Clients often ask me where the "best" place to take their engagement pictures is. My quick answer is "the place you love the best!" but with so many gorgeous locations to choose from in New Jersey, sometimes there are lots of places that my clients love best!
Some of my absolute favorite locations for engagement pictures in the entire state of New Jersey (get ready for a long list!) include:
Allaire State Park, Wall Township
Asbury Park : the iconic boardwalk, the graffiti walls, the old casino, Convention Hall, and the gorgeous beach itself
Batso Village, Hammonton
Branch Brook Park, especially during cherry blossom season!
Cape May Point State Park, Cape May
Cape May, most notably around Congress Hall
Colonial Park, Somerset County
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills
Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Double Trouble State Park, Ocean County : if you've ever wanted to take your engagement pictures in a cranberry bog, now's your chance!
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine
Fort Lee Historic Park, near the George Washington Bridge
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown
Frenchtown, Hunterdon County
Great Falls of Paterson, Paterson
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton Township. This quirky, offbeat location is both gorgeous and unique!
Hacklebarney State Park, Chester Hartshorne Woods, Monmouth County - the fishing pier is endlessly charming!
Hoboken, most notably Pier A Park
Holmdel Park and Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Island Heights, Ocean County
Jockey Hollow, Morristown
Ken Lockwood Gorge, Hunterdon County. I love the enormous boulders and sweet waterfalls.
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Leonard J Buck Garden, Far Hills
Liberty State Park, Jersey City - the skyline views have to be seen to be believed!
Long Beach Island
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Manasquan, especially Fisherman's Cove
Mills Reservation, near Cedar Grove and Montclair
Natirar Park, Gladstone
Presby Memorial Iris Garden, Montclair
Princeton University, Princeton
Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank
Sandy Hook, Highlands. I especially enjoy the old forts, especially near sunset
Sayen House and Gardens, Hamilton
Skylands Manor, NJ State Botanic Garden/Ringwood State Park
South Mountain Reservation, West Orange
Spring Lake : the beaches, boardwalk, lake with bridges (two of them!), or even down the beautiful tree-lined sidewalks of the more residential areas
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken
The Great Swamp, Basking Ridge
Thomas Edison National Park, West Orange
Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair : I especially love the greenhouse!