Chances are you stumbled upon this post looking for NJ engagement photo locations so CONGRATULATIONS!! You must be SO excited to be in this season of your life! I remember when Jay and I were engaged, I would find myself just smiling for no apparent reason – oh, to be newly engaged! It’s such a happy time, so celebrate! An engagement session is the perfect way to document this amazing time in your lives. Of course, there’s a little planning involved, so today I’m sharing our favorite NJ Engagement Photo Locations to help you figure out where you might want to have your session. I hope this post is helpful to you and your fiancé!
NJ Engagement Photo Locations
Laurita Winery is one of my favorite spots for engagement sessions! It has a gorgeous vineyard with the most beautiful light in the late afternoon. Plus, um, wine? Yes, please! View our most recent session at Laurita Winery here: Laurita Winery Engagement Photos
Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township, NJ, is a gorgeous location for an engagement session. It is full of beautiful florals, romantic gardens, and plenty of variety in backdrops. Check out this favorite spot for engagement sessions here: Willowwood Arboretum Engagement Photos.
Sayen House and Gardens is located in Hamilton, NJ and it’s one of my favorite Central NJ locations for engagement photos. It is perfect for a couple looking for florals, romantic trails, and a few architectural elements, too. Click here for our most recent session at this location: Sayen House and Gardens Engagement Photos.
If you’re looking for a mix of trails, tall grasses, and long stretches of beach, Cape May Point State Park is well worth considering! The landscapes are so varied, there are countless backdrops to choose from. Check out this session here: Cape May Point State Park Engagement Photos.
If you’re looking for a beach engagement in the afternoon or evening, Sandy Hook is a perfect option because the sun sets over the bay and we’ll be able to achieve beautifully backlit images. Click here to view Lauren and Evan’s Sandy Hook engagement photos.
Located in NJ State Botanical Garden and part of Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor is a pretty location during any season. Plus it includes a gorgeous estate with a Tudor Revival Mansion – it doesn’t get any better than that! There are also beautiful gardens that are perfect for a romantic stroll with your fiancé! See our most recent engagement session at Skylands Manor here: Skylands Manor Engagement Photos
The Cross Estate Gardens are located in Bernardsville and we absolutely loved shooting there! The early 20th century landscape makes for the prettiest setting for an engagement session! My favorite area was the pergola but I also loved the tall grasses in the open field surrounding the grounds. View this session for more pictures from this location: Cross Estate Gardens Engagement.
An engagement session in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park means beautiful views of the Navesink River! View more here: Red Bank NJ Engagement Photos
If you are having trouble deciding between a session at the park or at the beach, look no further. Spring Lake is a wonderful little beach town that has it all. It has a great park and a lake with two lovely bridges only a block away from the beach. Start your session out at the park and end it with a few shots on the boardwalk and beach! See an engagement shoot in Spring Lake here: Spring Lake NJ Engagement Photos
If you’d like to have engagement photos on the beach and don’t want to get up at sunrise for backlit images, Fisherman’s Cove in Manasquan is ideal. It’s right by the Manasquan Inlet and the beach by this hidden gem is one of the only spots in Monmouth County where you can have the sun setting as a backdrop during an evening beach session. Click here for more: Manasquan NJ Engagement Photos
I always enjoy a session at the Asbury Park Boardwalk; there are just so many wonderful backdrops for a session. To name a few: the old casino and its colorful murals, Convention Hall, a long jetty, and the beach! If you want a beach session where old meets new, this is most definitely the place. You can view our most recent Asbury Park engagement session here: Asbury Park Boardwalk Engagement Session.
Branch Brook Park is especially beautiful in April, during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Check out the festival website to view the Webcam and keep an eye on the Cherry Blossoms. Once they start budding, they peak, and then they’re gone! View our most recent cherry blossom engagement session here: Branch Brook Park Engagement.
If you’re looking for great views of New York City but you also want to get some urban textures in your backdrops Hoboken may be the perfect spot for your session. Pier A Park provides gorgeous views of Manhattan and it’s also right next to the Lackawanna Terminal and some cool abandoned buildings with lots of textures and urban decay. Check out our most recent Hoboken engagement session here: Hoboken Engagement.
Looking for more ideas for a Hoboken engagement session? The campus of Stevens Institute has a ton of options to offer. From a beautiful castle gate to gorgeous campus buildings and stunning views of NYC, this is a new favorite spot of mine! Check out these two sessions for images from this area of Hoboken here and here.
Liberty State Park in Jersey City is perfect for NYC lovers. It is a big green space with the Manhattan Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island in the background. Check out this engagement session to get an idea of this location: Liberty State Park Engagement.
This is our favorite place to go running in our hometown of Howell, NJ. Manasquan Reservoir has a great five mile perimeter trail that is tree-lined and great for the nature lover. There are several foot bridges that are picturesque and there are great views of the reservoir at many points along the trail. **Permit/fee required.** To see this location click here: Manasquan Reservoir Engagement Session.
The grounds of Princeton University are perfect for a session at any time of the year. The textures of the buildings make for lovely backdrops and there are loads of open spaces to walk around in . Not to mention the beautiful architecture that gives the campus an old world feel. Check out this engagement session to see if this location fits your style: Summer NJ Engagement Photos at Princeton University | NJ Fall Engagement Photos at Princeton University.
Cape May has so much to offer! Between the iconic Congress Hall, charming town, and long stretches of beaches, it offers the perfect mix of backdrops, especially for a summer session. Click here to see Stefanie and Michael’s photos for more ideas: Cape May NJ Engagement Photos.
If you’re looking for an outdoorsy location in Northern NJ and you love to hike, Ramapo Reservation is a great choice for a session. There are plenty of trails, tall grasses, and creeks for all the nature lovers out there! View these Ramapo Reservation Engagement Photos for more information.
Island Heights is a hidden gem in Ocean County. It is a quaint town on the Toms River that has plenty of water access throughout. Boats, lovely light, and hidden beaches are what this one is all about. View these Island Heights Engagement Photos to get a better idea of this location.
If you’re looking for a location near Cape May, Willow Creek Winery is a perfect choice. The staff there are super friendly and welcoming, and the winery is well kept and very scenic. View images from this location here: Willow Creek Winery Engagement.
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