Esther and Aaron’s Elopement Wedding at Bethesda Terrace

Esther and Aaron got married underneath Bethesda Terrace in April.  They are both from the Midlands in England, and they had been together for twenty-three years when they got married.  Esther was 48 and Aaron 43 when they got married.

They met whilst working at a supermarket back when they were students, Aaron was just about to go off to university in Leeds and Esther was attending college as a mature student.  At the time, they weren’t sure if their relationship would endure the long distance.  After Aaron’s three years away at university, they were still going strong, with him periodically coming home for visits.  Once Aaron had attained his degree he returned home to Birmingham and the couple moved in together.  Not long after that, they bought their house together.

Esther told me that she and Aaron had half joked at the beginning of their relationship that they would get married, but then it never really became a priority for them.  Then, it became on of those things that their friends and family just kept asking about, “the more they discussed it the more we rebelled,” said Esther.  “However, after a couple of decades together we felt that being married was probably something that we both did want,” Esther told me.   But, what they didn’t want was all the attention and fuss of a traditional wedding, “which is definitely not our style,” she said. 

In January of 2023, they booked a trip to New York for April of that year.  In February of 2023 it occurred to them to see if it would be possible to get married while they were there.  “When we started looking at how to get married in New York, Wed in Central Park came up on a Google search,” said Esther.  Firstly, they read our reviews and decided to send me an enquiry.  “The rest was so straight forward, easily explained and stress free,” said Esther. 

Esther and Aaron emailed me on Valentine’s Day, and we quickly started planning their laid-back, no-stress elopement.  Initially, they didn’t think they wanted to have a photographer, but in the end, they changed their minds and decided to have one for just an hour.  I think they were glad they did.  “We are practically smiling or laughing in every picture.  We truly had the best day,” said Esther.  “He captured the day just perfectly,” she said.  So, Esther and Aaron got married just the two of them; quietly, and in their own style.  They said that they really enjoyed surprising people by telling them that they were married after the event.  “At first no one believed us, that we were married at last,” said Esther.  “Everyone was hugely pleased to find out we had actually got married and they all said that eloping was the perfect way for us to do it,” she said.  “We would not change a single thing about the day,” she added.

They had already booked their six day vacation in New York, staying at the RIU Plaza.  “It is centrally located and was easy to get around New York from there,” said Esther.  They said that they booked an Uber about fifteen minutes before they wanted to leave the hotel for the wedding ceremony and they arrived in perfect time after a very short stroll to Bethesda Terrace from the street. 

We kept the ceremony fairly short and straightforward, since it was just the two of them.  We had a brief introduction about their relationship, and the officiant read the poem I Wanna Be Yours, by John Cooper Clarke, which I’ll put at the end of this post.  “The ceremony was just perfect; relaxed and fun.  Truly magical,” said Esther.  “The officiant and the photographer put us at ease and made it most enjoyable, we cannot thank them both enough,” she said.

Bethesda Terrace is a busy part of Central Park.  I had discussed this with Esther and Aaron beforehand, but they wanted to get married there, because it’s so beautiful.  “We both don’t like the lime light so choose to get married under the arches as that is a little bit more concealed,” said Esther.  She did say that there were lots of passers-by, since weather was glorious for April.  She also said that regardless of the people present, the wedding ceremony still felt intimate.  I do hear from many couples who get married in the more public parts of Central Park – once a ceremony is underway, couples do tend to focus on each other and the officiant.  “With the guidance of the photographer, who really helped to make us feel relaxed, we ventured out to the fountain  and further afield to the lake and underneath the cherry blossom for more photos,” Esther told me.

Once their time with the photographer had ended, Esther and Aaron found a quiet place to sit in the sunshine in Central Park.  “We rang home to tell them the good news, we had a great time trying to convince them all we had actually got married and it was real!” Esther said.  After their time in Central Park, they went to eat at the Modern which is a Michelin-starred restaurant attached to the MoMA.  “We had told them in the booking request that it was our wedding day, all I can say it JUST WOW, it was an amazing experience,” said Esther.  “The food and service was on another level,” she told me.  To finish their wedding day off nicely they went to the top of the Empire State Building at sunset.

I always ask couple of they had any concerns about getting married in New York, so far from home.  Esther told me that they had none (although they do seem to be a rather relaxed couple!)  “Everything went like clockwork; such a smooth process,” she said.  “It was truly was the best day of our lives,” Esther told me.  I’m so pleased to hear it!  It was an absolute pleasure to work with you Esther, 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, even if up to now you really didn’t think getting married was for you, visit our website, we love a low-key, relaxed elopement like this as much as we love the big affairs.  Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and follow us on Pinterest

I Wanna Be Yours, by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner

breathing in your dust

I wanna be your Ford Cortina

I will never rust

If you like your coffee hot

let me be your coffee pot

You call the shots

I wanna be yours

I wanna be your raincoat

for those frequent rainy days

I wanna be your dreamboat

when you want to sail away

Let me be your teddy bear

take me with you anywhere

I don’t care

I wanna be yours

I wanna be your electric meter

I will not run out

I wanna be the electric heater

you’ll get cold without

I wanna be your setting lotion

hold your hair in deep devotion

Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean

that’s how deep is my devotion

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Laura and Ryan’s Elopement Wedding in Wagner Cove in January

Laura and Ryan came over to New York from their home in County Laois, Ireland back in January.  They got married in Wagner Cove, just the two of them.

Laura was 37 and Ryan 34 when they got married.  They had met at Laura’s neighbour’s birthday party.  Ryan was giving his friend a hand working the bar.  “The chances of us ever meeting were pretty slim, we lived over two hours apart and the party was in the middle of nowhere!  I only went to the party at the last minute and Ryan wasn’t meant to be working that night either!” Laura told me.  And so, the stars aligned for them and they did meet.  They hit it off, and they had been together for 14 months when they got married.

Laura and Ryan didn’t officially get engaged.  “We had booked flights to New York for a holiday and then one night were just chatting about what kind of wedding we’d like ,” Laura said.  They both agreed that they wanted it to be as stress free as possible and sooner rather than later.  And so, they had the idea to get married in New York while they were there.  They contacted me at Wed in Central Park in early December and we got going straight away!

