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THE COVER Our cover bride is Heather Varner, who was married Sept. 1, 2018. Photography by Kristen Moody Photography

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LOVE STORY

ARYANA & HENRIQUE Love knows no distance

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Their relationship – and their marriage — began with a pint of Guinness. Eschewing the traditional champagne toast, Aryana Ivey and her groom, Henrique Moraes, saluted their April 4, 2018, union with the popular Irish stout. The choice was fitting for a pair who met in Dublin, one of Ivey’s stops on a solo journey spanning five countries. After a disappointing hostel experience during her 2016 trip, Ivey turned once again to Couchsurfing.com to find companionship in Ireland. A post to the website’s “hangout” feature drew a few responses, Ivey says, but her future husband “seemed like the friendliest face of the bunch, and least likely to try to kidnap a female solo traveler.” The pair met at the Spire, a monument in the center of Dublin, and didn’t part until almost 4 a.m. —  drinking pints of Guinness at pubs across the city, walking and talking. “We spent the entire four days I was in Dublin together and hit it off immediately,” Ivey recalls. “When I was leaving, he asked when he would see me again.” Although she was smitten, Ivey assumed their acquaintance was over when she returned to Mississippi. “I really liked him, and I was wrong, so wrong,” she admits, “and I’m so glad I was.” They stayed connected via video chat, then rendezvoused in Denmark and Sweden for 10 days. About a month after Ivey had moved to Dublin, they commemorated Moraes’s 26th birthday with a road trip through the north of Ireland. During a meal at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Moraes proposed over dessert. “A plate of profiterole swans arrived, garnished with a ring and a question written in chocolate sauce asking, ‘Will you marry me?’” Ivey says. We both cried as I said ‘yes.’” Their wedding had to wait until Moraes’s visa was approved, and according to Ivey, the couple picked their date “because 4/4 would be the easiest anniversary date ever to remember.” Their union was sealed at the Enchanted Nature Trail in Pass Christian, and although they considered a larger affair, they opted for a simpler ceremony to avoid the chaos of international nuptials. Ivey walked down the aisle in a $50 dress while the venue provided the perfect natural backdrop. “It turns out that the bare minimum is so much more meaningful and special because we were able to focus on ourselves and the love we have for each other, and to really embrace our marriage and the union we were making that day,” Ivey says.   The bride, who works as a manager and barista at Mockingbird Café, and groom, who works as a machinist in Slidell, Louisiana, have settled in the heart of old town Bay St. Louis. Given the trials their relationship has already weathered, Ivey is confident their love will endure. “We have literally traveled across the world time and time again to be together,” she says. “We have always been there for each other through everything that comes our way, regardless of the distance.”

VENDORS Photographer: Heather Rafferty Phillips of EJR Photography Ceremony venue: Enchanted Trail, Pass Christian, across the highway from Henderson Point Reception venue: 200 North Beach, Bay St. Louis Florist: Martha Whitney Butler of the French Potager, Bay St. Louis Caterer: Popeye’s drive-thru for lunch Hair: Ashleigh Mayfield of L. Montella Salon in Long Beach Shoes: ordered on Amazon Wedding gown: ChiChi London online Suit: JCPenney Clergy/Officiant: Shay Coss, owner of Magnolia Antiques, Bay St. Louis Cake: Friend Kat Mahaney, chocolate with strawberry filling

