In April, May, and June, my favorite place in Central Park is the Shakespeare Garden. I love this spot year-round, yet particularly for Spring wedding ceremonies. The flowers are blooming and the air smells sweet. The trees also offer great shade to shelter us from the hot sun. And the location itself tends to be very quiet and secluded. Note, though, that if you invite more than three or four witnesses, marrying here is not the best idea due to the tight paths. Even the clearing by the sundial is not big enough to accommodate more than five or six people.
I am not a photographer at all, let alone a wedding photography. I am solely an officiant. But I do know my trusty old Minolta SRT 100 adorned with a M Rokkor-x 50 f/1.4, which is an analog SLR 35mm camera with a stunning prime lens that has lived a longer life than myself. These old cameras are sturdier than digital, and I personally love the look of grainy, textured black and white film. Back in May 2012, I decided that for each day of the upcoming winter, I’d publish a photo or two from my past ceremonies (people, places, and/or things)—the good and bad, as a reminder that mistakes happen. These images are low-resolution scans of negatives. I generally used Ilford, mostly HP5, because I preferred its look and longevity. I never used a flash, but I love filters.