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“Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” –Steve Jobs

Press PUBLISHER Dan Mathers dan@thewcpress.com ADVERTISING MANAGER Nick Vecchio nick@thewcpress.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nazarena Luzzi Castro nazarenaluzzi.com COPY EDITOR Jon Roth jroth@thewcpress.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Kate Chadwick kchadwick@thewcpress.com STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sabina Sister ssister@thewcpress.com

COLUMNISTS Suzanne Adams wcfoodcoop@thewcpress.com Becca Boyd bboyd@thewcpress.com Jamie Jones jjones@thewcpress.com Andrea Mason amason@thewcpress.com DJ Romeo romeo@thewcpress.com Dr Geoff Winkley drwinkley@thewcpress.com Published By... Mathers Productions 12 E Barnard Street West Chester, PA 19382 mathersproductions.com 610-344-3463 The WC Press is a monthly magazine distributed free of charge to more than 250 businesses. For a free digital subscription, visit thewcpress.com. For more information about specific distribution locations, visit thewcpress.com/distribution.

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THE BRIDE GUIDE TO WEST CHESTER We introduce you to the vendors you'll want to work with

19. ATTIRE 21. BAKERY 23. BEAUTY 27. CATERER 29. DANCE LESSONS 31. MUSIC 33. RENTALS 35. FAVORS & GIFTS 37. FLOWERS

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39. INVITATIONS 41. JEWELRY 43. PHOTOGRAPHY 45. PLANNING 47. REHEARSAL DINNER 49. RINGS 51. TRAVEL 53. VENUE 59. WELLNESS

WEDDING TO-DO LIST A month-by-month, week-to-week guide to planning VENDOR DIRECTORY How to get in touch with the businesses found in this issue.

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Letter

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Dan Mathers shares some personal insight about this month’s theme

Those lucky enough to attend the wedding of The WC Press’ own Nick Vecchio (and his lovely bride Shannon Mackereth), are well aware that I enjoy an open bar almost as much as an open dance floor. Current and former employees were stunned to see the difference between Work Dan and Wedding Dan. Yes, Wedding Dan is a big fan of the classic hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” The couple of family members stuck with me at table 11 during the wedding of my cousin Kate Kolodey (and her remarkable husband Josh Smith), are well aware that I’m almost as much of a sucker for medium-rare filet as I am for a well-written speech. I cried when Josh’s daughter, Isabella, the adorable flower girl, opened up her heart to the audience and talked about how happy she was that she and “mommy and daddy” were all a family now. The Snapchat videos of me crying, filmed and shared by my cousins, have already expired, but I doubt the jests ever will. The point is that I love weddings, and that’s a good thing, because—as a 30-year-old with a whole lotta cousins and plenty of friends—I’m in the wedding prime of my life. The aforementioned ceremonies are just the two at which I've partied in the seven days before this magazine went to print. They’re certainly not the first I’ve attended this wedding season, and they’re far from the last I’ll enjoy before the end of spring. But, for all the weddings I attend, I really only know that one side of the event. I know how to be an excellent guest and a decent groomsman, but I haven’t really got much of a clue what goes into planning these massive events—I just show up and make a beeline for the nearest bartender. With Nick too busy planning his own impending nuptials to be much use in developing this issue (he’s actually on his honeymoon sipping cocktails in the Caribbean while I slave away at getting this magazine finished), I knew I’d need some expert advice if we were going to put together a quality wedding guide. Luckily, there’s a West Chester organization who were all too excited to help us compile this guide. The Bride Guide to West Chester—who we first reported on in our wedding issue three years ago—comprise business owners and experts from all areas of the wedding industry. They’re a network of immense help for anyone planning a West Chester wedding, and we highly recommend that all brides-to-be check out www.thebrideguidetowestchester.com. You’ll find their members highlighted throughout this issue, as we make recommendations on 19 different topics you’ll need to consider when planning a wedding, starting with attire and ending with wellness. I’m confident this magazine is more than a good read—it’s a great resource. In fact, if I could give just two pieces of advice to engaged couples, they would be this: 1. Consider working with the vendors highlighted here, because they’re all passionate about what they do and experienced at doing it; and 2. Make sure the DJ plays at least one Backstreet Boys song. —dan@thewcpress.com

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Near and Far

Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts

Last month I found myself traveling from lock to lock through the Loire Valley of southern France on a river cruise. Along the way we visited a truffle farm in Beaujolais, trekked above the Roman Theatre of Vienne for sweeping views of the city and the Rhone River, rode back in time on an antique steam train into the wilds of the Doux Valley and wandered through historic streets under the moonlight in Viviers. Our country is so young compared to all of the history and mystery on the other side of the pond. The disparity often leads visitors to wonder what—if anything— we have in common or have borrowed from other cultures for life here in Chester County. My husband, two friends, and I made an ambitious trek from the river to Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette, a pretty little church perched atop a steep hill overlooking the Roman Theatre and the city of Vienne. Along the way we were paced by elderly French women pushing carts full of fresh produce and stinky cheese to their homes halfway up the hill. The trek was not for the faint of heart, and had we known how long and steep the walk would be, I am sure, following a rough night of wine tasting, we would have stayed put at river-level like everyone else. On our descent back to the ship we decided to walk through the vast outdoor market in the city. Vendors were selling everything from clothes to fruits and vegetables in technicolor. The strawberries were plump, bursting with flavor and spilling out of their cartons. Vendors displayed cheeses in varying stages of age and funk. France made me fall in love with the stinkiest of cheeses and with over 1200 different cheesesmade in the country, there are still many I have yet to try. We perused trucks of fresh-cut meats and aged salami, fish mongers and bakeries selling flaky buttery croissants. The French market was a pleasant assault on our senses, and we went back for more at every city and town we stopped at. Last weekend, missing France, I headed over to Artisan Exchange on Carter Drive and then later to the Amish Market in Westtown. Unfortunately the West Chester Growers Market was closed, or I would have headed there as well. Walking through the markets, smelling fresh-baked goods, artisanal soaps and candles, and tasting samples along the way brought back memories of our travels as well, and mixed all that with a sense of home. My husband and I have decided to make market-going a weekly part of our routine. Wandering from vendor to vendor savoring the feel and smells of what we provide for our family takes time and thought, something that is lost at a mega grocery store, as well as our day-to-day busy lives. The markets in West Chester aren’t France, but visiting them brings back memories of travel and reminds me to slow down and savor the simple things. —jjones@thewcpress.com

