Heidi and Layne had a sweet, intimate wedding in Central Park with just their closest friends, family, and their dog!  Proof that you don’t need a ton of fancy details to make a lovely celebration.  A picnic reception complete with bocce ball topped the day off perfectly!

Wedding in Central Park ~ Photos

Heidi's birdcage veil; Bride beside the lake in Central Park

bride's bouquet of peonies; purple paper fan

bride and groom walking in the park

bride with heart balloon

wedding party and guests walking over Bow Bridge

From Heidi and Layne: Our favorite moment of the day was walking over Bow Bridge with our dog and friends towards the ceremony and first kiss.

Bow Bridge in Central Park

The first cast-iron bridge in the Park (and the second oldest in America), the bridge is named for its graceful shape, reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist.  Bow Bridge is one of New York’s most romantic settings and a muse for photographers.

wedding ceremony under Bow Bridge

picnic reception with Lake in the background

bride and groom and guests playing bocce ball;  wedding cake

Advice: do what makes you happy, find some coordinators to take the stress off the day, make a pinterest board to keep yourself focused and inspired (pinterest.com/heidihysell/eloped) and remember to have fun!

wedding in Central Park with view of the San Remo towers in background

Our favorite detail was the projection we made of photos of us when we were dating and instagram photos from the day of the wedding. The entire playlist for the reception was made of songs from our time together (bands we saw together, albums we had our first kiss to).

Vendor Information

PhotographyW.Scott Chester

Wedding Coordinators:  Danielle Maxwell & Dustin Gray (daniellemaxwell08@gmail.com and dustin.gray@yahoo.com)

Vow Location:  Central Park

Reception LocationAl Mar Dumbo Brooklyn 

Instagram Video ProjectionFake Love

Wedding Dress:  Aidan Mattox

Reception Dress:  Amy Wright

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Lena - November 30, 2012

So simple and sweet–I love that bouquet!

Susie - November 30, 2012


Beauty and the Groom - December 1, 2012

I love your idea of a simple wedding, playful at the same time…the cake topper is killing me:)

Nathan - December 1, 2012

Pretty photos!

Betty - December 3, 2012

Isn’t it unique to have a picnic wedding? I admire your creations soooo much. I love this kind of leisure and comfort.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro - December 3, 2012

The picnic is such a sweet idea!

invitation consultants - December 3, 2012

how sweet! what a beautiful and colorful day :)

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