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Prospect Park Boathouse

Venue Name

Prospect Park Boathouse

Venue Location

101 East Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Why do you recommend it?

Welcome to my dedicated wedding page for the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn! This is a breathtaking and historic venue that combines bygone charm with modern sophistication. It also holds a special place in my heart since I live just blocks from the park.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the venue's layout, rooms, and unique features. Moreover, I will highlight the most ideal on-site and nearby photo locations, ensuring that your wedding day is beautifully captured for generations to come.

The Layout, Rooms, and Unique Features of the Prospect Park Boathouse

The History of the Prospect Park Boathouse

The Prospect Park Boathouse, a New York City and National Historic Landmark, was designed by renowned architects Helmle & Huberty. It was completed in 1905. This Beaux-Arts-style building, set alongside the picturesque Lullwater in Prospect Park, has long been admired for its architectural beauty and serene surroundings. Over the years, the Boathouse has served as a visitor center, education facility, and event space, making it an integral part of Brooklyn's history.

The Main Event Space

The main event space within the Prospect Park Boathouse features a stunning two-story, glass-enclosed atrium with gorgeous views of the Lullwater and surrounding park. With the capacity to accommodate up to 150 seated guests or 225 for a cocktail-style reception, this versatile space is suitable for both intimate gatherings and larger celebrations. The atrium's tall ceilings, arched windows, and elegant chandeliers create timeless sophistication.

The Terrace and Esplanade

The Boathouse's outdoor terrace and esplanade offer additional event spaces for couples seeking to incorporate the park's natural beauty into their wedding celebrations. The terrace, overlooking the Lullwater, provides a stunning backdrop for outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hours. The esplanade offers a picturesque setting for guests to mingle and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

The Prospect Park Boathouse has made several appearances in popular culture, including notable films and television shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "Boardwalk Empire." This iconic venue has also played host to numerous high-profile weddings and events, further solidifying its status as a sought-after and prestigious wedding location.

Photo Locations at the Prospect Park Boathouse:

The Lullwater Bridge

The charming Lullwater Bridge, situated near the Boathouse, offers a gorgeous space for wedding photos. The bridge's intricate ironwork and stunning views of the Lullwater provide a romantic backdrop, especially in the fall months. Taking photos there is like a scene from a movie - it's romantic and beautiful, with the perfect scenery and subtle lighting. It's like a painting coming to life.

The Atrium

The Boathouse's glass-enclosed atrium, with its soaring ceilings and elegant chandeliers, offers a sophisticated and timeless setting for wedding portraits. The natural light that floods the space, combined with the picturesque park views creates a truly magical atmosphere.

The Boathouse Exterior, Terrace, and Esplanade

The Prospect Park Boathouse exterior, with its grand columns and ornate Beaux-Arts detailing, provides a uniquely historic backdrop for wedding photos. The combination of the building's timeless architecture and the surrounding natural beauty of the park creates a visually stunning setting.

The Lullwater

The Lullwater, a serene and meandering waterway adjacent to the Boathouse, offers a peaceful and idyllic setting for wedding photographs. Couples can pose along the water's edge or in front of the picturesque boathouse reflection, creating a truly enchanting and romantic collection of images.

Nearby Locations for Additional Photo Opportunities

  1. The Prospect Park Audubon Center (101 East Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225): Just a short distance from the Boathouse, the Prospect Park Audubon Center features beautiful gardens, ponds, and walking trails. These gardens offer a wealth of opportunities for stunning wedding photographs. The center's rustic charm and natural beauty make it an ideal location for capturing the magic of your special day.
  2. The Prospect Park Peristyle (Grecian Shelter) (96 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218). Located near the Boathouse, the Prospect Park Peristyle, also known as the Grecian Shelter, is an elegant, colonnaded structure. It provides a refined and classical backdrop for wedding photos. With its stately columns and sweeping views of the park, the Peristyle adds grandeur to any wedding album.
  3. The Prospect Park Rose Garden (42 Wellhouse Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225). The Prospect Park Rose Garden, situated within walking distance of the Boathouse, offers a lush and fragrant setting for wedding photographs. Featuring an array of colorful roses and charming pathways, the garden creates a romantic and enchanting atmosphere.
  4. The Prospect Park Carousel (95 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY 11215). A short distance from the Boathouse, the Prospect Park Carousel provides a playful and nostalgic backdrop for wedding photos. This beautifully restored carousel, featuring hand-carved wooden horses and ornate details.
  5. The Prospect Park Peninsula (Enter at Wellhouse Dr and West Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225). The Prospect Park Peninsula, located near the Boathouse is surrounded by water on three sides. The peninsula provides stunning views and a variety of natural backdrops, from wooded trails to peaceful meadows.

In conclusion...

The Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn is a truly exceptional and historic wedding venue, offering timeless elegance, stunning architecture, and picturesque natural surroundings.

With a variety of enchanting on-site and nearby photo locations, your special day will be beautifully captured, creating a lasting legacy of love and happiness.

From the grandeur of the atrium to the tranquility of the Lullwater, the Prospect Park Boathouse provides a captivating and unforgettable setting for your wedding celebration, ensuring that your memories will be cherished for years to come.