Katherine & Tony knew they wanted a Palm Beach engagement session as their wedding will be on the island later this year! With all of the hundreds of sessions I’ve done, Palm Beach Island continues to be one of my favorite locations that I head back to time and time again for engagement sessions. It never gets old or tedious, as the countless locations around the island keep images fresh and full of variety.
Palm Beach Island is filled with hidden back streets, living walls, fountains, and other European esque architecture. One of my favorite parts about the island is that at both sunrise and sunset, the light is perfect for dreamy and elegant engagement photos. I’ve found that if you’re trying to avoid crowds, sunrise is ideal, with the weekends being the busiest. Although, some of my favorite engagement sessions have been on Sunday mornings. It’s all a matter of knowing where to go for photos!
By far the most common Palm Beach Island photo location is Worth Ave. The Clock Tower makes for great wide images, with the beach being right there if you’re looking for some playful, windy engagement photos. But the Worth Ave Clock Tower isn’t the only famous scenic spot on Worth Ave, if you walk west on Worth, there are countless monuments that you probably recognize from your favorite wedding photographers’ websites and Instagrams! The Gsky green wall by Saks Fifth, the bougainvillea’s at Neiman Marcus, and at Christmas time you’ll even find a giant Christmas tree!
If you’re looking to change your outfits (which I always recommend at least once for an engagement session!) there is a Starbucks on Worth Ave that is generally open 7am-8pm on the weekdays, and 8am-7pm on weekends. Perfect timing for changing your outfit and grabbing a mid-engagement session drink! Once you walk out of the Starbucks, you’ll be in one of my favorite Worth Ave locations for engagement photos. The staircase just east of Starbucks is gorgeous, and if you follow the stairs up, you’ll find hanging plants, more European tiles, and rod iron fences.
I’m personally a huge fan of Worth and the Clock Tower, but in my personal experience, this is not the only beautiful location on the island! Just north of Worth Ave, you’ll find Bethesda by the Sea church, Sunrise Ave beach, and a rock wall on Country Club Rd. Once you’re on the island, you’ll find enough diversity in location to make your engagement session look like it took place all over the world!
If you haven’t realized it by now – Palm Beach Island is worth (no pun intended!) traveling to from all over South Florida. If stunning architecture, romantic florals, and lux fountains are what you’re looking for on those save the dates, then Palm Beach Island is a dream come true for you. The engagement photos you take on the island are truly timeless and appeal to couples with any aesthetic. After your session, stop for pizza at Pizza Al Fresco or drinks at HMF at The Breakers, I promise that once you experience the magic of the island, you’ll be counting down the days until you can head back! Interested in a Palm Beach Island engagement session? I’d love to hear from you!