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Starting out in the Mandarin Oriental, 5 star, New York Hotel, one of the city's most premium Hotel's over looking central park. We towered over the beautiful city and with astonishing views from the Central Park Suite, you can see why they charge over $3,095 (£1900) per night.

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The wedding was a magical experience. Getting married at Belvedere Castle in Central Park, New York, is possibly one of the most romantic gestures one can attain. As I always do, I love to plan, so I spent a full day and a half before the wedding planning out their day of photography.

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During the service, from Belvedere Castle, atop the highest point of the park on Vista Rock, we overlooked the beautiful sights of the park. The lake below was teaming with beautiful blue dragonflies, twinkling as they fluttered around the pastures in the afternoon sun. Above this was the stunning Manhattan Skyline as our backdrop, overlooking the park's green Sycamore trees.

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After the wedding I took the party for a romantic walk through Shakespeare's Garden with its beautiful arrange of flowers and caught some lovely natural shots within the grounds of Central Park. We stopped by the whispering seat where one person sits on each side of this curved seat and through whispers of sweet nothings, only the two within the curved seat can hear. “Away before me to sweet beds of flowers. Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers” - Count Orsino in Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I.

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Next, a stop, from the lake side below with the castle in the background, an iconic shot for their wedding story. A short break for drinks and over to Turtle pond where the baby turtles and their mothers came out onto the rocky pier to wish the newly-weds a wonderful marriage.


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From here we ventured to Bethesda Fountain, which is topped by a sculpture, the Angel of the Waters, the most iconic sculpture of the park and deemed by many as one of the most romantic spots in the world. Watching the gondolas go by we enjoyed a magical time before getting some silhouettes under the Bethesda Terrace Arcade archways, the parks main architectural feature.

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A walk on and I decided to let them have a break at the fantastic Boathouse Restaurant which overlooked a boating lake with many New Yorkers taking a leisurely row past us and on to the passage under Bow Bridge.

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Bow Bridge is a sight to be seen, a magical stop which is known as the heart of the park. We stopped for some nice tender moments where proposals were occurring and romantic scenes are set such as the ones seen in the Woody Allen films.

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We then ventured to Central park's Mall and Literary Walk which is awash with life and local artists. The elms surrounding the mall form a cathedral like canopy above the pedestrian pathway. Our walk was accompanied by some lovely jazz bands and we bumped into a local bubble artist who wrapped Susan and Wayne in an enormous bubble which was tremendous fun.

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We then headed home for refreshments before meeting again at pier 81 for the World Yacht tour.

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A sublime and sophisticated evening meal with a quaint and elegant Jazz harem as we set to cruise the Hudson river under the setting sun. After the 4 course meal I brought the wedding party upper deck where we enjoyed breathtaking and majestic scenes of the New York Skyline as we swung by the Brooklin Bridge and completed our tour with a magical sail around the Statue of Liberty. This tour was absolutely breathtaking, it was just something out of this world.

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I had envisioned a shot along the busy but iconic crossing in Times Square. There were workmen working on the road, police trafficking people across and thousands of people moving around. “Are you sure you are comfortable doing this?” was my question, knowing it was a big undertaking and could well ruffle the police's feathers. Susan and Wayne are big photography fans, and Susan being a photographer herself didn't want to miss this opportunity. So when the traffic lights went white (green in our country) we dived across for what is only the most iconic and wildest shot's of the wedding. I buttered up the police and workmen a little to ensure they were ok as the hundreds of onlookers watched, and hey presto, magic happened.


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As the 3 hour journey ended we were all set to complete the night, but not before a little crazy action down in Times Square. I had a few shots I really wanted and Susan and Wayne were very enthused. Amongst the New Yorkers we were celebrated and congratulated and this experience was so overwhelming from the locals amongst the busy Manhattan streets. We had a pop into Bubba Gumps where Wayne bought a hat symbolic of one of his favourite films Forest Gump. We had a few shots with entertainers like Minnie Mouse for giggles and the killer shot was just around the corner.

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A long day but possibly one of the most eventful day's I have had as a wedding guest and being the photographer I am, with so much to arrange and so much fun and comfort to design for everybody. I wanted Susan and Wayne and party to leave knowing that this was one of the most amazing days of our lives. xxx

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