Post # 1
Our photographer includes a “portrait session” with our package, but we recently found out that he’s happy to do an outdoor engagement session instead. This is exiting, because I didn’t think we’d get any e-pics done. So I’m thinking we’ll plan it for springtime (maybe around May?) and I’m looking for suggestions for nice outdoor areas we could use. Our photographer is based out of Worcester and we live about 30 – 40 minutes North of there. I’m picturing something rustic – open fields, barns, stone walls, that kind of thing, but all suggestions are welcome! Also posting this on the local boards but they’re less popular.
Post # 3
I love using http://www.thetrustees.org/ to help find places to shoot. Good luck!
Post # 4
Not sure if it’s as rustic-ish as you may want, but Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston is really nice.
There’s a nice stone building and water wheel in Sudbury: http://www.wayside.org/tour/wayside-inn-grist-mill
Post # 5
@PizzutiStudios: Cool, I’ll definitely check that site out. Thank you!
@pinkshoes: You’re the second person to suggest Tower Hill so it must be awesome. The Wayside Inn is also a terrific suggestion! I’ve been there once, but it was for an evening holiday party so I saw nothing of the grounds. From the photos, it looks like pretty much exactly what I’m looking for!
Post # 6
Elm Park is a very popular place to get wedding and engagement pics done. There is a pretty little bridge.
Also a very pretty spot is Greenhill Park.
Post # 7
Salem cross inn in East Brookfield is really nice. I went their for a wedding in the fall. It’s on a farm and they have barn and restuarant.
Or maybe something at Quabbin Reserviour? It’s not terribly cental, but pretty close. Or maybe Watchusette (sp) is closer.
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/index.htm you can look for parks in your area for ideas.
Post # 8
Lots of good suggestions. Clearly I need to get outside more!
Post # 9
When a family friend started his photography business I had modeled for him. He took me to Stony Brook (http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Stony_Brook/index.php) in Norfolk MA. It was beautiful-although I had my shoot done in Fall so I got all the reds, oranges and yellows.
But I second Tower Hill-I’ve seen friends pictures and they are gorgeous.
Post # 10
The grounds at Wayside Inn are beautiful, but it can be like a paparazzi shoot-out when the weather gets nice. Also, they have weddings on-site. So just keep that in mind, and maybe go there at an off-peak time (if a weekday is possible that’d probably be ideal)
Post # 11
Sorry I’m late to this thread. My father and stepmother got married at the flour mill right down the street from the Wayside Inn and then had dinner there afterwards. They got married at the beginning of June and it was absolutely beautiful. There were only about ten of us, though. I’m sorry but the name of the flour mill escapes me, as it was a few years ago. The gardens at the Inn were stunning. Even with it being a Friday night in June, there were no other weddings that we saw. It was the perfect venue for them because of their love of history. My father makes windsor style chairs and if you go there you’ll see one he donated to them in the lobby! Here’s a picture in front of the mill. I’m sorry I don’t have any of the Inn on this computer. Engagement shots would be amazing at either location and the food at the Inn was excellent if you decide to eat there afterwards. Good luck!