Merchant Exchange Building Engagement in Philly


As a Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, there are some go-to engagement photo locations that just blow it out of the water. Now, depending on the time of year this will depend on where you end up going for your Philly engagement. However, a fan favorite across the board that never lets me down is the Merchant Exchange Building. A breathtaking historical site in the middle of Downtown Philadelphia, and one of the best places if you’re looking for elegant Philly engagement photos. For Jessica and Rob, we wanted classic/elegant photos hence these phenomenal Merchant Exchange Building engagement photos. With a bit of planning, posing, and some good lighting, that’s exactly what we got!

Jessica and Rob’s Merchant Exchange Building Engagement in Downtown Philadelphia

The architectural style of the Merchant Exchange Building is hard to miss. This is actually one of the many reasons why it’s such a popular engagement photo location. Built back in the early nineteenth century and is now one of Philly’s National Historic Landmarks. It’s absolutely ginormous and photographs beautifully, making it a go-to spot if your wanting engagement or wedding photos.

For Jessica and Rob, their love was just as radiating and golden as the Summer sun. Being complete naturals in front of the camera and looking like absolute models, these two dominated each and every movement. Sticking to classic, natural posing along with their elegant formal engagement attire made for the perfect way to celebrate this next chapter in their lives.


If you’re looking to get engagement photos taken at The Merchant Exchange Building, you should have no problem utilizing the exterior building space for your photos. However, if you want to take your wedding portraits at The Merchant Exchange Building the rules are a bit different. If you wish to take wedding photos at The Merchant Exchange, you will be required to purchase a permit at a small fee of $25. This fee covers nine different locations surrounding the Merchant Exchange Building such as the 18th Century Garden, The Magnolia Garden, Dock Creek, and more.

Read more about wedding photo permits at The Merchant Exchange building here.

Make The Most Out Of Your Engagement Photos

For many of you, getting engagement photos is one of the first times ever getting your pictures professionally taken. With that, you may just think that your engagement photos are there to post on social media or keep on your phone as your wallpaper. WRONG! There are many ways you can utilize your engagement photos for your wedding experience and make the most bang for your buck. You can fully use your engagement photos for all or some of these things below!

  • Save The Dates
  • Wedding Reception Decor
  • Guest Book
  • Wedding Website
  • Heirloom Album
  • Prints

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