FIVE Places in Savannah You Never Thought to Include in Your Wedding Portraits

So, we could rave about how cool Savannah is for days. I mean, we kind of already have-- sorry not sorry-- but there’s so much more to our not-so-sleepy southern city than meets the eye. Don’t get us wrong, we love all of the classic Savannah venues like Forsyth Park and Wormsloe, but with so many amazing new places popping up every day, we’d be remiss not to at least mention some of the other jaw-dropping locations around town. Your wedding portraits will thank you!

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The Grove

Not only is this restaurant and rooftop bar totally delicious-- we recommend their delicious “Champagne Pop” to start out any evening right-- but it’s totally gorgeous to boot. Don’t believe us? Well all of these gorgeous shots were taken on location. Unbelievable, right? 

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If the moody walls don’t quite suit your taste, have no fear. The great outdoors is awaiting! Head on up to the rooftop for some amazing shots amongst the exposed brick. Pops of teal are sure to be especially brilliant when combined with a little southern sun. Toast to your new marriage at the bar with your favorite drinks for a truly picture-worthy moment. 

Bonaventure Cemetery

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Okay, so not everyone imagines taking their wedding portraits in a cemetery but surely we’re not the only ones who think that it would turn out totally amazing, right? Our resident blogger might be a tiny bit obsessed with the idea because of her love for author and mortician Caitlin Doughty of Ask A Mortician fame… but you really can’t blame her once you take a peak at all that Bonaventure has to offer!

Made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery was first opened to the public in 1907 after the City of Savannah purchased the land from Evergreen Cemetery Company. Settled right in the heart of the city, this well-manicured expanse of land has been the sight of many a historic moment-- nevermind historic resting places. Wouldn’t it be neat to say that you took your pictures in the same place where Union soldiers slept during Sherman’s March to the Sea? 

The Fire Station

Okay, first: think of how fantastic the Instagram caption potential is for a shot at the fire station downtown. We’ve got “Burning Ring of Fire” and some “Hunk of Burning Love” vibes in mind. If you decide to stop by the station, be sure to get more than a few pictures, just in case you need more than one opportunity to display your pun ability. 

The industrial feel of the old brick building is perfect for a more modern looking shoot, and the location is only a short pedi-cab away from Forsyth Park-- because who wants to walk in all that dress? Best of all? It’s right next to Bonaventure Cemetery! We’re kinda sneaky but y’all… we just want some cool cemetery pics so bad. Please indulge us. 

Back in the Day Bakery

We know what you’re thinking. “First a cemetery, now a bakery? You people have surely lost your minds!” While we plead the fifth when it comes to the whereabouts of our sanity, hear us out on the bakery front, okay? 

This adorable artisan bakery serves up some delicious goodies by day, but we bet you could totally score some wonderfully rustic-- and most importantly, wonderfully unique-- wedding portraits in their cafe space! They close at 4pm, just in time for you to sneak in for some private post-wedding shots… and maybe a snack too. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Refuge

Oatland Island is certifiably one of the coolest venues around Savannah. Combine the charm of the Marsh with a couple of exotic animals and an old shipwrecked boat and you’ve got the coolest wedding pictures ever. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you can chill with some gators or howl with the wolves. A lucky shot might even include a cougar or a bobcat! 

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This location is perfect for those looking for more of an authentic marshland feel. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get that perfect sunset picture underneath the Spanish moss or a romantic shot on the dock. Embrace the great outdoors, y’all! 

Know of any other neat venues we ought to check out? Let us know in the comments down below! 

{Vendor Credits} Photography: Finnegan Photography // Gown: Maggie Sottero @ Ivory & Beau