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engagement photos at bowman's hill wildflower preserve

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Engagement Session

Alicia and Derek are getting married in August 2023 and I could NOT be more excited!! They wanted to have their engagement session done one year prior in August of 2022. After doing some research on nature-y locations, we landed on Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and Tyler State Park near New Hope, PA.

Alicia and Derek were rockstars, y’all. I need to pump them up first. They showed up to their session a bit nervous about being in front of the camera. But they were naturals!!! Alicia wore a super cute white dress and Derek wore darker neutrals to compliment her. They couldn’t stop laughing the whole time and you can just see the love in their eyes!!! We had so many great conversations and even discovered our shared affinity for the country of Ireland!! Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting their wedding next year.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

This was my first time photographing at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. It’s located in New Hope, which is a gorgeous area in general, so I had really high hopes!! What unfolded next truly blew my expectations out of the water.

It was empty. Like, I’m pretty sure we were the only ones there. It was a weekday afternoon in August, so the sun was still shining. That emptiness made us feel like we had the preserve entirely to ourselves, which therefore contributed to Alicia and Derek feeling at ease! I played some soft, romantic tunes as we walked through the preserve, stopping at various places for photos.

The variety was astounding! There were these huge, gorgeous clearings in the woods with grass that resembled the green on a fairway. (My dad would be so proud of me for that reference.) There was a gazebo nestled in the woods, and large patches of wildflowers as promised by the name. We even found a pond filled with lily pads and a cute stone structure with a water mill!

Tyler State Park

Around 5 p.m. when the park closed, we made our way to Tyler State Park. Alicia and Derek changed outfits here for some variety in their gallery (which I highly recommend!).

We first took photos around a disc golf course, which provided a dramatic backdrop of space in the woods. We hunted for sunlight here, and it showed!

Y’all, the way the sun shines through the trees here is something out of a movie. To enhance that feeling even further, we played around with some atmospheric aerosol to create some magical images!! Alicia had SO much fun with those photos – and how could she not?! She and Derek looked like they stepped into a fairytale romance!

After trying and failing to find a waterfall, we ended the session at a picnic table near a quiet creek. Alicia and Derek brought these cute coozies that read “Mr.” and “Mrs.” to go along with their beers of choice! They cracked them open and sipped on their brews while I made my last photographs of the day. I hiiiiighly recommend doing something like this at your engagement session. Alicia and Derek love a good beer (as do I), so it felt very “them” to include it in their session 🙂

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve & Tyler State Park Engagement Session

bowman's hill wildflower preserve engagement session

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  1. Cheryl Murray says:

    These pictures are amazing! So are Alicia and Derek!

- 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"

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“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.

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- 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!).

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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.

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