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Written by Laura Jodoin

Epic wedding photoshoot locations in Indonesia? The first place that comes to mind is surely Bali.

But do you know that it’s actually very possible to look beyond Bali within the shores of Indonesia for your ideal dramatic pre-wedding photoshoot?

Also read: 16 impossibly beautiful places for wedding photoshoot in Bali

Imagine mystical rock beaches, luscious tropical waterfalls, or sweeping valley views, as you stand cuddled up close to the love of your life, with your beautiful bridal train spread out behind you.

Ready to discover these places?

1. Wander through mystical jungle & limestone ruins: Wisata Bukit Pelalangan (Madura)

Imagine golden brown limestone formations amidst lush and vibrant unspoilt greenery – Bukit Pelalangan, which is just a short distance away from the port city of Surabaya, makes the perfect backdrop to a pre-wedding photoshoot!

Photo by: Chrysalis Photoville

Photo by: Chrysalis Photoville

Wisata Bukit Pelalangan

Address:  Buduran, Arosbaya, Buduran, Bangkalan, Kabupaten Bangkalan, Jawa Timur 69151, Indonesia
Hours: Sunday – Monday, 6am to 5pm
Coordinates here.

2. Lake oasis in a chalk mine: Bukit Jaddih Bangkalan (Madura)

You’ve probably never thought of taking your pre-wedding pictures at a chalk mine, and though it sounds like an odd choice, you won’t regret it!

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Pale white and parchment-coloured rock formations due to the chalk mines are surrounded by lush, savanna-like greenery, creating a striking combination of natural elements.

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You can also keep in view a huge, natural lake of the palest turquoise blue, as well as a man-made swimming pool.

Photo by: Chrysalis Photoville

Bukit Jaddih Bangkalan

Address: Plalangan Madura, Buduran, Arosbaya, Kabupaten Bangkalan, Jawa Timur 69151, Indonesia

3. White sandy beaches and clear waters: Belitung islands

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The Belitung islands boast of crystal clear turquoise water and soft white sand, which makes for an unforgettable sunny location for a pre-wedding shoot.

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What better place to be than strolling along the beaches and dipping your toes in the crisp, clear salty water with your husband or wife-to-be?

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Also read: The complete guide to Belitung Island

Belitung Islands

Address: Belitung islands, Indonesia, near Pelambang
Getting there: Flights available from Jakarta

4. Step into a stunning hideaway: Bangkang Cave in(Lombok)

Inside a cave? Definitely a strange idea for a pre-wedding photoshoot location!

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But once inside this huge, cathedral-like cave, as the sunlight filters in through the stalactites and stalagmites and the little openings on the side of the cave walls, you will be glad you chose Bangkang Cave.

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Naturally-carved walls, speckled sunlight, and rocky floors make for a stunning reddish-brown limestone background to a beautiful picture of you and your love standing close to each other.

Also read: 20 extraordinary things to do in Lombok you never knew existed

Bangkang Cave

Address: Bangkang Village, Pujut Sub-District, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara
Getting there: On the road out of Kuta, a few km before the turnoff to Mawun beach, turn right at the white-and-red sign down a rocky track. Bangkang Cave is located below the hill.

5. A canyon in a jungle oasis: Brown Canyon (Semarang)

This dusty-rose coloured canyon is a must-visit if you are near Semarang – especially for wedding portraiture!

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Surrounded by bright greenery, this rocky wonder will make for the perfect unique scenery for a pre-wedding photoshoot.

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Protip: a white or ivory dress would look jaw-dropping against the gentle earthy hues of pink and beige in this gorgeous natural setting!

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Brown Canyon

Address: Rowosari, Meteseh, Tembalang, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50279
Hours: Open 24h

6. Tropical hideaway with rushing water: Benang Kelambu waterfall (Lombok)

Water lovers, this location is for you. Benang Kelambu waterfall is situated in a lush, tropical hideaway tucked away from the crowds.

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Close your eyes as you listen to the rushing sounds of the waterfall. This green, jungle-like jewel of a location is the perfect place for couples seeking somewhere a little more wild.

