Couples who get married in and around Barrie often will ask my opinion on where they should take their wedding photos. Over the years I have taken photos all over the city and I have some tips for couples who are in the planning phase of their wedding.
Consider the type of wedding you want. A lot of venues today will allow you to do everything all in one location; ceremony, photos and reception. The advantages of this are as follows:
- All in one location
- Less complication for guests
- More time to spend with friends and family
- Less travel and planning
I see these most with golf course weddings such as Tangle Creek or Barrie Golf and Country Club. This also applies to the popular resorts in the area like Horseshoe Valley or Blue Mountain. This is a good solution for a lot of couples and this allows couples to really maximize their special day and get the most out of the time they have with friends and family.
The alternative to the all in one location is a more traditional style wedding, such as a church wedding. These weddings often have multiple locations such as the church, place to take photos and then a reception. Here are some key things to consider for this type of wedding:
- Logistics- Summer is busy and roads and highways can slow you down and take precious time away from spending time with friends and family. Try and pick locations that are not too far away from each other.
Location – Choosing a place to take photos a few things need to be considered:
- Is there available shade? If it is a summer wedding midday or afternoon the overhead sun can cast very harsh shadows. Having some nice big trees with shade, or a structure or building that offers shade can make taking photos this time of day perfect.
- Is a permit needed?
- Is there parking?
- How busy is it? If you choose to shoot on the waterfront in the middle of summer you may have to contend with a lot of parking/people issue
Here are some of my favourite places in the city to take photos
- Sunnidale Park -No Permit needed -very large area
- South Shore Water Front Trail -No Permit needed
- Carson and Anne Street -Hidden Spot nice trail to take some photos in