Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: Wild Heart Springs
Wedding photographers in Boise are always excited going to a new venue. Although Wild Heart Springs has been around for a couple years this is my first year I had the opportunity to really get to know the place as a wedding photographer. I have to admit the first time I drove out to meet the bridal party at Wild Heart Springs it was an adventure. Be sure to have your GPS and follow it even when it looks like you are going into a private farmers road. A few turns and even more miles later….you have reached the oasis.
You can see the open fields, the river, and mature shade trees (my favorite). We were able to get close to the river for bride and groom photos. The bridge was a nice touch, it goes to a great optional outdoor ceremony area. Chelsey and Drew chose an intimate candlelight ceremony in the huge reception, dinner, dance building. The lighthouse chapel was used for their first look, shared by all their family and wedding party filling the pews. They both pulled the bell tower ropes announcing their wedding, while family played lawn games in the grass.
Wedding venue at Wild Heart Springs Wilder by Kevin Roberts Photography
Wedding Venue Light House Chapel at Wild Heart Springs
Wild Heart Springs Ceremony by Kevin Roberts Photography
Wild Heart Springs by Kevin Roberts Photography
Wild Heart Springs Bridge by Kevin Roberts Photography
Wild Heart Springs Lawn Games by Kevin Roberts Photography
Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: BanBury Golf Course
Wedding ceremony and reception at BanBury, in Eagle Idaho, can accommodate up to 350 guests. When you rent the venue they allow you full access to the clubhouse for four hours. It’s a full package deal at BanBury. Pricing includes tables, chairs, tables, linens, dishes, glassware, silverware, set-up and clean-up.
Over the past years I have photographed many weddings at this Eagle wedding venue. From the clubhouse there is a great view of the lake. If you have an evening and the weather is cooperative on your special day it makes for wonderful sunset photos. A covered patio provides cool shade for your guests and is a great reception area for the toasting and head table. BanBury also offers a dance floor inside the clubhouse where your DJ will have plenty of space for his speakers and room for dancing. Be aware if your wedding should go over the four hour (start of ceremony is start of your four hours) you will be charged an extra $100.
Here are a few of Kevin Roberts Photography’s fun shots taken at BanBury. In early summer the lake offers a wonderful backdrop for bride and groom, wedding party, and individual portraits.
Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: The Club at SpurWing
The Club at SpurWing is another one of my personal favorite wedding event locations. SpurWing is a local Meridian golf course and clubhouse for hosting wedding events. It has a beautiful scenic backdrop for bride, groom, and wedding party photos. There is a stream and overlook along the course that are great spots to stop your golf cart for a photo shoot.
We usually start the day in the spacious bridal “getting ready” area, big enough for all your friends and lots of mirrors. Moving to the shaded entry area for bridal portraits we make good use of the wooden benches. The ceremony is usually held on the large patio. There is plenty of shade for a hot summer wedding. The photo below also shows all the available space for guests. After being served dinner, the wedding party ends the day on the dance floor. The newlyweds for one of my weddings used the dance floor to show off their special wedding day cowboy boots!
Catering is provided in wedding packages offered to couples. The terrace can accommodate 250 guests and the Grand ballroom can accommodate up to 350. View more details about wedding packages for The Club at SpurWing here.
If you are interested in viewing more photo’s for The Club at SpurWing contact Kevin Roberts Photography.
Most popular 10 Venues for Wedding Photographers in Boise and surrounding areas
For the next several blogs I will be featuring my list of the most popular wedding venues in the surrounding area of Boise. Having worked with wedding venues the past 20+ years my expertise and opinions are formed by the personality of the venue owner, the locations features such as landscaping, building, and anything that will create the wow factor in my client’s wedding photography.
Today we are featuring Still Water Hollow. This is a fairly new re-opened venue, but reading on their website calendar, it is in high demand here in the Treasure Valley. This spring was the first time I personally had experience with this venue under the new ownership, and I am booked to be there several more times this season.
Lisa and Steve invited us out to photograph their wedding in the heart of Nampa farm country, Still Water Hollow, a short fast drive from Boise.
The happy couple’s wedding party really turned up the fun on the big barn’s balcony, especially the groomsmen horsing around for me, the wedding photographer. The guys had the old mine with ore cars, pick axes, and a covered wagon to have fun with. These photos fit Steve’s personality, the happiest groom I have ever met. Still Water Hollow’s little white chapel gave an elegant touch for their first encounter photos and ceremony. Steve and Lisa’s wedding photography settings went from rustic western barn shots to romantic bridge and large pond backgrounds. This venue has a clear wide view of the horizon perfect for nice sunset wedding photography.
The Big Question. Wedding photos before the ceremony or after? This is an important question to ask your experienced photographer. Having done hundreds of weddings in my career I have worked with many clients who choose to do bride and groom photos after the ceremony. This can work, given enough time, and if they know what to expect.
Two of the most common scenarios I handle with weddings are the bride and groom waiting for their photos after the ceremony; or choosing to do their photos before. I never want to squash their dreams of seeing each other for the first time, that day, eyes locking as she walks down the aisle. So my job is to prepare them for what that entails. Instead of a lot of bride and groom photos, it means more solo shots, more having fun with your attendants, and depending on time, a handful of bride plus groom images.
Scenario 1 Bride and Groom Portraits After the Ceremony: The bride decides she doesn’t want the groom to see her before the wedding. We can still try to sneak in some of the wedding party shots while keeping the bride and groom hidden from each other. Family photos take place directly after the ceremony, then wedding party, and then whatever time is left is dedicated to the happy couple. Usually while the guests are waiting at the reception. It never fails, a family member runs up alerting the couple their guests are leaving, and hurries them into the reception.
Scenario 2 Wedding Day Portraits Before the Ceremony: The bride and groom decide to take as many photos as possible before the ceremony. If everyone arrives on time, I am able to set up first look photos with the bride and groom, capturing an intimate moment they will always cherish. We will now have plenty of time to do several styles of photography, including the fun when we add in the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. If there are special request photos, there will be plenty of time to photography these. The reception is enjoyable for the couple and the guests. The cake, garter and bouquet toss, and first dance photos are taken with plenty of time to capture more photos of mingling with the guests.
It’s all up to the bride and groom. I guess the real question to ask how long do you want your guests to wait and is less couple images a good trade for more attendant photos.
Why Hire A Professional Photographer Continued…
Creative Visual Journaling: Your professional photographer, with years of experience, will be able to capture all your events and details of the day. With creativity and a variety of shots, they will last a lifetime and tell a family’s story. There will always be clients that want quality and professionalism in documenting important family gatherings, instead of downloading guest’s Facebook posts shot with iPads and smartphones.
In order to create my clients individual stories, I meet with the bride and groom weeks before the wedding to verbally create their day, and find out their “style”. I collect names of important friends, find out what shots will be important to them, and ask for any special requests. It’s fun when they bring me a challenge or a “recreate” this for us from a magazine or a friends wedding. Once the reception starts I have to constantly scan looking for interesting activity or laughing groups of friends. This ensures all events and detail will be captured for you to relive for years to come, even the stuff you missed. One of my favorite weddings had a superhero theme, along with comic strip origami bouquets and boutonnieres, glowing light sabers battles, and pets wearing capes.