Photography is one of the most important aspects of a wedding. Couples spend an average of $2,099 on their wedding photographer, according to Brides magazine, and around 60% take engagement photos. It’s even become trendy to hand out disposable cameras at the reception to capture every moment – as if guests didn’t already have their smartphones in hand!
Luckily, St. Louis has no shortage of gorgeous backdrops for your engagement and wedding photos. If you’re getting hitched in the Gateway City, here are a few of our favorite places to capture your love for the scrapbook.
- Magnolia St. Louis: If you’ve got a thing for Old Hollywood glamour, this should be your first stop. Built in 1924 and originally dubbed The Mayfair Hotel, Magnolia St. Louis has hosted cinematic greats including Cary Grant, who started the tradition of hotels leaving chocolates or mints on your pillow. The building’s exterior features period details such as leaded glass and a Broadway style marquee, while inside combines the glitz and glam of sparkling chandeliers with modern neon and statuesque columns. Book the Magnolia Ballroom for your big day and enjoy breathtaking views of the historic Old Post Office Plaza, plus complementary menu tasting, champagne and king suite for the bride & groom with any wedding package.
- Citygarden: The centerpiece of St. Louis, this 3-acre urban park is located on Market Street between 8th and 10th. Designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, it’s part sculpture garden and part botanical garden. Nearly every tree species found here is native to the St. Louis area. Set up a camera near one of the park’s three fountains for an elegant engagement shoot or bring your photographer and take a whimsical shot near the Pinocchio sculpture or Igor Mitoraj’s Eros Bound, a massive horizontal head cast in bronze. It looks like something out of Grecian myth. Tip: Citygarden is open to the public year-round, but fountains are only turned on April through November.
- Art Hill: The site of St. Louis Art Museum, this community park was famously used to host the 1904 World’s Fair. While much of the décor for the fair was demolished after it was over, couples can take a virtual tour of the spectacle online with photos pulled from the pages of a circa-1900’s magazine. Snap a few playful pics in front of the art museum, or head down to the boathouse for more natural scenery. The expansive grassy lawns, historical statues and museum steps make excellent locations for offsite wedding photos. However, the park is popular during the warmer months, so you may have to share the space with a ton of families and tourists.
- Laumeier Sculpture Park: Modern art enthusiasts will dig the funky, offbeat sculptures at found at this “open-air museum.” Founded in 1975, the 105-acre Laumeier Park is in Sunset Hills, about 20 minutes from the city. Warning: You’ll need a good sense of humor to take engagement or wedding pictures here. Most of the artwork is Crayola-hued and tongue-in-cheek; for example, a giant bloodshot eyeball by artist Tony Tasset and a candy-red assortment of crushed cylinders stacked like a geometric Stonehenge. If you and your sweetie are fans of Disney’s Bambi, don’t miss out on the brand new Tasset sculpture, a 12-foot-tall doe that arrived at Laumeier in August 2017.
Head to any (or all) of these artistic stops around St. Louis for unique wedding and engagement photos that work with any theme or style. For more information about hosting your special day at Magnolia St. Louis, visit us online or call 314-436-9000. Book by 12/31/2017 for a wedding within the next year and you’ll score 20% off on packages for up to 250 guests!