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Benang Kelambu Waterfall

Price/Entrance fees: Rp 5,000 (Approximately USD 0.40)
Address: Aik Berik Village, Central Lombok Regency, southern foot of Mt. Rinjani, Praya, Lombok 83552
Contact: 62 813-3960-4604
Opening hours: Sunday-Saturday 07:00 – 18:00
Getting there: There is no available public transport to the waterfall. It is situated about 32 km from Mataram or about 1 hour by car. From Mataram, you should go to Narmada City, Sedau, then head east until you find Pancor Dau intersection. Turn northeast until you find Teratak market intersection and travel north. Make sure to ask the local people if you feel lost, because there is only one way to reach the waterfall. For your safety, you can also hire a travel guide.

7. The ‘pyramids’ of Indonesia: Semeti beach (Lombok)

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Surrounded by pyramid-like rock formations similar to the basalt rock formations in the Scottish isles, this wild and daring scenery makes for an incredible photoshoot location, different from your usual beach scenery.

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Stay until sunset for fiery hues of red and orange as a backdrop to the rocky terrain!

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Semeti Beach

Address: Prabu, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83572, Indonesia
Getting there: Mawi Beach, Central Lombok, Mekarsari village, 5 km from east coast of Selong Belanak.

8. Seclusion on a quiet beach bay: Batu Payung in Tanjung Aan (Lombok)

Quiet and away from the crowds, this amazing white sandy strip of beach is located in a bay that helps keep the clear turquoise water nice and calm.

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Across the water are green sloping hills and mountains which provide a stunning contrast to the deep, clear blue of the salty ocean water.

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What better place to commemorate your pre-wedding excitement than this secluded, tropical beach?

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Batu Payung in Tanjung Aan

Address: Kuta, Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83573, Indonesia
Getting there: From Tanjung Aan beach to Batu Payung beach, you have to walk 1 hour across a stretch of white sand and along the edges of cliffs. Alternatively, you can go by boat at Tanjung Aan beach, which will only take about 15 minutes.

9. Of vast rolling green hills: Bukit pergasingan (Lombok)

A couple that hikes together, stays together!

Bukit Pergasingan is a rugged hiking region with breathtaking views of Lombok.

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Imagine endless open skies, views of vast green, and the person you love most, right beside you.

What better setting for your pre-wedding memories?

Bukit Pergasingan

Price/Entrance fees: Rp 10,000 (Approximately USD 0.75)
Address: Sembalun Lawang, Sembalun, East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83656, Indonesia
Contact: +62 081805791762
Getting there: Pergasingan Hills is located in Sembalun Lawang Village

10. Rocks in the wilderness: Stone Garden (Bandung)

Imagine being nestled in the hillside surrounded by wild, jagged rocks and being one with nature as you overlook stunning views of Bandung.

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For a more enhanced touch to your photoshoot, come during sunrise or sunset!

Photo by: inpairsphoto, Yudhasadewapratama

Photo by: inpairsphoto

Stone Garden Citatah

Price/Entrance fees: Rp 10,000 for domestic tourists (Approximately USD 0.75)
Address: Citatah, Padalarang, Gunungmasigit, Cipatat, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40554, Indonesia
Hours: Sunday-Monday, 24h

11. A stunning crater lake: Kawah Putih (Bandung)

Often known as the White Crater, Kawah Putih is a volcanic crater with a sulphur lake of the most stunning, pale white-turquoise colour, perfect as a unique and bright backdrop to your wedding portrait.

Photo by: Mwmawedding

Add an extra pop of colour by wearing brightly-coloured clothes for some contrast against the subtle but beautiful hues of grey and blue!

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Kawah Putih

Address: Jl. Raya Soreang Ciwidey, Ciwidey, Sugihmukti, Pasirjambu, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40973, Indonesia
Opening hours: Sunday through Monday, 8am – 5pm
Contact: 62 812-2345-6911

Official site

12. Across the green valley: Tebing Keraton (Bandung)

Overlooking a lush, misty green valley, this lookout point makes for a stunning backdrop for pre-wedding photography.

