By Crystal Hessong

Wedding season is quickly approaching, and if you’re looking to book a location for your wedding pictures, you don’t have to go far. There are several places around town that will fulfill your desire for a romantic backdrop to your wedding pictures. Always make sure that you know the policies of a venue concerning professional photography. Many places require that a photographer obtain a permit or reserve a photo time.

Hermann Park
McGovern Centennial Gardens & Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion
1500 Hermann Drive
Houston, Texas 77004
(713) 524-5876

The heart of the city’s outdoor venues is Hermann Park. With 445 acres of attractions, trails, gardens and more, Hermann Park is more than just a few trees and benches. The McGovern Centennial Gardens has venue space that you can rent to host your wedding if you like, and you are permitted to have photos taken in Hermann Park. Before finalizing the details, if you have a professional photographer, he will need to acquire a permit to take pictures anywhere on city property. The downside is that professional photographers are not allowed to take pictures in the Japanese Gardens, but you’re welcome to have your wedding photos taken anywhere else in Hermann Park.

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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, Texas 77024
(713) 681-8433

Memorial Park’s arboretum is a hidden jewel at the interchange of two of the most frequently traveled freeways in Houston. Among the tall pines, you’d never expect there to be a quiet preserve of natural forest along Buffalo Bayou. Not only is the Houston Arboretum beautiful, it’s easy to reach and available to host your wedding along with your wedding photos. The Houston Arboretum has a venue for up to 150 people, and the natural forest backdrop makes it easy to get some professional wedding photos after the ceremony. Romantic woodland trails or raised walkways along ponds are just some of the places you can commemorate your big day. The Arboretum even has a Pinterest page for you to see some previous wedding and engagement photos that have been taken here.

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Gerald D. Hines Uptown Water Wall Park
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 621-2011

The Water Wall near the Williams Tower has been so frequently used as the backdrop for photos that you have to request a permit and schedule a time for your wedding pictures there. These also include a fee that is based on the size of your group. You may have to pay more to get wedding pictures with the entire party as opposed to just the bride and groom. Many couples say that it’s worth it to have flowing water on all sides behind them because this is one of the most romantic spots around town. For more information about requesting a permit, check out the park’s online page.

Bayou Bend Museum And Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 639-7300

The former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend, is renowned for its opulent gardens. This home is part of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and is open to the public. Though wedding photos were once prohibited, that policy has now been amended. If you want to have your wedding pictures among the azaleas and other plants at the gardens, you’ll have to pay for a time slot to visit. The payment rates are based on individual cases, so you should send an inquiry to Bayou Bend for an exact quote.

Contemporary Arts Museum
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 284-8250

If your tastes lean toward contemporary, the Contemporary Arts Museum is a great place for your wedding pictures. There are unusual pictures and sculptures to choose from for the backdrops of your pictures. This museum is always free, but if you have a professional photographer taking your wedding pictures, she will need to contact the museum to make a photography request. Wedding pictures are allowed if permission has been obtained from the museum prior.