Our Elegant Events Planning & Design team recently had the pleasure of working with Bethiel & Tecumseh on their Old City Philadelphia wedding. Their beautiful wedding took place in historic Franklin Square, part of the Independence National Historic Park.

Brid mand groom in the middle of South Broad Street with Philadelphia City Hall in the background

However, their story begins in Center City, steps away from City Hall. The couple spent the morning at their hotels, getting ready and enjoying time with their wedding parties.

bride and her bridal party wearing robes and toasting with champagne

bride in a lace wedding gown looking out the window at traffic on South Broad Street

groom fixing his jacket in preparation for his first look with his bride

 

Stopping Traffic on South Broad Street

Once Tecumseh was dressed, he headed down to South Broad Street, crossing traffic and waiting anxiously for his first look at his beautiful bride-to-be.

Groom standing on the island in south broad street waiting for his first look

Wearing a beautiful modern lace wedding gown, Bethiel made her way across traffic to her groom.

bride stopping traffic on South Broad Street for her first look

bride and groom stopping traffic on South Broad Street with their first look

smiling bride and groom standing in the middle of South Broad Street during their first look

Philadelphia double decker tour bus stops as bride and groom have their first look in front of the Academy of Music

bride and groom on South Broad Stree with Philadelphia City Hall in the background

After a few fantastic photos in the middle of this iconic Philadelphia street, the couple made their way across to the steps of the Academy of Music for some fun photos together.

bride and groom crossing South Broad Street in Philadelphia

bride and groom in front of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

bride and groom in front of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

bride and groom in front of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

 

Historic Franklin Square

Bethiel and Tecumseh joined their wedding party following their Center City photos together. For more fun and unique photos, the group made their way to Old City and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

bride and groom with wedding party riding the Park Liberty Carousel in Franklin Square

brid mand groom riding the Park Liberty Carousel in Franklin Square

Franklin Square, one of the five original squares in Philadelphia’s city plan designed by William Penn, was the location for the couple’s elegant outdoor wedding venue.

 

They Said I Do!

Cescaphe-Franklin’s View is a beautiful rustic, garden-chic setting under a clear top tent and the perfect location for the couple’s elegant wedding.

Cescaphe Franklin's View clear tent outdoor wedding venue set for a wedding ceremony

Wedding guests were treated to a glass of champagne as they gathered for the beautiful wedding ceremony.

Bethiel, escorted by her brother, made her way down the aisle to her groom, to ‘Halo’ by Beyoncé. The two then exchanged wedding vows and rings under a candlelit chandelier and a canopy of trees.

bride being walked dow the aisle by her brother at Cescaphe Franklin's View in Philadelphia

bride being walked dow the aisle by her brother at Cescaphe Franklin's View in Philadelphia

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows at Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue in Old City Philadelphia

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows at Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue in Old City Philadelphia

bride and groom kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony at Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue in Old City Philadelphia

Just Married! bride and groom after their Philadelphia wedding ceremonyat Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue in Old City Philadelphia

 

Dinner and Dancing Under The Stars

The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed the traditional Cescaphe ‘Cocktail Hour and A Half’ filled with individual hors d’oeuvres, chef-attended action stations, a full bar, and their Signature Cocktail – Mint To Be Mojito. Meanwhile, the space was transformed for a night of dinner and dancing.

Under the clear tent, elegant fabric drapes, twinkling market lights, and beautifully dressed tables filled the space. Tables filled with tall centerpieces in gold-toned vases alternated with tables topped with chunky pillar candles on gold candlesticks. Beautiful gold charger plates and seafoam green napkins popped against crisp white linens.

And, the incredible four-tier nearly naked wedding cake filled with cannoli filling was the perfect choice for the rustic elegance of the wedding venue.

Beautiful wedding reception at Cescaphe's Franklin's View outdoor wedding venue

four-tiered naked wedding cake at Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue

The couple made their grand entrance with a nod to the bride’s Ethiopian and Eritrean cultural background. Following their wedding party, they entered to an Eritrean song, ‘Lega Shibo’ by Hani Mihreteab, under an arch of flowers held by wedding guests. Encircled by wedding guests, it was time to get the party started.

Philadelphia bride and groom entering under an arch of flowers to entered to an Eritrean song, ‘Lega Shibo’ by Hani Mihreteab

Philadelphia bride and groom entering under an arch of flowers to entered to an Eritrean song, ‘Lega Shibo’ by Hani Mihreteab

Philadelphia bride and groom entering under an arch of flowers to entered to an Eritrean song, ‘Lega Shibo’ by Hani Mihreteab

The newlyweds remained on the dance floor for their first dance, leading into an evening of toasts, a delicious multicourse dinner, and lots and lots of dancing!

couple's first dance under the clear tent at Cescaphe's Franklin's View wedding venue

Congratulations, Bethiel and Tecumseh. We wish you a lifetime of traffic-stopping moments!

 

The Wedding Team

Thank you to the incredible team of Philadelphia wedding professionals who created this magical wedding.

Philadelphia Wedding Planning: Elegant Events Planning & Design

Philadelphia Wedding Venue: Cescaphe – Franklin’s View

Makeup: Glam By Sharan Makeup Artistry

Hair Styling: Luz

Bride’s Gown: Kitty Chen Couture

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: L&H Bridal

Entertainment: The R Productions

Floral & Décor: Beautiful Blooms

Officiant: Ceremony Heaven

Photography, Videography, and Photobooth: Lightyear Studio

Catering and Wedding Cake: Cescaphe

Stationery: Minted.

Stationery: Basic Invite

Accommodations: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Accommodations: Cambria Hotel & Suites Philadelphia