10 Exercises to Do Depending On the Style of Your Wedding Dress 

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I was in some sort of Interwebs rabbit hole recently, and I’m so glad I was, because I stumbled upon this Cosmo post that broke down 10 different style of dresses, and then, for each, detailed an exercise to do that would target the body part really being shown off in that particular style.

It’s so great! They specify the dresses they give as examples as bridesmaid dresses, so by all means, include this link in the email when you announce your declared dress of choice to your girls—but the same advice totally works for wedding dresses, too. Just choose the neckline or silhouette that applies to you—from a deep V neck or low back to strapless or one-shouldered—and do a few reps of the recommended move every night before you go to sleep. (Because bonus: They can each be done in your home; no gym needed.)

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Picture of the Week: Taking the Plunge

Photo by Hoffer Photography

Photo by Hoffer Photography

From photographer Tony Hoffer of Hoffer Photography:Towards the end of Amy and Rob’s backyard reception, a few of the bridesmaids decided they wanted to jump in the pool. Amy didn’t want to originally, but as more and more people joined in—including the groom!—it became inevitable.
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Brides: Meet New Philly Makeup Artist Monica Virga 

Monica Virga in her adorable Rittenhouse boutique.

Monica Virga in her adorable Rittenhouse boutique. {Snapped by Em at Shoppist.}

The other week, my friend and colleague Em stopped by my office—with a glowing sun-kissed look about her that I did not remember from the morning—to tell me she had just met a makeup artist who had done about 1,000 brides last year.

Before I could even email the name she gave me, I got a note from Monica Virga, Rittenhouse’s newest makeup artist by way of Milan, inviting me to come meet her in her studio. So I went—and yes, dear readers, that is how many brides’ makeup she did last year.

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Brides Gone Styled is TLC’s Newest Contribution to Your Wedding Show-Filled DVR 

Gretta and Robert show  style-challenged brides the way on TLC's new Brides Gone Styled | Facebook

Gretta and Robert show style-challenged brides the way on TLC’s new Brides Gone Styled | Facebook

A few Fridays ago, just before I closed down for the weekend, I received a press release about a handful of new TLC shows, one of which was, not shockingly, wedding focused.

And what can I say? My interest was piqued. (Both in the show itself and in how on earth TLC found another way to come at weddings via half-hour programming.) The new Friday-night show, Brides Gone Styled, involves well-known stylists Gretta Monahan and Robert Verdi helping brides who have questionable style (a term that refers either to the bride’s total lack thereof, or to her having a look that physically pains her mother and friends) find a wedding dress that looks fab and pleases the whole room.

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PW Reader Ring: Megan & Kyle!

Megan's ring!

Megan’s ring!

The couple: Megan Whitmore and Kyle Bachmann, Northeast Philly.

The ring: My beautiful engagement ring is a white-gold radiant cut diamond in a halo setting. To me the ring is a classic look with a twist, since it’s neither a round-cut diamond nor a princess-cut diamond with a halo. Radiant cuts are a combo of the brilliance of the round cut but with a square shape.

Kyle did have an idea of the kind of ring I wanted, because I always hinted that I wanted a halo in my setting—but as far as the center stone shape, that was all him! (Unless he had been peeking at my Pinterest board.)

Kyle did his homework before buying. He shopped and talked with many jewelers in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Center City. He finally decided on purchasing the ring from Barsky on Jewelers’ Row.

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Happy Almost Father’s Day! Here Are 26 Photos of Gorgeous Philly Brides With Their Dads

For me, nothing gets the feelings going more when looking at other people’s wedding photos than pictures of the bride with her father, whether it’s the weddings of my friends and family, or, you know, the dozens of complete strangers’ weddings that I look at every day. There’s just something about the moments that happen between a girl and her dad on her wedding day, and we’re celebrating that today. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who love their little girls, even when wedding planning turns them into crazy people. Enjoy!

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Bride Brittney and her father at XIX at the Bellevue. Photo by Andrew Graham Todes.

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This Fun Quiz Determines How Involved a Groom Is In His Own Wedding Planning

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Maybe you’re a groom reading this—in which case, hi, groom!—but more than likely, you have a groom. Also more than likely, you have raised your eyebrow at him on a number of different occasions throughout this wedding-planning process, whether it was because he was less than enthusiastic when you asked for his assistance/opinion/involvement in a particular wedding task—or, because he was enthusiastically piping up when you would have perhaps rather just made a certain wedding decision on your own.

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The Second Season of Married at First Sight Was Sure Different Than the First

Despite a lovely beginning, suffice it to say that Jessica and Ryan will not be living happily ever after. Photo | A&E

Despite a lovely beginning, suffice it to say that Jessica and Ryan will not be living happily ever after. Photo | A&E

Well kids, another season of Married at First Sight officially wrapped last night with the conclusion of the reunion double-header, bringing this roller coaster ride of drama and only sometimes cuteness to a close.

When the second season was announced early this spring, I foretold that I didn’t think I would probably get as attached to these couples as I did to my first loves of this show, Jamie and Doug and Courtney and Jason—and sadly, that proved to be true. I didn’t like all six people individually as much as I mostly liked the first batch, and they just didn’t convince me that they could make it as couples as much, either.

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