There is one thing I have been very adamant about recently and that is having an off-site location to take photos with the bridal party and Mr. Sword on our wedding day.
I was never a girl who pictured or thought about a beautiful outdoor wedding. Sure, I love the sunshine on my skin, I love the smell of fresh air and a beautiful city skyline, but I have no problems getting married indoors. I’m an indoors girl at heart. Plus, the atrium at our hotel has high ceilings and tons of greenery so it feels very lush and homey at the same time. Perfect.
That said, I really, really want to take some photos outside on the Big Day! I just can’t stand the thought of every picture taken with indoor lighting when natural lighting is so amazing. Not to mention, no matter what the weather, I want to have photographic proof of it. How will I remember how cold or nice it felt on our wedding or how it looked outside if I have nothing to remember it by?
So come rain, snow, sleet or sunshine, we’ll be outside from about 12:00—2:00 pm on our wedding day capturing it all.
Our first off-site location idea was the famous Mall of America (yes, this isn’t outside but it was going to be the first stop of two). This was good in theory, but bad in reality. Mr. Sword loathes the thought of drones of tourists all staring at us (while I’d quite like that) and I loathe the thought of navigating our large group through said drones of tourists. Plus, my idea for a first look in the theme park was quickly thwarted by the ugly neon colors they have going on in there these days and the fact that you really can’t ask a bunch of people to move out of your way just so you can “get the shot.”
In any case, we tried to find some picturesque spots for photos and took some shots just because we were there scouting. But you won’t be seeing me in a wedding dress at the MOA anytime soon. Note the blurry patrons behind me.
Luckily, we had received a good suggestion from quite a few people who told us Centennial Lakes Park would be a great place for photos! In fact, our photographer has already shot a wedding there and it’s a very popular wedding venue, especially during the warmer months. So Mr. Sword and I decided to check it out while we were in town and we were not disappointed!
Centennial Lakes has tons of great photo opportunities for us and for our bridal party! We plan on doing an hour of just couple portraits and then having the bridal party join us after that and with the many options at Centennial Lakes, we’ll be able to stick with just one off-site location!
The icing on the cake is that Centennial Lakes is literally five minutes away from our Embassy Suites, so we won’t be wasting much time in vehicles transporting everyone back and forth. The goal was to find a location that was less than 10 minutes away and I’m so glad we accomplished that!
NOW you can picture Miss Sword in a wedding dress in all of these photos. And if anyone has a stellar idea for a “first look,” please pass it on! Right now I’m thinking we could walk up each side of this bridge to meet each other at the top. If only I wasn’t so damn klutzy…
Mom Sword is helping me pose in the photo below. I know they look a bit dirty, but I can picture our bridal party standing on these blocks looking quite posh.
Is anyone else obsessed with more urban or architectural photographs? I’m dying for photos like these. Parking garages for the win.
image via Pinterest/ Photo by Tracy Routh Photography
image via Pinterest/ Photo by Shannon Nicole Smith
Who knew a car barrier could be so sexy?!?
image via Pinterest/ Photo by Todd Pellowe
(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)
Are you going to take photos at an off-site location before or after your wedding? What do you think of photos in parking garages?