Bride looks at wedding venue
May 23, 2013

Scouting the Wedding Venue


Do you have a vision for what your wedding will be? Does your photographer share your vision? Has he/she shot at the venue before? Every bride has a vision for what her wedding will be and we at Stark Bellamy want to see the venue through your eyes.

Barn and trees at a hunting reserve

Whenever possible we like to visit the wedding venue with the bride and groom. Even if we have shot there before we like to be on the same page with the stressed er…. happy couple. There is always a lot going on as you approach your wedding day, but I think it is very important that you tour your chosen venue with your photographer.

Chris and I don’t like to be too involved in the planning of your wedding, it goes against our photojournalist instincts. That said we do like to see what you have in mind so we can capture your vision with our style of photography. We can also point out objects and lighting issues that that you may not have noticed, you probably have enough on your mind that you didn’t notice a basketball hoop or power line that may clutter the background. That is what we are there for.

If you are using a established wedding venue like Wild Basin Lodge near Estes Park then they are experienced at what looks good and where everything will happen, but you may still have your own ideas. If it is a DIY wedding venue like a private hunting club or a backyard, it will probably be a bit rougher around the edges and require a bit more planning. We want to help you with the photography logistics in either case.

Scouting your wedding venue is free, we see it as a value added to both of us. The visit also works as a final meeting with Chris and I before your big day. Give us a call so we can talk about your vision for your wedding day venue.

Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.