Saint Louis, the River City, it’s our home or at least our hometown and we love it and it’s long rich history. I could go on and on about our wonderful cities’ under appreciated assets, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. Today, I’d like to help give you some ideas about where to take your wedding day photos and video. Probably the two most important things to consider when trying to decide on your photo location(s) are location and time. You definitely don’t want to spend half the time you budgeted for photos and video to be spent on the limo bus. With that in mind, I will try and spread these location ideas throughout the St. Louis area. This will be no where near a comprehensive list and you photographer and videographer should already be familiar with these locations. Which is great, because they will have their own ideas about how they like to shoot at these spots.
5 Popular Wedding Photo Video Spots Around St. Louis
I’m going to jump right in with one of my favorite spots.
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I don’t get to shoot here as much as I like, but if you’re getting married in the Chesterfield area, this park has enough variety to shoot all of your wedding day photos, which is great if you’re short on time. Here’s What Faust Park has to offer:
The historic Village is representation of a village from the mid 19th to the early 20th century. Beautiful rustic photos can be taken here.
-Governor’s Mansion and Out Buildings
Across the park from the Historic Village is the Old Governors Mansion. It’s a beautiful old mansion with a nice porch. The area is well wooded and supplies ample shade for nice even light. Surrounding the mansion are several out buildings (Barns and Sheds).
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Lafayette Park and the nearby Square have a lot to offer a wedding party looking for a photography and videography location. This park is smaller than the very popular Forest Park but it still offers numerous locations for your photo / video session. Lafayette Park is located near Downtown and easy to get to from both I64 and I44. Lafayette Park has a foot bridge which is popular for photos. You can shoot on the foot bridge then take a stroll below where there is a lovely pond and foliage. There is also a Gazebo, if you’re lucky it won’t be booked for a private event and you’ll be able to shoot there. This park is full of beaytiful foliage and it’s small enough to stroll around and find some very unique spots.
After shooting at the park head on to lafayette Square for some beautiful urban scenery. Cafes, Shops, lots of brick and typically not too crowded.
Most any of the hotels couples use for their wedding day have great spots they will let you use as long as you are a guest. Remember though, you must be a hotel guest for them to allow you to use their property for your portraits. Two hotels that jump out in my mind are the Chase Park Plaza (CWE) and Ritz Carlton (Clayton)
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One of my more recent favorite spots are The Gardens at SIUE. I especially love this spots when shooting Illinois weddings. The Gardens are complete with lovely wooded foot paths. A handful of pedestrian bridges and a beautiful gazebo like lookout over a pond (or is it a small lake?). Fall foliage can be breath taking here!
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All of this brings us to St. Louis’ most popular stop for wedding parties. That’s right Forest Park. The Crown Jewel of St. Louis. Rivaling New York’s Central Park in size and beauty. Unlike Lafayette Park, Forest Park is just too massive and way too busy. Make sure you go in with a little forethought and a map. Also, if you’re getting married during peak season be prepared to either wait for a desired spot in the park or move on. The really nice thing about Forest Park is that there are usually great opportunites to shoot pictures nearby while waiting your turn for a popular location. Great spots (also popular) include the Muny, The Gazebo at the Muny, The Grand Basin, and the Worlds Fair Pavilion. Of course this is just a short list, Forest park is really one big Photo Opportunity.
While this is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list of locations it should spark some ideas and start a discussion with your photographer and videographer.patrickfishervideo.com