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Summertime Morris Arboretum Proposal

This Morris Arboretum proposal was nothing short of beautiful, romantic and sentimental. Let me explain.

The Game Plan

Will reached out to me about his plan to propose to his girlfriend of a few years at Morris Arboretum in the summer of 2022. I had never been to Morris Arboretum before, so we set up a time to walk around the grounds together to choose “the spot” for the proposal. While we walked and talked, Will filled me in on his relationship and the meaning behind the proposal location.

He and Ana started dating in college and did two years of long distance while Will was in med school. Ana pursued research at UPenn and Will, decided to change career paths, moved to Philly to be near her. Ana grew up around here and used to frequent Morris Arboretum growing up – she told Will it was her favorite park. What better place to ask Ana such an important and life-altering question?!

Morris Arboretum Proposal

I assumed position at “the spot” quite early, as per usual for surprise proposals. We decided on a cobblestone road in a quiet portion of the grounds, right near the pond of swans. I kept an eye out for Will & Ana – I met Will when location scouting so I knew who to look for – and pretended to photograph the swans as they approached. (Actually, I lied – I did take pictures of the swans because … well, swans!!)

Soon enough, Will stopped Ana at the designated spot and turned her sideways to say a few words, just as we planned. He got down on one knee and Ana immediately reached out to hug him! She bent down and gave him a kiss and it was such a sweet moment to document.

After I said my congratulations, we made our way back to the rose garden. To Ana’s surprise, Will had his parents and her immediate family waiting there to congratulate them!! I photographed their smiles and hugs and a very giggly champagne spray. What a lovely idea!

Will, Ana and I walked around the park for about 20 more minutes to take engagement photos. They are so in love, which made my job super easy!! I had a few portrait spots in mind from Will and I’s location scouting meeting, and we incorporated all of Ana’s ideas into the photos as well. I could have stayed out there for hours photographing those two, but I knew we were on a time crunch!

Rittenhouse Square Surprise Party

Will wins the award for most thoroughly and intentionally planned proposal day. After their Morris Arboretum proposal, we made our way into Center City for an official surprise party in Rittenhouse Square! There was an adorable picnic setup put together by Taste of Company and even more family waiting for the newly engaged couple’s arrival. After some formal family portraits, candid smiles and a few more engagement photos, I left Will & Ana to celebrate with their loved ones. Congratulations, you two!!

Summertime Garden Vibes

Morris Arboretum is BEAUTIFUL in its peak season. The park is huge, though not as big as Longwood Gardens. Somehow, however, it’s much less crowded! Morris Arboretum is characterized by its old, massive trees as well as its various gardens and nature-themed works of art scattered throughout the grounds. It’s the perfect spot for a proposal because it feels private and nearly everywhere you look is manicured and beautiful.

If you’re planning an afternoon trip to Morris Arboretum, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, there is an entry fee (and a much higher photography fee if you want photos done there). Second, the hours are seasonal and they close far before sunset in the summer months. Third, wear a good pair of walking shoes. There’s a lot of ground to cover and not all of it is paved!

All that being said, I recommend you check out the rose garden, the swan pond and the fountain (all pictured below).

Morris Arboretum Engagement Session

engagement session at morris arboretum

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- Melissa & Johnnie

“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!”


- Aaron & lydia

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and we could not have asked for anyone better to capture our proposal! I had intentions of interviewing multiple photographers, but after seeing her work and talking to her over the phone, I immediately booked with her. Her passion for photography is so evident. She goes above and beyond to make your shoot about YOU. She does a great job of taking control and guiding you with poses that you will love, and her candid shots are unbelievable. She had a smile on her face the entire time and we felt like a close friend was there doing this for us. Would recommend her 100 times out of 100!

Gabriella was absolutely amazing. She made the photography session so easy and effortless. Her personality is so warm and inviting, she made us feel so so comfortable during these pictures. Gabriella went above and beyond for us and I’m so grateful my significant other found her as a photographer. I would highly recommend!


- Alex & mike

Gabriella is not only an amazing photographer, but she is an amazing person! She was incredible to work with and made everything from our engagement photos to our wedding day extremely easy. She really understands your vibe and does everything she can to help make that come true! My husband is extremely camera shy, but he was so comfortable with her and the photos were amazing!


- kevin & riya

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and needless to say she went above and beyond our expectations! She was hired by my fiancé for our surprise proposal and she did a phenomenal job at capturing every single detail of it. She made our lives easy by understanding us, our personality, the way we wanted to be captured and she did just that! From showing us every beautiful inch of Longwood gardens to telling us about different poses to capturing the beauty and essence of nature! She made my dream come true with these beautiful pictures. We spent 2 hrs with her and there was sign of rush of ending the session and it was more like whatever we felt in the moment which is what I truly enjoyed. She sent us our sneak peak pictures the day off just several hours later and needless to say not only did our jaws dropped but every single person who viewed those pics while asking who the photographer was! We proudly share her information with every member of our family and friends because she truly deserves the best❤️ Thank you Gabriella for capturing the most beautiful and intimate moments of ours and We can’t wait to work with you again!


- brandon & nasia

Gabriella captured our special moments perfectly! She photographed our proposal, Holud night before the wedding, and wedding day. She was very easy to work with and always communicative and responsive. She was able to handle a 300 person wedding with ease and always got the shot. I've only seen the sneak peek from our wedding weekend but I am already in love with the pictures. She truly captured the joy and happiness of the weekend through her photos, which I will treasure forever. She is also just a genuinely kind person, which makes working with her even better :) Highly recommend.