14 Spots for the Perfect Charlotte Wedding Picture
Elegant. Edgy. Retro. Rustic. Whether you’re taking casual engagement shots or snapping a few pics before saying “I do,” these Charlotte backdrops will capture your memory perfectly.
by Jen McGivney
Retro couples, here’s your spot. Just outside Uptown is a diner right out of the 1950s. Order one milkshake, two straws and cuddle in an old-fashioned booth to create a wedding photo op from another era. (Photography by Alisha Rudd Photography)
Brick in NoDa is considered a blank canvas. On buildings all around this neighborhood, artists paint murals in all sizes and styles, offering beautifully vivid (and out-of-the-ordinary) backdrops for couples seeking creativity in their shots.
A dramatic staircase leads to one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in Charlotte. At night, art installment “Lumisonica” infuses light with people’s movement on the steps, bringing the art of the Mint outdoors and creating one-of-a-kind photos. (Photography by Bryce Lafoon Photography)
Give wedding portraits a natural and rustic flair at the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Stonework, bridges, fountains and pathways set amid beautiful gardens of distinctive trees and flowers provide innumerable options for photo settings.
It’s the gem of Uptown, and photos here offer a breathtaking view of the city towering behind you. During the day, a bright blue sky accentuates the silver skyline. At night, a colorfully lit fountain pops against the sparkling lights of the buildings. (Photography by KC Photography Company)
At one of the most significant places in Charlotte history—literally at the center of everything here—is an urban park at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets. Arrange your photo here against a 30-foot cascading waterfall fountain with dramatic lighting.
The green of the field. The drama of the skyline. Couples with a love of sports can create memorable pictures at BB&T Ballpark, consistently named among the best minor league ballparks in the country.
If you can’t decide between a natural and urban setting, combine both. At Marshall Park in Uptown’s Second Ward, a fountain, pond and trees offer a quiet, picturesque corner of the city for your wedding photography. (Photography by Alexander South NC)
The Rail Trail’s Magic Carpet Murals
For a fun and memorable shot, the rainbow colors on the Rail Trail offer a perfect way to make a white gown pop. We’ll award bonus points for hopping on a scooter or bike in your gown.
The Picturesque Parking Deck (Really)
Perhaps a parking deck isn’t an obvious choice for wedding photos, but trust us. This parking deck just east of Uptown provides a hard-to-beat view of the skyline behind it, with a row of trees that adds a pop of green to urban shots. (Photography by Julia Fay Photography)
This historic row of cafés, pubs, and shops can seem more European that Charlottean. Brevard Court, part of Latta Arcade, is over a century old and offers a charming setting of exposed brick and outdoor patios.
Give your photos an artistic and playful touch with Niki de Saint Phalle’s iconic public artwork on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Plaza. Light and reflections play off hundreds of mirrors, and the space in the archway formed by the statue offers—how appropriately—room enough for two.
Just off the Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a picturesque park that offers several options for photo backdrops of all styles: artwork, stonework, flowers, a trellised walkway, and of course, that dramatic skyline view. (Photography by Afterglow Creative)
Freedom Park Bridge
It’s arguably the most scenic spot in the most scenic park in Charlotte: the Freedom Park bridge. The contrast in textures, lines and colors between the stone of the bridge and the flowing trees and rippling pond behind it create an irresistible backdrop for portraits.