We are so excited to share Steph and Mike’s Central Park engagement session! We were lucky with amazing weather, sunshine, and very little crowds in New York City. After rescheduling their engagement session back in Ohio twice, we finally decided it was time to come to them. We were so lucky to photograph the beautiful cherry blossom and fresh spring blooms in New York City.
Jordan and I have never been to New York City and all I know about it is what I’ve seen on Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother. I was excited but intimidated to explore the Big Apple. I don’t LOVE crowds so this made me nervous. I’m not sure if it’s because everyone left the city center last year after COVID got bad, but the crowds were relatively low; it felt easy to understand directions and we were able to walk around the city fairly easily.
I fell in love with New York City during our weekend there. Our primary goal for the weekend was the Central Park engagement session so we made sure to scout out the day prior to find all the amazing spots. We started at Bethesda Fountain and worked out way throughout the park, utilizing Bow Bridge, and other hidden gems throughout. I felt so lucky and excited that the blooms were still there for us even though it was in late April.
New York City is sprawling with local eateries, cute cafes, and a Parisian vibe. Our favorite hidden spot during the Central Park engagement session was Cafe Bilboquet. I loved the charm and intention I noticed in every corner there. While we stayed mainly in Manhattan, we did venture down to Brooklyn. Here, we visited a brewery, ate some brunch, and went axe throwing! It was probably my favorite neighborhood we visited.
Steph and Mike are tying the knot this fall at one of our favorite wedding venues- Pinecroft at Crosley Estate. It’s going to be a beautiful October day and we cannot wait to continue documenting their love story in just a few short months.
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