Laura said that once they had the idea to get married in New York, they started Googling about getting married in New York in general and my website popped up eventually.  “I’m so glad we did end up getting married in Central Park, our pics are fabulous and the setting of Wagner Cove was just so lovely,” she told me.

“We’re both very laid-back people and everything was organised and decided upon with no fuss or stress,” said Laura.  They bought their wedding bands the day before we flew to New York, so they’re not the type to plan everything way in advance.  The day before their wedding, they took a walk around Central Park and Ryan got down on one knee to propose officially.  So, we can say that this was the first time that we married a couple who got engaged less than 24 hours before their wedding!  Laura and Ryan arrived in New York on the Monday afternoon, got married on the Wednesday and flew home on Friday night.  They stayed in the M Social hotel in Times Square.  “Their rooftop bar provided a lovely backdrop for some day after wedding pics,” said Laura.

Laura told me that neither of them had any interest in a traditional wedding close to home.  “I work as a bridal makeup artist and I see first-hand the stress a lot of brides can be under and the amount of work, time and money that goes into organising a big Irish wedding,” Laura told me. Whilst this option of eloping was absolutely the right thing for Laura and Ryan, Laura did say that she can see why an elopement wouldn’t be for everyone.  “You do have some small worries leading up to it that you’re not disappointing anyone,” she said.  “But when you know it’s what you really want and a traditional wedding isn’t for you then I think it’s the best option.  Our ceremony was so special and intimate, just the two of us,” she said. 

I always ask couples why they wanted to get married.  “We were both very content and secure in our relationship before getting married but it’s another layer of commitment,” said Laura.  Some months after the wedding, I asked if they had any regrets about not having a traditional wedding closer to home.  “Absolutely not,” Laura said.  “We are so, so happy with our decision to elope.  It was so stress free, fun and romantic.  We also had a big party when we got home and everyone we wanted was there to celebrate,” she said.  So, the best of both worlds for Laura and Ryan; the stress-free, intimate elopement, and the big party.

The ceremony took place in Wagner Cove.  We organized the wedding quite quickly, and Laura and Ryan didn’t really have a location in mind when we first started talking, so Wagner Cove was my suggestion.  It’s quick and easy to get to from the street, it’s nice and tucked away and private, and it’s very close to the popular photo locations of Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace, so a wedding there doesn’t involve too much walking.  “Our favourite pictures were taken at Bethesda Terrace,” said Laura.  “We were lucky because given the time of year, and the bad weather forecast for our date, so it was very quiet in the park, so we got to capture some beautiful pictures there,” she said.  It really does feel very special when couples are lucky enough to be in Central Park when it’s nice and quiet, and that just doesn’t happen on weekends in the summer, only in the colder months!

I asked Laura some questions in advance about the two of them, so that I could write their ceremony just for them.  She told me that in their fairly short time together, they have shared a lot, so we talked a little about that in the ceremony, and we had the officiant read a poem of their choosing.  They loved their ceremony, and they said that their officiant put them at ease before they began with his gentle nature.  “Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  It surpassed our expectations,” Laura told me.  “It was just so lovely and intimate, it was completely centered around the two of us and our love for each other.  It was really so special for both of us,” she said. 

Laura had brought a beautiful bouquet of dried flowers with her to New York, which were made by a florist local to her home.  “They were stunning,” she said.  Laura is a professional bridal makeup artist so she did her own makeup that morning.  She had her hair blow dried in one of the dry bars close to their hotel in Times Square.  Their photographer Jakub Redziniak met them on Central Park West before the ceremony and took some photos of the two of them there on the street before going into the park with them. 

Laura wore a white Nadine Merabi suit, “I absolutely adored it!” she said.  She wore a blue wool coat over it but took it off for some of the pictures.  Ryan wore a black tux from ASOS with a green velvet coat over the top, purchased in New York’s very own Macys the day before as he forgot his own coat! We had seen rain in the forecast for Laura and Ryan’s wedding day, but the rain held off just until their photography session ended.  They had planned to walk around the city a little taking photos in some of the iconic spots, but because of the rain they decided to go to an Irish bar instead!  “We had quite a few hot whiskeys, and some nachos and chicken wings,” said Laura.  They facetimed their families to tell them about their wedding, and just had a lovely afternoon in the pub.  “The joys of it just being the two of you and doing whatever you want!!” said Laura.

That evening they went over to DUMBO in Brooklyn to eat at the River Café.  “It was absolutely spectacular and even the heavy rain could not take from our view of the stunning Manhattan skyline,” said Laura.  “It was a fantastic meal in a beautiful setting with excellent service and we will never forget our wedding meal!” she added.

I asked Laura if she had any thoughts to share for anyone considering doing what she and Ryan have done and eloping to get married in Central Park too.  “I would just like to say for anyone thinking of doing it and may feel a little apprehensive; just do it,” she advises.  “It’s so stress-free and straight forward.  It was the most magical day of our lives and we are so happy with our decision to elope,” she said. 

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Laura and Ryan, it was a pleasure to plan your wedding with you, even though it was done over such a short period!  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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Avril and John’s Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in March

Avril and John got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in March.  They brought along four guests with them to New York from their home in Scotland.  Avril was 40 and John 52 when they got married.

The couple met in church and were friends for around three years before they started seeing each other.  They had been together for just over four years when they got married.  John had got the idea that he should propose whilst on a friend’s stage night (bachelor party for readers in the US!).  They chose and bought a ring together and then John kept it for a little while until he felt it was the right time to propose formally in a nice restaurant.

I asked Avril what had made them want to get married.  She said, “as Christians we felt that it was the right thing and the natural progression in our relationship.”  She added that “neither of us can imagine a future without the other and we wanted to make that commitment to each other.”

Once they were engaged, Avril and John decided quite early on that they wanted to have a destination wedding.  Avril told me that they looked at the possibility of getting married Greece, in Spain, and on cruise ships.  Nothing quite felt right for them and they couldn’t settle on a destination.  Then, Avril was discussing it with a friend who told her that they had married in Florida and that gave her the idea to look into getting married in the USA.  She considered other states where they might like to tie the knot.

Avril and John eventually decided to get married in New York.  “When I found out how easy it seemed to be getting married in NYC I fell in love with the idea of marrying in Central Park,” Avril told me.  Their main concern when starting to think about getting married in New York  was to ensure that they had the timings right for the paperwork they needed to have in place to make it legally binding, so I was able to straighten things out in directing them with what to do to get their marriage license.

