Peak Xperience’s Top 10 Destinations for Engagement Shoots in 2023

- 29 January 2023
Oh, the excitement of choosing the perfect engagement shoot location! It's one of the most exciting steps in the journey toward your big day. But, let's face it, with the constant popularity of overseas shoots, classic destinations such as Paris, London, New York, Cappadocia, Bali and Tuscany have been done time and time again.

That’s why we’ve put together our list of Destinations for Engagement Photos in 2023. In this article, we’ll delve into the significance of engagement shoots, the importance of choosing the right location, and reveal the top 10 engagement shoot destinations that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Our purpose is to inspire and guide you in finding the perfect spot for your engagement shoot, one that will not only showcase your love but will also create lasting memories for years to come. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s explore the world together in search of your ultimate wedding portrait destination!

The Importance of Choosing The Right Location

Choosing the right location for your engagement photos can be an overwhelming task! With so many options available, it can be difficult trying to decide where to go. The location sets the tone and ambiance of your photos and can completely change the look and feel of the images.

When deciding on a location, there are several factors to consider. First, think about the weather and lighting conditions, as well as the time of year you plan to have your shoot. You’ll also want to consider the accessibility of the location, as well as any potential restrictions or fees that may apply.

But, perhaps most importantly, the location should reflect your personality as a couple. Are you adventure-seekers always ready for a new challenge? Or do you prefer a more relaxed, natural environment? Do you want grand architecture and sophisticated portraits or are you drawn to less commercialized destinations? Your personalities and preferences should play a significant role in your decision-making process.

Remember, the location should not dictate who you are as a couple. It should enhance and showcase your love in the most beautiful and authentic way possible. With the right location, your engagement photos will be a stunning representation of your love story, one that you will treasure for a lifetime! Here are our top 10 destinations for your engagement shoot.

1) Iceland

The land of fire and ice, a place of unrivaled natural beauty and otherworldly landscapes. It’s a destination that will leave you in awe, a place that will take your breath away and leave you in a constant state of wonder. Our couple signed up with Ken Chan Production to produce a Love Story video in Iceland. From the capital city Reykjavík to the active Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula, Guo Zhang, Xuan Xuan and Ken’s team went by helicopter ride, self-driven car, and on foot to capture all the stunning locations that Iceland has to offer.

But, why choose Iceland for your engagement shoot? Well, for starters, it offers a unique and breathtaking setting unlike anywhere else in the world. From its glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, and black sand beaches to its dramatic mountains and sweeping views, Iceland is a place of incredible diversity and beauty.

And let’s not forget the Northern Lights! Imagine capturing the magical aurora borealis in the background of your engagement photos, creating an otherworldly moment you’ll never forget. Iceland is a place where nature reigns supreme and beauty is everywhere you look. It’s a destination that will inspire and amaze you, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

2) Carmague, France

Camargue, France is a place of stunning beauty and endless charm. Camargue is a place where history meets beauty, and where the essence of France comes alive.

So, why choose Camargue for your engagement photos? It’s a destination rich in history and culture, with exciting landscapes and charming villages that are simply irresistible. From its rolling hills and sprawling vineyards to its picturesque villages and rugged coastlines, Camargue is near perfect. A place where time seems to stand still and beauty is everywhere you look.

This was shot back in 2019 by one of our favorite photographers Jose Villa for our couple but it remains our favorite image that is etched in our memory for it’s breath-taking, fine art beauty. 

In Carmague, you’ll always find the perfect shot for stunning engagement photos. From its stunning beaches and coastlines to its rolling hills and quaint villages, there is a perfect location to suit every couple’s style and personality. So, pack your bags and get ready to be transported to a world of endless charm and beauty.

In Carmague, you’ll always find the perfect shot for stunning engagement photos. From its stunning beaches and coastlines to its rolling hills and quaint villages, there is a perfect location to suit every couple’s style and personality. So, pack your bags and get ready to be transported to a world of endless charm and beauty.

3) Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is a city of endless beauty and unbridled excitement. From its charming streets and ancient architecture to its stunning views and vibrant culture, Lisbon is the perfect destination for an unforgettable engagement photoshoot. From the historic neighborhoods of Lisbon to the beaches and incredible sunsets of the Portuguese coastline, the city offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, making it a great option for couples looking for something truly special and bridled with history.