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Design Dilemmas Andrea Mason of Perceptions Interiors is a professional interior designer who wants to help you upgrade your space

Moving in with your significant other is life-changing. Not only will you be sharing your home with someone, but your things as well.  Below is a step-by-step guide to choosing which furniture and accessories will help create a home that both of you will enjoy! Step 1: Create a Floor Plan. Talk to each other about what is important to you in a home. Do you want an office?  A quiet place to read a book? A bar for entertaining? Draw out a floor plan for each room in the house. For example, a sofa here, a bed there, a dining table in this room, etc.  Don’t worry too much about the specifics yet. Step 2: Catalogue Inventory.  Each of you needs to go through all of your furniture and large accessories—such as lighting, rugs, window treatments, and art work—and create a list of things that are important to you. These items are deal breakers, things that hold a personal importance in your life, such as a family heirloom or something that you absolutely love and cannot part with. Step 3: Choose a Color Scheme. What are your favorite colors?  Create a color palette and stick with it.  This will really help bring everything together to look more cohesive.  Sometimes a color scheme will be inspired by a favorite item like a rug or piece of art work; sometimes it’s whatever colors dominate already. Step 4: Select Furniture.  This can be a breeze if both parties have the same style, but most of the time though there is a difference in style. If one of you has more furniture and accessories to contribute, then you can easily transition into that particular style. If it’s equal in contribution we suggest creating an eclectic style.  It’s one of our favorite design styles to work with because it is so simple and fun.  Being eclectic can be very forgiving and also lend you to mix multiple time periods together.  Examples are mixing farmhouse with colonial, midcentury modern with country, or traditional with modern, the possibilities are endless. The importance lies in the selection process. Try to equally mix the styles so that everything is clearly represented and evenly distributed.  Make sure to measure so that the selected pieces will fit in the space! Step 5: Divest Duplicates. Any duplicate pieces of furniture or accessories can be sold or donated.  A garage sale is an easy and fun way to sell your prized possessions.  You can donate to the Salvation Army, located at 250 E Market St. Step 6:  Fill in the Gaps.  Time to go shopping and fill in any spaces that are missing key pieces of furniture.  Select furniture and accessories that will help bring the your styles together. Collaborating to create a beautiful environment is the fun part, now all you have to do is worry about the movers! If you need help creating a cohesive look, give us a call, and we’d be happy to help you transform your home. —amason@thewcpress.com

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A groom has one job: Don’t upstage the bride. That might be difficult for a groom in a Mainline Custom Clothiers tuxedo. Mainline has over 50 years in the formalwear business, and the service to back it up: appointments to fit

your schedule, custom-made suits and rentals, and designers from A to Z (as in Abboud to Zegna). Your bride will look like a million dollars. Mainline makes sure you look great standing next to her.

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sabrinaann.com/couture Just because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you have a limit on style. Sabrina Ann Couture brings carefully curated sample and never-worn gowns to West Chester brides of every shape and size, with a starting price point of around $1,000. Are you having a second wedding or a more casual ceremony? Their evening wear collection starts at just $150. And yes—they have accessories, too. Every bride is beautiful. Sabrina Ann Couture makes beautiful brides breathtaking.

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For most of you, this isn’t the first time you’re hearing Maryellen’s name, and her popularity is a testament to just how good her confections are (and to her bubbly personality—she’s a joy to work with). Whether she’s baking your wedding cake or chocolate coating Oreo’s as gifts for your guests, when you work with Maryellen you can rest-assured that everything will look as good on the outside as it tastes on the inside. cakesandcandiesbymaryellen.com

Bakery The Master’s Baker has been creating wedding cakes for 47 years, and that’s not the kind of thing that happens by accident. Started by a young mother in 1970, the business has grown as her family has—now all six of her children are involved in the bakery. Bring them your wedding cake vision, and The Master’s Baker will build it from scratch from the freshest ingredients. Why have one baker when you can have a whole family? themastersbaker.com

If you want to make people happy at your wedding, give them cupcakes. If you want them to talk about what they ate at your wedding, give them Dia Doce cupcakes. The popularity of cupcakes has been on the upswing in recent years, but Dia Doce kicks the cupcake game up several notches. All natural, seasonal and locally-sourced flavors, over 100 recipes to choose from, and vegan options. Still not convinced? Two words: cupcake truck. diadoce.com

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We’ve been loyal patron’s of Dave Yori since he opened his doors on Church Street, right in the heart of the borough, back in 2012. That loyalty isn’t just because of their convenience—our publisher is adamant he’s never had a better Danish. That kind of quality and focus on flavor extends into everything Yori’s makes, from breakfast pastries to wedding cakes. So if having a delicious cake is a priority (and, let’s be honest: it better be) make sure to check out Yori’s. yorisbakery.com

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Beauty Avante Salon & Spa is a one-stop beauty shop for you and your entire bridal party. Their comprehensive bridal packages cover everyone (and everything) from trial and day-of hair and makeup, to bridal hairstyles for the children in your entourage. Bridal parties are pampered head to toe either on-site (with food and beverages if you like) or on the go, and they’ll send the stylists to you. Get in touch with their bridal coordinator to schedule what works for you. avantesalon.com

Getting married is a stressful undertaking. Thankfully there’s Peter’s Salon & European Spa, with every possible service to both beautify and relax you. Facials to body treatments, massages to makeup, tinting to waxing, hair cutting, coloring, curling and straightening, manicures and pedicures, too—even destress with yoga and Zumba classes. Their stunning bridal suite is a perfect spot to get ready for your day. They’ll even design a custom wedding headpiece to suit your style. diadoce.com

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La Difference takes your beauty very personally. Their specialty is the personal touch, and it’s apparent right down to their services menu. Where else but at the LD Dry Bar will you find several different options just for a blow-out? Whether you’re looking for a full day of pampering, a microdermabrasion treatment, a massage, or hair and makeup for your special day, the professionals at La Difference know that when you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. ladifferencesalon.com

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For more information call: 610.436.9600

