Elegant Philadelphia Wedding – Hotel Monaco to Cescaphe Ballroom

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Bride and groom on Broad Street

It’s one of my favorite location combinations for elegant Philadelphia weddings.  It starts with the bride and groom getting ready at The Hotel Monaco and ends with a reception at Cescaphe Ballroom.  For Alex and Andreas’ wedding day, there were even more beautiful stops throughout the day.  We were hired for this elegant wedding day by our friends at Sky Orphan Productions.  If you are considering video for an upcoming Black, White and Raw Photography wedding, please make sure to check them out! They’re one of our favorite teams to work with, and their cinematography and storytelling is the perfect compliment to the wedding coverage we provide


The Hotel Monaco is one of my favorite old city hotels for getting ready.  The suites are large and whimsically designed with lots of well lit areas for detail photos and bridal portraits.  Alexandra’s bridal party was relaxed and fun, while Andreas’ preperations involved the Greek Traditions of each member of the family helping to dress him while singing traditional songs.  The groomsmen had time for photos with Paul in front of Second Bank. It’s a great spot for photos, just make sure you get a photo permit.

Ceremony and Photo Stops

St George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a truly magnificent house of worship. I always feel deeply honored to be allowed to photograph wedding ceremonies from other cultures.  We then made a stop at Broad Street for some romantic bride and groom photos before heading over to Independence Mall for bridal party photos. I loved the dark blue groomsmen’s suits with the pale blush tones of the bridesmaids dresses, everything punctuated with just a touch of sparkle.  A quick stop at Elfreth’s Alley, the country’s oldest residential street for a few group shots and really handsome portraits of Andreas.


The Cescaphe Ballroom is one of my favorite venues in the city. The Cescaphe Event Group  always does a stellar job with weddings and treats vendors with the respect and professionalism that keeps us energized and happily shooting all night long. The Cescaphe Ballroom has an amazing 90 minute cocktail hour, which allows for photos of the bride and groom in the empty ballroom before their guests enter. I love letting the couple jump up on the bar for some really cute photos.  Cescaphe Ballroom is also known for their sparkler entrances for the bride and groom, as well as stunningly beautiful cakes.  At the end of the night, a breakfast bar is waiting for the couple with a private dessert flambe and they are escorted to a private table to watch their guests in the ballroom below.

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Photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield

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Video by Brad Allen and Jenna Pastore


9 thoughts on “Elegant Philadelphia Wedding – Hotel Monaco to Cescaphe Ballroom”

  1. The getting ready wedding photos at the Hotel Monaco are so sweet- i love the bride in the bathtub & the groom being serenaded! The Cescaphe Ballroom is so elegant, I love this Philadelphia wedding venue. The Elfreth’s street is so quaint, that’s some Philly history on that block! The photos on at Broad Street are my fave, you can feel the love between the couple!

  2. Every time I scrolled this wedding there was another “wow- I’ll definitely note that photo… OH my word, look at that..” So I’ll try to pick! St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral was exquisite. The lighting you got in there along with the angles are incredible- and to have a great church exit with rice was so great to see! The backlit bridals on Broad Street, and their wedding portraits, c’mon. Then there are the killer portraits up on the bar at Cescaphe Ballroom. Y’all knocked it out of the park with all of these. Lighting is all spot on, and all the feels!

  3. Love all the beautiful getting ready shot at Hotel Monaco followed by their wedding portaits in downtown Philadelphia. the brides dress is Gorgeous and love the bridesmaids dresses too. And it looks like their reception at Cescaphe Ballroom was filled with lots of fun and laughter. Excellent wedding photography by Black White & Raw Photography.

  4. Wow!! I loved looking at these wedding photos!! So many great ones, every photo had stood on it’s own and worked great together also. I can see why Cescaphe Ballroom is one of your favorite venues in Philadelphia, it really looks beautiful.

  5. Ahhh, too much gorgeousness to even comment on! Every single location is gorgeous, Hotel Monaco and the Cescaphe Ballroom are perfect wedding venues, but I think my favorite aspect of this stunning wedding is the bottom tier on the cake, I’ve never seen anything like it! I love your wedding photography!

  6. Wow! This is Philadelphia wedding photography at it’s finest! Beautiful Greek Orthodox wedding captured by Black White and Raw. Great attention to detail as well!

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