Thursday.  Most photographers are not keen to come out for such a short job at all, and certainly not on weekends.  This is because they wouldn’t earn enough to potentially turn down another wedding on the same date, plus they have travel time and editing time.  We find that some eloping couples just don’t want to spend two hours taking photos, though, so we wanted to offer something more low-key.  This one is also quite popular with couples who are renewing their marriage vows with us in Central Park.

The fourth package is the ceremony, performed by an officiant, with two hours of photography, and also flowers delivered to your hotel, an acoustic musician and a videographer.  The flowers in this contract would be a rose bouquet with matching boutonniere.  Couples can upgrade for a small extra charge to any bouquet they like really, made of any blooms if the florist can get them, and any number of extra bouquets and boutonnieres.  The videographer will be at the ceremony and capture footage of the guests, the ceremony and the surrounding area.  Then they create an edited video with sound of the ceremony, and also a shorter highlight reel set to music of the couple’s choice.  At the time of writing I can provide an acoustic guitarist, singer, harpist, saxophonist, violinist, cellist, other classical musicians or bagpiper for a wedding ceremony in Central Park.  The musicians can do requests.  We usually have couples choose a few pieces for the musician to play for the guests while they wait for the bride or couple to arrive, then something special for the musician to play for the arrival, then another special request for when they are pronounced married, then they go back to playing from the original background while the couple signs the paperwork and have group photos taken in the area close to where the ceremony took place.

The fifth package is the ceremony, performed by an officiant and ten hours of photography.  We began to offer this because we were finding that some couples want to take getting ready shots, photos of the ceremony and Central Park, and then photographs all over the city in their wedding gear, followed by photos at the reception. 

What I find happens in practice, is that couples might choose one of these customizable wedding packages, or have something slightly different in mind that takes from a couple of the packages.  We can usually accommodate their wishes.  For example; the fifth package with ten hours of photography, but with a videographer too, or the second package with two hours of photography, but with a musician too, or with an hour or so more photography, and so on.  I’m quite happy to provide different quotes to help you think about what services you need to make the day go just how you want it to.  If you have something in mind that isn’t listed here, then please drop me an email at info@wedincentralpark.com and we can discuss it!

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Jade and Danny’s Elopement at the Pond Lawns, Overlooking Gapstow Bridge

Jade and Danny eloped from their home in Scotland to get married in Central Park in July.  They held their ceremony on the Pond Lawns at the south end of Central Park, with Gapstow Bridge in the background.  Jade is 28, Danny is 31.  They had been together for almost ten years when they got married.  They met at a mutual friend’s party “and then continued to show up at the same social events,” said Jade. 

They got engaged on a fancy boat hotel docked in Leith, Edinburgh.  “We had a great day and night and then I was surprised with a ring box,” said Jade.  “I had absolutely no idea which made it so much more special,” she added.  I asked if they had considered any other options for their wedding before decided on Central Park.  “We never considered any other options,” said Jade.  “We knew we didn’t want anything traditional and to go off and do it ourselves without a huge fuss.  New York City is one of our very favourite places and within that city Central Park is my most favourite location. It made immediate sense to get married there,” she explained.

I asked Jade if she thinks destination weddings and elopements are becoming more popular.  “Definitely,” she said.  “We looked at wedding venues closer to home out of curiosity and for every single one as soon as you say it’s for a wedding the price immediately jumps up,” she told me.  “A destination wedding is much more suited to our personalities and we got an amazing holiday out of it too, so win-win,” Jade said.  Of course, I wholeheartedly agree.

Jade first contacted me in August of 2021, so we planned the wedding in a little under a year.  Travel was still looking quite uncertain then, but they had initially wanted to get married in the summer of 2022, and at the end of 2021, travel between the UK and US opened up so they got their wish!  They booked their flights in September and booked with me in October.

I asked Jade if she had any regrets about not having a “traditional” wedding closer to home.  “None whatsoever.  We had the most perfect day,” she said.  “It was totally relaxed and just what we wanted. We have planned a big party for all our friends and family in Edinburgh for when we are home.  We plan to wear our wedding gear so that everyone still gets to share our excitement,” she added.  So, they get the best of both worlds.  The relaxed elopement wedding and the big celebration with friends and family.

Originally, Jade and Danny were considering Wagner Cove for their wedding ceremony location, but they decided on this spot beside the Pond overlooking Gapstow Bridge instead.  “Central Park is my most favourite location within the city,” Jade told me.  “I love how it is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets and at certain angles the city disappears completely, then you turn around and there’s all the skyscrapers.  It’s a magical place,” she said.  Again, I completely agree, and of course that’s how it was deliberately designed to look.

Jade had a clear vision of the photos that she wanted to capture on her wedding day.  She sent me a mood board and explained the sort of photos that they wanted to capture, which was really helpful for me to pass on to the photographer in advance.  “We chose Gapstow Bridge for our ceremony as it was a more intimate and quiet setting,” Jade said.  “We then had photos taken in iconic locations throughout the park. We wanted our photos to capture the greenery of Central Park as well as the iconic magnitude of the skyscrapers behind,” she said.

I asked Jade if she had had any concerns in the run-up to the wedding.  “I’m a big organiser so entrusting someone else to do everything for me was a little nerve wracking but also a complete breeze. Claire was an absolute joy,” she said.  I do enjoy working with someone who loves a good, detailed plan as much as I do!  “She kept me updated constantly and really listened to what we wanted. It all went smoothly and our day was truly perfect,” Jade said.

This visit was Jade’s third time in New York and Danny’s second time.  “We stayed for a week this time and still could have stayed for much longer!” said Jade.  “We booked using a travel agent as with the fear of Covid we thought it would be easier having someone to organise all the finer details and keep us right,” she said.  “We stayed in Manhattan in a very central location on 43rd Street which made it very easy for us to get to everywhere we wanted to visit,” she added.