I asked Avril what her view in general was on elopements and small destination weddings like theirs was.  “I didn’t realise how popular elopements were until we started planning ours,” she said.  I do find this is quite common, and understandably so.  People don’t tend to think too much about weddings until they have to plan their own!  “I think it is definitely a great way to get married, ultimately it is about the two of you and this way you don’t have anyone else to worry about or consider,” she said.  “We don’t have any regrets about not having a traditional wedding accept our parents not being there but if we had to do it all over again we would still do it the same,” she added.

This was Avril and John’s first visit to New York City.  They stayed for five nights at the Renwick Hotel.  Their wedding guests were John’s uncle, son, sister and niece.  “They all loved the idea of us doing something totally different and were excited to join us in New York,” Avril said.

They got married on a beautiful, dry and sunny day but it was very cold.  They held the ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  “Some of my favourite pictures were taken by the Ladies’ Pavilion and also at Bethesda Terrace,” Avril said.  “The Ladies’ Pavilion is so quaint and intimate and I just love the fountain and stairs at Bethesda Terrace,” she told me.  John’s uncle walked Avril down the pathway to the Ladies’ Pavilion, which is a lovely way to make an entrance at a wedding, and then he gave her away.  We had a reading from Corinthians and Avril and John exchanged traditional vows.

John and his uncle both wore traditional dress, and Avril wore a tartan sash, so they kept their Scottishness proudly on display.  “I chose not to have a bouquet as we were travelling the next day and I wasn’t sure whether I would be  allowed to keep the flowers,” Avril told me.  So instead she carried a mother of pearl bible that her mother had carried when she got married, which I think is very lovely.  Avril did her own hair and makeup.

After the ceremony, they took some photos around Central Park, and then went on to Gallaghers Steakhouse for a meal.  After that, they went to Grand Central terminal and took some of their own photos and then went to a little pub about a block away from their hotel and continued to celebrate.

I asked Avril how we did.  “I cannot recommend Wed in Central Park enough, Claire has been amazing!” she said.  “Claire was so helpful, keeping in regular contact, helping with little reminders and tips regarding the wedding license,” she said.  “And our officiant and photographer that she had arranged were fantastic,” she added.  “It has been a great experience from planning stage to ceremony then receiving our beautiful pictures.  Thank you so much!” Thank you so much for your kind words, 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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How to Plan a Wedding in New York from the UK (or anywhere out of town!)

I’ve been planning weddings in Central Park for over ten years now.  Some of my clients are New Yorkers, but most are not.  Many clients are planning their wedding from far away, either from another state, or more frequently for me; from another country.  Most of my clients are from the UK.  I’ve been doing this for so long that it might be easy for me to forget how daunting this can feel for someone – many of our couples have not planned a wedding before, let alone planned one so far away!

My main piece of advice is that the internet is your friend.  If you’re not sure what somewhere looks like, there are lots of images online to help you to get a good idea of what it’s like in real life.  This may apply to the location where you’d like to have the ceremony, the reception location, or just spots where you’d like to take photos.  If you’re looking for an answer to a tricky question, plenty of reading will usually find you the answer. 

Of course you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by just hiring someone like myself.  I’m a Brit who got married in Central Park back in 2011, and I was living very close to the park at the time, and this gave me the idea to start this business, helping others to get married in this beautiful place.  I’ve helped hundred of couples to get married in Central Park (and a few other places in New York!) since then and it’s rare that someone asks me something that I haven’t been asked before.  Lots of couples tell me that I’m giving them answers to questions that they haven’t even thought of themselves!  This makes sense because there’s lots of stuff that just won’t occur to you if you haven’t been married before and/or don’t know New York as well as you’d like.

One very important thing to check if you’ve getting married in New York and you don’t live there is the legalities surrounding your marriage once you’re home.  Check what you need to do in advance of the wedding and after the wedding to be sure that your marriage is legally binding in your country or state.  This sort of information can be found on the NY City Clerk website, and for your own country’s requirements, check your government website.  Or, ask me and I can help!

Most of the couples who get married with us have been to New York at least once before.  Many of them feel that NYC holds lots of happy memories for them and a special place in their heart and they want to add to those special memories in this awesome city.  Everyone of course has seen New York on TV and in the movies, so even if someone is planning to get married here, they still have an image in their minds of what it’s like. 

I have recently updated the part of my website where I discuss in detail the more popular wedding locations in Central Park.  There are links on there to blog posts with lots of images that I have chosen because I think they show the location well, rather than being lovely wedding photos of a couple!  If you’re not sure where in Central Park that you want to hold your ceremony, then I’d advise that you start there.  There are also hundred of photos on my blog of real weddings that have taken place in Central Park, and of course Facebook images and Instagram images.  I have planned lots of weddings and I like to share examples of our work!  There are lots of blogs and images out there, not just from Wed in Central Park, and all of it will be helpful in picturing what your wedding day could be like.

Keep in mind that you can take photos all over Central Park, and indeed all over the city should you wish to, and that the places where you hold the ceremony isn’t the only place you will be in.  So, don’t just think about the beauty of the place or the backdrop, also consider the feel and vibe of the place, and whether it’s the right place for you to say “I do”.  If you have any questions on any of the locations then please ask me for help.

One thing that many visitors struggle to get their head around is the size of the city and the travel times involved.  Studying a map of the city and of the park can help you to get a good idea of the scale of things.  Planning the locations and timings for the day is a big part of the planning process that I go through with many couples.  They tell me where they want to get to on the day and I’ll work out a realistic plan to make it happen.  New York City traffic is notoriously difficult to predict, but I have enough experience with this to create a plan with a realistic view of travel times and enough of a buffer that the day will run smoothly and you’ll feel relaxed.  This applies not only to getting around New York City on the roads, in whatever transport you choose, but also to getting around Central Park.  I can advise on how long it will take to get to any different photo locations, depending on your group size and many other factors. 

