Barbora and Zoran’s Wagner Cove Elopement

Barbora and Zoran got married in Wagner Cove in September.  Barbora is Czech and Zoran is Serbian.  They had been together for four years when they got married.  They eloped alone to New York from their home in Prague, Czech Republic for their wedding in Central Park.

The couple met the photographer at the entrance to the park and they walked in with him.  Their officiant met them at Wagner Cove along with a saxophonist and videographer that we had arranged. 

Our saxophonist played for the couple at the ceremony.  He played Simply Red’s song Say You Love Me as the couple arrived at Wagner Cove.  This is their special song and is very important to them.  He also played Frank Sinatra’s My Way after they were married and some other songs as background music.

We provided a videographer to record their ceremony and to create and edited video for them to view whenever they like.  We also provided a live stream of the ceremony for their family and friends to watch back home.

After the ceremony they took photos at Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, Bethesda Terrace, the Mall and Strawberry Fields before leaving.  One advantage to an elopement is that it’s quick and easy to get around all of the major iconic locations for photos.

Barbora and Zoran stayed at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel, 111 East 48th Street.  They stayed for six nights. 

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, large or small, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

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Getting Married in Central Park in October

October is a lovely time of year to get married in Central Park and it might actually be our most popular month for weddings (although May could also be our most popular month!).  This is the start of Fall in New York.  At the start of the month the trees are mostly still green, but by the end of the month, many leaves have started to change color or fall from the trees, although by no means all of them! 

All the greenery that has been growing over the summer will mostly still be there in October.  So, Cop Cot will still have a green and fairly lush cover, trees will still have most of their leaves and all the lawns will still look great.  Expect a smattering of golden leaves on the ground over the lawns and the Mall, although the park is kept very tidy by its many staff.

The days start to shorten in October.  Sunrise happens at around 7am at the beginning of the month and around 8am by the end of the month.  The sun sets around 6:30pm at the beginning of the month and around 6pm by the end of the month.  There’s always a risk of rain when getting married outdoors, although it’s a fairly low risk in New York at this time of year.

We have done many weddings in October with very sunny days.  Often guests and couples are surprised by the lovely weather we see in New York in October.  Though the sun will often be bright, making photos beautiful, the temperature will be starting to drop at this time of year, so keep that in mind when deciding what to wear and what to do on you wedding day.

There are two major holidays in October to be aware of.  The couple must pick up their marriage license in advance of their wedding.  They must have it at least 24 hours in advance of the ceremony.  City Hall will also be closed on Columbus Day, which is observed on the second Monday in October, so keep that in mind when making plans to pick up your license.  The other holiday does not affect City Hall opening, but it does affect almost everything else in New York – it is Halloween.  All of the bars and restaurants will be decorated for Halloween and there will be a huge parade through the city that evening.

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Jenny and Paul’s Surprise Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

Jenny and Paul brought twelve guests over from their home in Britain in August to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  Planning this wedding was quite unique for me.  I plan the majority of the weddings I’m involved with alongside a bride.  Around 10-15% of the time I’m planning alongside a groom.  Sometimes I start off the planning with the mother of the bride or groom.  This one was very unusual because I planned this wedding with the sister of the groom. 

This wedding was especially unusual because this wedding was to be a surprise for the groom!  The couple were engaged with a son, so already very much in a committed relationship.  Paul had talked about getting married in New York, but he didn’t think it was possible.

Originally Jenny had wanted to get married on Belvedere Castle Terrace, but their visit to New York was during the time when the castle was closed for its big refurbishment for over year.  She considered Wagner Cove for a while, and in the end she chose the Ladies’ Pavilion instead.  She wanted to take photos there and elsewhere in Central Park, and also in other locations around New York. 

This is not the only wedding that I have planned that has been a surprise for one of the people getting married!  It is a legal requirement that the couple go together to City Hall to collect their marriage license.  This means that it is not possible to surprise your husband or wife to be with a wedding ceremony on the day, you must share the surprise with them before picking up the license.  Jenny told Paul that she’d arranged the wedding on the way to New York! 

Paul’s sister Debbie was very important in planning this wedding, she did lots of work towards it.  She and I would discuss things and she would check in with jenny for the final word.  Debbie booked their own musician to play guitar and sing at the ceremony and also their own videographer.  I ordered their flowers and booked their officiant and photographer and the permits for Central Park and Grand Central. 

