BHLDN’s New Party Dress & Honeymoon Collections Have Us Swooning

We're swooning over BHLDN's new collections. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

We’re swooning over BHLDN’s new collections. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

Last week was a pretty and productive one for Philly-based BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding-focused little sister: They unveiled a new honeymoon collection (which we have consistently crushed on since they first debuted their first beachy capsule collection last year) and a new batch of party frocks, perfect for your ‘maids—or that list of weddings you’ve got coming up that aren’t yours.

The Swept Away honeymoon collection, as per usual, is filled with things that are beachy and flowy and white (you’re still a bride on your ‘moon!) and super easy to wear—and the party-frock collection features fun dresses in jewel tones and with sparkly embellishment that will immediately make you feel like dancing, which to us is a very important aspect of the perfect party dress.

We’ll put a few of our favorites from each collection, below—but you can view (and shop!) ’em all here and here.

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Late September Bridal Trunk Shows

The Vineyard dress by Lela Rose.

The Vineyard dress by Lela Rose.

The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve, Paoli

September 22-24: Willowby Bridal by Watters Trunk Show

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

Elizabeth Johns, Ardmore

September 23-25: Lela Rose Trunk Show

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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PW Reader Ring: Shannon & Ryan!

Shannon's ring!

Shannon’s ring!

The couple: Shannon Moore and Ryan Cala from Philadelphia

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut diamond with a diamond halo set in white gold with a twisted diamond band. We picked my ring out together after searching bit, and we both love it. We picked this ring out with the incredible assistance of Jay from Jay Roberts Jewelers in Marlton.

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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.

To see more of our Real Weddings or to submit your photos, go 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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