If you were around East Passyunk Avenue’s Singing Fountain on Saturday, you probably noticed police barricades blocking the streets around the fountain and some private event taking place.
It was the wedding of Jessica Hoagland and Aaron Heintz, teachers who met online and fell in love in the streets of South Philly, as their wedding website says.
This was the first time the fountain has been used for a wedding reception. Not only that, the bride and groom’s request to use the fountain and surrounding plaza was the first ever received by the organization that owns it, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation.
PARC didn’t charge the couple for the use of the space, which was blocked off from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. According to Sam Sherman, executive director of PARC, Hoagland and Heintz were required to get the proper permits, notify those living near the fountain and take out a special-event insurance policy. We wonder if and when PARC will start charging for the use of the space if the idea starts to catch on. Better reserve it for your event now while it’s free!
The couple’s wedding happened at 3 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, and guests began arriving at the fountain area a couple hours later.
From what we heard, the atmosphere was inclusive and festive, with neighbors hanging out to enjoy the scene and the music – a band called Lima Bean Riot played and a nightclub DJ spun some hot club tracks. To prevent moochers from sneaking in to grab drinks or food (the cuisine was supplied by various EPA restaurants and served station-style), guests were required to wear wristbands.
Did you see the reception on Saturday? Were you put off that the streets and fountain were blocked off, or do you give the couple kudos for coming up with such an original idea?
– Jennifer Lawson, @byjenlawson