PW Reader Ring: Kelly & Mike!

Kelly's ring!

Kelly’s ring!

The couple: Kelly Ferguson and Mike McCarry, from Fort Washington.

The ring: My ring has a round solitaire diamond on a rose gold band, with a Tiffany setting. Mike picked the ring out along with his mom at Barsky Diamonds on Jewelers’ Row, which is the same place that his grandfather purchased his grandmother’s ring, and his father purchased his mother’s ring. While at the jeweler, his grandparent’s wedding song came on the radio. We like to think that this means that his grandfather, who passed away a few years ago, approves!

A few months ago Mike had asked me to show him a picture of my ideal ring so he could get some ideas. (Thanks, Pinterest!) To say he delivered is an understatement!

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Beginning-of-March Bridal Trunk Shows

Chandon by Hayley Paige. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Chandon by Hayley Paige. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Lovely Bride, Old City

March 3-5: Carol Hannah Bridal Trunk Show {Featuring the Botanica Collection}

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order the featured designers’ dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

Philly Bride, Old City

March 3-5: Hayley Paige Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designers’ dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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Here’s a Handy Guide From BHLDN On Mixing & Matching Your Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Pick a shade, and let your ladies choose their style. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

Pick a shade, and let your ladies choose their style. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

As you have more than likely noticed while sitting in the pews of your friends’ weddings, it has become very much the thing over the past few years to dress one’s bridesmaids in varying yet complimentary dresses, instead of the exact same one. Whether you give them a color palette and tell them to knock themselves out or give them a handful of different colors and styles to choose from that you’ve selected, we wholeheartedly encourage you to go for this look with your ladies—it’s just so pretty and visually interesting, especially in photos. Plus, it totally ups the chances that each of your friends will actually really love the dress they end up wearing that day.

Philly-based BHLDN‘s bridesmaids dresses have always worked really well for this concept—it’s probably especially the first brand that comes to my mind now that J.Crew’s bridesmaids offerings have left us for good—and to help brides navigate their selection and visualize different options for their parties’ frocks, they’ve recently shot a “mix-and-match” guide with what they say are spring’s five biggest hues of the moment. Check out their suggestions below—then round up your girls and start making selections over here.

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Late February Bridal Trunk Shows

Style 4735 by Paloma Bridal/Facebook

Style 4735 by Paloma Bridal/Facebook

The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli

February 19-27: Toni Federici Accessories Event

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s accessories during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

February 22-27: Paloma Blanca Bridal In-House Event

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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The Rittenhouse Hotel Just Unveiled Their Beautiful New Ballroom

Rendering courtesy of the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Rendering courtesy of the Rittenhouse Hotel.

The Rittenhouse Hotel has just recently unveiled their brand spanking-new ballroom makeover, which we happily visited recently to see with our own eyes. And guys, it’s good. Really, really good. If you’re on the hunt for a swanky city venue—especially one where your guests can go to bed directly above your party—you should put it on your list to check out.

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This Is the Healthier Way to Manage Your Wedding To-Do Lists (According to Science)

Our buddies over at Be Well Philly recently broke down a study on to-do lists—well, on the psychological impact of the various ways of keeping and managing to-do lists—that immediately made us think of our harried brides and their notebooks, binders and Post-its.

During my wedding planning, I would vary between keeping excessively detailed lists and not keeping any lists at all, having gotten overwhelmed even by the task of making a to-do list. (I had somehow managed to juggle the last few months of wedding planning with my biggest deadline of the year and moving. It was not great.)

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