Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568
Nestled in Long Island, Old Westbury Gardens offers couples a picture-perfect setting for their wedding day. The historic estate boasts stunning gardens, a grand mansion, and idyllic outdoor spaces that provide an idyllic backdrop. As a wedding photographer, I am constantly amazed by the beauty and versatility of this unique space.
One of Old Westbury Gardens' standout features is its stunning gardens. The Walled Garden, in particular, is popular for weddings. The garden is enclosed by high walls, creating intimacy and privacy. The manicured lawns, hedges, and flower beds provide a colorful and picturesque backdrop for wedding photos. The gardens are also incredibly well-maintained, with a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs that have been carefully chosen to create a lush and romantic atmosphere. The garden also features a spectacular fountain, which adds an almost magical quality to the scenery.
The Rose Garden, with its delicate blooms and sweet fragrance, is another popular spot for couples to exchange vows. The Pergola, with its sweeping views of the gardens and surrounding countryside, is also a breathtaking setting.
The mansion at Old Westbury Gardens is another highlight of the venue. The Georgian-style mansion, built in 1906, features elegant interiors, including a grand ballroom with a soaring ceiling, ornate moldings, and a crystal chandelier. The ballroom is a popular spot for receptions, providing a stunning backdrop for your celebration. The mansion's library and drawing room, with their rich wood paneling and cozy fireplaces, offer a cozy and intimate setting for smaller gatherings.
Beyond the mansion and gardens, Old Westbury Gardens offers outdoor spaces for couples to explore. The South Lawn, with its sweeping views of the estate, is a popular spot for photos. The Amphitheatre, nestled in a wooded grove, provides a natural and serene setting for photographic opportunities. The Orchard, with its rustic charm and lush greenery, is another picturesque spot for wedding photos.
But Old Westbury Gardens is not just a beautiful venue – it is also steeped in history and culture. The estate was once home to John Shaffer Phipps, a prominent industrialist, and philanthropist. The mansion and gardens were designed by renowned English architect George A. Crawley. The gardens were created by landscape architect William Welles Bosworth. Today, the estate is open to the public and offers visitors a glimpse into the Gilded Age.
And if you're looking for other photo locations in the area, Old Westbury Gardens is just a short drive from several picturesque spots. Nearby Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park offers 409 acres of gardens, woodlands, and rolling lawns.
Roslyn, with its quaint shops and historic homes, is another popular wedding photo spot. Lastly, Sands Point Preserve is just a few miles away and offers stunning views of Long Island Sound and its vast beach.
And of course, the stunning North Shore coastline provides a stunning natural backdrop for your wedding day.
As a wedding photographer, I am constantly impressed by Old Westbury Gardens. The venue's combination of natural beauty, historic charm, and cultural significance makes it an ideal setting for wedding day portraits. And with so many stunning locations to explore, couples can create a truly unique and unforgettable wedding experience.