Cleveland Wedding Photography Hot Spots

Unless your wedding is at an all inclusive venue, you will most likely ask where to schedule your fun and creative wedding photography session. We love collaborating with our couples to help them choose a location which is perfect for them and depending on the locations of your ceremony and reception this is usually a pretty easy task. One of the first subjects we cover with our couples is location. It’s important to choose a location that will suit your style. Are you interested in an urban landscape, maybe a nature setting, or how about both? Whatever your taste is, we can definitely work with you and come up with the perfect location or two. Oh…….and this is an important point: Have an indoor backup location in case of inclement weather.

We’ve compiled a list of Cleveland wedding photography locations through various sources on the web, indoor and outdoor with phone numbers. .

The Allen Memorial Art Museum

Location: Oberlin College, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074-1161 Phone: (440) 775-8670 Contact: Leslie Miller (Assistant to the Director) Reservations: Needed at least one week in advance. Cost: None Receptions: Not allowed Notes: Photos may be taken only outdoors on stairway. Notes: Love this and surrounding locations for variety.

The Arcade

Location : 401 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44114 Phone: (216) 696-1408 Website: Notes: Nice location in case of inclement weather – please call in advance for permission.

Brooker Insurance Agency

Location: 10749 Pearl Rd. Strongsville, Ohio 44136 Phone: (440) 238-5454 Contact: Brooker Insurance Agency Reservations: Reservations and a signed contract are necessary. Cost: $75 an hour Notes: Winding staircase, fountain and deck are popular. Notes: Decent backup for weddings near Strongsville. Reserve just in case of inclement weather.

The Chagrin Falls Triangle Park

Location: Main Street, Chagrin Falls Phone: (440) 247-5050 Contact: Mayor: 21 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 Reservations: Needed at least one month in advance Cost: None Receptions: Not allowed Notes: Must write a letter or call the mayor for permission to take photos. Some days are restricted.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Rainforest

Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44109 Phone: (216) 661-6500, ext. 3389 Contact: Group Sales Dept Reservations: Needed at least two weeks in advance Cost: $60 an hour for a photo in front of the waterfall. Notes: Although wedding parties have unlimited time to take pictures in the zoo, photos in The RainForest are restricted to one hour and may only be taken in front of waterfall at the entrance.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Location: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 Phone: (216) 707-2197 Reservations: Not available Cost: Free. Notes: Wedding photos can only be taken outside the museum. Due to the fact that this is a public area, reservations are not available. The Cleveland Museum of Art suggests having a backup plan in the event of rain, as the wedding party will not be allowed to take photos anywhere inside the museum.

Cleveland Court House

Location: 1 W Lakeside Ave #202, Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: (216) 443-7095

Reservations: Reserve ahead of time

Cost: $125

Notes: Contact Jeena Ware (Marriage Department).

The Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum

Location: 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 721-5722, ext. 320 Contact: Allison Raymond Reservations: Needed at least one week in advance. Cost: Museum admission charged for each person admitted. Notes: Outdoor garden pictures may be taken in Spring and Summer. Museum admission charged for outdoor use as well.

Crocker Park

Location: 189 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, OH‎ Phone: (440) 871-6880‎ Reservations: Must receive written permission from Management Office for photography Cost: none Website:

Cuyahoga National Recreations Area

Location: 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, Ohio 44141 Phone: (440) 526-5256 Reservations: Needed at least two weeks in advance. Cost: $50 for a half hour Receptions: Not allowed Notes: Permit required to take photos. None given in October. Shoots permitted from 8 a.m. to dusk, Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays.


Hale Farm and Village

Location: 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44210 Phone: (800) 589-9703, ext. 225 Contact: Lynn Huber Reservations: Needed at least one month in advance. Cost: Admission fee charged.

Halle Building

Location: 1228 Euclid Ave., Suite 151, Cleveland, OH 44115 Phone: (216) 696-7701 Fax: (216) 696-7715 Contact: Janice DeBenedictis Reservations: Needed at least a month in advance. Must send or fax a letter so security and maintenance are notified of your plans. Letter should include bride’s and groom’s names, photographer’s name, number of people, approximate arrival time and length of stay. Cost: $50

Holdem Arboretum

Location: 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094 Phone: (440) 946-4400 Contact: Matt Tarajcak Reservations: Needed two months in advance. Cost: Fee charged. Receptions: Not allowed.

Inventure Place

Location: 221 S. Broadway, Akron, OH 44308-1505 Phone: (330) 849-6872 Contact: David Pauers (Special Events) Reservations: Not necessary. Cost: None Notes: Photos may be taken outdoors in garden area. Call ahead for museum’s hours of operation.