Lots of clients tell me how daunting it can feel to hand over a large amount of money to someone they have never met.  This is completely understandable, especially when planning a very special day such as a wedding day.  This is why online reviews can be so very useful.  Consider how often you personally leave a review.  Most people don’t take the time to write a review of a product or service unless they feel quite strongly about it, so keep that in mind when checking reviews online.  If you find a review that raises an interesting point, don’t be afraid to ask the service provider about it.  So, read up, check all the images online, or just hire me to answer all of your questions!  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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Charmaine and Lukas’ Elopement Wedding on Bow Bridge

Charmaine and Lukas eloped from their home in Essex in England to get married in Central Park this March.  Lukas was 30 and Charmaine 29 when they got married on their tenth anniversary of being together.  We held the small ceremony on Bow Bridge.

Charmaine and Lukas met whilst living on the same street when they were 19 and 20, and had been together for exactly ten years when they got married.  Charmaine told me that they didn’t really make a big occasion of getting engaged.  They have three daughters together (and a dog!) so are obviously both already very committed to each other.  Getting married had already been discussed a few times before Lukas proposed over a nice dinner with a ring he’d bought in advance.  Charmaine said that part of being married was so that they’d all have the same last name, which is often quite important to couples once children come along.

Once they were engaged they considered getting married at home in England.  They decided against the big, traditional wedding for the same reason as so many of our couples do: it would be too expensive.  They felt that a big family affair just wasn’t for them, “a small wedding was perfect for us,” said Charmaine.  “A big wedding would be so expensive and could have ended up being about everyone else and not ourselves,” she said.  They liked the idea of eloping, just the two of them.  With three kids and a dog at home, who can blame them for wanting to take some time for themselves? 

So, Charmaine and Lukas started to consider where they might elope to.  “It has been a dream for us to visit New York let alone get married there,” said Charmaine.  She said that she’s always loved New York and Central Park from images on screen.  They found my page on Facebook and contacted me soon after that.

I asked if they had any worries in advance of the wedding.  “With it being March the weather is unpredictable,” Charmaine said.  Yes, we can see any weather in New York in March.  And in the run-up to their wedding day I was worried about the weather too.  The forecast was for rain, and the spot where they wanted to get married, Bow Bridge, is right out in the open.  We did discuss moving to a sheltered spot under Bethesda Terrace.  But in the end, it just about stayed dry for them.

Charmaine said another concern was how busy it might get in the area, with them holding the ceremony in such a public spot.  Perhaps the wet weather forecast kept a few people away so it wasn’t too busy!  I asked Charmaine if she had any regrets after choosing to elope, rather than have the big affair.  “None at all!” she said. 

Charmaine and Lukas were in New York for four nights.  They stayed at the Aliz Hotel in Times Square.  It was just the two of them, so we kept the ceremony fairly short, with traditional vows followed by the ring exchange.  As often happens with a wedding ceremony on such a busy and public spot as Bow Bridge, they didn’t really notice the passers-by once the ceremony was underway.  “It was a moment where time stood still and I forget everyone else around us,” Charmaine said.

I asked Charmaine where her favorite photos were taken.  “It’s so hard to choose my favorite photos, as I loved them all,” she said.  Their ceremony location of Bow Bridge is right in the middle of the park, so they were able to get to Wagner Cove and Bethesda Terrace for photos too.  After they had finished with the photographer, Charmaine and Lukas had a horse and carriage ride.

I asked Charmaine if she had any thoughts to share with anyone else considering doing what they did and eloping to get married in Central Park.  “It was just amazing,” she said.  “If you’re considering it, do it!  Don’t worry about the public they are so kind,” she added.

I asked how we did.  “Wed in Central Park are amazing!  And I can’t thank them enough for everything,” she said.  Thank you for your kind words, Charmaine, and it was a pleasure to plan your wedding with you.  I wish you, Lukas and your girls the best of luck for your future together.  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, either a large affair or a small and intimate one like this one, 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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Jenna and Grant’s Elopement Wedding in Wagner Cove

Jenna and Grant eloped to New York to get married last August.  They got married with us in Wagner Cove in the mid-afternoon.  They are from Cornwall in England and they were both thirty-eight when they got married. 

The couple met in June of 2014 when they were both thirty.  Grant was serving in the Royal Navy and Jenna said that she was still living life thinking she was 20 at the time!  They first met in a pub and went on to a meal at Nando’s afterwards.  Soon afterwards, they moved in together and eventually started a family together with two beautiful daughters.  When their youngest daughter was three, Grant took Jenna to a fancy restaurant near to their home where he proposed.  “He always told me he didn’t want to get married so this was a big surprise, but a good one!” said Jenna. 

Jenna and Grant said that they felt like this was “the last piece of the puzzle’ to complete them as a family of four.  They knew that they wanted to be married, but they didn’t really want to spend the usual huge mount of money on a large, traditional wedding.  They prefer to spend their money on doing things as a family with their kids.  So, they decided to elope to New York to get married. 

This was Jenna and Grant’s first visit to New York.  “New York has always been a place that we have both wanted to visit and explore for years and had not yet had the opportunity,” Jenna told me.  She said that most of their knowledge of the city came from watching Home Alone 2 and Ghost a few times! 

When deciding where to get married in New York, Central Park stood out to them.  “Central Park seemed to us to be the obvious choice for a picturesque wedding ceremony location,” Jenna said.  “It is an iconic and beautiful park surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Manhattan,” she added.  So, they eventually found the Wed in Central Park website.  “Claire was amazing, she went through every tiny detail with us with regards to the ceremony.” She said.  I do go through every tiny detail, sometimes more than once, just to be sure!  “Claire made everything that we had to do beforehand really easy, she never kept us waiting for a response via email, she let us put our trust in her,” Jenna said.

They stayed at The Hyatt Grand Central, which they highly recommend.  “It was absolutely stunning,” said Jenna.  They were in New York for five nights, and Jenna said that they walked approximately half a marathon daily.  They made sure to make the most of the trip and saw all the major sights.   

Jenna asked for hair and makeup recommendations and, as always, I put her in touch with Metrolook.  “They did my hair and makeup and made me look beautiful in the comfort of my hotel room,” said Jenna.   

We held the wedding ceremony at Wagner Cove.  “It is a beautiful quiet spot, ideal for us,” said Jenna.  We kept the ceremony fairly short, since it was just the two of them, with them exchanging both traditional vows and them some vows they had each written especially for each other.  Then their photographer took them to the main iconic spots for portrait photos, and left them after putting them on a horse and cart for a trip around Central Park.

