One of the best parts of weddings is taking photos. Along with choosing the perfect wedding dress, accessories, and shoes, add scenery to the list. When considering where to take your Des Moines wedding photos, first think about yourself as a couple. What fits your style, wedding theme, etc? This will help narrow down the following list of wedding scenery to consider adding to your vision.
The Modern Couple
The modern couple is the one that wants a spin on the usual wedding party photos and engagement photos. The idea of photos in a field of flowers isn’t quite their cup of tea. That’s why we recommend these city chic areas for inspiration.
Des Moines Skyline
If you love the city, one of the easiest ways to show that love is by showing the Des Moines skyline! Again, this is a great photo op for a modern couple. But, you can definitely make it more romantic with what you wear.
When you think of brick, you may be scared by the idea. Brick doesn’t exactly scream romantic. However, there are ways to make it work for wedding photos. If your venue has an overall industrial aspect to it, brick may just be the wedding photos to look for to tie into the theme.
Streets of Downtown
An increasingly popular setting for engagement photos has been in the wonderful streets of downtown Des Moines. This setting works really well for the modern couple who wants city chic photos.
A perk of having your photos taken downtown allows for varying backgrounds. Alleyways, industrial areas, and a barren town make for a trendy backdrop that may be filled with memories of you traveling through the area many times before.
The Timeless Couple
Timeless couples will usually stick to the classics. The classic scenery for any wedding or engagement photo session is mother nature. Photos in nature will surely be able to stand the test of time. That’s why these nature-inspired scenery ideas are best for traditional couples. Nature never ages and will always be relatable.
The bright greenery that nature offers is unmatched. Also, depending on the season, photos of any landscape will help tie in that time of year. Spring, you’ll get different and stunning shades of florals in your shots. In fall, you get to capture the fiery oranges and reds of leaves. Use it all to your advantage!
There’s something calming about lakeside wedding photos. On a lake, you’ll have room for lots of different scenery. Some by the boardwalk, some by the shore, and even in the fields of trees or grass that come along with lakes. Lakeside photos even make for great golden hour photo opportunities, as the sun starts dipping over the lake’s horizon. Here are some local Des Moines lakes we love:
- Lake Easter – Des Moines
- Dean Lake – Des Moines, IA
- Gray’s Lake – 2101 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA
Last but not least, open skies. Clear blue skies, dramatic clouds, or a sunset give a grand, dreamy backdrop. This one may require keeping an eye on the weather ahead of time, but it’s completely worth it once the photos come out.
Complete Weddings + Events | Des Moines
Whether you’re a modern couple or a timeless couple, we’d love to help make your day complete! Complete Weddings + Events is Des Moines’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, day-of coordination, lighting, DJ services, & photo booth rental.