I have a process that I tend to go through for all of my weddings, and quite early on, I send the couple a series of questions that I use to write the ceremony for them.  the ceremonies always turn out differently, but often tend to follow a traditional model.  Jade and Danny weren’t too keen on that so we took an awful lot of the ceremony out and kept it very minimal.  “I rewrote our ceremony after Claire gave me a basic draft of what is normally said,” said Jade.  “We didn’t want anything traditional or religious so the entirety of our ceremony lasted five minutes tops.  It captured our personalities, was light and funny and exactly what we wanted,” she said.  I’ll admit that a part of me wanted them to get more of their money’s worth so to speak but I’m all about giving the couple what they want, so we kept it petty much as short as possible, while keeping all the parts we need to have for it to be legally binding!

Jade did her hair and makeup herself.  “I’m not into people touching and fussing with me and didn’t want anything elaborate either,” she explained.  “I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my hair to look like and of course my hair did not cooperate on the day so ended up with something completely different but I just had to go with it.  It was my only stressful moment of the day,” she said.  It does seem that hair and makeup is most commonly the most stressful part of a bride’s wedding day! 

Jade purchased her dress from a boutique bridal shop in Scotland.  “They specialise in unique and quirky pieces and it was the first dress I saw and the second I tried on,” she said.  “We were traditional in the way we dressed but with our personalities shining through.  Our outfits had unique elements to them,” Jade told me.  “I didn’t have flowers as it was causing me too much stress worrying about travelling with them and I didn’t see the point in spending a fortune on flowers while over in New York.  Instead we had a customised bag with our married name on it that we used as a prop in some of our photos – and was perfect for carrying everything we needed (including a flat pair of shoes) seen as it was just the two of us,” Jade said.  I think this bag was a wonderful idea, especially the part about the shoes!

I asked Jade what their friends and family had thought of their decision to get married in Central Park.  “All our friends and family knew we were getting married just the two of us and were all very happy for us.  Whenever someone asked where we were getting married and we told them New York City in Central Park, the look on their faces was priceless,” Jade said.

We had the ceremony take place in the morning.  After taking photos around the park Jade and Danny went to Tavern on the Green for brunch.  After that they went back to their hotel to change.  “It was too much for us Scottish people to wear our full wedding gear in the New York City summer heat!” said Jade.  Once changed and refreshed they went to the Plaza for cocktails and then went to see Chicago on stage that evening.

Jade said that she thought that it helped them enjoy their day more because they had visited New York before their wedding trip.  “That way you have a feel for the city and know what to expect,” she said. She also had some advice on the climate.  “We opted to get married in the height of summer, which was wonderful but impossible for us to keep to our wedding outfits on all day since they weren’t exactly height of New York summer appropriate.  So definitely consider the season and the outfit you choose and ladies a change of flat shoes was an excellent call on my part,” she says.

I asked how we did.  “We had the most wonderful of experiences with Wed in Central Park!” said Jade.  “As mentioned before Claire was a joy!  Incredibly professional, prompt and made us very pleased. Jules, our photographer made us feel so at ease.  She gave us pointers of how to move and pose until we got into it and then let us play around and do as we pleased.  Barbara, our officiant was incredibly sweet, the fact that she had recently dyed her hair blue was very fitting with our own unique qualities,” she added.  “I would highly recommend Wed in Central Park.  The service is 10/10, Claire kept us right from beginning to end and as a result we had the most perfect of days and would do it all over again.”  Thank you so much for your kid words, Jade, it was a pleasure to plan your wedding with you!  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, whether you’re planning a small or large affair, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Kim and Rob’s Elopement Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

Kim and Rob eloped from their home in Manchester, UK to get married in New York.  They got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in June.  The first contacted me in October 2021, just as things were starting to look positive for Brits wanting to travel to the USA.

Their first trip together as a couple had been to New York in March.  “It was absolutely freezing,” said Kim.  “We always said we would go back in the summer, so when we realised how easy it was to get married in New York, it quickly became was the obvious choice for a June wedding.”

They are 49 and 50 years old and had been together for eight years before they got married.  They had met through some mutual friends on a night out to see a band.  They got engaged on Christmas day in their home.  “Rob popped the ring in the advent calendar and told me there was a chocolate in there, which was guaranteed to get me looking!” said Kim.

Kim said that they were ready to get married because it felt like “cementing” their relationship.  “We have no children and getting married just felt right,” she said.  They had initially planned to get married locally and to invite friends and family. “Covid meant our plans were delayed and we just decided that we would prefer to get married on our own so the day was just for us,” Kim said.

Kim says that she can see that small weddings aren’t for everyone, since lots of people do want to have their ‘big day’.  “Plus it’s difficult to expect friends and family to splash out in a destination wedding which they may not be able to afford,” she added.  So, eloping was the right thing for them.  I asked if they had any regrets about not having a wedding closer to home.  “None whatsoever,” Kim said.

I asked Kim what she would say to other couples considering getting married in Central Park.  “Our day was perfect and can’t recommend it enough,” she said.  “Be prepared for lots of walking in high heels though!” she added, although I thought she walked more comfortably and quicker in heels than I’ve ever seen a bride do before, so she had that one down!

Kim wore a tea length House of Mooshki bridal dress purchase from Areles Bridal in Darwin.  “It was perfect,” she said.  Rob wore a more casual t-shirt and jeans with a jacket.  Kim’s flowers were from a local shop in Soho and she did her own hair and makeup.

Kim and Rob stayed in New York for seven days at the Hotel Sixty Soho.  Our photographer Jakub Redziniak met them there for some photos in their room and in the lobby and he said it was one of his favourite hotels that he had shot photos in, and he’s been in quite a few New York City hotels!  Kim said that it was “lacking in service so I wouldn’t recommend it for the price,” so it wasn’t all good, but she does agree that “it did make for some nice photos!”

They had a vintage cab pick them up from their hotel and take them over to the Brooklyn waterfront for photos there, before driving back over to Manhattan and up to Central Park for the ceremony.  “The driver was just superb, said Kim.  “He really added to our day with it being just the two of us and the car really added to our photos,” she told me.  That cab always gets a huge amount of attention.  A driver of a passing open-top tour bus actually stopped his bus full of tourists to take a photo of it when it was parked outside Central Park to drop off Kim and Rob.