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LOVE STORY

KATRINA & MALCOLM A continuing story of hope

June is traditionally known for blissful summer nuptials, yet on June 30, 2018, a different June bride graced an intimate vow renewal gathering. As Katrina L. Long-Currie and Malcolm L. Currie Jr. stood in the grandeur of the Oakleigh Garden room at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa, the rich history of their marriage, the battles they have waged and the commitment they share were felt by all in attendance. Theirs is a story of love, triumph, hope, forgiveness, restoration, kindness and, most of all, resiliency. Much like the Battle House has been preserved and restored to its original grandeur, this Gautier, Mississippi, couple has shared a similar journey. As the Curries stood, all eyes could see the strength of their almost quarter-century union. The passionate exchange of their vows left the officiants, Apostle Nadine Wilson and her husband, Apostle Jimmy Wilson, briefly speechless from the genuineness that flowed from their hearts. Katrina walked down the aisle draped in gold and red while Malcolm eagerly and tearfully awaited her arrival. The moment was far removed from the hard times they have shared. Katrina, diagnosed with systemic lupus, at times could not lift her head from her pillow nor properly care for herself. During this time when her body was ravaged with pain, Malcolm rolled up his sleeves and got in the trenches with her. With her husband working full time, with no adult help in her care, Katrina recalls that Malcolm would bathe her and clean up when she became violently nauseous from chemotherapy, steroids and other medications used to treat her condition. Even as steroids caused rapid weight gain, and medications stripped his wife of her hair and strength, P. 24 gulfcoastweddingsmagazine.com

Malcolm continued to be a light in bleak times. Katrina was told that she would not see her 40th birthday, yet the couple’s faith has been their shelter through life’s storms. Aside from Katrina’s sickness, the couple’s son, Isaiah, was undergoing chemotherapy and taking many medications for his juvenile rheumatoid arthritis — with which he was diagnosed at age 1; he is now 21. Their eldest son, Gustavus De Vaughn, was severely asthmatic and sickly, too, but recovered; he is now 25 and married with a thriving family. Katrina recounts how much Malcolm shouldered as his family leaned heavily upon him. She also credits his love, kindness and support for allowing her to soar in her aspirations and dreams. Their boys who attended, Isaiah and Joshua (age 16); and Gustavus, who watched virtually; agreed Malcolm always has been their hero. Despite illness, financial strain and various other struggles, Malcolm’s heart has been — and will always be — with Katrina and their family. In times when so many throw in the towel, they see a bigger picture called legacy and the importance of covenant. According to Malcolm, over the span of their 22-year marriage, “We dove into a mystery, and I want to explore and see all that God has for us.” “We have learned to forgive, as Christ forgave us, and show grace in abundance,” he adds. “Katrina is a gift, and every day I am amazed that this beautiful, precious and amazing being is my wife. I often stare in disbelief as I am in awe at her beauty and how remarkable she is. I am grateful.” Malcolm shared that his wife’s strength has pushed their family to higher heights and deeper depths,

praising Katrina’s compassion, love, giving spirit, intelligence and strategic capabilities. He beamed and glowed as he shared how Katrina is a forward thinker, a believer in prayer and faith and a woman with tremendous class and integrity. He also emphasized that she is a wife who propels her loved ones to destiny and builds them emotionally, spiritually and in every area. “It is easy to say ‘I do’ still to her,” he says. “My heart and deepest parts of me belong to this woman.” The Currie family has an undeniable bond, built on faith and strength, and have a lot of fun together playing games, talking trash about sports teams, playing jokes on one another and generally sharing the goodness of life. In Malcolm’s words: “This is my family. This is our story, and we have a lifetime to continue to write our beautiful story. Prayerfully, our story serves as hope for others.”

VENDORS Ceremony and reception venue: Oak Leigh Garden Room, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa, Mobile, Alabama Florist: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa, all bouquet roses and pearls; rhinestones provided by Abbie Home Caterer: Cake, fruit-infused water station on credenza and array of refreshments provided by The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa. Hair and makeup: Katrina Currie is a licensed barber and professional makeup artist (www.promakeupcreations.weebly.com, (228) 313-2889)  Videographer and photographer: Hal M. Todd of Simple Elegance Portraits and Portraiture  Jewelry: CEO of Queen B’s Boutique LLC., Whitney Bovastro. Shoes: Jeweled soleless Sandals Gifted by Deborah C. Quave, author of “The 30-Day Word Challenge” Wedding gown: Illusion long-sleeve embroidery tulle gown by Meier Collection Inc.  Tux: Groom wore Ralph Lauren cream suit from Saks and silk tie by Elfeves.  Musician/Entertainment: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa Clergy/Officiant: Apostle/Pastor Nadine Wilson, Extraordinary Church of Pascagoula Rentals, Cake, Transportation: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa Invitations: Private Ceremony Pictorial Announcements by Hal M. Todd  of Simple Elegance Portraits and Portraiture  Rehearsal dinner: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa Lighting: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Hal M. Todd of Simple Elegance Photography: Hal M. Todd of ​Simple Elegance


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This timeframe is the most critical when it comes to planning your wedding.

