Clients planning weddings at downtown hotels in the Rittenhouse Square area seem to gravitate to us…
And in many cases they also gravitate the beautiful Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square…. part because of its location – but mostly because of its beauty, history and how warm and inviting they are….
The church celebrated its 150th anniversary this past year –
One of the many interesting characteristics of this church is a beautiful nativity mural honoring The Reverend Phillps Brooks who near the end of the civil war took a sabbatical from The Church of the Holy Trinity to travel Europe and the holy land –
He later wrote a poem for his Sunday school children, inspired by the memory of his visit to Bethlehem. For Christmas season in 1868, he asked the church’s organist Louis Redner to set it to music. The result, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” soon took its place as one of the most beloved Christmas carols.
The church also has a barrel-vaulted ceiling decorated with delicate Victorian stenciling, a 25-bell carillon, cast in Belgium, and a beautiful collection of stained glass windows…
We’ve found The Reverend Alan Neale to be warm and inviting to our clients as many have been from out of town looking for a welcoming church for the wedding ceremony; as well as unbelievably accepting of some requests to incorporate interfaith elements into the Episcopal ceremony
Recently we worked with both Reverend Neale and Rabbi Shimon Berris on a beautiful interfaith ceremony where a chuppah set up in the sanctuary.
photos by Cliff Mautner