Post # 1
I’m getting married out in the Rockies, and the outdoor ceremony space that comes with the lodge that we are renting out has an ENORMOUS cross on it. We are not religious, but we don’t mind having the cross there. However, I am concerned about close-up pictures of us looking like we are standing in front of a telephone pole!
We have a back-up ceremony location that is a view of the valley (no crosses!), but there is not really a good place for seating since it is on the edge of a mountain. The other location with the cross has benches, and a lot of older guests will be attending and I assume that they would like to be seated.
Any ideas for dressing up the cross so that the up-close photos don’t look like this?
Here is a view from afar
Post # 3
I am interested to see what others say here. As a Catholic, I think it’s a huge no-no for you to cover up the cross. If I were a religious person attending your ceremony, I would be very offended by that. If you’re really worried about the pictures, I’m sure a skilled photographer could clone the “telephone pole” out of the pictures. Just my two cents…
Post # 4
I’m not planning on covering it up (that would look a bit weird), I want to pretty it up.
Post # 5
I would not touch the cross 🙂 For many reasons
However if you put an arch or arbor in front of it it will draw the eyes away from it in pictures and look stunning
Post # 6
I don’t know about “prettying up” a cross, as to those who believe in such things it is a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and death, not a decoration. I agree about putting an arch in front of it, or some kind of canopy.
Post # 6
I agree with unixfairy. Could you adorn the area around the cross without actually attaching anything to the cross?
I totally understand what you’re saying about the close-ups, but I’m be pretty wary of doing anything to cross. Crosses are usually only adorned for special religious occasions.
Post # 7
I’m religious and I don’t see anything wrong with decorating it with flowers, draping fabric over it – whatever. You aren’t religious so the cross doesn’t hold the same symbolism for you that it might for others. As you as long as you aren’t covering it in hate symbols or something else I would say go for it!
Alternatively, using an arch or display of flowers in front of the cross should detract from it enough that you don’t see it/notice it in the pictures.
Looks like a stunning location!
Post # 8
Honestly, the beauty of your site is the background. I think trying to make the cross “pretty” is going to detrack from that. Whether its right or wrong to touch it is beside the point. If you’re going for a pleasing look I wouldn’t do a thing. I like the “rough” look of it.
Post # 9
I would just place a row of potted trees, or even burlap balled trees from the nursery, in front of the cross.
Your guests will still see the cross but your pics will have the trees as your background.
You could add flowers at the base
you could place an arch so that one of the vertical sides was directly in front of the cross.
It would look asymmetrical to your guests with the cross to one side, but your pics would be great
here’s a backdrop built with salvaged architectural pieces
It all depends on how much work you want to do!
Post # 10
Thanks for the input, and thanks for the photos Julie- I love them and the potted tree idea!
Post # 11
What if you told your photographer to only do straight on photos with the full cross and then tried to do photos from a side angle to keep the cross out when they are closer up?
Post # 13
@mink: I agree, there are certain fabric colors for different occassions that you can use. I also like the flowers around the base.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
There’s nothing wrong with draping a cross with fabric. Catholic churches do it on Good Friday (admitted, that’s a crucifix).