After their carriage ride, then went to the Boathouse for a few drinks.  “It was lovely, they have stunning views across the lake,” Jenna said.  Then they walked through Central Park over to the Tavern on the Green.  “We had the best meal we had whilst in New York,” said Jenna.  She said that it was really nice and relaxing to spend the whole day in Central Park, having spent the rest of their time in New York covering so much ground to get to see everything.

“Claire not only planned our wedding ceremony, she planned our whole wedding day based on her recommendations so thank you,” said Jenna.  Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Jenna and Grant!  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

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Savannah and Patrick’s Wedding in Cop Cot in December

Savannah and Patrick got married in Cop Cot in December.  Savannah is from Johannesburg in South Africa and Patrick is from Charlottesville, Virginia and they were 29 and 28 when they got married.  They had been together for just over four years when they got married.  “We joke that we made it through grad school, a pandemic, long distance, and the US visa system, and hope that means we can make it through anything!” said Savannah.

They met at an NYU graduate school orientation mixer in 2018.  At that time they were both freshly moved to New York City to study for their master’s degrees.  They were in different graduate programs but were both the first people each other had properly met in the city.  They immediately got along and so spent a lot of their first few weeks getting to know the city together.  When the pandemic hit, they decided to try to see it through together in New York City and not go back to their respective hometowns.  They spent eight months together in the city but when Savannah was finally able to get a flight home again, she decided to take it as she had not seen her family for a long time and was struggling to find work.  At that time she was on a temporary work visa and travel was still restricted for non-US citizens, so she knew that leaving the US meant it would be hard to get back anytime soon.  Savannah and Patrick agreed that for a time they would have to have a long distance relationship.  

Eventually, when travel restrictions eased a little, Patrick booked a flight to South Africa.  At the time, Savannah was staying with her parents so to avoid exposing them to the risk of Covid after Patrick’s long flight they booked a cottage in a mountainous town called Clarens for the two of them.  “We planned to isolate there before going back to Johannesburg,” said Savannah.  Patrick proposed to Savannah the morning after he arrived.  “We were on the veranda drinking our morning coffee and he pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him,” she told me.  Patrick had told Savannah’s parents and sister and they all said that she never makes a decision quickly and so he should expect her to ask him if she could think about it, but to Patrick’s surprise she said “of course!” straight away.  

I always ask couples why getting married is important to them.  “The most obvious answer is that being married meant Patrick and I could exist in the same space together indefinitely and that is what we very much wanted,” Savannah explained. “Our relationship has always been governed by my visa status and so it always felt like it was on some type of time limit. Covid and the different restrictions each country put on citizens and visitors showed us that our worlds could be separated pretty easily and we wanted to be able to deal with big things like that and move around in the world together,” she said.  Those were the practical reasons.  “The more abstract and stronger reason is the desire to build something together, and acknowledge our love, partnership and desire to tackle things as a unit,” she added.

Savannah and Patrick knew they were going to get married in the Winter, but they still loved the idea of holding a ceremony outdoors.  “We love being outside and also love the vast amount of public spaces in New York City so a lot of the options we considered were outdoor public spaces,” Savannah said.  They considered the Coney Island Boardwalk but thought it might be too far for guests to travel and especially cold near the water.  Another idea was Prospect Park as they live in Brooklyn but she said they had no clue how to go about planning or getting permits for that. They also thought about just going to City Hall, but they felt like they wanted something a little more romantic.  Their last idea before settling on Central Park was just doing the ceremony at their apartment because they have a small garden but ended up deciding on holding their reception there and thought it would be too much to have both in the small space.

When deciding where to get married, Savannah and Patrick had their guests in mind.  Since their families were travelling for the wedding, they wanted to choose somewhere that their guests would enjoy seeing in the Winter.  “We met and fell in love in New York City and so thought it fit quite splendidly to get married amongst the trees and skyscrapers.  I don’t care how touristy Central Park is, it is still one of the most enchanting places in New York City.  Whenever you visit Central Park, it feels little there is a space for every kind of New Yorker and visitor alike,” said Savannah.  Of course I very much agree, having been a tourist in New York myself and also having lived just a few blocks from Central Park.

So, once they had chosen Central Park for their wedding ceremony location, they did have a few concerns.  “We were worried about the logistics of having a wedding in the park.  We had no clue how to even start thinking about what we would need to do to make it happen, or even if it was a possibility,” said Savannah.  So, they took to the internet and it happened to be Savannah’s sister who found Wed in Central Park.  “I honestly would have not even thought it was possible to get married in Central Park if my sister hadn’t found the Wed In Central Park website,” she said.  “We were talking about how amazing it would be to get married in Central Park but how expensive and hard it would be to get a permit when she decided to look it up for fun and found the website.  Something that felt like it would be a logistical nightmare ended up being so simple with Claire’s help and allowed Patrick and I to focus on the important decisions for the day,” she told me. 

When they first contacted me, Savannah and Patrick had originally been considering holding the wedding ceremony under Bethesda Terrace, “because we love the drama of the arches and mosaic covered walls,” said Savannah, and they also thought it would be good in case of bad weather.  I suggested another, more private spot.  Bethesda Terrace is always quite busy, and they had quite a large group.  So, in the end, we decided on Cop Cot for their ceremony.  “We wanted it to feel like we had a little piece of Central Park to ourselves and guests for the ceremony,” Savannah told me.  They were really happy that they had chosen Cop Cot instead.  “The light was beautiful in the mid morning in the Winter and the location on top of a small hill on the south side of Central Park gives you a beautiful contrast between the nature in Central Park and the skyscrapers in the skyline,” she said.  We did also get a permit for Bethesda Terrace as a plan B backup location in case it did rain, because Cop Cot in the cold rain wouldn’t have been pleasant. 

