Whether you’re an NYC-livin’ couple, you met in the city, you took your first vacation there as a couple, or you just have a thing for the Big Apple, there’s always a reason for an engagement photo shoot in the city that never sleeps. And there’s no better place for quintessential New York engagement photos than Central Park. It could be teeming with green or golden foliage, cast under a snowy winter-wonderland spell, or awakening fresh and pink with cherry blossoms, but there is seriously no bad season to take your engagement photos here. No matter where you look, there’s beauty and magic in every corner. Coupled with its vast size, it can be hard to narrow down a few spots to express your love. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Central Park spots, from the classic and iconic to the hidden gems.
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Bethesda Terrace Arcade
From the detailed Minton tile ceiling and rich, decorative side panels to the ornate archways, the architectural splendor of the Bethesda Terrace Arcade paints the perfect backdrop for an engagement shoot. Besides, where better to celebrate your engagement than what has been dubbed the heart of the park?
Get adventurous! Any of the large rocks in Central Park make for a good photo op if you’re willing to climb, but the one in front of Wollman Rink offers grand skyline views of midtown Manhattan. Just make sure to hold on tight to that new ring!
There are a ton of hidden gem locations around the lake. Stumble upon them for stunning scenic shots that capture the nature of the park. We suggest scouting for a spot along the east side of the lake so you can get the towers of Central Park West in the backdrop.
Southeast Reservoir Bridge
Don’t let the Bow Bridge steal all the limelight—the park is filled with other secret and not-so-secret bridges that each have their own bit of magic. The cast iron Southeast Reservoir Bridge is just plain pretty, characterized by a flat platform and lush foliage. Having your shoot in a less touristy and well-known spot will bring something different and unexpected to your photos.