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The Best Philadelphia Photo Locations for Weddings and Engagements

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The Best Philadelphia Photo Locations for Weddings and Engagements

When the word love is part of the official nickname of a city, you know it’s a good spot for weddings and engagement photos. In Philadelphia, photo locations that offer stunning backdrops are at every turn. A Philly bride and groom have their pick of historic buildings, iconic architecture, and gorgeous landscapes that will provide a unique sense-of-place as well as highlight your special connection.

Keep in mind, some locations in the city require permits in advance of the photoshoot. That’s why it’s more important than ever to plan your backdrop in advance.

Work with your wedding photographer to make sure they’ve got in-depth knowledge about the different sites for romantic portraits in and around Philadelphia. Here are some places we highly recommend for couples:


Center City

Rittenhouse Square

Address: 210 West Rittenhouse Square

Why this special setting? With trees lining the walkways, ornamental lampposts, and a reflection pool, Rittenhouse Square offers an old-fashioned charm during any season.

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City Hall

Address: 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Why this special setting? Dating back to 1871, City Hall is a classic building that’s an exciting place for an engagement shoot … especially if you plan to skip in for a marriage license afterward.


Washington Square Park

Address: 210 W Washington Square

Special setting: This little green space is tucked across Walnut Street from Independence Hall and features shady benches, a landmark fountain, and quiet corners for cuddling.

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Elfreth’s Alley

Address: 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley

Why this special setting? This small, whimsical alleyway is the nation’s oldest residential street, so it’s an ideal setting to begin sharing your lives together.

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Race Street Pier

Address: North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Why this special setting? Jutting out over the Delaware River, Race Street Pier offers spectacular backdrops of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the city skyline.

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Old City

Merchant Exchange Building

Address: 143 South 3rd Street

Why this special setting? This National Historic Landmark boasts a Greek Revival architecture that’s as grand as the love we’ll capture on camera.

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First National Bank

Address: 120 South 24th Street

Why this special setting? This stately setting dates back to 1863, with an interesting Palazzo façade to underscore the value of your love.

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Second National Bank

Address: 420 Chestnut Street

Why this special setting? With grand pillars perfect for leaning and loving, the Second National Bank is an iconic place for photos.

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Museum District

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Why this special setting? Wander along the pillars and stairs of the majestic and historic Philadelphia Museum of Art or laugh by its fountain for memorable, unique shots.

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Boathouse Row

Address: 1 Boathouse Row

Why this special setting? For a natural, nautical feel, schedule your shoot along the banks of the Schuylkill River near the sweet boathouses that line its banks.

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Fairmount Park and Water Works

Address: 640 Waterworks Drive

Why this special setting? Located just behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fairmont Water Works has pretty plant-strewn walls and swimming ducks to complement any couples photoshoot.

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Nearby Natural Beauty

Longwood Gardens

Address: 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square

Why this special setting? Just 45 minutes outside the city, the 1,077-acre Longwood Gardens has breathtaking displays throughout the year. It’s especially lovely during the holidays and late springtime.


For more of our Philly favorites, check out this wedding at The Free Library of Philaldephia, this Romantic Engagement Session In Old City, and this Fairmount Waterworks Wedding!

Interested in booking an engagement session with one of our seasoned wedding photographers? Contact us here to get in touch!


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