Photographs of your wedding day will help you make your memories last a lifetime. Arrangements for photography, including video taping, during the ceremony should first be discussed with your officiant. Locations for set-up for both photography and videography must be cleared in advance by the Site Manager. Wedding photographers not on the approved vendors list must be approved by the Site Manager well inadvance of the wedding. For a partial list of local approved photographers visit Resources.
Where May We Take Photographs At Lee Chapel?
Prior to the Ceremony:
- Photos of the groom, groomsmen and parents may be taken at any time on the Chapel grounds or inside on the auditorium stage during the one hour period before your ceremony. There will be no access to the museum in the lower level for this purpose.
- Photos of the bride, bridesmaids and parents may be taken in Washington Hall or on the Chapel grounds at any time.
- If the bride is not concerned about the tradition of not allowing the groom to see her prior to the wedding, photos of the entire wedding party may be taken in the Chapel auditorium on the stage as long as the set-up phase is complete.
During the Ceremony:
- You should speak with your officiant as to his /her preferences regarding photography and videotaping. Many clergy have restrictions on the use of flash and video.
After the Ceremony:
- The two and one-half (21/2) hours scheduled for your wedding allows sufficient time for posed photographs of your wedding party after the ceremony. Please note: a delay in starting your ceremony or having a particularly lengthy ceremony will reduce the amount of time available for your photography. Bear this in mind and alert your photographer. A penalty fee will be charged if you go beyond your reserved time (see Fees).
Are There Any Restrictions Regarding Photography Equipment?
- Equipment must be restricted to cameras, built-in or attached flash and a tripod.
- No ladders or portable lights may be brought into the building.
- The balcony is open for use by the photographer.
- No food and drink may be brought into the chapel at any time.
May We Videotape Our Ceremony?
You may videotape your ceremony if your clergy approves. All videography must be done with a stationary camera and with existing lighting only; the best location for this is in the balcony. Neither the Chapel office nor the University AV department is available to do video or audio recordings of your wedding.