Landscapes We Love

Somewhere beneath the feet of snow blanketing the state, New Hampshire is hiding a major perk for wedding planners: amazing built-in backdrops. From mountains to oceans and everything in between, we've got it all here in the Granite State. We took a peek through our archives to find some of our all-time favorite nature shots. When you're ready to take your engagement or wedding-day portraits, try some of these locales for showing off your spouse and your state.

Photo by Golden Aura Photography

left: photo by justine johnson; right: photo by trenholm photo

1. Our mountains

New Hampshire's most stunning vistas may be the majestic White Mountains. Lots of venues around the state will help you incorporate the peaks in your big day. Try the summit amphitheater at Loon Mountain — like Kelly and Ryan (left) in their Spring/Summer 2015 Real Wedding — for a jaw-dropping view right at the center of your ceremony, or opt for a more subdued mountainside spot like Mike and Meryl's Woodstock nuptials for a backdrop that keeps the bride as the main attraction.


2. Our vineyards

Who said you have to go to Napa for romantic shots between the greens (or whites or reds) at a winery? Try Zorvino Vineyards like Spring/Summer 2015 couple Melissa and Patrick, or other local spots such as Flag Hill or LaBelle.


3. Our coastline

New Hampshire's humble Seacoast may be a tiny one, but it packs a lot into its 18 miles. Choose a Seacoast wedding for stunning oceanside views like this one at Erica and Chris' Portsmouth nuptials, featured in our Spring/Summer 2016 issue.


4. Our lakes

If the ocean's too daunting a prospect for you, opt for one of New Hampshire's seemingly endless list of lakes. There's Lake Winnipesaukee, of course, but there are also gentler spots — like Horace Lake in Weare, where upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 couple Krystan and Scott (above) held their ceremony. Pick your favorite and enjoy its pristine waters and picturesque docks.


5. Our wide open spaces

No matter where in New Hampshire you have your big day, you're never far from bucolic beauty. Take a break from the action, go for a walk, and you're likely to stumble upon the perfect spot for some unforgettable photos — especially if you take a page from Amelia and Tate's book and host the party in Canterbury.

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