Some of this blog’s most read posts are the ones about New York restaurants that couples could go to after their wedding in Central Park. I wrote a post about all the places where couples who featured on the blog in 2016 went to eat and celebrate after their wedding. I have had to break the posts down year by year, otherwise they would be far too long. The following are the couples whose weddings featured on the blog in 2015, and where they went to eat and celebrate after their weddings. This is a long post! It turns out that 2015 was a busy year for me, and lots of couples were happy to feature on the blog (not everyone wants to).
Nicola and Nicholas eloped to New York in February to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion. It was a cold and snowy day, so after they had gone all over Central Park taking photos, they went back to their hotel near Times Square to warm up and relax a little, then they walked a block to John’s Pizzeria, since they didn’t feel like going far after being out in the cold all day in Central Park. And when you elope, you can do whatever you feel like doing!
Denise and Sean came from their home in Ireland to New York for St Patrick’s Day to be in the parade, but before that they got married bright and early in Central Park. Then they had to get down to 44th Street to begin the parade, and afterwards they went around Upper East Side Irish bars, celebrating with the other people from the parade. Theirs was certainly a unique way to celebrate their wedding!
Sara and Chris brought their friends and family to New York from Stockholm in Sweden for their wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in April. After the ceremony and photos amongst the cherry blossom in Central Park they all had lots of champagne back at the hotel, followed by dinner at ABC Kitchen. “The dinner was amazing, and I can recommend ABC Kitchen,” said Sara, “it is a beautiful place with really good service and amazing food.
Amy and Laura came from Australia to get married in Central Park this April. They had twenty-seven guests, and after they had photographs taken around Central Park then went off to the location where they had a full-on proper reception, The Cube at Riverpark, “it was amazing,” said Amy. It has a fabulous view of Manhattan from its position on the East River in Brooklyn.
Lisa and Jason eloped to New York from their home in Australia in April to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion. We arranged for our guitarist, to sing to them at the ceremony. After the photos, they took a dinner cruise on the Bateaux New York. The cruise is very popular with my clients. It travels on the Hudson River to give an amazing night-time view of New York City. After the cruise finished, they went to Smith’s Bar in Hell’s Kitchen to watch our guitarist do his regular job of performing there regularly.
Hollie and Craig eloped to New York from their home in England in May to get married in Cop Cot. After the wedding they went to Times Square and the Top of the Rock for photos, so after being on her feet non-stop for four hours in dress and heels Hollie was exhausted, so they went back to their hotel room to relax a little before an evening meal at The Capital Grille, which they highly recommend. They decorated their table with hearts for them. The service was impeccable, the food fabulous and they all got complimentary desserts and a photograph to take home.
Melanie and Joshua are New Yorkers, born and raised. They live in Bronx, NYC. They got married in Cop Cot. After photos in Central Park and other iconic NYC locations, the whole wedding party had a private room at Calle Ocho, on the Upper West Side which they said that they would certainly recommend.
Nicola and Marc brought around forty of their friends and family over from Scotland to get married at Bethesda Terrace in April. The wedding reception was held on board World Yacht at Pier 81. This is a dinner cruise which took them on the Hudson to view the landmarks of Manhattan lit up at night. Their guests were wowed by the statue of liberty as they stopped right in front of it and they said that they had a lovely meal and drinks on board, and the DJ kept the dance floor busy all night.
Sarah and Howard brought ten of their friends and family in England to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in Central Park in May. After their wedding they had a meal in a private room at Davios in Midtown. “It was absolutely perfect,” said Sarah. “The service was amazing and they offered a good menu and drinks package for us. Other places we spoke to were not as flexible.” After that they went on to a pre-booked table at the Kimberly rooftop bar. “We wanted somewhere with good views of skyline at night where you are able to dance,” said Sarah.
Hillary and Ben brought twenty-six of their friends and family Australia for their Cop Cot wedding in May. After the wedding ceremony, they had photos taken in Central Park and then they went to the Highline to take some more photos. After that they met their guests at Spice Market, in Chelsea for an early dinner, following that we went to a roof top bar on the eighteenth floor overlooking the city.
Jemma and Lee brought their family from England to get married in Cop Cot in May. They had plenty of photos taken as they walked north through Central Park from Cop Cot at 59th Street, and they left the Park at West 72nd Street. They had four kids with them – two of whom were their own, so they needed a family-friendly restaurant. They hailed cabs for the short distance to Carmine’s on 91st Street for an Italian meal.
Paul and Emma eloped from England to get married in Cop Cot in May. They were happy to see each other before the wedding, so they met their photographer in Midtown and had lots of cool and unique photos taken around town before their ceremony, then they came to Cop Cot, we had the ceremony, then we walked through Central Park for some more photos. They are cat lovers, and owners of four cats, so they went to the Meow Parlour, a cat-themed cafe in the Chinatown area after a brief chill-out back at the hotel. After two hours with the cats they went to the Top of the Rock for a sunset view of New York, and then finally on to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. “After such a hectic day it was nice to relax with a big burger, fries and a cocktail,” said Emma.