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There’s everyday skincare, and there’s wedding day skincare. The last thing you want to worry about on your day is what kind of chemicals you’re putting on your face. Let local consultant Stephanie Beisser help you pick products that accentuate your natural beauty while giving you healthier options. Beautycounter’s face, body, and makeup products go above and beyond to help you glow, safely. beautycounter.com/stephaniebeisser

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They don’t call it your “crowning glory” for nothing. It’s all about the hair, and that’s the truth whether you’re wearing a wedding dress, a tuxedo, or jeans and bare feet. And at Velvet Hair Studio, hair is all they do. Men and women, cuts and coloring, texturing and styling, straightening and special occasion styles, Velvet Hair Studio has you covered. And they sell the products they use, so you can extend that wedding day beauty indefinitely. velvethair.studio

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Full service, personalized care, reasonable prices—that’s a beautiful thing... or bella, as they say in Italian. And in West Chester, that’s Bella Bella. Their friendly and knowledgeable team pride themselves on offering hair, skincare, and makeup services comparable to the higher-end salons, but at a fraction of the cost. Don’t believe us? Check the client testimonials on their website, and put the money you save on beauty in your honeymoon fund. You’re welcome. bellabellasalon.net

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John Serock Catering

Caterer Once there was a working chef who catered his first party, then promptly quit his job to cater full-time because he knew it was his calling. That’s the kind of caterer you want for your wedding. John Serock Catering is in demand because he takes a couple’s vision and interprets it for their guests. Whether your wedding is large or small, casual or formal, John Serock Catering caters to you.

An intimate dinner in a private wine cellar with your closest friends and family—talk about starting your married life off on the right foot. The newly-finished wine cellar at Mercato Ristorante and Bar is the perfect venue for your small wedding. Secluded but spacious, the wine cellar can comfortably accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 50, and the sleek yet rustic décor provides the ideal backdrop to their excellent Italian cuisine. mercato33.com

Limoncello Restaurant is one of the most popular in West Chester—it may even be one of your personal favorites. That’s all the more reason to have them cater one of the most important days of your life. Their excellent cuisine coupled with their exceptional service allows you to enjoy your special day knowing that your guests’ culinary experience is in the hands of one of the best restaurants in town. Invite your favorite place to your wedding. limoncellowc.com

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Dance Lessons Get ready to channel Old Hollywood when you choose the studio inspired by the man with the smoothest moves on the silver screen. Whether you’re looking to master a few basic steps or aiming for a YouTube-worthy performance, Fred Astaire Dance Studio has a class for you. All instructors are certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum, a method focused on teaching the mechanics of partner dancing in building blocks structured around how students absorb and retain information. fredastaire.com/west-chester

You’ll get a private studio and the exclusive attention of your instructor at Valerie’s, along with the contract-free freedom to take as many—or as few—lessons as you choose. A focus on simple and basic steps and patterns translates into relaxed confidence on the big day. Do the groom and his mom need some special moves too? Valerie’s also offers packages for everyone in your entourage, including the bride and bride’s father, parents of the bridal couple, or even the entire bridal party. valeriesdancestudio.com

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Dave's Automotive Repair has served the West Chester, PA area with a commitment to service and value for over 40 years. We appreciate your interest and look forward to earning your business.

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Your music sets the tone and leaves a lasting impression. By choosing Greensleeves Entertainment, you have the flexibility and convenience of customizing the music to your personal

vision. They work with you in the months leading up to the wedding to make sure that you are 100% comfortable and confident in the instruments and songs that you choose.

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Music djromeo.fm Nick Vecchio, aka DJ Romeo of Schaffer Sound Productions, lives up to his name by consistently being the number one wedding DJ in the West Chester area and one of the top DJs in the Philadelphia area. He’s had two decades experience entertaining huge varieties of crowds—from high school proms, to clubs, to 60th wedding anniversaries— and brings an unprecedented level of professionalism to the turntables. His knowledge of music is surpassed only by his ability to read a crowd and get them moving their feet.

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Event Rentals

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So you say you want your wedding to look like something out of a magazine, but you don’t have the fantastic furniture, tableware, and exceedingly cool décor props to make it happen? Enter Modern Relics, with its fabulous collections that are yours for the day. With everything from whimsical wicker chairs to a brassy, bold Ming garden stool, their modern, retro, and vintage pieces will make your wedding setting a most memorable one.

Enjoy the ease and convenience of online ordering for conventional wedding items such as tents, tables, chairs, and linens, as well as concessions such as chocolate and punch fountains, photo booths, and interactive games. Having a casual outdoor wedding? You’ll find hot dog carts, margarita machines, cotton candy dispensers, and more. And don’t forget about the kids, with bounce houses, water slides, and inflatable movie screens. And they’ve got options for pickup or delivery of rental items. onestoppartyshop.biz

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Favors & Gifts cinnamonhills.co You will always remember your wedding day, but you should take the time to make sure that all of your guests do as well. Cinnamon Hills is your source for creating customized favors and gifts for your bridal party and gusts, with options like etched glassware or custom-printed koozies, or even monogrammed cuff links.

The 5 Senses offers a range of unique and affordably-priced gifts—all appealing to your sensual side: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. They offer unusual, functional and artful gifts for everyday living. Their informed staff has extensive knowledge about every item: where it is made and who made each piece. With a focus on handmade goods, The 5 Senses represents over 100 North American, local and Fair Trade artisans. the5senses.com

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You know The Painted Plate as the place to take your family to paint your own pottery. What you might not know is that they also produce some really incredible gift material. For instance, you might want to get the bride and groom’s initials handpainted on a plank, or you can have the event details custom-printed on reclaimed wood. There are a ton of cool options to choose from, and they’ll help you make the most of them!

