Does it get anymore romantic than a wedding in Central Park? The perfect little oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, it seems like the perfect place for romance (maybe I’ve seen one too many romantic comedies…). For this handsome couple, the magic of their wedding played out like a scenes from a movie thanks to the gorgeous images from Adagion Lifestyle Photography and the careful planning of loli events. The entire affair admist the city streets is oozing with romance, and there is more where this came from in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…New York is my favorite city in the world and a place of many unforgettable memories for me…so to have it as the backdrop for my wedding was the ultimate dream come true. Having the ceremony and reception at the Boathouse in Central Park truly added a magical quality to the event, as I’ve always regarded the park as a sanctuary amid the chaos. It’s a place where I’ve spent countless hours running, relaxing and reflecting. A New York wedding just made sense for us. After all, I think it was the allure of this great city that persuaded the Englishman I now call my husband to move across the pond.

When Edward and I started planning our wedding, we knew we didn’t want to be distracted by the endless options for every detail. We agreed to only move forward with things that felt like “us”.  I like to think that the vibe of our wedding was romantic and whimsical, yet classically elegant at the same time. Less is always more in our opinion, and the natural beauty of the park combined with the exquisite wedding-day weather we were blessed with really carried the spirit of the day. When it comes to style, Ed and I are both classic and minimalist. Our flowers were all shades of cream and white, save for the touches of greenery mixed in.  Some of my very favorite flowers—peonies, hydrangea and parrot tulips—were sprinkled throughout the table arrangements. For an elegant contrast, we added tall vases of cherry blossom branches to select tables, which added a warm, rustic quality to the room.

Perhaps the most special décor element was our table numbers. Our beloved French bulldog, Hank, was unable to accompany us from San Francisco to New York for the wedding, but we couldn’t imagine our special day without him in it. To make sure Hank had his mark on our wedding day, I embarked on a month-long project photographing Hank all around town, positioned next to vintage numbers that I found in a local consignment shop.  I printed the photos in black and white, put them in silver frames and the table numbers were complete! They ended up being a great conversation piece, and guests were visiting other tables to compare Hank’s best poses.

The ceremony itself was authentic and intimate—Ed and I wrote the entire thing ourselves. As a nod to his British heritage, he and his groomsmen wore traditional British morning suits, trumped only by the fabulous array of fascinators many guests wore! The most touching moment was when my sister and maid of honor sang and played the guitar to John Hiatt’s “Have A Little Faith”, a song that poignantly communicates what’s so beautiful about having a partner in life. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Once we progressed to the reception and our nerves subsided, we were ready to party. It wasn’t hard to do, thanks to the phenomenal 12-piece band that kept nearly every guest on the dance floor until the wee hours. Their wireless instruments enabled the musicians to dance and play among our guests—everyone had a blast. After the band closed down the reception, our guests headed back to the Hudson Hotel for the wedding after party (which went strong until about 5 am). Edward and I veered off on our own and hailed a cab together – the perfect New York ending to a perfect day and night!

Wedding Photography: Adagion Lifestyle Photography / Wedding Planning: loli events / Venue: The Central Park Boathouse / Getting Ready Location: The Hudson Hotel / Wedding Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue / Hair: Dop Dop Salon / Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop / Flowers: Lenox Hill Florist / Wedding Videography: Love & You Video / Band: Totally Live LLC

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