Philadelphia is one of the most romantic cities in the United States. A city like no other awaits you for your stunning engagement photos, which offer various backdrops making them one of Philly's best engagement photo locations.
You can go classic with the City Hall or try some more off-the-beat spots like Addison Street. No matter which one suits your taste best, there will be an amazing view of the city waiting for you!
Check out our list of photoshoot engagement locations in Philadelphia— we’ve been to them all before and they're guaranteed not just beautiful, but different every time.
1. Rittenhouse Square
Address: 210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rittenhouse Square is one of the most popular squares in Philadelphia and offers fun and chic backdrops for your engagement photos. With its beautiful gardens, ornate sculptures, and stately buildings, Rittenhouse Square is the perfect location if you want to add some greenery, both for day and nighttime city engagement shots. Every season offers a different delight with trees, flowers, and shrubs. There are several contrast-painted doors, brick walls, and other classic styles to inspire you for your creative engagement photo shoot.
2. The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 763-8100
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an icon for engagements or proposals of Philadelphia couples. It is one of the largest art museums in the country with expansive views and towering columns. Rocky Balboa's training montage was filmed on the museum's steps and they make for a brilliant spot to take your e-session photos.
3. Elfreth’s Alley
Address: 126 Elfreth's Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106
Elfreth’s Alley is full of history and the ideal location for couples who want a historic vibe with fewer onlookers and a little more privacy. The cobblestone-lined alley will take you to colonial times. Its miniature, dollhouse-like architecture of the street comes from the tightness of the alley and the narrow historic homes that adds a monumental charm to your e-shoots. It's also the perfect vintage Georgian-style backdrop for your engagement photos while capturing a part of your own history.
Located midway down the street is Bladen's Court, a charming circular courtyard that is basically an alley within an alley.
4. Valley Forge National Historic Park
Address: 1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406
Valley Forge Park is a special location for your engagement photo shoot if you’re looking for a more natural setting. We love shooting in Valley Forge... the rolling hills and beautiful skyline create an ever-changing backdrop. It’s different every time you go. We’re so lucky to have this important place in our nation’s history right in our backyard—it never gets old! The variety of backgrounds found at Valley Forge Park such as the tiny houses, tall grassy fields, and big open landscapes provides lots of options for your engagement photo shoots.
5. Old City
Address: Old City District 231 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Old City is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Philadelphia and is home to various historic landmarks, charming little streets, and cool cobblestoned lanes. Dramatic views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, its tiny historic alleys, adorable shops, and bold murals make it a great location for an urban-chic engagement photo shoot. You can explore the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries and theaters, and a vibrant nightlife after the shoot.
6. Philadelphia City Hall
Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in Philadelphia and it makes for an outstanding location for your engagement photo shoot. It’s built in the Second Empire style and is the largest municipal building in the country. The building’s impressive architecture and stunning views of the city are a must-have for many couples. The building’s imposing façade and being in the middle of traffic can be pretty exciting for couples who love adventure. Be prepared to dodge some traffic to make this shot worth it.
7. Longwood Gardens
Address: 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348 | 610-388-1000
Longwood Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden that offers colorful backdrops for your engagement photos. It’s world-renowned as one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States. Longwood isn’t right in the city—but it’s close enough that it’s worth including on this list. Although you don’t need a permit, be mindful that taking photographs shouldn’t ruin other guests’ experiences.
It’s one of our favorite places to be shooting in spring or fall. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic location during the fall around Philadelphia than in Longwood Gardens. Its manicured gardens and holiday light display make it fantastic for a romantic engagement photo shoot any time of the year.
We love this tree house in the middle of the gardens. There are actually three tree houses on the property, but this one named Canopy Cathedral is the largest and overlooks a large lake.
8. Center City
Center City is Philly’s premier downtown area, a perfect location for an urban-setting engagement photo shoot with its skyline views and bustling streets. Center City has nightlife and dining options for you. Love Chinese food? Then Chinatown is perfect for your cravings. If you're looking for more of a formal setting, Rittenhouse Square has got many restaurants that will suit your fancy taste. It's ideal if you want something historic yet hipster at the same time. The classic Broad Street and many alleyways also make for excellent e-shoot opportunities.
9. Addison St. Philly
Address: 1700- block of Addison St., Philadelphia, PA 19146
Addison St. is one of our favorite Philly streets and a popular choice for couples looking to make their romantic engagement session 'sparkle'. This beautiful street is a hidden treasure in the vibrant city of Philadelphia and will steal your heart when you see the trees strung in white lights all year round. Residents of picturesque brick townhouses in 1700 Addison have draped its Ginkgo trees with lights since 2017. Huffington Post proclaimed it “arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast.” Whether it's covered in snow in the winter or blossoming in the spring, it's a beautiful place to be.
10. FDR Park
Address: 1500 Pattison Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19145
FDR Park is a great location for an engagement photo shoot if you’re looking for a natural setting. Because of the park's layout, you'll have many options at your disposal. The property boasts a cement pavilion with intricately designed openings, an elegant marble gazebo, luscious tall grass, a large picturesque lake, and plenty of natural beauty. With its sprawling meadows and scenic forests, FDR Park is a lovely spot for an engagement session.
11. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 18601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful nature preserve that offers various outdoor backdrops for your engagement session. The Tinicum Park's gigantic Tinicum Marsh is also a hotspot for bird watchers. John Heinz is the perfect place for a charming, nature vibe e-shoot with its wooded trails and scenic lakes— it's guaranteed to make your pictures look amazing!
Between the city limits and the suburbs, this “City of Brotherly Love” has an engagement location for every type of couple. We have compiled the best places to take engagement photos in Philadelphia that will suit you both perfectly and now it’s up to you to plan your engagement photo shoot based on the season, style, and your favorite places to explore. There is no shortage of places in Philly that will make it a one-of-a-kind experience!
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