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Top Long Island Locations for Engagement Photos


Finding a location for your engagement photos on Long Island can feel like a huge decision, but it does not have to be! Long Island, New York, offers a plethora of picturesque locations that provide the perfect backdrop for engagement photos. As the founder of Iconic Events by Mandi, I'm delighted to present you with a handpicked selection of the best Long Island spots for capturing those cherished moments of love and joy.


Montauk Lighthouse:

Located at the easternmost tip of Long Island, the Montauk Lighthouse stands tall as a timeless symbol of love and endurance. Its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding dramatic cliffs make for stunning engagement photos. Long Island couples can embrace the coastal charm, with the lighthouse's iconic red and white stripes adding a touch of classic romance. Permits are required for professional photography sessions, but the results are undoubtedly worth it.


Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park:

Nestled in Oyster Bay, this 400-acre historic estate is a haven for nature-loving couples. The Planting Fields Arboretum features an array of lush gardens, beautifully landscaped grounds, and enchanting historic architecture. From the vibrant colors of spring blooms to the rich autumnal foliage, every season offers a unique and captivating backdrop for engagement photos. Iconic Events by Mandi's couples from both Long Island, Manhattan and beyond have traveled for photos at this site. A permit is required for professional photography sessions at the park.


Old Westbury Gardens:

Step back in time and into the opulent world of Old Westbury Gardens. This historic mansion and gardens in Old Westbury showcases timeless elegance and grandeur, creating a regal ambiance for engagement photos. The meticulously manicured gardens, ornate fountains, and classic architecture provide a sense of romance fit for a fairytale. A permit is required for professional photography at Old Westbury Gardens.


Where You Met:

While this may not apply in all circumstances, there are adorable possibilities that can occur. A couple who had their first date at The Good Life in Massapequa Park enjoyed taking engagement photos on the village streets. I have even seen couples do engagement photos at All-American Burger in Massapequa, at a local library and in front of their High School! What place is important to you as a couple?


Fire Island:

For couples who love the beach and desire a laid-back vibe, Fire Island offers a dreamy destination for engagement photos. This barrier island boasts miles of pristine sandy shores, rolling dunes, and picturesque sunsets over the Great South Bay. From playful moments by the ocean to serene walks along the beach, Fire Island allows couples to capture their love in a relaxed and natural setting.


Long Beach Boardwalk:

The Long Beach Boardwalk is an ideal location for couples seeking a mix of urban charm and coastal beauty. With the ocean on one side and vibrant cityscapes on the other, this spot provides diverse opportunities for engagement photos. Stroll along the boardwalk, capture candid moments, and let the energy of the city and the tranquility of the sea fuse into a unique photo session. Don't forget to stop for Marvel ice cream on the way home!


As couples embark on the journey of engagement, Long Island offers a tapestry of exquisite locations to create lasting memories. From historic estates and lush gardens to sandy shores and iconic landmarks, each spot encapsulates a different facet of romance and love. As you plan your engagement photo shoot, keep in mind that some locations require permits for professional photography. At Iconic Events by Mandi, we aim to curate unforgettable experiences, capturing the essence of your love story in these mesmerizing Long Island backdrops.

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