You’re freshly engaged – congratulations! You’re probably wanting to document this super exciting time in you and your boo’s life. One of the best ways to do that is by gettin’ some engagement photos taken! I’ve compiled a list of the best engagement photo locations in Toledo so that you can get an idea of where you’d wanna make your memories. All of these locations are places that I have personally taken my couples to – so you know they’re the good ones.
This is by far one of the best engagement photo locations in Toledo. Oak Openings has so much to offer in terms of variety, and that’s why so many of my couples request it. First off, there’s “The Spot,” which is an oak tree grove that makes for excellent photos! The trees are crazy tall, which gives everything a much more “grand” effect. The two other locations I take my engagement couples to are Evergreen Lake and Fields on Girdham Road. When deciding on which one you’d rather have your engagement session at, it all depends on what type of scenery you want in your photos. The names are pretty self-explanatory scenery wise – do you want more of a lake vibe for your photos or are you more of a “running around in the fields” typa couple?
Fun Fact: Evergreen Lake is also a great wedding ceremony location – you can reserve the entire area for up to 100 people!
Located super close to downtown, Middlegrounds Metro is a little respite of greenery among all the concrete. You get a pretty nice view of Maumee River, which is one of the reasons it’s one of the best engagement photo locations in Toledo. There’s also the Toledo Bridge in the background, which makes for some iconic photos. Middlegrounds Metro is definitely a solid, staple location to shoot at!
From the cutest coffee shops, to Promenade Park, to random, photogenic parking garages, Downtown Toledo is such a fun place for engagement photos. A few of my favorite coffee shops to shoot at are:
I would feel wrong not to give an honorable mention to one of my favorite record shops in Downtown – Culture Clash Records! It’s such a unique spot for something like engagement photos, and I’m always all for making your session personalized to you. So if that sounds like something you’d be down for, I would love to take you!
Promenade Park is a very popular spot for city events in Toledo, but makes for great photos in an everyday setting. You get great views of the Toledo city skyline, so right around sunset is one of my favorite places to be there.
Located right near sidecut metropark, the towpath is great for those of you who want a rocky feel except right smack in the middle of farmland. It’s only accessible when the river is low (because it’s quite literally on the Maumee River) but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Right across the road, there’s also some incredible fields that turn to long brown grasses in late fall. This location is a great place to visit all year round! By far one of the best engagement photo locations in Toledo.
Another highly requested park that Metro has to offer! Wildwood has two key spots that I love – the birding trails and the manor house. Both are two very distinct vibes, but it’s perfect if you want some variety in your engagement photos. To switch things up even more, you can even bring an extra outfit to change into when we switch spots. My favorite time to shoot here is in the fall, but I would be up to take you no matter what time of year.
Fun Fact: This is also one of my favorite locations for couples to bring their pets! So if you want to include your dog in your engagement session, Wildwood is a great place to do it.
A very popular engagement photo spot with tons to offer, Toledo Botanical is slightly more curated than the metro parks. It has plenty of different features for a wide variety of photos – we have stone & water features, ivy walls, and lots more to work with. Being that it’s a beautiful museum of plants, this is a heavily trafficked area. That’s one of the key things to keep in mind for this location! You also aren’t able to bring your pets here due to the nature of the garden.
With gothic architecture and all sorts of wildlife (did I mention cherry blossoms in spring?!), UT’s campus is a great spot for alumni & college sweethearts to get their engagement photos taken. Even if you and your boo don’t fit into those categories, this is still one of the best engagement photos locations in Toledo! Nothing changes the fact that the scenery at this location is beautiful for any couple wanting to celebrate their love.
You’ve almost made it to the end – Maumee Bay State Park is the last engagement photo location I wanted to mention! Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay is a great spot for early summer and early fall. Not gonna lie, I would probably advise against visiting in late July or early August because of the high temperatures (AKA when the algae blooms), but any other time is great. It’s a perfect, central location with lots of options for engaged couples!
That’s my official list of the best engagement photo locations in Toledo! Like I said earlier, all of these spots I’ve personally shot at, so there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll love one of them. Now that you have a good overview of your location options, all you need is your photographer! If you’re interested in booking your engagement session with me, you can fill out my contact form and I’ll be in touch soon. Can’t wait to meet ya’!