PW Reader Ring: Heather & John!

Heather's ring!

Heather’s ring!

The couple: Heather Cicala and John Powell, from Marlton.

The ring: My setting belonged to my great-grandmothers, and dates back to 1914. The ring had been given to my mom when my great-grandmother passed away, and she took the diamond out and made it into a pendant. One night when we were discussing rings, my mom brought out the setting for me to see, and I knew from that moment it would mean the world to me to have such meaning attached to such an important event in my life.

The setting itself is platinum, but since it’s almost 100 years old, it was very tarnished. So John took it to Sydney Rosen in Philadelphia and worked with David there to choose the right diamond for the setting. They also polished it, and it looks brand new! You would never know how old it actually is.

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10 Tips for Planning—and Enjoying—the Perfect Honeymoon

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Planning your honeymoon should be one of the more exciting tasks on your wedding-day checklist, but oftentimes all of the decisions—like where to go, where to stay and how much to spend—that go into coordinating your post-nuptial getaway can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Not exactly the emotion you want to feel when planning the best vacation of your life, right?

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Meet the Beese Knees: The Local Bakers Whipping Up Gourmet Ice Cream Cakes For Your Wedding

The Olde Fashioned is just one of the scrumptious cakes Beese can create.

Doesn’t the Olde Fashioned look scrumptious?!

We apologize in advance if this post ignites a serious ice cream/cake/sweets craving, but we guarantee it’ll all be worth it (plus, hey, if we’re going down, we’re taking you with us): if you are at all interested in ice cream cake—and who among us isn’t?—you’ve got to check out the amazing creations that are coming out of the kitchen of Kristina Beese (who’s also a local photographer!) and Tom Williamson over at The Beese Knees.

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Kick Off Your Get-Wedding-Dress-Ready Regime With the Unite Fitness Carb Cleanse

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The ladies over at Be Well Philly were talking about this initiative from Philly’s Unite Fitness, and we immediately thought of our brides: It’s a weeklong program designed to help you learn which carbs are good, which are bad, which give you energy, and which just give you, well, things like bloat. It’s their Carb Cleanse.

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly Food Trucks Your Wedding Guests Will Go Crazy For

Imagine this beauty pulling up to your venue. Photo by Erik Lu.

Imagine this beauty pulling up to your venue stocked with desserts galore. Photo by Erik Lu.

Food trucks have been a growing trend for quite some time now, and there’s no denying that the mobile food scene here in Philly is thriving: At any time of day you can find a number of these restaurants-on-wheels parked throughout the city, serving up their famous grub to lines of loyal fans.

Since the whole food truck concept has become so popular, we weren’t surprised when it began to seep into the wedding world as well. Whether you have your favorite local truck pull up to your venue at some point during the reception (this is especially great if you have a chunk of downtime between the ceremony and the party) or you have one ready as a late-night, post-reception snack for (over-served?) guests coming off the dance floor, food trucks are a pretty fantastic accent to your Big Day.

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Get Your Tickets to ‘Love Is In the Air’ With Uncommon Events & Stephen Starr Events

There is a really bridal lovely event that takes place once a year, and since it’s coming up next month and tickets are limited, we wanted to direct you to your calendar right now: It’s Love Is In the Air, and it’s happening on Thursday, February 26th from 6-8:30pm.

It’s put on by Philly event planning and design company Uncommon Events, in conjunction with Stephen Starr Events, the exclusive caterers of the Horticulture Center, where this party goes down. And basically, it’s just a whole lot of seriously fantastic wedding inspiration. To give you an idea, take a look at CinemaCake‘s video recap of last year’s event:

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Philadelphia Wedding’s Editor Is Featured On the Styled Bride!

Hi, guys. Photo by Jessica Webster.

Hi, guys. Photo by Jessica Webster.

You know normally, we’re the ones reaching out to the fab peeps in the Philly wedding industry to get their take on things; to ask them to provide solutions to wedding-planning stumpers, to chat about their favorite things, or whatever else we’re talking about over here on PW.

Well this week, someone turned the tables on us, and this time it was me yapping away about all the things I love about weddings in Philadelphia!

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Follow These Steps to Create Your Wedding Budget

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The wedding budget is an often dreaded topic of conversation, but because it’s also an extremely necessary one—your entire celebration basically revolves around that magic number, after all—we like to offer as much support on the subject as we can. (Just take a quick glance below.)

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5 Favorite Things With Philly Caterer Jeffrey A. Miller

Jeff Miller of Jeffrey A. Miller Catering

Jeff Miller of Jeffrey A. Miller Catering

When Jeffrey Miller was a sophomore at Penn, he started a catering business right out of his dorm room: “$5.50 for fresh-squeezed OJ, champagne, Eggs Benedict, strawberries with Grand Marnier and coffee—what a deal!” he says of his early days in the business.

Now, it’s 35 years later, and Jeffrey A. Miller Catering turns out 400 weddings a year at their 10 exclusive venues; if you’ve attended a wedding or event at the Racquet Club, Lake House Inn or Aldie Mansion, for starters, then you’ve experienced JAM Catering for yourself.

And so, we caught up with Mr. Miller to ask him about what he’s loving right now, from the thing he’s most proud of when it comes to JAM venues, to what he craves when he’s not eating his own food.

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