The Salon at Duross + Langel Is Ready for Your Wedding

The Salon at Duross + Langel

The Salon at Duross + Langel

Back in the spring, our buds over at Duross + Langel, the Midtown Village purveyors of the most glorious and locally made lotions, potions and soaps (if you’re not slathering yourself in D+L Buttercream on the daily, you’re doing it wrong) expanded in two super cool ways: They opened a yoga studio and a salon, all above and attached to the 13th Street boutique.

Co-owner Steve Duross wanted to get the salon settled and underway before diving into the waters of bridal beauty—and now, with both expert bridal hairstylists and makeup artists on staff—not to mention a salon space that’s made for gathering and lounging—they’re ready to make a splash.

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You Should Definitely Book This Boudoir Mini Session for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Photo by Claire Loves Love

Photo by Claire Loves Love

You know we’re big fans of boudoir photography around here (yep, even when the dudes (hilariously) do it!), so when we a) were introduced to a local boudoir photographer we did not previously know who b) has absolutely stunning work and who c) has put together a really fun little event for Saturday, February 13th, we scrambled over to our computers to tell you about it.

Meet Claire.

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Philly Ranks Shockingly Low On List of 150 Top Cities To Get Married In the Country

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Well, we’ve heard before that Philly frequently ranks as one of the more expensive cities in the country for tying the knot, and a new study suggests that while our lovely city certainly has pros when it comes to throwing a wedding celebration here, the financial cons haven’t changed.

WalletHub just put out a new report that breaks down, for 150 different cities, the main factors that come into play when a couple is planning a wedding. They use a lot of very technical words like “key dimensions” and “metrics,” but how it basically shakes out is like this: They analyzed 18 different points (number of hotels per 100,000 residents, number of party equipment rentals per 100,000 residents, etc.) across three main categories—wedding cost, wedding facilities and services, and activities and attractions—and then crunchcrunchcrunch.

The result?

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We’re Obsessed With the New Jimmy Choo Bridal Collection (and Campaign!)

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been staring dreamily at Jimmy Choo’s new bridal campaign ever since we realized it had been debuted to the world. (That, and clicking longingly through the new collection.)

Here’s a peek:

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PW Reader Ring: Erika & Ellis!

Erika's ring!

Erika’s ring!

The couple: Erika Hafetz and Ellis Geer, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a round brilliant center diamond with a cushion diamond halo set in a platinum, split-shank, micro-pave setting. Ellis designed the ring completely by himself with a jeweler at Rosenberg Diamond Company on Jewelers’ Row! He told me how incredible it was to get really precise digital versions of what the ring would look like because then there was no guessing of how the actual ring was going to look.

We were never really subtle about talking about getting engaged. One night, Ellis asked me what my dream ring would look like. I asked him what he thought it would look like. His response: “Gold, thick band, with an oval diamond.” Even though that would make a beautiful ring, he couldn’t have described something more different than what I had imagined. When I told him that, he asked me to send him photos of what I liked.

I sent him two photos a few days later after going to try on different rings by myself. (Note to future brides: That’s the best thing I did! Sometimes what you see on Pinterest doesn’t look as good on your finger!) I didn’t want to send a whole bunch of pictures and make it confusing for him (which could result in something unexpected).

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The Internet Is Going Bonkers for This Harry Potter Cake Made By a Local Philly Baker

Every Harry Potter enthusiast in the country wants this cake right now. Caitlyn Clausen, Night Kitchen Bakery.

Every Harry Potter enthusiast in the country wants this cake right now. Caitlyn Clausen, Night Kitchen Bakery.

It has long been a regret of mine that I have somehow never made it to the Harry Potter Festival held in Chestnut Hill each fall, and today, as I got off the phone with Amy Edelman, owner of Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery, I felt that regret heightened.

Caitlyn Clausen, one of Night Kitchen’s cake decorators, made a cake for the most recent festival, when they turned the bakery into Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop (which HP enthusiasts might remember as a spot where Harry romanced Cho Chang), and then posted it online. It was pretty popular, and all—but this week, Buzzfeed Weddings got a hold of it, and now, well, let’s just say it looks like the Night Kitchen team will be turning out a lot of Harry Potter-themed wedding cakes for the foreseeable future!

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You’re About to Be So Mad That You Didn’t Think to Recreate Solange’s Glorious Wedding Photo

Luckily for bride Viviana Strauss, she had a genius for a photographer at her recent NYC wedding. When shutterbug Sade Joseph noticed how similar Strauss’s venue was to the background in the now-legendary pic from Solange Knowles’ wedding, she declared that Strauss and her bridal party simply had to recreate it. Because look:

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