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?
The stunning boulder rock formations of Moss Rock Preserve in the midst of winter make for an unexpected backdrop rich in rugged beauty.
With icy mountains, silver waters, and a mystical fog, this epic shot perfectly captures the beauty and essence of Anchorage.
Time to pick your jaws off the floor. We’ve seen a number of stunning Grand Canyon weddings and elopements, but this shot, taken at the South Rim as the sunrise paints the landscape in pink hues and embraces snow-covered caps, just might take the cake.
As Camp Wyldewood in Searcy, Arkansas proves, there’s something moodily romantic about the husky, earthy tones of a barren wintry landscape.
Yosemite National Park is arguably one of the most epic locations in all of the U.S. With out-of-this-world views that seem to go on for infinity, it’s no wonder why couples flock here to tie the knot.
With mountain ranges for days, there’s no denying Colorado’s breathtaking scenery. The Rocky Mountain views from the hills of Aspen do the state—and this bride and groom—justice, full of natural splendor and alpine beauty.
Chatfield Hollow State Park’s mossy forest of trees serves as an enchanting backdrop for a newlywed couple. The tender emotions on their faces give us all the feels.
Someone call the Brothers Grimm because this photo looks like it was pulled straight from the pages of a storybook. The Greenville Country Club’s luscious garden with dense foliage and a turret-like building of brick, shingles, and climbing greenery have fairytale charm.
Cuban and Renaissance influences join together in the stunning architecture of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, creating an elegant setting rich in old-world romance. Coupled with Spanish moss and palm trees, it’s the perfect combination of classic Florida.
From wooded paths and an adorable pond to the sweet canoe ride for two, we can’t get enough of the bohemian dreamland that is Ringgold, Georgia.
Painting or photo? We can’t tell for sure, but the pastel skies and mountains, glimmer of turquoise sea, and an outcropping of lava rocks battered with a crashing tide pool make Kukahiko Estate in South Maui nothing but dreamy.
Can it get much more magical than Sawtooth National Forest? The frosty ground up close is just as beautiful as the towering evergreens and snow-capped mountains in the distance, made all the more otherworldly with a low-hanging fog.
As this image proves, there’s nothing quite as chic and classic as downtown Chicago’s waterfront skyline.
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.
Not all wedding portraits are meant to be glamorous. Taken among the weathered beauty of the Mines of Spain in Dubuque, Iowa, this non-traditional shot proves to be just as eye-catching.
The weeds and meadow flowers of Stone Hill Barn in Augusta come alive underneath the setting red sun, casting this couple in that coveted golden hour glow.
The rich tones in this picture are everything, from the bride’s red and pink bouquet to the scenic backdrop of Red River Gorge where miles of lush mountain greenery go on for days.
Green has never looked so good, thanks to Spanish moss, live oaks, and a glassy river that reflects it all. There’s no denying that New Orleans City Park is a charming and whimsical spot.
Two lovers and their kissing trees take in the coastal goodness of the pebbly Maine shore at Lookout Inn.
What do you get when you combine a sailboat, U.S. flag, and ballgown, all on the Chesapeake Bay? Classic American beauty.
The best of both worlds of this historic state is on display at Granite Links Golf Club, juxtaposing Mother Nature with the Boston skyline.
Peaceful and serene, the rolling sand dunes and the endless blue of Sleeping Bear Dunes is the perfect spot for an intimate moment.
Stalks of wheat dance in an amber ambiance at a farm near Sauke Centre, epitomizing Midwest romance as a pocket of sun lights up this couple’s love.
How much sweeter can it get than this radiant field of endless cotton in Collins, Mississippi? The sweet south has never looked so fine.
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?
Montana is known for its watercolor mountains and pastures, but its side of Beartooth Pass, which it shares with Wyoming, brings unexpected beauty in a jagged brown turf. And just how infectious is the joy and laughter between this couple?
Who knew an empty boy scout camp in Omaha could be so captivating? With a sloping hill enveloped by a forest, this area takes part of its magic from a delicate wind causing a gentle ripple in the grass and bride’s dress.
Cotton candy skies and the rugged landscape of Red Rock Canyon create a picturesque backdrop for post-Las Vegas elopement portraits.
Mount Willard’s steep mountain slopes create a natural mural of wild allure. But what you can’t see is this bride’s tenacity—she hiked seven miles in her dress to reach this point! So worth it.
There’s just something so romantic about couples framed in nature. This green tunnel of beauty at Crossed Keys Estate has secret garden vibes.
Yes, this unreal and dreamy place actually exists. The wave-like white gypsum sand dunes of White Sands National Monument in the Chihuahuan Desert provide a dramatic backdrop for a breathtaking wedding portrait, especially when cast in a pastel amethyst haze from the sinking sun.
What would wedding portraits from the Big Apple be if they didn't include some stunning skyline views? These panoramic downtown vistas aren't the only things paying tribute to the city's iconic persona—this bride's cool-girl denim jacket is a fitting touch, as well.
The mix of soft and dark romantic tones in this image is to die for, but what else would you expect from sunset at Blue Ridge Parkway? An ethereal glow casts shadows and light in all the right places for mountain moodiness.
A walk through Mother Nature in Lions Conservancy Park creates some gorgeous perspective. Trees seem to reach upwards for miles, making this couple look so small, but their love look so big.
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.
Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park is every nature bride’s dream, complete with cascading waterfall and a woodsy fall feel. Who knew the outdoors could be so cozy?
The timeless Newport coastline epitomizes New England romance and charm, making the perfect backdrop for this classic couple. And catching the sight at sunset makes it all the more special.
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?
Are the Badlands for the total badass bride and groom, or what? Just look at those perfectly imperfect canyons, weathered and harsh but every bit stunning and achieving the natural perspective only nature could.
We’re feeling Romeo and Juliet vibes from this classic, timeless shot. The ornate architectural details, twisting branches and vines, and blanket of lush vegetation of Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville are brimming with romance. All you need is a chic bride and groom.
Got to love a good gust of wind that brings killer movement to a bride’s dress. Combined with panoramic views of Rancho Mirando at dusk, this shot—and moment—is purely cinematic.
We can’t blame these newlyweds for soaking up the ethereal beauty of Canyon Point as the sun illuminates its otherworldly magnificence.
An ethereal, hidden oasis for two newlyweds. Vermont’s famous thick evergreens make an appearance in the thickets of Stowe for a storybook, woodland vibe.
Did we step into a princess fantasy? Please, transport us to the breathtaking falls and mossy boulders in Covington, Virginia, stat. This amorous couple effortlessly fits right into the magic of the location.
We can’t even breathe looking at the frosty views of the Cascade Mountains in the winter, let alone the fresh yet powdery tones of the composition. Seriously, both render us speechless.
Two lovers on a mountaintop make for one swoon-worthy portrait. With mountain after mountain laid out before them, it’s easy to see why this region was named Adventures on the Gorge.
Love is captured in its truest form at Devil’s Lake with this pair, who make rocks look comfortable. Sultry, moody, and emotional—we dig it.
Indigo skies, a glimmer of an early moon, and celestial peaks in the distance—the stark, earthy beauty of the wilderness of the Grand Tetons are unparalleled.