Part of the adventure of planning a rustic barn wedding is discovering all of the amazing photo ops found at a farm or ranch styled venue. Most barn venues will provide a gorgeous countryside backdrop for your special day, but the very best barns will provide so much more. Be sure to keep these 10 best barn wedding photo ops in mind while searching for the perfect barn venue. Wedding photos last a lifetime, and the more photo ops you have, the more unique your photo album will be for years to come. We wish you all the best, and hope that this list helps you gather some great ideas for your wedding day photos.
10. Gorgeous Barn
The first photo op is by far the most obvious when planning a barn wedding. Of course, you want the barn to be gorgeous and to provide the perfect rustic backdrop for your big day. There are many types of barns available in the wedding venue business, so be sure to choose one that is very tall with large windows. Brownie points if the barn has giant barn doors or distressed paint.
As far as wedding day photos go, getting some great shots in front of the barn is a necessity. Your entire theme centers around your wedding venue, so years down the road, you’re going to want to see the barn in all of it’s glory. There are many different poses and angles that your photographer can use to provide a unique array of photos with the barn backdrop.
Your photographer should have some great ideas for unique and fun shots, but in case you need some visual pointers, here are our very favorite shots from Ever After Farms Blueberry Barn and Ever After Farms Peach Barn.
9. Natural Rustic Setting
Some of the very best photographs are the simple shots, featuring a beautiful natural background. A rustic barn wedding venue should provide panoramic country views as far as the eye can see. The very best barns will have unique features like our Blueberry Barn with it’s vineyard-like ambiance and acres upon acres of beautiful berries. Or our Peach Barn with it’s peach trees and wide array of flowers and plants.Take that perfect natural rustic setting, add in the perfect lighting and you have yourself a gorgeous and classy backdrop for some truly romantic shots.
8. Magical Ceremony Shots
Be sure to choose a barn venue that provides a gorgeous ceremony site. Outdoor ceremony locations are popular at rustic wedding venues and can provide a beautiful setting for some amazing shots. While touring potential barns, be on the lookout for unique features and romantic vibes. These are the types of venues that really bring the magic to your wedding day photos. Our blueberry barn features a ceremony site under the overhand of a 120 year old oak tree. Surrounded by acreage of blueberries, you will adore the romantic vineyard vibe surrounding our outdoor ceremony site.
Our peach barn ceremony location is surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers in an enchanted garden like setting. The whimsical wishing well beneath a pergola wrapped in jasmine provides the perfect romantic ambiance for your vows. You can even engrave your very own wooden coins to throw into our Everlasting Love Wishing Well as the perfect ceremony closer.
7. Freestanding Barn Doors
If you’re fortunate enough to find an extra special barn venue, you’ll have the pleasure of taking photos with some gorgeous freestanding barn doors. This feature is by far one of our favorites and will become the ultimate wedding party backdrop for your big day. Freestanding barn doors can provide a wide array of wedding shots with different poses producing completely different moods and results. We recommend taking advantage of them in the evening for some gorgeous evening photos of the bride and groom.
6. “Notebook” Pond
If you’re looking for some truly magical and unique wedding photos, then choose a barn that has a romantic boat and pond photo opportunity. These “Pinterest Worthy” shots are a fun and elegant way to capture your love story through photographic art. For the romantic in all of us, we consider a pond photo op a must have for any rustic wedding photo album.
5. Rustic Swing
Add a touch of romance to your wedding album by choosing a barn venue that has a rustic wedding swing for two.
There are so many poses and angles your photographer can utilize, so make sure the background is as natural and green as possible. Our favorite wedding swings are covered in floral vines for the ultimate whimsical garden vibe. Check out the photos below taken at our Blueberry Barn!
4. Vintage Car
Another amazing photo op for the “Ultimate Dream Wedding Photo Album” is the usage of a vintage car or pickup. Whether you are in the vehicle, on the vehicle, or simply using the vehicle as a backdrop image, these photos are sure to be unique and memorable for years to come. Our Blueberry Farm has a beautiful aqua 1956 Studebaker Truck, one of only two in the entire state. Our Peach Farm location has a gorgeous light peach colored 1956 Ford F-250 Truck, with a wooden bed, perfect for wedding photos.
3. Sweetheart Table
Moving along to one of the very best indoor barn wedding photo ops; the Sweetheart Table. In case you’re not up to speed in the world of “wedding lingo”, the sweetheart table is the Bride and Groom’s very special wedding day table. Many barn wedding venues do not offer a Sweetheart Table and rentals can be upwards of $500 just for the chair! Solve this problem by finding a barn wedding venue that offers a magnificent Sweetheart Table inclusive with the rental cost. Bonus points if you find a barn that also includes all of the decor and signage needed to make your Sweetheart table the perfect setting for wedding reception photos.
All of the Ever After Farms Barn venues feature gorgeous rustic chic Sweetheart Tables with Luxury Loveseats. Not only that, but they also each offer the ultimate sweetheart table photo op complete with amazing floral wall backdrops, beautiful floral arrangements, and the perfect wedding day signage.
2. The Dance Floor
Some of the most fun and memorable photographs taken at your wedding celebration will be those candid shots caught on the dance floor. You are surrounded by your closest friends and family, celebrating your hearts out; all the while your photographer is capturing these moments so that you may look back on them for years to come. We absolutely love dance floor shots! They show off the beauty of the barn venue reception area as well as the happy memories shared between loved ones.
The very best barn wedding venues will have great nighttime photo opportunities using the barns natural setting and ambiance to create truly romantic shots. Since most wedding venue tours are done during the day, be sure you are on the lookout for nighttime shot backdrops. Ask the tour guide about outdoor lighting and find out if there is anything obstructing views of the sunset. Outdoor string lights strung on the barn and it’s surroundings create a great vibe for evening photographs.
Start shooting at dusk to get photos of the Bride and Groom in front of the sunset. And don’t worry about a little rain, because it looks amazing on camera in the dark.
Keep those 10 best barn wedding photo ops in mind when selecting your wedding barn.