Soirée’s Guide to: DSM Urban Engagement Photos

Engagement Photos are the best in DSM!

Des Moines is home to some of our favorites: delicious food (looking at you Tasty Tacos), heavenly local brews, our ever-growing public art and now, the Soirée Wedding Planning team!

The thing about Des Moines is this: if you were born here, you’re proud of your heritage. If you moved here, you stumbled upon the greatest secret in the Midwest! Engagement photo season is underway and our Soirée team joined up with Meredith Kestel from Midwest LifeShots Photography to show off the coolest murals, public art displays, and urban photo opportunities to celebrate your love for Des Moines (and each other!). We had the privilege of working with recently engaged Des Moines enthusiasts, the adorable and fun couple – Aly and Austen.

An Ideal Itinerary

In total, we spent just over an hour hitting some of the best urban photo spots in Des Moines Metro. It was easy to be able to get such an awesome variety of images and backdrops for engagement photos, we couldn’t help but share these amazing ideas for your pictures! Here is our Google Maps drive to make all the below images a reality!

How fun are these amazing photos of the adorable couple in front of these iconic art pieces in Des Moines below! We want to know – where are you making sure you take your engagement photos?

First Up! Cafe Diem, ‘This Is Home’ created by artist Tina Ehrlich

Pro tip: If you take a photo in front of the mural and tag Cafe Diem you get a free medium drink!

‘Beaverdale Garden’ created by artists Geri Boesen and Joshua Spain

‘Cheers from Des Moines’ created by artist Ben Schuh

‘The Bachelor’ created by artist Van Holmgren

‘Expansion’ created by artist Jun Kaneko

Corner of Court Avenue and Water Street

John Marvig Railroad Bridge


Who says Des Moines can’t be the city of love?

Huge thank you to Aly & Austen and Midwest LifeShots Photography for an awesome day. We cannot wait for more Soirée couples to take their engagement photos in Des Moines, Iowa! There are so many amazing backdrops and incredible places for unique photos! Where do you want to take your engagement pictures?