Alyssa Lee of Alyssa Lee Photography started out differently than other vendors in her category, she came up through architect photography and is now branching out to weddings. Her work is so great that I often dream about having her photograph our new house, just so I can show it to out of state relatives and really capture the grandeur of a 3/4 bath. Instead I think I will just shout her name from the hill tops in the hopes that we'll be at weddings together, all season long.
And since at least one of those weddings we'll be at together (for hour and hours, stuck side by side, sweating and grinning and working our buns off) will be at Camrose Hill Studios, a place filled with flowers and GE-ORGEOUS backdrops, I thought I'd take the moment to convince you to include a field at your wedding. and alyssa. and myself.
Of course I'm always a fan of venues with fields. Yes, it might mean more walking (ordinarily tons more for me, as I run to and fro and back and forth and everywhere), but it also means LOVELY/STUNNING/GORGEOUS backdrops unencumbered by the masses. It means that the members of your wedding party can stand around and NOT be in the shot. It means that your ring bearers or flower girls (or prematurely tipsy groomsmen) can frolic around and you can keep tabs on them without one of those tether backpacks.
A field means photos that you get lost in, that pull you into nature, that make your love feel vast. It's one way to feel the enormity of your commitment. And if you are religious, perhaps you'll feel closer to God. And if you are not religious, you'll certainly feel apart of the Universe, soaked with sunshine and a light breeze.
Weddings in a field can also bring the elements of the season into your day. Whether it's the rolling green hills of summer, budding flowers of spring sprouting wildly about, fallen leaves blowing across the path, or if you are brave (and all together totally impressive) freshly fallen snow, compacting under foot.
Fields also allow more better and more lighting, without buildings, skyscrapers, or tall trees to block the shot. HINT: bustle your dress or hold it high while trekking to your field photo spot. This will keep it cleaner, and keep it free from debris, like fallen leaves, small sticks and those goosegrass burrs balls that get stuck to cling to cat hair similarly as they will to the lace on your train.
So now that I've teased and tempted you with beautiful photos from Alyssa of unknown whereabouts with fields, here are some real life venues that feature vast landscapes.
Hope Glen Farm | Cottage Grove
Legacy Hill Farm | Welch
Bloom Lake Barn | Schafer
The Cottage Farmhouse | Glencoe
Mayowood Stone Barn | Rochester
Birch Hill Barn | Glenwood City
The Hidden Meadow and Barn | Pepin, WI
Eagan Community Center | Eagan
Hyland Park Ski Chalet | Bloomington
The Gardens of Castle Rock | Northfield
Silverwood Park | St. Anthony
The Woods Chapel | Long Lake
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center | Bloomington
The Refuge Golf Club | Oak Grove
Braemar Golf Course | Edina
Majestic Oaks Golf Club | Andover
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