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12 Trending Overseas Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Destinations You Need to Know
Take your love to new places by picking one of these stunning overseas destination for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding album and experience.
Nothing spells love more than exploring some of the world’s most romantic and beautifully exotic places with your life partner as you go on an adventure and discover the hidden charms of a foreign land. Make that experience even more special by documenting your adventure and sweet moments in a pre-wedding photoshoot for lifetime memories that will not only make your wedding album a unique one, but create keepsakes of your journey that you can always look back onto.
However, deciding on exactly where and how many locations you want to travel to for your pre-wedding photoshoot is a difficult task, since every destination has a unique beauty to uncover. And with most of your budget going into the actual wedding, you might not have much budget to go far. But fret not. Whether you are looking for more budget-friendly locations such as Bali or Taiwan or chasing after Western beauty in Europe, you’re bound to find the ideal location for your needs and budget from our list of 12 trending overseas pre-wedding photoshoot destinations.
1. AustraliaChelsea and Jason’s Captivating Pre-Wedding Adventure in by Alwin Lim from Trouvé
It’s not difficult to see why Australia is one of the most popular wedding photoshoot destinations. Not only is Australia a short flight away, the six different Australian states offer a variety of breathtaking landscape and scenery for you to pick from. Travel to the lovely Sydney and capture your moments of love against the elegant Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most distinctive monuments, or make your way to nearby Melbourne and make memories at the iconic and extremely photogenic Flinder’s Street Railway Station. If nature’s more your cup of tea, then scenic Perth, where the ever popular blue house aka the Crawley Edge Boatshed is, is the perfect location for a nature-filled wedding photoshoot.
2. BaliSherlyn and Deyao’s Bali Pre-Wedding Shoot With Z Wedding D’sign by Chris Ling International Photographers
Known for its magnificent volcanic mountains, beautiful beaches and captivating rice paddies, Bali is a popular pick among couples for their pre-wedding photoshoot. Whether you pick to make memories by the island’s awe-inspiring cliffs or capture romantic moments along the beach with the glow of the evening sun in the distance, Bali is the perfect spot for capturing and celebrating romance.
3. IcelandBreathtaking Honeymoon Travelogue of the Iceland Northern Lights by Skyy Woo Photography
Perfect for couples seeking an adventure and a beautiful surprise at every turn, Iceland is the place to go to for breathtaking scenery, stunning glaciers and dramatic landscape of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and the highly sought after Northern Lights.
4. ItalyImage by John Lim Photography
Visiting Italy and having a pre-wedding photoshoot is a highly coveted experience. Discover Mother Nature’s masterpieces, priceless Renaissance paintings and structures in beautiful Italy with your love and make lifetime keepsakes. Whether you choose to follow in the footsteps of saints and emperiors in Rome, revel in the magnificence of the Vatican City or bask in the romance of Florence, you won’t be disappointed with Italy.
5. JapanInes and Irjen’s Mesmerizing Lovescapade in Japan by Multifolds Photography
Japan is another favourite for pre-wedding photoshoots. Besides the dreamy Sakura blooms of Spring and the fiery hues of Autumn, the land of the rising sun is brimming with culture and character unique only to them. Experience authentic Japanese culture in traditional Kyoto or head to the slopes in Hokkaido for a snowy wonderland. Don’t forget to visit the buzzing and vibrant Tokyo for a shot at the famous Shinjuku crossing and experience the colourful metropolitan city.
6. New York CityMy New York Bridal Week Experience in October 2014
The Big Apple needs no introduction. Bursting with iconic landmarks and sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Central Park, and neighbourhoods full of character, the home of the Statue of Liberty is the ideal destination for a memorable and romantic pre-wedding photoshoot.
7. NorwaySinghui and Daniel’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Adventure in Picturesque Norway by Eirik Halvorsen
Norway is a country everyone has to visit at least once in their lifetime. The stunning Scandinavian country is the perfect spot to catch the Northern Lights, enjoy beautiful fjords and experience a winter wonderland. And there’s no better way to explore and experience the magnificent Norway than to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime pre-wedding photoshoot to this land of wonders.
8. ParisMichelle and John’s Enchanting Engagement Session in Europe by Unique-Colours Creative Media
Like New York City, Paris needs no explanation on why it is the most popular destination for pre-wedding photoshoots (and honeymoons!). The city of love is known for its iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, Arc de Triomph and Versailles Palace and its vibrant cafe culture.
9. SantoriniA Modern Day Fairytale by Sunrise Greece
Known as the “Island of love”, Santorini is located in Greece, off Aegean Sea. Couples flock to the romantic Greek island for its iconic blue domes, pristine-white walls, sparkling waters and clear blue skies.
10. South KoreaI Knew I Loved You by Aixoo
South Korea has always been a favourite location for pre-wedding photoshoots. Springtime spells of a soft, pastel romance as delicate Sakura flower blooms while the fiery hues of Autumn add magic to the scenery and Winter reveals a powdery white vision straight out of a fairytale. There is no “best time” to visit South Korea as each of its four seasons carry a unique charm, whether you are exploring Mother Nature in Jeju or getting in touch with modernity in Seoul.
11. SwitzerlandImage by Kent Wong Photography
There’s nowhere more majestic than the Alps for a beautiful pre-wedding photo session. Explore the picturesque lakes and magnificent snow-capped mountains with your love and discover medieval mountaintop villages, landmark clock towers or beautiful old chapels in Switzerland as your photographer documents your epic pre-wedding adventure.
