Choose your wedding venue wisely

Looking to save a few dollars on photography? Choosing a venue with ceremony, reception facilities and photo locations can save you time, hassle and money. Less photo coverage is required from your photographer when everything happens in the same place.

For over a decade I’ve been shooting at wedding venues across the country. Here’s a quick list of a few of my favorites in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley area that accommodate all three.

1. Swan-e-set Pitt Meadows

The grand ballroom at Swan-e-set is unbelievable. 60 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and impressive chandeliers make this reception facility one of the most beautiful I’ve ever photographed. With four ceremony venues on the property and endless photo locations, Swan-e-set is top of my list.

Ceremony at Swan-e-set.

One of a few ceremony venues at Swan-e-set.


The stunning reception facility at Swan-e-set

2. Rowena’s on the River Harrison Mills

This English style manor has a bit of everything. From mountain vistas, rustic cabins, open forests and the elegance of the manor itself, the variety of imagery that can be created here is quite impressive.

wedding ceremony at Rowena's on the River.

The english style manor.

Looking onto the pool, river and mountains from the manor.

Wedding photos at Rowena's on the River

Surrounding the manor are many wooded backdrops.


3. Camp Alexandra White Rock

Looking for a venue that has a more relaxed feel? Or do you have a lot of young families attending your wedding? Camp Alexandra may be the place for you. The 2 1/2 acre camp is surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings and is only a couple blocks away from Crescent Beach.

Camp Alexandra wedding ceremony

A wedding ceremony at Camp Alexadra in White Rock, BC

Wedding photos in White Rock

A quick stop between the camp and the beach for an alley photo.

Photos down the street at Crescent Beach, White Rock, BC.

4. The Beach House Dundarave Pier, West Vancouver

The Beach House is a fantastic place if you’re looking for an intimate, waterfront venue. The pier, gazebo and beach make for many photo opportunities all within a minute walk from the restaurant.


Ceremony at The Beach House in West Vancouver

A wedding ceremony at The Beach House.

Wedding Photos on Dundrave Pier

Dundrave Pier is a great location for wedding photos.

wedding party photos near The Beach House.

Wedding party on the beach at Dundrave Pier.

5. The Landing/Steamworks Vancouver

Looking for something a little more urban? Have your ceremony at the Landing and then move next door to Steamworks for your reception. Gastown is a fantastic place for those urban photos you want.

Wedding ceremony at the Landing, Vancouver BC

A wedding ceremony in front of the stunning window at The Landing.



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Melissa Welsh is a National-Award Winning Master Photographer located in Nelson, BC. 

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