29 Idyllic International Locations for your pre-wedding photoshoot in 2021
From snow-clad peaks to meadows bursting with blooms, these beautiful destinations around the world are perfect for a magical pre-wedding shoot.
A perfect opportunity to capture candid memories that express your personalities, a pre-wedding shoot allows your creativity to unfurl freely without the constraints of tradition. And, when it comes to setting a theme for these precious shots, the location plays a pivotal role. In today’s era when the most famous spots in the world are saturated with tourists and influencers who’re constantly vying to capture an ‘insta-worthy’ shot, here’s a list of international destinations where you can revel in the bounties of nature peacefully with your future life partner while capturing jaw-droppingly gorgeous pre-wedding shots.
Banff National Park, Canada:
Snowclad mountain peaks, azure blue waters, and jagged rocks make the Banff National Park an absolute stunner and a romantic location for you to spend time with your partner. Peppered with lush green pine trees that give each picture a vibrant backdrop, this destination ticks all the right boxes for a pre-wedding shoot.
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A destination that’ll transport you back in time when the world was a simpler place, Hallstatt in Austria exudes a distinctly old-world, European charm. Filled with churches that go all the way back to the 12th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Town ticks all the boxes with its perfect blend of medieval and new-age architecture giving your pre-wedding shoot a unique twist.
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Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar:
A haven for ardent nature lovers, the Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar with its signature towering trees has the ability to transfer one to a different world that’s been untouched by mankind. Basking in the sunlight and filled to the brim with nature that’s centuries-old, this location is a fantasy come true.
Monument Valley, Utah:
An iconic symbol of the western part of America, the Monument Valley in Utah enchants the senses instantly with its raw beauty that strikes a delightful contrast with the pure blue sky. Rest assured, a pre-wedding photoshoot here during the golden hour will result in breathtaking pictures that capture a varied color palette.
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Coromandel Peak, New Zealand:
Offering stunning mountainous lake views all around the year, the Coromandel Peak in New Zealand gives you a bird’s eye view of the scenic landscape with ease. A paradise for nature and mountain lovers, this location is an ideal spot for an ultra-romantic pre-wedding photoshoot.
Photo Courtesy: Nina Henderson Photography
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine:
A fitting name to one of the most unique railway lines you’ll ever see, The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine is surrounded by lush green arches of foliage and has been a go-to location for couples around the world. With its eerily magical aura, this destination is a worthy candidate for a pre-wedding shoot.
Nicknamed ‘The Blue Forest’ for the staggering amount of bluebells that bloom here during springtime, this destination showcases nature at its finest. Located near central Belgium, it’s conveniently close to the nearby town of Halle so that you and your partner don’t have to worry about travel logistics while prepping for your pre-wedding shoot.
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Sea of Stars, Maldives:
A magical phenomenon that has consistently awed everyone around the world, The Sea Of Stars at the Maldives deserves all the accolades it receives. All thanks to the bioluminescent phytoplankton at Vaadhoo Island, the crashing waves at night seem studded with stars that have fallen from the night sky.
A canalside city with postcard-worthy colorful timber-framed houses, Colmar in France takes the cake with its vintage charm that gives a stiff competition to overpopulated destinations like Venice. Blooming flowers, azure skies, clean canals, and brightly painted quaint houses ensure each photograph captured here looks straight out of a painting.
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Tulip Fields, Netherlands
A must-visit for anyone traveling to the Netherlands during the spring, the Tulip Fields of Netherlands have been a tourist magnet for ages. However, if you’re seeking a quiet place that’ll keep you away from prying eyes while you pose, the fields in Hillegom in the western countryside are a worthy alternative.
Photo Courtesy: Dario Endara Photography
Casa Batlló, Spain:
Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Casa Batlló in Spain is an icon of modern architecture with its animalistic details. Safe to say, a pre-wedding photoshoot with this magnificent structure in the background is bound to leave everyone in awe.
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The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland:
An avenue lined with beech trees that entangle with each other to create a magnificent sight, this magical location has attracted several eyeballs in the past few years due to its inclusion in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. So, if you’re a GOT fan who also has an inkling for destinations that give off a mysterious vibe, this place in Northern Ireland is well worth a trip for your pre-wedding photoshoot.
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany:
Looking straight out of a storybook with its towering turrets that contrast delightfully with the surrounding forest, the Neuschwanstein Castle nestled in the Bavarian Alps exudes an ethereal serenity that easily seeps into every shot captured here.
Photo Courtesy: Nicole Marie Photography
With its raw, jagged, and earthy beauty paired with a sky dotted with colorful air balloons, Cappadocia is a treat for the eyes and an extremely convenient destination located in the heart of Turkey. Needless to say, a pre-wedding photoshoot here will produce sigh-inducing pictures that you and your partner can treasure forever.