From a practical perspective if you are not an organized person, you should immediately hire a planner or a consultant to help guide you through the process. Many planners on the Coast also do fullservice design so you can have your cake and eat it too by telling the designer what you want and letting them assist you with all of the details. In some cases, a caterer or reception venue coordinator can help you with some details (linen choices, rental items, room layouts or seating plans). But generally, you want your chosen vendors to focus on what they are good at. These are the items you should deal with immediately because in most cases, there are limited options depending on the size of your wedding. During this time period you should: Book your ceremony and reception venues Select and inform your attendants Begin developing your budget Start your guest list Interview and book the following: • Planner • Band/DJ • Caterer • Photographer • Videographer • Officiant Book your ceremony and reception venues

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Purchase your dress. MONTHS S  elect your wedding party’s attire. Dress availability and alterations can take up to six months, so start this item as soon as possible. Have your guys fitted for their tuxedos as soon as possible as well. S  et up your wedding website, hashtag and handles. R  egister at a minimum of three major retailers with online offerings at least one local gift registry store. P  lan for your out-of-town guests. Reserve a block of hotel rooms at several different hotels with varying price points. These hotels should be as close to reception location as possible. S  ettle on an invitation design and begin the proofing process. Your invitation may go through several renditions before it’s just right, so give yourself plenty of time. If you are planning on having your invitations hand addressed, hire a calligrapher now. S  tart planning the honeymoon. Make sure your passport and any necessary shots are up to date if you will be traveling out of the country.

M  eet with the officiant and then plan your ceremony. If you are required to attend counseling or attend classes related to your particular faith, begin these as soon as your officiant says to. A  rrange transportation for yourself and any guests. O  rder your cakes. S  tart your day-of timeline. Work with your planner and other vendors (DJ, photographer) to schedule any special moments you want to be sure are documented.


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B  uy the shoes you will wearing and bring them to your first dress fitting. P  urchase your veil. P  lan a hair and make-up rehearsal with your stylist. Make sure they are available for your big day. V  isit your DJ’s website and peruse his or her play list. Make sure let him or her know what songs you definitely want (especially your first dances) and more importantly, those you don’t want to hear at all. If you are planning on live entertainment, make sure they can perform your first dances or have the availability to play them digitally. P  lan the rehearsal dinner. Settle one the guest list and reserve the venue. F  inalize invitations and place the order. Some processes can take up to four weeks to print, so give yourself plenty of time to make sure they are

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D  on’t leave your toasts to chance. MONTHS Ask a select list of people to give toasts or speak at the wedding or rehearsal dinner so they have time to craft a well-considered speech. P  lan the program and readings so your readers will have time to rehearse. S  econd dress fitting. Plan to purchase your undergarments this same day. F  inalize the orders of the ceremony and reception P  rint programs P  urchase wedding rings M  eet with your planner or other wedding pros and finalize your day-of schedule. Type up the timeline and send it to all of your vendors (this includes photographer, caterer, baker, decorator and church coordinator). The more you plan, the less stress and drama there is on the day of. F  inalize the menu and flowers I f you are having a number of out-of-town guests, plan welcome gift bags. These need be as simple as a bottle of water, a few snacks and a list of some of the more popular tourist sites where you live.

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M  ail invitations. RSVP cut MONTHS off should be about 10 days before the wedding. S  tart writing those thank you notes. You’ll thank yourself for getting a head start on this! C  hange up date night with dancing lessons. Dancing to your first dance several times with some expert guidance can help ease those jitters. P  lan your photography shoot list and then meet with your photographer to make sure he/she knows exactly what moments you want captured. F  inalize your playlist with your band or DJ.

