No matter what you’re looking for, there are lots of great places in Huntsville that make an epic engagement session location. With the history and architecture of downtown Huntsville, trees and blooms at Huntsville Botanical Garden, and the southern charm of Providence Village, it’s hard to go wrong!

Hi! We're Joel and Amber Photography. We're a husband and wife wedding photography team who love vanilla lattes, spreading joy, and photographing amazing couples in the Huntsville area. After discovering that almost every one of our couples wanted guidance in finding the perfect engagement session location, we decided to do something about it!

We’ve taken the Engagement Session Location guide we created especially for our couples and putting the same inspiration into your hands! Whether your style is elegant estate, historic architecture, or nature loving, we’re bringing you some of the best engagement session location ideas in the Huntsville area.

ELEGANT, HISTORIC, OR NATURE-INSPIRED

ELEGANT
HISTORIC
NATURE-INSPIRED

coffee shops, at-home session, favorite activity

Lifestyle

Disney World, colleges, ice cream

Themed

botanical gardens, flower and tree filled public parks, private estate with extensive grounds

Garden

farms, barns, cotton fields

Rustic

downtown, public parks, beaches

Classic

mansions, private estates, light stone buildings, museums

Elegant

One of the easiest ways to start narrowing down your engagement session location is to decide what style fits you best. Do you love the elegance of grand architecture? Maybe you prefer pops of blooming florals in a tree-lined park. Think about the kinds of places that make your heart smile.

To get started, check out this guide to some popular themes and the type of locations that might match what you're looking for.

Choose a Theme for your session

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The Locations

Once you narrow down the style you’d like for your session, it’s time to check out specific locations. We gathered some of our top favorite session locations around Huntsville (or within easy driving distance) for you to browse. To get even more inspiration for any of these locations, check out the Engagement section of our blog!

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

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Weekends can have big crowds, especially with events going on from spring through fall. It can make parking a little more difficult and involves dodging the crowds. Big Spring Park is usually the center of these events.

Things to Consider:

Couples who love classy with a touch of urban, or want a location with a diverse variety of backgrounds.

Best Designed For:

This is one of the most popular engagement session locations for local couples. We love shooting here because we can wander around many different locations! With beautiful historic homes, tree-lined streets, and pretty churches, there are enough options to make every session look a little bit different.

Huntsville, AL

Downtown Huntsville

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

5 minutes

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This is a neighborhood, so you'll need to be respectful of private residences.

Things to Consider:

Couples who like an elegant southern vibe with neighborhood charm. It has a Charleston-like flavor to its picturesque streets.

Best Designed For:

This is an adorable neighborhood with gorgeous homes, some green space, quiet streets, and a “downtown” area with restaurants and shops. It makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another place. A small part of the Indian Creek Greenway is also close by. Bonus: Edgar’s Bakery is perfect for an after-session pastry or sandwich!

Huntsville, AL

The Village of Providence

$100 for an hour session (includes admission for 4 people)

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0 minutes

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It’s typically not too busy, but you do need to pay attention to how their closing time fits with the golden hour around sunset. You also need to schedule your session with the Garden.

Things to Consider:

Couples who love a polished park look or want a classy garden experience.

Best Designed For:

Huntsville has a beautiful botanical garden! Besides an array of delightful flora and trees, they have fountains, pretty structures, and a state-of-the-art visitor’s center. There are a lot of pretty areas to explore. One of the extra perks is that the garden has great charm no matter the season. It's great for those winter sessions!

Huntsville, AL

Botanical Garden

None required

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0 minutes

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It’s best in spring and summer when the trees are blossoming and the grass is green.

Things to Consider:

Couples who need an earlier afternoon session or who like the clean look of tree-covered, stream-hugging sidewalks.

Best Designed For:

The area of Big Spring Park behind Embassy Suites in Huntsville is a great location, especially if the session needs to be earlier in the afternoon. The little downtown river runs right through here, and two bridges give a fun element to the session. Restrooms right inside the hotel make for a very convenient outfit change.

Huntsville, AL

Embassy Suites

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 20 minutes

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There’s a lot of walking involved, but the paved path means minimal cross country trekking. There are small restrooms near the playground/dog park that are convenient for an outfit change.

Things to Consider:

Couples who want the woodsy look in a convenient, easy to get around location. If you are looking for easy access to a stream, this is a great option.

Best Designed For:

Indian Creek Greenway in Madison has park-like vibes to the max! It features a stream, a huge oak tree in an open field, and lots of little woodland nooks. The paved trail adds interest to location options, and the steam can make a really great prop if you like to wade.

Madison, AL

Indian Creek Greenway

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 20 minutes

Driving Time from Huntsville:

Permission is needed from the golf club to photograph on the golf course, and you must stay out of the way of golfers when on the course. It is a private neighborhood, so be respectful of residents.

