The Phoenixville Foundry: Venue Review
A beautifully renovated historic structure in the center of it all.
Last week, I had the privilege of touring the Phoenixville Foundry, a venue I'd seen as a guest, but was curious about as an event planner.
With roots dating back to the 1880s, the Foundry once housed the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company, making it an iconic Chester County landmark. Many know of my passion for local history, and it's hard not to be dazzled by the Phoenixville Foundry. I am pleased with the way that the venue was renovated to reflect the needs of modern couples, while still showcasing its past.
Not only is the venue one of the largest in the area, but it's different than most. Though the building boasts two ballrooms, a mezzanine, and an on-site Heritage Center (and that is just inside), it still maintains its charm.
On-Site Ceremony? : Yes! Couples can opt to have a ceremony outside in the Sculpture Garden/Pavilion or inside in the Cupola Ballroom.
Catering?: J. Scott Catering and Queen of Hearts
Available Spaces?: Cupola Ballroom & Mezzanine, West Wing Ballroom, The Heritage Center, Phoenix Column Truss Bridge, Sculpture Garden & Pavilion and the West Patio.
Event Types?: Best suited for large events such as weddings or corporate parties
Getting Ready On-Site?: Yes. Two rooms are available to couples who would like to get ready at the venue. It is recommended that you have your hair and makeup done at the hotel or at home, but you are welcome to get dressed on-site and relax with your bridal party before walking down the aisle.
Vibe: Grand. The Foundry would work well with glamorous or modern events.
Perks: The Phoenixville Foundry has an in-house sound system, adjustable lighting throughout the space and two levels for guests to mingle around all night.
Neverland Styled Shoot
"Second star to the right, and then straight on 'til morning". - Peter Pan
When I was a little girl, my parents would take me to Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, PA. Today, as an adult, I still go there to stroll the beautiful grounds, interact with the new animals in the barn and take photographs... it is, quite simply, my happy place.
After lots of consideration, I decided to put a styled shoot together at the farm. Once The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm granted us permission (a special event venue on the property), I began putting together the concept. Traditionally, a concept is constructed prior to selecting a venue, but working backwards felt right for me. For me, this shoot was quite personal. It needed to embody the whimsical elements of my childhood that the venue represented while also taking advantage of the lush surroundings.
Neverland it was.
On a humid and rainy September morning, our models and vendors gathered with high spirits. The rain held off, and we were able to utilize the porch and surrounding grounds as planned (thank you to the weather gods who listened to all of the good vibes I was sending their way!). My goal was to combine classic farmhouse-style elements with the whimsical nature of Neverland... I'd say our mission was accomplished.
Check out some of our images, below!
A HUGE thank you to all of the vendors that helped to make this possible.
Venue - The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm
Photography - Sarah Rachel Photography
Cake - Bella's Desserts
Florals - Aribella Events
Invitations - First Impression Invitations & Designs
Hair & Makeup - Salon Fiber
Farmhouse Table - Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers
Dress - VanCleve Wedding Pavilion
Men's Formalwear - Eagle Formal Wear
Models- Erin & Jason Bateman