Progressive Field

Location: Corner of Ontario and East Ninth streets, Downtown Cleveland Phone: (216) 420-4200 Reservations: None required to take pictures, however, it is recommended to call a month in advance to check if an event is scheduled for the same date. Cost: None Notes: Locations suggested for photos are by Bob Feller’s statue at Gate C on Ninth St. or on Plaza at Gate A between The Q and Progressive Field. Pictures are not allowed on the field.

Mapleside Farms

Location: 262 Pearl Rd. Brunswick Ohio 44212 Phone: (330) 225-5576 Contact: Ann Jacobs Reservations: Needed six to eight months in advance. Cost: $100 Notes: Photos may be taken only if no other wedding party is on site.

Mentor Marsh Nature Center

Location: 5185 Corduroy Road, Mentor, OH 44060 Phone: (440) 257-0777 Contact: Mentor Marsh Nature Center Reservations: Call ahead one month in advance. Cost: None Receptions: Not allowed Notes: Photos may be taken only during hours of operation or by reservation. The Nature Center is open Saturdays and Sundays, April through October, from 12 to 5 p.m. No reservations are required to take photos in the outdoors facility, open to the public dawn to dusk year-round.

The NASA Glenn Visitor Center

Location: 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44134 Phone: (216) 433-3156 Contact: Brenda Morgan Reservations: Needed at least six to eight weeks in advance. Cost: None Receptions: Not allowed Notes: Photos may be taken only during regular hours of operation.

The Nature Center and Shaker Lakes

Location: 2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120 Phone: (216) 321-5935 Reservations: Recommended three months in advance. Cost: $25 Notes: Formerly known as Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center.

Nautica Queen

Location: 1153 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 Phone: (216) 696-5511 or (216) 696-8888 Contact: Group Sales Department Reservations: Recommended at least one year in advance. Cost: None Notes: Pictures may be taken only if site is booked for the reception

North Coast Harbor – Port Authority

(Behind Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Great Lakes Science Center) Location: 101 Erieside Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44114-1095 Phone: (216) 241-8004, ext. 29 Contact: Elizabeth Bohinc Reservations: Call one month in advance to make sure no special events are booked on the same date. Cost: None Receptions: Not allowed

Playhouse Square Foundation-Palace Theater

Location: 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 Phone: (216) 771-4444 Contact: Carol Lee Vella Reservations: Accepted only one month prior to date requested. Cost: Call for availability and price

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Location: 2121 George Halas Drive N.W., Canton, OH 44708 Phone: (330) 456-8207, ext. 154 Contact: Tricia Dever Reservations: Required at least one month in advance. Cost: Regular admission charged for each person admitted. Group rates may apply for 12 or more people. Notes: There is no fee nor are reservations required to take photos outside the building.

Public Square

Location: Downtown Cleveland Phone: (216) 664-2484 Contact: Department of Parks, Recreation and Properties – Special Events Reservations: Needed one month in advance. Cost: Permit fee is $10. Notes: Permit required to take photos on Public Square. Casmir Notes: We love working around this location. So much variety within walking distance.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse and Botanical Garden

Location: 750 E. 88th St., Cleveland, OH 44108 (City of Cleveland Greenhouse) Phone: (216) 664-3103 (Rockefeller Park) Contact: Rajanta Shrestha Reservations: Recommended at least one month in advance. Cost: Call for current pricing. Ceremonies: Capacity is 50 for greenhouse, 75 for outdoors. Receptions not allowed. Notes: Entrance to Greenhouse is currently under construction. Permit required to take photos in Rockefeller Park. Wedding ceremonies require a permit. No ceremonies allowed in April or December.

Rocky River Park

Location: 20200 Beach Cliff Blvd, Rocky River, OH Cost: None Casmir Notes: Can be busy on a Saturday in the Summer months, but offers up some great photo opportunities.

Stan Hywett (Hywet) Hall and Gardens

Location: 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303 Phone: (330) 836-5533 & (330) 315-3210 Contact: Administration Office Rental Department Reservations: Needed two weeks to six months in advance. Cost: $400 ($500) for 2-15 people, additional guests are $10 each. Does not include $40 membership fee. The photography fee does include the $120 contributing level membership. Notes: Photos may be taken outside only. (Drones are prohibited on Stan Hywet property.)

Engagement, Senior Pictures, Family Portraits Fee: $200, up to 5 Guests ($10 each additional guest)