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Wedding: Laura & Louise

Over the years, we’ve featured plenty of Central Park weddings and engagement shoots, so we were thrilled when Claire got in touch with us to share Laura and Louise’s story. After her planning her own Central Park wedding, Claire started a whole business devoted to helping couples who want to tie the knot in the park. Here, she fills us in on English couple Laura and Louise’s big day.

From Claire, Laura & Louise’s wedding planner: Laura and Louise are from Sheffield in the North of England.  They met around fourteen years ago.  They were in the same hockey club and knew each other only a little at first, then they ended up playing on the same team and they got to know each other better.  This friendship became a romance, although love is often never as smooth as it should be: they spent some time apart as their lives took different courses for a while, but there was never a day when they would not be in touch in some way.

They got engaged in the middle of a fireworks display.  Louise asked Laura, with the aid of a ring Louise and Laura’s brother had made for the occasion.  Then they went together to get a proper one made specially.  They knew that they did not want a conventional wedding, so they looked in to several options of unique and unusual places to get married in England, such as a woodland center and an old factory.  Then they started to consider going abroad, and Laura casually suggested getting married in Central Park after she had remembered seeing it in a film.  After thinking it through more seriously, and comparing prices of venues at home to the cost of a destination wedding with built-in vacation, it seemed like no contest!  They contacted me, and we started to discuss their options.

We always get an event permit from the Central Park Conservancy for a wedding to ensure that there are no other wedding parties at the time and place where we want to hold a ceremony.  They chose the Ladies’ Pavilion, a lovely spot by the Lake on the West side of Central Park. 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. There are seats inside and it has charming art deco cast-iron details.  It really matched their 1920s style outfits.  The Ladies’ Pavilion was originally built in the 1870s and used as a shelter for trolley passengers and was at Central Park’s 8th Avenue and 59th Street entrance, but it has been relocated to its current location. During the Winter the Ladies would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the lake, hence the name.  Laura and Louise had a lovely an iconic backdrop to the wedding, with the lake and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

There were seven guests in attendance at the wedding.  They had Laura’s Mum, Dad, brother and cousin, maid of honour and her boyfriend, and one friend from university who happened to be in America at the time.  We wrote a ceremony especially for the couple, and they wrote their own personal vows to read out to each other during the ceremony.  Laura’s brother, Adam, was their photographer.  After the ceremony they all travelled in the pedicabs to Bow Bridge and then on to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and had more pictures taken there.  

Laura wore a Joy by Jenny Packham dress with Irregular Choice shoes.  Laura’s saw the dress on an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride.  She contacted the shop in the show, and found out the name and designer of the dress and stockists in her home town. She never even looked at or tried on another dress!  Louise wore a Vivienne Westwood shirt and tailored trousers. There were no flowers, although the boys in the group all wore waistcoats with some fab boutonnieres made from buttons.  Laura did her own makeup and hair after tutorials back home in England, Louise’s hair was styled by Laura, and their make-up was done by one of their guests.

The wedding ceremony took place at 1pm so the morning was spent enjoying a hearty breakfast and then getting ready.  After the ceremony, the party spent some time in Central Park taking photos, stopping off for a quick hot dog and snow cone from a vendor.  They then walked back through Central Park to their nearby hotel.  They were congratulated as they walked.  In the evening they all went for a celebratory meal to Sarabeth’s on Central Park South, which they tell me was amazing food with great service.  They had been notified that it was a wedding breakfast and they made a huge effort to make it special.  They finished off the day by changing into their pajamas and drinking champagne on the rooftop terrace of their hotel. The next morning Laura and Louise enjoyed a helicopter tour of the city, which had paid for by some of their family as a wedding gift.

Laura told me that one of the most amazing things about the day was how amazing the people were who happened to stumble upon their ceremony, and then afterwards as they took a stroll back through Central Park to their hotel.  They said that people were very friendly and complimentary, with so many people saying “Congratulations”, making nice comments on their outfits, and people stopping to talk to them about the ceremony and their plans for the rest of the day. They said that it made them feel really special.

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Wedding: Alyssa & Amanda

From Amanda: Although Alyssa and I live in Brooklyn, we knew we wanted a fall wedding, and we had envisioned a slightly more rustic setting than New York City. We found the perfect hilltop venue just a few hours north of NYC in Hudson, NY. Hudson is a gorgeous town near the Catskills with amazing views, great restaurants, and stellar antique shopping. It’s also (kind of) between Pittsburgh and Boston, our respective hometowns. We arrived a day early to hang lights and decorate our venue with help from a tireless brigade of friends and family. Our guests mostly stayed in B&Bs in downtown Hudson and had a chance to explore the area over the course of the weekend. The only hiccup … the weekend turned unseasonably cold (it actually snowed the day after the wedding). We had to scramble to rent indoor heaters for our barn venue, and forgo most of the outdoor activities we’d planned. If you can’t tell from the photos, we were freezing by the time it was our turn to take couple shots. At one point, the photographer asked us to put our hands on each other’s faces and we refused because our hands were both icy cold. Otherwise, with the help, support, and love of an amazing group of friends and family, the wedding was a beautiful celebration.

