Five Playful Summer Engagement Shoot Spots

Channel your inner child at these locales across New England.

Summer starts and ends in a flash in New England. Why not take advantage of the season’s sunny skies with an engagement shoot that channels major vacation vibes? Read on for five spots where you can snap those quintessential “summer in New England” shots.

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A Lighthouse

Lighthouses are a New England trademark, but the all-white Old Scituate Lighthouse was one of the nation’s first. The 25-foot granite stunner and its shingled keeper’s house are set on Scituate’s picturesque rocky coastline, and the views are tough to beat. Meander along the pathway surrounding the lighthouse, then, as the sun starts to set, cozy up on a picnic blanket by the shore.

100 Lighthouse Rd., Scituate.

An Ice Cream Shop

Commemorate the oh-so-sweet news of your engagement with an some equally sweet treats. The region offers a myriad of parlors and stands with camera-ready facades, such as FarFar’s Ice Cream in Duxbury, a family-owned shop that flaunts scalloped roof shingles and patriotic bunting, and Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville, a former blacksmith shop that became a Cape Cod destination for ice-cream lovers in 1934.

272 St George St., Duxbury, 781-934-5152,; 360 South Main St., Centerville, 508-775-1394,

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A Beach Town

Nothing says summer quite like a stroll along the streets of a charming coastal town. Located at the tip of Cape Ann, Rockport offers no shortage of delightful backdrops, including beautiful rocky beaches and sidewalks lined with colorfully painted clapboard shops, art galleries, and lobster shacks.

A Carousel

Lighthouse Point Park Carousel promises just the right level of whimsy for your engagement shoot. Built in 1905, the carousel sits inside an impressive beachfront structure and features 72 figures—from horses to dragon-shaped chariots—as well as swoon-worthy twinkle lights. Take a few turns on the ride, and once that dizzying feeling sets in, hop off to amble along the boardwalk and sandy beach at golden hour.

2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven, CT, 203-946-9019.

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A Sunflower Farm

Picture this: It’s a pleasant August evening and you’re walking hand-in-hand through a field of soaring sunflowers with your husband or wife-to-be. Sound dreamy enough? You can capture the moment at Griswold, Connecticut’s Buttonwood Farm—which offers 14 acres of flowers starting in late July—or Colby Farms, in Newbury, where two acres of buds bloom starting in late August.

Colby Farm, 50 Scotland Rd., Newbury, 978-456-8818,; 473 Shetucket Tpke., Griswold, 860-376-4081,