Engagement Shoots

Upenn, Race Street Pier, Elfreth’s Alley Engagement Session – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Miranda & Zee

Miranda and Zee say that they’re both foodies and they met over ramen. They bring out the best side of each other. Even though they have been long distance for almost the entirety of their relationship, they both have the commitment to each other and are optimistic about the future.

Zee is a 1st year resident at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Meanwhile, Miranda is a recent UPenn grad. While the two have been in a long distance relationship for some time, when they are together, its almost as if lightning strikes and Miranda says that they both have the commitment to each other and are optimistic about the future. It is clear to see how in love they are in all of the pictures.

When it came to the proposal, they were jogging along the SchuylkRiveriver. Zee tied the engagement ring using his shoelaces and hid the diamond underneath the shoe tongue. Halfway through the jogging, Zee pretended that he needed to re-tie his shoelaces as they are getting loose and while Miranda wasn’t paying any attention at all, Zee took out the ring and was on his knee to propose!

They decided to start their engagement shoot among the regal buildings of Houston Hall, Huntsman Hall, and Locust Walk at the University of Pennsylvania. Locust walk is the aortic artery through the Penn campus, connecting University City and West Philadelphia. Buildings along the walk include dorms, cafeterias, fraternities, and St. Mary’s Church. Miranda states that many a sunny afternoon was spent under its trees studying for what seemed like an eternity of exams. UPenn also is home to a copy of the infamous Philly LOVE sign, which was donated to the school in 1996 from Jeffrey J. and Sivia Loria, an American art dealer and former owner of the Miami Marlins.

The next location was the regal looking Houston Hall, which serves as UPenn’s student centre because Miranda recounts many a day studying in its rooms. The historic building is America’s first college union building, built in 1894 and designed by William C. Hays and Milton Medary in a student competition. After some other shots in the Quadrangle, they moved onto Locust Walk. Luckily, their engagement session took place on a Saturday morning, so there was not much foot traffic and they were able to get some beautiful couple’s portraits in seeming isolation on the ever busy Locust Walk. 

Then, they ventured to the Delaware River Waterfront at Race Street Pier for some epic shots overlooking the Delaware River, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the border with New Jersey. Their final stop was Elfreth’s Alley, known as the oldest residential street in the Nation. It was built in 1702 and is considered a national historic landmark. The place was packed with tourists, but through composition and angles, the photographer was able to get some compelling shots. They utilised the alley itself, the local brickwork, and even some of the greenery of the houses themselves to capture portraits. 

Miranda and Zee are having a destination wedding next June in Shanghai, China. Thank you to J&J Studios, LLC for sharing these photographs with us.

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