Top Tips For Choosing a Wedding Venue From Your Photographer

Pick a wedding venue like a professional wedding photographer

As your wedding photographer, I come into a space seeing a completely different view than you do. There are wedding venues (so many in and around Knoxville!) that get everything right. Then some that look amazing, but are difficult spaces to work with and get those swoon-worthy images. That said – a skilled Knoxville wedding photographer will give drool worth images no matter what venue you choose. My hope is to give you the tools to visit your wedding venues with news eyes, so let’s dive in!

Top 3 Photographer Tips For Picking A Wedding Venue


If the venue is outdoors, make sure you equally love Plan B if it rains. No one wants to think about the worse-case-scenario when planning their dream wedding. The rain won’t get you down if you equally love the interior options of the venue. That could be a beautiful white tent on the lawn, or a stunning white-walled barn with a fireplace at the end of the aisle, or a lush greenhouse to give you all the outside vibes! Just make sure the backup plan is something you would love, too.


LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT! Light is everything to a photographer. Natural light, diffused light, harsh light, incandescent light, light, light, light. you get the idea. As I walk into your venue and up to greet you in the bridal suite, I am scanning where the best areas are to photograph.

Take note when touring venues of the ones who’s rooms are really dark with dark curtains, walls, and ceilings.


Make sure that you tour your venue at the same time of day that the ceremony will be at. If you’re getting married at 3pm in July, a field without any shade probably wont be very comfortable. Likewise, if you plan on getting married at 7pm, steer clear of venues that require lots of natural light for them to be beautiful.

There you have it! Now you can go fourth and tour venues with a keen eye. If you’re reading this after picking your venue and thinking OH NO MY IMAGES ARE GOING TO BE TERRIBLE. Stop. Breathe. A skilled wedding photographer will make the best of every lighting condition and I am certain that your wedding will be beautiful. At the end of the day its not about having wedding images that get a ton of likes, its about documenting the beginning of your love story. so that when you look back on the images I created, you will feel those same emotions. My goal as a wedding photographer is to serve my clients the way they deserve and create snapshots that transcend time and will always bring you back to when it all began.

Wanna learn about some AH-MAZING wedding venues in the greater Knoxville area? Head over to this series where I dive into Q&A style interviews with a few of my absolute favorite venues!

Planning your dream wedding? I am here to help!

Hiring a professional wedding photographer you absolutely love and click with is such an important step to make sure that you can capture all the amazing moments you will have at your wedding. These photographs will act as a ticket for traveling back in time and having a look at all the beautiful memories you created with your loved ones.

I have been working as a professional photographer for over 8 years. Throughout that time I realized that the intimate moments in between the poses were the ones most cherished. My wedding work has been seen in places like The Knot, Wedding Wire, The Carolinas Magazine, Embrace Beauty Magazine, and many other leading industry publications. I’m sincerely grateful for every single one of them, and for the others yet to come. But none of that matters without the experience, the fun, and the results that everyone feels when they look back through their photographs. If you think we’d make an amazing fit contact me today and let’s chat about your wedding!

Elly M.

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