We love a good wedding photo—everyone does; no one wants a bad wedding photo. But when we say good, we’re talking more than just a pretty portrait. We’re talking the kind of photos that take your breath away, the ones that make you do a double-take, the ones that you have to put on your wish list for your wedding photographer (or the ones that make you wish you could redo your wedding to get that same shot), and the ones that are too good to be real. Jaw-dropping, stunning, epic photos. Yeah, you could say we have a soft spot for them.
That said, we’ve gone to the ends of the earth scouring for some of the best photos taken in the United States. The result? Pure magic and beauty captured across all 50 states. From the famous cliff backdrop of Yosemite National Park and the setting sun with its amber glow over the plains and cotton fields of the Midwest, to city skyscraper dreams of New York and Chicago and the elegance and romance of historic estates (shoutout to Miami and Nashville), each photo perfectly captures a bit of each state’s beauty.
And these photos have it all; whether it’s panoramic views, cliff top or mountain peak lookouts, a perspective that can be designed only by nature, radiant and ethereal light, undeniable rich tones of color or something in between, there’s something special about each and every one. If you haven’t chosen a wedding location yet, one of these photos is sure to inspire you. And if you do have your location nailed down—well, they’ll definitely still inspire you.
Regardless, they’re a fun scroll while relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!). So go ahead, find your home state and take a peek at the rest. Which one is your favorite?
No, this isn’t Europe; it’s Laurel Hall in Indianapolis. This historic, polished estate creates an elegant location just right for the sophisticated and timeless bride—and a masterpiece of stairs to showcase her train.
The beauty of Kansas City is raw and real. It looks like someone painted the sky in pink brushstrokes, creating a pastel canvas for this smoldering tree of life to pop against. Symbolic, no?
We love how this bride is leading her groom and not the other way around! The cornfields of Findlay, Ohio, embody a dream Midwest summer wedding.
With infinite skies above and vast plains below, this gorgeous spot at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is made for elopements.
As this bewitching photo proves, the Pacific Northwest’s staggering beauty is found in its lush, cascading wilderness. And when you drop a bride in a lace gown with her Prince Charming into these scenic views, the result is fairytale fantasy amongst verdant evergreens and sprawling octopus trees.
Everything you’ve ever dreamed of Charleston is captured right here in this incredible photo. Hanging Spanish Moss and a romantic bridge, need we say more?