Can you even imagine? You’re sitting at home with your husband of eight years, your three kids toddling about the house somewhere, when you stumble across some home movies. You pop one in and there, as you watch your-10-year-old-self enjoy the water slides at good ole Sesame Place in Langhorne, a skinny kid in too-big glasses crosses briefly in front of the camera, and you realize … it’s your husband.
Crazy, yes? And yet that is what happened to Jourdan Barovick and Ryan Spencer. They didn’t notice each other on that fun summer day with their families, but when they were set up 16 years later on a blind date, they hit it off and have been married since 2007.
It’s National Proposal Day! Why, you ask? Because someone named John Michael O’Loughlin from Irving Texas declared it to be so one day. (Something about his cousin taking forever to propose to his gf, so John declared a designated holiday—side note: can anyone just do this?—for proposing, to give any dilly-dallying man a day to just do it already, and here we are.)
We’ve seen all kinds of roundups today on everything from proposal stats to diamond shapes, but to commemorate this most sacred day in our world, we thought we’d involve this lovely city of ours. And so, we did a quick survey with our wedding-planner friends to see what their favorite spot is for a proposal in Philly.
We often hear from brides that even if they weren’t a morning-workout person before that sparkly ring landed on their finger, that they’ve tried to morph into one as much as they can during their wedding-planning months. It just leaves more time after work for any wedding-related research, errands or appointments that might pop up—and, you know, for just taking a minute to breathe.
The Wedding Belles Francis tote; Quinlan dress; and Mrs. studs from Kate Spade.
There’s nothing quite like a sale that is both sprung upon us as a surprise and that runs for only short time to send us scrambling for our wallets lest we miss a deal on something fab—and in this case, we have a feeling you’d scramble anyway, simply because the marked-down merch is just that cute.
Kate Spade is having a surprise wedding sale in which there are discounts up to 65 percent off and that lasts until 11:59pm on Thursday, March 19th. We’ve taken a peek, and can tell you it’s worth your immediate perusal.
Joey, the rando guy from Seattle, and Jeff, the groom, in photos from Joey’s Go Fund Me page.
There is a local groom named Jeff Minetti—Prep grad, from Conshohocken, now living in Philly with his fiance Amy Lee—who is getting married in May, and his bachelor party is on Saturday, March 28th.
His brothers, like good organized groomsmen, started a group email chain to put the night together—mostly an evening of beers and basketball, says Jeff—and one of them, in an attempt to invite a guy named Jim DiJulio, instead invited a guy named Joey DiJulio. Joey does not know a single person involved in this bachelor party, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Shay after tying the knot at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo by Marie Labbancz.
Philadelphia Wedding recently partied it up with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society during our annual joint Wedding Wednesday event at the Philadelphia Flower Show—and just like last year, we watched the winners of our Greatest Groom contest tie the knot before the event festivities began!
If you are as excited as we are for Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 special, “The Untold Story of the Sound of Music,” ladies and gentlemen, then you, probably, too, will live for this clip.
During the special, we will be treated to Julie Andrews reliving the movie’s iconic wedding scene as she walks down the aisle at the Mondsee Cathedral that Maria walked down as she wed Captain von Trapp. Come geek out with us:
The ring: The gorgeous center diamond in my ring is a fourth-generation stone passed down from my fiancé’s great-grandmother to his grandmother to his father to him! The stone is a miners-cut diamond—the pre-cursor to today’s cushion, and it’s set in white gold with a halo of diamonds.
What really blows my mind is that this stone was very likely cut by hand. My fiancé worked with a local family friend, Stephen McCarthy Goldsmith in Newtown Square, to reset the stone in my dream setting. He took me shopping to get an idea of what I liked, but never told me he had his grandmother’s diamond! It was such a wonderful surprise and the most beautiful way to be welcomed into his family. I think about Dora and Rosalind Rosenbaum every time I look at my hand.
After the numbers were crunched last year, it was found that, yet again, the cost of the average wedding had gone up from the previous year (which it has been doing steadily since recovering from our last recession): the average wedding in 2013 cost $29,858.
Well, the numbers have been crunched for 2014, readers, and it is our duty to announce that the average has now jumped right on over $30,000.