Margaret Sneddon, Harpist
|Posted by Margaret Sneddon on April 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM||comments ()|
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan's best kept secret!!
There's nothing like a beautiful park for a romantic wedding setting. In Manhattan, Central Park may be the first to come to mind but why not consider coming uptown to Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan's best kept secret.. With sweeping views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge and the New Jersey Palisades, the park has lovely gardens, secluded trails, expansive lawns, a magnificent museum and a charming restaurant suitable for a wedding reception.
Perfect for an intimate park wedding, some of the popular locations for ceremonies include the Linden Terrace, Billings Lawn and Abby's Lawn all of which have views of the Hudson.
... and don't forget the music for the ceremony! The harp can create a festive mood as guests assemble. It is romantic and elegant as you make your entrance and throughout the ceremony. The harp is an acoustic instrument which is permitted in the park. The Linden Terrace is accessible for pedal harp. A smaller Celtic harp can be used in other locations.
Billings Lawn - a wide expanse overlooking the River
The Linden Terrace with views of the River and the Cloisters
Abby's Lawn an intimate space below the Linden Terrace
Just a short stroll from any of these locations is the delightful, New Leaf Cafe, one of the original park buildings designed to resemble a rustic country Inn. The New Leaf Cafe is now a renowned fine dining establishment available for wedding receptions. http://www.newleafrestaurant.com/
The New Leaf Cafe
The first thing you need for your New York City Park wedding is a $25.00 permit which you can obtain on line at: https/nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/Parks/
There are also some restrictions which apply. For instance, unless you are having your reception at the New Leaf Cafe there are no chairs, tents, or amplified music permitted. For more information about rules and regulations please visit: http/www.forttryonparktrust.org/events/wedding_guidelines.html
Since amplified music is not permitted, what can you do for your ceremony music? The harp or a duo of harp and flute can be the perfect solution! Romantic and elegant, the music can create a festive ambiance as your guests assemble and provide wonderful processional music as you enter the area. The Linden Terrace is accessible to a pedal harp. A Celtic harp is suitable for either of the lawn areas. Please visit other pages of this web-site for more information about the harp, suggested repertoire, and rates. Of course, you will want to have alternative arrangements for bad weather. If you are planning your reception at the New Leaf Cafe, they can also provide a Plan B location in case of rain.