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Here are my top picks for wedding venues Dallas Texas

As a wedding photographer, I’ve worked with many different venues. I’ve never had a bad experience, but there are definitely some aspects we should cover based on the kind of wedding you’re drawn to. Here’s my criteria:

  1. White, light-colored, or shiny walls and ceilings
  2. Plenty of windows and natural light
  3. Versatility for ceremony and reception space

Color of Walls and Ceilings

If you’re looking for a light, airy, and bright vibe in the style of your wedding, this is a must. During the day, lighting isn’t a huge issue because your photographer can place you near a window or you can opt for some outdoor settings. But, once that sun goes down and you’re partying away at ten o’clock, those walls and ceilings will definitely matter. I’ll explain.

Depending on your photographer’s style, they will likely use off-camera flash in addition to an on-camera flash. For me, I use both to create enough light that it looks like it’s lit naturally. For a photographer with a light and airy or fine art style, lighting can be really tricky to get right, especially if we’re in a dark venue. When we use flash, we rarely point the light source directly at the subject. What normally happens is we “bounce” the light off of a surface and reflect it onto our subject. So, that means that when we’re trying to bounce light from a black or dark wall, it doesn’t work so well because black absorbs light. Whereas if we bounce from a white or shiny wall, we have great, even, and clean light being produced on our subject. Of course, this isn’t an exact science. Sometimes, large beams in the ceiling cause an uneven distribution of light or there’s an opening above that the flash can’t reach a surface. Generally speaking, though, those light-colored walls and ceilings will make a huge difference in your photos if you’re looking for a brighter aesthetic.

And, bonus, they create a more even natural light from windows too!

Here’s the first venue on my list that demonstrates that point beautifully.

The Hillside Estate Wedding Venue in Crossroads, TX – wedding venues Dallas Texas

The Hillside Estate, Photo by Angelica Marie Photography

This swanky venue checks all of my boxes! The natural light, the white walls and ceilings, and the versatility it brings. It’s a classy, simple, and understated venue that can easily become a perfect part of anyone’s wedding vision. That large window alone has me sold!

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Windows and Natural Light

We all know that Texas weather can turn on a dime. Having a wedding venue Dallas Texas that works just as well indoors as it does outdoors is a big deal in this state. Photographers usually hunt for beautiful soft light with a simple backdrop outdoors, but sometimes indoors can be just as great, especially if it’s windy or raining. A great example of when it would be a great thing to have natural light is when the bride is getting ready and there’s a window in the bridal suite. No flash required, no harsh fluorescent lights, and no moving to a different location trying to hide from guests and your groom. It’s a big deal! So, when looking for your venue, add that to your list: a window with natural light, hidden from guests, in the bridal suite.

The French Farmhouse Venue in Collinsville, TX – Wedding Venues Dallas Texas

The French Farmhouse Venue, Photo by ANM Photography

Ok, look at this bridal suite! This is a photographer’s dream. Not only is there plenty of room to get getting ready photos, but there’s also a huge mirror with a pedestal AND a door with huge windows! It doesn’t get better than this. All of that aside, this venue is beautiful from top to bottom. Located in Collinsville, TX, this is one of the best wedding venues Dallas Texas has. It has a great outdoor space for ceremonies, beautiful natural light indoors, and just enough of a sweet, romantic vibe to it.

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Versatility for Ceremony and Reception Space

If you’re looking for wedding venues Dallas Texas has to offer, I’m sure you’ve considered the logistics of having two separate locations. It can be a costly nightmare to get all of your guests from one location to another. For the sake of simplicity, I say that staying in one location is best for everyone (but you do you!). Having a venue that is versatile and large enough to accommodate all of your guests for your ceremony and reception wins my vote.

Aristide Venue in Mansfield Texas – Wedding Venues Dallas Texas

Outdoor ceremony set up with view of turret in the background
Photo from waltersweddingestates.com

This European-inspired venue is classic, timeless, romantic, and unique! The reception space is classy and elegant. The outdoor ceremony location is amazing with the steps leading up to it. Steps can change the entire feel of the wedding. I personally love all of the trees, vines, and other greenery. It’s all-around a dream!

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To find out more about what I look for in an ideal venue, email me at info@infokenseynallphotography.com

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Xo, Kensey

Client Praise

- Whitney + Michael, 7.8.22

"Choosing Kensey to be our photographer for our wedding and engagement photos, was the best wedding decision we made! When planning for our wedding, we made a decision that photos were going to be our top priority since they last a lifetime and beyond.My family was blown away by how good Kensey was and kept asking me how I found her. It was definitely a blessing that I will be thankful for for a lifetime!"

"Kensey’s passion and dedication for making your wedding vision come to life is absolutely incredible."

- Kailey + Jared, 7.23.22

"Kensey was amazing from day one! I hired her to be the photographer for my daughter's engagement photos. We were so impressed that we booked her immediately for the wedding. She went above and beyond to make us happy and that is saying a lot considering we have such a big family! She went with the flow and anything we threw her direction she did with a smile on her face. She helped make my daughter's day the most perfect day and now we have the memories to prove it. Don't hesitate to book Kensey! Book her now!!"

"She went above and beyond to make us happy..."

- Kirsty + Collin, 12.3.21

My husband and I were so happy with Kensey. She is very professional, yet personable and fun! She’s invested in her couples and does everything she can to meet every need. She even had a sewing kit when my husbands button popped off of his jacket and held onto my shawl just in case I needed it during the wedding since it was a little chilly out! She is so easy to communicate with and captured so many amazing moments. We’re so happy with our photos and will cherish them for a lifetime.

"She’s invested in her couples and does everything she can to meet every need."

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