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Consider Wedding Photography When Choosing Your Ceremony Location
by Tracey Brown


There are seemingly endless wedding ceremony locations that could serve as beautiful backdrops for weddings at any time of the year.  It's just one more choice in a long list that already includes finding a florist, choosing a cake designer, selecting a wedding coordinator & of course picking the perfect wedding photographer. However, there are some very important things that every bride to be should consider when choosing the ceremony location that should not be overlooked.

You have already decided without a doubt that your wedding photos are what are most important to you.  One question that I believe some brides don’t think to address is, “How will my choice of ceremony location affect my wedding photographer?”  With this, I’m referring to churches or venues with strict policies in place that may prevent the photographer from capturing the emotion & core of the day.  With these types of restrictions, photographers may be limited to balconies, which vary from either the sides of the altar and/or the rear of the church or other undesirable locations.  Be sure to inquire from the church coordinator their photography policy, if any.

With the latter, your wedding photography is limited to views of the backs of the couple.  Of course there are reasonable restrictions, such as no flash, which is not really an issue.  However, to be restricted to a balcony with limits to capturing different perspectives may be viewed as a challenge. 

In the past I've had a client express to me how important the images were to her during our initial consultation.  However, she selected a church that restricted ALL photography in the sanctuary.  Not only was I limited to the rear balcony, the guests were also not allowed to take pictures.  Learning this, I realized I wouldn’t be able to capture the bridal procession, the groom’s expression upon seeing his bride, the bride & her father coming down the aisle, a mother wiping tears of joy from her cheek, etc.

There are a few things you can do to avoid this type of surprise on your wedding day. Again, be sure to ask your venue coordinator and the officiant if there will be restrictions placed on your photographer. If you should choose a church or veune with photography restrictions in place, be sure to discuss possible options/solutions with your wedding photographer. It’s possible that certain shots can be recreated after the ceremony, thus capturing the images you desire and in some cases the photographer may be able to negotiate some leniency that may allow them to capture more of your ceremony as it happens.


Based in Atlanta, GA Tracey Brown is available for travel nationally and internationally. Her clients include Warner Bros. Records, So So Def Recordings and Soft-Sheen Carson.


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