Put the fin­ish­ing touches on your big day with flo­ral walls and cus­tom cakes at the Ritz-carl­ton.

Fan­ci­ful flo­ral walls and cus­tom cakes of­fer the finest fin­ish­ing touches at the Ritz­Carl­ton Phil­a­del­phia.

Philadelphia Style - - CONTENTS - By Kristin Det­ter­line

Some set­tings in Phil­a­del­phia have the power to trans­port you to other times and places. With its grand fa­cade, mar­ble col­umns and iconic glass dome, the Ritz­Carl­ton Phil­a­del­phia could eas­ily be mis­taken for a Ro­man tem­ple in­stead of one of the city’s chicest ho­tels and most ex­clu­sive places to host a wed­ding. Still rev­el­ing in the new­ness of last year’s $50 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, in­clud­ing the Grand Ball­room’s sub­dued shades of gray and cen­ter­piece crys­tal chan­de­lier, the Ritz- Carl­ton is tout­ing a few first-to-philly wed­ding ex­clu­sives. The prop­erty part­nered with Ni­col Flo­ral De­sign to cre­ate their own petal-packed flower walls for brides to en­joy on the big day. The Ritz- Carl­ton has also sweet­ened the dessert of­fer­ings by team­ing with Van Earl French Jr., chef and owner of Langhorne’s Van Earl’s Cakes and con­tes­tant on the Food Net­work’s Cake Wars, for cus­tom cake fla­vors and de­signs. Brides and grooms meet French af­ter their pri­vate tasting with chef Pa­trick Mor­ri­son for the main menu roughly six weeks be­fore the wed­ding. Se­nior Cater­ing Sales Man­ager Dayna M. Leav­en­ton (whose fa­vorite cake fla­vor is sweet potato cake with cream cheese but­ter­cream and salted caramel but­ter­cream) says it’s the Ritz- Carl­ton’s abil­ity to of­fer such el­e­vated per­son­al­ized ser­vice that sets them apart in the Philly wed­ding world. “From the be­gin­ning to the end of plan­ning, we do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to make our cou­ples feel spe­cial,” she says. 10 Av­enue of the Arts,

Clock­wise from left: Ni­col Flo­ral De­sign’sDe­sign flfl ower walls are a chic ad­di­tion to re­cep­tions; in the Grand Ball­room, the up­dated color scheme com­ple­ments the build­ing’s orig­i­nal mar­ble col­umns; Van Earl’s Cakes whips up the Ritz- Carl­ton Phil­a­del­phia’s dreamy wed­ding con­fec­tions.

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