Congratulations on your engagement – now the real fun begins! Wedding planning aside, marking this momentous occasion with a well-timed engagement shoot is an excellent idea. It will document your progression from engaged to married in the most beautiful way.
It’s important to find a location that means something to you, as well as offering a great backdrop to the pictures. An engagement shoot can also help you plan ahead for those all-important wedding photos as The Knot describes:
“The advantage of seeing professional pics before saying “I do” is you can let your photographer know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you don’t care for, and you can point out shots you do like too. Remember, communication is key. Tip: Have your hair and makeup trial done on the same day as your engagement session. This way, you get to see how it looks in photos and can let your stylists know if there’s anything you’d like to change. Once you see your engagement images and get excited about them, you’ll have more confidence in yourselves and in your photographer.”
There are many reasons why couples choose to have an engagement shoot. Any of our four exclusive country house wedding venues can be a fantastic location for the shoot. In fact, we’re proud to have hosted a number of stunning shoots that take advantage of the gorgeous houses and grounds. Read on to discover why our venues are among the top places for an engagement shoot.
St Audries Park
With more than 100 acres of deer park to explore, Williton-based St Audries Park provides a picture-perfect scene a mesmerising engagement shoot. Whether you’d like to opt for an indoor shoot, outdoor shoot or a mixture of both, St Audries offers the peace and tranquility you need to strike a pose. The Great Hall’s vaulted ceiling and fireplace deliver a powerful setting and a magical atmosphere.
Nestled in the Forest of Dean, close to the tiny village of Clearwell, this castle setting is as impressive as it gets. From its sweeping driveway to its iconic turrets, Clearwell Castle will provide a bevy of picturesque engagement shots. All that’s missing is you! For those looking for a traditional, heritage-rich backdrop for their engagement shoot, Clearwell Castle is the ideal choice.
With its manicured lawns and commandeering red brick structure, Leez Priory is an engagement shoot setting that is beautiful come rain or shine. The magnificent manor house dates back to Tudor times, whilst its 40 acres of parkland and gardens give you all you need to get back to nature. Take your engagement shoot waterside by heading down to one of Leez Priory’s two lakes and its babbling brook, or visit its wooded areas to add a rustic touch to proceedings.
Now for something a little different. The palatial surroundings of this stunning Georgian mansion guarantee an elegant engagement shoot. Explore the best of rural Essex at Gosfield Hall as well as the opulent interiors of the house’s reception rooms. The sparkling lake and grand courtyard are just some of the places that will deliver a fitting and truly fabulous setting for your shoot.
Ready to kick-start the wedding planning process in style with an engagement shoot at one of our wedding venues? Arrange a venue viewing with us today and find the perfect place for your shoot and your big day.