Photos courtesy of Zach Honahan.



Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Family and FriendsCatering: Hickory BBQ and SmokehouseLocation: Hudson, NYPhotography: Zach HonahanVenue: The Hill, Hudson
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Wedding: Marissa & Casi

From Kelly, Marissa and Casi’s photographerI hope you enjoy looking through these images; shooting Marissa and Casi’s was a blast. They are such a great, quirky couple and they really brought their personalities into their wedding day. 

From the couple: The energy of the day was palpable. Everything about our wedding was so personal: people we loved most in the world kept coming up to us all night saying they’d never attended a truer, more joyous wedding. Our venue was the New York City Fire Museum, and it was the perfect raw space to be turned into exactly what we wanted. 

Communication with your partner is extremely important in the planning process (and in your marriage, period). No one will remember the teeny things like the napkins and neither will you. That being said,  I would suggest sitting down with your fiancée and discussing what is important to each of you in your vision for the day. For example, I (Marissa) had a lot of opinions on flowers. Casi didn’t. So I was in charge of flowers. She had an opinion on beer. So, she did beer.

Marissa on Casi: I love that Casi is genuine, loyal, hilarious, positive, giving, the best friend anyone could ask for, and a dream of a wife.

Casi on Marissa: I love that Marissa is brilliant, sweet, giving, hysterically funny and pretty much always has the best perspective anyone could want. Plus, she makes amazing red sauce.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: By The Way BakeryCatering: Hill Country BarbequeFlorist: Jennifer J. BanksLocation: New York, New YorkMusic: Michael EdwardsPhotography: Kelly Prizel PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Sarina Law, Hill CountryVenue: New York City Fire Museum
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Wedding: Nichole & Liz

Nichole & Liz may win the award for quickest submission: they got married this past weekend in New York City, and had sent us their photos within two days!

From Nichole: My wife and I had a Periscope wedding at City Hall. We had everything we wanted on a super shoestring budget– just under $800– and here’s how we did it: we decided to nix the big venue, catering, and entertainment, which can cost upward of $10k, and went with a magical union at city hall with just a few close friends and family members as our witnesses. Then we discovered the Periscope app! Just days before the event we invited all our friends and family near and far to join us in the live stream of our ceremony.

We had 4 bridesmaids who all wore something yellow (my favorite color), a lacy white dress I already owned, a white collared shirt, slacks, vest and shoes for Liz, and City Hall as our backdrop. My sister narrated the whole shindig, and 40 guests tuned in and commented and snapped photos the whole way through. Our biggest costs were the rings engraved with “pari passu” totalling $400, Liz’s outfit at $150, and the celebratory dim sum meal and drinks in nearby chinatown with the bridal party at $150, along with the small cost of marriage license and registry. For just under $800 total, it was intimate and fun and filled with so much love. Everyone we wanted to be there was there and we didn’t have to pay by the head– or for a photographer/videographer to capture the day. 

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Event Credits

Location: City Hall, New York CityPhotography: friends & family
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Gallery: City Hall Weddings

While visiting San Francisco this past weekend, Ashley and I stopped by City Hall—in part because we were eager to visit the site of so many of the beautiful photos that have appeared on this blog! We were anything but disappointed by the reality of this breathtaking public building, and to top it all off, we were even able to watch a lesbian wedding in progress on the grand staircase! On the heels of our visit, it seemed only appropriate to repost a few of the spectacular San Francisco City Hall images from our archives:

Holly & Mya:

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Kelly & Nicole:

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Meg & Blair:

Meg & Blair

Erin & Kerri:

Erin & Kerri

Deborah & Stephanie:

deborah & stephanie

Of course, there are plenty of other City Halls celebrating two-bride weddings around the world. Here are a few from the archives:

Copenhagen//Thilde & Laura:

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NYC//Jill & Susanne:

Jill & Susanne

Cambridge, MA//Kelley & Beth:

Kelly & Beth

Check out our other galleries here for all kind of wedding-related inspiration!

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Elopement: Kelley & Michelle

From Justin, Kelley and Michelle’s photographer: I recently shot a cozy elopement with Kelley & Michelle who flew to New York City from Louisiana to get married. Kelley & Michelle had the most awesome fun personalities. It was a cold and rainy day but they toughed it out! 

Event Credits

Location: NYC Central ParkOfficiant: Rev. Samora/Common Ground CeremoniesPhotography: Duplantis Photography
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Double Wedding: Julie & Kim, Jami & Nivada

From Nicki, the couples’ photographer: Julie, Kim, Jami, and Nivada (together 20 years!) came up from the south to get legally wed in NYC in a double wedding of awesome! While we were worried about the rain, these girls decided it was Brooklyn Bridge or bust, and risked the iffy weather to have amazing photos. The clouds parted for the hour or so we took pictures and things worked out brilliantly. Especially the time a group of cycling Dutchmen in American flag jumpsuits took over the ceremony. Yes, that happened. And it was amazing. Only in New York.

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Event Credits

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park Photography: De Nueva Photography (www.denuevaphoto.com)
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