WALK­ING ON WATER

AT THE HIS­TORIC WATER WOR S, THE SKY­LINE MAY HAVE CHANGED IN THE LAST CEN­TURY, BUT THE VIEWS RE­MAIN AS STUN­NING AS EVER.

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At the his­toric Water Works, the sky­line may have changed in the last cen­tury, but the views re­main as stun­ning as ever.

It’s no se­cret that Cescaphe Event Group has been one of Philadelphia’s lead­ing names in wed­dings for over 15 years. But five swank city venues in the port­fo­lio still wasn’t enough for Joe Volpe, founder and CEO. En­ter Fair­mount’s his­toric Water Works.

“It was al­ways a dream of mine to be as­so­ci­ated with a na­tional trea­sure,” says Volpe of Water Works. Opened in the late 1800s, it’s hard to be­lieve the photo-wor­thy Neo­clas­si­cal build­ing was once a hub of the city’s water de­part­ment.

For cou­ples ty­ing the knot April through Oc­to­ber, Volpe sug­gests their first-ever out­door re­cep­tion area: the Grand Pav­il­ion. The space not only of­fers panoramic views of Boathouse Row and the Cen­ter City sky­line, but also fea­tures cus­tom tent­ing and 19th­cen­tury-in­spired col­umns. For larger affairs, the Mill House Deck can host up to 400 peo­ple. The newly ren­o­vated En­gine House is ideal for more in­ti­mate wed­dings, with room for up to 140 guests. Crys­tal chan­de­liers, crown mold­ing, and hard­wood and tile floor­ing are some of the up­dates to the main ball­room here. The prop­erty’s orig­i­nal bar was re­moved to cre­ate a pri­vate bridal suite. Upon re­moval, a hid­den stair­case was un­cov­ered that once led to the care­taker’s cot­tage. “We in­cor­po­rated the stairs into the unique de­sign of the bridal suite,” says Volpe.

Whichever space you choose, Water Works con­tin­ues to of­fer the top-notch ser­vice that Cescaphe is known for. “Ev­ery wed­ding be­comes a part of a bride’s and groom’s per­sonal his­tory, but Water Works wed­dings now al­low us to make each wed­ding a part of Philadelphia his­tory.” 640 Water­works Dr., 215-238-5750; cescaphe.com

“IT WAS AL­WAYS A DREAM OF MINE TO BE AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH A NA­TIONAL TREA­SURE.” — joe volpe

The his­toric Water Works is now host­ing some of the city’s most scenic wed­dings.

The ban­deau veil is a mod­ern up­date on the retro bird­cage style: Marie Luxe ban­deau veil, En­chanted Ate­lier by Liv Hart ($975). The Wed­ding Fac­tor, 123 South St., 267- 861- 0409; wed­ding­fac­tor.com Jackie and Frank Kemp steal a kiss dur­ing their first danc

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