19 Super-Scenic Spots to Propose Around Philadelphia
Philly photographers share the prettiest places to pop the question.
Philly is a damn beautiful city. We all know this, and we’re all proud of it — even if our reputation has always been more, well Gritty, than picturesque. There are so many pretty and unique areas to take advantage of here. And, for couples getting engaged in the city they love, it’s only natural that they want to find the perfect place to do it: somewhere memorable, meaningful, unique, and, of course, scenic.
To help spur some ideas for our local lovebirds, we reached out to some of our area’s most talented engagement and wedding photographers to find out the most scenic proposal spots in the area. (And, in case you didn’t hear, we’re celebrating proposals all month long here at Philadelphia Wedding. For all of our fun Proposal Month coverage, go here.) Below, find our list of top recommended Philadelphia scenic proposal spots where you can pop the question in style — and take a great photo in the process.
“I’d recommend Cira Green, an urban park hidden atop a parking garage in University City,” says Joshua Michael Johnson of Joshua Michael Johnson Photography, “This intimate retreat will take you above the city noise, offering the skyline and river as a backdrop, so you can pop the question with a view. There’s an acre of greenery here, so extra points if you pack a picnic and wait for the sunset to do it.”
Race Street Pier
“The Ben Franklin Bridge is an iconic structure,” says Colin Coleman of Colin Coleman Photography, “One of the best and closest views of the bridge is from Race Street Pier, where I’ve found myself on several occasions with couples I’ve shot. Here, you’re out over the water and the bridge towers above you with its passing cars and trains and the twinkle of lights that line it.”
“Located on South Street, the Magic Gardens is an environment and community arts center with maze-like space which was created using nontraditional materials such as recyclables, old household items, colorful glass, tiles and mirrors,” says Carmen Smargiassi of RingShot Photography, “It is a magical location and the staff is very willing to accommodate and assist in setting up proposals.”
Totally Philly Murals
“There’s one thing you can be sure to find all over the city, and I’m not talking about cheesesteaks or football fans,” says Coleman, “Mural art is a long-standing tradition in Philadelphia, and luckily for photographers, these gems make incredible backdrops for any photo shoot. The key is finding one that speaks to the couple and represents them in a massive and colorful way, contributing to the story that they are creating for themselves.”
Local Craft Breweries
“One thing that my couples (and I) seem to have in common is a love and appreciation of craft brews,” says Coleman, “It isn’t at all rare to find me in their neighborhood brewery or beer garden during engagements or weddings. Craft beer is something of a phenomenon in Philadelphia these days.”
The Top of the Art Museum Steps
“The Rocky Footprints at the top of the Museum of Art steps is a favorite proposal location which draws couples from Philadelphia and beyond,” says Carmen Smargiassi of RingShot Photography, “On any given day, this iconically recognizable location is filled with so much energy as visitors, snapping selfies, also surround and celebrate the newly engaged couple.”
“Another amazing proposal location that is classic Philadelphia and one that works best at night is Addison Street in Rittenhouse between 17th and 18th streets,” says Ragonese, “The twinkle lights around the trees when lit up at night make any proposal pure magic.”
The Carousel at Franklin Square
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“I love the carousel at Franklin Square,” says Jessica Manns of Jessica Manns Photography, “The ride, while lit up and spinning, has so much whimsy and romanticism while being fun and charming.”
Behind the Art Museum
“The PMAis a popular proposal spot, but I think the real romantic spot is behind the museum,” says Manns, “There is a walking path behind the museum with two gondolas that you can stand at and look at the view of boathouse row. What a romantic spot to propose — especially at night with the lights winking and reflecting off of the water.”
“The best proposals are ones that take place in spots with personal significance to the couple — whether that’s your favorite date night spot, strolling the streets of your neighborhood, or the place you shared your first kiss!” says Emily Wren of Emily Wren Photography, “With that said, as a photographer, I’m always thinking about the seasons. Depending on when you plan to propose, it’s an important thing to keep in mind. For spring, I love Kelly Drive (especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom). Spruce Street Harbor Park is such a fun summer-specific spot! Fall is always gorgeous on the trails through The Wissahickon. And for winter, I’m such a sucker for the holiday charm of all the string lights along Addison Street!
Cherry Street Pier
“We love the new Cherry Street Pier,” says Cathie Berrey Green of BG Productions Photography & Videography, “What a great place to pop the question! And imagine it from this view.”
“And of course there is always one of our favs Rittenhouse Square. Who wouldn’t want to get engaged in the middle of this city park!” says Green, “Of course you will always get other people in the background- but who cares- more people to instantly say Congratulations!”
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“Bartram’s Garden is the perfect proposal spot for a girl who doesn’t like to be the center of attention,” says Julie Melton of Sweetwater Portraits, “It’s intimate and wild, has plenty of space, and you can return again and again for romantic picnic lunches on your anniversary. Bonus points for being able to include your four-legged friends!”
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“Keep the proposal intimate and simple by choosing an activity that you both love to do,” says Julie Melton of Sweetwater Portraits, “A decadent picnic and hike in the Wissahickon, along with a proposal at a dramatic overlook, would be perfection.”
John F. Collins Park
“Rent John F. Collins Park and set up a surprise champagne brunch for two,” says Julie Melton of Sweetwater Portraits, “This is a tiny, beautiful park at 17th and Chestnut. We photographed a proposal here where the groom filled the park with roses, set a lovely table and then asked his bride-to-be to meet him. She was so surprised!”
Penn Treaty Park
Your Own Neighborhood
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