7 Unique Engagement Photo Spots in Raleigh
When deciding on the best location to have your engagement photos taken, it can be a daunting task when living in a city that has such a large amount of good options! We’ve narrowed it down to 7 unique engagement photo spots in Raleigh. We believe these special locations really make your engagement photos stand out!
Pullen Park is hands down one of the most unique places you can have an engagement session in the Raleigh area. From the expansive natural areas to the mini train, there are several unique locations to take some shots to remember! This location is definitely a spot for couples that love to show off their fun side!
Memorable Picture Locations:
- Mini Train
- Paddle Boats
- Concession Stand
- Over 60 Acres of Beautiful Landscape
- Lake Howell
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The Raleigh Rose Garden
The rose gardens are an amazing backdrop for classic, romantic engagement photos. The grounds feature sixty rose beds and an arboretum of evergreen and deciduous trees. The gardens are open seven days a week although, you may want to call ahead as the garden may be reserved for a special event. An additional consideration you may want to make is the time of year to take your photos. The roses are only in bloom from May until the first frost in fall, so plan accordingly!
Other lovely places to take photos at the Raleigh Rose Garden:
- Stone Shelter
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JC Raulston Arboretum
This diverse nationally acclaimed garden sits on the campus of North Carolina State University. This arboretum features multiple garden styles that follow multiple themes that allow you to get several different types of engagement photos. All without having to travel! This is another venue that you may want to call ahead or take photos on a weekday to avoid other events.
The beautiful places you can take memorable pictures include:
- E. Finley Foundation Rooftop Terrace
- Asian Valley
- Butterfly Garden
- Color Trials
- Elm Circle
- Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden
- Geophyte Border
- Japanese Garden
- Klein-Pringle White Garden
- Lath House
- Mixed Border
- Model Gardens
- Paradise Garden
- Perennial Border
- Scree Garden
- Southall Memorial Garden
- Winter Garden
- Xeric Garden
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Historic Oak View County Park
For the couple that loves a nice rustic backdrop, Historic Oak View County Park is the perfect location! For almost 150 years, Oak View was a fully functioning farm. Today the park offers a walk through 27 acres of the history of farming. Your walk through history includes historic buildings, cotton fields, gardens, and a gorgeous pond.
Desirable Pictures Locations:
- Livestock Barn
- Cotton Gin House
- Plank Kitchen
- Carriage House
- Pecan Grove
- Fruit Orchard
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North Carolina Museum of Art
Art in the Park is an ideal place for the couple that appreciates modern art and enjoys being in nature. There are both temporary and permanent pieces of art in the park. If there is a particular piece you want in your engagement photos, you’ll want to make sure the time frame it will be there! The trail system through the park is unpaved and features natural terrain. This may not be the best place to take pictures if you really want to get dressed up!
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
This park is another location for those that love a rustic flair for their backdrop. This park is easily recognized by the operable water-powered gristmill, although that’s not all there is to this expansive 174 acre park. This location is perfect for the couple that would like a very natural, or neutral background for their engagement photos.
Notable Park Locations:
- 3 Miles of Trails
- Overlook Decks
- The Historic Mill
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City Market – Downtown Raleigh
The Historic City Market in Downtown Raleigh is one of the most unique places in Raleigh. Visiting the City Market is like taking a step back into history. Now the market is home to a collection of shops and restaurants. It features cobblestone sidewalks, natural brick buildings, and illuminated roof lines. The great thing about the City Market is once you’re done capturing memories here, you can take additional pictures down the unique Raleigh streets.
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