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The attractive Indiana State House, in the heart of Indianapolis, is the perfect spot for a brief but beautiful Indianapolis wedding photography shoot. The ornate classical architecture provides a stark contrast to the clean lines of the surrounding city buildings. You and your wedding photographer will have a ball coming up with staged shots on the lengthy staircase and in front of the building’s stately columns and massive copper dome. Your wedding party can line the stairs as you and your new hubby descend the steps, or you can try for some elegant couple shots by one of the stone balustrades in the capitol’s front courtyard. Finish your shoot and cap off your evening with a romantic smooch picture under the bride’s veil. Who says you need to have all day to create a phenomenal wedding album?
For some visually dynamic portraits, spend the day of your Indianapolis wedding photography shoot in two of Indy’s prettiest parks. Start off at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens where formal gardens, fountains, tropical flowers, and stylish landscaping can act as your backdrop. The park charges a fee of$450 for professional wedding photography on the grounds, and $1 per guest that will take part in your shoot. Gather your entire bridal party for some beautiful panoramic images against vivid greens and multi-colored blooms, or simply get some intimate shots of the bridal couple strolling along the winding garden pathways. Your photographer will be allowed to use tripods and professional camera equipment, but the park does not permit the use of props, backdrops, or lighting stands.
The two separate areas of the park offer great variety for your album. The Sunken Gardens contain pristine, manicured vegetation against sprawling green spaces and gorgeous stone fountains. Since the gardens are so perfectly landscaped, this space works wonderfully for traditional, staged shots of either the entire wedding party or the bride and groom alone. The Conservatory, on the other hand, is blooming all year round with an array of lush tropical plants and flowers. This setting lends itself easily to candid shots of the bride and groom wandering the pathways or playing hide-and-seek.
After you have smelled the roses at Garfield Park, head over to White River Park, an emerald gem in the midst of Indianapolis. Wedding photographers can set up shots against a number of different areas in this park; including the wide open Governor’s Lawn, the Central Canal, and the River Promenade. This massive park allows you to incorporate both green spaces and waterfront shots into your wedding photo album. Have the groom cradle the bride while overlooking the river or—if you are taking pictures after the ceremony and reception—have all of the wedding party members lay out on the cool grassy lawn for a fun “wreck the dress” moment. However you choose to pose and whichever areas of the park you include, you will end up with wedding pictures you will be excited to show off!
For couples with a sense of old-world style, try building your Indianapolis wedding photography itinerary around some of the city’s architecturally interesting buildings. First, take your wedding party to the towering Scottish Rite Cathedral on North Meridian Street. This cathedral is affiliated with the Freemasons and has a history reaching back to the early 20th century. Use its stone colored Neo-Gothic architecture as a background for your brightly colored bridesmaid dresses and tuxedo vests to allow your wedding colors to pop. Try experimenting with shots of the bride and groom in the foreground and the bridal party and cathedral blurred in the background, or the bridal couple blurred in the foreground while the cathedral is strikingly in focus. The building’s intricate details, pointed arches, and hauntingly beautiful carillon will lend your photos an opulent elegance that will look fantastic in color, black and white, or sepia tones.
Your next stop will be the Crown Hill Cemetery Gothic Chapel. Built in the late 19th century, this white, stone Gothic-style cathedral sits in the midst of the historic cemetery. Don’t let the setting scare you off, though! The chapel is stunningly beautiful, with a grand arched entryway and fleur-de-lis atop the narrow, pointed turrets. Get shots of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold and into the chapel, or line up the wedding party around the sweet little fountain in the courtyard.
Complete your photographic tour of architecture with the Morris-Butler House Museum in the Old Northside Historic District of Indianapolis. Wedding photographers will make this Victorian-era building’s sloping rooftops, elongated windows, and asymmetrical style into a nice final backdrop for your album. Take some posed group portraits in front of the brick façade, or get a few of the bride and groom standing inside the building’s front colonnade. By the end of this exhausting itinerary, you can happily sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your wedding day!
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