CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Sofitel.; Tulle handkerchief-draped skirt and floral threadwork appliqué ball gown, Marchesa ($8,995). La Belle Mariée Bridal, 14 Summit Square Center, Langhorne, 215-860-6400; Décor by Evantine Design, 7500 Wheeler St., 215-492-8545; 18k gold and diamond White Ceramic Caviar bracelets ($450–$6,000), Lagos. 1735 Walnut St., 215-567-0770; Platinum necklace with 168 diamonds, 14.71-carat round diamond and 1.52-carat pear-shape diamond dropcenter stone, Gumuchian ($84,000). Kellmer Jewelers,510 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 484-380-21565; Ivory Goa cabochon minaudieré, Oscar de la Renta ($1,690). Elizabeth Johns Boutique, 46 St. James Pl., Ardmore, 610-649-8100
This spring brings the Sofitel Philadelphia back to its European roots. “We’re revamping our menus and wedding packages to put the French back in our French hotel,” says Lisa DeLuca, social catering sales manager at Sofitel Philadelphia. The hotel has always served a traditional croquembouche, a towering dessert made from choux pastry, but new touches will include decorative baguettes, macarons, and even sabering the Champagne bottle. “A lot of our couples get engaged in Paris so it’s a nice connector for them, to have a wedding that feels very French but with Philly touches like soft pretzels during cocktail hour,” she says. The Sofitel is also concentrating on the other major events that surround the wedding, like high tea for the bride, rehearsal dinners, Shabbat dinners, and cocktail receptions right after the wedding at the first-floor Liberté Lounge. “We want to sell the experience of a Center City wedding that has sophistication and elegance,” says DeLuca.