http://www.zenfolio.com/danielivan/e/p774937574If you’ve looked into wedding venues and haven’t found one that is satisfying, consider your own home or that of a family member or friend. Yes, it’s more work to create your own venue, but it can also give your wedding a very unique and special feel and may save you money. We say “may” because sometimes people who have home weddings end up spending as much on renting items for the wedding as they would using a professional venue. That’s no reason not to do it, but just take the time to think through everything that may need to be rented. From the photographic point of view, consider whether or not there are places within the home or lawn that will make good backgrounds. Gardens are great if they are weeded or if enough flowers are in bloom. If the wedding or reception is indoors, is there available natural light? Is there enough space so that the guests are not too close to the wedding couple during the ceremony? If you’re trying to decide whether or not to have a home wedding, take lots of photos on your phone or any camera of the rooms and lawn or gardens where you think you might hold the activities. Spaces can look very different in photography than they do in real life. You may also want to consider having one part of the wedding at home and another part at a different venue. We at Daniel Photo Pro will be happy to take a look at your photos to help you decide if you wish.
Lisa and Michael’s wedding was held in a restaurant and the reception was held in her parents’ home. The results were spectacular!