Things to Consider:

Couples who love the classic waterfall, are looking for a rustic barn, or want the golf course vibe.

Best Designed For:

This is home to the popular Hampton Cove waterfall, pretty green space, beautiful homes, and a top-of-the-line golf course. There’s an old wooden barn in the middle of the golf course for some fun variety!

Hampton Cove, AL

Hampton Cove

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 20 minutes

Driving Time from Huntsville:

Check the closing hours before you schedule a session. There isn’t a convenient place for an outfit change. It can be really busy on the weekends, especially during the fall.

Things to Consider:

Couples who like the natural open meadow feel, combined with woodsy options nearby.

Best Designed For:

Hays Nature Preserve has so many great things in a walkable area! An open meadow, gorgeous river, woods, and a neat looking bridge. It combines a lot of backdrops into a compact space.

Owens Cross Roads, AL

HAYS NATURE PRESERVE

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 25 minutes

Driving Time from Huntsville:

They close before sunset, so be sure check their hours. It's a popular place for photo sessions, so weekends (especially in the fall) can be really busy.

Things to Consider:

Couples who want to have a woodsy location, who love hiking and want to incorporate that vibe into their session, or who are in love with the wooden bridge.

Best Designed For:

The Madison County Nature Trail (also known as Green Mountain) is a wooded park with easily walkable trails, many trees, a lake, and an open wooden chapel. It’s also home to the famous wooden covered bridge. The main trail loops all the way around the lake.

Huntsville, AL

Green Mountain

To be determined, based on location
Usually none required

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Photography Permit Fee:

This always requires asking permission. 

Things to Consider:

Couples who want something unique for their session or have special sentiments surrounding that location.

Best Designed For:

This is always a super fun option! If you know someone who owns a private estate, a really gorgeous piece of land, some rolling hills, or a big field of wildflowers, here is your chance to grab a location that is unique and private. Most people are more than happy to let you use their property for an engagement session. 

Anywhere!

A Private Estate

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 40 minutes

Driving Time from Huntsville:

There might not be an easy place for an outfit change if your session is after business hours.

Things to Consider:

Couples who like the classy look of downtown but want something a little more unique than downtown Huntsville. 

Best Designed For:

Downtown Athens is a beautiful small town with a variety of downtown areas, small parks, and historic buildings, and the Athens State University campus. It has a little more of a small-town feel than downtown Huntsville. Bonus: there’s an amazing historic ice cream place to get an after-session treat!

Athens, AL

Downtown Athens

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 30 minutes

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Downtown Decatur is smaller than Huntsville, which means there aren’t as many location options - although the ones that are there make for a really great session!

Things to Consider:

Couples who like the classy look of downtown but want something a little more unique than downtown Huntsville.

Best Designed For:

This location has a nice mix of grass, trees, small shops, and the historic bank building. It feels a little less “downtown” than Huntsville and is very classic. Every season looks a little bit different. It's a downtown feel with a unique look of its own!

Decatur, AL

Downtown Decatur

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 30 minutes

Driving Time from Huntsville:

This area is smaller, so you may want to walk a street or two over to find some really pretty garden areas.

Things to Consider:

Couples who like the waterfront scene and park atmosphere, but would prefer to avoid the cliche Big Spring Park.

Best Designed For:

Rhodes Ferry Park is a right on the Tennessee River. There are some pretty little places (like this cute white gazebo!) that work great for a session. It's near downtown Decatur, so combining the two locations is perfect.

Decatur, AL

Rhodes Ferry Park

None required; check with your photographer about any travel fees

Photography Permit Fee:

Approximately 1.5 hours

Driving Time from Huntsville:

It’s a bit of a drive from Huntsville. Depending on the time of year and day of the week, it may be a little crowded in some areas.

Things to Consider:

Couples who want something a little more exotic than the typical park or downtown scene, who really like waterfalls, or who just fell in love with the scenery. 

Best Designed For:

This is a waterfall dream! Little tide pools and layers of gray slate stones add to the sparkle of the waterfall. There’s also a wooden boardwalk for some fun variety.

Fort Payne, AL

little River Canyon Falls Park

None required

Photography Permit Fee:

To be determined, based on location

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Some smaller colleges may require permission. 

Things to Consider:

Couples who have special ties to a certain college or university, or who like the academic look and feel of a campus.

Best Designed For:

A unique options is to go back to the university where you met or at a place that’s meaningful to you in some way. Many colleges and universities are designed to have pretty green spaces and historic-looking buildings. Even if its not your alma mater, it can be a pretty location option.

Anywhere!

College or University

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If you're struggling to figure out what style you're looking for, browse through engagement sessions on your photographer's blog. See which sessions you fall in love with - you might have just found your best location options!

{Haven’t found your perfect wedding photographer yet, but still want some inspiration? We invite you to browse through our J&A Couples’ engagement sessions over on our blog. You just might find the perfect location!}

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