At Planterra we are mesmerized when we can see the moon and stars visible through our glass ceiling on a clear night. Although our neighborhood isn’t free of light pollution, the Conservatory is
located in a residential area with no major commercial developments within a mile; we cherish those crystal clear nights.
A moonlit or a star gazing wedding is a timeless experience. For the true planetary aficionado the next best thing, besides a trip on SpaceX is a visit to an observatory. The purest of sights are only found in far-flung locals on mountain tops or isolated islands, with civilization and its light pollution many miles away. As populations and their light pollution grew in areas where observatories were built, the buildings now function for education more than exploration.
These historic observatories are closer to urban centers and much easier to transport a bridal party for photographs and or even find a hotel. The vintage observatories are also incredibly beautiful buildings. Built in 1890, the Townsend Observatory in New Zealand for example looks more like a castle than a traditional planetarium structure. The Royal Park Observatory in Greenwich Royal Park is even older, built in 1675 and is the official site of the “Prime Meridian.” What’s more, the Royal Park Observatory is available to rent for special events and weddings, perhaps “prime meridian steak” will be on the menu that night.
The Cranbrook Observatory in Bloomfield Hills is a local favorite for residents in southeastern Michigan, where the popular Pink Floyd themed laser shows ran for years. The Observatory is on the same campus as the beautiful Cranbrook House and Gardens, offering beautiful backdrops for engagement and wedding party photographs.
Some of our favorite observatories and planetariums: