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Engagement Photos at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

Updated: May 28


Do you love romance and elegance? Explore The Mission Inn Hotel's charming spots perfect for your Engagement photos, plus see our photography tips to make your love story come alive!

Hello, welcome to our blog! We are Paper Birch Collective, your friendly neighborhood photography & videography team. Our team is passionate about capturing the pure love and joy in your special memories, from proposals, engagements, to wedding memories. Today, we will talk about why we love The Mission Inn Hotel for engagement photos, the importance of engagement photos, and tips for photoshoots at this historic destination. Let's make some memories!

Capturing Love at The Mission Inn Hotel: A Photographer's Dream

Nestled in the heart of Riverside, The Mission Inn Hotel stands as a beacon of love and history, making it the perfect setting for romantic engagement photos. The rich history, classic elegance, and modern luxury blend seamlessly with the grandeur and serene feel of this location. The Mission Inn Hotel is more than a historic gem; it's a character in your love story. With its Spanish Mission-style architecture, lush gardens, and stunning courtyards, it offers a variety of picturesque spots that will capture the true essence of your unique love and bond. The romance and grandeur of this magical spot will have you falling in love all over again. Capturing love here feels like a dream!

The Essence of Engagement Photography

Couple pinbky promise head to head at The Mission Inn Hotel for engagement photoshoot by Paper Birch Collective, California Wedding Photographer in Orange County

Engagement sessions are much more than just photographs; they are a celebration of your lifelong promise, a glimpse into a future filled with love, laughter, and companionship, and a beautiful way to forever remember this chapter in your love story.

Our mission as photographers is to capture the emotions, the connection, and the sheer joy of the moment your life's next big journey together. Having an engagement session with your wedding photographer is also a wonderful way to practice being in front of the camera and connect with your photographer. In our experience, when we connect well with our couples, our photos turn our even more beautiful! Engagement photos are magical in so many ways.

Plus, photoshoots with your partner is always a fun and romantic date. Couples also usually use their engagement photos in their wedding invites or wedding decor (as a photographer, we love seeing this!).

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Why You Need An Engagement Photoshoot Session

Why Choose Mission Inn Hotel?

Romantic couple portrait close up at The Mission Inn Hotel for engagement photoshoot by Paper Birch Collective, California Wedding Photographer in Orange County

The Mission Inn Hotel is a beautiful historic gem of California, full of locations that offer both intimacy and grandeur. As both a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a National Historic Landmark, you will instantly feel the love and magic of this amazing location. This magical hotel resembles a European castle and is such an unforgettable setting for a romantic date or even a little getaway. You will feel like you're in another world with the majestic flying buttresses, majestic towers, lofty domes, grand archways, and vintage decor. The perfect blend of historic beauty, elegance, and contemporary luxury. Your love story deserves a location as magical as your love.

The Mission Inn Hotel, with its undeniable charm and history make for a romantic and elegant experience to express your unique love story. If you and your partner are planning an engagement photoshoot session, please consider the Mission Inn Hotel as your location. You will have not only stunning photos, but also make lifelong memories!

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Photography Tips for Capturing the Perfect Shot at Mission Inn Hotel

The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside is a historical landmark that has witnessed countless stories of love. As a wedding and engagement photographer, it is a privilege to be part of beautiful love stories, capturing moments that will be cherished for generations to come. As a photographer, we learn to tell stories through images. Let our lens be the pen that writes your visual story of love and commitment.

Here's some photography tips for the Mission Inn! The historical and architectural significance of this enchanting location allows for creative images that are not only beautiful, but are also showcase your special love and joy.

  1. Lighting: The natural light that filters through the Mission Inn's arches and windows creates such a soft, romantic glow. We recommend that you plan your sessions to catch the golden hour, where the light is at its most magical. However even without natural light, this hotel is also stunning in the dark evening.

  2. Composition: There are countless of intricate architecture details to frame you and your partner for the most artistic and creative portraits. The grand doors, the wrought iron balconies, and the spiral staircases are not just elements; they're opportunities to create a beautiful composition that tells your unique story. As a photographer, this might be my favorite photography tip!

  3. Interaction: We love to encourage couples to interact with each other and their surroundings. Whether it's a stolen kiss in the garden or a tender glance on the balcony, these candid moments make for the most authentic and memorable shots.

Thank You for Reading ✨

Couple lays on stairs together at The Mission Inn Hotel for engagement photoshoot by Paper Birch Collective, California Wedding Photographer in Orange County

Thanks for checking out our blog! We really hope you enjoyed these engagement photos at The Mission Inn Hotel - it is one of our all time favorite spots. Always remember, it is all about your unique love, laughter, and shared moments. Cherish each second and just let us capture the magic of your once in a lifetime memories. So, here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after!


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We are lucky to have captured so many special Wedding memories, from getting ready, to first looks, to ceremonies, and reception parties. To make your wedding planning easy, we offer a couple simple packages. Our packages come with unlimited photos during your event with no upcharge for any delivered images. All our images will be edited to reflect how your big day truly felt. Each package can be customized to your liking including more hours or a second shooter. If you are looking for an elopement package, we have that too! For any specific questions or requests, feel free to reach out and contact us and we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible! Let’s make some memories!

~ Your friendly neighborhood photographer and videographer team (PBC)


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