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Water Works Wedding

If you’re considering a Water Works wedding, be comforted by the fact that you wont be hurting for photo locations. I’ve had the pleasure of working at the Philadelphia Water Works for many, many years. The history is quite long, and it was designed in 1812, and built from 1812 and 1815. At one time, it was the second most popular tourist attraction in the United States, just behind Niagara Falls. Ten or so years ago, it became a wonderful dining destination, and it was one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The views of the Schuylkill river, and Boathouse row are truly breathtaking. Today, Cescaphe Events has made it a fantastic wedding venue, and I’ve had the good fortune to work there a few times.


The pavilion serves as a wonderful area for ceremonies, and because it’s under cover, it’s protected from the rain. The Philadelphia Art Museum is just behind Water Works, and that also serves as an amazing backdrop for the weddings at Water Works. The pavilion, with it’s stunning architectural columns, is the centerpiece to a setting that Charles Dickens once called a “pleasant design”. For me, as a photographer, the compositional scenarios it allows for is a rarity. The sun, that sets to the west, provides for breathtaking light towards the end of the day. Cescaphe Events provides a really well done tent for the reception that provides and open air feel, with the piece of mind of a tent to prevent the weather from destroying the event. This image of Katherine and Vinnie was taken prior to the ceremony for their Water Works Wedding. It was taken with my Nikon D850, Nikkor 105 1.4 E ED lens.

Location: 640 Waterworks Drive, Street Level, Philadelphia, PA 19130 .