Iryna Shostak Photography

The Lucy | Iryna Shostak New Jersey Weddings


When it comes to luxe wedding venues, The Lucy by Cescaphe Weddings is on the top of the list for a Philadelphia wedding. This venue hits all the notes because of the high attention to detail in the design of the venue, the quality of the food, and the professionalism of the waitstaff.

Located in the Avenue of the Arts in City Center, The Lucy is stunning. From the moment you walk in, you are enveloped by the classic 19th-century styling. Chic and modern with marble adornments and their signature chevron dance floor combine to make this venue impressive no matter how many guests you have.

One of the best features of The Lucy is that you can have both your ceremony and your reception there. Between, guests can congregate on the second-floor Mezzanine overlooking the Grand Hall for their signature hour and a half cocktail hour. There is plenty of space for them to socialize and enjoy their top-shelf offerings while the wedding couple and bridal party take advantage of this time for photos.


Inside the Great Ballroom, the brass chandeliers are like nothing I have ever seen before! They are both updated and classic, but also have an almost art-deco feel; but are still neutral enough to compliment any wedding palette. The whitewashed walls allow for uplighting if desired but look great on their own and make the room look expansive and welcoming.


The second-floor mezzanine offers a birds-eye view that I love to use to capture a different view of the first dance as well as at the height of the party when the dance floor is filled with friends and family. It’s so unusual to find a venue that offers this view!


The clients that hire me love doing romantic photos together, and one of the things that I adore about this iconic venue is that you can step outside the doors of The Lucy, and it’s the perfect spot for night portraits. With having to go far, we can take advantage of city lights and Philadelphia City Hall sparkling behind us; it’s just the perfect way to end the evening.


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