How to Plan Your Dream Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks

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Destination Engagement Sessions at Locations Like Jockey’s Ridge in North Carolina’s Outer Banks Create Lasting Memories and Build Excitement for Your Upcoming Wedding!

When it comes to celebrating your love, few settings rival the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Planning a destination engagement session in this coastal paradise is not just about taking pictures—it’s about creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks
Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks

Why Plan a Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks? 

Turning your engagement session into a memorable trip is an investment in your love story. Here’s why it’s worth it:

  • Create Lasting Memories: Beyond the photos, you’ll have cherished memories of your time in the Outer Banks—a place that holds a special meaning for both of you.
  • Strengthen Your Connection: Traveling together and experiencing new adventures deepens your bond, and this will shine through in your photos.
  • Unique Backdrops: The Outer Banks offers diverse scenery, from dunes to lighthouses to maritime forests. With multiple locations to choose from, your engagement photos will be as unique as your love story.
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How to Plan A Memorable Experience

Here are a few steps for planning the perfect Outer Banks engagement session:

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Step 1: Choose the Perfect Date

Let’s discuss the ideal date for your engagement session based on the season and weather. The Outer Banks offers different moods throughout the year, from the vibrant colors of summer to the serene beauty of the shoulder seasons. Summers are warm, but this is when most people travel to the Outer Banks. Summer crowds can make photographing beautiful spots difficult. Winter in the Outer Banks is not crowded, but can get cold. The best time to plan your session, based on our experience, is spring (not during spring break week!) and early to mid fall. 

Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks

Step 2: Select the Most Scenic Locations

The Outer Banks is a treasure trove of picturesque spots, and I’m thrilled to explore them with you. Jockey’s Ridge is one of our favorite locations, but here are a few other to consider: 

  • Duck: This charming seaside town offers picturesque soundside views, perfect for capturing your love.
  • Roanoke Island: Explore the historic streets of Manteo or venture to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site for a touch of history in your photos.
  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge: This tranquil refuge offers a pristine natural setting for intimate and serene shots.
  • Corolla Village: A historic seaside village with charming streets and a picturesque setting.
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse: The iconic lighthouse adds a touch of maritime romance to your photos.
  • Hatteras Island Beaches: The quiet, serene beaches offer a more secluded setting for intimate shots.
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Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks

Step 3: Plan Your Outfits

Let’s discuss outfit choices that not only reflect your style but also complement the coastal backdrop beautifully. Think about colors that harmonize with the beachy surroundings and don’t hesitate to add a dramatic element like a flowing dress with a long train to capture the mesmerizing effects of the Outer Banks’ coastal breeze. For this particular shoot, we wanted to emphasize the beauty of golden hour and reflect the warm colors of the sunset.

Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks
Destination Engagement Session in the Outer Banks

Step 4: Embrace the Location’s Natural Beauty

I encourage you to fully embrace the beauty of the Outer Banks. Incorporate elements like seashells, driftwood, or even a romantic picnic on the beach to add depth and personality to your photos. Engaging with the environment will result in images that authentically represent your love.

While posed shots are beautiful, some of the most cherished photos are candid moments that capture your love authentically. Interact naturally, whether it’s strolling along the shore, sharing a laugh, or simply enjoying each other’s presence as the sun sets over the horizon.

Outer Banks Kitty Hawk Jockeys Ridge Hatteras Engagement and Wedding Photographer Santorini Flying Dress
Outer Banks Kitty Hawk Jockeys Ridge Hatteras Engagement and Wedding Photographer Santorini Flying Dress

Planning a destination engagement session in the Outer Banks is not just about taking pictures; it’s about creating lasting memories in a stunning coastal paradise. Having a photographer that you trust, choosing the perfect location, and the willingness to have a great time, you can capture the beauty of your love and the Outer Banks in a way that’s truly unforgettable. 

Click HERE to see a beautiful styled elopement shoot at Jockey’s Ridge!

We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.


Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.


Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.


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