When thinking about your venue, you want to be aware of areas on and surrounding the property that could serve as the settings for your photos. Luckily, there is no shortage of beautiful locales for brides-to-be. Jess Levin, founder and CEO of Carats & Cake, highlights some options that would make stunning backgrounds for your shots.
Photo by Christian Oth Studio.

Historical Estates

A beautiful colonial building, like The Greenbrier, lends a sense of sophisticated Americana to your photographs.

Photo by Chellise Michael Photography.

English Gardens

Manicured lawns and formal gardens, as seen throughout the grounds at Oheka Castle, add a sense of formality and elevated ambience to outdoor wedding portraits.

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Photo by Erik Ekroth.

Rustic Farmsteads

If you're getting married in or near the countryside, seek out an open field or nearby barn, like this scene in Pocantico Hills, New York.

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Photo by Vanessa Joy.

Skyscraper Skyline

For a city fête, nothing beats a rooftop ceremony or cocktail hour with 360 degrees of city sights to take in, as seen here at Tribeca Rooftop.

Photo by Jim Kennedy Photographers.

Architectural Details

A cascading staircase, like the one at St. Regis Monarch Beach, serves as the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits.

Photo by Mike Sidney.

Island Escape

For a tropical wedding, seek out a location with grassy lawns leading up to the water so your event photographs as if it is on both land and sea, as seen at Montage Kapalua Bay.

Photo by Katie Osgood Photography.

On the Lake

Lakeside venues, like Cedar Lakes Estate, with serene vistas and pine-tree-lined shores, create an especially romantic backdrop.

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Photo by Trent Bailey.

Natural Settings

A field of flowers or whimsical trees, such as these weeping willows in Garrison, New York, create a sense of organic elegance.

Photo by Anthony Vazquez Photography.

City Streets

If yours is an urban romance, take notes from Arielle and Lior, who headed to the streets of New York City for fun shots that could stop traffic.

Image by Andrew Weeks Photography.

In the Vines

From Napa Valley to Central Virginia, vineyards set a lush, bucolic scene for any bash, including this Novato, California, celebration.

Photo by Docuvitae.

Rocky Mountaintops

Snow-capped peaks, like those at this Wyoming wedding, add an extra element of drama.

Image by From Parris with Love.

Home Sweet Home

If you're getting married in the Northeast, consider taking advantage of one of the many stunning New England-style homes found throughout the region. Nicolina and Luke, pictured here, married in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Image by Gayle Brooker.

Arboresque and Picturesque

When possible, a tree-lined drive, like this one in Johns Island, South Carolina, is a lovely way to frame your portraits or even your entire reception space.

Image by First Mate Photo.

By the Sea

For a New England wedding, consider heading out to the coast to take advantage of the moody beaches and grassy dunes that line the shore. Monica and Adam said "I do" in Harwich Port, Massachusetts.

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