Want to Elope? Philly’s Hotel Palomar Can Help

A King Spa Room at the Hotel Palomar. Photo by Paul Gelsobello.

A King Spa Room at the Hotel Palomar. Photo by Paul Gelsobello.

So some of you, we know, joke (not so jokingly) about eloping because the chaos of vendor meetings, family squabbles and spreadsheets that can be wedding planning has your head spinning and you’re starting to think that maybe quick and dirty is the way to go. Some of you have wanted to go the fast, simple and sweet route the whole time, preferring to jump right to happily ever after without the big celebration that takes months to plan.

Trust us, we get both! We find elopements to be inherently romantic and are always interested to hear the couple’s reasoning behind their particular path to marriage.

Whatever your motivation, though, if you’ve got elopement on your mind, we thought you might like to know about the news that just crossed our desks: Philly’s Hotel Palomar just came out with a whole new batch of wedding packages that cater just to you! Here’s what they’ve cooked up:

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Real Wedding: Kimberly and Mitchell Leff

Photo by Hoffer Photography

What can they say? Kim wanted a shot in a dumpster. Photo by Hoffer Photography

Today we’re featuring the wedding of Kimberly and Mitchell, who celebrated their marriage with a bright and beautiful celebration at The Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall this past spring. Check it out here.

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PW Reader Ring: Sarah & Tony!

Sarah's ring!

Sarah’s ring!

The couple: Sarah Weyand and Tony May, from Abington

The ring: My ring has a round diamond with a diamond halo set on a rose gold and with pavé diamonds. When we began talking about getting married one day about two years into our relationship, I mentioned that I wanted a rose-gold ring with a really thin band. We went to a few jewelry stores to try on different styles and get a final answer on what size ring I wear, and he eventually had my ring custom-made at Jared’s in Willow Grove, where a friend of Tony’s works. I love my ring so much—but especially love the delicate detailing under the center stone.

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Hawaiian Island Honeymoon Destinations: Maui & Kauai

St Regis Princeville Kauai Honeymoon

The pool at the St. Regis Princeville, Kauai.

The idea of a honeymoon in Hawaii conjures up the images we’ve all seen before—the fancy hotel, the welcome leis, the colorful luaus. And while those rituals will more than likely be part of your Hawaiian getaway (and with good reason!), the truth is that our 50th state holds so much more: breathtaking landscapes, cuisine you won’t soon forget, and the unending chance for adventure. The truth is, it’s nothing short of magic.

By choosing the particular islands you visit and the type of hotels you stay in, you have the opportunity to design your dream getaway. And for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, we’ve found just the itinerary: your first days spent lounging, recharging and exploring on the smaller island of Kauai, nestled in the luxurious St. Regis Princeville on the North Shore, followed by an energized stay at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, on the southern side of the island, where there’s no shortage of surfing, whale-watching, snorkeling and sailing, to ensure that every single minute is a blast until, as they say, the honeymoon is over.

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WATCH: Tim McGraw Surprised This Philly Bride With a Concert at Her Wedding

Philadelphia Wedding Tim McGraw

The newly married Lisa and Paul with Tim McGraw. All Photos courtesy of Alison Conklin Photography.

On Saturday night at Cescaphe’s VIE on Broad Street, a lovely local bride named Lisa White, who had just married Paul Getz, stepped out onto the dance floor to join her father, Dave, for their dance to the song “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

Her father had just ended his speech and invited everyone to get out of their seats and come gather around the dance floor for the moment. The song starts, and Lisa and Dave are dancing and chatting, when Lisa finally faces and focuses on the stage. It’s then that she notices that it’s not Dondi Allen, the lead singer of her wedding band Jellyroll, singing an excellent cover—it’s actually Tim McGraw. Tim McGraw, looking very dapper in a tux and tux-appropriate cowboy hat. Her face says it all:

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PW Reader Ring: Samantha and Jarritt

Samantha's ring!

Samantha’s ring!

The couple: Jarritt Logan & Samantha Ljubich, from Philadelphia

The ring: My ring has a round diamond in a Penny Preville setting with a diamond-covered X on either side of the center stone, which represents the kiss in “XO.”

Our ring journey began last summer, when Jarritt asked me to go ring shopping with my mom and one of my bridesmaids while we were at the shore. Jarritt wanted me to be surprised with the final pick, so I only showed him my top few contenders. I knew I wanted something simple but special, and I truly fell in love with this Penny Preville setting! I chose a round diamond, instead the cushion cut stone it came with, for that extra sparkle! Jarritt later secretly went with both of our parents to Bernie Robbins in Somers Point to make the final ring decision. And I couldn’t be more in love with this one!

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Early September Bridal Trunk Shows

Lowen Top Midnight Dress Lovely Bride

The Lowen crochet top and Midnight dress from Lovely Bride.

Lovely Bride, Old City

August 31-September 4: Labor Day Week Promotion

In order to extend the summer season a little longer, this Old City boutique is running a special deal this Wednesday through Sunday: Purchase your wedding gown during the promotion, and you’ll receive a free bottle of rosé and a free LWD (little white dress, of course) from the shop’s online collection.

September 9-11: Watters Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment

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