A woman in a blue and pink floral dress walks down a mowed path through a high grass field with deep green trees behind her during a faux southeastern Connecticut engagement session for a Connecticut wedding photography video.

3 Southeastern Connecticut Engagement Session Location Ideas (that Aren’t Harkness)

Everyone loves Harkness for engagement session photos. But what other southeastern Connecticut engagement session location options are out there?

Harkness Memorial State Park. It’s one of the most popular Connecticut state parks…and for good reason (e.g., water, a mansion, and plenty of nature)! But this also makes it, however, an excellent choice for all types of photo sessions, especially engagement ones. This may have you thinking, “How about some other options for southeastern Connecticut engagement session locations?”

Well, that’s a good question. And fortunately, it has many good answers. So I’ve been giving it some thought and have come up with the following three towns that fit the bill of being great Connecticut engagement session location options.

Check out this video summary my suggestions for southeastern Connecticut engagement session locations!

Why tell when you can show? Check out this short YouTube summary of the blog post right here!

1. Ledyard

Underrated rustic features

A female model in a floral dress laughs and pretends to be in an engagement session. Behind her are a large pond with lily pads and a sawmill.
Here’s my wife playing engagement make-believe. Please just humor me and pretend that I’m in the picture, too.

Firstly, Ledyard! I’ll admit, I’m a little biased because my wife and I live here. As far as engagement session location options go in New London county, Ledyard is definitely a hidden gem. A stone’s throw away from Mohegan Sun and home to the village of Gales Ferry, Ledyard offers a handful of good engagement session settings. For example, did you know that there’s a sawmill here? Yup, and it’s complete with a pond and plenty of forestry.

Spots to consider for your engagement session:

  1. Sawmill Park
  2. Erickson Park
  3. Ledyard Center

For your engagement session, Ledyard is modest little town that packs a really scenic punch. Keep it in mind while thinking of unique locations for your photos!

2. Stonington

Popular tourist attraction with town and city feels

A woman poses in front of Stonington, Connecticut's Mystic River in the village of Mystic during a faux engagement session. She's wearing a blue and pink floral dress, red lipstick, and is smiling with her hand on her hip.
The actual Mystic River is much, much more pleasant than the movie of the same name.

Second on the list is Stonington. Now, if you’re not familiar with Stonington the town itself, you’ve probably heard of (or been to) one of its very popular villages: Mystic. That’s right, Mystic isn’t a town itself, but a village of Stonington (Mystic is actually shared between Stonington and another town, which is coming up next on my list). A wonderful blend of small city vibes, old town feels, water features, and greenery, Stonington has almost everything you could possible need for an engagement session.

Spots to consider for your engagement session:

  1. Mystic River Park
  2. Olde Mistick Village
  3. Stonington Borough

Engaged couples, Stonington almost has it all if you’re looking for a great photo for their save-the-dates. You definitely don’t want to exclude this town and its great perks.

3. Groton

Big town = lots of options

A woman in a floral dress smiles and peers through ivy growing along a rock wall.
Groton is a super green town, as in grass, trees, and ivy plants.

Last but certainly not least, Groton. Unquestionably, this town is my best recommendation for southeastern Connecticut engagement session location options. Why? Because of its sheer size. Groton is a big town, the second-biggest population-wise in New London county. And with this comes lots of land and water on three sides (Thames River, Mystic River, and the Long Island Sound). Accordingly, there are plenty of photo location options for engaged folks like yourself.

Spots to consider for your engagement session:

  1. Haley Farm State Park (I photographed my first engagement session there!)
  2. Noank
  3. Avery Point

Now be honest: have you ever even heard of Groton? I bet not and that’s perfectly OK! But as I explain above and in the video, I think it’s currently the best option for engagement session locations in this part of the state.

Let’s face it, the southeastern part of the state is an engagement session haven

In closing, let me say one more time that I really like Harkness. Be that as it may, southeastern Connecticut really does have a lot more engagement session location options to offer. From Ledyard’s rustic features to Stongington’s popular vibe to Groton’s understated charm, there’s clearly something for every engaged couple down here.

By the way, I’d love to help you plan out and realize the engagement session of your dreams! Just drop me a line on my contact page and we’ll get the conversation going.

Until next time!

Let’s talk about your engagement session.

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