A Photographer’s Favorite Engagement & Elopement Session Destinations

If you’re looking for stunning backdrops to capture your love story, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of my favorite engagement & elopement session destinations as a wedding photographer that offer breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences.

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moose walks through wooded area by Minnesota wedding photographer
couple kisses while holding hands by Minnesota wedding photographer


Alaska is a dream come true for adventurous couples. With its rugged mountains, pristine glaciers, and endless wilderness, it’s the perfect place for a dramatic and awe-inspiring session. Imagine exchanging vows with towering peaks behind you or capturing intimate moments on a secluded glacier. Alaska offers endless opportunities for stunning photos.

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couple holds hands running along the Oregon coast by Rule Creative Co
patterns in sand from waves by Rule Creative Co

Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is a gem for those who love the sea. The dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and rolling waves create a romantic and timeless setting for your engagement or elopement. Whether you’re walking hand-in-hand along Cannon Beach or exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock, the Oregon Coast provides a versatile and picturesque backdrop that never disappoints.

pregnant woman holds her baby bump while looking over her shoulder by Minnesota wedding photographer
moon is above mountains in Washington state by Minnesota wedding photographer

Washington State

Washington State has it all – lush forests, majestic mountains, and vibrant urban settings. For nature lovers, the Olympic National Park offers everything from snow-capped peaks to lush rainforests and a stunning coastline. If you prefer a city vibe, Seattle’s skyline and iconic spots like Pike Place Market provide a unique urban edge. Washington’s diverse landscapes make it an ideal spot for any style of engagement or elopement session.

engaged couple holds hands near water by Rule Creative Co
Minnesota's north shore cliffs above water by Rule Creative Co

Minnesota’s North Shore

Minnesota’s North Shore along Lake Superior is a hidden treasure. The rugged cliffs, serene beaches, and dense forests create a peaceful and picturesque environment. Capture the magic of your love against the backdrop of Split Rock Lighthouse or the cascading waterfalls of Gooseberry Falls State Park. The changing seasons add an extra layer of beauty, making it a perfect destination year-round.

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couple kisses at Colorado's red rocks at photographer's favorite engagement & elopement session destinations
snowy river and mountains in Colorado by Rule Creative Co


Colorado is perfect for couples who are passionate about the mountains. The Rocky Mountains offer breathtaking views and diverse landscapes, from alpine meadows to snow-covered peaks. Imagine saying “I do” in a meadow filled with wildflowers or capturing intimate moments against a backdrop of golden aspen trees. Colorado’s natural beauty and serene environment make it an ideal location for unforgettable photos.

These are just a few of my favorite engagement & elopement session destinations that offer something unique and beautiful for every couple. Whether you’re drawn to the wild beauty of Alaska or the charming coastlines of Oregon, each location provides a stunning backdrop for capturing your love story. Ready to book your session? Contact me today to start planning your unforgettable engagement or elopement session at one of these amazing destinations.

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