They had three poems in the ceremony, all read by guests.  The Jenny and Paul’s son Matthew read a poem he had created himself – it was put together from a couple of other poems to be quite personal to them.  Debbie’s son read a poem called The Day and Debbie read a poem called I Can’t Promise You, and I’ll post both of those at the end.

After the ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, the group took photos around Central Park.  Then they all got in to a limo which took them to Grand Central and Brooklyn Bridge Park for further photos.  After that, our photographer left them and they continued on to Rockefeller Center for their reception.  They were staying in the Hyatt Centric for the duration of the trip.

After their time in New York, Jenny and Paul took their son to Disney World in Florida with some other members of the family for a joint honeymoon and family vacation.

I asked Debbie how we did.  “Our officiant was absolutely fantastic, everyone loved him,” she said.  “So was our photographer, he showed me a few of the photos while we were travelling in the limo, they look amazing,” she added. 

If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, with or without the knowledge of your partner, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest where we pin all things New York or wedding-related.

The Day (anonymous)

May this be the start of a happy new life

That’s full of special moments to share

May this be the first of your dreams come true

And of hope that will always be there…

May this be the start of a lifetime of trust

And of caring that’s just now begun…

May today be a day that you’ll always remember

The day when your hearts become one…

I Can’t Promise You by Tijani Adebowale Destiny

I can’t promise you

that dark clouds

will never hover

over our lives

or that the future

will bring us many rainbows.

I can’t promise you

that tomorrow

will be perfect

or that life will be easy.

I can promise you

my everlasting devotion,

my loyalty,

my respect,

and my unconditional

love for a lifetime.

I can promise that

I’ll always

be there for you,

to listen

and to hold your hand,

and I’ll always do

my best to make you happy,

and make you feel loved.

I can promise that

I’ll see you through

any crisis,

and hope with you,

dream with you,

build with you,

and always cheer you on

and encourage you.

I can promise that

I’ll share my dreams

my world,

and every aspect

of my life with you.

I’ll willingly be

your protector,

your advisor,

your counselor,

your friend,

your family,

your everything.

And I believe that’s

what love is truly

all about.

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Getting Married in Central Park in September

September is a very popular month for weddings in Central Park.  I think some people think it’s the beginning of Fall in New York, but it’s still quite warm and most of the trees are still green, although the flowers won’t be at their best by this point.  It’s certainly cooling down after the oppressive heat of August, but we see some lovely days in September.  There are 150 species of trees in Central Park, and by September some of them will have begun to change color, and some will have lost a few leaves, but in general the park is still looking quite green. 

The sun is up for quite a while in New York in September, but this is the month when the days begin to shorten.  At the beginning of the month the sun is up between around 6:20am and 7:20pm and by the end of the month the sun is up between around 6:50am and 6:40pm.  This difference may matter to anyone considering a wedding at the golden hour, when the light is lovely, which is a popular option at this time of year. 

In high summer my photographers usually discourage getting married in the middle of the day because the sun will be too high and bright, but this doesn’t tend to be an issue in September, especially as we move towards the end of the month.  The cloud cover that we might see on some September days will help avoid any squinting in photos! 

A great thing about getting married outdoors in New York in September is that you should be able to wear pretty much whatever you like – the weather will be temperate enough for you to be comfortable in whatever you choose.  The drawback of marrying at this time of year is that it is difficult to know when planning ahead if the weather will be very warm or starting to cool.  In recent years we’ve seen some unseasonably high temperatures in September.  The good news is that in general the temperatures are mild enough that couples taking photos at the Top of the Rock or a rooftop bar should be comfortably warm, before the weather starts to turn colder. 

The risk of rain is September is pretty low.  New York may be coming to the end of quite a dry spell by the time we get to September but the lawns still remain green, but the ground is likely to be at it’s hardest, which can be helpful for anyone planning to marry on Cherry Hill or at Wagner Cove.  If the ground is soft under foot then these locations might not suit high heels!  At this time of year the wisteria cover at Cop Cot and the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens will be at its most lush.

The first Monday in September is Labor Day.  Many businesses close on this day, because it’s a big holiday in the US – it kind of signifies the end of summer.  The couple must pick up their marriage license in advance of their wedding.  They must have it at least 24 hours in advance of the ceremony.  City Hall will be closed on Labor Day, so keep that in mind when making plans to pick up your license. 

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Kelvin and Francis’ November Wedding on Bethesda Terrace

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Kelvin and Francis got married on Bethesda Terrace on a beautiful day in November. They had been together for four years when they got married. In fact, their wedding day was four years to the day since their first date. They had met at a party that Kelvin was throwing at his place. His friends had been trying to set him up with Francis for a long time and they finally got together that night. Francis told me that they wanted to get married because they were certain that they would be together forever, “we felt it the first time we met,” he said.

