During the last week of October Lindsey and I flew out to New York for a week of birthday celebrations and to photograph an Autumn-inspired Central Park bridal editorial. We had been planning the details of our trip and brainstorming ideas back and forth with the team of local artists we were collaborating with the month leading up to the trip. Being that we were going to be working on Halloween weekend and the trees in the park were already changing color from a vibrant green to brilliant shades of yellow and orange we knew that the palette we would be working with was going to be different shades of deep oranges, reds and greens.
Everyone met at the apartment we were staying at in the morning to get hair and makeup started. While glam was in full effect I photographed the details of the day. One of my favorite parts of any styled shoot or wedding is by far the details. This is one of the most powerful characteristics that distinguishes a shoot from others and makes it truly unique. There were large windows in the living room of our room where I set up my little studio. FLWR Studio created the most beautiful floral arrangements for us and Scribbles & Swirls Calligraphy crafted the most elegant invitation suite. To top it off, Trumpet & Horn loaned us a handful of antique jewelry that I flew out with.
Once hair and makeup finished we had our model slip into the first dress of the day and we headed out. It was a brisk day in the middle of Fall but the weather was absolutely perfect and the crowds of New York were fortunately at a lull for the day. We were staying on the Upper West Side and just blocks from the park so as we made our way over to the first location of the day we stopped to capture a few frames along the way.
The day before our shoot I went on a bike ride with Lindsey around the park to find the best locations for us to shoot. There were a few iconic shots that were absolute must-haves for me so we visited those spots first. Bethesda Fountain is by far one of the most popular spots for tourists to go but under the bridge just next to it is the most beautiful tile work and classic architecture. I knew I had to get some shots there and it turned out to be my favorite location and I captured my favorite photo of the day there. Afterwards we walked over to the stairs overlooking the park. We were on a very busy path so Lindsey and Emily from FLWR Studio positioned themselves as human roadblocks so we could capture a few unobstructed portraits.
Because skyscrapers surround the park we were shooting in, “sunset” actually happens about an hour and a half earlier than everywhere else. We quickly hurried back to the apartment for an outfit change and then headed back for our last locations of the evening. We walked down to the lake that had the most picturesque view of the multicolored trees. There was a great rock formation that we hopped and enjoyed the most beautiful view of the park. We wrapped up at dusk and quickly got back to the apartment to avoid the rapidly dropping temperatures. The shoot was an absolute success and I can’t wait to return for another Central Park bridal editorial!
As seen in Magnolia Rouge.
Styling | Ivory Birch
Florals| FLWR Studio
Mua | Stacie Ford Weddings
Hair | Styles On B
Calligraphy | Scribbles and Swirls
Dress | Carol Hannah
Rings | Trumpet & Horn
Shoes | Bella Belle
Ribbon | Frou Frou Chic
Ring box | The Mrs. Box
Model | Wilhelmina Models
Scanning | Photovision Prints