Restaurant Reception – where did you do pics?

posted 2 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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wildflower3 :  My sister was married on the beach. After the ceremony we all took pictures on the beach. Then they took pictures together on the beach. We didn’t take any professional photos at the restaurant, as she had hired a company to do the ceremony on the beach and the package included photography, decor and the officiant.  If you plan to have a beach ceremony take the pictures by the water and then take pictures at the restaurant.  I would take a majority of the formal pictures outside the restaurant but I would also take some inside. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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wildflower3 :  We had an intimate reception at a restaurant after our wedding. Our situation might be a bit different because we were in NYC and everything was within walking distance. We had the ceremony, took pictures outside in Times Square and at the hotel, and then walked to the restaurant for our brunch in a private room. It was small (about 15 all together) and there was no dancing or anything so we didn’t have the photographers come since you don’t really need professional pictures of people eating. We just took pictures on our phones and Mother-In-Law brought her digital camera. 

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Honey bee

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wildflower3 :  Not me but I attended a family friend’s daughter’s wedding that had a courthouse ceremony then a restaurant reception afterwards. First of all, there were only about 35 guests. So they had last ceremony scheduled for the day around 4:00pm I think. It was only 5 miles between the courthouse and the restaurant. The bride, groom and their immediate families went to a park in between the 2 locations and took pics for an hour. Meanwhile,  the guests were instructed to go ahead and drive to the restaurant and had some cocktail hour with passed appetizers before dinner. 

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Busy bee

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wildflower3 :  We did a small ceremony on the pier at a lake near our house. The lake was within a big park and our photographer walked us around the lake and got tons of different and interesting backdrops in the same park. Also cost us only $300 because we had the photographer for ~2 hours. He gave us over 200 photos and took all the individual and family shots we wanted. It was perfect!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I had a restaurant reception…..at a waterfront restaurant with lots of large windows so there was a lot of great natural lighting…we also did most of our pictures on the beach next to the restaurant 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

I’m getting married and having the reception at a really beautiful restaurant.  We’re going to take pictures there.  I am worried about there not being enough light to do any outside because I’m getting married on November 28th and it will be dark super early.  I plan on having wedding portraits taken when I do my hair and makeup trial at an actual studio anyway, though, because I feel like pictures with actually professional lighting and real editing always look so much better.  The only downside is my fiancé will see me in my dress beforehand, but I don’t care about that very much.

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Helper bee

We were married in a church and had a small reception at a restaurant.  We took pictures with family at the church and photos at other locations with the wedding party.  We didn’t have the professional photographer take photos of the reception as it was pretty low-key–cocktail hour, seated dinner, and dessert.  The only photos I have from the reception were taken by family. As for timing, we weren’t able to avoid the “Catholic gap” so guests were on their own for a few hours (which is the time we used to take photos).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I got married in a beautiful bed and breakfast so I did my pictures there, inside and on the porch (it was like 13 degrees so we didn’t spend too much time outside!  Then we went to dinner at a restaurant.  It was lovely!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Thank you for asking this, I was wondering this myself. 

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