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M  eet with your planner for any last minute adjustments or confirmations you feel you need to be reassured about. A  sk a trusted friend who is not in the wedding party to be your day-of “Helper.” This person is your planner if you’ve hired one. They will handle things like paying vendors, handing out tips and making sure your wedding party is on the dance floor. S  end wedding timeline to wedding party. P  ick up wedding dress. W  rite checks for vendors, put checks and tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event. S  chedule mani’s and pedi’s for you and your girls the day before the wedding. A  ssemble and distribute welcome baskets. P  ack for honeymoon.

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AFTER WEDDING

G  et your thank you notes out as soon as possible. You have up to a year. B  e sure to update your personal documents if you are changing your last name: Driver’s license, passport, insurance paperwork, bank accounts, etc. T  ake a moment to call your loved ones and say how much you love them and appreciate how they helped you all through this process. Winter/Spring 2019


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PHOTOGRAPHER

Photograph by James Edward Bates Photography

CAPTURE YOUR DAY Be sure your photographer knows what is most special to you Here are some suggestions that will ensure you get the best photos representing your big day.

you will want to be sure your photographer knows this so they will make sure it gets the attention it needs.

• A solid timeline of wedding events. Include ceremony times and highlights and make sure this timeline includes the names of your bridal party and important family members. For the reception part, actual times (e.g.: “8:12 — first dance”) are less important than an order of events. Your planner will help you stay on track and will make sure all parties needed for the photos are present.

• Don’t burden your photographer with too many details like handing them a list with 100 “must have” photos. Of that 100, probably 75 of them are obvious. You want your photographer focused on the events around you, not focusing on a piece of paper.

• Have a meeting with your photographer to go over exactly what is most important to you. For instance, if your veil was worn by your grandmother, P. 32

While it may seem really obvious what photos you want, sometimes a list does help narrow what is most important. There are too many potential photos to list in this space (check out www. gulfcoastweddingsmagazine. com website for a more comprehensive list), but here are the highlights by category:

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Getting ready: Bride

• Hair and makeup shots of bride and bridesmaids • Bride stepping into dress and mom helping with veil • Bride with bridesmaids, mom/ parents, siblings, special relatives • Bride ready to go

Getting ready: Groom

• Groom and groomsmen • Men having ties straightened or boutonnieres pinned • Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom • Groom ready to go

Getting ready: Other

• First look • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/ hall/stairs)

The ceremony

• Bridal party procession and recession including flower girl and ring bearer • Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance

• The kiss • After the ceremony family photos and bride and groom together photos (if not done pre-ceremony) • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides • Bride and groom with groomsmen • Bride and groom with bridesmaids • Bride and groom with whole wedding party

The reception

• Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone) • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses • Bride and groom arriving and first dances • Guests dancing • Cake cutting • Bouquet toss/garter toss • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car’s backseat


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THE DRESS

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Empir Mer m aid

Empire has a high waistline located just under the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows out. Empire waist dresses mark the smallest point of your figure and flow to the floor in a very demure fashion. For those ladies who are less shapely, an empire silhouette adds more curves.

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There is a perfect dress out there for everyone.

Choosing the right one has a lot to do with knowing what’s going to look great on you. You’ll know it when you find it. Not only will it feel right, you’ll love the way it makes you feel and that’s what is most important. These six silhouettes are the most common dress shapes. The descriptions should help guide you to the one dress that was made for you!

Sheath Princess Trumpet

Drawings by: Dara Parker

Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames as the cut follows your body’s natural shape. The long, straight lines have a lengthening effect—great for ladies with an hourglass figure who are willing to show off their curves.

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Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is ideal for frames with small waists. Fits closely to the body until mid-hip then widens gradually to the hem (resembling the mouth of a trumpet). Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee.

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BEAUTY

What to expect from a professional makeup artist by Jackie Merlau | jmerlaumakeup.com You may already know you want to hire a makeup artist for your wedding, but do you know what should be expected from a professional artist on the most important day of your life? Here are some tips to help!

THE SEARCH

You should find a makeup artist who is passionate about what they do. I believe 85 percent of your makeup experience has a lot to do with the relationship you create with your artist. You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful. Spend time building this relationship. From the engagement photos to the wedding day, work with one artist who can get to know you and your makeup preferences.

