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a couple takes photos to celebrate their engagement in downtown media, pa

Romantic Downtown Engagement Session in Media

Jenny and Ryan’s downtown engagement session was definitely one for the books!! Media, a town outside Philadelphia, plays an important role in their relationship. It’s where they met, went on lots of dates AND got engaged!!!

Downtown Engagement Session

The great part about doing your engagement session in a downtown area is the variety of photos you can get. There are typically lots of different types of buildings I can use to create unique photos, and we can usually find some sort of open space to get away from the architecture. One of my favorite parts about downtown sessions is the ability to go inside! Most photoshoots take place either outside or in a studio, so the ability to have vibey indoor pictures (especially at a bar!!) is super cool.

In Jenny and Ryan’s case, we spent the first half of their session outside and the second half inside. We first walked through the downtown area and took photos at various hotspots specific to Media. Some of my favorites were taken in front of the courthouse – a grand, marble building. We finished inside a restaurant that also had a cute bar area. I photographed Jenny and Ryan sipping an espresso martini through the window of the bar, which added to the nostalgic feel of their downtown session. And since we were the only ones there (it was about 3:30 p.m.), the staff let us go upstairs to take pictures in the restaurant!

The sweetest part? It was the restaurant where Jenny and Ryan went on their first date … and got engaged!!!!

An Intentional Location

Jenny and Ryan have some pretty special memories in the town of Media. Though they live elsewhere now, a lot of their courtship took place downtown. Being able to revisit those special places and document them forever with their engagement photos really added to the romantic nature of the session!

Something to consider when choosing a location for your engagement session is sentimental value. Is there a place that evokes sweet memories with each other or that is important to your relationship? If not, what kind of place would you want to create a special new memory at with your engagement session?

Romantic Engagement Session in Downtown Media

a couple takes photos to celebrate their engagement in downtown media, pa
a couple takes photos to celebrate their engagement in downtown media, pa

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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.

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