BRIDES New York: The Best Wedding Portrait Locations in NYC

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Hidden between the bustling streets, restless cafes, and towering skyscrapers are some of New York's most picture perfect portrait locations for wedding photography. Serene Brooklyn gardens and an elevated urban park top the list of the best NYC photography locations to capture the special moments of your big day.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Above)
Fifty two acres of rare plant collections, blooming flowers, and specialty gardens make up the home of one of Brooklyn's most serene destinations. This Prospect Park landmark is a picturesque retreat into some of nature's finest grounds. With over 200 cherry trees, America's first public Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and an entire garden named after Shakespearean names and quotations, this tranquil background ensures each snapped photo one–of–a-kind.

New York Wedding Portrait Photography Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Stretching along the shoreline of Brooklyn's East River, this 85–acre post–industrial waterfront is famous for its stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. Sets of expansive piers filled with a variety of rich foliage and unique features form the groundwork for this urban getaway. Portraits underneath the thriving city landscape embrace a true Brooklyn feel.
New York Wedding Portrait Locations Riverside Park

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Riverside Park
Often regarded as one of Manhattan's most impressive waterfront parks, this Upper West Side marvel stretches from 72nd to 158th street, claiming a coveted spot on the list of eight officially designated scenic landmarks in New York City. Views of the Hudson River provide the scenery to a number of historical city monuments that can be seen from park's expansive Riverside Drive route.

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New York Wedding Portrait Photography Locations Central Park Mall

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The Mall in Central Park
This beautifully mapped out pathway, running from 66th to 72nd street, marks the area of Central Park designated as the Central Park Mall. The open archway of American Elm trees is the largest collection in North America, providing an enchanting backdrop to any photo. Originally designed to withstand the large flow of carriages, this scenic canopied walkway is the perfect location for outdoor portraits no matter what the season.

New York Wedding Photography Portrait Location High Line

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The High Line
Elevating above the streets of Chelsea, Manhattan's vibrant west side neighborhood, this modern conservation of a historic freight line railroad distinctively transforms into an urban oasis. Almost two miles of planted vegetation surrounds the outskirts of the park, taking inspiration from a tree–lined walkway in Paris. This aerial greenway highlights some of New York's best features while providing an urban backdrop for your wedding day portraits.

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