We held the ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  “We chose it as it had cover and we were worried about it being too hot and needing shade,” Kim said.  They were right to, it was a hot day, although the following day was unpleasantly hot so their choice of date worked out well for them.  “We love the pictures of us getting married in the Ladies’ Pavilion,” Kim told me.  “Our favourite pics of the whole day are those of us down at Dumbo with the vintage cab!” she said.

We kept the ceremony very short, with just a brief introduction before going into traditional vows and then the ring exchange.  “The ceremony was short and sweet,” said Kim.  “To be honest, I can’t remember most of it as it was such a whirl,” she added.  They had felt that there was no need for a long ceremony with it being just the two of them.  After a few photos in Central Park they took a subway back to their hotel, had a brief rest, then went back out again to the River Cafe for dinner.

I asked Kim how we did. “The service was just fantastic,” she said.  “Everything was sorted for us. Communication in the run up was spot on.  We can’t recommend them highly enough. Claire really made our day go without a hitch.”  Thank you for your kind words, and for letting me attend the ceremony.  It was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you, and I wish you both lots of luck for your future together. 

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you live locally or are planning on traveling to New York to get married, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Rachel and Jack’s Bethesda Terrace Wedding in April

Rachel and Jack got married on Bethesda Terrace in April.  They brought over Jack’s mum and dad, and Rachel’s dad and his partner from their home in Scotland for the wedding.  Rachel is thirty and Jack is twenty-eight. 

The couple had been together for six years when they got married in Central Park.  They met at a friend’s house party.  They got engaged at the Top of the Rock in May 2019.  Jack got down on one knee to ask and surprised Rachel.  They hope to have a family in the future and wanted to get married before they have children. 

Rachel and Jack had originally booked their wedding at a venue in Scotland.  “During lockdown we realised that we didn’t want the big, flashy, expensive wedding as it wasn’t important to us anymore with everything going on in the world with Covid,” Rachel explained.  “We decided to do what we really wanted to do,” she said.  And, what they really wanted to do was to get married in New York

Rachel first contacted me in April of 2021, with a view to getting married with us in September of that year.  We had a brief discussion and they decided to hold off from booking to see what happened with travel restrictions.  As it turned out, Brits still couldn’t travel to the US in September so they had a rethink and decided to set their date for April of 2022 instead.


As first, Rachel and Jack felt a little concerned about the prospect of getting married in New York, since they didn’t know the process and legalities surrounding things, “but once Claire provided me with all the information and advice, I felt at ease,” Rachel said.  They stayed at the Riu Plaza Times Square Hotel.  They stayed in New York for five nights.  They saw a few sights while they were in town.  They especially recommend SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.  “The observation deck was amazing!” Rachel told me. 

Rachel and their two female guests had their hair and make-up done by Miss Harlequin in her hotel room on the morning of the wedding.  “The girls that did the hair and make-up were brilliant,” said Rachel.  “The make-up stayed on my face all day and my hair was still curly the next day,” she said.

They held the ceremony out in the open on Bethesda Terrace, although kind of in a corner beside the steps with the arches behind them.  This is still possible on a weekday in April, but in high summer on a weekend it would be too busy.  So, if you’d like to get married in this striking location, consider the time of year and day of the week!  “My favourite photos of the day were taken next to the cherry blossom trees and on also on the steps leading down to the Terrace,” said Rachel.  When she arrived, she made her entrance down the grand stone steps of Bethesda Terrace.  “I really liked the photos of my dad and I walking down the steps as it felt like we were walking down an aisle,” she said.

Rachel’s dad gave her away, and we had the officiant begin with a brief introduction about their relationship and to thank their parents.  “The ceremony was relaxed and quick, as we wanted it to be,” said Rachel.  They exchanged traditional vows and then their rings before being pronounced married.  “I like that the ceremony introduction was about us and our journey so far,” Rachel told me. 


Rachel and Jack’s guests were just Jack’s mum and dad and Rachel’s dad and his partner.  “They were very happy for us and enjoyed New York just as much as my husband and I,” said Rachel, slipping easily into referring to Jack as her husband! 

Rachel said that it had been a bit stressful to bring her gorgeous wide-skirted gown over on the plane from Scotland!  “As it was quite big I had to put it in the hold of the plane but luckily it arrived,” she told me.  Her dress was purchased from Bijoux Bridal in Hamilton, Scotland.  Jack wore a kilt, “he got a few funny looks while wearing it in the park,” Rachel said!  We love a groom in a kilt!  Rachel’s bouquet included thistles bring a little bit of Scotland to New York City. 

After taking photos around Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge and Cherry Hill they left the park to take photos outside St Patrick’s Cathedral.  “Those photos outside the Cathedral and on the street are lovely,” said Rachel.  Then they popped back to their hotel, Rachel got changed into a smaller dress and they went for dinner and drinks at STK.  “It was the best steak we have ever had and it also had a good party vibe as there is a DJ playing in the restaurant,” said Rachel.

I asked Rachel if she thinks smaller weddings and elopements are becoming more popular.  “I think a lot of people’s opinions have changed since Covid.  Things have been put into perspective for a lot of people that having a big wedding isn’t important, it’s actually getting married that counts,” she said.

I asked Rachel how we did.  “Claire was amazing from start to finish. The whole process was stress-free; when contacting Claire her replies were very quick and she answered all my questions,” Rachel said.  “Claire provided the photographer and officiant for us and they were absolutely brilliant.  Thanks again Claire for organising our special day,” she added.  Thank you for your kind words, Rachel, and for sharing your story with us.  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Allison and Glenn’s Wedding on Belvedere Castle Terrace

Allison and Glenn got married in May on Belvedere Castle Terrace.  Allison is 31, from Harrisburg Pennsylvania and Glenn is 35, from New York City.  They had been together for a little over twelve years when they got married in Central Park.

They met on a dating site, like so many of our couples.  They had been engaged for over six years before they got married, so were certainly in no rush.  Glenn had proposed by creating a scavenger hunt of clues that went on all day!  “We ended up in a garden at night time when he popped the question, I was so stunned!” Allison told me.  His family were in on the surprise and had champagne back at their house ready for their return.

