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Surprise proposals can be a wonderful gift to give your significant other. They’re delightful, and often incredibly romantic. Though it may seem difficult, you can even hire a photographer, like J & J Studios, to capture you popping the question to your significant other. While most people advise that couples at least have a conversation about marriage before taking the step forward in their relationship that engagement is, you can still make the proposal itself a surprise! 

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That’s just what Joshua did on Broad Street in Philly, in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall in the heart of the Old City! You can read about this elegant couple and the way Joshua surprised his now-fiance, Laura, below. J & J Studios was so excited to photograph this surprise engagement in one of Philadelphia’s most iconic locations. We hope you love our Philly Broad Street proposal photography as much as we do! 

Philly Broad Street Proposal

The day was sunny and bright, with hazy clouds like lace against the autumn blue sky. Both Joshua and Laura were bundled up against the late-November Philadelphia cold, with Joshua in a black wool coat and cashmere scarf and Laura in a gorgeous blonde fur coat. As they stood on the median on Broad Street in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall, they chatted and laughed with one another. 

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Suddenly, Joshua reached into his jacket, then got on one knee in front of Laura. When he asked her to marry him, she said yes! After Joshua rose from his knee to kiss his fiancee, Laura spotted J & J Studios photographing them – and we were busted! 

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philly broad street proposal photography

Philly Broad Street Proposal Photography

Laura nuzzled her face against Joshua’s so it looked like she was whispering in his ear. We’re not sure if she was just cold and stealing his heat, though! Either way, the pose made for an adorable photo.

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Joshua did a wonderful job choosing Laura’s engagement ring. The large emerald-cut diamond made an exquisite and stunning contrast to the delicate gold band on which it rested. The overall design of the ring was opulent, yet elegant, and seemed to go well with Laura’s attire that day. 

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J & J Studios had the newly engaged couple do an about-face so that the golden afternoon sun was streaming behind them. We love how this photo turned out, with Laura and Joshua illuminated from behind, like their happiness was beaming out from them!

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We think these shots, of Joshua and Laura’s silhouettes, turned out beautifully. The contrast made for artsy, romantic photos of this Philly surprise proposal.

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How cool is this double-decker carousel? This beautiful Bertazzon carousel was handmade and painted in Venice, Italy.

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With the holidays just around the bend, plenty of places now have white string lights decorating buildings, plants, and trees. J & J Studios made sure to take advantage of their presence in this tunnel made of greenery, as you can see in these photos of Laura and Joshua. 

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Planning a Philly Surprise Proposal? Contact Us Today!

If you’re planning your own surprise proposal in the Philly area and want someone to photograph it, you can contact J & J Studios here. We’re incredibly discreet, so we can keep the surprise a surprise for your future fiance!


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