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Did you know that Brits can have a legally binding wedding in New York? There’s no need to do any paperwork at home, your marriage in New York will be registered worldwide. Amy and Scott brought their close friends and family over from Bridlington to witness them get married in the lovely wrought iron structure of the Ladies’ Pavilion in Central Park.
Amy and Scott met over Christmas a year and a half before they were married, they knew straight away that they were the perfect match. Neither of them had considered marriage before, but when they met each other they knew that they wanted to fully and formally commit. When the couple got engaged they agreed straight away that the wanted to have a destination wedding, they knew that a wedding close to home wasn’t for them. “We toyed with getting married in Las Vegas for a while,” said Amy, “but didn't want our wedding feeling too much like a farce, we still wanted it to be taken seriously.” So, they chose New York and Central Park. “Central Park appealed because although it's in the middle of New York, it takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life and offers picturesque surroundings,” she said.
Amy contacted Claire from Wed In Central Park and started to organise their wedding. Claire can sort out much of what is needed for couples to get married in New York. She is British, but used to live in Manhattan, and got married in Central Park herself. Amy and Scott went to City Hall on their arrival in New York to get their license, it is a legal requirement that the couple do this themselves. Claire wrote the ceremony for Amy and Scott and she took care of the event permit from the Central Park Conservancy and booked them a New York State registered officiant to conduct the ceremony. Claire can also supply awesome and talented people to play music at the ceremony, take photos, make a video, do a live stream of the wedding over the internet so people back home can watch, and organise hair and makeup and flowers. But Amy and Scott didn’t need too many local people for their wedding, because Amy and some of their guests were skilled people themselves!
This was Amy and Scott’s first time in New York. They had fifteen guests attend their wedding. Amy is a hairdresser and so is her mum so they did everyone’s hair between them. Amy had attended a course on how to do vintage make-up to prepare for the day, so she did her own makeup! And they all looked awesome.
There are several locations , of varying size. Amy and Scott’s ceremony was held at the The Ladies Pavilion , which is right beside the lake. “It was private, and pretty,” said Amy. They took group photos at the Pavilion and beside the lake, with the iconic Central Park backdrop of the water surrounded by trees, and topped off by the skyscrapers of Manhattan. “The setting was amazing, you can see the famous skyline in the background,” she added. Their photography team was Scott’s dad and Amy’s sister-in-law, and I think they did an incredibly professional job. A year later Amy’s sister-in-law brought her own party over to get married in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Claire helped to organise that, too.
Amy wore a vintage style gown by LouLou Bridal, purchased from the Yorkshire Bridal Gallery in their hometown of Bridlington. She had a vision of the bouquet she wanted, so she sent Claire photos of the sort of flower arrangement she wanted for her bouquet and Claire arranged for flowers to be delivered to their hotel on the morning of their wedding. “My bouquet was a hand-tied wild flower arrangement and it was absolutely gorgeous, even better than expected,” said Amy.
After their wedding and a little while taking photos in Central Park, the whole party took a riverboat cruise on the Hudson in the evening. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone and to do some sightseeing of the city at night, whilst also eating, dancing and celebrating. They had a three course meal on board and then danced to a live band.
Many people are surprised at how straightforward it is to bring a party of nearest and dearest (or even to elope!) to New York to get married there. Amy and Scott’s photos certainly stand out from the norm and their wedding will be memorable for all who attended. Contact Claire from Wed in Central Park if you are interested in learning more, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Thank You to Claire for sharing this wonderful wedding!