Francesca and John wanted their mid-October wedding to incorporate rich fall colors and to feel nontraditional—so they chose the National Historic Landmark building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia as their venue. The early American artwork and Victorian Gothic architecture made for a stunning and unique backdrop.

Early American artwork and subdued lighting create a unique setting

Francesca and John wanted their mid-October wedding to incorporate rich fall colors and to feel nontraditional—so they chose the National Historic Landmark building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia as their venue. The early American artwork and Victorian Gothic architecture made for a stunning and unique backdrop.

The reception took place in the museum's Rotunda, the center of six distinct galleries. Because the site didn't allow candles, the couple recreated a soft candlelight effect with lighting. "We wanted to illuminate the space and make it look serene," says Francesca. The couple's 90 guests dined on peppercorn-encrusted roast tenderloin of beef covered with an apricot cabernet sauce by Jimmy Duffy's Catering.