12. TaiwanNina and Alvin by eImage Studio
One of the most welcoming countries in the world, Taiwan is an extremely underrated destination. Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, offers endless venue choices for a pre-wedding photoshoot. Nearby Taichung, Kaoshiong and Tainan are equally beautiful and sought after for pre-wedding shoots.
For couples who are more adventurous and seeking a truly unique pre-wedding experience, why not travel to these places for your pre-wedding photoshoot instead? Although these destinations are not as popular, they are every bit as stunning and unique at the ones above. Plus, because not many couples choose to have their photoshoot here, you can count on your pre-wedding album to be filled with unique scenery and moments.
AustriaImage by Kent Wong Photography
Austria is home to some of the most spectacular natural landscapes and elegant urban towns, characterised by mountain villages, baroque architecture, imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Famously beautiful and dream-like, go on an adventure in this stunning European city and discover its hidden beauty.
BelgiumImage by John Lim Photography
Known for its medieval old towns and Renaissance architecture, Belgium is a must-visit if you and your loved one are fans of medieval and Renaissance times. Let its magical market squares, modern museums and galleries and wide variety of edible specialities such as luscious chocolates and heavenly two-fried frites seduce you as you take dramatic photos in Antwerp, on the canals and cobbled streets of Bruges, or against castles in the port city of Ghent.
Cape TownDramatic Coastal Pre-Wedding Photography at Cape Town by John Lim Photography
It is impossible not to fall in love with Cape Town the moment you lay eyes on it. Explore the port city’s natural wonders and marvel at the stunning view and visit its charming towns and immerse yourself in the beautiful city’s unique culture as you make memories of a lifetime with your loved one.
CroatiaHui Ting and Yew Thong’s Romantic Europe Pre-Wedding Escapade by A Little Moment Photography
Most known for its charming island-speckled coastline, Croatia is the place for nature lovers. Let the emerald and sapphire shades of its waters bewitch you and the majestic Dinaric Alps mesmerise you as you create memories of a lifetime with your loved one in this extraordinary Eastern European country.
GermanyImage cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Mariano Mantel
Embark on an adventure to Germany and discover its mysterious forests, romantic river valleys and expansive vineyards this Western European country has to offer. Visit Berlin, its capital, and learn about its artistic scenes and World War II or hop over to Munich for its legendary beer halls and centuries-old buildings or Frankfurt for its modern skyscrapers. No matter where you decide to go, Germany is bound to impress you with its epic landscapes.
MacauSilent and Jonas’ Stunning Pre-Wedding Photography in Japan and Macau by La-Vie Photography Japan
Boasting a rich heritage of its Chinese and Portuguese past, Macau makes a fascinating choice for a pre-wedding photoshoot. Create memories at the iconic Ruins of St. Paul, the ruins of a 16th century complex in Macau and visit the world’s largest Casino at the Venetian for a modern touch.
MongoliaAn Adventure of a Lifetime by Moomedia by Andrew Mok
For a truly one-of-a-kind pre-wedding photo album, take your loved one to exotic Mongolia and immerse yourselves into the Mongolian wilderness and marvel in its spectacular countryside, rugged mountains, clear lakes and abundant wildlife and livestock. Experience the warm hospitality of the natives and their nomadic culture as you document this special journey with your beloved.
MoroccoSophia and Darren’s Breathtaking Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Morocco by AndroidsinBoots
A country of dizzying diversity, Morocco is one of the world’s most exciting places to explore. Go on an adventure on their epic mountain ranges, charming alleyways of ancient cities, sweeping desert and experience first-hand the warm hospitality the North African country is known for.
New ZealandImage by Bittersweet Photography
New Zealand’s mix of landscapes and cultures are bound to enlighten and bring you on an adventure as you explore its rolling hills, volcanoes and glaciers, unique Māori culture and delectable cuisine. And if you’re a Lord of the Rings‘s fan, then you must visit Mount Victoria, South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes in Wellington where Peter Jackson’s mythical Middle Earth was based on.
PortugalImage cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Luismississippi
With the oldest borders in Europe, Portugal is a place for exceptional experiences. Discover medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches in this beautiful European country as you soak up its unique cultural heritage, hospitality and superb cuisine.
SpainImage cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Francisco Oliveira
Let Spain’s varying landscapes bring out the explorer in you and your loved one. Bask in the beauty of Mother Nature at the Pyrenees and Spain’s wildly beautiful cliffs and explore charming Roman ruins, timeless villages and modern landmarks as you descend into its dazzling cities like Barcelona and Madrid.
The NetherlandsImage cc licensed flickr photo by Moyan Brenn
Known for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes, The Netherlands is your gateway to Dutch culture. Visit Amsterdam, the capital, and go an adventure in its atmospheric lanes and sights and bask in its artistic heritage and modern buildings. Explore the north with a trip to nearby Zaanse Schans, a traditional Dutch village park, where you’ll get a glimpse of what life was like centuries ago and feast your eyes on the windmills The Netherlands has been known for.
United KingdomHui Ting and Yew Thong’s Romantic Europe Pre-Wedding Escapade by A Little Moment Photography
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is an ideal destination for a pre-wedding photoshoot. Visit Bath’s Roman spa and explore the mysterious stone structures at Stonehenge in England, and marvel at how the old and the new meet in modern London. Travel North towards Scotland and explore its ancient castles and sprawling countryside or head West to Northern Ireland and discover the unique Irish charm.
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Credits: Feature Image from Singhui and Daniel’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Adventure in Picturesque Norway by Eirik Halvorsen. All other images are taken from the respective photographer’s Facebook unless otherwise stated.
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