Savannah and Patrick and I worked on the ceremony wording together.  They wanted a balanced mix of Catholic and Jewish traditions in the ceremony since Savannah comes from a Jewish background, while Patrick comes for a Catholic one.  The officiant introduced the ceremony and then Savannah’s mom read the Jewish seven blessings and Patrick’s mom read the bible verse Corinthians 13: 1-13.  “We absolutely loved our ceremony,” Savannah told me.  “The intimacy of a small group allowed us to be ourselves, and it felt like we were having more of a conversation with each other, the guests, and the officiant rather than ‘putting on a performance.’  Our officiant also set that tone for the ceremony which we really appreciated” she added.  They exchanged the traditional “I do” vows and some more modern vows as they exchanged rings, and they had the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass at the end.  After the ceremony and congratulations, they took some group photos and drank coffee with the guests at Cop Cot.  Savannah and Patrick had ordered Starbucks coffee boxes for their guests before the ceremony to try keep everyone at least a little warm!  

Savannah got ready with her mom and sister, and her sister did her hair and makeup.  Before leaving for Central Park she was able to do a toast over Zoom with two of her best friends who weren’t able to make it in person, which was something that felt very special to her.  Patrick got ready with a couple of his friends who all got together to make breakfast before the ceremony.  Their group numbered around twenty-five guests.  Many loved ones from South Africa couldn’t make it in person, so these guests were able to witness the ceremony on Zoom.  Savannah said that this worked out great because they could not only witness the ceremony but also see Central Park in the background so got a taste of what we had in person.  “I think some family members were skeptical at first about a Central Park wedding, mostly because they didn’t know it was even allowed,” Savannah said.  “Everyone who attended the wedding has since told us how beautiful it was and how much they felt it suited and felt right for Patrick and I,” she added. 

Savannah and Patrick live in Bushwick but a lot of their extended family stayed at The Shoreham on West 55th Street.  Savannah’s parents and sister stayed in an AirBnB in Bushwick for the whole of December, since they had come such a long way and Patrick’s parents stayed at The Shoreham for the wedding weekend and then Savannah and Patrick’s apartment for Christmas afterward. 

Savannah wore an oyster-colored wedding dress covered in pearls by a South African designer Elli-Nicole.  She wore Dr Marten boots on her feet, “it felt important to wear comfortable and warm shoes,” she said.  Regular readers of this blog will know that I do love a bride in sensible shoes, especially in colder months!  She wore a beige coat to warm up here and there but took it off for the ceremony, even though it was very cold!  “I froze but had to give my dress a moment to shine” she said!  Patrick wore a navy blue three-piece suit made by Alton Lane with a dusty pink floral tie.  The boutonnieres were made from dried flowers purchased from Etsy.  Savannah had also planned to use the dried flowers for a bouquet but made a last-minute decision to hold blue hydrangeas because she realized otherwise she wouldn’t have had her ‘something blue’.  “This was a mistake,” she said, “the poor flowers did not like the cold from my short walk to Cop Cot and were drooping by the time I got there.”

They had booked their own photographer, Leonard Okpor for the morning.  They took some photos at Cop Cot and outside the structure in front of the skyscrapers.  Then they walked up the Mall to Bethesda Terrace so we could take photos in that spot which they knew they loved so much.  “We had shots in front of the walls and in between the arches, these turned out beautifully,” said Savannah.  Keep in mind that there might be some locations that you really want to take photographs in, but those locations might not be appropriate for what you need from a ceremony location.  If you have the time to walk around the park, then you don’t have to choose!  After photos in Central Park, they also took photos in the subway and around Bryant Park, “we wanted some urban/city photos and these were great locations for these!” Savannah said.

Savannah and Patrick finished up taking photos at the Algonquin Hotel.  Then they met for a champagne toast and a quiet moment to acknowledge the ceremony and debrief on the morning with close family.  “I highly recommend doing this or something that allows you a quiet moment to sit and chat with the people very close to you,” said Savannah.  “I think it was one of my favorite moments of the day.”  The evening of their wedding day, Savannah and Patrick had everyone from the ceremony over to their flat in Bushwick for a very low-key reception.  They got Yiah Yiah’s to cater for them, and a cake made by Ovenly.  Since it was quite close to Christmas, Patrick’s mom and her friends had made them Christmas candy for dessert.  “Having a party at our house was great, everyone felt really relaxed and we were able to enjoy ourselves, we got to dance and celebrate all through the night!” Savannah told me.

I asked Savannah if she thinks that these more low-key, smaller and more intimate weddings are becoming more popular.  “I think since Covid, smaller weddings are definitely more popular and I love to see it!” said Savannah.  They both liked the idea of a small wedding.  “We wanted to be able to be very present on the day and get to talk, and have meaningful interactions with the people who celebrated with us. The intimacy you get at a small wedding was important to us,” she told me.  They also streamed the ceremony over Zoom to include the family and friends who were too far away to make it, so they covered as many bases as they could.  I asked Savannah what she would say to anyone else considering getting married in Central Park.  “I loved getting married in Central Park, I think it would be beautiful in any weather if you are willing to make the most of it,” she said.  “There will be other people in the park looking on, but this does not take away the magic of the park and even added to the experience,” she said.  Savannah and Patrick actually bumped into a couple after the ceremony who were walking in the park because it was their thirtieth wedding anniversary.  That couple were visiting New York to celebrate as they had also gotten married in the city.  Savannah said that it felt really fitting and something she hopes they will remember when they reach their thirtieth anniversary. “This is an experience you would only have in a public spot like Central Park” she added. 

Savannah had told me that their parents thought it was a wild idea and logistical nightmare to get married in Central Park.  “But Wed in Central Park took that aspect of stress completely away,” she said.  “Claire allowed us to imagine a dream scenario for our wedding and then she made it happen.  Even past the logistics of getting married in Central Park, we did not know how to begin to think up a ceremony and incorporate all the things we felt were important but Claire held our hand through that all too.  If you know Patrick and I, you know we tend to stress about every little detail of a decision or event, but Claire didn’t give us time to do that; she anticipated our concerns before we had them and gave us options and solutions to combat them.” she said.  Thank you for your kind words, Savannah, it was a pleasure to work with you.  I wish you both the best of luck for your future together, perhaps a vow renewal in Central Park in thirty years time to celebrate?!  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding (or vow renewal), whether you’re local or visiting, 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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John and Joanne’s Elopement Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

John and Joanne got married with us in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  They eloped from their home in England for their wedding in June.  The original plan was for them to get married in 2020, but of course Covid put a stop to that.  John was 53 and Joanne was 49 when they got married.

