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engagement session at carpenter's hall in philadelphia

Carpenter’s Hall Engagement Session

Let me tell ya, Julia and Amaury are some of the sweetest, kindest people on this whole entire planet and I had the absolute honor of photographing their engagement!! These two lovebirds had gotten engaged in New York City a few months prior to their engagement session. Since they live in Philadelphia, they reached out to me to do a more Philly-themed session to celebrate their engagement. I said “say less” and we immediately started planning their Carpenter’s Hall engagement session!!

Carpenter’s Hall

Julia and Amaury wanted to start their session with a picnic at Carpenter’s Hall in Old City Philadelphia and finish with champagne at Washington Square Park down the street. And when I say they went all out for their session, I mean alllllllllll out!!! For their picnic, Julia and Amary brought fancy cheese, colorful macaroons AND a French baguette, complete with an adorable picnic basket set!! They laid the blanket under a beautiful willow tree and ate to their heart’s content while I snapped photos of them being all cute and in love. (Check out this blog post for more ideas on how to use a blanket at your engagement session!)

After the picnic, we ventured around Carpenter’s Hall – the willow tree, the architecture, the cobblestone, you name it! Julia changed up her look between photos by putting on/taking off her shoes and putting her hair up/leaving it down. (Pro Tip: This is a great way to get variation in your photos without doing an outfit change!!!)

Washington Square Park

Then it was time for things to get a bit more fancy. Julia miraculously changed into a stunning satin dress in the car and emerged looking like she belonged in the center of a grand ballroom!! Amaury cleaned up real nice as well and the two of them strolled hand in hand, looking like a celebrity couple. 

We stopped at the 18th Century Garden on our way to Washington Square Park. Though the garden may be small, it is absolutely GORGEOUS. We couldn’t go into the gazebo because there was a couple on a romantic date inside, but we got our fill of beautiful photos around the rest of the garden!

Instead of taking photos in Washington Square Park, Julia really wanted to take photos in front of an ivy wall next to the park. And I’m so glad she did – the photos were awesome!!! I had them do a romantic dip kiss in front of the wall and we were even able to re-create a photo Julia had saved on Pinterest. To cap off the night, Julia and Amaury popped the champagne, cheersed each other, and posed like they were on the cover of Vogue!!!

Check out their two-part Washington Square Park and Carpenter’s Hall engagement session below 🙂

Engagement Session

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- Melissa d.

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”

"Captures every moment"

- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

"Worth every penny and more"

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