Planning a wedding or engagement photo session? Philadelphia has it all! A rich history, iconic architecture and parks galore. These 10 best wedding & engagement photo locations are perfect for amazing photography or a modern first look location in Philadelphia!
10. UPENN AND THE MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY
The University of Pennsylvania has a lot to offer for a photoshoot whether you’re an alumni or not. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology features beautiful architecture, water features and a “hidden away” Philadelphia feel. And yes – if you play your cards right, you can indeed take a picture with a sphynx! Walk over to the South Street Bridge for a fantastic view of Center City Philadelphia to top it off and you have a lush engagement photo session with old brick architecture and big city feels!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like at the Museum:
Penn Musuem, Located at the University of Pennsylvania: Address: 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
9. BOATHOUSE ROW & PHILADELPHIA WATERWORKS
Boathouse Row & Philadelphia Waterworks are located just behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There you will find incredible views of the Schuylkill River and charming Boathouses that line it. The view at sunset is unbeatable! Try combining this location with the Art Museum and you will have a stunning engagement photo session – these spots are also perfect for an amazing first look location in Philadelphia!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like at Boathouse Row:
Address: Street Level, 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
8. FAIRMOUNT PARK
Fairmount Park is the largest park system in Philadelphia. If you know where to look you can find incredible hidden gems of architecture and stunning green spaces for incredible Philadelphia wedding photos! The Smith Memorial Arch (Address: Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19104) is a fantastic way to incorporate romantic, grand architecture into your photos. Consider the Forbidden Drive Trail (Address: Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128) if you’re looking for a wooded/nature vibe, or simply ask your photographer about their favorite landmarks in the park system.
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like in Fairmount Park:
Pro tip: Some locations within the park will require a permit for photography. Talk to your photographer about a month before your shoot so you will have time to secure permits.
Lively, cosmopolitan, and full of energy – that’s Manayunk! This historic neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the city features amazing industrial era architecture, a buzzing main street and a lovely canal for waterfront photos. Photos in Manayunk look so modern and industrial – it has become one of our favorite Philadelphia area engagement photo locations! Grab a beer or an ice cream cone to add a little fun to your photo session!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like in Manayunk:
Address: 2 Cotton St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
6. THE PARKWAY
The Parkway runs from just north of City Hall straight up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along this stretch you will find City Hall (Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107), Love Park (Address: Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102), Logan Circle (Address: 200 N 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103) with the famous Swann Memorial Fountain, the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation and of course the Philadelphia Museum of Art – and that’s not even all of the landmarks you’ll find. These iconic buildings provide a beautiful backdrop for a very Philadelphia photoshoot! We especially love the green space surrounding the Barnes Foundation for a great first look location in Philly.
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like on the Parkway:
Barnes Foundation Green Space: Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
5. RITTENHOUSE SQUARE PARK
Rittenhouse Square Park is the quintessential Philadelphia Center City park. Located in a beautiful historic neighborhood of affluent brownstones and charming cafes, this park offers an almost Parisian feel (Don’t worry, Matt was lost at Parisian too!). This park is a wonderful location for everything from engagement photo sessions to first look and wedding party pictures!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like in Rittenhouse Square:
Address: 210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
4. RACE STREET PIER
Ready for a show stopping view? There’s none better than the Race Street Pier. Located almost directly underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge, this spot offers an amazing vista of the Bridge and the Delaware River. Walk a few blocks over to Old City Philadelphia & Elfreth’s Alley (Address: 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106) for even more classic Philly architecture!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like on the Race Street Pier:
Pro tip: This location requires a permit for photography. Talk to your photographer about a month before your shoot and visit this website for more information.
3. INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL PARK
Independence National Park is the reason why many visit Philadelphia in the first place! This series of historic buildings and charming green spaces offer a rich, textured backdrop for any photo shoot. Those who love the charming aesthetic of brick and cobblestone will love these locations! And best of all, many of the lesser known areas, such as the Independence Rose Garden are much less crowded than other locations in Center City!
See what a wedding or engagement photo session looks like in Independence National Park, Philadelphia:
Pro tip: Many locations within Independence National park and the majority of Philadelphia parks require a permit for all photo sessions. Talk to your photographer at least a month before your session, and visit this website for more information:
Independence Hall Location: 520 Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Arguably one of the most beautiful and iconic locations in the entire city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the perfect spot for your spring photo session. Not only is the building itself beautiful and classic, the surrounding grounds are full of stunning flowers, modern art, sculpture and views of Center City and Boathouse Row.
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Pro tip: Some areas around the Museum are private property and are off limits for photoshoots. Ask your photographer before the shoot!
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
1. CITY HALL AND DILWORTH PARK
This is it – the most iconic and classic building in Philadelphia! Perfect for both engagement photo sessions and wedding days, City Hall has it all. On the west side of the building you will find Dilworth Park, featuring lovely fountains, sculptures (ice skating in the winter months!) and an open space – right in the hustle and bustle of the city center Philadelphia. The central courtyard of the building is great for photos in all weather, as well! The countless beautiful archways provide protection from the rain and snow so you can have outdoor photos on even the rainiest of days!
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Pro tip: Be sure to check it out the view of City Hall from South Broad Street at night to see Avenue of the Arts lit up in dazzling colors!
Philadelphia City Hall Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107