Blog ~ NYC wedding
Today I’m very excited to share the Tribeca Rooftop wedding of Meghan & Ryan with you! This summertime NYC black tie wedding features a rooftop first look, a Catholic ceremony at a beautiful SoHo church, wedding portraits on the streets of Tribeca, and a wonderfully warm reception at Tribeca Rooftop. This is a classic New York City wedding you have to see!
Wedding Details, Getting Ready, and First Look at SIXTY SoHo
Meghan & Ryan’s Tribeca Rooftop wedding began at the beautiful SIXTY SoHo on Thompson Street in Lower Manhattan. Surrounded by her friends and family, Meghan had a wonderful time getting ready and opening a few special gifts and note from Ryan.
After getting ready it was time to hit the rooftop for Meghan & Ryan’s first look! This colorful area of the hotel was perfect for a private moment between the bride and groom.
Before leaving the hotel for the ceremony, we captured some rooftop group photos of the bridal party. On our way down we had to pop into the luxurious Butterfly SoHo for a swanky bridal party photo!
Wedding Ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua
The beautiful SoHo Catholic Church of St. Anthony of Padua was the scene for Meghan & Ryan’s wedding ceremony. Even though this striking church was undergoing some repairs inside, it didn’t take away from the gorgeous setting for the vows to be exchanged.
Bride & Groom Portraits and Group Photos in Tribeca
While their guests made their way to Tribeca Rooftop wedding reception, the entire bridal party hit the streets for our formal portraits. I love the simple variety that Tribeca offers of classic wedding looks. From the cobblestone streets to the loading docks, this part of Manhattan is always great to explore for wedding photos.
Tribeca Rooftop Wedding Reception
This was the perfect time of year to have a Tribeca Rooftop wedding! Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the roof, full of sunshine and warm conversations. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the party moved downstairs for dinner and dancing. I loved the line entrance that the bridal party formed up as they entered the room, so hilarious!
Thank you so much for making me a part of your wedding dream team, Meghan & Ryan! Huge shout-out to all of the other amazing vendors who helped make the day truly unique and awesome.
The Best NYC Wedding Vendors
Wedding Planner – Blissful Events by Raquel Vicari
Reception Venue – Tribeca Rooftop
Ceremony Venue – St. Anthony of Padua
Getting Ready Hotel – SIXTY SoHo
Wedding Florist – Seasons A Floral Design Studio
Wedding Live Band – Affiniti NYC
Hair & Makeup – Adelyn’s Canvas
Wedding Dress & Veil – Winnie Couture
Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux
Bride’s Clutch – Island to Eastside
Wedding Jewelry – Ballantyne Jewelers
Wedding Rings – Zalta’s Jewelry
Wedding Cake – Audrey Bakes
Tribeca Rooftop Wedding Photographer – JC Lemon Photography
Central Park is one of the most popular locations for wedding photos in NYC. It’s been featured in countless films and TV shows so it’s a draw for both locals and couples coming in for destination weddings. At 843 acres large, it has a lot of variety to offer while still being easy to get to and explore. So what are some of the best wedding photo locations in Central Park?
In this second Wedding Photo Location Guide I’ll cover what makes New York’s Central Park so great on a wedding day. Let’s dive in!
Why Central Park is Great for Wedding Photos
This is THE park of all parks, where countless films and TV shows from Elf to Law & Order have used it as a backdrop to convey one thing: classic New York City. It has the visual appeal of a great landscaped park while still pulling in the city around itself like a blanket of skylines. And oh, the variety! Need a secluded woodsy location that still has an urban feel? Check! Want an instantly recognizable backdrop for that killer dip & kiss photo? Gotcha covered!
The park also has incredible appeal because it’s very easy to access from multiple points around the city. Stretching from 59th to 110th Streets and 5th to 8th Avenues, the sheer size of the park means there’s a lot of entry points and key points to explore. And considering you can get there easily by car or subway, those are sure to make great photos as well!
What are the best locations inside Central Park?
Narrowing down the park to a few key areas is definitely a hard task, but below are my favorite locations due to visual appeal, ease of access, and proximity to other locations of interest.
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
This is the photogenic heart of Central Park for wedding photos. There are multiple levels to use, and even on the most crowded days there’s opportunities to make it look like you’re all alone in the space. But sometimes the crowd is a fun thing to use to our advantage! A must stop location for any trip to the park.
