Just because Miami is known for its picture-perfect beaches, doesn't mean your engagement photos need to be taken on sandy shores — although that's never a bad idea. From vintage trains to romantic waterfront restaurants, one of these eights spots is sure to capture just the moment you're hoping for on camera.
The money shot when it comes to quintessential engagement photos in Miami has to be the iconic Biltmore lobby. With grand columns gracing the walls and chandeliers hanging from hand-painted ceilings, the historic hotel's Mediterrean-meets-1920s style makes for a drop-dead-gorgeous photo shoot setting.
Loews' palm tree-lined promenade really captures South Beach's tropical feel and makes for a picturesque spot showing off views of the Atlantic from the St. Tropez-inspired oceanfront pool and superluxe cabanas at SOAK.
South Pointe Park
Beachfront engagement photos don't have to come with a price for pristine locations. South Pointe Park is one of the many free locales lining Miami Beach that draws film crews and photo shoots thanks to its 360-degree ocean views, walking paths and iconic pastel lifeguard stands.
The Rickenbacker Causeway leading to Key Biscayne is a local favorite for snapping romantic pics thanks to the combo of sunset and skyline views. As you enter Key Biscayne, a secluded stretch of land serves as the perfect place for a photo shoot showing off views of downtown and Brickell in the distance, plus an endless expanse of water that almost looks like you're walking in it.
Key Biscayne's waterfront restaurant, set on the Rickenbacker Marina, is constantly rated one of Miami's most romantic restaurants, and with good reason — the skyline views coupled with the tropical foliage and the plantation-inspired setting are picture-perfect and work well on camera both by day and night.
The graffiti-lined Wynwood Walls make a regular appearance on Instagram and fashion editorials, making for the ideal wall pic pose (and selfie). Brides who want to add a bit of edge to their engagement pictures can take their pick of street art and maybe even incorporate a pop of color from the graffiti into their ensemble.
Brides going for a vintage wedding theme can blend Old Florida history into their photo session at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, capturing the elegance of 19th century travel with coaches and rail lines serving as the backdrop.
One of the few South Florida hotels to host pier weddings off the coastline, Newport Beachside's 776-foot-long fishing pier makes for the perfect post for engagement photos. Couples looking to capture the beach theme have the best of both worlds here: Atlantic blue on one side and white-sand shores on the other.