Looking for the perfect spot for your engagement photos? Consider our ten favorite locations in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
https://longwoodgardens.org/ · 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Longwood Gardens is a nature lover’s dream, where horticulture and art intersect in a gorgeous paradise. With over 400 acres of gardens and 10,000 species of plants the possibilities are endless for your engagement shoot. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate their love among some of the most beautiful flowers from around the world? Stunning seasonal displays are combined with unique dancing fountains. Longwood Gardens features five rotating seasons—Winter Wonder, Spring Bloom, Festival of Fountains, Chrysanthemum Festival, and A Longwood Christmas. No matter when you visit you can’t go wrong!
Glen Foerd On the Delaware
https://www.glenfoerd.org/ · 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19114
Glen Foerd on the Delaware is an 1850’s riverfront mansion whose grounds have been turned into an expansive park that includes ancient oaks, flowering trees, a rose garden, a vineyard, and stunning river views. After some lovely outdoor shots, you can step inside the beautifully refurbished mansion house to pose on the gorgeous staircases. Glen Foerd offers the versatility of stunning indoor and outdoor locations with both forest and waterfront backgrounds
Ridley Creek State Park
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/RidleyCreekStatePark · 351 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Less than 20 miles from center city Philadelphia, Ridley Creek State Park is a beautiful place to escape the crowds and enjoy nature! Featuring over 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows, there are trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and 14 picnic areas. Ridley Creek is even stocked with trout if you’re looking for an activity after your photos. The gray stone of The Hunting Hill Mansion offers a gorgeous historical backdrop in addition to all the trails and trees. Consider a fall session to take advantage of the striking foliage!
St Peter’s Village
https://theinnatsaintpeters.com/ · 3471 Saint Peters Rd, St Peters, PA 19470
This tiny village in Chester County oozes charm – but don’t blink or you may drink right through it! Just a quarter mile long, this mid-19th century industrial town is right on the bank of the French Creek. There are several photo opportunities beside the quaint historic buildings, but we also suggest some shots on the hiking trails and by the river. The massive boulders make for interesting shots, so don’t forget proper footwear if you’d like to try rock climbing.
Springton Manor Farm
https://springtonmanorfarm.com/ · 860 Springton Rd, Glenmoore, PA 19343
For a country twist on your engagement photos, this working farm is the perfect location. Just outside Philadelphia in Chester County, Springton Manor features a charming country house and 300 acres of farmland that dates back to the 1700’s. Stone walls, picket fences, a restored barn, and grazing animals offer endless opportunities for the perfect pastoral shot. Fields, flowers, and rustic architecture all combine in an idyllic farm lover’s dream.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
https://www.valleyforge.org/things-to-do/valley-forge-park/ · 1000 First Ave, STE 101, King of Prussia, PA 19406
For those history buffs out there, Valley Forge National Historical Park offers you the chance to travel back 200 years and be photographed among reminders of General George Washington and his Continental Army, including Washington’s headquarters and a majestic National Memorial Arch. The park also features lush meadows, woodlands, and 35 miles of hiking trails, offering gorgeous nature views in addition to rich history.
Wissahickon Valley Park (Forbidden Drive)
https://fow.org/virtual-valley/trails-to-the-past/forbidden-drive/ · 120 W. Northwestern Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19118
This gravel road through Wissahickon Valley Park was named the Pennsylvania Trail of the Year in 2018 by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Steeped in history, this park also protects the drinking water for one third of Philadelphians. Forbidden Drive – so named because it was closed to vehicle traffic in 1924 – follows the Wissahickon Creek past a covered bridge, historic inn, and several other landmarks. Enjoy beautiful forest and creek-side views with a touch of historic whimsy as you celebrate your love.
Bellevue State Park
https://destateparks.com/bellevue · 800 Carr Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809
The former estate of Willian Dupont Jr., Bellevue State Park includes a snazzy 1930’s mansion, beautiful grounds, and a nature preserve—allowing for a great diversity of shots all at one breathtaking location! Scattered throughout the grounds are historic buildings, quaint pavilions, a large pond, and an arboretum featuring exotic trees from around the world. Historic elegance meets natural beauty.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
https://www.nps.gov/hofu/index.htm · 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
Visiting Hopewell Furnace is like stepping back in time. Featuring buildings from America’s industrial past (think late 1700’s through late 1800’s) there are endless unique backgrounds as you stroll through this historic village. Don’t miss the waterwheel, the barn, Bethesda Church, or the apple orchard. And if you need a bit more nature after so much industrialism, French Creek State Park is right across town.
https://tylergardenweddings.com/ · 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940
When you walk into Tyler Gardens – which was designed in 1931 – you feel as if you’ve walked into a fairy tail world. Beautiful, French and Italian gardens, impressive stonework, and numerous bronze sculptures make up this Bucks County garden. The photos that you have taken in these gardens will be just as enchanting as your love.
The Greater Philadelphia area has beautiful areas for your engagement photoshoot. Morby Photography would love to capture your engagement and wedding moments. Contact us – we would love to hear from you!