In Lisbon, you’ll find many locations for gorgeous engagement photos. Try looking up the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, to the stunning beaches of Cascais and Estoril, there is a great location to suit every couple. Check out this beautiful engagement shoot by Teodora Simon.

4) Lijiang and Shangri-la in Yunnan Province, China

Lijiang and Shangri-la in Yunnan Province, China are places of incredible beauty and ancient culture. The Yunnan Province is a place where the ancient meets the modern, and where the beauty of nature is intertwined with the rich heritage of China.

Post covid, China has just reopened its country, which opens up a whole new world of destinations that China can offer but for this article, we’ve narrowed it down to Yunnan Province. Shangri-la lies at an elevation of 3,100 meters above sea level and the city looks very much like Tibet with a mix of Tibetan and Han Chinese architecture.

A Pre-wedding Shoot at Shangri-la China by Adam Ong

Apart from Shangri-la, there are winding lanes and canals of Lijiang’s Unesco-protected Old Town. We love Banyan Tree Lijiang’s resort architecture which is Naxi-inspired, which makes this a picturesque and tranquil spot for photography (read: no crowd); yet it is also close enough to Shuhe Old Town and Baisha Village. Amandayan Resort’s light-filled villas and earthy colors also make this an ideal location for those seeking a more cultural yet tasteful backdrop for their wedding shoot. 

Lijiang’s Picturesque Backdrop of 13 Peaks Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Photo Courtesy of Amandayan Resort.

So would Lijiang and Shangri-la be perfect for your engagement photos? From the vibrant streets and ancient architecture of Lijiang to the dramatic landscapes and serene lakes of Shangri-la, these places offer a unique blend of stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, making them perfect for couples looking for something truly special. The rolling hills and terraced rice paddies of Lijiang and the dramatic mountains and beautiful lakes of Shangri-la, Yunnan Province make it a beautiful place for your engagement photos.

5) Toleda, Spain

Toledo is an ancient city known as the “City of the Three Cultures” for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews throughout its history. Toledo, Spain is a city steeped in history, culture, and beauty. Tucked away in the rolling hills of central Spain, Toledo is a beautiful destination. With its medieval streets, ancient castles, and breathtaking vistas, it’s easy to see why Toledo is a popular destination for couples looking to capture their love in an unforgettable way.

So, is Toledo perfect for your engagement photoshoot? The city is a perfect blend of historical and natural beauty from its surroundings. The ancient city walls and the stunning views over the Tagus River mean there is no shortage of breathtaking backdrops for your photos.

6) New Zealand

New Zealand is another place of natural beauty, where the breathtaking landscapes and rugged terrain will take you on a winding adventure. There’s so much to see here such as the lush green forests and rocky coastline to the towering peaks and glistening glaciers, New Zealand is a destination like none other.

Here’s what to know if you’re considering New Zealand. To start, the country offers a unique blend of its natural beauty and diverse landscapes, making it another great option for adventurous couples. Whether you’re seeking scenic mountain vistas or dramatic coastline views, there is something for everyone in New Zealand.

Pre-wedding Photography by Jon Low Studio

7) Cuba

Cuba is a land of exotic adventure. From its culture and architecture to its colorful streets and unique history, Cuba is a destination like no other.

Is Cuba the place for your wedding photography though? The country offers a unique blend of stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, making it a great option for couples looking for something truly special. It’s a land where the past and present collide, where the colours of the street are as vivid as the people who call it home. A place where unique architecture, culture, and beauty coexist in perfect harmony. 

In Cuba, you’ll find it’s the perfect place for striking engagement photos. You’ll want to see the stunning beaches of Varadero and the historic streets of Havana. 

8) Salzburg, Austria

Photo by Sarah Mutter

Salzburg, Austria is a hidden gem of Europe, overflowing with baroque architecture and romantic alleys, making it the perfect backdrop for your engagement shoot. This city is rich in culture and history, making it a unique and stunning destination for capturing your love story.

Salzburg is a perfect blend of traditional and modern charm, it offers an array of impressive locations for your photoshoot. If you’re looking for grand baroque buildings or charming, cobblestoned streets, Salzburg has it all. The city is surrounded by stunning Alpine mountains, creating a magnificent contrast to the classical cityscape.

