Engagement Photo Ideas

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Happy Friday Loves,

In honor of today being exactly 50 days out from our wedding, I’m sharing all of my favorite fun and flirty photoshoot ideas as well as the best spots around Dallas to take Engagement Photos!

City Feels…
If you and your significant other prefer the big-city feel with urban art installations, than Deep Ellum is your spot. Within walking distance are several different backdrops ranging from original 20th century storefronts to large graffiti murals.

Similar to Deep Ellum, are West End and the Bishop Arts District which both have a similar eclectic vibe. These are all perfect locations for couples looking to stage fun and quirky shots with props but need a bit of extra room!

Prop ideas:

  • Old School Bicycle (like the iconic Notebook scene)
  • Cotton Candy
  • Spraying Champagne with city view in the background
  • Bouquet of Balloons

Back to Nature…
There’s just something about a floral backdrop that makes every photo feel more romantic. The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden has 66 acres of breathtaking photo opportunities. The best part is that even if the park is filled with people, you can always find a spot to tuck away for a private shoot. Similar locations include the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano or Klyde Warren Park in the heart of downtown … perfect for couples who want a mixture of nature and city.
Here are some examples of ours that were taken at the Dallas Arboretum…

White Rock Lake is another breath-taking spot for photos… especially during sunset! These were my favorite photos that Mauricio and I took. Great for staging a little picnic on the dock as well!

Prop ideas:

  • Picnic Basket/Blanket
  • Fishing
  • Row Boat (cutest!)
  • DOG — lets be honest, if there is a dog in the photo it’s automatically adorable
  • Flying a Kite

Texan Vibes:
If you’re looking for more of a rustic/texan feel to your photos, the Cotton Mill in McKinney is the perfect spot. This location has been used for movies, music videos, photoshoots, and weddings because of it’s industrial look.  This spot is great for those that are keen to large open-spaces with beautiful natural lighting.

Cost: $150 for 2 hours

If you’re in need of a great indoor location for your shoot then check out the Hickory Street Anex.  The upstairs room offers a a variety of different looks, from large windows, chaise lounges, and wide open rooms. To vintage cargo elevators, wire doors, and a dark basement.  If the day of your photoshoot turns out to be a nice day, be sure take a few shots out around the annex. They have some beautiful glass sculptures and rustic urban spots that make for great photos.

Cost: $75 an hour

Prop Ideas:

  • Tinted Smoke Bombs (these look AWESOME)
  • Confetti
  • Popping Champagne

Any fellow brides out there? What was your favorite engagement photo you took?


Love, abby darling



  1. Wow..your photo ideas are so cool. I especially like the one with cotton candy 🙂

  2. Your photos are beautiful! My husband’s family lives close to the Dallas Arboretum I had the chance to take photos of my niece there!

  3. These engagement photo-shoot ideas and pictures are gorgeous! I have always been a fan of rustic/outdoorsy photo-shoots. I love the photo on the fishing dock. Stunning!

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