Bayard Arboretum Wedding Photos Long IslandAs a Long Island, Metropolitan New York and NYC professional wedding photographer I am often asked by my brides and grooms what my favorite locations are for beautiful outdoor wedding pictures. Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale, NY would surely wind up near the top of my list. I have been creating awesome wedding photos at this park for decades. In that time it has only gotten more and more beautiful each year. This near 700 acre park offers such a variety of different backdrops. The perennial garden, pictured here, when in bloom, is one of the most colorful backdrops you’ll see anywhere. Past the perennial gardens you can stroll along the River Walk which meanders alongside the Connetquot River. Lush forest and sprawling lawns with unique specimen trees offers photo opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else on Long Island. The Manor House is a wonderful piece of architecture with a cobblestone drive and a beautiful stone archway. The rear of the manor house overlooks a sprawling lawn which stretches down to the edge of the Connetquot River and The Great South Bay beyond. A trip to The Bayard Cutting Arboretum web site, maintained by the Long Island State Park Region offers a convenient link with all of the information you will need to get a permit and reservation to capture your wedding photographs at this stunning preserve.