Greenhouse Engagement Photos at the South Coast Botanic Garden


I am SO in love with our engagement photos! Many of you have probably already seen a ton on my Instagram and Facebook but I thought I would share a few more on the blog. After working at the South Coast Botanic Garden for 2 years I had dreams of taking some photos in their Greenhouse. It may not have much curb appeal but it’s a tropical paradise inside!

Photos by Chloe Moore

Engagement photos with floral dress and tattoo

The engagement dress

Let me take a second to talk about my floral engagement session dress. I get A LOT of questions about it. It came from a shop at the Del Amo Mall in Torrance, CA called Sugarbush (or something similar). Sadly that store closed not long after I got the dress. I still have this floral maxi dress and love wearing it for weddings, parties or date nights. I would caution that the slit does open up with any gust of wind so now I wear a slip underneath just in case.

Couple holds hands in garden for engagement photos

Wedding venue location

At the time that we took these engagement photos, we had no idea where our wedding would actually take place so we decided to take pictures in the cactus garden, alpine section and tropical garden just in case we decided on a destination wedding! Turns out, we ended up having it at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree. Here’s a blog post from our own desert wedding. 

Tropical engagement photos with long floral dress

Engagement outfits for men

We kept it pretty simple with my now-husband’s engagement outfit. He wore a light blue button down shirt and dark jeans. We paired that with his black and brown shoes and a nice watch. He has tattoos so we rolled up his sleeves to show those and keep it more casual. I really like how it turned out.

Sunset engagement photos in botanical garden

How long are engagement sessions?

Typically, I would say engagement sessions last about 2 hours on average. Each engagement photo package will vary with your photographer but I typically see them being between 1-3 hours long. Something to keep in mind if you are going to multiple locations is drive time. Depending on the photographer, that travel time between spots may count toward your total shoot time so choose your locations wisely!

engagement photos inside greenhouse

That’s a wrap on our engagement shoot! Thank you to my friends/vendors for making this happen. If you need more vendor recommendations, we have a TON of talented people to suggest for your engagement session or wedding day. Check out our Instagram for some of our favorites.

kiss engagement photo in garden


Hair/Makeup Nicol Artistry // Photography Chloe Moore Photography // Wardrobe Styling Circa Vibes // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden

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