Conservatory Gardens Engagement Session featuring Pei Pei and Andrew.
Pei Pei and Andrew asked me to shoot their engagement session at the Conservatory Gardens*. First, we started at the iconic iron gate, then walked our way through the formal gardens. When we ended up at the fountain, Andrew was so happy that he literally jumped for joy.
This couple’s energy made this whole photo session truly beautiful. You can watch a snippet of their video here. Also, you can see the video of their hands flipping through their sweet engagement album here.
Located at 5th Avenue and 105th streetm the Conservatory Garden is the only formal garden in Central Park. The quiet, calm atmosphere of the Garden, free from runners and bicyclists, makes it an ideal spot for both weddings and relaxing afternoon walks.
Coupled with the Conservatory Water, Conservatory Garden was opened in 1937 to replace the original but quickly deteriorating structure that had been a part of the Park’s initial plan. The Garden, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke, is composed of six acres of beautiful seasonal plants that are arranged into three styles: English, French, and Italian.
Visitors can find their way into the garden by entering through the Vanderbilt Gate, which formerly served as an entrance to the Vanderbilt mansion. From there, guests can stroll through the magnolia and lilac trees of the English garden, stopping to admire the statue of well-known author Frances Hodgson Burnett.
To the north lies the Italian garden, uniquely featuring crabapple and yew trees. Additionally there is a large fountain and wisteria pergola. In like manner, the French garden offers spring tulips in abundance and contains Walter Schott’s sculpture, Three Dancing Maidens.
After being largely neglected for decades, the Conservatory Garden had a major restoration in the 1980’s and was reopened in 1987. Moreover, in recent years, the Garden has been restored by the Central Park Conservancy, likewise to Central Park’s major sites.