Originally Posted by AmandaMom
Okay, we've reserved the car, hotel, and Justice of the Peace. Now we're trying to find a pretty setting and a photographer. As far as the setting goes, we'd like to be outdoors with plenty of trees, but we also worry about rain. The photographer we would probably need for less than an hour, and s/he would obviously have to be gay friendly. Suggestions, please!
I was going to suggest Smith's campus--it's an arboretum with beautiful botanic gardens, and, especially in summer, is just gorgeous--but I checked on the website (http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/wedding.html
) and it looks like you need to get permissions a month in advance. I'm not sure if there's any flexibility with that, or whether you might just sort of wander in and take pictures and profess ignorance of the rules if someone questioned you (or if you'd be willing to chance it). The gardens are open to the public, though, so I don't imagine people would be swooping in to check on you (I could be wrong). And, there's nothing a Smithie likes more than a couple of dykes getting married! (Er, well, okay, I actually only speak for this Smithie, who offers her sincere congratulations from her lurky corner!) Also, if you find a local photographer who's taken pictures there before, she/he might be able to help you get around the one-month policy. Sorry I can't be helpful on that front. Wishing you the best of luck!