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garden, woodsy engagement session at abington art center in philadelphia

Abington Art Center Garden Engagement

Sarah & Matt are having a summer wedding at Knowlton Mansion which I am SO excited for. But first they wanted to have engagements photos done (click HERE for more info on why you should book an engagement session before your wedding!!!). Knowlton Mansion is a beautiful venue with gorgeous architecture, and the landscape gives off garden/woodsy vibes. So naturally, Sarah chose a spot that gave off similar vibes for their garden, woodsy engagement session: Abington Art Center.

Abington Art Center

Abington Art Center is a hidden Philadelphia gem. The beautiful building has that sort of historic beauty & mystery that many buildings around Philly carry in their architecture. Paired with a short hiking trail through the woods and an abandoned wrought-iron pavilion, Abington Art Center has plenty of diversity in a relatively small radius!

Our session first took us through the woods to an abandoned stone tower structure. (The path was mostly dirt so be careful not to go after a rainstorm!) I then had Sarah & Matt walk on a pathway near a large tree and sit on some stone steps by some landscaping. After that, we played around with the sunlight and the stone architecture of the art center. We then took a brief intermission for an outfit change before heading down a winding, shaded road toward a large grass lawn with a great view of the art center building! This is also where we found the beautiful, wrought-iron pavilion.

PRO TIP: Before you plan an engagement session at Abington Art Center, make sure there is not an event happening on that day! Weekdays are usually your best bet.

Garden, Woodsy Engagement Session

Okay so let me just start by saying Sarah’s style was a PERFECT match for this location. She loves neutrals (oatmeal is her favorite color!) which really complemented the architecture of the building while standing out from the greenish-yellowish colors of the woods. She chose a nicer outfit and a more casual outfit for her and Matt to wear during the session, which I highly recommend. And the best part is, she LOVED her outfits!! They felt true to her and it was an added bonus that they worked so well with her environment.

And to top it all off, these two are actual models. The ease with which they posed in front of the camera was astounding!! To be clear, I always come to my sessions full of posing/prompt ideas for my couples because I know it’s not every day you get professional photos taken! Usually it takes some time to get used to the camera, but Sarah and Matt were absolute naturals. I am so excited for this sweet couple to get married this summer and start building a life together!!! Oh, and the fact that I get to photograph them again … how lucky am I?!

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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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