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Whether you’re looking for bridal shower favors or gifts for your wedding party (or your soon-to-be-spouse), consider a visit to Visual Expansion Gallery. They offer an excellent selection of local artwork, as well as custom framing services. Let the experts at Visual Expansion open your eyes to the possibilities, whether it’s framing your favorite wedding photos, discovering your new favorite local artist, even art cards for your thank you notes. Your options are nearly endless. visualexpansiongallery.com

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A vast array of one-of-a-kind products including... Hip Clothing, Bags, Accessories & Jewelry Incense, Oils and Candles Tapestries, Blankets & Home/Dorm Decor Grateful Dead, Bob Marley & 60s Merchandise Tiedyes & T-shirts Handblow Glass & Local Artwork Tobacco Accessories 130 West Gay Street 610-431-6607 www.moonflowershop.com Portion of proceeds benefit pro-peace and environmental charities 10% Off With Student ID

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Anne Ottley Floral Designs by Lauren Schwarz

Flowers Flowers can be the focal point of a wedding, adding both charm and personality. When you collaborate with Anne Ottley Floral Design, your vision will transform into everything you have dreamed of. The ability to interpret your ideas enables Anne to put together a perfect combination of arrangements and décor to meet both your needs and budget. Her creativity spans a wide range of styles and venues: from the elaborate ballroom to the rustic farm look, soft and romantic to bold and modern, and everything in between. anneottleyfloraldesign.com

For a centerpiece that truly stands out, forego the flowers and go with a terrarium from Twig Gardens (or let them help you make your own). They specialize in crafting terrariums and indoor gardens, custom created in containers that are only limited by your imagination. Whether it’s the elegance of a modern geometric glass container or the whimsy of an old boot or a tiny spice tin, Twig Gardens can make it happen. Bonus: they do boutonnieres, too.

The devil, as they say, is in the details— and there is hardly a more important detail for a wedding than the flowers. Let the pros at Kati Mac Floral Designs push your wedding into the territory of “magical” by designing the perfect blossom arrangements to enhance your festivities. From the arrangements at the church to the blooms on the tables to the boutonniere in the groom’s pocket, your special day will have the perfect floral finishes. katimacfloraldesigns.com

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Invitations The beginning is always a good place to start with anything, and when it comes to weddings, that beginning is the invitation. Paper Moon, located within the museum shop of the ChesterCounty Historical Society, will design, create and print custom invitations for all of life’s special occasions. They work intimately with clients to design personalized paper accents for every detail, imprinting a story and personality. They also produce invitations very quickly as most styles are printed in-house. papermoonwc.com

Invitations by Jill has been helping couples design the perfect wedding invitations for the past ten years, making what can be a daunting prospect an easy, step-by-step endeavor. Start with a consultation, then choose from existing designs or let them help you create and design the custom invitation of your dreams, reflecting your own personal taste and style. Their designs range from traditional, to rustic, modern, whimsical and elegant. invitationsbyjill.com

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The invitation: your guests’ very first clue as to what your wedding will be like—it literally sets the tone for the event. And since every couple is different, you want your invitation to reflect just who you are and what you want to share with your guests. That’s where custom invitations by Valerie Briglia comes in. Valerie creates one-of-akind invitations and save-the-dates to suit your specific style as well as your budget. facebook.com/valeriebriglia

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Like icing on a cake, so is jewelry on a bride—embellishing touches that enhance the main event. Whether you’re looking for understated elegance in a matching set or one spectacular statement piece, Candi by KN has something to help you shine. Everything from headpieces to bracelets and brooches can be found in Candi by KN’s bridal collections—and at prices that will keep your bottom line on track. candibykn.com

Jewelry And now for something completely different. Moonflower Boutique is often referred to as a “hidden gem” in the West Chester shopping scene, and they’ve got your “hidden gems” right here. For the bride who goes her own way, Moonflower offers a selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that will help you stand out on your special day. You’re not a cookie-cutter bride, so wear a piece of wedding day jewelry that’s just as unique as you. fb.com/MoonflowerWestChester

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Okay, you may not ever wear that wedding-day jewel-encrusted tiara again (or maybe you will?) but just because a piece of jewelry is a special event item doesn’t mean it should only be worn once. Browse the eclectic selection of unique jewelry at Kaly for something that is special every day. Some collections are made in the U.S., others are fair trade, some are beaded, some are sterling, some are recycled, most are handmade, and all are unique. kalyclothing.com

You probably already know that Malena’s is your go-to boutique for an outstanding selection of women’s vintage clothing, but if you haven’t considered it for its exceptional variety of unique vintage jewelry, you may be missing out. Malena’s store on Gay Street (or Ebay or Etsy) features a constantly changing inventory of everything from pins and brooches to stunning statement necklaces and unusual earrings that will surely have people asking, “Where did you get that?” malenasboutique.com

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Photography In an era of cellphone cameras and Instagram, a perusal of Amy Tucker’s website is a swift reminder that while anyone can point and click, taking great wedding photos is an art form, and it’s one that Amy takes seriously. Her photos capture the gamut from the tried-and-true traditional wedding shots to those unguarded emotional moments that bubble to the surface on such momentous occasions. She takes the time to know her clients, and it shows. amytuckerphotography.com

At the end of the (wedding) day, after the dances are danced and the champagne is gone and the blur of the planning and the waiting is over, you really only have one thing and you’ll have it for years: the photos. And if you want a photographer who appreciates that sentiment, then you’ll want to consider Lauren Schwarz Photography. A self-described “brat” about quality, Lauren strives to exceed your wedding day photo expectations. laurenschwarzphotography.com

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The easiest way to judge Sabina Sister's photography is to flip through this magazine. As The WC Press' staff photographer for the last eight months, Sabina has proven herself to be a motivated, capable and talented photographer with an artistic eye. She's as passionate about her projects as she is professional. While you have nearly unlimited options for finding someone to capture quality images, you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who's more pleasant to work with on your big day. sabinasisterphotography.com

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Planning Let’s face it: planning a wedding can be stressful. Luckily Lauren and Tara are here to help every step of the way, so you can simply enjoy the day! From day-of coordination to full-service planning, the pinterest-worthy, DIY wedding to the chic, modern, center city soirée, Something Blu Weddings + Events believes your day should reflect who you are by embracing traditions, your way. If you're not sure where to begin, reach out to them to find out how they fit into your wedding day to ensure your vision comes to life. somethingbluwed.com

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Some of us are born planners and detail hounds, effortless orchestrators of life. And then there are the rest of us. When you consider the astounding number of moving parts that a wedding entails, enlisting the aid of a planner seems like a no-brainer—because it is. The team at Diamonds and Details works with couples across all budget lines to connect what you want with what you need to make your wedding day as perfect as possible. diamondsanddetails.com

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Rehearsal Pietro’s Prime already has a reputation for being one of the finest restaurants in West Chester, from the unsurpassed quality of their steaks and cocktails right down to the atmosphere that manages to be both warm and cool. And their private dining rooms are two more reasons to put them on your rehearsal dinner short list. Whether your party is large or small, you can count on their quality and service, because Pietro’s Prime is a cut above. pietrosprime.com

Talk about rehearsal dinner options: Barnaby’s West Chester is a must-consider venue, with its four separate private rooms—all of them handicapped accessible—and the facilities and menu options to accommodate anywhere from 20 to 100 guests. The consistently good food, cold beer, classic cocktails and comfortable, friendly vibe will set the tone for a fun wedding day. And they have an onsite event coordinator to help you plan out the details.

