Missouri’s Engaging Photo Destinations

Invented by John Michael O’Loughlin, National Proposal Day symbolically falls on March 20, the vernal equinox and first day of spring, when day and night are of equal lengths – signifying the equal effort it takes for a successful marriage.

If you’ve already pulled off the perfect proposal – whether it was down on one knee or dancing in a flash mob – you are ready to proceed to the next big step: engagement photos.

Fortunately, Missouri offers an array of scenic locations for your prenuptial photo session.

Elephant Rocks State Park

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Named for its elephant-like gigantic pink boulders, this spectacular mid-Missouri oasis was created nearly 1.5 billion years ago. Located in Belleview, Elephant Rocks offers a natural but grand backdrop.

Missouri Caves

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Growing in popularity, these astounding underground treasures present an off-the-beaten-path setting for your engagement photo session. Be sure to explore Bridal Cave in Camdenton and Honey Branch Cave in Sparta.

Coffee Shops

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Like a second home to many Missourians, a local coffee shop can offer a refreshingly intimate locale for engagement photos. Check out these Missouri coffee shops where love is brewing.

Alley Mill

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Located near Eminence in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Alley Mill offers an interesting and historical stage. Your perfect picturesque spot waits near the tranquil spring waters and the rustic “Old Red Mill.”

Stone Hill Winery

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Lush vines and vibrant clusters of grapes provide classic yet charming scenery for soon-to-be-married couples. Reward yourself with a glass of deep-flavored Norton once you’ve posed your way to perfection.

Top of the Rock

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With panoramic views and stunning vistas from the highest point in the county, Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock has become a premiere engagement photo and wedding location. Find your ideal setting in the Chapel of the Ozarks, Wine Cellar or cave.

Grand Falls

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The largest continuously running waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls is located on Shoal Creek near Joplin. This curtain of rushing water and rocky terrain provides the perfect panoramic landscape for nature lovers.

Big Bur Oak

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The beloved Big Bur Oak in McBaine is the largest tree of its kind in Missouri. Its graceful, sweeping branches have provided the scenery for countless memorable occasions, and it holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sculpture Park

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Home to a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary sculptures, this 22-acre park provides a striking and imaginative stage for art enthusiasts. Whether it is “Ferment” by Roxy Paine or Claes Oldenburg’s and Coosje van Bruggen’s “Shuttlecocks,” you will find a sculpture that speaks to you.

The Gateway Arch

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Also known as the Gateway to the West, the Arch is an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis and Missouri. Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, this majestic monument is an iconic part of the St. Louis skyline. Although it is under construction right now, if you have time to hold off on engagement photos, the new grounds will be spectacular when finished.

Written by Amanda Long from the Missouri Division of Tourism. 

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