Longwood Gardens is a gorgeous destination for wedding photos in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Though they do not host weddings, they allow engaged couples or newlyweds to enter and take photos. They do not allow photos in the conservatory, but that rule isn't strictly enforced as long as photos don't interfere with other guests. When we took these photos during golden hour, which is 2 hours before sunset, the sun shone in through the conservatory windows and offered such beautiful and warm back lighting that created a halo of light around them.
Aside from a grand conservatory, the grounds includes several fountain gardens, indoor waterfalls, a tower by an outdoor waterfall, large fields, and vast flowerbeds, all of which are tailored and updated seasonally. It is truly one of our favorite engagement session locations. They do have an entry fee, so any couples who hire us for this location will need to keep that in mind. We usually request that the couples purchase our tickets for a couple hours before the session so that we can scout and see what has changed since our last visit. We also recommend that the couples arrive well before the session as well because the gardens are truly an experience to enjoy. Even though our session is usually 2 hours, you could spend 2 hours just walking the gardens and only see half of the grounds. It is a very large property packed with all kinds of beautiful displays.
Vincent and Brianna's 2 hour engagement session was so light and fun. We had such a good time with them! Our plan with engagement sessions is to have couples focus more on each other than on us with our cameras. When Vincent and Brianna did that, all kinds of playfulness ensued! That being said, they also had a very tender spirit about them at times and we could tell that they loved each other deeply.