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Pietro's Prime Sabina Sister

If you want a rehearsal dinner spot that utilizes fresh, organic, sustainable, and local ingredients in everything they make, you want Roots Café. They also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for your guests. They can host your party at the neighboring Sprout Music Collective venue, and if you can’t go to them, they will come to you. Choose Roots Café for a rehearsal dinner that will have your guests talking about your wedding before it even happens. rootscafewc.com

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Rings

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FINE ARTS GALLERY

SUNSET HILL JEWELERS

For over 30 years, Sunset Hill Jewelry owner Sandra Riper has been purveying all manner of exquisite jewelry with a focus on top-notch service. You’ll find it all here: antique pieces, classic styles from Goldman and Sasha Primak, and contemporary offerings from Triton and Lashbrook. Sunset Hill features a wide variety of made-in-the-USA pieces as well. Custom services are also available, whether you want to create your ring from scratch or update a beloved family treasure. sunsethilljewelers.com

Will only something truly unique do when you say “I do?” Then you’ll appreciate the approach that Ivan Kaplan brings to his handcrafted custom work. With a computer-based design system, you’ll be able to visualize each and every detail of your ring and make changes. Once your design is complete, it will be brought to life right on the premises. Kaplan also offers repairs, as well as redesign services to freshen up a cherished heirloom. kaplansfinejewelry.com

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Travel

If all goes well, the average person will plan one honeymoon trip in his or her life. The consultants at WhirlAway Travel, on the other hand, plan honeymoon trips every day. With those kinds of odds, do you really want to wing it? This isn’t your vacation, it’s once-in-a-lifetime stuff. Entrust your honeymoon planning to the WhirlAway professionals—it all starts with a complimentary consultation. Then you can cross one thing off your wedding to-do list. whirlawaytravel.com

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Valerie Briglia custom invitations & design

Save the Dates - We²²ings - Events valeriebriglia@gmail.com facebook.com/valeriebriglia

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There’s something magical about hosting an event amid rotary wing behemoths. Imagine having cocktails with a Cobra or a buffet with a Boeing. AHMEC offers over 3,000 square feet of flexible space and two new class/meeting rooms. The versatile, state-of-the-art, 1250-square-foot theatre has flexible seating. There is also a PA system, full kitchen, outdoor grounds for tents and ample free parking. Tour guides are available, and helicopter rides are optional with an additional fee. americanhelicopter.museum

American Helicopter Museum by Lauren Schwarz

GREYSTONE HALL When your wedding sensibilities say, “Mansion in the English countryside” but your family says, “Local venue only,” bring your sense and sensibility together at Greystone Hall. With its stately stone manor house, rolling lawns and gardens, pergola and terrace spaces outside, and the conservatory-style Palm Room, antique furnishings, fireplaces and lovely woodwork inside, Greystone Hall offers unparalleled elegance for your wedding. It’s a destination venue right here in West Chester. greystonehall.com

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Wedding u Ballroom u Social dancing

Your First Dance Take the first step.

610-696-5015 Valerie Clemens Professional Dance Instructor

Westbrook Center 105 Westtown Rd. West Chester, PA

www.valeriesdancestudio.com

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Medium Venue The Cultural Center at the Chester County Historical Society provides the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions in beautiful downtown West Chester. Vaulted ceilings and hanging lanterns enhance the visual impact of this impressive venue. The High Street Terrace, three-story Atrium and 2,600 square feet of convertible space makes the Cultural Center ideal for an intimate 40-person dinner to a 150-person cocktail hour and sit-down dinner. Located in beautiful downtown West Chester, guests will be surrounded by six galleries filled with Chester County and Southeastern Pennsylvania history. chestercohistorical.org

If you’re looking for the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding, look no further than Thornbury Farm. Their garden area provides the ideal natural venue for an intimate event, with its stone-floored pergola area and rustic wood bench seating. Thornbury works closely with several local restaurants, or contact their team members at Pastore Events about what you have in mind for your dream day. Day or evening events are accommodated, and there is plenty of parking for your guests. thornburyfarmcsa.com

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Small Venue Faunbrook B&B is the perfect spot for intimate weddings and events up to 100 guests. They provide hands-on assistance in planning your special day, and events are held in any season. The estate was designed by notable Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan and built by William Baldwin in 1860. The building features seven guest rooms, and the large common areas, including a library and winter porch, as well as gorgeous outdoor space complete with a wrap-around porch and brick patio, make for a beautiful venue for your intimate wedding.

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Looking to exchange vows in a truly bucolic setting? Put The Barn at Bournelyf on your short list. With a non-denominational church set on 21 acres with a pond, butterfly garden, and labyrinth, among other attractions, The Barn at Bournelyf is primarily a ceremony site, accommodating up to 200 guests. It can also be used for smaller receptions of up to 40 people. If the great outdoors is what you seek, The Barn at Bournelyf is the answer. www.barnatbournelyf.com

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Platinum Pilates

Wellness When it comes to training the body and calming the mind, it’s hard to beat Pilates. It builds core strength, improves posture, relieves stress, and eases pain. The team at Platinum works with you one-on-one, tailoring workouts to your needs and skill level, or they offer “duet” classes—sessions with a spouse, family member, or friend. Get photo-ready and serene with Platinum Pilates platinumpilatesstudio.com

