Eunice and Ray got married beside the Fountain on Bethesda Terrace in June. Ray is a New Yorker and Eunice is from the Philippines. They met online through a Christian online dating service two years before they got married.
We planned the wedding quite quickly – in around ten days. Eunice and Ray decided quite early on that a small wedding in Central Park was right for them. They chose Bethesda Terrace because it is a beautiful area, but also because if it turned out to be raining, then they could have the ceremony underneath the Terrace so they would stay dry.
The couple rode in a horse-pulled carriage to their wedding from Columbus Circle. They told the driver that they wanted to be at the top of the steps of Bethesda Terrace at 2pm and our photographer met them from the carriage. Our officiant was waiting for them beside the Fountain. The couple had one friend with them as witness, but if you’re considering an elopement, our photographer will be able to be witness to a wedding.
We kept the ceremony short and sweet, Eunice and Ray had chosen a reading from the bible; a very popular one from Corinthians:
Love is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
In the end, there was no need to be concerned about the weather, and Eunice and Ray had a very sunny afternoon for their wedding day. Lots of couples are understandably concerned about rain on their wedding day, so I wrote a blog post about it. After the ceremony, they took some time around the area of Bethesda Terrace taking photos.
Coincidentally, there were fireworks let off in Central Park that night, so Eunice and Ray had a unique display for their wedding night. The New York Philharmonic were holding their annual Concert in the Park that day, and following the concert, a fireworks show took place at 9:30 that evening.
Afterwards I asked Ray how we did, he said “thank you so much Claire everything went according to plan so grateful for your efforts. Thanks again in your wonderful organization on our wedding day.” Thank you for your kind words, Ray. 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.