What we love most about New Jersey is its diversity. Whether you're planning a romantically rustic ceremony or looking to explore the bright and tantalizing atmosphere of the Shore, New Jersey has the backdrop for you. We've compiled a list of our 5 favorite and most incredible engagement photo locations that are all under 2 hours away from Cedar Grove, NJ. Let us know in comments which location is your favorite!
Asbury Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park
For all your fluorescent light needs, the boardwalk will provide the most excellent backdrop. From the casino's vintage façade to the classic merry-go-round to the gorgeous, hand-painted murals, they're all held together by the high-energy that screams New Jersey!
Posing your engagement photos at Asbury Park Boardwalk will inspire your guests to have a little fun and get excited for the wedding to come. You can even use the Boardwalk to pose for beach photography along the shore.
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
With green houses and rose gardens, the Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ makes for a romantic photo opportunity. Pose for a kiss in the gazebo before holding hands and making your way down the brick paths lined with trees, blooms, and the rest of nature's amorous setting.
What we love most about Deep Cut is the range of possibilities open to you and your photographer while you decide where and how to pose for your engagement photos. Historic farmhouses can inspire a rustic romance while photos in the marina can capture the sporty energy of you and your groom.
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
For the art lovers among us, the Grounds for Sculpture garden offers over 40 acres of gardens and sculptures, plus a gorgeous arboretum, that make for a unique photo opportunity. Whether you want to pose with specific pieces or simply set yourself and your groom against the enigmatic array of blossoms and busts, the Grounds offers four separate locations to arrange your photos.
A gazebo overlooking the Lotus Pond and a beautifully designed amphitheater make for ideal indoor photo ops, while the Nine Muses remains one of the most popular in-park locations for photos and ceremonies. Remember, each of the art installations are only available for a limited time, so timing is key when it comes to planning your engagement photos at Grounds for Sculpture.
Red Mill Museum, Clinton
The Red Mill Museum Village is a complete experience in all things quaint and beautiful. If you're planning a wedding with a more rustic vibe, then engagement photos at the Red Mill Museum are ideal.
The whole village - all ten acres - can be the backdrop for your dream photos, including the rushing waterfall and the river's shore. The historic quarry wall is also a popular photo destination, especially in the evening hours when the wall is backlit to enhance the romance. We recommend this photo op for fall weddings and engagements, because when the leaves start to change it will become one of the most beautiful backdrops you have ever seen.
Valenzano Winery, Shamong
The expansive property at the Valenzano Winery in Shamong, NJ provides many unique and tasty engagement photo locations for you and your groom. Pose directly in the vineyard for a natural ambiance or as you toast to your happiness with glasses of wine.
Take the opportunity to hold hands and stroll romantically through the Wine House and Vintner's Pavilion to garner a full appreciation of the place and take in the smell of wood and aging wine. We know that wineries are popular photo opportunities, but finding a great one like Valenzano right in your home state can be even more rewarding.
Where will you have your engagement photos?
While your engagement photos are important, it's simply the first step in planning your wedding. After you decide where to shoot your engagement photos, you must also begin considering the best venue to host your wedding. These are just our top 5 favorite engagement photo locations in New Jersey. Share with us your favorites in the comments below!