BOUQUET: THE 411
Beautifully You Philly-area brides-to-be have a new best friend at Liberties Walk: Tu Belleza, the hip two-chair special-occasion salon of nationally renowned beautician Claudia Seyler. Seyler, who’s worked for 15 years as a stylist and specializes in weddings, has teamed up with hair guru Tiffany Lahn and eyelash extension guru Kim Lancashire to open this bright and cozy boutique. The by-appointment-only services vary in price (anywhere from a $65 consultation to $1,500 full-head hair extensions), but whether you’re picturing edgy silvery eyelashes or a sweeping up-do, this team will make sure your wedding-day look is just what the name promises: yours.
Liberties Walk, Northern Liberties, 215-925-3144, tubellezastudio.com; claudiaseyler.com.
One-Stop Shop Philadelphia wedding photographers Tom and Nikki Wong are widening their scope this winter with the opening of Tommi’s Life Style Boutique, a full-service bridal photo studio, consultant, salon and spa at the corner of 7th and Chestnut. Guests enter the first floor of this three-story bridal house and meet with professional event planners before heading upstairs for a hair-and-makeup consult. You can even make sure your look is picture-perfect before the Big Day with trial photos in the second-floor studio.
718 Chestnut Street, 215-238-9922, tommistudio.com.
Priscilla’s New Digs Priscilla of Boston, a go-to in bridal retail for more than 60 years, has broken new ground in Ardmore with the opening of a nearly 9,000-square-foot salon, the largest of its 15 nationwide locations. While the store will still offer six collections of luxury gowns and high-end accessory brands, from the dramatic Platinum for Priscilla of Boston line to the dreamy Melissa Sweet, now it’s simplifying bridal browsing with the addition of an in-store touch-screen system. It lets you peruse the store’s options based on price range and silhouette, zooming in on floral details and switching from ivory to English rose, so you can be even more prepared for your fitting-room debut. Suburban Square,
46 Saint James Place, Ardmore, 610-896-8290, priscillaofboston.com.
Well preserved After a 13-month renovation, the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music has again opened its doors to newlyweds-to-be. The Academy Ballroom — an opulent blue-and-ivory hall that harks back to its 1857 opening — can host a 180-guest seated dinner or 250-person reception. While the cake is your call, all Kimmel Center venues are catered exclusively by Restaurant Associates, and there’s a $3,000 rental fee. The newly refurbished Elkins Estate — named after original owner and entrepreneur William L. Elkins — is also now hosting weddings on its lush 42-acre grounds, complete with an expansive lawn, a rose garden, and the palatial Elstowe Manor. Rental fees start at $5,000 and give you five hours of full access to Elstowe’s ballroom, which seats 300 for dinner. The cost also includes a discounted stay in the ornate Bridal Suite.
Contributing writers: Laura Novak, Kate Leigh, Tom Craneg>