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Longwood Gardens Engagement Session

Planning an engagement session is an exciting part of the wedding journey, and choosing the perfect location can make all the difference. Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is a stunning venue that offers an array of breathtaking backdrops for your engagement photos. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the logistics of having a Longwood Gardens engagement session and explore the various locations within the gardens that are perfect for capturing beautiful photos.

A couple sits closely together on the edge of a fountain in a historic stone courtyard, with ornate sculptures and lush greenery in the background, capturing the romance of their Longwood Gardens engagement session.

Why Choose Longwood Gardens?

Longwood Gardens is renowned for its meticulously maintained landscapes, diverse plant collections, and stunning architecture. Spanning over 1,000 acres, the gardens provide various settings, from lush meadows and enchanting woodlands to elegant fountains and grand conservatories. This diversity makes Longwood Gardens an ideal location for engagement photos, offering endless opportunities to capture unique and stunning images.

Booking Your Session

Before you can enjoy your Longwood Gardens engagement session, you need to plan and book your visit. Longwood Gardens is a popular destination, so it’s essential to book your engagement session well in advance. Visit their website or contact their visitor services to check availability and make a reservation. Additionally, a photography permit will be required soon (date tbd) for all professional photo sessions at Longwood Gardens.

Ensure you obtain this permit before your session to avoid any disruptions. The permit fee supports the maintenance and preservation of the gardens. In addition to the photography permit, you’ll need to pay admission fees for the photographer and any assistants. Check the current rates on Longwood Gardens’ website. Plan your session to maximize the time you have in the gardens. Longwood Gardens is vast, so map out the locations you want to visit and allocate sufficient time for each spot.

A couple stands closely together, smiling and embracing during their Longwood Gardens engagement session, with a waterfall and greenery in the background.

Best Locations for Photos at Longwood Gardens

Italian Water Garden

The Italian Water Garden is a formal garden featuring symmetrical pools, fountains, and classical statues. This location is perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated and elegant backdrop. The central fountain and reflecting pools provide a stunning focal point for your photos, while the stone steps and surrounding greenery offer a grand and picturesque setting. The symmetry and classical design of this garden create a timeless and refined atmosphere for your engagement photos.

A couple stands together in front of a stone fountain under an archway at Longwood Gardens, with soft sunlight illuminating the scene. The woman wears a floral dress, and the man is in a navy shirt. This serene moment captures the essence of their engagement session beautifully.

Flower Garden Walk

The Flower Garden Walk is a colorful, flower-lined path that changes with the seasons. This vibrant location is ideal for capturing the beauty of nature and the joy of your engagement. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find tulips, lilies, chrysanthemums, and more, providing a diverse and colorful backdrop for your photos. The pergolas and arbors, draped with climbing plants, add a touch of romance to the scene, creating a picturesque and inviting environment for your engagement session.

The Meadow Garden

The Meadow Garden offers a more natural and expansive setting, with wide-open fields, wildflowers, and native grasses. This location is perfect for couples who love the outdoors and want a more rustic, pastoral feel. The vast meadows provide a sense of freedom and tranquility, while seasonal wildflowers add color and charm to your photos. The natural beauty and expansive landscapes of the Meadow Garden create a serene and peaceful atmosphere, ideal for capturing intimate and heartfelt moments.

A man and woman stand outdoors at Longwood Gardens, embracing and smiling. The man is wearing a blue shirt and jeans, while the woman dons a white floral dress. Sunlight filters through the trees in the background, capturing the magic of their engagement session.

Topiary Garden

The Topiary Garden features meticulously trimmed shrubs and trees in whimsical shapes. This unique and playful setting is excellent for couples looking for something different and memorable. The structured shapes of the topiaries create exciting and visually striking compositions, while the lush greenery offers a classic and elegant backdrop. The whimsical and imaginative designs of the Topiary Garden add a touch of fun and creativity to your engagement photos, making them stand out and reflect your unique personality.

Peirce’s Woods

Peirce’s Woods is a serene woodland garden with winding paths, towering trees, and various native plants. This location is perfect for capturing intimate and magical moments in a natural setting. The shaded paths provide a cozy and secluded atmosphere, while tree branches and foliage create beautiful natural frames for your photos. The tranquil and enchanting environment of Peirce’s Woods offers a romantic and timeless backdrop for your engagement session, allowing you to capture the essence of your love in a peaceful and natural setting.

A man embraces a smiling woman from behind in a garden, both illuminated by soft light during their Longwood Gardens engagement session.

Practical Tips for Your Session

To maximize your Longwood Gardens engagement session, plan your session for early morning or late afternoon to take advantage of the soft, golden light. The soft, warm light during these times enhances the natural beauty of the scene and provides flattering light for portraits. Additionally, early morning or late afternoon shoots can help avoid the harsh midday sun, which can create unflattering shadows and highlights.

Check the weather forecast and be prepared for changes. Being prepared for different weather scenarios ensures that your photoshoot can proceed smoothly, no matter what. Choose outfits that complement the natural surroundings and each other. Consider bringing a change of clothes for different looks and settings. Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll walk and stand for extended periods. Bring water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized.

A couple stands close, embracing in front of a large, ivy-covered wall at Longwood Gardens. The man kisses the woman's forehead as she smiles, creating a perfect moment for their engagement session.


A Longwood Gardens engagement session offers a stunning and diverse backdrop for capturing your love story. By planning and choosing suitable locations within the gardens, you can create beautiful and memorable images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Whether you prefer the elegance of the Conservatory exterior, the natural beauty of the Meadow Garden, or the whimsical charm of the Topiary Garden, Longwood Gardens has something for every couple. If you’re ready to capture your engagement at Longwood Gardens, I’d love to help make your vision a reality. With experience navigating the gardens and a passion for storytelling through photography, I can ensure your session is seamless and enjoyable. Let’s create something beautiful together.

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