At the historic Water Works, the skyline may have changed in the last century but the views remain as stunning as ever.
Jackie and Frank Kemp steal a kiss during their first dance in the Grand Pavilion.
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 19th-century-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