There is simply nothing more quintessentially Philadelphia as a wedding at the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Located in Center City and across the street from Independence Hall, the Renaissance lives up to its name having recently undergone a massive renovation where it’s old-world charm has been preserved while still gaining many modern upgrades.
The fun can begin early as members of the wedding party can prepare for the day in one of their spacious rooms, or even in the penthouse suite. Couples love the convenience of getting ready on-site, and as a photographer, I appreciate the large windows and vast amount of available light in these spaces which make capturing every moment and every connection easily and expertly.
This inclusive location offers ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one space. The modern ballroom with clean lines and simple, yet elegant décor has floor to ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. The neutral tones throughout the room are matched with modern touches and a large dancefloor which is lit up with contemporary sensory lighting. However, the proximity to Old City means it’s also easy to have your ceremony at a local church in Philadelphia or outside location and then bring the party back to the ballroom where the onsite culinary team has created a custom menu of outstanding dishes.
Their expert planners pride themselves on making dream weddings happen. Unique to the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown is that each on staff planner pursues further education and is required to be certified as a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner. The coursework and training provided ensure their planners are qualified to coordinate all types of weddings meeting cultural, religious or military needs flawlessly. Additionally, they focus on budgeting, menu creation, table arranging and gaining the kind of networking skills needed to create relationships with florists, photographers and other wedding vendors who they can connect with their clients. This approach to planning for the details before the event itself is just one shining example of the kind of white-glove service couples and their guests can enjoy at the Renaissance Downtown.
Formal bridal portraits can be taken in the stunning ballroom or any of the outstanding spaces within the hotel. Step outside the Renaissance and traditional Philly charm rushes to greet you. Lush trees line the cobblestone streets where we can take a few minutes to capture candid and formal portraiture for the wedding album. Old world charm stretches out beneath your feet while touches of urban life create a vibrant and interesting backdrop. I love taking advantage of the story-telling nature of these historical spaces to create inspired wedding imagery.
Located in Philadelphia’s lively downtown district, family and friends will love the proximity to so many local attractions. Guests can take in an Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Field, tour the Independence National Historical Park which is home to the infamous Liberty Bell, or visit the Betsy Ross House.
A wedding at the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown is a day to remember, and one you and your guests will be talking about for years to come.
Location: 401 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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