Tone and strengthen right in the heart of the downtown at West Chester’s hometown gym, where you’ll feel the sense of community as soon as you walk through the door. There are cardio and mind/body classes for the group exercise buff, as well as traditional free-weight training options. Mitch’s proprietary RipFit program combines functional training with ropes, climbing features, and drills to help you build serious power and the lean, ripped body that goes with it. mitchsgym.com

West Chester’s premiere fitness facility offers group exercise schedules loaded with options to get you glowing from the inside out. A full slate of aquatic classes, cycle programs, and mind/ body classes complement the nearly 100 other weekly offerings, including dance party, kettlebells, BODYPUMP, Zumba, step, and circuit training. Need one-on-one attention? Plans like the Physician Referred Exercise Program guide newbies on the path to better health, while personal training sessions tailor workouts to your specific goals. acac.com/west-chester

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Wellness The team at Optimal Massage has been providing relaxation and stress relief to the West Chester community for over 14 years. With services ranging from hot stone massage to reiki to pregnancy and four-handed massage, you will be sure to find the perfect fit for your specific needs. And they have couples massage as well. Give yourselves a pre- or post-wedding massage date, and let the team at Optimal destress and rejuvenate you. optimalmassage.com

Symmetry Pilates Studio has been offering a range of options in West Chester for the past seven years to students looking to benefit from a leaner body and a more focused mind. They offer Pilates machine classes and a mat studio, with students encouraged to utilize both. Classes can be individual, tailored to your specific needs and goals, or you can participate in group mat classes. At Symmetry, the focus is on you: body, mind, and spirit. symmetrypilatesstudio.com

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Here at the “tiny yoga studio with the big heart,� opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect await you. Practice more traditional forms of yoga, or branch out with offerings such as SUP yoga, using a standup paddleboard apparatus, and aerial yoga, using aerial silks. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged. And a weekday lunch option sends you home or back to the office after class with a takeout lunch from Cuisine de Sylvie. eatdrinkom.com

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To take the stress out of making sure you plan what needs to be planned when it needs to be planned, here is a quick, comprehensive list of everything that needs taking care of.

12 Months Ahead

 Create budget  Reserve ceremony site  Work on guest list for count  Visit reception sites and reserve one

9 Months Ahead

 Shop for wedding dress  Compile guest list  Choose attendants  Select bridesmaids' attire  Plan reception decorations  Select photographer  Select videographer  Select band or DJ  Discuss honeymoon  Get engagement photo taken  Select and mail save-the-date cards

6-9 Months Ahead

 Reserve wedding day transportation  Register for gifts at 1 to 3 stores  Select and book musicians for wedding ceremony  Select florist  Select caterer  Reserve party rental equipment  Order wedding cake  Order invitations and thank-you notes  Reserve accommodations for out-oftown guests  Finalize honeymoon plans

4-6 Months Ahead

 Order men’s formalwear  Book salon for bridal party  Select guest favors  Select and reserve rehearsal dinner location  Reserve accommodations for wedding  Finalize guest list

2-4 Months Ahead

 Meet with caterer to finalize menu  Address wedding invitations  Buy attendants’ gifts  Buy wedding rings and order engraving  Announce engagement in local papers  Select ceremony music, readings and vows.  Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants  Order rehearsal dinner invitation  Mail wedding invitations

1-2 Months Ahead

 Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details and schedule date to obtain  Arrange final fittings on your gown  Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon  Confirm honeymoon arrangements  Prepare printed program for ceremony

 Start reception seating chart and select place cards  Purchase wedding accessories (guest book and pen, toasting glasses etc)

2-4 Weeks Ahead

 Arrange for preservation of your gown and bridal bouquet  Finish seating chart and finalize placecards, table cards and/or menu cards  Confirm final guest count to caterer & reception site  Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts

1 Week Ahead

 Have final consultation with caterer, florist,musicians, photographer and videographer  Host bridesmaid luncheon  Begin packing for honeymoon  Put fees due on the wedding day in envelopes for the best man to distribute

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Home

Becca Boyd shares tips on life and cooking on her blog at homebeccanomics.com

Beccanomics

Even for the most organized affianced couple, wedding planning can be a stressful time; it’s like you’ve taken on a second job but instead of getting paid, you bleed money. My goal for sharing these two recipes is to tackle a few of the possible concerns. Want to lose weight or feel healthy on the big day? Both of these high-protein, high-fiber options will help with that. Short on time and maybe cash? The protein bites are an absolutely delicious way to get you out the door with breakfast in hand, and the lettuce wraps taste like they’re from a restaurant but, as is always the case when you cook at home, cost a fraction of the price. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites makes about 50 2 c. oats 2 c. dates 1 c. peanut butter 1/4 c. cocoa powder 1/2 c. chocolate protein powder 1/4 c. ground flax seed 1/2 c. honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1. Place oats and dates in food processor. Pulse until finely ground. 2. Add peanut butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, flax, honey,

vanilla and salt. Process until smoothly combined. 3. Roll into 1 in. balls. Place in airtight container and refrigerate or freeze.

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Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps Serves 4 1/3 c. creamy natural peanut butter 2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce Juice of 1 lime 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp. honey 2 tsp. fish sauce 2 tsp. Sriracha 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped 4 c. prepared broccoli slaw 1/4 tbsp. roasted peanuts, roughly chopped 2 heads Bibb lettuce

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Ask

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Doctor

Dr. Geoff Winkley is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who operates Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care

