Samantha and Austin got married in Cop Cot in August. The couple brought a small group of guests with them from their home in Indianapolis. They had been together for over six and a half years when they got married. They met in the senior year of High School, and in the ceremony we talked about how their relationship has not only given them best friends in each other, but also allowed them to cultivate the amazing group of mutual friends who are here today, which I think is quite lovely. “We wanted to do something special and intimate for our wedding and decided a destination wedding in New York would be perfect!” said Samantha.
We arranged for the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets to be delivered to their hotel on the morning of the wedding. They had peonies, garden roses, astilbe, sweet peas and hydrangea in pale pinks, blush, cream, and white. We ordered bigger bouquets for the adults and small wrist corsages for the girls. “The flowers were absolutely stunning,” Sam told me.
Our photographer met them all in their hotel to take some shots of them all getting ready together. After that, the bridal party walked over to Central Park South together, so they also were able to capture some New York street photos on the way.
The ceremony was at Cop Cot, at the very south end of Central Park. Sam’s friend Alex played the violin for the guests while they waited for their bride to arrive, and also the processional for her to arrive to. The couple shared traditional vows before the ring exchange. During the ceremony, the officiant read an extract from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, which I will share at the end of this post.
After the ceremony, the group took photos around Cop Cot and then made the short walk to Gapstow Bridge for photos there. “We absolutely loved the photographer,” said Samantha. “She was quick and efficient and listened to us when we had an idea but was also good at directing us non-professional models so that we got the best picture possible,” she said. After photos in the park, they all left at the nearby 64th Street exit for their reception at Tony’s Di Napoli.
Samantha and Austin and their parties were staying at the Wellington Hotel, which is on West 55th Street, just four blocks’ walk away from Central Park South. This meant that the travel side of things was fairly simple and straightforward since most people could walk to the locations, including their reception on 3rd Avenue, again just a short walk from Central Park.
I asked how we did. “You were fantastic to work with, communicating throughout the last year and always getting back to me quickly,” she said. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, Sam, 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’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.
The extract reading from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.”