As a photographer who has witnessed hundreds love stories set within nature, there’s one natural venue that holds the highest place in my heart – The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. This botanical sanctuary, spanning 1,700 acres, offers an unrivaled canvas for capturing couples in love. There really is a poetry in nature at the arboretum and framing your wedding rituals there is fitting. You’ll see what I mean in the following photographs. Planning on this wedding was by the incredible team at Sarah Kathleen Events. 

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The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL isn’t just another wedding venue; it’s a symphony of colors, textures, and wild life. Imagine this: the gentle swooshing of leaves all around, a spectrum of vibrant blooms swaying, and the lively melodies of birds harmonizing with your vows. Too flowery? I’m sorry but Tara and Nate did have a Spring wedding just as the Crab Apple trees were blooming!

What sets The Morton Arboretum apart from some other forest settings in the region is the diversity of well cultivated and thoughtfully landscaped options. From the intimate charm of The Fragrance Garden to to the expansive grander of The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden, each corner of this botanical haven offers its own unique appeal.

Tara & Nate’s Wedding Ceremony was at the recently renovated Grand Garden. See the photos to get a sense of what’s possible.

They shared a first look prior to the ceremony and had wedding party, couple, and family portraits done before the ceremony began. I drove around the entire park to scout for locations prior to starting my coverage with them. I wanted to to see the up-to-minute blooms and blossoms.







The Morton Arboretum contains more than 4 venues for your wedding reception and numerous options for ceremonies as well.  This reception was held in The Ginko Room with signature floor to ceiling windows overlooking a pond.


Weddings at the Morton Arboretum:

Working closely with The Morton Arboretum’s wedding and events team is a seamless collaboration. Their dedication to perfecting every detail ensures a visually stunning narrative that mirrors the unique story of each couple. The diverse array of customizable packages guarantees that your vision becomes a visual reality, and my role as a photographer is to amplify the emotions and moments that make your day extraordinary.


Eco-friendly Venues:

Beyond the lens, The Morton Arboretum excites my own love of nature. My family has an annual membership and we support their sustainability and tree planting projects. As a photographer, capturing the beauty of love in an eco-friendly setting elevates the entire experience, creating images with an elevated beauty that only nature can bring.



The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, isn’t merely a backdrop for a wedding; it’s a tapestry where love and nature interweave. As a photographer who has witnessed countless love stories, I can attest to the unique magic of this location. I’d love to come along side you all and your families to record it richly.


Vendor Team:

Planning – Sarah Kathleen Events

Florals – Shamrock Gardens Florist

Cosmetics – Every Kind of Beauty


You can see another Spring wedding at the Morton Arboretum on our site HERE or just search our blog for Morton Arboretum.

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