Late April to early May is cherry blossom season in New York City. These gorgeous white and pink blooms make a stunning backdrop for your wedding or engagement photos. There are a few spots around New York that are perfect for capturing these lush trees. Below are five locations to use as backdrops for your engagement session or wedding photography.
Best NYC Locations with Cherry Blossoms for Engagement Sessions and Wedding Photography
1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Located near Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the top spots for cherry blossoms trees. The BBG also hosts the Sakura Matsuri Festival in April, a festival which celebrates cherry blossom season and Japanese culture with events and live music. The garden is filled with shrubs and trees in full bloom, making it the perfect time for an engagement session or a spring wedding.
2. New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx boasts 50 acres of forest and the oldest trees in the city! Among those arbors, guests will find many cherry blossoms ranging from white to pale pink and to richer tones. Additionally, the NYBG hosts an array of shows and exhibitions that showcase the finest and most delicate blooms. The Stone Mill (formerly called the Snuff Mill) is a very popular farm chic location for weddings, it overlooks a river, and there are many beautiful cherry blooms and roses nearby. The redesigned Garden Terrace Room at the NYBG is another option which infuses a bit of modern into your wedding day.
3. Central Park
The cherry blossom trees found in Central Park create a stunning backdrop to any photograph.
The park is home to many varieties such as the Yoshino Cherry and the Kwanzan Cherry, which can be spotted as you walk by the east and west sides. White and pink versions can also be found in the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum.
4. Riverside Park
One of the prettiest places for your engagement and wedding photography is Riverside Park’s Cherry Walk.
The four-mile path between 100th and 125th Street along the Hudson River features trees sent by the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York.
5. Madison Square Park
For those who like a little more of the city in their backdrop, head over to Madison Square Park. Surrounding the Flatiron Building, you and your wedding photographer will be treated to some of the prettiest cherry blossom trees in Manhattan. Your engagement photos can feature both a nature and a city vibe.
For engagement sessions and wedding photography in Brooklyn, and all of New York City, Karen Wise Photography is a top choice. For more than 15 years, Karen Wise has taken beautiful photographs to celebrate the most cherished events of her clients’ lives. From finding the perfect backdrop to composing and directing her subjects, her ability to capture special moments is unmatched. Wise’s work has also been featured in top magazines such as New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty and VOGUE India. To book your appointment for your engagements, family or wedding photography, call (917) 539-9908. Visit her website or Instagram to view more of her work.