- The Experience
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- Cescaphe Ballroom
Located in Philly’s vibrant Northern Liberties, Tendenza is a sleek and chic contemporary space inspired by the cutting industrial style of New York lofts. When you want your wedding to make a unique statement, nothing else in the city comes close.
Capacity: 150 – 240 guests
- Down Town Club
- Water Works
- The Lucy
Located on Philadelphia’s famous Avenue of the Arts, The Lucy encompasses the Cescaphe brand’s reputation for sophisticated, luxe venues. European inspired brass chandeliers illuminate marble accents and ivory wall paneling for a warm traditional aesthetic.
Capacity: 150 – 325 guests
- The Party
BrideThe guests are met, the feast is set, and all eyes are on you. As you glow with joy, you beam with the serenity of knowing that everything is as you planned, every detail has been attended to, every expectation has been met, and every wish fulfilled. Right up to this moment.
GroomIt’s their big day, but it couldn’t have happened without you. Whether you chose to be actively involved in all the planning and preparation, or were there to lend love and support when needed, you’ve been able to rely on us for advice and guidance every step of the way. Good luck!
FatherYou’re bursting with pride at the wonderful, self-assured person you helped raise and the journey the new couple is about to begin. As you look around at this magnificent celebration, you know that whatever tomorrow brings, today will always live in your heart.
MotherFrom the moment your child was first placed in your arms, you knew this day would come. Now all the weeks and months of planning and preparation are behind both of you. And, thanks to the help and loving support of your wedding team, you’re free to enjoy every second of it.
BridesmaidsYou’ve shared years of friendship. Stories and secrets. Love and affection. And all the anticipation of planning and preparing for the most special day in her life. Now you’re about to share the happiest, most memorable day in her life—in the most special of places.
GroomsmenHe was always there for you. Now you’re there for him. It’s his day to play a leading role, but every production needs a great supporting cast. And that’s where you come in. But don’t worry. Thanks to the best wedding planners in the business, you know your part by heart.
- Wedding Party
Wedding PartyAs family and friends, you’ve always been close. Now you’re about to help create an experience that will bind you even closer—today and for all the years to come. We’re privileged to be a part of this very special day. And overjoyed for everyone who help make it happen.
GuestsThere’s nothing more special than being invited to share in the happiness of a wedding. You are the people, above all others, that the happy couple wanted to be here. And because you matter so much to them, you matter just as much to us. Whatever you need, please ask.
- The Food
- The Gallery
- The Company
Now that we’ve had a couple of days to relax after our wedding at Tendenza this Saturday, we wanted to let you know how incredible you have made our wedding experience. From our first few emails with Lisa, to our various tours of your spaces, we were impressed by Cescaphe, everyone was extremely helpful and kind. It was also a pleasure to meet your daughter (although we didn’t know at the time), Francesca. She was the one who showed us Tendenza, which we eventually selected. She was amazing and made us feel so welcome every time we saw her at the Cescaphe University events. Speaking of which, these were beyond any expectation we could have had when we signed with you. Forget the fact that you are putting on basically a 3 hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres once a month, but the information provided was invaluable.
As a customer, it was obvious that you personally wanted to make sure everyone was happy, not with just Cescaphe, but their wedding. You were the one asking the tough questions to some of these vendors that people are too shy to ask. Being that available to your customers, as the owner of a company is really refreshing. We had some great conversations with you ourselves (including getting our flower wall by playing “newlywed game”), but also Kelly’s parents were more than at ease with our decision to choose Cescaphe after just a few minutes talking to you during one of the events.
Working with your staff has truly been a pleasure, as we transitioned from Lisa to Danielle to Katie, there was never any perception of unfamiliarity, each new person was ready and up to speed with all of our needs and concerns. It is really a seamless operation. The Cescaphe family that you have created is really the ideal partner for any newly engaged couples. You made it so easy and honestly that’s why we used all of your vendors or preferred vendors. From the Cescaphe Trolley to Capelli & Truco to Beautiful Blooms, even our DJ/String came recommended by Danielle.
Coming out of this weekend, I have never heard so many compliments about a wedding. We certainly knew what was in store, but our guests were blown away. Even as I am writing this email, I had two people message me that it was the best wedding they had attended. Our parents were beyond pleased with the dedicated staff, all of which were spectacular. Our attendant, Andrew has to be one of the most professional and personable people I have ever met. He made sure we knew everything that was happening before it happened and we were never wanting for anything. He was ever vigilant and flat out impressive.
I’ll close just by saying, we already convinced one friend to sign with Cescaphe (Amit/Kate Sept 2019), but any engaged couple we meet from this day forward will get an earful about how they would be crazy to not trust their wedding with Cescaphe.
- The History
In 2002, after seventeen years of coordinating extraordinary weddings and events at Colleen’s, Joe Volpe found himself catering a party at a Philadelphia real estate mogul’s Main Line home, when the developer asked him if he would join him to check out the shuttered Imperial Movie Theater at 923 North 2nd Street in the city’s emerging Northern Liberties section. Joe, and his wife Andrea, immediately fell in love with the idea of transforming the 17,500 square foot space into a stylish, upscale wedding venue. Together they convinced family members and an apprehensive banker to loan them the $2 million necessary to gut and renovate the space that would become Cescaphe Ballroom.
- The Team
Meet Your Team
It’s the show of a lifetime, and you’re the stars. Your Cescaphe team is excited to help you shine brighter and dazzle more than you could ever have hoped or imagined.
To ensure a perfect performance, we assemble the perfect supporting cast. From your Client Development Associate and Event Coordinator, to your Event Manager, Maitre D’ and Chef, everyone is a trend-setting wedding expert in their own right. Supremely talented, brilliantly creative, thoroughly experienced, and—most important of all—passionately dedicated to the art of celebrating the most joyful of all occasions:
Your wedding day.
- About Joe Volpe
About Joe Volpe
Cescaphe Founder & CEO Joe Volpe has spent more than 30 years with the singular goal of fulfilling wedding dreams for brides and grooms across Philadelphia. Since founding Cescaphe with wife Andrea in 2003, he has grown the company into one of the most successful wedding brands in the Greater Philadelphia region.
- The Company
I want to be surrounded by excellence. Excellence is what inspires me. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
Extraordinary weddings don’t just happen, they are planned. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
It’s really all about making your vision become a reality that leaves a lasting impression. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
From the smallest detail, to the grandest event we build your dream around you. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
A sophisticated event begins long before the guests arrive. It begins with masterful planning and experience that delivers excellence on your wedding day. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
Be Obsessed or be Average Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
The wedding world gives you one shot, no re-do’s Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
Everyone has a story and being able to have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most important chapters of their life is an incredibly humbling experience. Joe Volpe, Founder Cescaphe
You are my greatest adventure Mr. Incredible
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. Robert Collier
All because two people fell in love… Unknown
Love and laughter and happily ever after Daisy Prescott
Welcome to our beginning Unknown
You will forever be my always Swapna Rajput
Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it. Debasish Mridha
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn
The best is yet to come Frank Sinatra