Here’s How to Announce Your Engagement With Philadelphia Wedding (and Show Us Your Ring!)

Gina & Michael

Gina & Michael

We’ve been inviting you for quite a while now, dear readers, to share a shot of your engagement ring and your proposal story with us so we can feature it on the blog for our Monday-morning installments of PW Reader Ring (which, please still do! We love seeing your bling and hearing your stories!)—but we also wanted to be sure and direct your attention to another celebratory piece of our website: Engagement announcements!

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Come Shop for Your Wedding Parties, Bridesmaids and Honeymoon at the Upcoming Philly Mag Shops Event!

See you there!

See you there!

Last year, before the first-ever Philly Mag Shops event, my lovely colleague, Emily Goulet (who you might recognize from her past PW column Diary of a Marriage and who is currently Philly mag’s lifestyle editor) popped by our blog to tell you why the event is such a fantastic place to shop for your various wedding events, your bridesmaids, and your honeymoon.

Well, it’s happening again this year, ladies, and I am referring you back to her announcement last year, because it all holds true this time around, too!

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PW Reader Ring: Angela & Rob!

Angela's ring!

Angela’s ring!

The couple: Angela Sciumbata and Rob Cairns, from Reading.

The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a center stone of Morganite, with diamonds going down either side of the band and two of them directly underneath the center stone.

It was custom-designed by Rob with the help of Belden’s Jewelers—I only helped select my center stone! I knew Morganite was the stone I wanted because of its rarity and beauty, and because the meaning behind the stone is love.

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The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve Is Now Carrying Anna Maier, Nicole Miller, Isabelle Armstrong & Katerina Bocci

Do you love it? Instagram/isabellebridal

Do you love it? Instagram/isabellebridal

Because so many brides begin their hunt for their wedding dress with ripped-out pages from magazines clutched in their hands, hoping to find a place near them where they can go and try on that one dress we saw, we always want to help our readers know what designers they can find where—and we love it when there’s someone new to add to the list!

The lovely ladies at the Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve in Paoli have just picked up a few new lines: Nicole Miller, Anna Maier, and Isabelle Armstrong, the last of which they have exclusive to the Philadelphia area.

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The 9 Worst Songs for Your First Dance

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In 2006, about a million and a half newlywed couples danced their first dances to James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful,” and I had just as many fits of rage. Sure, “you’re beautiful” is a lovely sentiment to blast through the air waves on your wedding day and all, but it is a song about unrequited love, people! There is not a single happy moment in there. James Blunt himself referred to it as “miserable.” Even his acknowledging that someone is beautiful in the song is sad, because, as he also says, he will never be with her. {Whew. I’m getting riled up again.}

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This Guy Threw a Fake Wedding to Propose to His Girlfriend (VIDEO)

Ok, so I am going to explain what’s going on here to the best of my ability, but I also have a lot of questions.

This guy, Jack, is a wedding planner. He wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a rather elaborate way, so he put together an actual wedding—albeit not a real one—complete with a couple, a bridal party, a cake, flowers, music, dinner tables, and a first dance. (He “hired” past clients of his and various people from his life to pose in these various roles—including about 80 guests.)

During the wedding, he led his girlfriend Sophia to the dance floor, where he proposed:

So, my questions. I mean, I think this is very sweet and I smiled sappily at my screen just like usual when watching a proposal video—but I just don’t get a lot of this, logistically speaking, and it’s distracting me from the lovely moment that eventually happens.

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PHOTOS: This Philly Couple Closed Out Their Wedding Reception With a Silent Disco Dance Party 

And that is what a silent disco party looks like. All photos by We Love We Love Photography.

And that is what a silent disco party looks like. All photos by We Love We Love Photography.

Earlier this summer, Dan and Shelby Stamm tied the knot at the Abington Art Center in front of 370 of their nearest and dearest.

The ceremony was held in the late afternoon, and after a few hours of celebrating with their family and friends in a tent erected on the property’s sprawling lawn for the occasion (the food and vibe were that of a big, fun, backyard BBQ), the joyous reception came to a close. The party, however, did not.

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New iPad App Lets You Try Wedding Dresses On Virtually Before You Go Out Shopping 

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Not that anything will ever replace twirling like a princess in a pretty, luxurious dressing room—but this is definitely an interesting idea.

Toronto-based company Wedding Reality, Inc. launched the new Wedding Dress Studio iPad app today that allows brides to futz around with different wedding dress styles and silhouettes in order to try and figure out you you might like, and what might look good on you, before heading out to the bridal salons to try things on and engage in the aforementioned twirling.

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