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Also known as the ‘Devil’s Bridge’ for the perfect circle it forms when seen with its reflection in the water, the Rakotzbrücke is located at the Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau. An icon since its construction in the 19th Century, this bridge not only symbolizes eternity when joined with its semi-circular reflection but also lends a dreamy vibe to every picture.
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Mont Saint-Michel, France:
Topped by a monastery that pays no attention to the laws of gravity, the Mont Saint-Michel is a stunning sight that captures the imagination instantly. With vast empty spaces surrounding it, this tidal island rises up gloriously and looks curiously similar to a fairytale kingdom.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany:
Known for its picturesque medieval architecture and winding cobblestoned pathways, Rothenburg ob der Tauber effortlessly takes you back in time. Located in northern Bavaria, Germany this town with its quaint charm is perfect for a pre-wedding photoshoot with a contemporary theme.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Dotted with ancient temples that’ll take your breath away, Chiang Mai also boasts of a stunning mountainous landscape that is perfect for couples who wish to blend nature and man-made glory together. A short flight away from India, this destination is also super-convenient for a last-minute pre-wedding photoshoot.
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Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia:
The world’s largest salt flat that is incredibly stunning with its stark beauty, the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia lies amongst the famed Andes. With the bright blue sky contrasting the white salt plains, a photoshoot in this location guarantees all eyes on you as a couple as you revel in the vastness of nature in complete isolation.
Photo Courtesy: Katya Mukhina
Puez-Geisler Nature Park, Italy:
Encircled by towering Dolomites and rolling grasslands, the Puez-Geisler Nature Park is a feast for the eyes especially for couples who don’t mind a bit of adventure. Replete with serene beauty that’ll spur your imagination, this place also boasts of a challenging hike that you can indulge in later.
Located in the northwestern region of Morocco, visiting Chefchaouen is similar to stepping in a time machine with its old buildings that are painted in varying hues of blue. The winding streets, cracked concrete steps, and striking color make this Moroccan city a magnificent pre-wedding photoshoot destination.
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One of the most gorgeous waterfalls on the planet, Seljalandsfoss’s breathtaking purity will leave you spellbound from the first glance itself. A perfect canvas for a fairytale pre-wedding photoshoot that celebrates your love amidst the magnificence of nature, these waterfalls are best visited on a sunny day when you can catch a rainbow in the frame too!
Photo Courtesy: Ptaufiq Photography
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Japan:
A perfect representation of rural Japan with its thatched roofs and rice paddies, the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama village looks straight out of a postcard. A pre-wedding shoot here during the snowy winter allows the imagination to run free as one can easily capture playful as well as romantic shots here with ease.
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Ta Prohm, Cambodia:
Mysterious, enchanting, and overtaken by the Cambodian jungle, the Ta Prohm has been featured in countless movies, magazines, and blogs. But even the constant exposure has failed to fade its enigmatic appearance. Safe to say, a pre-wedding shoot here will produce pictures that’ll grab eyeballs with its unique oriental beauty.
Photo Courtesy: Cristiano Ostinelli
Château de Chenonceau, France:
Spanning the River Cher, this Renaissance-style Château remains one of the most popular places in the Loire valley and for good reasons too. Especially beautiful in the spring when it’s gardens are in full bloom Château de Chenonceau exudes effortless elegance that is reflected in your pictures as well.
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The Pena Palace, Portugal:
With its colorful hues contrasting delightfully with the bright blue sky, The Pena Palace in Portugal has romance written all over it. Inspired by German Romantic architecture, a pre-wedding shoot here doesn’t just guarantee aesthetically pleasing pictures but also injects an element of vibrant luxury to each shot.
Photo Courtesy: Lisbon Wedding Photographer
Kawachi Wisteria Garden, Japan:
A place best visited in spring, the Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Japan bursts to bloom to create a view that looks straight out of a fairytale. Swathed in shades of lilac, white and green, these suspended blooms found in Kitakyushu (six hours away from Tokyo) provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic pre-wedding shoot in the lap of nature.
Photo Courtesy: Lena Lim
Angel Falls, Venezuela:
The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, the Angel Falls instantly evokes a sense of mystery and adventure. And, if you and your partner are avid nature lovers who aren’t afraid to take the less beaten path, this majestic waterfall in Venezuela might just bring your pre-wedding photoshoot destination hunt to a happy end.
Located in the northernmost region of Finland, Lapland looks like a Christmas card during the days and enchants the eye with a spectacular view of the Northern Lights at night. Perfect for a lighthearted as well as an intense, moody pre-wedding photoshoot, this place offers the best of both worlds.
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