Honeymoon Destination: St. Barts

The pool at The Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France

The pool at The Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France

If you’ve ever wondered what, exactly, it is about Saint-Barthélemy that attracts the world’s glitterati, you won’t once you get there: One of the more diminutive islands in the French West Indies, it’s also one of the most beautiful. (It’s also inarguably the chicest, a breezy combination of French and Creole influences.) And despite the island’s glamorous reputation, the vibe is as relaxed and friendly as you’d expect anywhere in the Caribbean to be, while the white-sand beaches, warm blue-green waters and lush, rolling landscape are a postcard come to life. A trip to St. Barts is a taste of the good—the really good—life.

It’s true, of course, that getting there involves a decent amount of effort; the trip entails either ferrying by boat from St. Martin or hopping aboard a puddle-jumper that can make the landing on the island’s tiny airstrip. But the logistics are more than worth it once the two of you have your toes in the soft sand and are sipping champagne while you watch the sun dip down over the peaks of distant islands.

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PW Reader Ring: Kristen & Joshua!

Kristen's ring!

Kristen’s ring!

The couple: Kristen Kline and Joshua Carr, from Cherry Hill

The ring: My ring is a solid emerald-cut diamond with diamonds around the band. It’s gorgeous! I love old Hollywood glamor so I instantly fell in love with the elegant emerald cut. I had no idea, though, that Joshua was secretly meeting with Robert’s Fine Jewelry in Northfield to design the ring and pick the perfect stone. He brought his parents to help with the process and it’s just perfect.

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End-of-September Bridal Trunk Shows

Vilen by Pronovias. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Vilen by Pronovias. Photo courtesy of the designer.

The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli

September 29-October 1: Pronovias 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.

Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown

September 29-October 1: Christos 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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PW Reader Ring: Lan & Aric!

Lan's ring!

Lan’s ring!

The couple: Lan Ho and Aric Wei, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has nine small diamonds with a diamond halo set on a white-gold diamond double band. I love how the arrangement of the small diamonds results in a ring that shines just as brilliantly as one large diamond!

Aric proposed without a ring. After I said “Yes!” (of course!), he told me that he wanted to shop for the ring with me so that we would both feel confident that the ring would be the perfect ring for me. Who knew we were a part of a growing trend of couples buying engagement rings together! I had not started a Pinterest board of my dream wedding before the proposal. (Actually, Pinterest overwhelmed us with ring designs, terminology—you name it!)

Ring shopping at a brick-and-mortar jewelry store was tremendously helpful since I got to actually try on different ring styles. I don’t wear rings, so I needed to try a lot of styles on to get a sense of what I wanted. We both had a lot of fun—even Aric tried on wedding bands!—and ended up getting our ring at Helzburg Diamonds in North Wales.

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Happy 20th Anniversary To Us!

Looking Back: This issue marks our 20th anniversary: 80 seasons, 40 issues (find our past Fall/Winter covers below!), and countless pages of inspiration for Philly couples. Thanks for helping us get here—it’s been a pretty cool ride.

PW-20th-Anniversary

{Ed Note: Today just so happens to be the day that we’ve decided to officially celebrate PW’s birthday, so it seemed only fitting that we publish the cover retrospective from our Fall/Winter 2016 issue. Now if you excuse us, we’ve got some champagne to pop!}

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