It’s best to go in spring for a baroque old city fine art photography style or in winter for charming fairytale portraits.

Overall, the city of Salzburg is a visual delight, with its pastel-colored buildings, grand cathedrals, and quaint cafes. The Mirabell Palace and Gardens are a must-visit for every couple, offering stunning gardens and gorgeous marble halls. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is another magnificent location, towering over the city and providing amazing views. The narrow, winding streets of the old town are perfect for capturing the essence of the city and its rich history. Salzburg is a dream come true for couples looking for a thrilling engagement shoot destination.

9) Corfu, Milos and Koufonisia, Greece

Pre-wedding Photography by Jon Low Studio

Santorini is beautiful but there are many locations in Greece that are just as stunning without the crowd, especially now that the holiday tourists are back on the island. If you’re seeking a dreamy, romantic, and heart-stopping engagement photo shoot location, then look no further. Corfu, Milos, and Koufonisia are some of the most picturesque and enchanting destinations in Greece that offer a fusion of natural beauty and historical charm.

The stunning blue waters, lush green landscapes, and charming architecture will make your engagement photos pop with color and life. Each of these destinations has its own unique character and charm that will elevate your photos to the next level. Whether you want a backdrop of rolling hills and vibrant sunflowers or a beachy paradise with crystal-clear waters and whitewashed buildings, Greece has it all.

Imagine posing for photos with the stunning blue waters of the Aegean Sea as your backdrop, with the iconic white-washed buildings and the lush greenery of Greece surrounding you. Stroll through the charming streets of Corfu and capture memories in front of the stunning historical architecture. Admire the unique geology of Milos and take advantage of the many photogenic beaches that offer a natural and serene setting for your engagement shoot. And finally, the island of Koufonisia, with its turquoise waters and white-washed buildings, will transport you to a dreamy and romantic world that is sure to leave you and your partner mesmerized. The combination of history, natural beauty, and charming architecture make these Greek destinations a must-visit for all lovebirds looking to capture their love story in the most heart-stirring way possible. Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting beauty of Greece!

10) Shirakawa-go, Japan

Shirakawa-go, Japan is a mesmerizing and picturesque village that takes us back in time. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its unique architectural style known as “Gassho-zukuri”, which means “constructed like hands in prayer.” This style of architecture is unique to this region and is characterized by its steep thatched roofs. The traditional buildings, lush greenery, and tranquil ambiance make Shirakawa-go a dream destination for engagement photoshoots.

An Autumnal Pre-wedding Shoot in Shirakawa-go by Armadale Weddings

Shirakawa-go is not just another photo destination, but a place where you can immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture. The beautiful countryside setting and the traditional homes make the perfect backdrop for an engagement photoshoot. The peaceful and serene atmosphere of Shirakawa-go is perfect for capturing intimate and emotional moments. The combination of stunning landscapes, traditional architecture, and lighting conditions in the morning or evening makes Shirakawa-go a must-visit destination for any couple looking to capture the essence of their love story in a picture-perfect setting.

The village is surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, making it a natural paradise. The Gassho-zukuri homes with their steep thatched roofs and traditional architecture, blend seamlessly with the natural environment, creating a perfect blend of natural beauty and man-made wonder. During the day, the sun casts a warm and inviting glow on the landscape, while during the night, the traditional homes are lit up, creating a magical atmosphere. Whether you are capturing the first rays of the sun as they break over the hills or the warm glow of the setting sun, Shirakawa-go promises to deliver the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable engagement photoshoot.

Are You Excited Yet?

What do you think of our picks? When it comes to capturing the love and excitement of an engagement, the right location can make all the difference. From the striking glaciers of Iceland to the charming cobblestone streets of Lisbon, Portugal, the world is filled with stunning backdrops that are just begging to be captured on camera. Whether you’re a couple who’s drawn to adventure, romance, or culture, there’s a destination out there that’s just perfect for you.

Our final thoughts and recommendations are to consider your personal style, personality, and interests when choosing a location for your engagement shoot. No matter where you end up, the memories and photos from your shoot will be cherished for a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there, explore the world, and start capturing the love of your life! And don’t forget to share your own engagement shoot experiences with us. We can’t wait to hear all about your picture-perfect proposal!

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