Walking in Mellon Park with Laura & Neil

As a photographer, I often see some of the most beautiful venues and outdoor locations around Pittsburgh. Some places have the ability to truly take my breath away. The location of my recent engagement session with Laura and Neil did not disappoint! I had the pleasure of photographing this great couple in Mellon Park, a hidden gem of a garden nestled right in Pittsburgh, PA.

Man kisses fiancee on the cheek whi;e walking through Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA

Engaged couple smile together against an iron fence at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA

Engaged couple cuddle together at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA

The Connection

Laura Spinelli and Neil Akers first connected on a popular dating app a year before they ever met in person. They messaged each other but a first date just didn’t happen at the time. Something about Neil made a lasting impression on Laura, though. She reached out to Neil about a year later in hopes to rekindle their connection. It worked and the couple shared their first date at the Summit, a bar atop Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh, PA. The date included drinks, board games and an evening stroll overlooking the city on Light Up Night. Both agree that they clicked as a couple instantly and haven’t spent a moment apart since.

Man nuzzles his fiancee's neck while walking through Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA

Pittsbugh PA Man hugs his fiancee from behind while she laughs on a walk in Mellon Park

Engaged couple from Pittsburgh PA smile as they walk through Mellon Park

The Proposal

Neil popped the question on July 21, 2018. He had taken Laura to a restaurant atop Mt. Washington under the guise of celebrating her birthday. After their meal, Neil suggested they relive their first date with a trip to the Summit. Throughout their evening, they reminisced about their first date and how far they had come as a couple. To finish the evening Neil suggested they take a walk just as they had done on their first date. While Laura was admiring the view of the city below Neil got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

Pittsburgh PA engaged couple poses with a handmade sign announcing their wedding date in Mellon Park

Engaged couple about to kiss during engagement photo session at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA

A Stroll Through Mellon Park

We did their engagement session in Pittsburgh, PA at the breathtaking Mellon Park, which is just around the corner from the couples’ home. The park is best known for its walled garden. It is such a unique and charming little spot. The gardens are nothing short of magical. We were surrounded by lush greenery, stone paths and a tranquil fountain adorned with cherubs. There is clearly a lot of love and care that goes into maintaining this impressive park.¬† It created the perfect romantic atmosphere for Laura and Neil’s photos. We finished up their session with a few photos in scenic downtown Pittsburgh along the river.

Engaged couple embrace along the river in Pittsburgh PA

Woman looks at her fiance lovingly along the river in Pittsburgh PA

Couple poses for engagement photo along the river with Pittsburgh PA skyline in the background

It was a session that I certainly won’t forget any time soon! Laura and Neil were a joy to photograph, and Mellon Park was beyond gorgeous. It was truly a joy to celebrate this couple surrounded by such a picturesque park!

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