Let's face it, the venue for your wedding says a lot about who you are.
Some people want the rustic look, so they go with a beautiful barn venue. Some people want the manicured look so they go with a beautiful botancial garden. Others like the traditional look, so they go with a church or chapel and then there are the ones that don't want a venue at all and choose the mountain top, the waterfall, or river. It is completely up to the couple on what the theme and look will be and every couple is different. I have found as a wedding photographer that a venue that is a little less popular as the others is always the one that is most loved.
When you live in a city that has 2 to 3 main venues in the city limits, it is always a breath of fresh air to get a bride that has a venue out in the sticks, that I have never heard of before. Its a challenge to pull up to photograph at a location you have never seen but the benefits usually out weigh the challenges . The venues that aren't over used give your pictures the unique look that makes people ask "where were ya'll?" Below is an example of just that!
This venue is a hunting lodge that doubles as a wedding venue. I had never been there, nor heard of it. It was 30 minutes outside of town and worth every mile. It is a hidden gem. I fell in love with everything about this place and I hope that I have other brides that use it in the future! www.facebook.com/weddingsathighpine/
The bride and groom both come from families who hunt so this location was pretty much a no brainer. The hunting lodge did have the theme of "hunting" and "shotgun", so true to theme, the groom wore a shotgun shell shot from his grandfathers shotgun as a boutonniere and the groomsmen wore shotgun shells shot from her grandfathers shotgun as their boutonnieres. The color purple was incorporated as the bridesmaids dresses because her grandfathers shotgun shells were purple. The wedding was put together so beautifully and every detail was thought of.
When you are picking a wedding venue, think of who you are as a couple. I know that doesn't always cross your mind when planning a wedding but the venue can fit right into your wedding day like a fitted glove. It can be that place, that when people show up to take their seats they think "wow. . this looks just like them." Give the venue a deep thought and think of it as a backdrop to your relationship and not just a pretty place to exchange your vows. I promise you won't be disappointed!