Nothing spells unconditional love more than a pre-wedding photo shoot; a session that you book with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding.
Not to be confused your engagement photos, pre wedding shoots are a great opportunity to eliminate any camera nerves you might have about posing for photos, get a hair and make-up trial, and create some beautiful images that can be used in your invitations, wedding album, or maybe even a slideshow on the actual day.
But what makes the experience considerably more unique is shooting your pre-wedding photos in an exotic location on the other side of the world!
The following are some of the most beautiful places in the world that act as stunning frames and backdrops for your love!
Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Destinations You Will Fall In Love With
Iceland is the place to go to for an absolutely spectacular view. You will find inspiring scenery at every turn, extraordinary landscapes, and astounding natural wonders; you will leave the country with a determined mindset to return – perhaps for your honeymoon?
Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky, and vibrant green fjords rise from the mist of geothermal lagoons.
Imagine your pre-wedding shoot against this type of backdrop – the landscapes will add a sense of raw emotion to your images your friends have never seen before!
Image credit: Jordan Bauer
Thinking of a beautiful Mediterranean island for your pre-wedding photography? Perhaps one that sits off the toe of Italy? Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily should be at the top of your list.
Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, and has long seduced travelers with its natural wonders and cultural treasures. It boasts wonderful weather, and natural wonders abound; the juxtaposition of sea, volcano and mountain scenery makes a stunning backdrop for a photo shoot.
The island is full of history, bursting at the seams with ancient artistic and architectural gems. When it comes to ancient Greek architecture, Sicily actually rivals Greece.
Photo by Volodymyr Bahriy
Known for its glorious volcanic mountains, wonderful shorelines and charming rice paddies, Bali is a prevalent pick among couples for their pre-wedding photo-shoot.
One of the most popular islands in the Indonesian archipelago, the very name evokes thoughts of a paradise. Bali offers a diverse mix of options for a photo-shoot; it has incredible landscapes, though also a vivid culture for those looking to add a rich sense of culture to their images.
The small volcanic island is home to the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia, with distinctive temples and elaborate festivals which may make for truly unique photos throughout your stay.
Image credit: Oliver Sjostrom
New York City
The Big Apple needs no introduction. Overflowing with notorious points of interest and sights like the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and Central Park, this is the perfect place for a sentimental pre-wedding photo shoot.
Neighborhoods throughout New York are brimming with character, and you’re highly likely to bump into an actual wedding shoot if you’re visiting the city over a weekend.
One of the most popular places for a romantic photo shoot in New York is Central Park – from Wollman Rink, to Bow Bridge, and jumping in a horse and carriage, there are so many beautiful locations to choose from.
Like New York City, Paris needs no clarification as to why it is the most well-known goal for pre-wedding photo-shoots. Honeymoons too!
Just picture the wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower piercing the clouds, the broad Arc de Triomphe guarding Paris’ most glamorous avenue’; this is travel porn at it’s finest, but also the world’s most stunning location for a romantic photo shoot.
Share a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, or pose holding hands while walking the lamplit bridges spanning the Seine.
From cobblestone streets to stark white homes with colorful blue domes, straight from the front of a postcard, Santorini is often quoted the most romantic destination on earth.
There is a small, circular group of volcanic islands in the Agean Sea, approximately 124 miles off of Greece’s mainland. Santorini is one of those islands. It is a completely walkable town – it takes roughly 30 minutes to walk from end to end – which makes it easy to shoot across various locations.
Oia is the place to be if you’re hoping to pose in front of one of those world famous sunsets – tourists flock to Oia every single night and flood the narrow streets just to get a peek at the beautiful few moments when day turns to night.
With a great mix of world famous landmarks, and spectacular natural scenery that ranges from the red sand of the Outback, to the turquoise water of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s not hard to understand why Australia is a standout among the most prominent wedding photo-shoot locations.
Head to Sydney for romantic shots against the world famous Opera House, or advance toward adjacent Melbourne for a more urban feel – Melbourne is home to some of the best street art in the world, which makes for great photo opportunities.
Head to the Outback for photos amid a sweeping red terrain; Chambers Pillar, Nitmiluk National Park, Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon and Uluru (Ayers Rock) are some of the more noteworthy attractions; however, why not incorporate a helicopter ride? While the rugged scenery is stunning from the ground, I can assure you it is even more spectacular from the air!
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