One of the things I love most about living and working in Pennsylvania is the stunning variety of natural scenery in this state. I've photographed weddings in farm country, forests, and elaborate botanical gardens, but Presque Isle State Park stands out as a singularly breathtaking venue. Located on a curving, 3,200 acre peninsula in beautiful Lake Erie, Presque Isle offers a unique mix of historical and coastal backgrounds.
Presque Isle offers two historic lighthouses, both dating to the mid-1800's. The 68-foot tall Presque Isle Lighthouse was completed in 1873, and sits on a beautiful sandy beach with natural dunes. Rocky outcroppings in the surf just beyond the beach provide a taste of the seaboard found nowhere else in our inland state.
Fittingly called the North Pier Lighthouse, Presque Isle's other lighthouse is located at the edge of the North Pier, providing nearly 360-degree lake views. The distinctive black band cutting through this classic white tower provides a classic and dramatic backdrop to photos, especially when contrasted against the natural beauty of Lake Erie.
Presque Isle is also home to the Perry Monument, a 101-foot tall stone obelisk commemorating the heroism of Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval commander credited with winning the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The monument, built in the 1920's, sits in a beautiful, rounded park space offset by classic Art Deco style architecture. The tree cover creates dappled areas of sun and shade that make for truly unbelievable pictures.
Presque Isle offers a number of wedding and reception venues, all of which can accommodate over 100 guests. Three pavilions provide indoor/outdoor space for guests and food preparation, and include amenities like restrooms and indoor lighting. Other pavilions on the peninsula offer less amenities, but can be a wonderful option for couples looking for a more rustic feel.
Presque Isle is a Pennsylvania State Park, which means it falls under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which prioritizes protecting the peninsula's unique combination of scenery, archaeological significance, and natural habitats. Because of this, you will need to follow PADCNR rules and regulations concerning events. Depending on where you want to hold your wedding, this may mean a restriction on what time of year it can be held, or how many guests can attend. Keep in mind that alcohol is prohibited in state parks, and any outdoor spaces will remain open to the public during your wedding or reception.
Presque Isle pavilions offer protection from some severe weather, but it's important to remember that waterfront parks may be more susceptible to sudden changes in conditions. If there is any sign of inclement weather, it is vital that you pay attention to all alerts and signage in order to avoid flooded areas and other potential hazards.
Long story short, this park is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Northwest Pennsylvania, and when it comes to lake views it truly can't be beat. To discuss booking or other questions, get in touch with me. I'd love to talk to you about making your wedding day truly special.
You have a couple of options here. First, you can head over to the contact us page, fill out the form, and send it over to us. Or, send us a text message with your name, wedding date, and venue. Either way, we do our best to get back to you by the next business day.
If we're available on your date, we will then set up a time to meet, chat about your day, and create a package that fulfills your wish list. Your and your fiance's signatures on our contract plus a non-refundable deposit officially reserves your date on our calendar.
You will get both! I photograph every wedding using two different cameras -- one dedicated to black and white and the other to color. The ratio of black and white to color photos you receive in your gallery may change based on your chosen wedding colors, venue, and/or preference. If you see a black and white image that you want in color, or vice versa, it is very likely that I will have it and can add it to your gallery.
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