Happy Valentine’s and congratulations to everyone who got engaged on Thursday! One of the first steps, after you get engaged, is to start planning your engagement shoot. Our friend Alexandra at Alexandra Jakubowska Wedding Photography has compiled a list of her top five GTA engagement photo locations and was kind enough to write a guest blog for us to help Wedding Guide Mag couples find the best spot for their photos!
Engagement photography sessions are a great way to get to know your wedding photographer, and what is a better way to celebrate and memorialize such a special occasion than with an engagement photo shoot!
Pictures of you and your fiancé in a casual setting allow us to capture your love and happiness genuinely. Here are five of the best places to take those engagement photos in and around the greater Toronto area:
Perfect for every season of the year. Whether you are a fan of hockey and want to go for a wintery ice-skating session or you are looking for some romantic older buildings or just want a fun contemporary engagement session, Toronto has it all. My favourite locations are the NELSON SQUARE, Osgoode Hall, or a walk through the financial district where you can find many great picture opportunities. Let’s not forget about the Graffiti Alley where colours pop.
Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington
Beautiful, full of tropical plants, an indoor garden, and during the Summer, stunning outdoor grounds with rose gardens.
You should call in advance to book your photography permits, and you will also get access to Rock Gardens which are a part of RBG.
Suitable for every season, even during cold winter days you can feel like in the tropics there.
A beautiful park, one of the best in the city. Great scenic walks, and it’s just perfect for engagement sessions. It features a lovely view over Lake Ontario with a view of the cliff, sand, and water. It is absolutely amazing, and it is one of my favourite locations to shoot engagements. You can get very creative and forget about the time when you are shooting at the Bluffs.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Maybe not a perfect spot for elegant, high heel look but what amazing magical forest scenery. It is located in Milton, Ontario and it has accessible parking lots. You might want to bring sports shoes and a picnic basket on this one or even bring your dog for the session. It is an excellent spot for summer and fall engagement sessions. Lots of scenery, awesome trails and there are even some caves.
Paletta Mansion in Burlington
Paletta Mansion is located on the Lakeshore in Burlington, Ontario. It’s a beautiful location for your engagement session. What a wonderful view of Lake Ontario! The grounds are well maintained, and during the Spring and Summer, there are lots of beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs. With the historic mansion on the site, there are many great picture opportunities.