Engagement shoots can be a great way to get to know your photographer, feel at ease in front of the camera on the big day and practice some must-have shots, as well as providing happy couples with a beautiful memento of the engagement.
Plus, Gloucestershire is home to a bounty of beautiful places for snap-happy couples, with SoGlosWeddings selecting 14 picture-perfect ideas for where to host your engagement shoot, from natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes to iconic venues and historical attractions.
With 15,000 trees, a treetop walkway, rare flowers and more, Westonbirt Arbroetum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world, and makes for a stunning backdrop for any photos.
Whether you enjoy the golden hues of spring, take a long walk in the sunshine, see the fallen leaves in autumn, or watch the whole forest light up in its Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt guarantees beautiful photography whatever the season.
One of Cheltenham’s most picturesque parks, Pittville Park offers a convenient and beautiful place to enjoy a laidback photoshoot.
From sailing away together on the boating lake, holding hands over the bridges, posing on the bandstand and visiting the iconic Pittville Pump Rooms, there are plenty of photo opportunities for your Cheltenham engagement.
One of Cheltenham’ most iconic natural landmarks, take a stroll up Cleeve Hill and strike a pose with your partner underneath the kissing trees for a portrait oozing with romance.
Head up the hill at sunset for beautiful scenes of Gloucestershire at dusk, with the spectacular views stretching over Cheltenham, the Vale of Evesham, Malvern and as far as the Black Mountains in Wales.
For animal lovers, country bumpkins and those who are still kids at heart, pull on your wellies and head to Cotswold Farm Park for plenty of fun on the farm.
Whether you want to bottle-feed lambs, gallop into the sunset on horseback or handle some fluffy chicks, there are plenty options for memorable moments.
Dubbed one of the most romantic places in Gloucestershire, take a stroll around The Queen’s Garden at Sudeley Castle and enjoy a backdrop of 70 different varieties of roses.
With the chance to explore Tudor bedrooms, roam around the 1,200-acre estate and walk in the footsteps of actual royalty, you couldn’t ask for a better fairy tale location.
Take a trip to one of the most iconic places in Gloucestershire and explore the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral.
With spectacular stained glass windows, elaborate stonework and magnificent architecture, the medieval-built masterpiece will provide a dramatic and memorable setting for engagement shoots.
Home to a spectacular watergarden and canal that boasts the tallest gravity fountain in the world, Stanway House is one of the most striking backdrops for a photo you could ask for.
What’s more, head to the venue on a sunny day and the single-jet fountain, which reaches 300-feet, creates its own rainbows, promising plenty of fun ideas for your photographer.
Promising a dreamy and magical photoshoot, follow your partner into the Dragonfly Maze at Bourton-on-the-Water and explore the mystical attraction.
While you’re there, take a stroll down the chocolate box village of Bourton, dubbed ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, for more photo opportunities than you could shake a selfie stick at!
From ‘The Heart of the Stone’ to ‘Hanging Fire’ and ‘House’, head to the Forest of Dean’s famous Sculpture Trail and incorporate some natural artwork into your engagement shoot.
The Sculpture Trail will offer your photographer plenty of backdrops to choose from, with ‘Cathedral’, an impressive 15-foot by 10-foot stained glass window in the forest, providing a breathtaking location to strike a pose time and again.
Don your navy stripes and head to Gloucester Docks for a nautical photoshoot, perfect for local couples with strong Gloucester roots.
Whether you climb aboard a tall ship, enjoy playing with some model boats, or simply share an ice-cream on the dock, capture the beauty of both your relationship and the city at this cultural hub.
A firm favourite on the Gloucestershire calendar, head to Giffords Circus as it tours throughout the county in the summer months, bursting with bright bunting, fairy lights, happy ponies and circus costumes galore.
Often situated within rolling Cotswold hills, the village green is picture-perfect, while the Big Top offers an explosion of colour, while fun-loving couples might even try their hands at some circus skills for a hands-on photoshoot.
Head to the beach for a seaside themed photo shoot, with the manmade attraction, Cotswold Country Park and Beach, offering beautiful lakes, sandy shores and wonderful walks.
With pedalos, mini golf and the chance to don your swimming costume should you fancy a dip, couples can enjoy a fun-filled day out at the beach right here in Gloucestershire.
A beautiful secluded wooded valley and seven-mile walk, pull on your wellies and head to the National Trust destination, Woodchester Park.
Home to the remains of an 18th and 19th-century landscape, Victorian mansion, five lakes and an abundance of wildlife, couples can spend a day exploring the beautiful location while their photographer snaps away.
Head underground at Clearwell Caves for a beautiful backdrop of underground lakes, atmospheric tunnels, secret underground passages and more.
With the chance to get creative with location, lighting and space, enjoy a truly unique photoshoot below the surface.
Are you having a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer? We'd love to hear where you are planning to host your Gloucestershire engagement shoot by commenting below.
By Alice Lloyd
Wednesday 27 July 2016
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