Are you looking for a totally unique venue for your wedding with all the elegance of Philadelphia or New York City, but without the cost of an urban setting? Then, I have found it for you! The Phoenixville Foundry is a spectacular venue in beautiful Chester County. Only minutes from the Turnpike and a short distance from Philadelphia, this gem of a venue is a perfect place for an elegant affair.
Built in the 1800's, this building once housed the Phoenix Iron and Steel Company. Known for pouring the steel girders for bridges and buildings, it has a lush history that spans many generations and plenty of well- known landmarks with its steel. Now, after years of sitting idle, it has been transformed into one of the premier venues for special events in the Philadelphia area.
From the moment you drive up to the the beautifully restored stone building, you will be dazzled by the ambiance and the elegance of this historic site. The lovely grounds and the picturesque sculpture garden and pavilion are perfect for an outdoor ceremony or for cocktails. There is also another arbor- like brick terrace on the side of the building for cocktails or an outdoor bar during you reception.
There are more perfect locations than I can show you here for photos, so I have chosen a few that really stand out. The bridge over French Creek is just so charming and a shot from the main entrance at night makes a stunning cover for your wedding album. A photo of your indoor ceremony in front of one of the original pieces of machinery left from the foundry will be a topic of conversation, both at the wedding and for years after.
And, your first dance on the mahogany dance floor is worth the price of admission. With the 60' high ceilings and the incredible chandeliers, your photos will be quite a memory. The mezzanine is equally as beautiful and the perfect place for the bridal party to descend onto the dance floor. Boys on one side and girls on the other to meet at the bottom and make a grand entrance. From the center of the mezzanine, the staff at the foundry likes to display the wedding cake on a high top table with a spot on the cake and the chance for the couple to cut the cake in a truly unique photo high above the guests, but in everyone's view. The mezzanine looks down onto a panoramic view of the entire ballroom- just gorgeous!
The mezzanine is also a great place for the cocktail hour. The building is equipped with an elevator for those guests that can't climb the wonderful and imposing staircase. Dinner in the entire space of the downstairs ballroom can seat up to 400 people and if you have a smaller number, the west wing can be used as a cozy and elegant lounge area for guests to enjoy after dinner.
The Foundry has a lost of preferred caterers- all of whom work with the best ingredients and with the most polished staffs and impressive chefs. Two of my favorites are Feast Your Eyes and Jimmy Duffy's. All the linens come from the best, Party Rental. There are many options for lighting, seating, floral decor and other design elements that you may want to add. the staff at The Foundry is very knowledgeable and ready to suggest whatever you need. Of course, having a planner to help you coordinate and implement your one of a kind event is always a good idea. This bride was a gymnast and brought this unique and fabulous element to her wedding.
The Foundry has all the amenities you would expect from a Philadelphia or New York venue. The sound system is fabulous, the bridal suite is well appointed and comfortable and the rest rooms are large and really beautiful. The unique details, the beautiful grounds and the history of this building are enough to make any wedding an "affair to remember". Hotels abound and transportation to and from the site can be arranged with most of them. There is also plenty of history for your guests to take in, so plan to make a weekend of it. There is room for everything, including a place for children to be entertained during your wedding and for the groomsmen to gather while the girls are getting ready. Nothing has been left out here. I am so excited to have been there to see it and would love to take you there to see why you should book your wedding here. Dates are filling fast and there are very few left for 2011. So, let's get together and go see The Foundry. Once you see it, you will see why this is the perfect destination for a city wedding in the country.
For more information or to book your wedding, contact Joan Kelly or Caroline Debottis at 610-917-8400. You can find them also on Partyspace and check the date you want.
Thanks to Joan for the wonderful tour and history lesson yesterday. It was beyond my expectations.
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