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The couple were living and working in Doha, Qatar when they first contacted me. Their plan for the future was to move back to New York at some point, where Kelvin has an apartment, or perhaps relocate to the Philippines, when much of Francis’ family still live.
Kelvin wanted to show Francis New York City (who wouldn’t?!), so it seemed like a great location to get married. Kelvin’s mother was not well enough to fly, so his parents drove to New York from their home in Ohio. Francis’ family are mostly from the Philippines but he also has some in New York. So it was the ideal location for everyone to get together. “I have met his family in the Philippines twice and they are all as nice as he is,” said Kelvin. They were both so excited to get their two families together to meet for the first time.

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In the very first enquiry email that I received from Kelvin he asked if we could book them a gay officiant if possible. I do offer this to all same-sex couples, since quite a few of the fantastic people I work with happen to be gay. Sometimes couples want this, sometimes it is not an issue for them, but I like to be able to offer. We went one better than their request and their officiant and photographer were a wonderful wife-and-wife team who many of our couples really love, because they help each other and work so well together – they really make a wedding!

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They arrived in New York a few days before their wedding; they got their marriage license, and rented their tuxedos. They also ordered their flowers – they both carried bouquets of calla lillies.

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Our original plan was for them to get married underneath Bethesda Terrace, in case of rain, given the time of year (mid-November). They were lucky with the weather and it was a beautiful, crisp and clear sunny autumn day, although it was cold. In the end they decided to get married on the grass slope overlooking the Fountain. As you can see from the photos – they had to wear shades because it was so sunny!

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After the wedding they took some photos around Central Park. In almost all of the photos, the grooms are relaxed and laughing together, it’s lovely to see. After some photos in the park they all went to the lunchtime reception in Greenwich Village.

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12 things to know about getting married in New York City

Something this blog has been lacking is a general introduction to the basics about what a couple need to now about getting married in New York. I’ve planned over three hundred weddings now, including the first wedding I planned, which was my own! So, I know a thing or two about weddings in New York City, in particular; weddings in Central Park. But of course after our couples get married in Central Park, they go out on to the streets of the city to continue their celebrations.  A while back I wrote an introduction to getting married in Central Park.  In this blog I offer advice on lots of subjects that should be useful to anyone planning a wedding anywhere in New York. I discuss photo location suggestions, what to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding, how to keep stress levels low, what to wear, how to make a destination wedding easy on your guests, what else to do in New York on your wedding day and a (rather biased) debate about whether Central Park or City Hall is the best place to get married (it’s Central Park), along with so much more specific advice that I hope is useful. So, this is my basic introduction to anyone considering coming to New York to get married.

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You need to get your license yourselves

Nobody else can do this for you. I can tell you what you need to do and answer any questions, but it’s pretty straightforward. It is possibly the dullest part of your wedding but it’s the part where you show proof to an official that you are who you say you are, so it’s important. The couple must go to City Hall together to pick up their license. I wrote a blog about getting your marriage license in New York some time ago.

You must have at least one witness but you can have two

The legal requirement is for a couple to have at least one witness to their wedding. There is space on the license for two witnesses, though. So, you can have one or two people witness your wedding. If you’re eloping, you can ask your photographer to be your witness. If you don’t have a photographer, we can help you to find someone to be your witness.

You can get married almost anywhere

You can marry in any of the public parks in New York City, and of course the vast majority of the weddings that we are involved with take place in Central Park. A permit is advised for a larger group marrying in a public park in New York City, and these vary in price, depending on location. Think about what you want from your ceremony, and what sort of backdrop you’d like and how much privacy you want. You can always take photos in the other locations you love, but you may have unique needs for the spot where you say “I do”.

The food choice is second to none!

The culinary world is truly your oyster in New York! There are so many awesome places to eat in the city, so you really will be spoilt for choice. Spend some time thinking about what you as a couple want to eat on your wedding day and what your guests would like, but also think about the trip as a whole, and how you can eat all that tasty food during the whole trip – that may make it easier to narrow down your choices for your wedding day.

You will get lots of attention

One generalisation about New Yorkers that I have found to be true is that they are not shy. If they see a wedding, or a couple walking around the city in their wedding gear, then they are likely to give their congratulations. I’ve been around Central Park and the main iconic places in New York City with newlywed couples and they have been thoroughly papped! Tourists and locals alike stop to take photos of newlyweds and often pass on their good wishes. The public do not interrupt a ceremony, but if you want peace and quiet while you get married then we can recommend ceremony locations that are quieter and more private.

