One of the most frequently asked questions that I get as a Philly wedding photographer is, ‘What are the best locations for wedding and engagement photos in Philadelphia?”

So here we go – my list of the best locations for your wedding and engagement photos in Philly!

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum is an exquisite spot for wedding and engagement photos in Philadelphia. Its European architecture oozes Parisian romance – a beautiful setting to capture cherished memories. The pool’s center-stage placement within the flower beds creates reflections that will add artistic flair to your portraits, while its textured backgrounds give you plenty of options when it comes to creating stunning imagery full of greenery – perfect if a light and soft feel with lush surroundings is what captures your vision. From architectural structures to columns or gates, there are many backdrops to choose from.

With this Philadelphia treasure along the Ben Franklin Parkway, your wedding or engagement photos will be one of a kind.  There are plenty of opportunities to get creative here – from sweeping long walkways that make perfect spots for first looks to unique angles and backgrounds around every corner. This location won’t disappoint.

Permit Required. More information on permits can be found here.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With its stunning skyline views, Philadelphia Museum Of Art has become a popular destination for couples wishing to capture special life moments such as engagements and weddings. From high atop The Rocky Steps you can marvel at the city’s skyline views – rows upon rows of trees lead your eyes down Ben Franklin Parkway all the way to glorious Philadelphia City Hall. It truly is an awe-inspiring sight that will take your breath away.

Fall is a particularly exceptional time of year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, when tree lines create magnificent panoramic views. There are also many hidden gems around the museum – side sets of stairs providing more privacy and fewer crowds as your backdrop. You can wander for hours yet never experience all that this beautiful space has to offer- making it perfect for capturing those special moments.

No permit required.

Philadelphia City Hall

Make a statement in your photos with Philadelphia City Hall as the backdrop! Its dramatic juxtaposition of light and shadow provides an unforgettable look for weddings. Capture that crispness and subtle glow on its dark, moody walls to bring out all those exquisite details of your dress – making you feel like royalty when looking back at these stunning shots. My favorite spots – the staircase by Market Street side and the archway towards South Broad Street.

No permit is required.

18th Century Gardens

If you are on the lookout for a more private, romantic, and intimate location for your wedding or engagement photos, 18th-century gardens can be a perfect option for you. 

Featuring a stunning wood pergola, delicate flower beds, and an elaborate line of evergreens, this Old City location is an exquisite option for couples’ portraits as well as bridal party photos. 

Of my favorite angles at the 18th-century Gardens is the view of the Carpenter’s Hall through the forge gates and the red brick walkway, which works so well for wedding first looks!

Permit Required. More information can be found here.

Merchants Exchange Building

Merchants Exchange is by far one of the most popular and requested photo locations and the Old City of Philadelphia. Its light and airy vibe, along with its elaborate architecture, has become a photo location staple for many couples. The ‘circular’ building in the Old City features a cobblestone front with a long walkway in the middle, and a set of two side stairs that work perfectly for couples & bridal portraits with flowing veils and dramatic trains. This location is very versatile and works very well for large bridal parties as well as more intimate golden hours engagement romantic engagement sessions.

Permit Required. More information can be found here.

First Bank of US

The First Bank is a timeless location, perfectly capturing the essence of Philadelphia’s beautiful Old City. From its weathered facade and warm tones to its tall columns and wide steps – this bank offers a fantastic backdrop for wedding or engagement photos!

Plus, if rain happens to be in the forecast on your big day – you’ll thank yourself for choosing such an accommodating location – as there are plenty of covered areas within the building that make plan B easy breezy. What adds even more convenience? This architectural beauty lies just across from the Merchants Exchange Building- giving couples unlimited possibilities when creating stunning photos with two spectacular locations.

Permit Required. More information can be found here.

Philadelphia Water Works

With its breathtaking waterfront, glowing sunsets, and elaborate gazebos, Water Works is the premier destination for wedding, engagement and proposal photos in Philadelphia. From the remarkable Art Museum backdrop and idyllic sunset views to stunning cliffs overlooking the river or iconic boathouse row backdrops – this location has it all. It is truly an extraordinary setting that you won’t find anywhere else in Philly – no wonder why so many couples chose Water Works to capture their magical memories.

Permit Required. More information can be found here.

Down Town Philadelphia

 For a modern, urban look to your engagement or wedding photos, why not head into the heart of Philly? With its towering structures creating perfect settings for both soft and even light as well as edgy shadow play – you can’t go wrong. For an exhilarating shoot with unmatched vibes, check out the Ritz Carlton, Union Leagues and City Hall – there’s something alive in every corner!

No permit is required.

Broad Street

Philadelphia’s wedding photos are nothing short of iconic and the Broad Street Shot is its shining star. Situated in downtown Philly amidst some of the city’s most sought-after venues like The Bellevue Hotel, Union League, Kimmel Center or The Lucy by Cescaphe, this classic shot captures all that a love story deserves. During the day and night, experience a stunning view of City Hall that’s sure to be unforgettable. Get up close with an incredible perspective from anywhere between Union League and Kimmel Center or take in every detail by viewing it from The Ritz Carlton—it promises to be remarkable!

No permit is required.

Race Street Pier

Looking for a perfect waterfront location for your wedding or engagement photos? Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier provides the perfect backdrop for capturing special moments. From golden hour engagement sessions with a breathtaking view of the Ben Franklin Bridge to iconic wedding photos, this location is vibrant and unique. And if we are lucky, we can catch some stunning sunsets over Philadelphia’s skyline. The views are truly remarkable!

Permit Required. More information can be found here.

Elfreth’s alley

Experience the nation’s oldest inhabited residential street in Philadelphia, an iconic location that provides timeless beauty and a romantic atmosphere. Perfect for proposal shoots and engagement sessions with its cobblestone walkways and historic red brick buildings—though it can become crowded on weekends due to tourists.

No permit is required.

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens offers a picturesque escape, boasting nearly 200 acres of sprawling nature. An idyllic setting for engagement photos, it features mesmerizing displays such as the captivating conservatory and tranquil lake with reflection pools that perfectly mirror lush greenery and towering trees. The grounds provide an endless array of photo opportunities  – the breathtaking views at its majestic fountain area are my personal favorite!

Tickets and reservations for specific dates are required. More information can be found here.

Valley Forge

Make your photos shine bright against the majestic backdrop of Valley Forge! Capture natural beauty with its lush green landscapes, picturesque views and fiery sunsets – a perfect choice for a nature-filled photo session.

Permit required. More information can be found here.


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