When considering where and how to get married, they did consider getting married on a beach, “but that just wasn’t our vibe,” said Allison.  I asked Allison if she thought these smaller weddings were becoming more popular.  “I’ve definitely seen more elopements and smaller weddings the last few years, but I think that’s because brides are owning their days more, and not falling into the trap of doing it the ‘traditional’ way,” she told me.  “We loved that our wedding had no traditions, at all!” she added. 

So, instead of a beach, they chose a castle for their wedding ceremony location.  “We wanted the feel and vibe of New York City, and I really loved the idea of Belvedere Castle, right in the center,” Allison sad.  “We thought it was poetic,” she added.  Indeed, Central Park is in the middle of Manhattan, and Belvedere Castle is in the middle of Central Park!  Fun fact: it is also the highest point in Central Park, and for that reason, it is a weather station.  I watched New Year’s fireworks from there one year because of its views, it was lovely.

Allison and Glenn stayed the Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton on West 37th for a week while they were in town.  For the ceremony, we had a brief introduction and then they exchanged some traditional vows and some more modern vows, and then our officiant performed a hand fasting ceremony with them, with some ribbons that they had brought along.  Then they exchanged rings and were pronounced married.  “It was perfect!” said Allison.  “Claire was amazing and let us customize our vows and it felt so serene and intimate,” she added.  It was just the two of them for the ceremony, no guests.

Allison got a silk flower bouquet and boutonniere set in pink, white and burgundy from Etsy, “it was awesome,” she said.  I am increasingly seeing couples get silk flowers for their wedding day.  It’s cheaper than fresh flowers, they last forever and they look very convincing in photos.  She wore a sleeveless lace corset dress with a sheer pearl cape, purchased from Amazon.

On the day, heavy rain was forecast and I had been worried about them getting drenched on the way to the ceremony.  There is good cover overhead at Belvedere Castle Terrace but it takes around ten minutes to walk from the entrance to the park to get there, and because it’s high up, it does get windy.  We checked in with them in the morning to see if they wanted to switch the location to underneath Bethesda Terrace, and they decided to stick with Belvedere Castle.  They were right to do so and there were only a few little light rain showers.  After taking photos around the park, they went on to have dinner at Carmine’s.

I always ask our couples who get married with us why getting married is important to them, and I really liked Allison’s answer.  “We felt that marriage was just another level to our love, not a defining instance.  We saw it as a way to give ourselves to the other, publicly,” she said.  After having been involved with a great number of weddings over quite some time I’d agree with this.  Getting married is a step in a relationship, just one step of many.  A big one and a public one but when you really think about it (and I do, a lot!) it’s just a day where your relationship goes from one phase to the next, and the wedding is a celebration of that.

I asked how we did.  “Everyone was amazing.  They were all absolutely beautiful and instrumental in making our day so beautiful.  Thank you so much for all you’ve done!” Allison said.  It was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you, Allison, and I wish you both lots of luck for your future together. If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you live locally or are planning on traveling to New York to get married, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

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Meagan and Andrew’s Wedding on the Pond Lawns, Overlooking Gapstow Bridge

Meagan and Andrew got married in May on the Lawns by the Pond at the south end of Central Park, overlooking Gapstow Bridge.  They’re both 25 and Meagan is from Westfield, New Jersey and Andrew is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania originally.  They met in freshman year of college through mutual friends who insisted that they should meet since we were “both short”.  Although this may seem like an odd thing to bond over, their friends were right in their case! 

Meagan and Andrew were together for just over seven years before getting married.  They had been talking about getting married for a very long time but they kept putting it off because life just simply kept getting in the way.  Marriage was always the end goal for them, and they had talked about it after having dated for about a year.  They got engaged on the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia.  Andrew had wanted to propose on the same day as their first date but due to Meagan’s job he had to pick a different date.  He planned a romantic picnic underneath a heated bubble tent right on the trail. They walked some of the trail until they got to the tent, where Andrew got down on one knee and popped the question.  It was a complete surprise to Meagan!  They spent a couple hours together in the tent and eventually drove over to a romantic dinner and stayed that night at the Four Seasons Hotel atop Philadelphia’s Comcast Tower.

I always ask our couples why getting married is important to them.  Andrew has quite a unique answer to this one.  When he was a third grader in Catholic school he learned about the sacraments, and when matrimony was brought up he was enthralled by the idea of two people being together forever since he did not have that at home.  Meagan has always adored the idea of marriage from watching all the shows about weddings and crying tears of joy when she saw other brides on their special day.  “Marriage to us was never a question,” Meagan told me.

Once they had finally officially gotten engaged, they knew that they wanted to get married in Central Park.  New York, and Central Park in particular, is where they had many of their early dates.  They actually held their wedding ceremony at the very spot where they took their first photo together.  So, the place where their relationship began is where they said “I do.”  They weren’t even sure that it was possible to get married in Central Park but they knew that they wanted to.  So, they got online and found us at Wed in Central Park.  “We were not sure if we could make it a reality until we found Claire,” said Meagan.  “Since we found Claire so early in our plans we never looked elsewhere.”

I asked Meagan if she thinks that smaller, mor intimate weddings are becoming more popular.  “Yes, 100%” she said.  “Our original wedding plan was to have a VERY small wedding with just immediate family but quickly realized that was not going to be the case.  Our wedding ended up being sixty-five people and it could not have been any more perfect for us,” she told me.  “Having a smaller wedding allows you to truly enjoy the presence of all of your guests and have full conversations together.  It felt so intimate and we would do it all over again the same way if we could,” Meagan said, which is the perfect answer!

I always ask our couples if they had any concerns about marrying in Central Park.  Meagan and Andrew had the same worry that the majority of our couples have, and it’s unavoidable when getting married outdoors.  “Rain,” said Meagan.  “We checked the weather obsessively in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and on the day we had clear skies until literally the moment we stepped into the taxi to take us to our reception,” she said.  We had two event permits to try to reduce their worries – one for this space beside Gapstow Bridge and one for underneath Bethesda Terrace.  “One piece of advice though is to be open to the unexpected,” said Meagan.  This is a good point for anyone planning to get married in a huge public park that other members of the public will be using too.  “People will stare and want to take pictures,” she said.  “On our wedding day there was a spin class going on at Wollman Rink with music playing. We don’t know how it happened but right as I made my entrance, the music stopped and we were able to have our ceremony as planned,” Meagan said.  Sometimes our officiants will ask anyone nearby to be quiet for fifteen minutes if necessary, and people d respect a wedding usually, but we can’t take credit for this one!

