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Best Places for Wedding Photos in Savannah

Here’s where the pros think you should take your pictures in the Savannah.

Photo: Jade McCully Photography

We know your search for the perfect place to take your portraits can be as stressful as your reception venue hunt, especially when you've got a variety of historic and waterfront options available. That's why we talked to our favorite Savannah area photographers to narrow down your options. Whether you want a traditional Southern style or a beachfront destination vibe, we've got you covered -- plus what you should know before you plan a session there.

Forsyth Park Inn

"This venue has a lush, vine-covered garden, complete with its own fountain, where guests are allowed to take portraits. It's an ideal location, right next to the Park. And though there is a fee for photo sessions, the staff is very accommodating." -- Greg Ceo, Savannah Wedding Photography, SavannahWeddingPhoto.com

The Fragrant Garden in Forsyth Park

"This garden is on the western edge of the park, towards the middle, behind an iron gate and high white walls. It was designed for the blind, so it's filled with roses and there's an elegant little fountain in the middle. It's a perfect spot for portraits. The downside -- the gate is almost always locked, but on weekdays, between 8am and 5pm, you can pick up a key from Park & Tree (912-351-3837) if you leave a $25 deposit. If it's on the weekend, you'll need some luck (and a caretaker working in the garden), but it's still possible." -- Greg Ceo, Savannah Wedding Photography

Ships of the Sea Museum

"The interior and exterior areas of their garden prove to be an excellent backdrop. The garden has pathways of brick lined with perfectly trimmed hedges that lead to a beautiful mansion, surrounded by ten-foot high, ivy-covered walls. It is best when photographed in late afternoon or overcast days." -- Steve Salter, Daly and Salter Photography, DalyandSalterPhoto.com

The Harper Fowlkes House Garden

"This is a great venue! The house is a beautiful Greek Revival mansion that sits on Orleans Square, surrounded by huge oak trees with dripping moss." -- Wendy Cooper, Something Blue Photography, SomethingBluePhoto.com

Savannah Yacht Club

"This is the perfect mix of Southern sophistication, marsh, live oaks and a beautiful dock lined with boats. You can get married underneath the huge live oak on the property, or one of several other spots. The views are amazing and you can watch the sun go down behind the river as guests enjoy the reception." -- Jade McCully, Jade McCully Photography, JadeMcCullyPhotography.com

Wormsloe State Park

"A favorite spot for bridal portraits -- Avenue of Oaks. It's the quintessential Southern landscape. The live oaks create dappled light, so choose a photographer that has expertise with off-camera lighting and uses assistants. It is a state park, so there's a minor entrance fee and there's a dirt entrance, so as cars enter, it becomes dusty." -- Diana Daley, Diana Daley Photographers, LoveLifeArt.com

Bethesda

"This old brick chapel with rustic characteristics is the perfect spot for couples looking for a secret location. Tucked away close to the marsh, a row of live oaks greets guests as they come to the chapel and makes the spot a real one-of-a-kind. It's Southern charm at its best." -- Jade McCully, Jade McCully Photography, JadeMcCullyPhotography.com

Green Meldrim House

"The courtyard, with its water-spouting sculpture, not to mention the beautiful interior and the upstairs bay windows, makes gorgeous available-light portraits. The magnificent staircase, grand fireplaces, ornate walls and wonderful antique furnishings are typical of many Savannah homes." -- Steve Salter, Daly and Salter Photography

Urban Downtown District

"There's a Gothic romance to the heavy trees, sweeping lazily over its cobblestoned streets. The urban downtown cannot be fully appreciated without exploring the alleyways along the Factors Welk, cradled between River and Bay Streets. The downside -- it's prone to fairly high volumes of tourism year round. They will inevitably honk and wave. I encourage my brides to run with it and make it a fun part of the shoot." -- Diana Daley, Diana Daley Photographers

-- Carrie Chambers