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Philadelphia Top Wedding and Engagement Photo Locations


As Philadelphia wedding photographers, we are frequently being asked about some of our favorite locations to shoot at. I must admit that we fill so lucky to be documenting love stories in one of the most beautiful cities! There are just so many incredible options for beautiful portraiture, that it is impossible to name just a few. Since a lot of Philadelphia's parks and historical landmarks require a permit for wedding and engagement photography, we included that information for you below as well.

So here we go - our top favorite Philadelphia locations for wedding and engagement photos!


Merchants Exchange Building


Merchants Exchange Building is definitely one of Philadelphia’s most popular locations for engagement and wedding photography. And there is no wonder why - this architectural masterpiece is breathtaking! The light gray tones of the building, paired with its round shape and cobble stone foreground is everything you need for a perfect backdrop. As wedding photographers, we also appreciate the versatility of angles and perspectives at this location - you can photograph it from any side and the background will always look amazing.

There is a permit required for photography at Merchants Exchange Building. More information on the permit fees, how to fill out and submit an application can be found here.

Address: 143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106




Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum is a perfect Philadelphia location for wedding day photos. And it works perfectly well for engagement sessions as well. From the dramatic forged gates to the majestic entrance of the museum with its beautiful steps - Rodin Museum offers endless opportunities for stunning images.

Rodin Museum requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit fees, how to fill out and submit an application can be found here.

Address: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130



Second National Bank of the United States

Located right across the street from Philadelphia’s iconic Hotel Monaco, Second National Bank of the US has become a go-to photo location for wedding first looks, bridal party and family portraits. With its marvelous marble colonnades and vast steps, you cannot go wrong when choosing Second National Bank as a primary location for your wedding day photos.

Second National Bank of the US requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit fees, how to fill out and submit the permit application can be found here.

Address: 420 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106



18th Century Gardens

The 18th Century Gardens is the Old City’s beautiful intimate spot at Independence National Historical Park. Located at 339 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, this place offers a very private and romantic setting that works especially well for portraits of the bride and groom together and smaller bridal party or family groupings.

This location requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit and how to fill out the application can be found here.

Address: 339 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106




Philadelphia City Hall

This is by far one of my most favorite and beloved locations in the city of Philadelphia. I love City Hall for its impeccable drama, breathtaking architecture and phenomenal light. If you love the look of moody and high contrast photographs, this is a place to go. This location works perfectly for both engagement and wedding photos, but it looks especially gorgeous for weddings. There is nothing like the juxtaposition of the crispy white wedding dress and a delicate veil flowing in front of the dark stony walls!

No permit required.

Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107



Philadelphia Broad Street


When is comes to Philadelphia wedding must-have iconic photographs, the Broad Street shot is a number one of the list. Even though we take wedding portraits of the bride and groom together on the Broad Street nine out of ten weddings we photograph in Philly, this phenomenal view with the City Hall in the background never gets boring. It looks breathtaking when it’s bright and sunny, when its raining or even snowing.!

The best vantage point to capture a good view of the City Hall is right next to Kimmel Center on the intersection of Broad and Locust streets. No permit required.

Address: Corner of South Broad St. Locust St., Philadelphia




First National Bank


The First National Bank of the United States is another Philadelphia’s architectural masterpiece nestled in the Old City. Located at 128 South 3rd Street, this majestic historical building features some of the most elaborate texture and has impeccable character. No need to say that is looks incredibly beautiful as a backdrop for wedding and engagement photography!

This location requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit and how to fill out the application can be found here.

Address: 128 South 3rd Street, ‎Philadelphia, PA




Race Street Pier


Race Street Pier is probably one of the most unique and popular Philadelphia waterfront photo locations. There is no other place in the city that offers such a breathtaking view of the Ben Franklin Bridge!

You can find more information about Race Street Pier photography permit here.

Address: N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106




Washington Square

Located in the heart of the Old City, Washington Square Park is by far one of the popular locations among Philadelphia wedding photographers. It has plenty of greenery and looks gorgeous during any time of the year. It also has some of the most breathtaking light. It is a perfect spot for classy and elegant Philadelphia wedding and engagement photos.

This location requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit and how to fill out the application can be found here.

Address: 210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106



Elfreth’s Alley


With its quite, intimate and romantic feel, the Elfreth's Alley is one the Old City’s highlights. Dating back to 1702, this national historic landmark has become one of most popular photography locations among the newly engaged couples. And we as wedding photographers, absolutely love this place too!

No permit required for wedding photography at Elfreth’s Alley. Email director@elfrethsalley.org for permission.

Address: 124-126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106



LOVE Park


The LOVE Park is Philadelphia's iconic photo location for couples in love. The name of the park speaks for itself ;)

No permit required for photography.

Address: Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102



Philadelphia Museum of Art


Philadelphia Museum of Art is by no means some of the city’s greatest highlights. And there is no surprise why it is such a popular location for wedding and engagement photography. From the rocky steps to the majestic colonnade of the museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers tons of breathtaking backdrops. I especially love the beautiful view of the city skyline with the City Hall in the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130




Logan Circle


When it comes to Logan Circle Square, the photo advantages of this phenomenal Philadelphia location are endless. Located right on the crossing of the city’s main roads, Logan Circle boasts some of the most iconic views of Philadelphia. Just to begin with, it is surrounded by the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Free Library of Philadelphia and Franklin Institute. You also can get a spectacular view of Philadelphia City Hall in the background. And of course, you can’t not to mention the Logan Circle Fountain itself, which is by far one of the city’s beautiful fountains out there.

No permit required.

Address: 200 N 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103



Philadelphia Water Works


Water Works is Philadelphia’s most romantic location for wedding and engagement photos, on my opinion. Surrounded by beautiful nature, Water Works has to offer a huge variety of beautiful backdrops. With spectacular dramatic view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from one side and a quite, shimmering waters of Schuylkill River, this part of the city has endless and most picturesque photo opportunities.

We especially love walking all the way up to the beautiful gazebo overlooking the river and photograph from the cliffs. The view is phenomenal at every season of the year!

You can also get some incredibly gorgeous backdrops of the boat house row, have a stroll down the Kelly’s Drive or choose an opposite direction and walk down the Schuylkill boardwalk.

This location requires a permit for photography. More information on the permit and how to fill out the application can be found here.

Address: 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130



Longwood Gardens

When you put you step in the Longwood Gardens for the first time, you easily can forget the fact that you are in Pennsylvania. With its newly renovated fountain area, this place feels like Parisian Versailles. You easily can notice European touches everywhere you go. Our favorite parts of the park is the Observatory, the fountain area and the Tree House lawn. This is definitely one of our favorite locations for engagement photos. Also, as wedding photographers, each year we renew our passes for the Gardens that cover the entrance fee for up to five people. So we would gladly help you save $50 on tickets to this extraordinary place!

Address: 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348