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Rittenhouse Square Surprise Proposal | Mark & Ashley

Mark & Ashley’s surprise proposal and engagement session at Rittenhouse Square in October 2022 was so sweet and joyful!

Planning with Mark

Mark and I hopped on a Zoom call a few weeks before he was planning to propose. We went over his game plan and narrowed down a few good spots to pop the question. It’s a good thing we did our research because there was an art show going on that weekend in the park! It luckily didn’t interfere with his ideal proposal spot, but we had backup plans just in case.

(Note – if you are planning a proposal in one of Philadelphia’s public parks, make sure there is not public event happening at the same time!!)

The Proposal

I arrived at Rittenhouse Square extra early to make sure Mark’s preferred proposal location was good to go with the art show going on. I sent him a text confirming Plan A and waited while he and Ashley got ready to leave! She thought they were going on a dinner date to Parc, a super nice French restaurant right off the square. (Guys, this is a great way to make sure your partner dresses up for a surprise proposal!) They were, in fact, going to Parc … but Mark had other plans before they got there.

I spotted them walking toward me and got in position while trying to be discreet. At the designated location, Mark stopped walking and turned Ashley to face him, holding her hands in his. I moved into the center of the walkway, motioning for people to get out of the way as I brought my camera up to my eye. Mark got down on one knee, pulled out the engagement ring, and Ashley’s jaw dropped to the floor! She said YES!!

Y’all, Ashley was SO surprised and SO happy!!! She kept looking down at her hand in disbelief as Mark watched her with pure love in his eyes. I’m so honored I was able to document this super special moment for them!!!

Rittenhouse Engagement Session

After allowing Mark & Ashley some time and space to start processing what just happened, I took them around the park for some engagement photos! I made sure to weave in plenty of far away photos so they could chat and process together while I took candid photos with my Zoom lens. It was also important that I included some park benches in their photos because Mark loved that vision. Those park bench photos ended up being some of my absolute favorites!!!

When 20 minutes had gone by, I walked Mark & Ashley to Parc so they could make their dinner reservation. I snapped one last romantic photo of them kissing with the “Parc” sign in the background to commemorate that part of their big day!! I’m so excited for this sweet couple and I truly cannot wait for them to get married. Congratulations, Mark & Ashley!!!!

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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.