Meagan and Andrew had hired their own photographer Morgan Taylor Artistry for the whole day, including a first look at The High Line in Chelsea, the ceremony in the park and the reception.  They loved doing the first look in private since they’re both quite shy people.  The ceremony was held on the large patch of grass between Gapstow Bridge and Wollman Rink.  Meagan has anxiety but when she got to Andrew he soothed her and the ceremony proceeded beautifully.  We had the officiant read an introduction with thanks to all of their nearest and dearest and also the story of Meagan and Andrew’s relationship to date.  Meagan’s sister did a reading, and then they exchanged some traditional vows and some more unique vows before exchanging rings.  The couple had written private vows for each other which they wanted to keep between themselves, so they read them out to each other during their honeymoon.

They had invited their closest friends and family that they had interacted with the most during their relationship.  “Everyone was excited that we were getting married in Central Park and absolutely wanted to attend even if it meant venturing into the city and not having a chair to sit in during the ceremony,” said Meagan.  They provided small “welcome bags” during the ceremony which contained bubbles for their exit, a paper fan, Advil, deodorant wipes, chewing gum, a code for a Lyft, and a note that had a few words of appreciation and a QR code to our website.  “Our favorite photos were taken on the opposite side of the bridge by the ducks, geese and turtles where the sky is completely open and you can see the skyline,” said Meagan.

Meagan wore a Pronovias Milady Gown with the matching veil, purchased from Seng Couture in Fanwood, New Jersey.  Her shoes were purchased from Etsy.  She wore tennis bracelet Andrew had given her by the groom and earrings from Olive + Piper.  Her something blue was a sapphire cross given to her by her late grandmother when she was a child.  They hired Miss Harlequin to come to their hotel to do hair and makeup, and Meagan said that she would totally recommend!  Andrew wore a Jos Bank suit with pink tie.  The Meagan’s mom lent him her father’s watch so that they could have a piece of him with them on their wedding day.

The flowers were provided by City Blossoms.  The bridal bouquet was made up of peonies, Juliet roses, ranunculus, and Italian ruscus in hues of cream, pink, and orange.  Attached to the bouquet were rosary beads and a charm with pictures of both sets of grandparents.  Andrew had a boutonnière with a single white rose and accenting greenery.  “They also set up beautiful centerpieces and bar décor with similar florals at our reception,” said Megan. “One thing to note is that bridal bouquets are HEAVY so be prepared if you want to walk around afterwards,” she added, which is certainly worth remembering if you choose an elaborate bouquet for a wedding in Central Park where you can’t really put it down anywhere and there’s lots of walking around.  They held the reception at City Winery, “we danced and drank the night away!” said Megan.

Meagan and Andrew live about 45 minutes outside of the city but decided to stay in Manhattan for the wedding.  They stayed at The Maritime Hotel and then moved over to an airport hotel the night before their honeymoon departure.  Since they’re fairly local they have a few recommendations of places to eat.  “Whenever we go to the city our favorite stops are Ample Hills Creamery, Serafina for Italian food and Doughnut Plant,” Meagan told me.  I asked Meagan and Andrew what they would say to anyone else considering getting married in Central Park.  Meagan’s advice: “Do it, you won’t regret it.”  Andrew’s advice: “Make sure to call for a taxi or ride early to avoid getting caught in traffic.  Also, no matter where you pick in the park it will still look gorgeous.”

I asked Meagan how we did.  “Claire was very easy and flexible to work with,” she said.  “She created a base timeline which we used throughout our entire planning process and kept in constant communication with reminders of due dates and advice.  She added incredible value to our wedding planning process especially with her choice of officiant who was a joy to be around,” she added.  “We would 100% recommend her services to any future brides looking to plan their dream NYC wedding!”  Thanks so much for your kind words, and for sharing your story with us!  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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Amber and Steve’s Cop Cot Wedding in April

Amber and Steve got married in Cop Cot in April.  They first contacted me in the spring of 2020, when everything was completely shut down due to Covid, but many of us were hoping that life would have returned to normal by 2021, so Amber and Steve had originally hoped to get married then.  In the end they had to postpone by a year and got married in the spring of 2022.

Amber and Steve live in Coventry in England with their two sons.  They are 40 and 41.  They met on a blind date, set up by friends.  They had been together for eight years when they got married.  Their two sons had been born before they got engaged.  “We got engaged on the sixth anniversary of when we met,” Amber told me.  They had planned a trip to Rome to celebrate their anniversary and Steve’s 40th birthday.  “It got cancelled because of the first lockdown due to Covid,” said Amber.  “So, we did a YouTube tour of Rome and Steve proposed in our garden,” Amber told me.   Of course she said yes, but she was surprised, she had thought that he’d bought them a firepit!

Once they started to think about getting married, they knew that they wanted to have a destination wedding.  They also knew that they didn’t want to go anywhere that would be too hot.  “We had both always liked New York, and after Googling options in the city, we fell in love with the idea of getting married in Central Park,” Amber said.  “We have numerous friends and family who have had the big, traditional wedding at home, and many regret the cost and feel that it didn’t live up to expectations,” Amber told me.  “We also know people who have gone away to get married and told us they have no regrets,” she said.  “For us, it was combining a great trip with a wedding.  Plus the cost was nowhere near the cost of a traditional wedding in the UK,” she added.  Of course I’m biased but I love this – taking the focus away from tradition and doing what everyone wants and instead going on an awesome trip with your nearest and dearest and getting married while there! 

“For us getting married was the final piece of the puzzle,” said Amber.  Steve had been married before and was hesitant to marry again, and Amber said that she had never been overly concerned with tradition, but after having the children and various other life events, it began to feel like an important step to them both.  I’m told that all of their guests loved the idea of a wedding in Central Park and really enjoyed the unique experience.  Amber said that they loved all of the photos, but their favorites were taken around Bethesda Terrace and overlooking Bow Bridge.

