Along with a date, a venue and a gown, photography rates pretty high on many couples’ wedding to-do lists. Howard County has no shortage of picturesque spots for portraits. The staff of Howard Magazine shares our favorites:
Location: Howard County Conservancy
Why we love it: More than 200 acres at Mt. Pleasant farm and nature preserve in Woodstock offer a rustic, earthy setting.
Location: Turf Valley Resort
Why we love it: This Ellicott City golf course and resort boasts vibrant greens, a wedding gazebo flanked by weeping willows, and a pond with a fountain and resident swans.
Location: Savage Mill/Bollman Bridge
Why we love it: The juxtaposition of something old — like a 19th century truss bridge and cotton mill — with a fresh white gown is nothing less than striking. Bonus: The Little Patuxent River flows there for natural beauty.
Location: Patapsco Female Institute ruins
Why we love it: This Ellicott City landmark is romantic, enchanting and haunting.
Location: The lakes — Centennial, Elkhorn, Kittamaqundi and Wilde
Why we love it: It’s hard to go wrong with water and foliage as a backdrop. These are popular destinations, so stake out a secluded spot ahead of time or plan to be there during non-peak hours.
Location: Nixon’s Farm
Why we love it: This West Friendship farm has simple, country beauty in its rolling hills and white picket fences.
• Historic Ellicott City, for its red brick charm
• Thomas Viaduct, in Elkridge, for its architectural beauty and historic value
• Bon Secours Spiritual Center, in Marriottsville, for its peaceful gardens, trails andpond
Note: Some locations are private property and require permission. Whether private land or a public park, always make arrangements ahead of time and respect rules and hours.