There are a lot of options one could choose for their wedding ceremony and reception venues, and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. You could choose a hotel, a private residence, the beach, or a church, but one of our new favorites is at a library or museum. If you’d like to hit two birds with one stone, think about the Heritage Museum of Orange County. It was designed to emulate a 19th century country estate, with several Victorian buildings and a variety of beautiful gardens.
The Victorian buildings at this venue provide an amazing backdrop for wedding photos. As an added bonus, the staff were unusually gracious and helpful. They allowed us as much time as we liked, as well as access to any part of the house. The combination of a beautiful setting and friendly staff is the perfect storm for amazing wedding pictures.
If you like the idea of an outdoor reception, the Heritage Museum is a great pick. Usually outdoor receptions can be a little challenging for us photographers due to low light conditions, but at this venue, there is lots of light even outdoors at night. Strings of round bulbs provide enchantment for the wedding guests while they dine and dance the night away.
Usually, when we arrive for getting ready photos, we find the bride’s wedding dress hanging on a plastic hanger. Sometimes, but very rarely, the wedding dress is on display on a dress form. You know, that thing that looks a little like a mannequin that tailors use to alter dresses. Don’t ask me where our brides get these, but it’s pretty awesome when they do! Well, if you don’t know anyone with a dress form, to to www.etsy.com and find yourself a nifty little coathanger like this one. Not only is it a really fun keepsake, we think you’ll agree, it looks great in the photos!
If you loved Where’s Waldo as a kid, I think you’ll appreciate this picture. We went through the images for this weddings twice without ever seeing our photographer. On the third pass, we saw her! Take a look. She’s the one having an absolute blast taking pictures of this crazy crowd, and there’s a very good reason for this. Our photographer is taking pictures of the hora dance, which is often danced to the song Hava Nagila. If you haven’t had the good fortune to attend a Jewish wedding, we heartily suggest you make a Jewish friend post haste, and get yourself invited to their big day! If you have never been to a Jewish wedding, you may think wedding receptions can be boring depending on the couple. Rest assured, we’ve never been to a boring Jewish wedding. Everyone is dancing like crazy and having the time of their lives. But be forewarned…you’ll have a great time, but your feet are going to be really sore, so wear some good shoes!