Best Engagement Photo Locations In Minneapolis

Looking for the best engagement photo locations in Minneapolis? Look no further!

I’m Heidi- A professional wedding photographer in Minneapolis ! I’ve created this guide to show you some of the best spots in and around Minneapolis where I love taking all my wedding couples for their engagement session!

If that’s you, congratulations on your engagement! What an exciting time! Having your engagement photos taken is such a fun part of the process!

Let’s dive right in!

Best engagement photo location in Minneapolis - St Anthony Main

Best Minneapolis Engagement Photo Locations with Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis has such a gorgeous skyline! Many couples like having their engagement photos taken somewhere with the Minneapolis skyline in the background. Here are the best spots to get exactly that!

Boom Island Park

724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Boom Island Park has the perfect combination of both city and nature vibes! It provides stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline but also has some beautiful trees and long grasses for some nature-inspired engagement photos. You can also walk along the river and get some beautiful photos by the bridge.

Boom Island Park engagement

Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Stone Arch Bridge is a great place for photos! This Iconic bridge in Downtown Minneapolis was a former railroad crossing and provides gorgeous views of the city! Keep in mind that this spot gets extremely busy in Summer and Fall!

Stone Arch bridge engagement location with Minneapolis Skyline
Stone Arch Bridge Engagement Session Minneapolis MN

Mill City Museum

704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Mill City Museum is located in the historic mill district of Minneapolis. The historic flour mill factory burnt down many years ago and the ruins are still standing. They’ve changed it into a museum! This spot is located just below the Stone Arch Bridge so you could easily visit both for your engagement photos! Many people love getting the iconic “Gold Medal Flour” sign in their photos as well as the unique brick buildings and industrial machinery.

Mill City Museum engagement location in Minneapolis
Flour Mills, Mill City Museum engagement location
Mill City Museum engagement location in Minneapolis

St Anthony Main

Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

St. Anthony Main refers to Main Street across St Anthony Falls. There are many cute cafe’s, restaurants and shops along the Mississippi River with gorgeous views of Downtown Minneapolis! This is such a fun spot to meet up for a coffee/ice cream date and then walk around to some scenic spots nearby for your engagement session photos in Minneapolis!

Engagement Couple at St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis, Minnesota walking on the cobblestone path
St Anthony Main engagement couple in Minneapolis
Aster Cafe engagement on St Anthony Main in Minneapolis

Nicollet Island Park

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Nicollet Island, on the Mississippi River, has a cute small-town vibe! It has some well-kept Victorian houses and waterside paths that offer views of the skyline and St. Anthony Falls Dam. There’s also a Luxury Hotel called the Nicollet Island Inn with beautiful stone masonry walls and vines that make for gorgeous photos and a fun date in the middle of Minneapolis!

Engagement Couple Photos at Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Nicollet Island Engagement spot in Minneapolis

Best Engagement Photo Locations in Minneapolis with Nature

If you’re looking for more Minneapolis nature inspired locations rather than the city vibes- I got you! Here are some awesome spots in Minneapolis that I recommend!

Lyndale Rose Garden

4124 Roseway Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This beautiful location is a rose garden in a large park on the north side of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. It’s absolutely beautiful during spring time when all the flowers are blooming! There are many beautiful flowers and plants all over, including a beautiful hidden botanical garden!

Lyndale Rose Garden engagement photo spot
Lyndale Rose Garden Engagement Session
Lyndale Rose Garden Engagement Session in Minneapolis MN

Minnehaha Falls

4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis MN 55417

Minnehaha Falls is located in Minnehaha park and is one of the oldest and most popular parks in Minneapolis. It features a beautiful waterfall in an urban setting and overlooks the Mississippi river. There are many gorgeous spots for engagement photos here!

Engagement Couple at Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minneapolis
Engagement Couple at Minnehaha falls in Minnesota

Lake Nokomis

4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Lake Nakomis is part of the city’s chain of lakes and is a beautiful spot for engagement photos! I’ve done multiple engagement sessions here throughout every season! During Spring, the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom and spread blankets of pink! In the Summer, the sunsets are gorgeous over the lake! During Fall there’s a beautiful variety of different color leaves! In the Winter, there are evergreen trees that are covered in thick snow. I absolutely love when there are evergreen trees in the Winter! Sometimes bare, naked trees can look a little dull!

Lake Nokomis engagement in the Winter Snow
Lake Nokomis Engagement photo location in Minneapolis
Lake Nokomis Snowy Engagement session in Minneapolis

Best Engagement Photo Locations just outside Minneapolis

There are a few awesome photo spots I absolutely love just outside of Minneapolis that I think are worth mentioning!

Purgatory Park, Minnetonka

17315 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

This is a beautiful park for engagement photos, especially if you would like to bring your furry friends since there is an off-leash spot for dogs! I highly recommend this spot for anyone in and around the Minnetonka area! The trees here are absolutely beautiful during fall and in spring there are pretty yellow wildflowers as well!

Purgatory Park photo location
Purgatory park engagement in Minnetonka
engagement location at Off leash dog park in Minnetonka

Wayzata Beach on Lake Minnetonka

Wayzata Beach, 220 Grove Ln. E., Wayzata, Minnesota 55391

Wayzata beach is a beautiful spot to take some gorgeous engagement photos! It’s fun to get some variety by incorporating photos by the docks, on the little bridge and on the beach! Bonus points if you or someone you know has a boat to take some gorgeous engagement photos on Lake Minnetonka!

Wayzata beach photo location
Wayzata beach engagement session by the docks on Lake Minnetonka
Wayzata beach photo location on Lake Minnetonka

Silverwood Park

2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421

Silverwood Park is another park that literally never fails for any type of photo session! It’s a beautiful park only minutes away from downtown Minneapolis. This park offers spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie and mature oak savanna. It’s absolutely unbeatable during fall! Enjoy some photos of me at Silverwood park having the best time doing what I love 😉 !

More About Heidi Straus Photography

A bit about me: Capturing love stories through my lens as a wedding photographer fills my heart with so much joy. I am originally from South Africa where I spent the first 21 years of my life before embarking on a new chapter in Minnesota. That’s where I crossed paths with my wonderful husband!

I absolutely love working out and am also a Crossfit coach! Some things that make my heart happy are: wildflowers, plants & candles in my house, Taylor Swift’s music, anything and everything sweet

I hope this guide helped you pick a spot for your engagement session! If you’re still looking for an engagement photographer to capture your special memories – I would absolutely love to connect with you and chat more! To inquire about my engagement and wedding packages, you can learn more HERE!

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