For Brooklyn-based Jillian and Alex, it only made sense to pick New York City as the location for their engagement photos. In preparation for their July wedding in the Berkshires, we spent the magnificent spring morning visiting their favorite destinations across the city. As a New York film photographer, seeing the cherry blossoms in Central Park in full bloom was an absolute dream come true – scroll down to see them in their full glory!
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As the sun rose over the Hudson River, I met Jillian and Alex on the Brooklyn Bridge where we began their engagement session. Not only does the bridge feature one of the most beautiful views in the entire city, but it’s also incredibly meaningful for them as it’s the exact view that they share every day in their Brooklyn home.
Before leaving Brooklyn, we returned to Jillian and Alex’s apartment to pick up their absolutely adorable Miniature Dachshund – Winnie – who absolutely stole the show. We spent a few minutes on their favorite street overlooking the Brooklyn bridge getting portraits of their family, and I must say – Winnie could have a serious future as a dog model, don’t you agree?
After dropping Winnie off at their Dumbo apartment, we headed into Manhattan to spend the morning exploring Central Park. It seemed that fate was smiling on us that day, as the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and they were truly breathtaking to witness in person. It seemed as though the park was crowned in fluffy pink marshmallow clouds and felt like we had walked into a fairytale. Jillian changed into a ruffled Caroline Constas dress in the most beautiful shades of periwinkle which was absolutely perfect for the setting.
Our second stop in Central Park was the famed Bow Bridge – one of the most romantic places in the park that offers expansive views of the city and has been the location for countless wedding proposals over the years. Built in the 19th-century by architects Jacob Wrey Mould and Calvert Vaux, the original park designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, created an intricate system of bridges connecting pedestrian paths, a bridle path, and carriage drives to allow visitors to experience the Park’s landscapes in a variety of ways. And, indeed, it seems like every time I visit Central Park I come upon another undiscovered vista, charming garden, or bucolic pasture.
Our Central Park stroll concluded with a visit to the historic Ladies Pavilion – an elegant 19th-century cast iron structure overlooking the lake, originally built to shelter carriage riders from the rain. With a stunning icy blue color palette and the perfect patina of time, it is truly one of the most romantic and undiscovered gems in the city. I particularly loved how well Jillian’s Caroline Constas dress complimented the tones of the architecture.
Finally, we traveled to Midtown to the historic New York Public Library – one of my absolute favorite places in the city for an engagement session. The city’s flagship library location, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building was opened in 1911 and features stunning Beaux-Arts architecture reminiscent of the great European capital cities. While normally bustling, we had the building almost entirely to ourselves – the perfect way to end the perfect day!