I always ask our couples how they met and I’ll be honest, this is the first time anyone has told me that their new wife was their first wife’s best friend, and that she was a bridesmaid at the wedding.  After John’s marriage ended John and Joanne weren’t in touch at all but some time after Joanne’s marriage ended too they happened to meet again, and eventually they got together.  They had lived together for twelve years before they were married, so they’re not the type to rush things. 

Joanne used to joke that John was commitment phobic.  Then they hit a bad spell of family members sadly passing away, losing nine family members within five years.  After Joanne lost her father, John then decided that he would surprise Joanne with a surprise wedding in New York.  Then of course Covid ruined everyone’s plans for 2020 and Joanne’s mum and brother let the cat out of the bag by telling her.  So after that it was no longer a surprise, and we postponed it by a couple of years to be sure that they could get to New York to say “I do.”

John and Joanne stayed for five nights at the Archer Hotel at 45 W38th St.  He said the staff were excellent, and upon their arrival, they were greeted with a bottle of Prosecco, which always starts a stay off well!  They never considered getting married anywhere else but Central Park.  They had originally wanted to get married in Wagner Cove but we couldn’t get a permit for that space for their date so we went with the Ladies’ Pavilion.  “The Ladies Pavilion was lovely and we highly recommend this location,” said John.

I ask all of our couples if they had any regrets about not having a traditional wedding close to home.  John said their only regret was that because they weren’t in a rush to get married, that when they finally did, their parents had died.  He also said that he thinks an elopement like theirs would really suit a couple who might have already been married and want a small and personal but very memorable wedding. 

We had their photographer Jakub Redziniak meet them at the entrance at 72nd Street by the Dakota building.  They had some photographs taken there with the iconic yellow taxis and the Dakota building in the background, which John enjoyed, having the same home town as John Lennon.  Then they went on to Strawberry Fields and then took photos by the side of the Lake before walking up to the Ladies’ Pavilion for the ceremony. 

“The ceremony was brilliant and our officiant was very nice and put us at ease,” said John.  We had her do a short introduction with some details about their relationship to date, and she also mentioned loved ones back home and no longer with us.  Then they exchanged traditional vows.  After being pronounced married, they had a quick first dance to the song “Mrs Robinson” played on John’s phone, since that was Joanne’s new name! 

After photos at the Ladies’ Pavilion they walked down past the Lake for photos at Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace.  I always ask the couples where their favorite photos were taken, but John said that he couldn’t choose.  “I can’t say where our favourite pictures were taken, as we loved all of the locations and Jakub was awesome,” he said.

John wore a navy blue three piece suit and Joanne wore a navy blue dress.  She carried a single fake red rose as she has allergies to pollen.  Joanne originally bought the dress for a friend’s wedding from a British department store called Debenhams.  She was trying dresses on with the friend’s wedding in mind and when she tried this one, she said “I can see me getting married in this dress,” this was before she knew about the surprise wedding, but she stuck to her word!

After the photos, they called loved ones back home, and then went downtown to Carragher’s bar for a meal and a few drinks.  This bar is an upscale sports bar dedicated to the city of Liverpool, and most importantly; Liverpool Football Club.  Both John and Joanne support Liverpool FC so this was a home from home for them.  After Carragher’s bar, they returned to the hotel, and had a few drinks at the Spyglass rooftop bar which has a great view the Empire State Building.

I asked John how we did.  “The whole day was amazing from start to finish,” he said.  He said it was well worth the long wait imposed on them by Covid.  “The whole experience was wonderful.  Claire was supportive and extremely helpful throughout the whole and challenging process including the Covid pandemic.  Everything was arranged perfectly.  Our photographer and officiant were also super and the location of Central Park was awesome.  It was all better than we imagined and we have a fantastic memory plus photographs of a great day,” he said. 

It was a pleasure to plan your wedding with you, John!  And I’m so glad to see the two of you married at last.  If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding, 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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Laura and Arran’s Elopement Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in November

Laura and Arran got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion at the end of November last year.  They were both thirty years old when they got married and both from Wicklow, Ireland.  Though they grew up in the same town, they didn’t meet until their twenties.

They had been together for seven years when they got married.  They got engaged in September 2022 at Lough Ouler in Wicklow.  Arran tells me that this is a heart-shaped lake not far from where they live.  He proposed there overlooking the lake, while we were out on a hike with their dog Kevin and had stopped for a picnic.  Laura is now fifteen weeks pregnant with their first child.

There were never really any other options for Laura and Arran wen they were discussing where to get married.  “Once the idea of getting married in Central Park came about we did not consider any other options, as we loved the idea from the start,” Arran told me.  They had visited New York back in 2019 and really enjoyed their visit to Central Park then.  “We loved cycling and walking around the park and its abundance of beautiful sights on our last visit, Arran said.  They were confident that they would get some amazing wedding photos around Central Park, which they did, “and now we have the photos to help us to remember a perfect day forever,” he said.

Arran had purchased the trip to New York as a birthday gift for Laura.  In the end the trip also became their wedding and their honeymoon too!  They stayed downtown at Mint House at 70 Pine, close to Wall St and were there for five nights.  They got married in the last week of November, which is a bit risky when it comes to the weather in New York.  They said that they had been a bit concerned about what to expect.  “While it was a cold day, as to be expected at that time of year, there was no rain which was our biggest fear, so we managed to avoid disaster there!” Arran said.

They had been unsure about how much photography time they would like, given the time of year they were getting married.  If it rained, they knew they wouldn’t want to be out for too long, but if it was dry, they thought they might want to fit some more photos in.  We were able to leave things fairly open with the photographer and confirm the photo time around a week before the wedding once we could see the weather forecast.  We can’t always do this, especially in the warmer months when there are a lot more weddings.  Photographers may well have another job booked in on the same day – either a photography job or something else, but we were glad to be able to remain flexible this time.

I asked if they have any regrets about not having a “traditional” wedding closer to home.  “We have no regrets about not having a traditional wedding as the elopement in Central Park suited our needs perfectly,” Arran said.  “We were still able to mark the occasion of our wedding with a meal for immediate family on our return from New York, so we were able to get the best of both worlds and keep everyone happy!” he said.

We held the ceremony in the morning at the Ladies’ Pavilion.  We had a little introduction from the officiant about their relationship to date, and she read the poem Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney, which I’ll put at the end of this post.  They exchanged the traditional vows, then they read out some more personal vows that they had written themselves and brought along to read out before exchanging rings.

