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Rainbow Bright: Maybe it’s all the celebrating we’ve been doing since same-sex marriage became legal across the country, but we can’t stop dreaming of monochromatic wedding palettes in every hue of the spectrum. Take each color, tweak the shade so it speaks to your celebration, and let it shine over everything from your Big-Day confection to your flowers and decor.
Before my makeup trial for my wedding, I warned my makeup artist that she was more than likely going to have a helluva time with my under-eye area: overlapping deadlines and an extra over-scheduled life during wedding planning had meant more stress and less sleep for quite a while by then, and I felt it courteous to warn her she should probably have her very favorite and most effective concealers, etc., on hand.
She assured me that she got me, and indeed, on my wedding day, I don’t think my guests could (hopefully!) tell by looking at me that I had not sat down and relaxed for longer than five minutes in approximately three months.
I had my own arsenal during that time, though, of de-puffing rollers and eye gels and Touche Eclat and all that jazz—and so it is you, brides, who I thought of when I received word of an event happening at the Rittenhouse Spa & Club next week. Their Summer Skin + Style Event sounds like a lovely night out for you and your girls—and it just so happens to focus on your tired peepers.
It’s been exactly one year (literally to the day) since Philly-based Free People first launched its inaugural bridal collection, FP Ever After. It all began with just 15 gorgeous pieces, and now there’s a whole slew of beautiful gowns, delicate lingerie and fine jewelry for you to scoop up for your Big Day.
And they’ve just added even more options to the bunch: In honor of FP Ever After’s first anniversary, the brand released 12 new styles that you’re sure to love, especially for your boho-inspired summer wedding.
Bucks County-based stylist Amanda D’Andrea has been doing hair, as we say, for going on 20 years—with the last half of that taken up in large part by Philadelphia brides.
While she was working at a salon as a Master Stylist, Amanda found that her true passion was formal styling; whether it was an updo or a cascade of curls, gussying up girls for a special occasion became her favorite thing, and she now works full time as an onsite hair stylist—primarily on the mornings of local brides’ Big Days. (Her name might even sound familiar to you—you can hardly look at a bridal blog these days without seeing her work underneath the veils of Philly brides! Take a look at more of her styles here.)
We caught up with Amanda to see what she’s into right now, from the style she says looks good on everyone to the product she sprays on all her brides’ styles before they walk out the door.
May 17-28: Bridal Sample Sale
Find sample gowns from designers like Claire Pettibone, Rivini, Augusta Jones, Ian Stuart, Amy Kischel and Eugenia Couture marked down between 40 and 60 percent for this upcoming week and a half. Call to make an appointment.
Currently: 35th Anniversary Sale
To celebrate the shop’s 35th anniversary, you’ll receive $350 off wedding gown purchases and 35 percent discounts on accessory purchases. Call to make an appointment.
Here’s a local vendor team that’s constantly catching our eye with the gorgeous, inventive creations they come up with: Tanti Lina and Stefanie Kitchner, the floral preservation experts behind Hana Willow Design. (If you remember, they’ll turn your dried-up bouquet into a work of art you can display well after your Big Day.)
For years we’ve raved about how creative Tanti and Stefanie can get with your florals post-wedding, but their latest venture proves just how crafty they can really be: They just launched a new line, called Alternative Floral Art, aimed at couples looking to swap out real live blooms for something a bit more unique.
The couple: Tracey Desjadon and Mark Czajkowski, from Wayne.
The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo, set in platinum. It glistens so beautifully!
I never gave my fiancé any hints or went shopping with him; he picked and designed this ring completely on his own! He worked with Mr. Cook at Walter J. Cook Jeweler in Paoli to custom design it for me, and that makes it that much sweeter!
I have long personally believed that a honeymoon should be taken at the beach. And, since I find myself with this handy little wedding soapbox here, it’s a belief I have declared more than once.
But I’ll reiterate: Planning a wedding is crazy stressful and time-consuming. Your wedding day, while indescribably wonderful, will be incredibly mentally and physically draining. Afterwards, you will feel a tired in your bones that you may not have felt before. (If I didn’t think it’d prematurely deglamorize the whole wedding thing for you, I’d share a picture of myself sound asleep on the floor, rolled halfway under my parents’ coffee table the afternoon after my wedding, brand new husband splayed out, snoring, next to me.)
Now, feeling that way, do you want to spend the next one-to-two weeks reading maps, planning itineraries, making reservations, navigating around, managing language barriers, and essentially planning and executing another little mini event?