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  • Writer's pictureAmelie Ferdais

Downtown Grand Rapids Engagement Photo Locations

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Advice from a Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer | Amelie Ferdais Photo

couple dressed up for classy engagement photos on a rooftop in Downtown Grand rapids. Bride is wearing a puff sleeve Selkie dress.

If you're looking to take engagement photos in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, there are plenty of great spots to choose from! The colors and overall vibes of Downtown GR are timeless and classy. You can really go for any look, from casual street style, to dressed up classy photos!


When you're planning an engagement photo session downtown, here are some of the best locations to consider:


Grand Rapids Art Museum


The Grand Rapids Art Museum is a stunning modern building in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. It features sleekwith plenty of outdoor space for photos. The museum features a large reflecting pool, a sculpture garden, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city.





Parking Garage Rooftops


There are lots of parking garages with open tops that allow for a panoramic city view as the background of your photos! It makes for such a timeless setting and a dreamy feel to the photos. I mostly frequent spots around Monroe Center and Ottawa Ave, right in the heart of downtown!





Civic Auditorium at Devos


For a classy timeless look near the river, you can go to the entrance of the Civic Auditorium at Devos Place. With the historic look of the building, tall pillars and stairs, it is the perfect space to take any type of engagement photos. Many of my clients have gone for a dressy look that fits perfectly.




The Downtown Market


The Downtown Market is a bustling marketplace in downtown Grand Rapids that offers a unique setting for engagement photos. They hold space on the second floor as a rooftop greenhouse that can be rented for photoshoots. You will want to call ahead to reserve your time as there are often events held in that space. This space makes for the perfect spot if there is rain or snow that clients don't want to be in!

couples photoshoot in greenhouse with large banana leaf plants glowing behind them


Amway Grand Plaza Hotel


The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is a luxurious and historic hotel in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This elegant setting provides a perfect backdrop for engagement photos with a classic and timeless feel, but the lighting is not always perfect. Personally, I love this hotel for a fun flash and filmy photo look that add some fun variety to a gallery!


The outside of the Amway is also gorgeous, with intricate black iron arch windows. This is a favorite when it comes to photos walking around the streets of downtown GR.




Overall, there are many great spots in downtown Grand Rapids for engagement photos. Whether you're looking for a romantic setting, a historic backdrop, or a more modern and vibrant location, the city has plenty to offer. Be sure to explore these locations and find the perfect spot to capture your special moments together.



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