One of the wedding trends we saw a lot more of this past year were Paper Lanterns being lit and set off after wedding receptions. While it’s obviously a breath taking thing to behold, especially if you’ve never witnessed dozens of paper lanterns drifting up the into the night there are a couple of very important things to keep in mind. First, these things are weather dependent!! They just won’t fill with hot air if there’s much more than a gentle breeze so be prepared to scratch the idea if the weather isn’t
co-operating. Second they are a FIRE HAZARD!!! Check which way the wind is blowing and be considerate, no one wants a flaming lantern to land on a building or get caught in a tree like they did at this wedding reception! =) Also, be sure to check with the venue where you’re getting married if you want to set these things off, some venue’s will allow it while others do not or simply cannot due to certain town/county restrictions. Finally, remember these things end up in other peoples back yards, in farm fields, and in lakes, there are sky lanterns that are completely biodegradable and then there are those that aren’t if at all possible, try to find sky lanterns that won’t cause a problem down the road for someone else! Obviously if everything works out like it did at this Willow Harbor Wedding you’re going to have a great time and we’re going to capture some incredible pictures but you might want to come prepared with a back up plan like sparklers… Just in Case!! =)
Vy Doan - Hello!
Great photos! I was wondering where these photos took place at. I’m trying to find venues that would allow for sky lanterns.
Ben - Hi Vy, I’m glad you like them! These photos were taken at Willow Harbor Vineyard. As far as finding venues that allow sky lanterns go I think it’s a mostly case by case basis in the area. Some will let you do “one” sky lantern for photos, some will let everyone participate, and some have no say because they’re in a town or area that has banned them and so the venue really doesn’t have a choice in the matter. While I’ve shot sky lantern releases at quite a few wedding venues throughout the area I know the rules are always changing and I couldn’t tell you which venues gave the coupes permission vs which couples just went for it with the idea that they’d ask for forgiveness later if they got in trouble. My guess is you’ll have more luck with the venues that are further from town and have access to wide open areas because there’s less of a chance of something bad happening. Best of luck with your search, let us know if we can help in any other way!