NYC Skyline Views
While the point of wandering into a park might seem to just aim for greenery, the true appeal of Central Park comes from its situation within the NYC landscape. In particular are a few places where the openings in the tree coverage allows for amazing views of the surrounding buildings. Three great spots in particular are the boulder located above Wollman Rink, the south end of The Lake, and the north side of Sheep Meadow.
Just south of Bethesda Terrace is the Naumburg Bandshell. It’s not the flashiest structure, but I love its simplicity compared to the heavily trafficked and visually dense spots nearby. It works well as a big large backdrop or as a simple background for up close bride and groom portraits.
Around the Lake & Just Outside the Park
The loop around Central Park’s Lake contains some great hidden gems. Ladies Pavilion, a structure on the west side, is a great spot to pop by. Wagner Cove is down a set of stairs and offers a really secluded spot to utilize. Some of the iconic archways are also in the area, which offer some unique wedding photo options.
Central Park is surrounded by some of the most classic NYC architecture, from the private homes to the museums like The Met and Guggenheim. As you make your way into or out of the park, make sure to spend a few moments capturing some wedding photos with these classic backdrops.
A few Central Park weddings to dive into
The Bethesda Terrace wedding of Sarah & Eric is a great example of an intimate Central Park wedding. After a short getting ready session at their nearby hotel, we headed to Bethesda Terrace for the ceremony, followed by some portraits as we made our way to Tavern on the Green for their small lunch reception.
Lauren & Cody had a private elopement near The Lake followed by a few portraits inside Central Park. Even in the rain we got some amazing photos by being adventurous and sticking to a great walking loop!
What neighborhood should I feature next?
Do you have a favorite neighborhood you’d like to see featured next? New York is such a wonderful city to explore on your wedding day. Let me know!
The Liberty Warehouse wedding that Alexis & Mike had last Fall was simply a BLAST! They started their wedding day with some amazing moments and details, and they wrapped up the evening with lots of dance partying with all of their family and friends. It’s always so hard to narrow down a whole wedding into a single blog post, and this one felt especially tough. There can be a lot of things that go into making really great wedding photos but the most important is to just have a great day. Alexis & Mike blew that out of the water and we spent the entire day documenting all of the fun and excitement that was happening around us. This is how you have a wedding!
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photos
Alexis spent her time getting ready at her parent’s home in Bay Ridge, which is also the home that her grandmother lived in. The entire getting ready process had this amazing personal energy about it, but what really got me was the few minutes we spent taking a few key photos in her grandmother’s old bedroom. The photo you see Alexis holding is actually her grandmother getting ready on her wedding day in that exact corner where Alexis is standing!
I loved their first look in Cobble Hill Park! This was along the way from where Alexis got ready to Liberty Warehouse, and it was the perfect little neighborhood park to use for such an intimate moment. It was right before Halloween, so we also had this funny paper mache skeleton head watching on!
I love it when couples hire out Peter from FilmCars to ride in one of his classic Checker cabs. Besides providing us with transportation for the day, we obviously can use it to take fun and unique couples portraits and detail photos.
We popped by Brooklyn Farmacy on the drive over to the wedding venue because…why not?! A quick milkshake at a favorite spot was a great way to carve out a little more personal time for Alexis & Mike to spend with each other before joining up with all of their guests.
We spent a little time capturing some fun and personal photos of Alexis & Mike with their wedding crew. Selecting friends and family to be in your wedding party is no frivolous choice, so we always make sure the bride and groom have some time to spend with those they’ve honored with this role. After that we got everyone inside for the ceremony and reception, and it was all candid coverage from there!
How amazing is this energy that Alexis & Mike burst onto the dance floor with? I love it when couples get right down the partying with their guests, and 74 Events had a great DJ setting the pace that carried on into the night.
A quick break was taken for the groom’s grandmother to play a tune for the couple on the piano, and then a very sweet and heartfelt trio of speeches was given by the father of the bride, the groom’s brother and best man, and the bride’s sister and maid of honor. The rest of the evening was wrapped up with more partying and a quick cake cutting to toast the newlyweds!
Alexis and Mike it was such a pleasure to spend the day celebrating alongside you and your guests, and such an honor to document your wedding story!
The Best Brooklyn Wedding Vendors
Wedding venue – Liberty Warehouse
Wedding dress – Aire Barcelona
Bridal shoes – Rachel Simpson
Groom’s tux – Brioni
Wedding florals – Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
Hair & makeup – Adelyn’s Canvas
Checker cab – FilmCars
Reception DJ – 74 Events
Red Hook key lime pie wedding favor – Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie
Brooklyn wedding videographer – Mint Wedding Cinematography
Brooklyn wedding photographer – JC Lemon Photography