What is the Zika virus disease, and what should we know about it to protect ourselves? Zika is a viral illness that can be transmitted by a mosquito bite, through sexual contact or a blood transfusion. Zika is usually a mild illness, but its symptoms can include some combination of fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye), rash, joint pain and muscle aches. Most patients are only sick for a few days to a week and are seldom sick enough to require hospitalization. If you are visiting an outbreak area, the best way to prevent the illness is to apply mosquito repellant, cover your skin with lightweight, loose clothing and avoid being outdoors in the twilight hours of morning and evening when mosquitos are most active. DEET is still the gold standard of insect repellant, and can be used on children. If Zika is a mild illness, why is there so much media attention about it? Unfortunately, as mild as it may be for most, pregnant women who become infected can transmit the illness to their unborn fetus, which can lead to birth defects, including microcephaly. Since many of those infected don’t develop symptoms or even realize that they have an illness, they do not know to take precautions to avoid sexual transmission, like using condoms. How would we know if we have Zika and how do we prevent getting the virus? The illness is associated with outbreaks in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean Islands and almost all countries in Central and South America. In the US, every state has reported Zika illnesses, but thus far only parts of Florida and south Texas have reported the illness as a result of being bitten by mosquitos in the US. Current models predict that future infections will occur from Florida to south Texas, and the coastal regions in between. Traveling to these areas will put you at risk of getting the illness from mosquitos. People who travel to the impacted areas may unknowingly transmit the virus to others through sexual contact. What should you do if you have traveled to one of the outbreak areas? For people infected with the virus, most will only experience mild symptoms, if at all. The main reason to be concerned about getting infected is in preventing the spread of the virus to women who are pregnant or who are intending to become pregnant. For this reason, the CDC recommends that pregnant women not travel to areas with active Zika transmission. If you develop the symptoms listed above after returning from an outbreak area or having sex with someone who has, see your doctor for an evaluation. Depending on your symptoms, the amount of time since your potential exposure and your risk for passing it to others, your doctor may order tests to confirm whether you have it or not. If you are pregnant and have symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus through travel or sexual contact, see your doctor for testing to determine if you have contracted the virus and for monitoring of your pregnancy. —drwinkley@thewcpress.com

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LET THE Y HELP YOU

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF: Group Exercise Classes • Personal Wellness Coach Yoga • Pilates • Outdoor Pool Fun and Relaxation Community Service Opportunities • ... AND MORE! Plus, access to all YMCA facilities across Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware!

Don’t just join a gym. Join a Community. Join the Y today! Income-Based Membership Available

Visit www.ymcagbw.org or contact a branch today. WEST CHESTER AREA YMCA 610-431-9622 OSCAR LASKO YMCA AND CHILDCARE CENTER 610-696-9622 branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine

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vendor Accessories Candi by KN West Chester, PA 610.209.6971 Candibykn.com

Kaly

Bakery

Beauty

Cakes and Candies by MaryEllen

Avante Salon & Spa

1332 West Chester Pk

122 S High St

Malena’s Vintage Boutique

484.266.0710

610.429.1800

101 W Gay St

Cakesandcandiesbymaryellen.com

Avantesalon.com

Dia Doce

Bella Bella Salon

100 S High St

232 E Gay St

Moonflower

610.476.5684

610.430.8554

130 W Gay St

Diadoce.com

Bellabellasalon.net

La Baguette

La Difference Salon and Day Spa

202 Market St

830 Paoli Pk

610.620.4729

610.429.1808

Magicbaguette.com

Ladifferencesalon.com

Mainline Custom Clothiers

The Master’s Baker

Peter’s Salon & European Spa

129 Market St

319 W Gay St

1009 West Chester Pk

484.905.7098

610.436.9888

610.436.6464

Mainlinecustomclothiers.com

Themastersbaker.com

Petersalonandspa.com

Sabrina Ann Couture

Yori’s Church Street Bakery

Velvet Hair Studio

128 N High St

15 N Church St

308 E Gay St

484.999.8326

610.344.9674

610.436.4765

sabrinaann.com/couture

Yorisbakery.com

Velvethair.studio

37 W Gay St 610.436.8272 Kalyclothing.com

610.738.9952 Malenasboutique.com

610.431.6607 facebook.com/MoonflowerWestChester

Attire

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Favors & Gifts

Modern Relics Lauren Schwarz

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The 5 Senses 133 Market St 610.719.0170 The5senses.com

Cinnamon Hills 1006 Regimental Dr 215.850.2516 facebook.com/cinnamonhillsgifts

The Painted Plate 104 Market St 610.738.0603 Paintedplatepottery.com

Visual Expansion Gallery 132 N High St 610.436.8697

Caterer

visualexpansiongallery.com

John Serock Catering

Fitness

835 Lincoln Ave 610.640.2836

ACAC

Serockcatering.com

Entertainment

Limoncello

DJ Romeo

610.431.7000

9 N Walnut St

West Chester, PA

acac.com/west-chester

610.436.6230

610.299.1100

Limoncellowc.com

Djromeo.fm

Eat Drink Om Yoga

Mercato

Greensleeves Entertainment

484.356.8655

33 Market St

West Chester, PA

Eatdrinkom.com

610.701.6326

610.764.6283

Mercato33.com

Greensleeves-music.com

Mitch’s Market Street Gym

1130 McDermott Dr

124 E Gay St

322 Market St 610.918.2900

Dance Lessons

Event Rentals

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Modern Relics

Platinum Pilates

1173 Wilmington Pk

West Chester, PA

26 S Church St

484.315.8025

484.356.7330

610.692.3478

fredastaire.com/west-chester

Modernrelicsrentals.com

Platinumpilatesstudio.com

Valerie’s Dance Studio

One Stop Party Shop

Symmetry Pilates

105 Wesstown Rd

510 E Barnard St, #59

511 E Gay St

610.696.5015

610.431.1203

610.431.8990

Valeriesdancestudio.com

Onestoppartyshop.biz

Symmetrypilatesstudio.com

Mitchsgym.com

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Amy Tucker

Photography Adam Jones Photography 309 E Marshall St 610.209.6478

Invitations

Anne Ottley Floral Designs

Amy Tucker Photography

Invitations by Jill

West Chester, PA

West Chester, PA

484.888.5115

484.994.4858

Amytuckerphotography.com

Invitationsbyjill.com

Flowers

Adamjjoneswedding.com

Lauren Schwarz Photography

Paper Moon

239 E Market St

225 N High St

856.229.0940

610.416.3164

Laurenschwarzphotography.com

Papermoonwc.com

Moonloop Photography

West Chester, PA

Valerie Briglia

Wilmington, DE

484.888.3802

West Chester, PA

484.748.0812

Anneottleyfloraldesign.com

Valeriebriglia@gmail.com

Moonloopphoto.com

Kati Mac Floral Design 36 S High St 610.431.9414 Katimacfloraldesigns.com

facebook.com/ValerieBriglia

Massage

Sabina Sister Photography 12 E Barnard St sabinasisterphotography.com

Optimal Massage

We Laugh We Love

TWIG Gardens

121 E Gay St

103 S HIgh St

West Chester, PA

610.696.6880

401.465.7570

Twiggardens.com

Optimalmassage.com

Welaughwelove.com

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Greystone Hall

Planning

Venue

Diamonds and Details

Ameircan Helicopter Museum

610.587.2514 diamondsanddetails.com

1220 American Blvd

Something Blu

Rings

267.222.8325

Kaplans Jewelers

Somethingbluwed.com

111 Market St 610.431.4640

Rehearsal Dinner Barnaby’s of West Chester 15 S High St 610.696.1400 Barnabyswestchester.com

