Under Bethesda Terrace in Central Park

Under Bethesda Terrace Central Park Information

Bethesda Terrace is in the middle of Central Park, at the end of the Mall.  Underneath Bethesda Terrace is the best place for a wedding ceremony in the event of heavy rain.  It is the only place in Central Park where a large group can be under cover in wet weather.  However, if it is raining, there will be lots of other people seeking shelter.  It is generally a busy area in all weathers.  It is easy to get to by pedicab if you are unable or do not wish to walk, and it can be accessed by the stone steps, or by a long and and gentle slope.  Either would provide an impressive way for a bride to arrive at her wedding.

It is beautiful, and a unique place to be outside, but almost inside.  There are many beautiful archways and the ceiling is covered with magnificently patterned tiles made in England.  Musicians can be found under there come rain or shine.  The light, the carvings and the steps all present opportunities for some great photographs.

Below are some wedding photographs from underneath Bethesda Terrace.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Cop Cot in Central Park

Cop Cot Central Park Information

Cop Cot is Central Park’s largest wooden structure. Cop Cot is Celtic for “little cottage on the crest of the hill.”  Many couples like it because it is keeping with the rustic feel of an outdoors wedding since it is made of wood and is covered in foliage in the summer. It would suit a fairly large wedding party and it is great for couples who want a little shade from the sunshine in the Summer, and a space that is somewhat enclosed to give a little privacy.  The roof does not provide shelter from any rain, but it does have plenty of benches along the sides.

Cop Cot is very close to the South end of Central Park, so bear that in mind when considering where else you might like to take photos.  You would have to walk along the Mall to get to the middle of Central Park from here, which gives the opportunity for nice photographs along the way, but a walk of around a mile might not suit everyone.  If you stand inside Cop Cot, you can see the entrance to Central Park from there, so it is a very short walk from a car to the wedding location, but it is up a steep hill.  There are rocks nearby that provide a great opportunity for fabulous group photos with the iconic skyline in the background.

Below are some wedding photographs from Cop Cot and the immediately surrounding area.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Belvedere Castle Terrace in Central Park

Belvedere Castle Central Park Information

Belvedere Castle caps Vista Rock, which is the second-highest natural elevation in Central Park.  Because of this it provides the best and highest views of Central Park and its cityscape.  The name of the castle is fitting because it translates to “beautiful view” in Italian. It was built in 1869 as one of Central Park’s many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir to the north (now the Great Lawn) and the Ramble to the south.  The Castle Terrace has two small covered areas which would protect your group from any light rain but it can get windy up there.  The largest of the covered areas has steps leading down to the edge of the castle, so a couple could marry on those steps to give their guests a spectacular view as the backdrop.

This location is very close to the Shakespeare Garden and Turtle Pond.  It is right in the middle of Central Park, so would require a walk through the Shakespeare Garden or perhaps a pedicab ride from the East side to get to it.  Please note that it will be closed for it’s first major refurbishment since the early 1980s from September 2017 until then end of December 2018.

Below are some wedding photographs from Belvedere Castle Terrace.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Conservatory Gardens in Central Park

Conservatory Gardens Central Park Information

The Conservatory Gardens‘ main entrance is through the ornate and beautiful Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets.  This makes a spectacular photo when a bride arrives with her party.  The gate was made in Paris in 1894 and originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at 5th Avenue and 58th Street.

Because the Conservatory Gardens are quite far North, it is a quieter spot for a wedding, but that does mean that it is a long walk through Central Park to get to the more well-known spots if you would like photographs taken there. You would be among more locals than tourists in this area. Please note that the Central Park Conservancy charges a higher fee for a permit to be married in the Conservatory Gardens than all the other locations.  They charge $500, instead of the $25 charge of the other locations.

The Conservatory Gardens are divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style; Italian, French and English. When applying for an event permit, couples need to choose one of these gardens.  They contain fountains, a large lawn, beautiful flowers and a pergola that is covered with wisteria in the summer.

Below are some wedding photographs from the Conservatory Gardens.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Bow Bridge in Central Park

Bow Bridge Central Park Information

Bow Bridge is possibly Central Park’s most well-known muse for photographers.  You might recognize it from its starring role in many movies and television shows.  The view from the bridge is also iconic to Central Park, with the Lake, and then the Manhattan skyline towering above the trees.

This location is a very public place to get married, but it does offer a spectacular backdrop.  Photos taken from the bridge itself with the skyline behind the couple are stunning, as are photos taken from the grass across the Lake from it, with the couple on this beautiful bridge.  Even with an event permit, people will still pass by your wedding ceremony if you hold it on this bridge, so I would not recommend it to larger groups.  It has the benefit of being very close to the major areas that are popular for photographs.

This beautiful bridge spans the Lake’s narrowest point and links Cherry Hill to the sprawling woodland of the Ramble. The bridge is named for its shape – reminiscent of a violin’s bow. It is the oldest cast-iron bridge in the Park, and the second oldest in America.

Below are some wedding photographs from Bow Bridge.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Wagner Cove in Central Park

Wagner Cove Central Park Information

Wagner Cove is a very popular location for a small wedding or elopement. It is tucked away into a shady corner of the Lake, right on the water. It is perhaps the most private location in Central Park for a wedding ceremony, whilst still being very close to the middle of Central Park and to the entrances.  The steps that lead down to it are hidden between trees, but there is a sign.  There is a way of accessing it without going down the steps, but it is over an uneven pathway and the ground surrounding the gazebo is uneven, so it may not be suitable for everyone.

Many people may not even know that it is there, so there will be very few passers-by at a wedding at Wagner Cove.  It can be seen from the other side of the Lake, and this allows an opportunity for a beautiful photo of the couple in the structure from that vantage point.

Wagner Cove features a rustic wooden shelter which is useful to cover the couple and officiant in case of any light rain on your wedding day, or it will provide shade from bright sunshine.  It has benches, but would only fit up to four people inside.  In the summer, if you stand in the gazebo you can see turtles in the water.  The original shelter dated from Central Park’s early years, when rowing boats would pick up passengers at one of six shelters that dotted the edge of the Lake and drop them off at another.

Below are some wedding photographs from Wagner Cove.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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Ladies’ Pavilion in Central Park

Ladies Pavilion Central Park Information

The Ladies’ Pavilion is a lovely art deco wrought iron gazebo beside the Lake.  The closest entrance to the Ladies’ Pavilion is the one right by John Lennon’s old home, the Dakota, at Central Park West and 72nd Street.  It is a very popular wedding location, and my personal favorite, it is the where I got married. There are seats inside and it has a pretty gray slate roof and charming wrought iron details. The roof can protect a small group from any light rain.  It is accessed by walking down a short paved path with trees either side, so it’s works well for a bride to walk down here to make her entrance for her guests.  It has benches inside and because it is somewhat enclosed it does provide some privacy.

The Ladies’ Pavilion was originally designed in 1871 as a shelter for trolley passengers and sat near the Park’s 8th Avenue and 59th Street entrance. When construction began on the monument that stands there now, the pavilion was relocated to it’s current location. It is so-called because during the Winter the Ladies’ would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the Lake. Wedding photographs taken around the Ladies’ Pavilion will have the Lake and the Manhattan skyline in the background, and it is a short walk from Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge.

Below are some wedding photographs from the Ladies’ Pavilion.  These photos are intended to show the location in as much useful detail as possible for any couples considering a wedding there.  Please feel free to email me,  if you would like any further advice or information on this location.

 

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