Venue Information

The Water Works is Cescaphe’s sixth wedding and event location. This vast facility mixes opulent Neoclassical architecture on the outside with cutting-edge technology on the inside. The famous views, classically elegant structures, and beautifully planted lawns and gardens all around make an outdoor ceremony a logical choice for your wedding celebration.

This magnificent facility offers a wide range of settings that are rarely available in a single venue. When you have a ceremony at the Engine House with a top-shelf open bar and tons of delicious food, they will add a half-hour to your six-hour event.

With columned walkways and a vintage gazebo, the Water Works now offers decadent contemporary luxury in its sumptuous interior spaces in one of the city's most gorgeous settings. The Art Museum is perch dramatically above and the Boathouse Row stretching out along the Schuylkill River.


You can save yourself a lot of time, money and potential stress by staying around the Water Works grounds to create your Bride/Groom and Bridal Party images. Philadelphia is a very photogenic city and I love traveling around the city on a wedding day to different locations. However, if your timeline doesn't appear to provide you with enough time to hit some of the popular Philly spots, don't fear utilizing the Water Works area. You can easily achieve many different looks in this area with its architecture, city views, trees and even some edgier looks just down the road.

Venue Address

640 Waterworks Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19130


Click here to get directions to this venue from your current location.

Contact Info

Wedding Stories

Exquisite Vie by Cescaphe Nuptials| Patrice & Angelo

Patrice and Angelo first met in high school but didn't have classes together. They hung out with the same friends and sometimes bumped into each other at parties. Over the years, they went on a few dates but never seemed to get the timing right. Then, in September 2020, something clicked for both of them, and they knew they were ...

bride and groom holding hands walking on city street with romantic lighting before thier Cescaphe Lucy wedding

The Lucy Wedding | Lucia and Ben

Lucia and Ben had been together for years, but the story of their love began long before they officially started dating. They attended the same high school, but their paths never crossed until after Lucia graduated. One fateful day, they were both at a party thrown by a mutual friend, Jenna. They hit it off right away, bonding over their ...

couple takes a pose before the wedding ceremony

Classic Center City Wedding at Cescaphe Ballroom |Mary Kate and Justin

Meet Mary Kate and Justin. Their shared interest in track and field has led them to a beautiful relationship. They met in December 2018 at a track and field coaching conference in Atlantic City. During that time, Justin was a collegiate track coach and MK was coaching at the high school level. They became acquainted through a mutual friend and ...

Wedding at Cescaphe|Kelly and Patrick

Kelly and Patrick became friends in high school. As a couple, they enjoy coming to the gym together as a couple. Kelly began accompanying him last winter and has grown to love it just as much as he has since high school. Aside from that, they are opposites in terms of other things. Patrick enjoys snowboarding in the winter. On ...

couple having a blast on the dance floor at Downtown Club by Cescaphe wedding

Downtown Club by Cescaphe |Jodi & Patrick

One fine St. Patrick's Day weekend, Jodi and Patrick's friends set them up on a blind date. The couple who introduced them ended up getting into a huge fight that night, so they had to spend the whole evening together. After that, they exchanged numbers and talked on the phone for a few weeks leading them to set up their ...

couple dancing during the reception party at the downtown club philly

Downtown Club Philly Wedding|Shana & Kyle

Who would have thought that on the very day when you realize you are being used, you meet someone you deserve?  After getting disappointed when Kyle found out that the girl he was seeing was only using him for drinks, he noticed another girl with such beautiful eyes. From that moment, he knew he wouldn't let the opportunity pass to ...

couple posing with the whole wedding entourage

Vie by Cescaphe Wedding|Gabrielle & Mike

Gabrielle and Mike met at a wedding on the dance floor. He was friends with the groom, as Michelle would be with the bride. He was just some guy on the dance floor dancing up to her while bobbing his head. They started talking and soon enough he asked her out on a date. Gabrielle fell in love with him ...

Cescaphe Philadelphia Wedding | Megan & Josh

Megan and Josh met through mutual friends in high school. They started to get to know each other more in college at Saint Joseph's University, where they would all hang out. Their story started when Megan needed a date for her formal and her friend suggested Josh. They had a fantastic time together and continued talking afterward! Josh's ability to ...

A Vie Micro Wedding| Alexandra & Clark

Despite the pandemic, this couple fought through obstacles for the perfect day! Ten years ago, Alexandra attended a semi-formal date party with Clark that lead to their greatest love story! Here are some favorites from their Vie micro wedding beautifully captured by Ralph Deal Photography. Getting Ready First Look Bride & Groom Wedding Party Ceremony First Dance Reception Getting Ready ...

Jess & Jon|Cescaphe Waterworks Wedding

Jess and Jon had an absolutely beautiful, scenic fall day for their Cescaphe Waterworks Wedding in October. Everything was planned to perfection with the getting ready, portrait and ceremony/reception locations all with a mile of each other! A big thank you to Jess and Jon for trusting us to capture this amazing time in their lives and for being such ...

bride and groom kiss after their cescaphe ballroom wedding ceremony

Cescaphe Ballroom Wedding|Melissa and Jared

I vividly remember the first time I spoke with Melissa as I was on vacation in Greece when she called. We spoke about her wedding at the Cescaphe Ballroom, her fiancé Jared, traveling, her career in law and how important her family was to her. She was super easy to talk to and had a very warm and friendly personality. ...

long shot of the couple in the garden

Beautiful summer wedding at Tendenza|Gabriella + Nick

Gabriella and Nick's beautiful summer wedding at Cescaphe's Tendenza was everything I knew it would be! From the moment we got together for their engagement session you could see how this couple was all about truly celebrating what they have in each other. We had such a great time that night and I was really looking forward to spending their ...

Scroll to Top