June 19, 2023
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The Lucy Cescaphe Philadelphia Luxury June Wedding in Black and White

The Lucy is a modern, 19th century style Philly wedding venue located on the famous Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Center City. It’s one in a family of seven incredible venues owned by Cescaphe! From brass chandeliers to marble accents and ivory wall paneling, this show stopping, 17,000 ft2 space is elegant, sophisticated, and truly one of a kind. The unique architecture and luxury on site experience are just two reasons I love shooting weddings at The Lucy Cescaphe Philadelphia. I had the honor of capturing Marissa & Jonathan’s black and white wedding here last June and I’m still swooning over the final gallery.

Map of downtown Philadelphia wedding venues owned by The Cescaphe

Afternoon Wedding Ceremony in Philly

Marissa and Johnathan had a 3pm ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, which is a quick 10 minute drive north of the Lucy. Their traditional Catholic ceremony was such a beautiful and emotion-filled start to their love story. 

And can we take a minute to talk about this cathedral?! The architecture alone is enough to transport you straight into medieval Europe. I swear I forgot I was in the U.S. for a hot second.

Cocktail Hour At The Lucy 

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the venue for a famous Cescaphe cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was held on the second floor mezzanine, which overlooks the reception hall down below. Every detail was impeccable; from the perfectly plated charcuterie to the bride and groom’s signature cocktails to the ‘N’ ice sculpture. 

The Lucy Ballroom Reception

Since it’s grand opening in the Fall of 2018, The Lucy ballroom has been a favorite spot for luxury wedding photographers. The space is expansive and can accommodate large weddings with up to 300 guests! The high ceilings and large windows provide plenty of natural light, creating a bright and airy atmosphere that’s perfect for capturing stunning wedding reception photos.

Another unique feature of The Lucy is its on-site catering team. The venue offers a variety of catering options, from elegant plated dinners to casual stations and buffets. The venue also provides a variety of rental items, including tables, chairs, linens, and china

The Lucy Cescaphe Wedding Reception Photos

The Naylor’s chose to do a family style dinner with 12-seat rounds and a sweetheart table in the middle. The Lucy has an expansive, modern bar that spans the width of the room. On the opposite side of the ballroom, the DJ or band can set up front and center on stage. The ballroom is so open and spacious that you can basically design whatever reception configuration you want. 

Marissa and Johnathan’s reception was the perfect mix of elegant and fun! They included our photo booth add on in their photography package so guests could capture their own fun memories from the night too. Check out their sweet newlywed matching kicks!

Outdoor Options At the Lucy

The Lucy also offers a variety of other unique spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The outdoor courtyard is perfect for couples looking for an intimate setting surrounded by flowers and greenery. The courtyard is also a great outdoor cocktail hour location, providing a relaxed and casual atmosphere for guests to mingle and enjoy signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Downtown Philadelphia wedding photo locations

For bridal party and couple photos, I made sure to take full advantage of the beautiful urban Philadelphia setting just outside of the venue.

I can always count on the Merchant Exchange Building in Olde City for a show stopping photo backdrop. This historic landmark is a short drive from the venue but 100% worth the stop. And, arguably one of the best photo spots in Philadelphia is just a two minute walk from The Lucy—the Philadelphia City Hall building.

These shots were taken right on S Broad St and I love how they turned out!

I also recommend the Rodin Museum and Logan Square for two other amazing photo spots for a downtown Philly wedding.

On site team at The Lucy Cescaphe

Luxury wedding photographers love The Lucy not only for its beautiful design and unique spaces, but also for its exceptional service and attention to detail. The venue has a dedicated event coordinator who works closely with couples to ensure that every aspect of their wedding is planned and executed to perfection. From the initial consultation to the final details on the day of the wedding, the event coordinator is there to provide guidance and support every step of the way.

In addition to its exceptional service, The Lucy also offers a variety of amenities that make it the perfect venue for luxury weddings. The venue has a bridal suite and groom’s lounge, where the wedding party can relax and prepare for the big day. 

luxury wedding photography at the Lucy Cescaphe Philadelphia

The Lucy is a beautiful and sophisticated Philadelphia wedding venue that’s perfect for couples who want to host a luxurious and unforgettable wedding weekend. With its unique architecture and design, expansive spaces, exceptional service, and attention to detail, it’s no wonder luxury PA wedding photographers are all vying for a chance to photograph this venue! From the grand staircase to the outdoor courtyard to the elegant ballroom, The Lucy provides the perfect backdrop for stunning wedding photos that will be cherished for a lifetime.

My team would be honored to capture your wedding at The Lucy, or at any of the gorgeous Cescaphe wedding venues in Philadelphia! You can’t go wrong planning your big day at this family of unique Philly wedding venues. You can learn more about the full Lauren E. Bliss Luxury Wedding Photography Experience here. Visit my inquiry page to request my availability and rates so we can get your big day on the books! 

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If there’s one thing we have in common, it’s our unwavering commitment to the details -

- the lush cascading bouquet, the elegant wax seal on your invitations, and the seemingly small moments that become dear reminders of your big day. But, most importantly, it’s how we thrive on connection.

I believe the best wedding photography experience happens when we’re connected. That means trusting your photographer, a level of faith I treat earnestly.   

You deserve a custom experience as breathtaking as your final gallery, and that’s what I’ll deliver.

and I can’t wait to capture it.
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