15 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
Whether you’re taking casual engagement shots or snapping a few pics before saying “I do,” these Charlotte backdrops will capture perfect memories.
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Retro couples, here’s your spot. Just outside Uptown is a diner right out of the 1950s. Even though the dining room is temporarily closed, order one milkshake and two straws to go (takeout orders are available 24/7) and snap a shot with the old-fashioned signage or vintage front door to create a wedding photo op from another era.
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.
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 in the distance. 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.
History-buff couples rejoice! At one of the most significant places in Charlotte—literally at the center of everything here—is an urban park. At the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, you’ll find a tribute to one of Charlotte’s founding fathers, Thomas Polk. 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 America’s pastime can create memorable pictures at Truist Field, consistently named among the best minor league ballparks in the country. Coordinate with Knights event managers by contacting email@example.com. There is a charge of $250 for a one-hour shoot, but all proceeds go to charities chosen by the Knights. Looking for a more casual photo op? Though the Knights will not hold a 2020 season, they do plan to return in 2021.
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.
The Rail Trail’s Magic Carpet Murals
For a fun and memorable shot, the rainbow of colors on the Rail Trail offer the ideal way to make a white gown pop. We’ll award bonus points for hopping on a scooter or bike in your wedding dress.
The Picturesque Parking Deck (Really)
OK, so maybe a parking deck isn’t an obvious choice for wedding photos, but trust us, this deck just east of Uptown provides a hard-to-beat view of the skyline, with a row of trees that adds a pop of green to urban shots, depending on the season.
This historic row of cafés, pubs and shops can seem more European than 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, playful touch with Niki de Saint Phalle’s iconic public artwork at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Light and reflections play off hundreds of mirrors, and the space just under the statue’s archway offers—fittingly—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.
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, the flowing trees and rippling pond behind it create an irresistible backdrop for portraits.
In spring, azalea blooms of white and magenta mingle with lush greens in the intimate Mary D.B.T. Semans Gardens. This secret garden, tucked away in a historic neighborhood in iconic Myers Park is beautiful year-round. Fees apply for any wedding photoshoot. Proceeds help preserve the historic mansion, a non-profit on the National Register of Historic Places. Check with staff about availability for your preferred dates.