Amber and Steve were in New York from Monday to Saturday, with the wedding taking place on the Thursday.  They stayed at The Benjamin Hotel in a suite so that their children could sleep in a separate room to them.  “We would recommend our hotel, all the rooms we saw were fairly big by Manhattan standards,” Amber said.  “It wasn’t too far for our taxis to the park on the wedding day and it is super close to a Metro station too.”  I ordered their flowers to be delivered to the hotel on the morning of the wedding.  “The flowers were perfect, given I had not given much detail other than wanting pale coloured.  They arrived in good time to the hotel on the day,” Amber said.

Amber said that they have “absolutely no regrets about our wedding.”  She added that “it was special, intimate and less formal than many weddings.”  She said that everyone who came to their wedding said that it was the best they had been to for all of those reasons. “Being away restricts the details you can stress about,” she said, “which makes it more relaxed.  More is out of your control so there’s no point trying to control it,” she told me.  Amber told me that she thinks that smaller weddings are becoming more popular.  “The intimacy of our wedding was definitely part of making it so special,” she said.  As with all destination weddings there were a few people that weren’t able to make it, but that felt more like a ‘that’s a shame’ feeling rather than a devastating disappointment. 

We made a good weather plan A and a bad weather plan B.  The plan A ceremony location was Cop Cot and the plan B ceremony location, which luckily we didn’t need, was underneath Bethesda Terrace, where all of their guests could have sheltered from the rain if we had seen wet weather.  I arranged for a cellist to be at the ceremony location to play before and after the ceremony, and the bride walked in to him playing Perfect by Ed Sheeran.  We wrote a short introduction to the ceremony, and had a friend read the poem “Maybe”, which I’ll put at the end of this post. 

There were twenty people in attendance in total; mostly friends rather than family, but of course their two sons were there.  They had a vintage trolley bus pick everyone up from the park and take them over to their reception location in Brooklyn.  “The driver of the trolley bus was part of our day too. Reggie was fantastic, he stopped for multiple loo breaks and happily had our music blaring,” said Amber.  “It was a nice fun way of getting everyone downtown and over the bridge together and made more of the day,” she said.

For their reception, they went over to Brooklyn for a meal at The Osprey at The One Hotel.  Amber told me there had been a few dramas with reception booking related to Covid, and the place they had in mind for their reception had closed down a week before their trip.  “It turned out for the best as the food and service at The Osprey were fantastic,” said Amber.  They had timed it to be there for sunset so the view of Manhattan and the East River was beautiful, and they were able to enjoy their rooftop bar after the meal.  They said they would highly recommend it.

Amber purchased her Justin Alexander dress from True Romantica Bridal in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and the two bridesmaids had Maya dresses bought from ASOS.  Amber and her two bridesmaids had professional hair and makeup done by the Metrolook team.  “The girls who came to do it were so lovely and it all added to the day,” said Amber.  Steve wore a lovely light grey suit, and Amber says that he did vaguely consider the colours of the season there.  Their two boys had similar suits too, Amber tells me that it was their choice to be smarty pants like Daddy. 

I asked Amber what she would say to anyone considering getting married in Central Park.  She wondered if maybe some people wouldn’t be keen to get married in a public park with so many passers-by, “but everywhere we went, people happily moved for photos and congratulated us.  They were very kind so we would say that it added to it all for us,” she told me.

I asked how we did.  “We would definitely recommend Claire and the service from Wed in Central Park. Claire is very knowledgeable about all things relating to Central Park and helped us work out the timing of the ceremony to fit with our overall plans for the day with the trolley bus and eating for sunset over in Brooklyn,” she said.  Amber said that they ended up arriving at the park a touch earlier than planned, but they were pleased to see that everyone involved has also arrived early.  So, they got started early.  Amber noted that their photographer finished at the agreed time, so he did a little bit extra for them!  “If you are considering marrying in Central Park and like us are a little unsure where to start, Claire is definitely your answer.  We had all we could have wished for with no stress at all,” said Amber.

Thank you so much for your kind words, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you both, Amber and Steve, and I wish you both lots of luck for your future together.  This spring it has been so lovely to finally see couples married who have been planning for a while but had to put things on hold due to Covid.  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you live locally or are planning on traveling to New York to get married, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

Maybe.

Maybe we are supposed to meet the wrong people before we meet the right one so when they finally arrive we are truly grateful for the gift we have been given. 

Maybe it’s true that we don’t know what we have lost until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know what we’re missing until it arrives. 

Maybe the happiest of people don’t have the best of everything, but make the best of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe the best kind of love is the kind where you sit on the sofa together, not saying a word, and walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you ever had. 

Maybe once in a lifetime, you find someone who not only touches your heart but also your soul, someone who loves you for who you are and not what you could be. 

Maybe the art of true love is not about finding the perfect person, but about seeing an imperfect person perfectly. 

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Alyssa and Chris’ May Elopement in Wagner Cove

Alyssa and Chris eloped from their home in London, England to get married in Central Park this May.  They are 34 and 31, and Chris is from Essex in England and Alyssa is originally from the Philippines, but has lived in England for the past seven years.

They met through online dating, just like everyone else these days!  “So, a modern fairy tale romance to a modern way of getting married,” said Chris.  They were together for five and half years before they got married.  They got engaged at home on their second anniversary of being in their house, and also the day that Alyssa passed her driving test, so what an eventful day it was!  Chris asked Alyssa to cover her eyes with an eye-mask and go into the kitchen, where he had prepared an amazing dinner and decorated the kitchen with rose petals.  When he asked her to remove the mask he was down on one knee holding the ring.  

I asked why getting married was important to them.  “We already have a home, wonderful jobs and travel around the world when we can, so this seemed like the next adventure after lockdown,” said Chris.  He said that they had considered a traditional wedding in the UK, and decided that it wasn’t for them.  They also considered getting married in the City Clerk’s office in New York.  Chris said that Covid restrictions made it almost impossible to get the licence and married in the same week.  They had booked the trip to New York, planning to get married at the City Clerk’s Office but found the current system of appointments only for both licenses and ceremonies restrictive for them.  So, they had a little look around online and found Wed in Central Park!

