Best places to take your engagement photos, from elaborate doors to the perfect spot outdoors

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Let’s face it — your wedding day is going to be busy. While your photographer will capture most of it, some couples also like to have pictures of themselves in a more relaxed setting. Hence, the engagement photos. Charlotte is such a picturesque place for a high-quality photo shoot. From the modern metropolitan that is Uptown Charlotte to the pockets of nature throughout the city, it’ll be easy to find a spot fit for you.

Add a bit of individuality to your pictures by choosing a place that has meaning to you as a couple. You could go back to the spot where you had your first date, the place where he proposed, or even simply your favorite spot in the city. If you’re aren’t sure where to start looking, check out this list of the best places in Charlotte to take your engagement photos:

Uptown

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

From Romare Bearden Park to Il Grande Disco sculpture, Uptown Charlotte is the perfect place for a couple who wants variety in their engagement photos. Stop by the Firebird in front of The Bechtler, The Green, or pose in front of some of Charlotte’s most recognizable skyscrapers. The tops of Fahrenheit and City Lights also provide fantastic views of the city.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

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With its bright red door and rustic charm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is a great option for an engagement photo shoot. Built in 1895 on the corner of Seventh and Tryon streets in Uptown, it is one of Charlotte’s most picturesque historical landmarks. The recognizable red door will add a burst of color to your pictures, but also consider the gate and flowers surrounding the church as interesting backdrops.

NoDa

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Noda has so many unique backgrounds. Pose in front of a colorful mural, a rustic wall or simply artsy North Davidson street. Boudreaux’s, Growler’s Pourhouse and the former Solstice Tavern are good places to start in your search for the ideal backdrop. If you find the right spot, you might even be able to get a glimpse of the skyline in the background.

Freedom Park

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Freedom Park has so much to offer for engagement photo opportunities. Select the fountain in the middle of the pond or the nature trails around the park. Although, the best spot has to be the bridge. Your photographer can surely take advantage of the unique angles the bridge has to offer.

Lake Norman

Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography

Just a short drive away, Lake Norman is as close to paradise as you can get in Charlotte. With trees reflecting on the water and shorelines perfect for picnic blankets, the drive is definitely worth it. Mix it up by renting a canoe for your photos or walk down one of the public docks lined with picturesque sailboats.

Midtown Park

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Little Sugar Creek and the Greenway lead right to this quaint spot next to City Center. Midtown Park has it all: green space, a walkway under a pergola and a view of Uptown.

Rail Trail

Photo via Charlotte Rail Trail

For beautiful shots of Uptown’s skyline as your background, head to the Rail Trail in South End. With colorful designs on the pavement and the city behind you, this location is perfect for the couple who calls Charlotte home.

Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary

Photo via Wing Haven

Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary is a great spot for engagement pictures. With both formal and informal photography sessions available, you can tailor your photo shoot to your needs. Surround yourself with beautiful Southern horticulture and discover a natural oasis in the Bird Sanctuary. With bubbling fountains, blooming flowers and the calming sounds of wildlife, Wing Haven is truly a nature-lover’s paradise.

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