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), 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 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?
As this bewitching photo proves, the Pacific Northwest’s staggering beauty is found in the Oregon coastline, which has the best of both worlds from luscious land to sparkling sea. And when you drop a bride in a blush ballgown with her Prince Charming into these scenic views, the result is fairytale fantasy.