Summer 2013

Casper creates Central Park Weddings

Casper creates Central Park Weddings
Steve Seepersaud
Christa DeHuff Casper uses Central Park as a backdrop for her business.

As owner of A Central Park Wedding, Christa DeHuff Casper ’06, MS ’08, sweats the small stuff so couples can enjoy their big day. She plans weddings for people who want to marry in Manhattan’s iconic park.

Casper worked for several years in public health before making a change to event planning. She started her own business in 2012 and formed partnerships with local photographers, wedding officiants and musicians. Clients have come from as far as Texas and California.

“Sometimes you work with people for months or even a year on their weddings. It’s great to see everything come together, Casper says. “They say, ‘Thank you so much. We couldn’t have done it without you.’ This business is very rewarding.”

Each ceremony stands out in its own way. Casper recalls at least one ceremony with a soaked wedding party, despite attempts to wait out the storm. One couple from Ithaca had a picnic-style reception in the park. “Sometimes couples have unique ideas for their ceremony, such as horse and carriage rides or arriving in a rowboat for a lakeside wedding. It’s always a fun challenge to make these ideas a reality,” Casper says.

Most of the ceremonies are relatively small, around 30 people, because larger crowds take up more space — and it’s still a public park. While June and September are the busiest months for ceremonies, Casper says she schedules them year-round and even helped a couple get married in the park on New Year’s Day.

“The business is going well, and I’m thinking about going into photography of surprise proposals. We might plan weddings at the Brooklyn Bridge because that is so popular. I’m talking to a photographer about Miami Beach. But there are many other wedding planners there, and we’d have to stand apart.”