The Best Engagement Session Locations in Northern Virginia

The Best Engagement Session Locations in Northern Virginia

In this blog post, I will be highlighting some of the best engagement session locations in Northern Virginia.

Oatlands Historic House 

Oatlands is located in Leesburg, Virginia. It has a beautiful white mansion house and gardens surrounded by fields and beautiful mountain views. Oatlands requires a $125 permit fee to photograph. (I cover the fees for my clients by purchasing a year pass.) View a full Oatlands engagement session.

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Bears Den Overlook

For a breathtaking, colorful view of the entire Shenandoah Valley, go to Bears Den. Pack a picnic, a bottle of champagne, and enjoy the view. Bears Den is part of the Blueridge Mountains and the Appalachian trail. After a short walk down the trail, you are greeted by a gorgeous view of the Shenandoah Valley. There are rocks to climb over, so a comfortable pair of shoes/change of shoes is recommended.


Blandy Farm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Blandy is one of my most favorite spots for engagement photos because it is open 365 days a year, doesn’t require a fee or a permit and is absolutely GORGEOUS! There are 172 acres of trees, fields and plants of all kinds.

Old Town Alexandria

Whether we take photographs on the old cobblestone streets or on the waterfront, you can never go wrong with Old Town Alex! These images were taken on the waterfront and at Carlyle House.


Are you looking for more engagement session location ideas? The Monuments in Washington D.C. are beyond beautiful. I have an entire blog post dedicated to engagement photo locations in D.C. Click here to see all of my favorite engagement session spots in Washington D.C.!


Meet The Author

Carly is a wedding photographer based in Winchester, Virginia. She is most known for her bubbly personality and love of Starbucks iced coffee. When she is not photographing weddings in Northern Virginia and D.C., she loves going to wineries and spending time with her family.

I'm a fine art wedding photographer
serving couples in Virginia, Washington D.C. and beyond.


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