They said that their favorite photos were taken around the Ladies’ Pavilion and also on Bow Bridge.  Arran said that he especially liked shots which captured the color of the leaves on the trees.  “They were a bright orange colour and look amazing in the pictures,” he said.  Arran wore a suit that he had brought over with him from Ireland.  Laura wore a dress that she purchased on 5th Avenue a few days before, while they were shopping on Black Friday.  Laura did her hair and makeup herself.

After the ceremony they spent some time taking photos around Central Park.  After that, they went to the Carlyle Hotel where they had a celebratory lunch.  After lunch they went back to their hotel, changed in to comfier and warmer clothes and went to the Bryant Park Christmas market for the evening to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Arran said that he does think that elopements and destination wedding are becoming more popular amongst the people he knows.  “Eloping gives people the opportunity to save significant amounts of money associated with a traditional wedding,” he said.  “Given the cost of living at the moment, we simply prioritised purchasing our first home together and starting a family over the expense of a large traditional wedding back home,” he told me.  I asked Arran if he would have any advice to anyone else considering getting married in Central Park.  “We would recommend getting married in Central Park to anyone who likes the idea of a small and simple wedding, we loved the experience,” he said.

I asked Arran how we did.  “We would recommend Wed in Central Park to anyone looking to get married here,” he said.  “The whole process was very easy from start to finish thanks to Claire, who took care of the majority of the organisation for us and guided us through any of the tasks we needed to do ourselves such as getting the marriage license.”  It was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you, Arran, and I wish you both lots of luck for your future together, and for the birth of your first child this year. 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.

Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney.

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

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Erica and Steven’s Wedding in Cop Cot in June

Erica and Steven brought quite a large group of family and close friends over from their home in Manchester, England for their wedding in Cop Cot in June.  Steven was 33 when they got married and Erica was 36.  They have a six year old son called Frank.  They met while working in healthcare in 2009.  They told me that they didn’t get formally engaged, “we chatted and decided to marry after being together for twelve years,” said Erica.  “It felt the next step for us,” said Erica.  She said that they had always wanted to marry but they had other priorities and things to do first such as save for a house, and to have their son.

Once they had decided to get married they arranged and booked everything pretty quickly.  They knew that they wanted to have a destination wedding and to do it in a busy city.  They wanted to have a small an intimate wedding abroad with a big party back home.  They considered getting married in Barcelona but they wanted the wedding to be legally binding so that only had to do it once, since many couples who have a destination wedding in Europe need to have a courthouse wedding to make things legal.  They loved the idea of visiting New York, and they found that could get a legally binding wedding here, so they decided to do it all in one trip!

I asked Erica if she has any regrets about not having a “traditional” wedding closer to home.  “No regrets, we absolutely loved every choice we made,” she said.  “The day was so special, the celebrant made the experience so comfortable and lovely,” she told me.  “We wanted a fuss free wedding completely our way,” Erica added.  “I didn’t want to have to do wedding favours and speeches etc as we wanted an informal vibe.  I think lots of people feel they need to do things a certain way due to traditions, but we didn’t feel any pressure to follow tradition,” she told me.

So, once they had decided on getting married in New York they started to decide where exactly in the city they should say “I do”.  They said that they wanted an informal, outside setting and Central Park felt the natural choice.  They read up on the different popular ceremony locations in Central Park.  They wanted somewhere with a wooden or metal structure to frame the space, and when they saw Cop Cot, they loved it straight away.

Erica and Steven didn’t formally invite any guests as such.  They knew that it could be the three of them – Erica, Steven and their son – if nobody wanted to join them.  “When we told our family and close friends that we planned to get married in Central Park, many expressed an interest to join us which was amazing and unexpected,” Erica told me.  She said that they felt so happy and grateful to share their special day with twenty-five of their nearest and dearest in such an iconic place.

They decided to hire their own photographer instead of having me arrange one for them.  They booked Georgia Panagi for the whole day.  They also hired a bus to transport the whole group around the city and to their reception venue.  I asked Erica if they had had any concerns about getting married in New York.  “No concerns, we had lots of help from you and our photographer,” she said.  “We were quite laid back about the planning and tried to keep plans to a minimum to have the low fuss wedding we wanted,” she said, which is the perfect attitude to have about a wedding if you can achieve it!

Erica and Steven stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hudson Yards.  “It was an amazing location,” said Erica.  “The staff were extremely helpful throughout, especially on the day of the wedding; allowing our photographer and family members who were not resident at the hotel to come up to my room and help me to get ready,” she said.  They stayed in New York for seven nights and they got married on the third day.

Their guests were both sets of parents, siblings with their partners and children and some close friends.  “They loved the experience and were glad to share it with us,” Erica told me.  She said that some of their favorite photos were taken just outside of Cop Cot with the tall buildings of Central Park South right behind them, and also on Bow Bridge.  For the ceremony, we had the officiant do a short introduction to greet the guests and tell a little of Erica and Steven’s story up to that point.  Their son Frank read the poem Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, and the father of the groom read I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, and I’ll put both at the end of this post.  “The ceremony felt extremely personalised, natural and told our story well,” said Erica.  They exchanged traditional vows before exchanging rings.

Erica wore a sequined wedding dress that she had purchased from Asos, and Simpsons Vans trainers.  I do love a bride in comfortable footwear.  She carried a handbag in the shape of a telephone and she wore a pastel coloured dry flower crown on her head.  Her sister in law is a florist with SP Floral Designs and she made the flower crown and the boutonnieres.  After the ceremony and photos in Central Park the bus from NYC trolley company collected the group.  They took them to the Threes Brewery in Brooklyn, which they had hired for their reception via Times Square to take some pictures.  They brought their own drinks and played their own music on the bus.  So they could begin the party early as they drove over to Brooklyn. 

I asked Erica how we did.  “Our wedding was amazing and I would highly recommend Wed in Central Park,” she said.  “Claire was so helpful and knowledgeable, and our officiant on the day was amazing and really made our day special.”  It was an absolute pleasure to plan your wedding with you, Erica, 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.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your raincoat
For those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
When you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
Take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
You’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
Hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
That’s how deep is my devotion

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