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In our blog series “Enjoying Your Wedding Day: Tips for a Stress-Free Experience”, we’ve talked about the first look and being able to enjoy the day with your best friend. Today we are talking about one of the biggest wedding decisions – choosing a venue! We’ve had the privilege of working with so many incredible wedding venues in Louisville, Kentucky and beyond. The amount of time and energy these vendors put into serving their couples is astounding. As you meet with various venues, here are three things to consider in order to make your wedding day (and photography) run smoothly! (And don’t forget to check out the links below to some of the featured vendors from these images!)
Obviously as photographers, we’re all about the right lighting. “Good light” is critical to photographing a wedding with the style that you love. So, what is “good light” and how can you tell if your venue has it? There are a few things to look for or ask your venue about:
Getting Ready Room: are there windows with natural light in the space you’ll be getting ready in? (somewhere with windows, but not necessarily harsh sunlight streaming into the room). Or is it a closed-off room with fluorescent lightbulbs? If there is no natural light, is there somewhere nearby that you can use to put on your dress? Is there a space for your photographers to shoot detail images?
Ceremony space: are there windows in your ceremony space? Windows directly behind the altar? Think about the time of your ceremony – where will the sun be? (Bonus if you can visit your venue about the same time as your ceremony will be!) Sometimes a window behind the altar can seem like a gorgeous option, but if the sun is streaming in, it might not be ideal for photographs. There are so many wedding venues in Louisville and Kentucky that offer multiple ceremony locations, so ask about different setups!
Reception space: Are you having an evening reception? What kind of lighting does the venue offer? Are there strobe lights, spotlights, “twinkle lights”? As your photographers, we typically bring in several tripods with off-camera flashes for the reception in order to make sure your first dance and other reception events are properly lit. We LOVE twinkle lights for photos, but strobe lights can cause some very colorful reception images. Fun for partying, less fun for the first dance!
In our Louisville, KY area, we have a wide selection of wedding venues that range from downtown ballrooms to plantations to museums to historic homes. Each of these venues offers unique portrait location – urban, rural or in between. Often, unless you build time into your wedding day to drive to another location, your venue choice also determines the location of most of your portraits.
Questions to ask:
As you walk around the venue, what is nearby?
Are there any greenspaces or landmarks nearby? Does the venue offer a courtyard or special portrait location (and is it included or an add-on)?
Does the location fit your vision for your wedding portraits?
If it rains or if your wedding is in the winter, is there a place indoors (preferably with natural light) for your family formal portraits? Think about your family size – is there enough space for a “wide” shot?
Ask the venue coordinator, “where do couples typically go for their bride-groom portraits?”
A venue coordinator influences your day in so many ways. Many times venue coordinators are the ones who see the bride and her father in that last minute before the doors open and they walk down the aisle. Venues are often the first vendor relationship you will make and you want to work with someone you love! They are the unsung heroes of the last few years as so many couples have had to move wedding dates due to COVID. The best coordinators love their venues and their couples. Find a coordinator who “gets” your vision for your wedding day and is excited to work with you to achieve it.
At the end of the day, there will be positives and challenges to every venue, so go with the place that you love! We’ve shot getting ready portraits at AirBnB’s and a reception at a barn that was custom-built weeks before the wedding. We’ll ensure you have lovely portraits at any venue!
And if you’ve booked with us, but haven’t booked a venue yet, we would love to share our preferred vendors list with you! Venues are such an important part of your wedding day and we have some of our very favorites that we love working with!
If you missed Part 1 of our blog series, check it out here: The First Look: Spending the Day with Your Best Friend
Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky
The Calumet Club in New Albany, Indiana
The Refinery in Jeffersonville, Indiana
Lakeside Reflections in Jeffersonville, Indiana