August 27, 2019

My Top 10 Bucket List Destinations for Photographing Weddings

I’ve always been intrigued by vast breathtaking landscapes, beautiful European architecture, culturally thriving regions, and traveling in general, so it’s no surprise that many of my top 10 bucket list destinations for photographing weddings contain these elements of beauty and adventure. Environmental elements often shape how I shoot my couples and wedding details, which is why I like to search for new places to work. I love the idea of keeping my creativity fresh by shooting vastly different scenes from wedding to wedding.

If you or anyone you know are getting married in any one of these locations, shoot me an email and we’ll chat :) Or if you’re a vendor and want to accompany me on a trip for an editorial, I’m onboard!

My Top 10 Bucket List Destinations for Photographing Weddings 

1. Loire Valley, France

Each year, I yearn more and more to photograph a couple at a chateau in the Loire Valley. Imagine hosting 25 of your friends and family members at an intimate gathering within a beautiful estate.

Château de Villandry Loire Valley by Cavin Elizabeth 

2. Annecy, France

As a French city I visited about ten years ago and will soon again in May, Annecy has always been one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s absolutely charming houses and shops are surrounded by the Alps and one of the most crystal clear blue lakes, yes lakes, I have ever seen. Lac d’Annecy would be the most beautiful location for a wedding.

Annecy France canal and buildings, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyAnnecy France boats on Lac d'Annecy, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

3. The Berkshires (Massachusetts)

You might remember my part one and part two of wedding venue tours from one of my recent trips to the Berkshires. Each space is so different from the next and yet they are all so inspiringly gorgeous to me. I go every year to this adorable region of the East Coast to visit family and cannot wait until I shoot a wedding there. 

The Mount in Lenox Massachusetts, Edith Wharton's home, the Mount wedding venue, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

4. Santorini, Greece

Some time ago, I dreampt up a wedding inspiration shoot from the romantic scenery and colors of Santorini. Something about being on an island filled with white and blue feels so calm, peaceful, and intimate.

santorini greece watercolor blue and white 

5. Tuscany Region of Italy

If all of the movies ever made about Tuscany didn’t persuade me enough, the food, wine, and arts of the Tuscan region of Italy provide more than enough reason why I’d want to photograph a wedding there.  

6. San Francisco

Having family who recently moved to SF, I made a trip there and absolutely fell in love with the progressive city. Specifically with the Palace of Fine Arts and the San Francisco City Hall. Both host weddings and are to die for. 

Gorgeous ultra wide shot of bride in white linen jumpsuit and groom in blue blazer and dark jeans. Film Engagement Photos at San Francisco City Hall by Cavin Elizabeth 

7. English Countryside

From the amount of British telly I watch, I’ve fallen in love with the culture of the English. As much as I love the idea of shooting a London wedding, I adore the concept of photographing a cozy celebration in the English countryside surrounded by quaint homes and green pastures. 

Broadway village house in the Cotswolds. Flutter Magazine Retreat in the Cotswolds at Norton Hall in Mickleton, England. Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography on film 

8. New Zealand

Partially because I am completely healthily obsessed with the Tolkien films, New Zealand has always held it’s place high on my travel wish list. The accents, utterly epic landscapes, and maybe also the lack of snakes have me pining for documenting a wedding for two kiwis in love. 

9. Lake Como

Lake Como has become a popular destination for intimate, luxury weddings and elopements. Count me in on those romantic adventures.

10. Florence, Italy

Home to some of the brilliant Italian artists during the Renaissance period, Florence boasts art and architecture I find to be so beautiful. I would love to create imagery for a couple’s wedding that encapsulates the creativity and taste for the fine arts that this city has cultivated for centuries.

Wheatleigh in Lenox, Berkshires wedding venue, luxury wedding venue in Massachusetts, Cavin Elizabeth Photography


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Awesome suggestions! And I recognized the last photo :p seriously LOVE your work.. I’ll be honest I WISH I didn’t have a photographer already when I met you. But glad we still got to work together anyway!!

Jessica C

You’re so sweet!! Excited about all of our collaborations :-)