Relax about your hair and makeup

You can get your hair and makeup done in your hotel room, or in a salon, a blow dry bar, or a store. There are lots of options to have you looking your best for your wedding day. Keep in mind when choosing your hair and makeup look that you’re going to be out and about all day. If you’re getting married outdoors, consider the weather. If it’s windy or very hot then try to choose a look that will withstand the weather.

Your photos won’t look like a photo shoot

In advance of your wedding, you may have been looking at lots of photos of beautiful couples in iconic locations around the city. Some of these will be real couples, but many of them will be models, especially all those photos of a bride alone somewhere stunning. Yes, you’re going to look amazing on your special day, but you’re a normal person and you may not be as used to being in front of the camera as much as a model is. You probably won’t have a hair and makeup team to tidy you up in between photos, and you’re unlikely to have the time (or desire) to spend a long period in each location, taking many shots in order to get the perfect one that makes it to publishing.

There are so many iconic locations to take photos in your wedding gear

The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, the High Line, Times Square and of course beautiful Central Park are the most popular locations. Keep in mind that New York is a big city and, whilst getting photos in all of these locations will make for an incredible wedding album, they will take plenty of time to get to. Think about what you want to be doing on your wedding day and how much time you want to give over to photography.

Your dress will get dirty

This is a tough one for many brides, but it’s a fact that you just need to accept and move on. The New York streets are dirty, the pathways in Central Park are dirty. Depending on the time of year, the ground may be wet, or even snowy or be covered in leaves or possibly blossom petals. If you are wearing a long dress, it will get dirty and that is unavoidable. Your photographer will do their best to take photos from an angle that doesn’t show it, and they can photoshop a little to make things look better. You can get your dress cleaned if you’re planning to wear it again for a reception at home, and nobody is looking at the hem anyway, so try to relax about it.

Your feet will hurt

Even if you take a cab as much as possible, there will plenty of standing and walking around on your wedding day if you get married in New York. This will be especially true if you want to take photos in a few locations around the city. Many brides have two pairs of shoes for their wedding day – an indoor pair and an outdoor pair, or a fancy pair and some flip flops for walking. I just wore flats all day because I don’t like heels. Some brides embrace it and wear Converse under their gown. If you wear heels a lot and think you’ll be fine then go for it, but I’ve seen several brides in pain on their wedding day and in some cases going barefoot for part of the photo session because they just can’t bear it any longer.

The busiest months are May, September and October

If you want to get married in New York on a Saturday in these months, book ahead. I work with several photographers and officiant so that we can do more than one wedding on one date if necessary, but we still get booked up on very popular dates. The same will be true with any good photographer or other service provider. Also, restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces will all be busy during these months. I apply for an event permit as early as possible for all of my couples, but if you’re planning a wedding with short notice during the busy months, then you may want to consider a weekday to ensure you can get a permit for your first choice of date, time and location. Also, you may well get a better deal on your reception.

Weekends are busy, holiday weekends are busiest

Further two my comments above, if you’re coming from out of town and can get married on a weekday, then City Hall will be quieter earlier in the week, you will have a better chance of getting your first choice of location in Central Park for your ceremony, and bars and restaurants and other reception locations will be quieter and they may well have lower fees earlier in the week. Other particular dates to avoid might be New Year’s, St Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Pride, the NYC marathon, and other dates when the city is very busy – unless you’re in town for these events and these dates have special meaning to you!

 


 

I’d love to hear from other couples in comments about any hints and tips they may have for getting married in New York. Perhaps I’ve forgotten something that you can add, I’d love to hear from you! If you think you might like some help with planning your own New York wedding, visit our website. “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.

 

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Tips for Grooms Getting Married in Central Park

I’m taking some time off from writing for the blog right now, so here’s a guest post from Emma from Vow to Be Chic.

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Planning a wedding in Central Park has its own unique set of rules. All of those aside, you still want to look your absolute best on your big day. Below are some helpful tips and tricks to look your greatest during your Central Park wedding. Try to remember that physical items aren’t always the only thing that affects your appearance. 

Wear a color that matches the colors of the season 

This might seem silly but just picture it. The leaves are orange and yellow and red and you and your wedding party are wearing pink. All colors are great for a wedding however when your ceremony is outside and your pictures are being taken throughout Central Park, wear colors that compliment the colors that season will make the pictures come together on a whole different level. From your tux color, tie or bow tie, pocket square, etc. all need to be considered when deciding the colors that will be worn. Bonobos.com has a large selection of different colors and patterns available for either your tie, bow tie, or pocket square. These can not only elevate your appearance but also allows you to give it a personal spin. 

