The Grand Strand region offers 60-miles of pristine coastline and lush greenery, making it an ideal destination for engagement photos. Couples flock to Myrtle Beach to take advantage of the scenic beaches and charming, historic spots scattered along the coast.
Take a look at our rundown of the top spots in Myrtle Beach for an engagement shoot!
Variety is the spice of life along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and this is just what couples can expect when shooting along the oceanfront walkway. Centrally located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk provides a lively backdrop for couples to get creative with their pictures. Take a trip to one of the nostalgic arcades or re-create a 50’s diner shoot at one of the downtown ice cream shops. Couples also have easy access to not one but two area piers – Second Avenue Pier and 14th Avenue Pier. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk also offers easy access to the beach for a quick waterfront shoot.
Pros: Several different spots readily available for creative shots; free
Cons: Can be very busy in the summer season and in the evenings during sunset
The lush greenery and rustic farm scenery make Thompson Farm and Nursery an ideal spot for southern engagement photos. The farm property includes two scenic event venues – Bucksville Hall and The Peanut Warehouse, in addition to a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a family play area with slides and farm games, and plenty of friendly farm animals. The backdrop makes it easy for couples to dress up for a shabby chic feel or dress down for a more casual shoot – or both.
Pros: Lots of variety for shoots; easy to dress up or dress down
Cons: 40-minute drive from central Myrtle Beach
Visit the Thompson Farm website for more information.
Seeking a modern, city feel for your engagement photos? If so, head south to the bustling Market Common area. The chic, upscale outdoor shopping and dining district provides plenty of urban scenery and greenery for a fun and flirty photo shoot. The eclectic mix of high-end retailers and charming, local shops makes The Market Common a unique venue for shoots. Peruse the avenues and find rustic street lamps, cozy rocking chairs, and enchanting alleys. The Market Common also offers several parks and ponds for pictorial nature shots.
Pros: Hip, urban feel; free
Cons: Can be very busy throughout the year
Nestled along the southern tip of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach State Park is the perfect spot for couples seeking a beach engagement session. The beach here is protected, so couples won’t have to worry about obtrusive commercial or private real estate getting in the way or pictures. The state park also boasts picnic areas, a pier, green spaces, and various scenic nooks that are ideal for unique shots. Access to the Myrtle Beach State Park does require a $5 fee per person, unless the visitor has a state park pass.
Pros: Tons of variety for various beach and landscape shots; affordable
Cons: The area can get very busy during the summer months
Located waterfront along the scenic inlet, the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk provides several unique features that attract couples for engagement photos. The picturesque backdrop offers stunning views of marsh greenery, palm trees, and the inlet. If an early morning shoot is in the cards, the MarshWalk is a great spot for a sunrise session. The area also offers a cozy marina and the famous Veterans Pier.
Pros: Scenic boardwalk location; charming local restaurants and shops
Cons: Can be very busy throughout the year, especially in the evening
Located along the south end of the Grand Strand between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, Huntington Beach State Park combines historic charm with beach allure. Couples will enjoy tremendous variety at Huntington with backdrop options ranging from the famous Atalaya Castle, multiple winding trails with lush native greenery, and a full beachfront. Both the interior and exterior of the castle are available for sessions, though a small fee of $2 per person is charged, in addition to a $5 per person fee to enter the park (unless you have a state park pass). Huntington State Park is also the only dog-friendly beach year round, making it ideal for couples wishing to incorporate their furry friends into their session.
Pros: Dog-friendly throughout the year; affordable
Cons: Can get busy during the summer months, though not as busy as other beach destinations
Seeking a lush, historic backdrop? If so, Brookgreen Gardens is the place to be. This expansive outdoor sculpture garden is highly coveted and offers limited availability for bridal and engagement sessions throughout the year. Portrait appointments are only available in one-hour slots and pictures are only permitted on the grassy lawn area near the Holiday Cottage, though this area is still quite charming and scenic. Photo sessions are only open to Brookgreen Gardens members and there is a $1,000 fee for appointments.
Pros: Stunning garden backdrop; historical significance
Cons: Highly coveted appointments, which often require considerable advanced booking; $1,000 fee plus the cost of an annual membership.
Visit the Brookgreen Gardens website for more information.
Southern brides seeking true southern charm should definitely book an engagement session at Caledonia Golf Course. The pristine grounds are meticulously managed and offer signature features like the oak lined driveway leading to the clubhouse, stunning seasonal blooms, and a nostalgic white picket fence. Caledonia is relatively flexible with where shooting is allowed throughout the grounds, with the only caveat being photo sessions are only permitted when the pro shop is open, requiring advanced planning. Furthermore, Caledonia is a golf course first and foremost and the golf course asks guests to be respectful of the golfers and golf community.
Pros: Southern charm; affordable
Cons: Tight scheduling required advanced planning; can be busy during peak golf season
Couples seeking a secluded engagement shoot should consider heading south to the picturesque Pawleys Island community. Located about 45 minutes south of central Myrtle Beach, the beach at Pawleys is relatively uninhabited throughout the year, making it easier to get uninterrupted beach shots. Pawleys Island is also a fantastic location for couples looking for sunset shots. Most beach locations do not allow for sunset photos, thought Pawleys’ unique island layout makes sunrise and sunset pictures possible at either pointe of the isle. The beaches at Pawleys Island also offer scenic jetties and native greenery for added pops of color.
Pros: Ideal for both sunrise and sunset shots; less busy than other beaches; free
Cons: 45 minutes south of central Myrtle Beach; very little actual beach during high tide
Visit the Caledonia Golf website for more information.
Myrtle Beach area couples that don’t mind a short drive should consider booking an engagement session at the historic Hampton Plantation. Located approximately 15 minutes outside of Georgetown, the trek south is well worth the effort. Originally built in 1735, the Hampton Plantation house exudes southern elegance and historic charm. The grounds are well maintained and the property provides several scenic spots for shoots. And, the best part is, photo sessions at Hampton Plantation are free!
Pros: Historic, southern charm; free
Cons: Over an hour drive from central Myrtle Beach; grounds close at 5 pm in the winter and 6 pm in the summer (no chance for an evening shoot)
Are you ready to book your dream engagement shoot? Contact Kali Klicks today for your complimentary quote!