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Virginia Wedding Locations for Engagement Photos!

Welcome back to the second part of great locations for engagement photos by Kir Turben

Virginia Locations:

So you’re engaged!? Congrats!! Now it is time to start planning your engagement announcement. But where to begin?! Once you have your photographer, you should start thinking about locations.

Here are my top 5 engagement locations in Northern Virginia:

Old Town Alexandria : Old Town Alexandria is one of my favorite places to shoot! There are a variety of little streets and alley ways that make this the perfect setting for an engagement shoot. If you want more of a beachy vibe, you can go to Oronoco Bay Park for some docks and water. If you want more of the city scape, I recommend starting at Prince and Union and walking up towards the Athenaeum. You can also go to the Wilkes tunnel to get some cool backdrop.

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The Manassas Battlefield: The Manassas Battlefield has some great rolling fields for dramatic sweeping landscapes perfect at sunrise or sunset. The best locations here are the Stone Bridge and the Old Stone House.

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Wineries: Virginia has some amazing wineries that provide the perfect romantic backdrop. I will say that most of these require a photo permit that is around $100. Some of my favorites include Winery at Bull RunBluemont Winery, Pippin Hill and Stone Tower Winery.

 

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Local Parks: There are some great local parks in Virginia. Great Falls is a great location if you are up for a little adventure. You could watch the planes fly overhead at Gravelly Point or explore Wolf Trap! You can usually find a park close to your home like I did for this session at Holmes Run Stream Valley Park. Some more private parks or estates (like the Oatlands, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Morven Park) do have shooting permits so call ahead!

 

Local Farms: Local farms are a stunning shooting location if you are going for a rustic vibe. Some of them even have local produce or florals that bloom at a certain season! Burnside farms, Seven Oaks Lavender Field, 48 Fields, and even Mckee Beshers Wildlife Management Area all provide great seasonal backdrops for your portraits. Be sure to call ahead for any permit requirements!

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All of these suggestions happen to be in the Northern Virginia region. If you are located further south, you could consider hiking in the mountains to Old Rag, walking along the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, getting lost around downtown Fredericksburg or going to explore Richmond.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.