Philadelphia Art Museum Proposal

Ryan and Ali’s Philadelphia Art Museum Proposal

Getting engaged during the Coronavirus pandemic isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Trust me, I know. But Ryan pulled his surprise proposal to Ali off in spectacular fashion with the help of family and friends for this Philadelphia Art Museum Proposal.

When Ryan initially contacted me to talk about his plan to propose to his long time girlfriend Ali – I could hear the excitement and nervousness in his voice. I asked if the ring was burning a hole in his pocket and he said YES!

The Plan

Ryan’s goal was to totally catch Ali off-guard. In order to throw her off the proposal “bread crumbs”, he had Ali and a few of her friends who were in the know get together with Ali beforehand. The premise was, that Ali and her friends would be going to a photo shoot later that day.

Meanwhile, the moms, Ryan’s sister, and one of their close friends set up the proposal scene at the Art Museums Gazebos. They placed a few candles, rose petals, and a sign with a few photos of the couple along with “Ali, will you marry me?” at the base of the gazebo.

Family gathers and decorates a gazebo at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a proposal.
Family gathers and decorates a gazebo at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a proposal.
Ali, Will You Marry Me? Written on a sign at a gazebo for a Philadelphia Art Museum proposal.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Proposal

Ryan scooped Ali up and they ubered over to the Art Museum. When they got out, Ryan took Ali straight up to the Gazebo where she spotted the decorations and immediately broken down into happy tears.

I could hear Ali screaming YES as Ryan got down on his knee. I coached Ryan where and how to position himself to give us the best chance of capturing the big moment. He pulled it off perfectly!

Bride reacts as she realizes she's about to get proposed to at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Ryan proposes to Ali at a gazebo at the Philadelphia Art Museum
After accepting a proposal at the Philadelphia Art Museum, the bride happily accepts her ring from her groom.
Bride and Groom take a minute to collect themselves and take in the new look of the brides ring.

The second surprise.

You can’t just propose at the Art Museum and have that be it! Once the couple collected their emotions, we took a few portraits near the Gazebo and I told Ali that I was going to run ahead to grab a shot of them walking down the pathway to the water.

Little did Ali know, her family and friends (some of which drove in from St. Lous and Atlanta) were waiting for her with cellphones in hand and masks responsibly on faces.

What happened next was just minutes and minutes of hugs, laughs, tears and happy.

We shot a few family photographs, and a few more photographs around Cescaphe Waterworks.

The bride is surprised as she realizes all of her family and friends are waiting for her at the Art Museum after she is officially engaged.
Friends and family anxiously wait to see the newly engaged couple for the first time.
Ali reacts as she realizes one of her best friends flew from across the country to witness her get engaged.
Dad and Mom hug Ali at the Philadelphia Art Museum after she got engaged during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ali is over the moon as she gives her mom a big hug. Mom is happy because her daughter is now engaged!
Friends and family take a look at Ali's new ring after Ryan proposed to her at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Family reacting to their daughter who is surprised after getting engaged at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mom taking a photo of the ring after couple gets engaged at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Silhouette photo of couple at Cescaphe Waterworks.

The Third Surprise

Waiting on the other side of Waterworks was more of Ryan and Ali’s friends who set up a little picnic for everyone. Ali’s surprised face became a theme through their entire proposal. It’s probably my favorite thing.

Engaged couple popping champagne as friends cheer them on.
Couple embracing and saying thank you for everyone coming to celebrate their Philadelphia Art Museum engagement.
Family and friends toast the new bride and groom at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Bride shows off her ring at her engagement party at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

This Philadelphia Summer Proposal took place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Fairmount. The actual proposal happened at the Gazebo behind the Art Museum, overlooking the Schuylkill River. This proposal happened during the Coronavirus Epidemic.