A Central Park Conservatory Garden Wedding

Bride with flowing veil at a Central Park Conservatory Garden wedding

The Conservatory Garden is the crown jewel of Central Park. Covering just six acres, the stunning formal garden includes a manicured lawn, two tree-covered walkways, and an epically beautiful walled flower garden, complete with koi pond. The NYC Parks Department knows the value of their real estate, and they keep the garden in tip-top shape. But such beauty has a price, and there are certain hoops you have to jump through in order to get married here. So in today’s blog, I tell you everything you need to know to plan your Central Park Conservatory Garden wedding, from permits to photo locations and everything in between.

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Do You Need a Permit to Get Married in Central Park?

Two grooms popping open a bottle of champagne for an article entitled, ‘Do you need a permit to get married in Central Park?’

Yes…and no.  How to Plan a Wedding in Central Park.

After taking a few months off for social media summer vacation, I am back and wanted to share with you my latest wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Matthew and Travis this past week in Central Park. We lucked out with weather and crowds, and the result was some amazing photos in a (mostly) hidden spot right past Bow Bridge (a.k.a., ‘Bow Bridge beach’). I want you all to learn from Matthew and Travis’s good fortune, so in today’s blog I tell you everything you need to know about how to planning a wedding in NYC’s most visited park.  So let’s start by answering the question, ‘do you need a permit to get married in Central Park?’

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Central Park Rowboat Photos, Or My Adventure on the High Seas

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Thinking about having photos taken in a Central Park rowboat while you paddle around The Lake? It’s an adventure worth taking, and here are the details of my recent experience photographing bride and groom, Carolina and Erich, on the high seas in Central Park.

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Loeb Boathouse Wedding in Central Park

Bride and groom portraits in Central Park

Can you believe 2017 is right around the corner? It seems like the year flew by in a flash, with a few very long months spent on the election. As a diversion from the political upheaval all around us, I present to you the details of Carolina and Erich’s Loeb Boathouse wedding in Central Park. This was a laid back, daytime wedding — and most notably — my last big wedding of the year in New York. (Next stop: Palm Beach for Rachelle and Brice’s wedding!) Let’s celebrate the calm together, shall we?

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How to Plan a Central Park Wedding, Perfectly

Bride and groom dancing at a Central Park wedding

On Friday I had the pleasure of photographing Nancy and Reggie’s beautiful wedding at the Cop Cot in Central Park. Their ceremony was a stellar example of how to get married in Central Park. While most people assume you can simply show up and get hitched anywhere in the park (you basically can), there are some tricks you need to know to before planning your Central Park wedding:

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Emma & Paul’s Whirlwind Ladies Pavilion Wedding

Ladies Pavilion wedding ceremony by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Last October I was contacted by a delightful couple from the UK, who wanted to get hitched while on shore leave from their cruise.  The premise sounded zany enough (and right up my alley), but the reality was even more wonderful.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Emma and Paul — my craziest wedding of the year!

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Becky & Jim: A Central Park Wedding

A Central Park wedding beside the Bethesda Fountain by photographer Kelly Williams

Talk about a whirlwind romance!  Becky & Jim met late last year in an Irish bar on a rainy Sunday night.  This chance meeting led to love, and Becky and Jim officially tied the knot in classic New York fashion beside the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.  While the couple is planning a larger church ceremony in the spring or summer for their families, along with a party in Ireland for Jim’s clan, this was a chance for their nearest and dearest to get together and watch the couple say their ‘I Do’s.’  Check out the fancy horse and carriage which brought the bride and her friends to Bethesda Terrace, as well as the Scottish bagpipers who just happened to be in the park at the same time as the wedding.  A little touch of home (UK) for Jim.  Congrats to Becky & Jim, and enjoy the pics from their Central Park wedding!

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Brian & Niki: Central Park Wedding Photos

Brian and Niki's wedding photos in Times Square by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Congrats to Brian and Niki, who traveled all the way from the UK to get married in Central Park on June 6th!  Their intimate wedding was a lovely testament to their beautiful relationship.  The ceremony, conducted by Rev. Annie Lawrence, was held on Umpire Hill overlooking the amusement park area.  Max, Brian and Niki’s son, was thrilled with the balloons and carousel which the whole family enjoyed immediately after the brief ‘I do’s.’  After the wedding, we stopped by Times Square for a few portraits of the bride and groom.  Enjoy their lovely Central Park wedding photos!

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's Central Park wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

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Brian and Niki's wedding photos in Times Square by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Brian and Niki's wedding photos in Times Square by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

 

 


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