10 Best Philadelphia Wedding Photo Locations

10 Best Philadelphia Photo Locations

Planning a wedding or engagement photo session? Philadelphia has it all! A rich history, iconic architecture and parks galore. These 10 locations are perfect for amazing photography that will show off the city you love.


10. Upenn

The University of Pennsylvania has a lot to offer. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology along with various other buildings and green spaces feature a classic backdrop for an engagement session. Walk over to the South Street Bridge for a fantastic view of Center City to top it off!

See what a real wedding or engagement session looks like:

Penn Archeology Museum Wedding Photos

University of Pennsylvania Engagement Photos


9. Boathouse Row

Boathouse Row is 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 session.

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Boathouse Row Engagement Photos


8. Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is the largest park system in Philadelphia. If you know where to look you can find incredible architecture and stunning green spaces! Check out the Smith Memorial Arch In West Fairmount for a taste of what the parks have to offer.

See what a real wedding looks like:

Please Touch Museum Wedding Photos


7. Manayunk

Lively, cosmopolitan, and full of energy – that’s Manayunk! This historic neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the city features amazing industrial architecture, a buzzing mainstreet and a lovely canal for waterfront photos. Grab a beer or an ice cream cone to add a little fun to your session!

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Manayunk Engagement Photos


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 Logan Circle with the famous Swann Memorial Fountain, the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation! These iconic buildings provide a beautiful backdrop for a very Philadelphia engagement session!

See what a real wedding looks like:

Franklin Institute Wedding Photos


5. Rittenhouse Square Park

Rittenhouse Square Park is the quintessential city park. Located in a beautiful historic neighborhood of affluent brownstones and charming cafes, this park offers an almost Parisian feel. If you can manage to schedule your session just right, you can enjoy the stunning cherry blossom trees that bloom throughout the entire neighborhood!

See what a real wedding looks like:

Crystal Tea Room Wedding Photos


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 for even more classic architecture!

Pro tip: The Race Street Pier requires a permit for all photo sessions. Be sure to apply ahead of time!

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Race Street Pier Engagement Photos


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 cobblestones and charming brick alleyways need look no further!

Pro tip: Many locations within Independence National park require a permit for all photo sessions. Be sure to apply ahead of time!

See what real weddings looks like:

Ballroom at the Ben Wedding Photos

Hyatt at the Bellevue Wedding Photos


2. Art Museum

Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the entire city, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the perfect spot for your session. Not only is the building itself beautiful, the surrounding grounds are full of stunning sculpture and amazing views of Center City and Boathouse Row.

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Philadelphia Museum of Art Engagement Photos


1. City Hall

This is it – the most iconic and classic building in Philadelphia! Perfect for both engagement sessions and wedding days, City Hall has it all. Dilworth Park on the west side of the building features lovely fountains (and ice skating in the winter months!) and an open space in the hustle and bustle of the city center. The central courtyard of the building offers gorgeous arches and countless beautiful architectural elements for your session.

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!

See what a real wedding looks like:

Downtown Club Wedding Photos



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