Best Milwaukee Engagement Locations



You’re looking for the best engagement location in Milwaukee – you want beautiful surfaces and textures, architectural elements, and an option to showcase the beautiful Milwaukee coastline. No matter your taste for greenery, or not, water, or not, or brick or not, I have the most perfect and absolute best Milwaukee engagement locations for you.

***Best Milwaukee Engagement Locations***

The locations I discuss in this post are a dream team. They’re complimentary, close by one another, and they lend themselves to the most beautiful lighting in the city. The color tones are complimentary to all skin tones, and the privacy is ideal for a romantic engagement session.

Let’s take a look at what the locations have to offer.

Villa Terrace DECORATIVE ARTS Museum

Couple on Villa Terrace balcony overlooking water

Villa Terrace is the epitome of old-world charm and makes a magnificent backdrop to a romantic engagement session. With its garden-draped bluff, romantic architecture, and old world charm, Villa Terrace easily wins the hearts of couples and absolutely wins my top vote in best engagement location in Milwaukee (and all of Wisconsin). It’s not often that you find a private Italian escape so far from the coast of the Adriatic.

Starting with formal attire at Villa Terrace gives every couple all of the classic elements of an engagement session. You can rest easy knowing that you’ve created a formal, elegant look will withstand time for years and years. The Renaissance Revival location paired with beautiful wardrobe are a portfolio dream. It will look effortless on your mantel, showcasing the ever-important time in your life, and will serve as a beautiful compliment to wedding imagery.

Young couple walking down stairs at Villa Terrace Milwaukee

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An engagement session at Villa Terrace can tell many stories. It can be about delicate touches, chivalry and elegant femininity, but it can also set the tone of a destination location with European charm and quaint arts corners.

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It lends itself perfectly to an ethereal tone, endless natural light and dreamy color tones transplanted from another time and place. Stroll through the Florentine gardens, kiss behind Tuscan columns and sit in a quiet European courtyard among archways and iron-laced windows. If you are looking for a dreamy location, this is it. All without ever needing to hop a flight across the Atlantic.

As a little bonus, Villa Terrace has a surprise for you. If you’re craving a casual atmosphere addition to your shoot, just five minutes down the hill, is McKinley Beach. McKinley Beach is known for its white sand, endless sky, uninterrupted shoreline, and still water.

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McKinley Beach & Marina

Heading down the hill (by car, not on foot – see map at the bottom of the post) we have a 5 minute jaunt to McKinley Beach and Marina where you’‘ll get an entirely different look, landscape, air and sun. The open water, light sand and open air allows sunlight to disperse in a very different way than in and around architecture and trees.

lesbian couple along rocky shore engagement session

Parking along Lincoln Memorial Road will give you a quick change location away from parking lot at the McKinley Marina. With outfit number two on, you can completely change the scene. New colors, more casual, a blanket and some lifestyle props, you have a whole new set of options here.

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same-sex engagement on rocky shore

You’ll be met with tranquil waters, and truly a dreamy palette of pale grays and blues. Walk along the white sand and sit amongst the gulls. It really is a beautiful by the water. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a horizon speckled with sail boats. One of my favorite views by the lake.

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These two Milwaukee engagement locations are by far my favorite and the best locations, in my opinion. Things to remember:

  • Pay attention to the time of day you plan to shoot. For a more diffused sun look (for a sun lower in the sky) pick a time in early morning or early evening.

  • Ensure the composition is avoiding distracting objects, like trees along the coast, or a stray pedestrian. Sessions that are private translate much better on film.

  • Ensure your session is on the books with the venue so that you have the right access to the spots you want to shoot in and that they are in private.

  • Pay attention to colors. Picking colors that are complimentary to the landscape and architecture are key to making a session’s colors melt together in a photo. Look for tones that bring out the best in not only your skin tone, but also become one with the environment. That’s a little photographer trick, keep that in your back pocket.

Even in the rain, you cannot go wrong at these locations – the landscape and details are beautiful. They have so much to offer and are the gems of the city. And now you have the secret to the best Milwaukee engagement locations. If you’re in the market for a photographer, we’d be happy to learn about your wedding and engagement plans and serve you!

Best Milwaukee engagement locations 2021

Thank you so much for inviting me into your planning. I truly hope this guide and checklist serve you in your planning. If I can be of help in your photography or for consulting services, please reach out to me. Until then, best wishes.








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