Magda and Kamil are originally from Poland but live in New York City. They met at Coney Island through a mutual friend, they got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in July. Magda’s dad was there to give her away, and Kamil’s mother was there too. They also had some friends as guests. After the wedding they went back to their home in Brooklyn for a relaxed and fun BBQ party.
Priyanka and Amit got married on Belvedere Castle Terrace. They have lived all over the US. The couple had lived in New Jersey before Amit moved to Delaware and Priyanka moved to California for work, they have lived apart for the past two years. New York was a convenient location for everyone, including their guests, who also came from all over for the wedding. After their photos in Central Park, they had their reception in Fig and Olive, Fifth Avenue. They had a beautiful cake from Ferrara Bakery delivered to the restaurant. In the evening, they went to a New York City bar.
Kelly and Dylan brought their family and friends from Canada to get married on Belvedere Castle Terrace in August. They had twenty-five guests, who loved the idea of getting married in Central Park. They said that they were very happy that so many people were able to make the journey to join them on their special day. After the wedding they went to Tony’s DiNapoli in Times Square for dinner then to Beer Authority for more drinks into the night. Kelly said that she would recommend both venues.
Janet and Tim brought their children with them from Canada to get married in Cop Cot in August. After the ceremony and photos in Central Park, they all dinner at the Loeb Boathouse, and later went to see Mama Mia on Broadway.” They all wore their wedding clothes to the theater, which got them noticed, which got them some special treatment and celebrity, so any other couples considering seeing a show on their wedding day may want to bear that in mind.
Emily and Lee brought their family and friends from the UK in September for their wedding on Belvedere Castle Terrace. After the wedding ceremony, the couple laid on a picnic for their guests on the banks of Turtle Pond, with a view of their wedding ceremony location, Belvedere Castle. While they enjoyed that the bride and groom were whisked off for photos around Central Park. Later that evening they all went for a meal at Rare Bar and Grill on Lexington Avenue. They said that they would highly recommend this restaurant, “the steaks are amazing and the restaurant has a rooftop bar, so we hired an area up on the rooftop and paid for an open bar for our guests to enjoy drinks all evening,” said Emily. “We had great views of The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building and The Freedom Tower! We would highly recommend a visit,” she said.
Line and Mads brought their close friends and family over from Denmark to get married on Cherry Hill, overlooking the Lake and Bow Bridge in September. After the ceremony and the photos the party went to The Gramercy Tavern for dinner and celebrations. “It is an amazing place with the best gourmet food. We had booked the restaurant’s private dining room and everything was just perfect; the room, the décor, the atmosphere, the food, the wine, the service etc,” said Line.
Alice and Russell brought eighteen family members over from the UK to get married in the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens in September. After the ceremony our photographer walked with the party through Central Park to Bethesda Fountain for some more photos, then they had a boat ride on the Lake with their guests. Then afterwards they all went to the Club A Steak House for dinner where they had hired a private dining room.
Kayleigh and Andrew brought a very small group of friends to New York from the UK to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in October. At the time they got engaged, they had already booked the trip to New York to celebrate Kayleigh’s thirtieth birthday, so they decided to get married while they were there. And after the ceremony they went over the Loeb Boathouse for a celebratory drink, then on to an Italian steakhouse called Davios. “Amazing food and service,” said Kayleigh. “I would definitely recommend eating here.”
Danielle and Michael eloped to New York in October to get married on Belvedere Castle Terrace. That evening they ate at Le Bernadin, a restaurant with 3 Michelin stars. Michael is a chef so dining at a high quality restaurant was a top priority for the couple. They both had the 7-course tasting selection with the wine pairings, and they said it was amazing.
Holly and David came to New York alone to get married on Bow Bridge in October. After the wedding ceremony their photographer took them for photos around Central Park, and to Times Square, then back to the Waldorf Astoria, where they were staying, for photos there. After that Holly and David went for dinner at Asiate at the Mandarin Continental. “This restaurant was amazing,” said Holly. “The service was fabulous and the view of both Central Park and the city was amazing!!” She highly recommends this restaurant for dinner for anyone else considering a dinner following a small wedding or elopement.
Jennifer and Steven brought thirty of their friends and family over to New York from Scotland for their wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in October. Jennifer and Steven had their bachelor and bachelorette parties in New York, too. The night before the wedding, all the women met at the Sky Room, a rooftop bar. “The atmosphere was kind of like a nightclub,” said Jennifer. “I wished we had stayed longer but I felt I had to get back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before the wedding,” she said. On the same night, the men went to Jimmy’s Corner, a bar with a boxing theme. After the wedding ceremony they had group photographs taken at the Ladies’ Pavilion, then a smaller group went to Bethesda Terrace to take more photos while most of their guests made their way to the Tavern on the Green. Then everyone met up there a little later. They stayed there for glasses of Prosecco while the father of the bride, the best man and the groom did their speeches. Afterwards they all went on a yacht cruise of the Hudson for their dinner. Then on to Tanner Smith’s in stretch limousines, where they had reserved a private area downstairs.
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