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.
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.