THE PAPERWORK

Contracts are an important part in any business transaction. Having all the prices, day of schedule and the location details written out is a great way to stay organized and avoid confusion. Be sure you both know what your expectations are of each other and have it in writing to keep everyone organized and on the same page.

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THE CONSULTATION

It is important that every bride meet with her wedding makeup artist prior to the big day. This is a great time to see how your makeup will look and an even better time to make changes or adjustments. This is the time to be picky and specific. The last thing you want is to worry how your makeup will turn out on the actual day. When you know what your artist is capable of, you can be comforted to trust and rely on them.

THE LONGEVITY

Keep in mind that there are makeup artists for different types of work. You have artists for film, fashion, special effects and weddings. Make sure your artist can create a look that not only photographs beautifully, but also remains intact. You will be dancing, crying, kissing, drinking and eating. You want to be sure your makeup lasts all night, looks flawless and continues to be photogenic. P. 36

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THE DAY OF

"You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful"

You want an artist who knows the wedding industry and will help make things flow for you. Make sure you have a reliable artist who will arrive early to set up, start on time and stay on schedule. I personally like to help my brides put together the makeup appointment schedule prior to the date. And most importantly, make sure your artist brings a makeup kit full of products needed for all skin types, tones and textures for everyone having their makeup done.


Classic setting

This setting is widely referred to in the industry as the “Tiffany setting.” It refers to a simple band with a round stone held in place by six prongs and, according to WP Diamonds, is “always on the list.” A number of retailers interviewed for 50 Jewelers/50 States have said while halos are still popular, they are seeing an increasing number of customers choosing a simple solitaire.

Colored stones

Just like the growing love for rose gold, colored gemstones are slowly starting to gain traction as a way to switch up a classic engagement ring. Whether as the main stone or the flanking accents, these pops of color in the form of sapphires, emeralds or yellow diamonds give a classy yet unique touch. It’s worth noting that two high-profile, recent unions featured colored stones; Gwyneth Paltrow said yes to a classic blue sapphire, while Princess Eugenie picked a beautiful padparadscha.

Triple Stone

We can thank Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for this trend, as it’s been blowing up since the royal engagement ring was debuted. Three similarly sized diamonds give a modern update to this simple and classic look.

Yellow, Radiant-Cut Diamond with Triangle Side Stones

WP Diamonds says colored diamonds are “gaining some serious momentum” and predicted that a radiant cut with colorless side stone accents will be popular for a while to come.

Yellow and Rose Gold

The romantic rose gold hue has been blowing up in the fashion and beauty world, and there’s no denying its surprisingly timeless appeal. It started as a popular choice for feminine, fashion-forward ladies, like Lauren Conrad, but we’re seeing it become a go-to choice for brides-to-be everywhere. Yellow gold, another option gaining popularity, complements both diamonds and colored gemstones.

From classics to colored gems, here are the trends brides-to-be will be flashing in 2019

Rose Gold Rings with Micro-Pavé

Micro-pavé has long been a favorite addition to engagement rings, but setting it in rose gold will make a ring stand out this year, WP Diamonds said. In addition, mixing metals, particularly through a stack of rings that includes the engagement ring and wedding band, is a trend that WP Diamonds believes will be around for a while.

Vintage style

While some brides opt for fashion-forward designs, others take inspiration from the past. Art deco-style rings in particular are expected to dominate 2019, and Victorian-era designs also have momentum. The appeal: an heirloom-quality piece will never go out of style.

Cushion-cut diamonds set in a halo

WP Diamonds said halos, particularly those framing cushion-cut stones, will continue to be popular, to the chagrin of some retailers. Many jewelers interviewed for 50 Jewelers/50 States remarked on the continuing popularity of the style, including Paul Muffuletto of Jackson Jewelers in Flowood, Mississippi, who told National Jeweler, “We still do a lot with halos. We have a wide variety of different ways a customer can do a ring with the halo.”

