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There is something so special about walking into the entrance of New York Botanical Garden for the first time. Perhaps it is the splendor of the greenery, lush and abundant. Or perhaps it is the cupola of the greenhouse peeking over the trees. Or maybe it is the sounds of the city evaporating behind you as you step into this other world. This is the magic of NYBG.

For Francisca and Franklin, choosing NYBG as their wedding venue was a no-brainer. The bride's parents were longtime members of the Gardens and she spent many a summer growing up in the city visiting for events and walks. It felt right for the couple as they both love greenery yet wanted to keep things elegant and clean.

The couple brought in personal touches that showcased their fun personalities and shared Korean heritage throughout the event. Their cake was topped with Korean bride and groom figurines, and they even had a ramen bar for tipsy guests at the end of the night. They even gave out Federal Donuts as Franklin is from Philadelphia! 

Most special of all? Francisca's father custom designed and made her gown by hand, and her mother sewed on each individual crystal. The honored guest was Francisca's grandmother who flew to New York from South Korea for the wedding - the first time they'd seen one another in almost two decades.



New York Botanical Garden

Florals - A.P. Bio Designs
Catering - Constellation Events
Hair/Makeup - Vicky C5
Photo Booth - Hipstr Booth

Dress - Custom by the Bride's Father
Bridesmaids Dresses - Rent the Runway
Suit - SuitSupply
Band - The Last Nites
Videography - Joyce Films

"Since we've met you we never doubted you would do the absolute best job - better than any other photographer. What you have produced is even beyond our expectations and we can't thank you enough for being there for the most important days of our lives and for playing such an integral part in making sure the day flowed seamlessly."

francisca & franklin

All About Weddings at
New York Botanical Garden


As wedding photographers, we have so much experience shooting at different locations and venues. Literally, we’ve seen it all – over 300 weddings from NYC to California to London to Hong Kong. We thought it would be helpful to share our insight into venues to help potential couples with planning for the wedding. Here’s all the details about weddings at NYBG!

Located just 20 minutes from Manhattan but feeling like a world away, New York Botanical Garden is one of New York City’s best wedding venues.

Elegant, timeless, nature-filled – those are the words that I would use to describe NYBG in a nutshell. At this classic New York City venue, there are several locations for private events and weddings. Each one is stunning for outdoor ceremonies and beautiful for indoor receptions.


This iconic New York venue is a vibe that feels like a destination for your guests yet not too far from the city. Their events team is all about lending a helping hand.

Private events at NYBG are run by Constellation Culinary Group. Your guests will have some of the best dining and service in all of the city. Their team has a special personalized touch that makes you feel like you’re the only couple getting married there all year, but with a professional standard that conveys years of experience.

Constellation has more than two decades of experience in the event planning and wedding industry. Their people will be on hand to help you with every step of the process, from navigating seating charts to sourcing lighting designers to shepherding you (with a cooler of water bottles!) around the grounds of NYBG in a golf cart for photos.

For us, however, the service and high standard of weddings at NYBG doesn’t even compare when it comes to the sheer beauty of the venue itself. At any time of year, the New York Botanical Garden is absolutely stunning. There is an iconic building and dome, carefully-landscaped gardens, gorgeous trees that create even more beauty when the sun shines through them, and a few carefully-curated outdoor and indoor spots. All make excellent backdrops for your wedding photos.

how to plan for your wedding at new york botanical garden

For the ceremony: Your guests arrive to champagne and a stunning outdoor terrace surrounded by greenery but enough raw space for your floral decor to shine. The ceremony site is especially beautiful once the sun goes down.

For the cocktail hour: Contingent on weather, you can host cocktails and delicious food with a range of cuisines available either outdoors on the lawn or indoors in the stunning ballroom space. There’s even an outdoor tent available for extra space.

For the dinner: The Stone Mill is in an old-stone building set on a creek enveloped in the woods, giving off natural elegance for a more intimate feel. The second space, The Garden Terrace Room, is an elegant ballroom with stunning murals on the walls of the garden, perfect to celebrate with up to 300 guests and dance the night away.

And for the dance party: One of the benefits of being at New York Botanical Gardens for your wedding is you can party till midnight, and there’s even an after party option complete with pizza and all your fave late-night goodies.

All of our clients who’ve been married at this incredible wedding spot have used words to describe it such as: magical, picturesque, peaceful, and elegant to describe it. We wholeheartedly agree. After shooting over 300 weddings, New York Botanical Gardens remains at the very top of our list. 

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