Manayunk is worth the trek.
Full disclosure: we’re a little biased when it comes to talking up our neighborhood. We think the combination of bridges, tow path, trees, architecture and all the secret spots make it one of the best places to explore and take stunning engagement portraits. In case you haven’t had the chance to fall in love with “MYNK” yet, here are your reasons to come visit our stomping grounds for your engagement shoot.
1. Art along the canal
If you go for a walk on the Schuylkill River Trail, you can also find mosaic stoops by Diane Pieri. These make for adorable seated portraits with backdrops of vine covered walls, or even a couple of fun detail shots. Stoops are signature parts of the Philadelphia landscape, and Pieri takes the concept to a new level by placing these colorful versions in a surprising setting.
2. Larger than life paintings
Philadelphia is a city of murals, and Manayunk has its own fair share, especially along the Towpath. The water themed murals perfectly complement the canal and make the entire setting pop just a little bit more for photos. Artists Paul Santoleri and Beth Clevenstine bring elements of nature to life in the spirit of Manayunk with black and white wonder under the Green Lane bridge, and “Water Under the Bridge” painted on steps at Fountain and Umbria streets.
3. European vibes with windy cobblestone streets
The tiny, and sometimes windy, streets in Manayunk fuse classic Philadelphia row homes with Italian flair. Although there won’t always be a trattoria around the corner, there are adorable streets that will provide a quaint background for your urban chic engagement photos.
4. Bridges, bridges, and more bridges
Part of Manayunk’s charm is seeing how this neighborhood is connected to the rest of Philly and beyond. The Manayunk Bridge Trail is a gorgeous walk above the river to rise above the neighborhood, and get a peek at Center City in the distance. You can make the bridge the focus of your shoot, or bring your bikes and go for a ride along the Cynwyd Heritage Trail on the other side of the river.
5. Small town in the big city
Main St. is renowned for its small town charm, with plenty of cute shops and restaurants to explore. We are well associated with the Manayunk Development Corporation and all our fellow local businesses. If you love bookshops and want to get cosy in an adorable used bookstore with a slightly witchy atmosphere, let us take you to the Spiral Bookcase. If you fell in love over coffee, grab a latte made with locally roasted coffee beans from Pilgrim Roasters. (They have a small, gorgeous cafe with perfect lighting). Or, grab an iced coffee at Volo and enjoy their adorable outdoor seating in the heart of Main St. If you’re in the mood for something a little stronger, choose one of the many awesome bars and restaurants to toast your love with a great beer or glass of champagne. (You can even go to Manayunk Brewery for a true local experience!)
6. It isn’t a park full of pretzels, but it is Pretzel Park
Lastly, if you are true Philadelphians, you know the love of pretzels runs deep in this city. (It isn’t a food, it’s a lifestyle). Luckily, Manayunk has the ultimate homage to perfectly shaped and salted baked dough with Pretzel Park. In addition to the pretzel statue, there is an adorable dog run and some lovely benches so you can take a seat and really enjoy the park. (Preferably with a pretzel).
Linda & Ryan: Joe G.
Adrianna & Steve: Joe G.
Brianna & Adam: Nick