Dani and Khalid knew they wanted something full of foliage and greenery and an full embrace of the outdoors for their Biltmore Estate Engagement photos. We spent the afternoon exploring through the greenhouses and then ended the night with sunset photos in a field located on the drive out of the estate.
I'll save the good details for the post below, but just know how obsessed I am with this session, and always get so excited to return here each time. Check out all the reasons why below!
Biltmore Estate Engagement Photos
The majority of my clients are from out of town and come into Asheville just to have coffee with us or to schedule their engagement photos. The number one question I receive when booking a session with new clients is: where should we do our engagement session? And although I really can't answer that for you, I will always happily help.
First and foremost, I always recommend my clients choose a location that is meaningful and embraces who they are as a couple. If they still can't come up with any credible ideas, then I will step in and do my part!
The Biltmore Estate offers so many incredible options for engagement photo locations in Asheville. It's super diverse and you can use it for several different looks or styles while shooting at the same place. Which makes it a great choice for my couples!
Here are some of the best photo spots on the grounds:
- The Front Lawn - A classic spot and one of the most well-known and iconic photo locations that I know you have seen plastered all over Pinterest. It's the gorgeous view of the house itself with grass stretching for yards and a large fountain directly in the center. It's also an option for a ceremony spot if you are tying the knot on the estate grounds- that is, if you are ready to fork out some serious cash! It costs upwards of $50k just to unlock this ceremony spot (vendors not included).
- The Upper Lawn- Also another great option if you want a house view without the hustle of all the tourists walking by. It's a bit of a walk if you are coming from the house, but worth it once you get to the top. It's also another great ceremony location if you are looking to have a Biltmore Estate wedding. A tip for accessing this spot: park in the upper parking lot and you'll be able to access the lawn right from the lot instead of walking dozens of stairs to get there.
- The South Terrace- This is a popular spot if you are interested in photos with a mountain view. With nearly 360 views of the mountains, it's a breathtaking spot and it's probably my go-to referral for photo places in Asheville without a hike. No hiking is required to use this location and it's just so awesome! It's also the most popular spot on the grounds to host a wedding- they have some pretty incredible tent receptions here with some of the country's top wedding vendors.
- The Gardens- If you are wanting a springtime session, this is a great choice. The gardens are absolutely incredible, with hundreds of different types of flowers and plants and so many different paths and trails to choose from. The Estate also has an experienced gardener that lives on the grounds so there is 24/7 attention to detail. If you opt for this option, there is a separate parking lot that you can drive past the house to get to. This way you won't have to walk the two miles from the main house parking lot.
The Biltmore Conservatory
And lastly, the conservatory is located right below the outdoor gardens. This was the vibe that Dani and Khalid wanted for their images- a romantic garden that almost brings a little secretive feel to it. It's so much fun getting to explore the flowers and plants with my couples as they frolic through them!
This space is over 800 square feet of exotic plants and flowers that are carefully taken care of year round. The conservatory is almost 130 years old and one of the most beautiful spots in Asheville. Floor to ceiling windows make it the perfect spot for engagement photos.
And lastly, the best part of the entire building: the cacti room! Be careful not to get poked as you enjoy the dozens of different cacti species. This is probably the most popular photo spot that my clients opt for.