Get a tie clip

A Central Park wedding is a dream. Maybe a little windy though. This is why wearing a tie clip will come in handy. Some people would automatically include them in their wardrobe however some people easily forget about them. Getting a tie clip is a simple way to add another level of personalization to your outfit and looking great at the same time. If you shop at GroomsmenGiftSource.com, you’ll see that it has a great gift set that includes the tie clip but also cufflinks and other things that you can also customize and get to match well with your new tie clip. Cufflinks can also be a great accessory to elevate your appearance. Matching cufflinks and tie clips is every groom’s dream right? Who wouldn’t love to be able to add those small details to their big day? That’s sure to make you look your best. 

Wear a color tux that won’t wash you out 

Different skin tones definitely go with different colored tuxedos. This is something you should consider generally speaking, however when you’re getting pictures taken in a natural setting such as Central Park, you want to ensure you’re not blending in with any foliage or are being washed out and your pictures don’t come out as planned. You want to be the center of attention on your big day so wearing something that allows you to be is important. TipTopTux.com is a website that helps you pick out the perfect tux for you, your style, and your wedding. 

Wear appropriate shoes 

Part of looking your best is also feeling your best. Having your ceremony in an 840-acre park you want to ensure you are not only wearing appropriate shoes but also comfortable shoes. No one wants to walk around in pain while they are in the middle of their wedding ceremony or are taking their wedding pictures. The pain will show on your face but will also ruin the experience and that’s the last thing you want. Wearing appropriate shoes will make or break the walking aspect of your wedding day. Even if you have a pair of shoes you know you “need” to wear them just ensure you take steps to make sure they’re as comfortable as they can be. This could be wearing a certain kind of sock or even putting in insoles that you might wear any other typical day. These two things could make a huge difference in how the shoe fits or even how comfortable the shoe would fit. 

Style hair appropriately for that day 

Again, this may seem silly but having a wedding outside in a park you need to consider your hair. What’s the weather going to do? Humid? Your hair does not do well in humidity? Some grooms might not struggle with their hair but for those that do, putting some thought into it and preparing in advance will ensure you look your absolute best regardless of the humidity level. Regardless, having a hairstyle that you feel great in will show on your big day. Anyone feels better after getting their hair cut or colored. You should also feel that way when you’re preparing for your big day. 

 

In the midst of your Central Park wedding planning, you need to make a point to plan the things mentioned above as well. Looking your best goes so much farther than just appearance. If you don’t feel good or are uncomfortable then you won’t look good either. People can sense disappointment or concern in someone. It’s typically able to be read from facial expressions or body language. Taking care of yourself on your big day will show and therefore make you look your absolute best on your big day. 

 

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Sarah and Richard’s Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August

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Sarah and Richard got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August.  They were a party of fifteen in total, all over from the UK.  They had been together for three years when they got married in Central Park.  They had got engaged on a previous trip to New York for New Year’s Eve.

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Sarah and her dad arrived at Central Park in a vintage cab.  Drop me an email if you’d like further information and prices if you’d like to do the same.

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We arranged for a cellist to play for them, next to the structure of the Pavilion.  He played for the groom and guests while they waited for the bride and her dad to arrive.  She walked down the pathway to the Ladies’ Pavilion to Canon in D.  After the ceremony he went back to playing background music while they took group photos around the Ladies’ Pavilion area.

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They had our photographer Jakub Redziniak with them for a total of four hours.  It was a bit of an unconventional job for us, but we made it work.  Sarah and Richard wanted photos of the ceremony with their guests, and then the guests left and the couple went for and photos around Central Park, just the two of them.

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After taking photos in Central Park, they joined their guests on the vintage trolley bus and everyone went for lunch at the David Burke Kitchen in Soho.  During this time the photographer took a break.  We wouldn’t usually do this, we would usually bill from the start of the job until the end of the job, but in this case the photographer agreed to take an unpaid break while the group had their lunch.

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After lunch, they started up again with photos.  The evening reception was at Sugarcane in Dumbo, so Sarah and Richard had photos taken at Jane’s Carousel and with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan in the background, and then at the reception location.  I’m so glad we were able to make this work because all the photo locations are lovely and the couple got a great lasting memory of the major parts of their day.