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Imagine standing with the love of your life as the sun sets behind you, casting warm light over the valley – and to have that moment immortalised by your photographer. Beautiful!

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Tebing Keraton

Price/Entrance fees: Rp 12,000 for domestic tourists, 76,000 for international tourists (Approximately USD 0.90 and 5.75, respectively)
Address: Kampung Ciharegem Puncak, Desa Ciburial, Bandung, Indonesia

13. Frolic with the deer: Ranca Upas Deer Conservation Park (Bandung)

This peaceful, lush, and serene location is perfect if you are a nature and animal lover.

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Located in Bandung, you’ll find yourself surrounded by cool hills and natural springs, nestled among the crisp greens of the woods.

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For a unique touch, snap a few pictures of you and your love feeding the deer!

Also read: 32 incredible things to do in Bandung for an extraordinary vacation

Ranca Upas Deer Conservation Park

Price/Entrance fees: Weekdays: Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.67); Weekend: Rp. 15,000 (approximately USD $1). If you would like to stay overnight and camp there, the smallest tent (for maximum 3 people) costs Rp. 150,000 per tent (approximately USD $11.20). If you are driving there, two-wheeled vehicles will be charged Rp. 2,000 (approximately USD $0.13) and four-wheeled vehicles will be charged Rp. 5,000 (approximately USD $0.34) for parking.
Address: Jalan Ciwidey-Patengan Km. 11, Rancabali, Ciwidey, Patengan, Rancabali, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40973, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Contact: +62 813 2373 9973; +62 22 8592 4482

Official site

14. At the top of the world: Mount Bromo (Malang)

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If you’re after a photoshoot setting that’s a little more off the beaten path, then how about…an active volcano?

Photo by: Chrysalis Photoville

Imagine endless blue skies and ash clouds pouring out of the mouth of the crater as you hold your love close and look out over the sweeping valley views of Bromo.

Photo by: Chrysalis Photoville

If you want Mount Bromo in the photo, rather than standing on the crater itself, there are many neighbouring mountains where you can get incredible views of the volcano.

Photo by: Houseofphotographers

Also read: 17 awe-inspiring things to do in Malang you never thought possible

Mount Bromo

Price/Entrance fees: IDR$ 27,500 (locals) | $14 (foreigners)
Hours: 07.00-21.00
Address: Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java
Getting there: Access to the roads surrounding Bromo Tengger National Park is rough and requires a special permit. Unless you have arranged a visit with the park officials and own a capable offroader of your own, a jeep driver for the Bromo Tour is required. Sunrise Holidays and Mujur Surya are to recommended operators. (Prices vary between IDR$ 300,000 – 500,000 / USD$ 21 – 36)

Official site

15. Sweeping fields of green: Bukit Teletubbies (Bali)

If you love sprawling green fields, Bukit Teletubbies could be the pre-wedding shoot location you’ve been dreaming of.

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And yes, you read that right! It is named thus because of its uncanny resemblance to the endless emerald-green fields seen in the children’s TV show, Teletubbies.

Photo by: Gusde Photography

It doesn’t disappoint too – these sweeping, rolling grassy knolls are agrow with lavender, giving this beautiful location not only some stunningly bright colours, but a sweet, sophisticated fragrance.

Also read: 22 beautiful hidden natural attractions in Bali

Bukit Teletubbies

Directions: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai. Once on the island, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the Bukit Teletubbies. Ask for directions to the closest village, Julingan, in the far south of the island.
Coordinates here.

Do you know about any other hidden wedding photoshoot locations? If so, we’d love to hear from you – drop us a line in the comments!

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Travel Writer

My name is Laura Jodoin, and I’m a bit of a vagabond. I’m from Vancouver, but I’ve lived in England and France & have travelled Europe and Southeast Asia. I’m constantly looking for the next place I want to travel, and wherever that may be, you can usually find me by the ocean. I love trying new things (especially food!), making friends during my travels, and I’m always game for a challenge – and I hope to be living my life this way for a long time to come!