Landmark Americana

Kaplansfinejewelry.com

Sunset Hill Jewelers 23 N High St 610.692.0374 Sunsethilljewelers.com

610.436.9600 Americanhelicopter.museum

The Barn at Bournelyf 1066 S New St 610.517.8698 barnatbournelyf.com

Chester County Historical Society 225 N High St 610.692.4800 Chestercohistorical.org

Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

158 W Gay St

Skin Care

610.701.9900

Beauty Counter

610.436.5788

Landmarkamericana.com

West Chester, PA

Faunbrook.com

Pietro’s Prime 125 Market St 484.760.6100

610.696.5633 beautycounter.com/stephaniebeisser

699 W Rosedale Ave

Greystone Hall 1034 Phoenixville Pk 610.696.1272

Pietrosprime.com

Travel

Roots Cafe

Whirlaway Travel

Thornbury Farms

133 E Gay St

26 Market St

1256 Thornbury Rd

610.455.0100

610.431.3642

610.793.2933

Rootscafewc.com

Whirlawaytravel.com

Thornburyfarmcsa.com

greystonehall.com

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Home

Grown

Suzanne Adams shares info on local food and the upcoming West Chester Food Co-op

Wild food is at its peak during the spring—there are fiddlehead ferns, wild mustard, dandelion, and, for the fortunate few, morels. None of these spring edibles, however, hold the legend in American folklore like allium tricoccum, better known as ramps. Just Google “ramp festival” and you will find them at American Legion Halls, volunteer fire departments, community centers, churches, and virtually all of the social structures of rural Appalachian life during the latter half of April. Here in southeastern Pennsylvania peak ramp season is generally from the last week in April through the first couple weeks in May. Look for them before the tree canopy opens; they like the rolling hills of Chester County and thrive in patches—sometimes covering entire hillsides during early spring. There have been sightings of huge patches of these tasty alliums within a mile or two (hint!) of West Chester. Like scallions, ramps have a subterranean edible portion as well as edible leaves. You will want to harvest both and the best way to do this is with a spade shovel. Scoop your shovel head below the ramp clump and simply lift it out of the soil and turn it aside so your foraging assistant can grasp the clump, shake it free of dirt, and add it to your harvest bag. One of the pleasures of harvesting is the garlicky, rank, ramp stink that will envelope you and yours on the way back home. Because ramps are woodland creatures, they are a safer bet for foragers. A great deal of farming and land management involves the use of pesticides and herbicides, but woodlands are seldom “managed,” so you can be pretty confident that ramps are not contaminated with agricultural chemicals. Furthermore, their woodland environment insures that they are mostly isolated from roadside contaminants and spraying. If you find ramps growing along the road side, let them go and look for their brethren deeper in the woods. Anything next to a road may be contaminated with vehicle emissions and/or exposed to roadside weed management chemicals. If you don’t have access to private land for foraging, there are other options. In Pennsylvania it is legal to gather wild edibles in state parks, in reasonable amounts, for one’s own personal or family consumption (PA Code § 11.211 (b) (1)). This permission does not apply to wild plants listed as threatened, endangered, rare or vulnerable, but ramps are none of the above. Want to get acquainted with ramps before heading out to find your own patch? Stop at the Food Co-op booth at the West Chester Grower’s Market. For the first few Saturdays in May, we’ll be giving away locally harvested wild ramps. You can grab a bunch along with some Food Co-op tested ramp recipes to get you started. You may even get a tip on where to find your own patch of ramps. –wcfoodcoop@thewcpress.com West Chester Food Co-op are working to build a community-owned, full-service grocery store in West Chester. Learn more at www.wcfood.coop/join-us

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Wedding Playlist DJ Romeo curates a list of the tracks he thinks you’ll want to play at your wedding As I enter my 16th year as a professional DJ, I’ve grown to love the sacred tradition that is the wedding reception. Being part of such special moments means more to me than anything else I do—it makes my job a rewarding one. Recently, I had the privilege of marrying my best friend and got to experience being a groom. The following is a sampling of some of what my bride and I requested for our big day and song selections that any potential bride and groom need to think about. djromeo@thewcpress.com www.djromeo.fm | @DJRomeo24

Ceremony Music (Processional)

Pachelbel - “Canon in D” Daniel Jang - “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran Violin & Piano Cover) The Piano Guys - “A Thousand Years” (Christina Perri Cover)

Bridal Party Introductions

Bruno Mars - “24K Magic” Justin Timberlake - “Can’t Stop The Feeling” Macklemore - “Can’t Hold Us”

Bride & Groom’s First Dance

Ed Sheeran - “Perfect” Thomas Rhett - “Die A Happy Man” Ray LaMontagne - “You Are the Best Thing”

Bride & Father Dance

The Temptations - “My Girl” Heartland - “I Loved Her First” Frank Sinatra - “The Way You Look Tonight”

Groom & Mother Dance

Boyz II Men - “A Song For Mama” Rascal Flatts - “My Wish” Tim McGraw - “Humble & Kind”

Cake Cutting

The Dixie Cups - “Going To The Chapel Of Love” The Archies - “Sugar Sugar” James Taylor - “How Sweet it is”

Bouquet Toss

Beyonce - “Single Ladies” Beastie Boys - “GIRLS” Cyndi Lauper - “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

Top Wedding Dance Party Songs Bruno Mars - “Uptown Funk” Earth, Wind & Fire - “September” The Isley Brothers - “Shout”

Top Last Dance Songs

Darius Rucker - “Wagon Wheel” Journey - “Don’t Stop Believing” Billy Joel - “Piano Man”

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Profile for The WC Press

The WC Press Bride Guide to West Chester - May 2017  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Bride Guide to West Chester - May 2017  

Voice of the Borough