Maybe it's because it's been raining here for the past few days, but all I can think about is going outdoors and enjoying the sun. And there is no better time to head outside and let Mother Nature work her magic than on your wedding day.
I've put together a few of my favorite outdoor wedding venues, but I'm sure I've missed a bunch! Let me know what I missed or if you're planning an outdoor wedding in the comments section.
Beach: Of course, at the top of our list has to be beach weddings (okay, maybe I'm a teensy bit partial because that's where I got hitched). There is something so romantic about waves crashing onto a sandy beach while the wind lightly ruffles your hair and your guests look on (not sure if that's how it looked, but that's how it felt). Plus, the weather typically plays nice so you can get those stunning skyline shots that only happen at the ocean.
Park: Gazebos, gardens, creeks, volleyball and tennis courts... Getting married in a park means you absolutely can do your wedding your own way. Whether you want an elegant soiree and go for a dramatic backdrop like the Palace of Fine Arts (pictured above) or a simpler picnic where everyone kicks off their shoes and plays games, you typically just need a permit to use a park for your wedding.
Backyard: They say there's no place like home and that couldn't be truer than on your wedding day. We love a backyard wedding for a personal, intimate feel - it's all happening in a place that has true meaning.
Lake: Nothing says summer quite like time at the lake. And with beautiful views, sandy beaches, and the potential for a dramatic exit via speed boat, getting married by the lake is the perfect venue for a laid-back, water-side wedding. Plus, if you make a weekend out of it, there's a ton for your guests to do - water skiing, fishing, bonfires at night...
Mountains: Speaking of tons for your guests to do, having your wedding in the mountains can mean camping, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, just to name a few. Not to mention stunning vista views that you just can't find anywhere else.
Vineyard: I've been to several weddings held at vineyards and, let me tell you, it's not all about the wine (although that is a definite perk). Depending on the vineyard's own aesthetic, your wedding can take place in a wine cellar, on a rustic-style farm, or even in an elegant hall. Plus, there's always the wine...
Rooftop: Talk about dramatic views. Get a bird's eye view of your chosen location (plus, a fantastic backdrop for your photos) by taking your wedding up top. It's a great way to get the benefits of an outdoor wedding (sun, fresh air, a big blue sky in the background), but still have the ease of an indoor wedding (you don't have to worry about setting up outdoor toilets, for example). Plus, if you're a city kinda couple, it's a perfect way to pay homage to your skyline...
Stadium: For true sports fans, there can't be any better outdoor venue than smack-dab in the middle of where the action takes place. See the field from your favorite players' perspective and get married to the person you love? Sounds like a home run to me.
Still need more ideas? Our local vendor guides have outdoor wedding venue ideas galore...
Beach wedding: Red Heart Photo
Park engagement: Daniela Degrassi Photography
Backyard wedding: Docuvitae Photography
Mountain wedding: Jenna Walker Photography
Lake wedding: Redwall Photo
Vineyard wedding: Bend the Light Photography
Rooftop wedding: Green Wedding Shoes
Stadium wedding: David Burridge