A Surprise Philadelphia Proposal | Schuylkill River Trail | Allison + Dave

A couple walking on a bridge near the Schuylkill River.

I met Dave when he was a groomsman at a wedding almost nine years ago. When he reached out to ask if I could photograph his proposal to Allison, I was honored to be considered. The backdrop for the moment was on a bridge near the CHOP Roberts Center, neighboring the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia. 

The couple was walking their German Shepherd mix, Mimi, on a late fall afternoon when Dave turned to Allison at the end of the bridge. It warmed my heart to see how Allison knelt down immediately during the proposal, which felt like a symbol for the mutual love and respect they have for each other.

After excitedly introducing myself to Allison (and Mimi), we walked around the Boardwalk together and got to know each other before they celebrated with loved ones over dinner.

It means a lot to me that after meeting at a wedding nearly a decade ago, Dave would trust me to document this Philadelphia proposal. Congrats to the awesome couple (and Mimi) on their engagement! So glad to know you.

Philadelphia Proposal Photography

If you’re considering proposing to your partner and are interested in having it photographed, I’d love to chat more. It’s a joy to be able to document these memories for people when it can be such a whirlwind in the moment. 

A couple at the end of a bridge near the Schuylkill River.
A man proposes to his girlfriend at the end of a bridge near the Schuylkill River.
A couple smiles at the camera with their dog after their proposal.
A couple smiles at the camera with their dog after their proposal.
A couple smiling together after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A German Shepherd mix at a Philadelphia engagement session.
A couple smiling on a bridge after getting engaged.
A couple smiling on a bridge after getting engaged.
A couple walking with their dog after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A detail of an engagement ring on a woman's hand after their proposal.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A closeup of a hand wearing an engagement ring.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A dog happily walking along the Philadelphia Schuylkill Trail.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A couple walking with their dog near Schuylkill River Trail after getting engaged in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.
A sunset engagement session after a surprise proposal photography session in Philadelphia.

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