This elegant, intimate wedding comes to us from Wed in Central Park, based in New York, NY! Here’s Wed in Central Park to tell us more about the lovely couple and their big day:
Megan and Daniel brought twenty of their closest friends and family over from Leeds to New York with them for their wedding last August. The couple got engaged on Bethesda Terrace by the Lake in Central Park on Christmas Day 2015. When they got married they had been together for over eleven years – they met when Megan was 15 and Daniel was 16. Megan and Daniel have been together since such a young age, they practically grew up together. They knew that they wanted to grow old together.
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After the couple returned newly engaged from their trip to New York, they started looking at wedding venues close to their home in Yorkshire. They started to get frustrated with the search when they just couldn’t find what they wanted. They sat down to discuss what their priorities were for their wedding day. They agreed that they wanted something with an outdoor feel, and to spend quality time together with each other and their close friends and family, without having to worry a great deal about whether all of their guests were having a good time.
One day, after a particularly exasperating day of looking at wedding venues, Megan suggested they just escape to New York. Initially Daniel thought that she was joking, but they agreed that they both love the city, and after some research, they realised that a destination wedding in Central Park could give them all that they wanted from their wedding day.
Most of the people in their party, including the bride and groom, arrived three days before the wedding, and stayed in New York City for five nights in total. They were able to have their hen and stag nights while in New York. On the Tuesday before the wedding, Megan and Daniel got their marriage license from City Hall, a legal requirement that all couples must do.
They chose the Ladies’ Pavilion for their wedding ceremony location. It is a beautiful art-deco wrought-iron structure beside the Lake. The roof can shelter a small wedding party from the rain if there is any, and in Megan and Daniel’s case in August, it provides shade from the sun.
Wed in Central Park arranged for flowers to be delivered to their hotel on the morning of their wedding day, and for hair and makeup artists to come to their room to make them look fantastic. We also booked a New York State registered officiant and photographer, who captured photos of the bride and her party getting ready in their hotel, the ceremony, photos of the group and the couple around Central Park, and some shots of the reception afterwards in the Tavern on the Green.
We also arranged for a videographer to record the ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, so they always had that for themselves to watch again, or to show to wider friends and family who were not able to attend the wedding. We had a guitarist and singer play at the wedding. He played a selection of songs chosen by the couple for the guests while they were waiting for the bride to arrive. The bride walked down the pathway to the ceremony to My Girl by The Temptations, and when they were married he played Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love.
They had a reception at the Tavern on the Green, which is inside Central Park. They reserved areas both inside the restaurant and outside on the terrace. So, their guests were able to walk over to the Tavern for a drink while the couple went to a few beautiful spots in Central Park to have some pictures taken with the photographer. They ordered their wedding cake from the famous Magnolia Bakery. After the reception in Central Park, they all went back to the Empire Hotel, where the couple were staying while they were in New York, and had reserved an area of their rooftop terrace to continue the celebrations. After their five days in New York, the newlyweds left for their honeymoon in Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Congratulations Megan & Daniel and thank you, Wed in Central Park, for sharing! For more information about Wed in Central Park, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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Photographer: Windcatcher Photography
Flowers: Rachel Cho
Planner: Wed in Central Park
maid of honor and bridesmaid’s dresses
Reception at Tavern on the Green
cake from Magnolia Bakery
drinks after the reception at the Empire Hotel (where the couple stayed)