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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.
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Winter Weddings tend to be sometimes an overlooked season in the wedding world. Sure, spring and fall can be the more popular seasons to tie the knot, but with the right team on your side, any season can serve as the perfect, intimate ambiance for your big day.
That explains why we’re seeing a growing trend in more brides-to-be planning winter weddings. In addition to special pricing, winter weddings tend to give couples a more exclusive feel to their event. Not only are vendors able to devote more time to their clients in winter, but guests are also more excited to attend when personal schedules are less jam packed.
If you think a winter wedding needs to include fur shrugs or winter whites, think again. As long as you choose the right flowers, lighting, and details your winter wedding will have all the same vibrancy of a June evening. Here’s how you make it happen:
Start with your look.
One of the biggest fears of a winter wedding is keeping yourself and your bridal party warm. There are several sleek options that do not include even a hint of faux-fur. Channel your inner Kate Middleton with a long sleeve dress. Gowns can have permanent sleeves or come as a removable option to transform your look from ceremony to reception. You can also consider adding a fashionable cape to your gown to give you an “Old Hollywood” moment on your big day.
For bridesmaids, add a sleek blazer to their ensembles. This on-trend look takes inspiration from fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gisele Bundchen who have been seen rocking the style on the red carpet.
Dazzle with Decor
According to the experts at Beautiful Blooms, there is no reason your winter wedding has to feature white décor. Jewel tones like magenta and deep orange with gold accents can add pops of color throughout the space. Kermit and magenta hydrangea, dark purple and burgundy snapdragons with touches of Nina roses and gold orchids will add a lively display of brightness during the dark winter months. It’s called the season of light for a reason! Gold and amber uplights will add warm tones to create a toasty ambiance. Adding branches painted gold is one of our favorite winter decor statements. Plus, it will add some height and glam to your centerpieces on the cheap!
For the more reserved natural winter bride, non-flowering plants make an eclectic bouquet that is still a show stopper. With mint green being so popular these days, it is no wonder that a bouquet made of succulents even exists. Bouquets made of pine cones are a thing, too!
A hanging structure of boxwood greenery and seeded eucalyptus with striking pheasant feathers or bright jewel-toned peacock feathers will be an unexpected exciting touch for the winter bride who is not looking for the traditional snow and sparkle.
Lift your Spirits
Transport your guests’ taste buds to warmer climates through your signature cocktail. A refreshing cucumber-infused cocktail or pineapple mixer will get everyone thinking of the sun.
For a unique experience, that matches the glory of spring and fall, bring on the winter plans! Regardless of the details you choose for your winter nuptials, remember it’s always warm on the dance floor!
Winter weddings are just as great – if not greater – than Spring & Fall. We can help!
- 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