Post # 1
I’m getting married at the end of September at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park. We’re doing a first look and need some help scouting out locations. Initially I was thinking about Princeton University, but we feel that there might be too much going on since the semester will have already started. I’m wondering if we should just take photos in Mercer County Park. It’s a massive park and I’m sure there’s great places for photo ops. Since we’re not from the area, I don’t know where to start looking. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Gorgeous setting and not too far from your venue.
Post # 4
Grounds for Sculpture is beautiful, but I do believe there is a photo fee if you’re not getting married there. I know this is the case in a lot of places and you can usually get away with engagement photos and such, but I’m not sure how inconspicuous you can be in wedding attire 🙂 I’m not sure how strict they really are about it though.
In terms of Princeton, we did our engagement photos there while the semester was in full swing and we had no trouble at all. There were students around, but you would never know that looking at our pictures. I would absolutely recommend it!
Post # 5
I’m an undergrad at Princeton now, I think you’d be fine to do pictures on campus! I frequently see photoshoots happening on campus (engagement, wedding, family, etc.) and students/tourists tend to be pretty respectful and give them their space. Prospect Gardens has beautiful flowers on campus, there’s the typical castle-type buildings on campus (Blair Arch, Nassau Hall, etc.), and also some more artsy stuff like the Picasso Statue near the Dinky Bar or the Art Museum, so you can definitely find something that suits your tastes!
Post # 6
Sayen gardens is a great option. There are always brides and families taking pics there. And it’s literally like 10 mins tops from the Boat House.
Post # 7
I grew up in that area. You could do a first look by Carnegie lake or there’s a quiet area behind the Yankee doodle tap room (pic attached) . There’s also a small cute alley way next to the alchemist & barrister I think? Also tons of beautiful spots on campus- don’t worry about the students, they’re mostly polite
Post # 8
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Thank you so much for all of the suggestions! You all made me feel so much better that I do have options. I’m definitely going to look into Sayen Gardens — it looks beautiful from the photos. I’m glad I don’t have to rule out Princeton either!