For those who study celebrations and rituals, bridges have a special symbolism. Bridges provide a stunning visual of the transition from two single people into a newly married couple.
Among the iconic bridges of Central Park is the Gapstow Bridge in the southern part of our Park, over the pond at about 59th Street. A ceremony can be held on the bridge or on one side or the other, but passersby will certainly be part of the wedding! Also, there are beautifully manicured areas below the bridge, with stunning flowers, rocks and of course the pond, that can set the stage for the ceremony, with the Bridge regally situated in the background. And, any direction you turn, a breathtaking backdrop awaits, with the cityscape of mid-town Manhattan appearing in photograph after photograph.
According to the official Central Park Conservancy, the bridge resembles the Ponte di San Francesco bridge in San Remo, Italy. South you will find the famous Plaza Hotel as well as the Wollman Rink, filled with skaters during the winter months. Now almost 150 years old, the Gapstow bridge is 12 feet high and stretches 76 feet, spanning over 40 feet of water. Stunning!