Church Weddings | Pros & Cons

With many Catholic weddings, it is required that the ceremony be performed in the church itself. With some other types of weddings or officiants, you can choose where to get married. I've photographed weddings in multiple different locations and I'd love to tell you from my perspective the pros and cons of church or indoor wedding ceremonies.

Pros

Churches can be extremely dramatic in architecture or interior design. While this might not be for everyone, it can create some amazing images for the modern couple.

The religious and emotional connection with your church can make the ceremony all that more special if performed at that place of worship.

The venue of a church usually provides plenty of seating for your guests, and you don't have to deal with renting chairs.

Which brings me to another point: no rentals. You probably pay the church for the venue, but you won't have to rent the chairs, an altar, or other decorations. So many times, the church is the budget friendly option.

Cons

Some churches do not allow flash photography, which can limit the abilities of getting sharp images, especially if the church has a dark interior or not many windows.

Some churches also do not allow any movement during the ceremony. This means as a photographer, I'd only be able to get one angle (plus any second/third shooter angles I bring along). You won't get as much variety.

There's not really any way to personalize the space. Flowers can only go on pews or in bouquets. 

While some churches have amazing architecture, there are still just as many that do not provide the prettiest of views. 

The best way to make a decision is to discuss the requirements of your church or officiant to determine what's possible. Take into account the look and feel of the site and be prepared for restrictions. Keep your photographer in the loop and get ready for a big special day!

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Culver City and Valley Wedding | Sandra + Tony

The day started out beautiful. I remember thinking how wonderful it was that the sun wasn't that hot. I arrived at Core Church in Culver City with a smile as the children ran about being chased by the mothers. The groom and his groomsmen gathered for a prayer before he wrote a love letter to his bride-to-be.

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

The wedding then moved from Culver City and into the Valley. We took photos at Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys, CA. 

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We then told the wedding party to go chill out while we took romantics of just the bride and groom. 

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

Now it's time to party!! The reception was at the Olympia Banquet Hall in Van Nuys. And it was a grand affair. I especially loved the ceilings filled with clouded skies. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

Good night sweet lovebirds!

Good night sweet lovebirds!

Photographing the First Wedding: Woodland Hills Intimate Ceremony

How do I describe a time that was both terrifying and exhilarating? Weddings are a whole other beast of photography. Being absolutely transparent, I was a glass case of emotion with this one. The couple, Ron and Chela, were wonderful and enchanting. The entire night seemed to go smoothly, even with the ceremony that was held at The Villa Restaurant only being ten minutes long (I had a minor panic attack when I realized the kiss was already about to happen). The reception took place at Cafe Fiore in Woodland Hills and was an amazing dinner! I loved the experience. And while I'm not completely happy with the final result (I'm a perfectionist), I learned so many lessons that I know will stay with me forever.

Woodland Hills Villa Restaurant Wedding Ceremony Photograpy

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