5 places to take engagement photos in St. Louis
We can capture special, spontaneous moments with our cell phones. However, when it comes to the wedding, it is worth turning to a professional to tell your photo story. Engagement photos personalize your wedding event and celebrate your engagement. By including engagement photos in Save the Dates, the centerpieces, and the guest registration table, your wedding will become a unique feeling for you.
When it comes to photo ops, it’s hard to beat Forest Park. Given the sweeping views, rolling hills, and incredible architecture, Art Hill, the Jewel Box, Muny, and the World’s Fair Pavilion offer idyllic scenery at any time of the year. There are less iconic areas worth including in your photo session: the historic Victorian footbridge that leads to the mythical white mulberry tree; the Seven Pools waterfall, a lovely picnic area; and Council Circle, a limestone amphitheater on the east side of the park. Even further off the beaten track is the Successional Forest, a quiet forest habitat that offers a wild, dreamy photo landscape. 5595 Grand Drive.
Additional parks: Tower Grove, Lafayette and Faust
The Grand Center is full of local attractions, but two places to stop on your engagement photo tour are the church ruins and the contemporary art museum. The ruins of the former Church of God in Christ are just as breathtaking on a cloudy day as when the sun shines through its ivy-strewn walls. Couples often flock to the concrete bowl for engagement and wedding photos, a disappearing, beautiful place. The Museum of Contemporary Art is just a few blocks from the burned-out church. The elegant, modern room offers plenty of daylight and is particularly suitable for a black and white photo palette. Richard Serra’s high-torque steel sculpture “Joe” is located in the courtyard shared by CAM with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The front, entrance and center of the structure create unforgettable scenes. 3750 Washington.
The central library, which is more than a century old, is opulent in the midst of the modern structures of the inner city. Inside, the room offers a wonderful flair for your photos, from vaulted ceilings to marble floors and columns to massive chandeliers. Architectural replicas from the Pantheon and the Vatican as well as the large white stairs create a romantic Renaissance ambience. 1301 Olive.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
The Missouri Botanical Garden is nothing short of an urban oasis, perfectly tailored for a moment as magical as your engagement photos. The trails meander through green spaces that cater to all tastes and moods, including the rustic English forest, the stunningly shaped Japanese, and the lush rose gardens. Sculpture corners, fountains, and pavilions (the Chinese garden is a favorite) provide picturesque scenes for your photos. The varying levels of natural light, from sunlit, shadier spots to full sun, allow your photographer to capture a wide variety of moods. 4344 Shaw.
The graffiti wall
If you’re looking to bring the funk to your engagement photos, consider the wall of flood south of the arch along the Mississippi, aptly nicknamed “The Mural Mile.” Celebrate your commitment and your city against the backdrop of the spray-painted lily, bush stadium, and multiple iterations of the arch. If you want to capture the eclectic spirit of St. Louis in your photos, you’ve come to the right place. The graffiti wall is a splash of color in the gray sea and serves as a uniquely dynamic place. 1000 South Wharf.