Every bride is on the hunt for the perfect setting for her engagement photos — and we're not talking a cheesy studio backdrop. When it comes to taking photos with the one you love, you want it to be meaningful — which includes a beautiful backdrop. Here are the most beautiful New Jersey locales for your engagement photos — that will make everything from your save the dates to your wedding website look like it came straight from a magazine.
Laurita Winery (Above)
Formerly a dairy farm, Laurita Winery's grounds boast a vineyard and tons of expansive green space for photos. The site's expansive property also has many quirky and rustic details — from wine barrels to brick walkways — that give a unique quality to an engagement shoot. Plus, you get to toast your engagement with some of the winery's very own vino once your photos are all done! Read real brides' reviews here!
In addition to wide open green spaces, this Jersey City park offers clear views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty. What's more: the park is home to Communipaw Terminal, a New Jersey historic site that was once a train terminal. The many now-dormant train tracks are an ideal background for showing how far you've come in your relationship.
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This summertime staple begins at the historic Convention Hall, which has hosted everyone from The Boss to The Chairman of the Board. The boardwalk itself is just mere steps from the ocean, and is a great site for engagement photos for beach bum couples that appreciate the seaside town's rich history and ocean views.
Located in the northern part of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, the park offers a view of the historic Barnegat Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1859. The popular tourist attraction includes views of Barnegat Bay, while the park features a short maritime forest trail — ideal for a memorable moment.
Allaire State Park
The state park is best known for its historic Allaire Village, which houses a general store, blacksmith shop and antique railway cars. The Manasquan River also flows through the park, which contains numerous natural trails to explore while trying to nail down the perfect shot. Read real brides' reviews here!
The transportation hub's renovated waiting room has massive windows that provide amazing natural light for photographs. The station also has accessible outdoor train platforms that are a prime backdrop. As an added bonus, just a few steps away there are clear views of downtown Manhattan that are sure to take your breath away.
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