By Joel FurchesHaving a beautiful location at which to shoot your wedding photos is a must. These photos will live with you long after the wedding gifts have fallen apart and been tucked away. They’ll be shown to children and grandchildren. Fortunately for you, Baltimore has a number of beautiful garden spots which serve as perfect locations for creating these permanent memories. This writer spoke to the professional wedding photographers, Jes and Meg of MaeWood Photography. These two experienced shutterbugs were happy to provide their top five recommendations for happy couples. Take a look.

Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
(410) 557-9466
www.ladewgardens.comLadew Topiary Gradens is a stunning 22 acres of flower gardens, hedges and topiary bushes molded into shapes which depict such things as horses and dogs in a fox hunt, a giraffe, a Chinese sailing ship and more. The wide and beautifully maintained lawn slopes down to a scenic pond. In addition to the gardens, Ladew has an 18th century Manor House with a wide front porch and veranda, as well as a classic interior. All of this makes for dozens of fantastic locations for wedding photographs. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is that in addition to taking photos here, you may also have your wedding at Ladew, should you so choose. They will both host and cater the wedding, which knocks out three of the major items on your wedding list.

The George Peabody Library
17 E. Mt Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 234-4943
www.peabodyevents.library.jhu.eduHistorical, elegant, and luxurious, The George Peabody Library offers spectacular architectural style that is sure to captivate bibliophiles and design aficionados alike! Party Space says: “Warmly lit, the space is so perfectly proportioned that, although the room is monumental, the feeling is intimate.” The library is six levels of elegantly carved cast iron columns and wood paneling with inlaid gold-leaf embellishments. The skylight rises 61 feet above the black and white marble floor. Not only is this unique setting a great place to take photos, they will also host your wedding if you like.

Grey Rock Mansion
400 Grey Rock Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
(410) 484-4554 beauty, alluring sophistication and outstanding service characterize this venue, which is also home to Simply Elegant Catering. Grey Rock Mansion is a classic Maryland estate hailing from the 18th century, and represents the best of the elegance and architecture of that century. It has four beautiful rooms on the main level and a bridal suite on the second floor. The mansion also sports a grand piano which makes for a beautiful prop for any wedding photo. Whether you are looking for a grand, Gatsby-esque extravaganza or a classically elegant, low-key occasion, Grey Rock can deliver!

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American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
www.avam.orgThe American Visionary Art Museum is not your traditional museum. Rather than displaying art from masters of every era, American Visionary Art Museum seeks out the most extraordinary pieces from unrecognized savants and layman artistic geniuses. Because of its unorthodox selection art, the American Visionary Art Museum always has startling and unique displays. Located in historic Federal Hill, this venue delivers a contemporary and unusual wedding experience for art lovers of all kinds! Offering both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites, the American Visionary Art Museum is sure to provide an unconventional and dazzling environment wherein one may celebrate this happy occasion.

The Maryland Zoo
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
www.avam.orgLions and tigers and bears, oh my! Get married among the animal kingdom in this truly extraordinary and magical venue. The Maryland Zoo has a plethora of locations that provide breathtaking backdrops for wedding day festivities and photos, including the Mansion House and porch, the Lakeside Pavilion, the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion, the elephant building, flamingo exhibit, penguin coast exhibit, zoo carousel and more! This is the perfect location for animal lovers to spend their special day, as well as to capture some unforgettable images of the wedding and the wedding party in the presence of their favorite members of the wild kingdom.

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