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Planting Fields Arboretum Wedding Photography

This couple got married at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York. Their friends and family sure do know how to party. So many family and cultural traditions were a part of this wedding. 

My favorite part of the day was watching the groomsmen participate in Chuangmen, also known as door games. These are tests for the groom prepared by the bridesmaids to test the groom’s determination to marry the bride and win approval from the bride’s family. The tasks vary, but typical games involve testing the groom’s knowledge of the bride, eating something spicy, sour, bitter, and sweet to prove that he can go through every stage of marriage.

After the groom proved that he could go through all the different stages of marriage, he handed over a red packet with money for the bridesmaids to “surrender” their friend. It is such an exciting and lively way to start the wedding day. 

Before the ceremony

Photos of this couple in the Planting Fields Arboretum were absolutely stunning. The light was perfect, and the flowers were all blooming at the same time. We had plenty of time to explore the arboretum and get all the shots we needed. 


Their outdoor wedding ceremony was absolutely stunning. They had flowers hanging over their wedding arbor, and their flower girls carried giant paper flowers as they walked down the aisle. The weather was perfect, and there weren’t very many dry eyes after they said their vows. 

The Reception

There was an amazing photo booth, a fantastic DJ, and a classically beautiful wedding cake. Alison and Tim ended the night in the best way possible, being lifted in the air by their favorite people in pink cowgirl hats.

Bethany Michaela Photography specializes in authentic, timeless, and documentary wedding photography. Are you planning a wedding? Click here to view our wedding portfolio or contact us for availability and pricing. Happy wedding planning!

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Venue: Planting Fields Arboretum

Meet Bethany

Photographer, mother, educator, inspired by impromptu dance parties, good light, and you.

As an award-winning female photographer, I specialize in capturing moments of joy and love through timeless imagery and storytelling. With an eye for detail and a passion for creating magical memories, I'm dedicated to providing luxury and unique experiences to my couples.

My first memories are of my grandfather's camera - I have a deep-rooted curiosity and love for photography that has carried me through life and a decade into a career I am proud of. Everyone has a unique story to tell and deserves to be celebrated.

I take the time to design my shoots based on your unique love story, creating a photographic style and direction just for you. Whether it be to celebrate your engagement, wedding, or documenting your love journey, I will create memories that perfectly reflect your love in a way that is only yours.