Your engagement shoot is your first foray into capturing your love before your wedding day. Often time, your engagement photos might be your first professional photoshoot with your spouse-to-be. Lucky for you, Houston is a backdrop filled with both inspiring nature and urban beauty. We’ve rounded up seven indoor and outdoor locations to take your engagement pictures.

Locations:

Rice University

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Rice University’s expansive campus tops our list of exceptional settings for your engagement shoot. The 300-acre campus is lined with 4,300 trees, making it as whimsical as it is historical. Rice’s decorative columns and inviting archways make it a dreamy landscape to showcase your love. Don’t forget to get some lovely shots of your sparkly, new diamond ring.

McGovern Centennial Gardens

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McGovern Centennial Gardens is one of the most well-known locations for engagement photoshoots, but can you blame it? The eight-acre garden is home to more than 490 new trees of over 50 species, 760 hedge shrubs, 55,000 perennial bulbs, 650 azaleas and 4.5 acres of grass. Need we say more? Well, we will. While you’re getting your photos taken, be sure to really take in your surroundings, especially if you’re still looking for the perfect wedding venue.

Buffalo Bayou Park

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Aside from picturesque downtown views and Houston’s favorite bike trail, Buffalo Bayou Park is a stunning destination for an engagement photoshoot. The park’s greenery is a reprieve from the busy city life. Take in the quiet moments in between photos as you celebrate your engagement with your partner.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

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Are you and your partner the playful type? Show off your convivial bond in one of the happiest places near Houston. Galveston’s shore is a stunning place for couples’ photos on the beach, but the city’s Historic Pleasure Pier is complete with carousels and rollercoasters that play into your adventurous style.

Houston’s Great Coffee Shops

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Cozy up with you S.O. in a spot that means something. Think back to those early first dates when you would grab lattes in a quiet coffee shop where it felt like there was no one but the two of you. A perfect destination is Boomtown Coffee on Main Street, formally known as The Honeymoon. It’s a top spot for both an afternoon pick-me-up and sweet, casual engagement photos.

Chateau Cocomar

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Take a trip to Paris without leaving the 713 area code. Chateau Cocomar is a regal backdrop with French inspiration. Book this venue for your engagement shoot if you’re looking for a romantic fairytale setting without hopping a plane to Europe. This is another location to keep in mind for a wedding venue during your engagement photoshoot.

Z on 23

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Celebrate love with one of the best views in the city. Le Meredian Hotel’s Z on 23 is a must-visit destination in the city. Capture surreal city views with your betrothed to honor your special day.