NYC in a Day | How to Plan Your New York Engagement Session

Anything is possible in The Big Apple—like taking engagement photos in front of Jane’s Carousel and dancing across the city’s iconic crosswalks. I had a blast photographing Kendra and Justin’s vibrant NYC engagement session. We enjoyed spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, famous scoops of ice cream in Brooklyn, and of course skyline seats atop the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a whirlwind of a shoot, and I loved every minute of it! Let me tell you a little bit more about how to plan your New York Engagement Session!

New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography
New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography
New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

Top 8 NYC Experiences to Try During Your New York Engagement Session

If you’re going to schedule a New York engagement session, go ahead and make the most of it! Whether you’re there just for the day or the entire weekend, here’s my top list of things to do and see in New York City:

New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

1. Ride Jane’s Carousel

This beautiful carousel is too beautiful to pass by. Whether you want to hop on for a ride (which I highly encourage), or just wave at the kiddos as they whirl by, it’s a fun little gem to experience. Plus, it lends itself to festive photos like these.

Jane's Carousel
Jane's Carousel engagement

2. Pictures Near DUMBO

Did you know Dumbo is an acronym for “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass?” Quite a mouthful, so no wonder they shortened this iconic little area. This is where so many couple’s take those classic romance movie photos. Learn more about the area here.

Brooklyn engagement

3. Try New York City Food

Okay, this might be my favorite activity…. Taste Brooklyn Ice Cream, try NYC street food, and definitely don’t forget the pizza! Your taste buds will remember it forever! Here’s a recent list of food vendors and carts.

Brooklyn engagement photos
New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography
New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

4. Visit Ellis Island

Did you know you can view your family’s genealogy records and research your family’s history at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum? Take a tour of the museum, and buy tickets for the Statue of Liberty if you have time (or just take pictures on the ferry on your way over to the museum).

New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

5. Go to the Top of the Rock

You can see everything when you’re elevated 70 stories high! The observation deck is a sight to behold! Even at night, the Top of the Rock is stunning as you gaze out across the twinkling lights of the city.

6. Visit Times Square

Stare up at this incredible commercial intersection and entertainment center in the middle of Manhattan. It’s so much better experiencing it in person than watching it on television on New Year’s Eve. 

New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

7. Bike through Central Park

Rent a bike and discover hidden gems and seating areas throughout the world-famous park. A bike will allow you to cover the 843-acre park a bit faster if you’re short on time. (In fact, you can use the bike all around the city if you’re up for it.) 

8. Row across the Pond at The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

If you can get a reservation, the food is fantastic at the restaurant, outside bar, and express café! But if you just want to keep it simple (and easy on the wallet), take a break and glide across the scenic pond within Central Park. Rent a boat through The Loeb Boathouse. They do weddings here, too! (😉 😉) Book with me for a chance to have your NYC wedding featured on the blog!

New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography
New York engagement session by Mariah Treiber Photography

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