You’ve got the ring, the date and the love of your life — now all you need are the picture-perfect engagement photos to announce your exciting news to the world.
We’ve written about incredible fall photo sites before, but one list can hardly contain all that a Minnesotan autumn has to offer. To make sure you find the perfect backdrop for your love story, we’ve added even more scenic spots to the lineup.
Your engagement has come at a time when Minnesota is at its most evocative — capture a snapshot you’ll cherish for a lifetime at one of these idyllic sites:
Fall Foliage & Lakeside Love
Is there anything more quintessentially autumnal than apple picking? Bring that fall feeling into your engagement photos at Deer Lake Orchard. This charming farm has plenty of foliage, plus rows upon rows of dreamy apple trees and a red barn to boot!
Nothing says ‘holiday season romance’ quite like a tree farm, and Hansen Tree Farm is certainly worth pine-ing over! It’s an instant winter wonderland when covered in a dusting of snow, but even before the temperatures get icy, Hansen’s rustic shelters and verdant trees make for beautiful backdrops.
Head up to the Two Harbors area and step onto the tranquil banks of Lake Superior as Split Rock Lighthouse watches over you. Quirky couples will get major Wes Anderson vibes from its water-meets-woods aesthetic, while romantics will love the sweeping natural majesty dwarfed only by their love for one another.
City Lights, Romantic Nights
Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge is nothing short of extraordinary. This soaring structure is a strikingly architectural yet neutral background, allowing your love to truly be the star of the day.
(While you’re in the neighborhood, you might also stop to take some shots outside in Downtown Duluth. Sloping streets lined with historic buildings, plus all that hustle and bustle — you’ll get vivacious ‘‘bright lights, big city’ photos without ever having to leave the North Shore!)
The St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis is great for the couple who wants it all. Quaint cobblestone streets and unique architecture meets Mississippi River-side strolls hand-in-hand. Storybook romance, anyone?
Fall-ing for Falls
Try Lake Como and the Hamm Memorial Waterfalls for engagement photos that will really make a splash! Share a kiss in front of the small falls before making your way to Como Park Zoo to bring a variety of backgrounds (and some whimsy!) to your shoot.
Minneopa State Park near Mankato is home to Minneopa Falls, a versatile setting centered on the majestic falls. Lovely meadows and grassy knolls + golden hour lighting = engagement photos to treasure!
The trendy couple will love Cafe and Bar Lurcat, a chic Minneapolis eatery resplendent in crystal chandeliers and white couches. Your photos will exude elegance, romance and culture — what more could a modern match ask for?
Como Park has so much more than just a zoo! The Como Park Conservatory offers many indoor gardens in addition to its ample outdoor space. Try the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, the Palm Dome or the Sunken Gardens for a botanical boost in your photos.
For beer-lovers and history buffs alike, Fitger’s in Duluth is an utterly unique location for engagement photos. Lounge with your love in the late-19th century splendor of the Fitger’s Inn lobby or pose over a pint at Fitger’s Brewhouse.
Now it’s time to start planning your perfect wedding day! Earle Brown is committed to giving you Perfection by Design — so let us handle the hard parts. Our meticulous, flexible staff is here to help with whatever you need, from your initial ideas to the last song of the night. We can’t wait to fall in love with your love story!