When it comes to planning an engagement session, choosing the perfect location that fits your style is key. If you’re in Richmond, Virginia, you’re in luck because this city offers a plethora of stunning backdrops for your portraits. I’ve had so many couples through the years searching for the perfect waterfront backdrop. Luckily with the natural beauty tucked In the city of Richmond, we’ve got no shortage of public options!
When planning your ideal background location consider the time of day and the foliage of the changing seasons. Each spot has its own unique charm, so choose the one that resonates most with your personal style and the hobbies that you and your fiance love to do!
Below I’m sharing the FIVE most popular Richmond waterfront engagement locations. Plus keep scrolling for my favorite post session date night ideas!
1. Belle Isle:
These first set of portraits featuring Rachel & Brandon’s engagement sessions were perfect for a playful summer evening on the water. The rustic, natural setting of Belle Isle, located in the James River, was the perfect choice. This island features a suspended bridge, rocky shores, wooded areas, and river views that create a breathtaking backdrop for your photos.
2. Libby Hill Park:
This park sitting atop the city is one of the most iconic locations in Richmond. Libby Hill Park, in historic Church Hill neighborhood, overlooks the James River and downtown Richmond. The stone overlook at Libby Hill Park provides an unparalleled panoramic view of the river, with walking paths, greenery and an instant favorite for romantic sunset portraits!
3. Deep Run Park
Located just outside of Richmond in Henrico County, Deep Run Park features a serene lake surrounded by lush greenery. Tucked in the woods the park is a favorite with walking trails, wooden bridges, and a tranquil lake that is a peaceful engagement session location.
A few additional locations that offer a variety of natural elements, elegant architecture and a touch of water in the city of Richmond.
4. Maymont Park
Nestled along the James River, Maymont Park is a picturesque destination that boasts a blend of gardens, architectural wonders, and serene water features. Your engagement photos can take advantage of the Japanese Garden’s elegance, the charm of the Italian Garden, or the natural beauty of the waterfall and rocky riverbanks. Keep scrolling for a few more moments with Rachel & Branding at this stunning location.
5. Libby Hill Park
For a timeless and iconic Richmond backdrop, look no further than Libby Hill Park. Situated in the historic Church Hill neighborhood, this park overlooks the James River and downtown Richmond. The stone overlook at Libby Hill Park provides an unparalleled panoramic view of the river that makes for classic and romantic engagement photos. Check out an inside look from an engagement session at this location HERE!
Once you’ve wrapped up an evening of engagement portraits, it’s the perfect excuse for a date night with your fiancé while you’re already dressed up! These waterfront restaurants are the perfect nightcap and I can personally attest the view is as perfect as the food!
The Boathouse at Sunday Park: Nestled on the scenic shores of Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian, The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers a charming lakeside dining experience. With its stunning sunset views and a menu featuring fresh seafood and Southern favorites, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening or special celebration.
Shrimp Island Co: Shrimp Island Co brings a taste of the tropics to Richmond with its Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Located in Rocketts Landing, this waterfront gem offers a relaxed atmosphere and a menu filled with flavorful seafood dishes. Sip on cocktails while enjoying the river view from the outdoor patio.
Casa del Barco: Casa del Barco, located in the heart of Richmond’s Canal Walk, combines Mexican cuisine with a stylish waterfront setting. This trendy restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere, artisanal cocktails, and a diverse menu, making it an ideal spot for lively gatherings along the James River.
The Lilly Pad at Henricus Park: Situated within the historic Henricus Historical Park, The Lilly Pad offers a unique dining experience by the James River. Guests can relish modern Southern cuisine while taking in the tranquil water views and exploring the park’s rich history and natural beauty.
Looking for more tips for even more Richmond date night ideas, check out this post with a weeks worth of fun free activities, favorite restaurants and hidden gems in the RVA! Read more HERE!
The Top 5 Waterfront Engagement Session Locations in Richmond | Virginia Wedding Photographer
Nov 8, 2023