Your engagement shoot is an increasingly important part of the wedding journey. Photos from the shoot can be used on the wedding stationery, the invites, the ‘save a date’ fliers and at the wedding itself. For those with a wedding website they can be used as the visuals on this too. The engagement shoot will set the tone for the wedding. The photos may be taken at a different time of year (for example, in winter for an invite for a summer wedding), but they should still tie in to the overall theme of your wedding. The trend is very much for outdoorsy, natural shots and with thousands of stunning locations in the country to choose from, we take a look at three of the top venues.
Parks are very popular. They are free to use and they provide a gorgeous backdrop during autumnal or wintry days – a likely time for engagement shoots. Richmond Park in south-west London is one of the UK’s most beautiful and accessible royal parks. First of all, it’s easy to get to from anywhere in London or much of the south of England.
Home to herds of fallow and red deer, the park is also famous for its ancient trees and ferns. Backdrops can include Pembroke Lodge, King Henry’s Mound with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance or the exotic Isabella Plantation. Richmond Park covers a significant area, so to choose where to go exactly refer to the official site: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park.
You can pick virtually any village in the Cotswolds and be guaranteed the most beautiful backdrop for your engagement shoot. Famously one of the prettiest and most quintessentially English parts of the UK, the Cotswolds is teeming with stunning honey-coloured medieval cottages, rolling hills, streams and bridges. Head to Bibury or Bourton, two of the most chocolate-box villages in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
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Portmeiron, North Wales
This mini Italianate village, designed and built in the 1920s, is the ideal choice for playful couples, especially if you intend your wedding to be centred around the notions of fun and happiness. Both the intriguing houses and the unique exotic gardens will provide an unforgettable backdrop to your engagement shoot.