I asked Chris if he thinks destination weddings are becoming more popular.  “Some of our friends got married in islands in the Philippines, some of our friends got married on the river Thames in London and some of our friends got married in traditional weddings in Essex,” he said.  “We got married in New York.  I think you have to do what feels right for you and what you feel in your heart,” he added.  I couldn’t agree more.

Alyssa and Chris stayed in a Hilton hotel near Hell’s Kitchen for eight days.  Chris said that it was great for transport links around the whole of New York.  “We used the bus, train, subway and taxi,” he said, and recommends getting a metro card!

They decided to have the ceremony at Wagner Cove.  “We wanted to be by the water and under the cover of the wooden structure,” said Chris.  “Our officiant Barbara was amazing and lead us through our nervous energy with a calm and relaxed tone,” Chris told me.  We kept the introduction short, but the officiant read the poem To Love Is Not To Possess by James Kavanaugh, which I will put at the end of this post.  It was just the two of them for the ceremony, but they had a live stream for their families in the Philippines and the UK.

After the ceremony, their photographer Jakub Redziniak took them all over Central Park for photos, then on to Grand Central Terminal and then the Manhattan side of Brooklyn Bridge, before going over to Brooklyn for photos with the bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

Since they finished up the photos in Brooklyn, they went to The River Café overlooking Manhattan for dinner afterwards.  They said that they highly recommend The River Café, but also ate at the ever-popular Keens Steakhouse, Ellen’s Stardust Diner and Katz’s Deli that they would also recommend.  Also they liked Levain Bakery cookies, Los Tacos in Chelsea Market, Jin Ramen, and Don Antonio Pizza.

They were very lucky with the weather and had an unseasonably warm day for the time of year.  “When the weather is as perfect as it was for us, there is no better place to get married,” said Chris.  He said that they saw five other weddings that day in other locations in Central Park, and that passers-by greeted and congratulated them throughout the entire day.

I asked Chris how we did.  “Claire did an amazing job; organising the officiant, videographer and photographer.  All were very professional and provided some amazing memories,” he said.  “Claire really helped by organising all of the permits and paperwork required for Central Park and Grand Central.  She also helped with great communication and getting everything organised for the day.  Being 4,000 miles away it helped someone knew the procedures and people to make our day amazing,” Chris said.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Alyssa and Chris!  I wish you both the best of luck for your future together!  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

To Love Is Not To Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one’s self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another–and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are–and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

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Leighanne and Mark’s January Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

Leighanne and Mark got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in January.  They’re both from County Durham in England.  They brought two friends with them as guests and as witnesses to their wedding in Central Park.

Leighanne is 26 and Mark is 54.  They met seven years before they got married.  “Mark does rallycross as a hobby and I went to go watch him in a race, I asked to get a picture with him and I remember feeling like I had just met a local celebrity,” said Leighanne.  They didn’t get together until a couple of years later.  They had been together for three years when Mark proposed, but Leighanne says that she knew from quite early on in their relationship that Mark was the man who she wanted to spend her life with.  He popped the question on top of Empire State Building, “it was an automatic yes, absolutely no hesitation,” said Leighanne.

Leighanne says that getting married wasn’t extremely important to her in itself, “I just wanted to share his last name and I wanted to share my life with Mark,” she explained.  “I think it was a step in the right direction for us to start sharing things as a married couple, we now have a joint bank account and we recently bought a house with both of our names on,” she told me.

They hadn’t given too much thought to how their wedding might actually go, although Mark had owned a hotel in the past and had hosted lots of wedding there, so they knew that any venue they would be subject to scrutiny!  They kind of knew they wanted to get married somewhere unique and interesting.  Then Mark suggested New York and it just felt right.  “When Mark suggested New York, I couldn’t turn it down, it was one of the first cities I fell in love with and I’d happily go back time and time again,” Leighanne said.

I asked Leighanne what she would say to anyone else considering eloping.  “I would say go for it, over this last couple years I have seen more and heard of more destination weddings happening.  Go for it, do what you want, not what people expect from you,” she said.  Which is excellent advice.  “I have no regrets at all,” she added.  “I had a perfect day, and some absolutely beautiful pictures to show for it, I would do it all again in a heartbeat,” she told me.

Leighanne picked up her own flowers.  “My flowers were perfect, we wandered around New York looking for a florist the Sunday before, we were about to give up hope when we came across a little place at the side of a shop, I went in, explained  roughly what I wanted and he said yeah, no problem, come back tomorrow to pick it up,” she told me.  I do agree that it’s quite easy and certainly cheaper to do this if you’re not too fussy about just having seasonal blooms and don’t have a large order!  “I went back the next day and I was just overjoyed with the effort put in to creating this beautiful bouquet, I just loved it, he did so well just to create something just from a verbal description!” she said.

It totally suited Leighanne and Mark to have just two guests with them for the wedding.  “Carol and John are amazing friends,” said Leighanne.  “We couldn’t have asked for better people to come with us,” she told me.  “There was no stress on the day or during the planning, no worrying about others and that’s how a wedding day should be. The ceremony was beautiful, the place itself was quiet, it was cold but that didn’t bother me at all,” said Leighanne.

Leighanne bought her dress from Wed2B in Middlesbrough, she went with her two sisters and her mom to try on the dresses.  “Even though they weren’t coming to the wedding I still wanted them to feel a part of it somehow,” she said.  “I think it was the fourth dress that I tried, I went it wanting something with lace, A-line and sleeves for the January temperatures, I came out with a plain A-line with no sleeves but an off the shoulder detail and I just loved it,” she said.  She loved the dress so much she stopped thinking about the cold!  She bought it and walked out with it the same day, in a cabin size box so it could go as her hand luggage.

Leighanne and Mark went for breakfast together on the morning of their wedding, “Mark went for a cut throat shave which was something he’s always wanted to do,” said Leighanne.  Leighanne did her hair and makeup with Mark in the hotel room, but then she went to their friend Carol’s room to put on her wedding dress.  Then they met in the lobby so Mark could see her for the first time, to make more of an event of that bride and groom “first look”, and they captured a few photos of that themselves.

We kept the introduction of the ceremony fairly short but with two poems, that I will put at the end of this post.  They wrote personal vows to read out to each other.  After the ceremony, their photographer Jakub Redziniak took photos in and around the Ladies’ Pavilion, and then walked down past the Lake to Bethesda Terrace, while keeping moving as much as possible!  They didn’t want to have a long photo shoot outdoors, so then they walked down to the Tavern on the Green in for some bottles of Verve Clicquot!

After they had warmed up in the Tavern on the Green, they went to the Top of the Rock and then on to a speakeasy, since Mark had always wanted to go to one.  “We had some cocktails in there then moved on to our wedding meal at One if by Land Two if by Sea,” Leighanne said.  They stayed at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel.  “It was a beautiful hotel, and very accommodating,” said Leighanne.

Leighanne first contacted me in March of 2021, when international travel was still looking very uncertain.  We exchanged a few emails over the months as the world gradually began to open up again, and then I didn’t actually take payment and the signed contract to go ahead with the wedding until just two weeks before they got married, so we planned it quite quickly, even though they had been planning it between the two of them for a year!  I asked Leighanne how we did. “The service you provide is nothing short of amazing, you’re patient, you have the best photographer, I couldn’t fault anything, I’d like to say a huge thank you to yourself, our photographer and our officiant, you all made mine and Mark’s day perfect.” 

It was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you, Leighanne, and I wish you both lots of luck for your future together. If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you live locally or are planning on traveling to New York to get married, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

“They’re both not wholly perfect
But who are we to judge
He can be pig headed
Whereas she won’t even budge!

All that said and done
They love the time they spent together
And I hope as I’m sure you do
That this fine day will last forever.

He’ll be more than just her husband
He’ll also be her friend
And she’ll be more than just his wife
She’s be his soul mate – till the end.

Disney Themed Poem

What’s Mickey without Minnie,
Or Piglet without Pooh,
What’s Donald without Daisy?
That’s me without you.

When Ariel Doesn’t sing,
and Pooh hates honey,
when Tigger stops bouncing,
and Goofy isn’t funny.

When Peter Pan can’t fly,
and Simba never roars,
when Alice no longer fits
through small doors.

When Dumbo’s ears are small,
and happily ever after isn’t true,

Even then, I won’t stop loving you.

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Caroline and Josh’s Vow Renewal in Wagner Cove

Caroline and Josh came to New York from their home in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire in England to renew their marriage vows with us in April.  They are in their early fifties and were marking their thirtieth wedding anniversary.  They met in the late 1980s, when they were teenagers.  Caroline was friends with Josh’s sister when they worked in a riding stable together on weekends.  On Saturday mornings Josh would walk part of the way to work with the girls as he was catching the bus to his own job.  They were together for six years before they got married.

Their wedding back in 1992 was a family affair with a big party – a joint wedding with Josh’s sister and her husband.  “We both come from broken homes and had complicated families with half siblings,” Caroline told me.  “We wanted to build a strong marriage and be able to rely on each other.  We had a shared vision and ambitions for what we wanted our life to be like.  Caroline and Josh have two grown up children; Luke and Ashleigh, who they are very proud of.  “We have worked hard to give them better opportunities in life than we had,” Caroline told me.

Caroline contacted me at the very start of the year with the idea to surprise Josh with the vow renewal.  She told me that she wanted to recognise their commitment to each other, and have a celebration that was private for just the two of them, “we didn’t want anything big or showy,” she said.  I asked Caroline what her advice would be to anyone considering getting married or renewing their vows in Central Park, “think about what you want as a couple and not worry about anyone else, it’s your ceremony so enjoy it your way,” she said.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  “It was a really special way to renew our vows in Central Park and I wouldn’t change anything about it,” she added.

I asked Caroline if she had any concerns about holding the ceremony outdoors in Central Park “No, none at all,” she said.  “Obviously good weather is preferred but a little bit of rain cannot put off us Brits!”  Caroline felt that it would be lovely to be outside while renewing heir vows, but chose Wagner Cove for its privacy and because the small wooden structure would provide some shelter for the two of them and the officiant if they did have rain.  They both follow their local football team avidly (soccer for any Americans reading!), which is Huddersfield Town.  They were playing on the day of the vow renewal and we mentioned this in the ceremony, so their officiant checked in advance of the ceremony how the team had done and happily for Caroline and Josh, they had won!

Caroline told me lots about the challenges that life had thrown at them over their thirty years together so that I could write their ceremony.  In it, the officiant told the edited story of how they had supported each other through the tougher times and shared the joys of the good times.  Newlywed couples do sometimes have a history this long together but it is rare, so both myself and their officiant felt really privileged to have shared in a celebration of such enduring love.  Caroline was happy with how the ceremony turned out.  “The officiant began by talking about our life together and our milestones, it was very moving, but she made us feel relaxed and made it all enjoyable,” she said.

Caroline had planned the vow renewal as a surprise for Josh.  She told him about it on the way over to New York.  So, of course it was a surprise for all of their loved ones when they learnt about it after it had happened.  “Our children were delighted for us,” Caroline told me. They stayed in New York for a week, at the Hotel Riu Plaza, Times Square.  They said that it was well placed for lots of tourist attractions. 

After the ceremony, they took photos around Central Park for a little while.  “My favourite photos are on Bethesda Terrace and by the Fountain,” Caroline said.  “They’re so iconic to Central Park.”  She said that their photographer Florencia made sure that there weren’t too many bystanders in the photos, which gets increasingly difficult as the weather gets better in New York!  “She did very well, considering how many people were in the park,” Caroline said.  I know from talking to the photographers that they use a mixture of standing in the right place, timing the shot well, and good editing!

Caroline said she found us on Google, “and I was very lucky to have found Claire whose communication was brilliant. She clearly explained the service and made planning the ceremony very simple and easy to understand,” she said.  “The officiant made us feel at ease immediately. The photographer was professional and gave us directions clearly and did a fabulous job at our photographs,” she added.  “Our vow renewal was everything we could have asked for and made our anniversary a very special day indeed,” Caroline said.

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or vow renewal, visit our website.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest

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