Central Park Autumn Wedding Elopement: Congratulations Cara and Neal!

Autumn in Central Park is my favorite time of year. It is so beautiful and perfect for an elopement! With the help of A Central Park Wedding, I met Cara and Neal for photos all around Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Oak Bridge, the Ramble and the Ladies Pavilion.

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Central Park Wedding Elopement photography NYC

Central Park Autumn Wedding Elopement photography NYC

Cara shares, “Neal and I met in Virginia in 2007 when he interned at the veterinary clinic where I was working. We immediately hit it off and several months later he was accepted into a residency program in Arizona. A few weeks after that, he asked me to move away with him and I accepted. After several more years together and a move to Las Vegas, he proposed to me on a summer trip to Montenegro on a little island off the coast of Perast. I, of course, said yes.”

Central Park bethesda Wedding Elopement photography NYC

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Central Park Wedding Elopement photography NYC

Central Park Autumn Wedding Elopement photography NYC

Central Park Autumn Wedding

Central Park Autumn Wedding Elopement photography NYC

Central Park Autumn Wedding

Central Park Autumn Wedding

After walking around the park for photos, the couple met their family in Central Park at the Ladies Pavilion for their wedding ceremony.

Cara adds, “When planning our wedding we kept shifting between having a big ceremony and running off to privately elope together. After several more months of trying to decide, we chose to have a small private ceremony with our parents and siblings in Central Park.

We have both always loved it there. Neal lived right next to the park till he was in kindergarten and remembers it fondly, playing on the statues and catching crayfish at the pond with his brother. In high school and college, on my trips up from D.C. to the Big Apple, I loved spending afternoons in the park and always made a point to spend much of my time in the city there. With most of our family still living on the east coast, the choice was easy for us.
The ceremony at Ladies Pavilion was simple and intimate. We chose to say traditional vows as well as our own–adding a personal touch to our commitment to one another. The day couldn’t have been more perfect and it is a memory we will cherish forever.”

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wedding ladies pavilion nyc

wedding ladies pavilion nyc

wedding ladies pavilion nyc

Congratulations Cara and Neal!

Special thanks to the team:
Coordinator: A Central Park Wedding
Flowers are: Blank Slate Events NY
Viola player:  Musicians Services NYC
Cara’s Dress: Bloomingdales, Tadashi Shoji
Cara’s Shoes: Nordstrom, Adrianna Papell Jamie Pump
Engagement Ring: Blue Nile diamond and Tiffany&Co family heirloom setting
Cara’s Wedding Band: Tacori, Sculpted Crescent Collection
Cara’s Watch: Rolex, vintage
Neal’s Tux: Macy’s, Tommy Hilfiger
Neal’s Tie: Calvin Klein
Bouquet: Pink Garden Roses, Pink Spray Roses, and Pink Jasmine accents
Boutonniere: White Spray Rose with Jasmine accent
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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  1. Rev. Annie Lawrence

    October 18th, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Beautiful photos of a charming couple! Congratulations newlyweds!
    Jessica, always a pleasure to celebrate love stories with you 🙂
    See you again soon. Warmly, @RevAnnieNYC

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