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Their evening reception was at Sugarcane, on Water Street in Dumbo, and is within the new Empire Stores building.  The outdoor patio looks out onto Jane’s Carousel, they enjoyed drinks outside, prior to canapes being served later on with drinking into the night while enjoying the view.

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Sarah and Richard stayed at the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel on East 48th Street.  Their hotel was in Midtown, and right next to Grand Central station.

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I asked them how we did.  “We were very happy with the day and the planning, which helped us tick off some of the formalities but gave us the flexibility to plan the other parts separately which worked well for us,” Richard said.  “Everyone involved was great and the photos we have received are lovely, so we are pleased with the people you put in place for us,” he added.

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After their wedding, the couple had a minimoon in Toronto followed later on by a longer honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand.

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If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, large or small, visit our website, or follow us on Pinterest where we pin all things New York or wedding-related, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram for beautiful photos of newlywed couples.

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Getting Married in Central Park in August

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August in New York is hot and humid! That’s the bad news. The good news is that the coolest place to be in Manhattan over the summer is Central Park. The East River and the Hudson provide a nice breeze, so a wedding reception on or near the water is lovely. August does see a few storms, but it’s a good month for almost guaranteed dry weather, which is what everyone getting married outdoors wants!

The trees, flowers and plants will have still be blooming and many areas of Central Park suited to wedding ceremonies will be looking stunning. Of course, the days are quite long in August. Sunrise happens at around 6am and sunset is around 8pm. So, a river cruise or a rooftop bar are great options for the evening as the sun goes down.

A great thing about getting married outdoors in New York in August is that you can wear pretty much whatever you like – there’s no need for a jacket! It might be worth considering the sunshine when choosing a ceremony location. There are lots of lovely spots that will have covering during high summer; either places with a roof, such as the Ladies’ Pavilion or places with covering of greenery which will be at its fullest in high summer, such as Cop Cot or the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens.

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In high summer my photographers advise against getting married in the middle of the day because the sun will be too high and bright. I suggest getting married in the morning if you want to keep cool in August. A late afternoon wedding is also lovely – you can do something relaxing or touristy during the first part of the day and then marry just before going off for cocktails somewhere fabulous.

There are lots of events going on in New York in August, and in Central Park specifically, and sometimes this affects our being able to obtain an event permit for a wedding from the Central Park Conservancy, so planning ahead is wise.

Central Park gets busy in August. It is truly the New Yorkers’ back yard so it won’t just be tourists enjoying the park, it will be locals getting some sun, taking their kids to play, and having picnics. You will have passers-by in your photos if you get married in Central Park at this time of year – it’s unavoidable. Because the temperatures are so high, you could take photos at the Top of the Rock or Brooklyn Bridge Park and not get cold – these places do get very chilly in the Winter!

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Alex and Tom’s Wedding under the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens

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Alex and Tom brought eighteen grown up guests and three children over with them from the UK for their destination wedding in the Conservatory Gardens in August.  They had been together for six and a half years when they got married.

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The couple met at high school when they were both fourteen.  They we close friends for years and went to their high school prom together, but didn’t become a couple until eight years later. Alex and Tom are British, but had spent some time living in Australia before getting married.  After the wedding they moved back to the UK.

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Alex got ready at the Lombardy Hotel along with her three bridesmaids, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

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They had their ceremony underneath the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens. The wisteria had grown sufficiently by August to provide good shade from the sunshine for the group. If you’re considering a wedding in the Conservatory Gardens, please note that a permit for a wedding there carries a higher charge than the other wedding ceremony locations in Central Park.

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We arranged for a violinist to play for the guests while they waited for the bride to arrive.  We had the photographer meet the bride and her party at the striking Vanderbilt Gate entrance to the Conservatory Gardens.

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The bride walked in to the ceremony with her father to the violinist playing Pachellbel’s Canon; a very popular choice.  After they were pronounced married, she played the Wedding March and then went back to some classical pieces as background music while they signed the paperwork and took group photos in the area.

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Their photographer Andy Mars took the group around the Conservatory Gardens for photos after the ceremony. The couple had decided that they didn’t need to go to the center area of the park for any photos.

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After the photos in the Conservatory Gardens the guests went over to the reception location of Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn. It’s a great choice to have the reception over in Brooklyn if you’d like to take photos over on that side of the East River. It saves a lot of travel time.

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Alex and Tom went with the photographer alone in a car to the ferry landing over in Brooklyn Bridge Park for photos there with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background.  Then Andy came with them to the restaurant for a few quick photos before leaving.

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