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Favorite Locations Downtown Wilmington, NC For Engagement And Wedding Photos

Riverwalk Engagement Photo in Wilmington

Dakota of Dakota Hersey Photography is a Wilmington, NC based wedding and senior photographer who specializes in bright, colorful photos for couples who can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Since she spends so much of her time photographing different couples around Wilmington, we asked her to share her favorite downtown locations […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dakota of Dakota Hersey Photography is a Wilmington, NC based wedding and senior photographer who specializes in bright, colorful photos for couples who can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Since she spends so much of her time photographing different couples around Wilmington, we asked her to share her favorite downtown locations for those planning their engagements and weddings! 


There’s no doubt that Wilmington, NC is filled with gorgeous locations for engagement and wedding photos. You would think it would be easy to choose a spot for photos but having so many options can also feel a little overwhelming! 

picture of groomsmen at wedding in downtown Wilmington
Photo credit: Dakota Hersey Photography

As a wedding photographer, I love using Downtown Wilmington for engagements and weddings because of the variety, all within a short distance. There is a unique mix of historic homes, cobblestone streets, lush landscaping, and even some more modern “city” looks. It makes it easy to find a location to match with every style and outfit.

Here are a few of my favorite go-to locations when shooting downtown!

Cobblestone Engagement Photos in Downtown Wilmington
Photo credit: Dakota Hersey Photography

ALLEYWAYS AND COBBLESTONE STREETS

For Katie and Zach’s engagement photos, they wanted a fall feel similar to their wedding (they’re getting married in October!). I love this little alleyway right off Orange Street that highlights the charm of historic downtown –– cobblestone streets, white picket fence, lots of greenery, and a small “pop” of color. 

DOCK STREET

Dock Street is filled with some of my favorite locations –– and it’s walking distance from The River Room! There is a mix of light blue walls surrounded by palm trees, to Saint Thomas Preservation Hall’s pink wall covered in ivy leaves, and the bold red 212 door. There’s no shortage of pretty locations here! 

PARKING DECKS

Parking decks are another go-to location to get plenty of light and a stunning view of the city. There are multiple decks to choose from downtown, but the most popular by far is the 2nd Street parking deck. It’s white, has a little touch of teal, and the sunset is gorgeous! 

HISTORIC DISTRICT

If you’re looking for something a little more “southern charm” you can venture down 2nd Street towards Ann Street and Nun Street into the historic district of Downtown Wilmington. Here you can find grand homes, spanish moss hanging from the trees, and a mixture of different colors and architecture. 

Riverwalk Engagement Photo in Wilmington
Photo credit: Dakota Hersey Photography

THE RIVERFRONT

Last but not least is the Downtown Wilmington, NC classic…the riverfront! Did you even come to Wilmington if you didn’t get a photo on the riverwalk with the bridge in the background? The riverwalk spans the entire length of downtown so it offers multiple engagement and wedding photo locations. From the Federal Building with stone steps, fountain, and palm trees, to the wooden riverwalk with restaurants and boats on either side, there are a ton of options!

Downtown Wilmington, NC definitely does not disappoint when it comes to beauty and charm in photos…not to mention there are a TON of places to explore when you’re done with your photos. Hello date night!!! 

If you’re recently engaged and looking for an engagement and wedding photographer, I would love to hear more about what you’re planning for your big day! 

It’s so important to build a team of vendors who you love and trust, know all of the best kept secrets in town, and are ready to make your wedding dreams a reality. Between your vision, beautiful photos, and the team at The River Room, there’s no doubt it will be the perfect day!

Jennifer h.

From the moment we saw this venue we knew it was the ONE!!! The views were out of this world. We used the deck for our ceremony and the reception was inside. Take a look at the pictures to see just how beautiful it was!!!! We also loved that it was Downtown Wilmington which gave our guests freedom to explore during their stay as well. We planned our entire Wedding long distance which I was a little uneasy about at first. George made this extremely easy by giving us a list of preferred vendors. Each vendor we choose was AMAZING. We can’t thank the team at The River Room for their time and effort for making this truly the best day ever for us!!!! I would do it over in a minute and wouldn’t change a thing about it. “

“We can’t thank George and the rest of his team at The River Room for the most amazing wedding day!!!!

Nazario

 Everything turned out just the way I wanted. They did such an amazing job. The location was just beautiful. I would for sure recommend everyone to have their wedding here!

Couldn’t have chosen a better place!

Lindsey

We ended up being worried about rain the morning of and the staff were completely on top of it and got reception tables rearranged and the ceremony space set up inside for us. It was awesome that we were able to work with all of our favorite vendors since the river room doesn’t restrict which vendors were allowed to work with. And on top of that, the space is absolutely beautiful. We actually booked before the remodel so we were a little bit nervous about how things it was awesome that we were able to work with all of our favorite vendors sense the river room doesn’t restrict which vendors were allowed to work with. On top of all that, the space is absolutely beautiful both inside and the amazing view! We actually booked before the remodel so we were a little bit nervous about how things would change, but it looked even better on our wedding day than when we booked. Booking/contracts/payment were all east to understand and super accessible and I never had an issue getting my (many) questions answered in the almost 16 months between booking and wedding day. I would recommend the River Room to anyone looking for a wedding ceremony or reception venue (or both)!

We absolutely loved having our wedding and reception at the River room! 

heather

George and his staff were very friendly and accommodating! The venue itself is beautifully located & made for some great pictures that we’ll cherish forever. Thank you George & staff!-

Having our wedding at The River Room was amazing! 

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910-251-8902
info@theriverroomevents.com

Our Contact Information

Tuesday - Saturday | 10:00 – 5:00
We are closed on Sundays and Mondays unless there is a scheduled event
Tours of the venue are through appointment only

Our Business Hours

18 South Water Street, | Suite 2
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Our Location