Imagine standing next to your partner under lush canopies of giant maple trees, eagerly waiting to say “I do” as rays of sunshine illuminate the forest and a cool breeze rustles through the leaves. Butterflies flutter past, birds soar above and family and friends surround you for one of the most memorable occasions of your life.
One of the incredible things about getting hitched in Three Rivers is the wide variety of lovely spaces and natural settings to capture that beauty of your special day. From hilltop views to cozy ski chalets to formal gardens and more, the choices are endlessly beautiful.
Here are just a few of our favorite spots:
1. Silverwood Park, St. Anthony
Silverwood Park is truly a hidden gem right in the metro and a fabulously gorgeous place to take wedding photos.
The landscaping, flower pots and well-maintained gardens give an incredible backdrop, as does its majestic Great Hall that features a cathedral-style ceiling and large glass windows that overlook Silver Lake.
Forested trails that wind through the park and the boardwalk leading to the island also offer unique spots to capture those special moments.
2. Hyland Hills, Bloomington
Hyland Hills is one of the most stunning locations to get married in the metro area and a magnificent place to take photos. What makes this place so special is that couples have the option to wed at the top of the hill, which is one of the highest points in Hennepin County.
From panoramic views of the Minneapolis skyline and rolling hills and river valleys to tall pine forests and chairlifts, there are a variety of different landscapes for beautiful wedding scenes.
3. Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove
With its seemingly infinite forested hills and large stone ski chalet, Elm Creek Park Reserve offers an abundance of backdrops for photo ops and is a perfect place for those seeking a rustic and woodsy vibe.
4. Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Gale Woods Farm, located in the forested rolling hills of Minnetrista, is one of the most picturesque places for photos in the parks with its secluded location and spectacular vista over Whaletail Lake. An ideal spot for more private ceremonies and anyone looking for that classic country wedding style.
And if you're lucky, you just might have the chance to meet Mardi the Llama.
5. Noerenberg Gardens, Wayzata
This gorgeous location is known for its tranquility and striking beauty. The formal gardens display a wide variety of unusual annuals and perennials, an assortment of grasses and a large daylily collection.
The brick pathways and ornamental gazebo overlooking Lake Minnetonka also add charming character to any photos taken at Noerenberg.
Professional Photography in the Parks
Interested in taking photos in the parks? Portrait and professional photography on park property requires a pass. Passes need to be purchased in advance and are available online. Learn more about photography guidelines in Three Rivers and get creative in the parks!
Three Rivers Wedding Fair
Are you planning a wedding and looking for photographers? Don’t miss the annual Wedding Fair at Hyland Hills on Sunday, September 29! Browse a variety of photographers and other vendors and find ideas and services for all your wedding planning needs. It’s also the perfect chance to meet with Three Rivers staff to ask questions, book your date and learn more about getting married in the parks. See you there!
Alyssa Schauer is part of the marketing team at Three Rivers. She formerly worked as a journalist at a small-town newspaper and volunteered with the Minnesota Conservation Corps to clear and maintain trails in Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters. Outside of work, she spends time in the woods looking at everything up close (especially ferns and spiders!) and enjoys canoeing with her husband, playing Nintendo and raising a pride of four naughty, darling cats.
Weddings and other large events don't have to be wasteful. Making the right choices when it comes to the venue, food, decorations and more can ensure your party is memorable for your guests and easy on the environment.