Here in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area we are so very fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful locations for pictures. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the top engagement session locations in Raleigh and Durham!
1. STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
The Capitol Building is GORGEOUS no matter the time of year! The columns, architecture, stately oak trees, and winding walkways truly make it an iconic spot for pictures. When you finish your shoot make sure to stop by The Pit or Beasley’s Chicken and Honey for dinner!
2. DOROTHEA DIX PARK IN RALEIGH, NC
Dorothea Dix Park has so many beautiful options in terms of photography. There’s wide open fields, a gorgeous view of the Raleigh skyline, towering oak trees, and the iconic sunflower fields in the summer. It’s become a favorite for engagement sessions in the Raleigh area!
3. WRAL AZALEA GARDENS IN RALEIGH
Don’t get me started on the stunning azalea gardens in Raleigh! Not only are the azalea blooms stunning in the spring and early fall, but they hydrangeas are gorgeous in the summertime! This is a small garden, but it seriously offers some opportunities for gorgeous engagement photos that you’ll cherish for years to come! This has become one of the most requested session locations for my TR Couples!
4. NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART
If you love tall, grassy fields that give a dreamy vibe to your photos then the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is the perfect spot for your engagement session. While I love it any time of the year, I especially love it in the fall!
5. DUKE GARDENS IN DURHAM, NC
You do have to pay a fee to get into Duke Gardens, but it’s worth it for the scenery! Duke Gardens offers so many options for florals! There’s also a pond with a weeping willow tree that I LOVE! Probably my favorite offering of Duke Gardens though is the foundation at the entrance!
6. AMERICAN TOABACCO CAMPUS IN DOWNTOWN DURHAM, NC
I love the American Tobacco Campus because it truly offers a lot of variety! You will find lots of brick, some cool murals, twinkle lights, and a gorgeous waterfall here! If you’re a fan of industrial architecture, then this would be a great spot for your pictures! Make sure to stop by one the many tasty restaurants Durham’s food scene has to offer! Two of our favorites our Elmo’s and Dame’s Chicken and Waffles 🙂
7. DOWNTOWN CARY, NC
Downtown Cary has such a small town vibe that makes it so cute for pictures! The foliage in fall and the crepe myrtles in summer make it picturesque any time of the year! I especially love the fountain in downtown as well the the Arts Center!
Tell me below in the comments if you think you’ll utilize one of these top engagement session locations in Raleigh and Durham!
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Hi Tierney & Christopher,
My daughter, Maryn Hayward & fiancé, Jon DeYoung are getting married next June 24, 2023 at Walnut Hill outside Raleigh. We would like a photographer starting on Friday for the morning rehearsal the rehearsal lunch or dinner the evening welcome party & then the wedding on Sat the 24th. Do you have those dates a available?