Open rings

“This is one of our signature styles, and we anticipate it becoming even more popular this coming engagement season,” says Jenny Klatt of Jemma Wynne. Adds Stephanie Wynne Lalin, the other half of the design duo, “It’s alternative, but still feels timeless. It gives brides a real opportunity for customization and — bonus — she can have two stones.” Whether you stick to diamonds or play with colored gemstones, the possibilities are endless. Sources: www.nationaljeweler.com; www.southernliving. com; www.brides.com; www.elle.com.au

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FLORALS

5 Tips

Professional florists offer peace of mind by Rachel Bond Owner/designer, Pine Hills Floral Designs The dress has been altered, the venue booked, the catering menu curated and everything is falling perfectly into place. Now, to decide one of the final details: flowers. It’s time to complete the look for your bridal party and also decorate the venue. If you’re not familiar with flowers, this can feel like a daunting task. Fear not, a professional florist can pull everything together and you won’t have to lift a finger! Here are five reasons to invest in a professional florist:

1. CHOOSING FLOWERS

Many flowers have a season in which they are available, prettiest and most inexpensive. Your florist will know what’s available and also what can be substituted. Flowers come in many sizes, shapes and colors. We know which varieties complement each other within your color palette. How many flowers will you need? Flower bunches are sold in various stem counts, and some foliage is even sold by weight. Your florist will create a “recipe” for each design to know just how much product to order. Florals are by Pine Hills Floral Designs Photographs by Sarah Brooke Photography

2. TIME

Prep work begins on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding. Buckets are washed, vases cleaned, boxes unpacked, flower stems trimmed and leaves removed. This is all happening while you and your bridesmaids are enjoying mani/pedis and mimosas. Would you rather be removing thorns or celebrating at your bridal luncheon?

3. ASSEMBLY

Flowers are messy. Water, leaves, stems and wet cardboard are not things you want cluttering up your kitchen or the wedding venue. Flowers also take up a lot of space and need to be kept cool. Transporting sloshing water buckets is not for the faint of heart. Strategic planning goes into every delivery and set up a florist does.

4. DESIGNING

After all of the preparation comes the actual designing. Flowers do not easily fall together to create the flawless look you see in magazines. It takes a trained eye and many years of practice to make even the most natural designs come together. A professional florist has the tools and supplies necessary to make sure arrangements are sturdy and flowers stay fresh.

5. STRESS

You may be a very creative, energetic and planning-oriented bride who is willing to take on all of the above challenges. But is that what you really want to do in the days leading up to your wedding? Wouldn’t it be nicer to relax, get pampered and reap the benefits of your months of tireless planning? You’ve done your job, so leave the rest to the professionals. P. 38

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You finally met the one. And soon, you’ll join hearts and hands as one. Start your story together at Biloxi’s newest venue... One Thirty One Lameuse. We invite you to explore our venue. To be inspired by the space. And to let us help you create a wonderful beginning for your happily ever after. Call us today at 228.207.1689.

Weddings Corporate Events Parties 228.669.7900

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VENUES

Cancellation Policy

Capacity

Deposit

Almanett Hotel & Bistro (228) 865-9901 www.thealmanett.com

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Amour Danzar (228) 324-3730 www.amourdanzar.com

200

Yes

Yes

Yes (licensed caterers only)

No

Bayou Bluff Tennis Club (228) 896-9166 www.bayoubluff.com

150-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Azalea Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

150-200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Camellia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Magnolia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

50-1,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Indoor: 200 Outdoor: 750

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

1,000

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

40-44

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Black Tie White Rose Events (228) 233-0550 www.facebook.com/Blacktiewhiterose

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Blue Rose (228) 452-0949 www.historicbluerose.com

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Boomtown Biloxi (228) 435-7000 www.boomtownbiloxi.com

250

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Up to 700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Coastal Ballroom at Courtyard Marriott (228) 864-4310 www.courtyardgulfport.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Diamondhead Country Club (228) 255-2917 www.diamondheadms.org

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

1,700 standing, 380 with 10 per table

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home (228) 388-4400 www.visitbeauvoir.org Biloxi Civic Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Visitors Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Schooners (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Chimneys Restaurant (228) 863-7604 www.chimneysrestaurant.com

Event Centre @ CLIMB CDC, The (228) 864-6677 www.climbcdc.org

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Great Southern Club Where Fun Meets Elegance

Magnificent inland, seaward and coastal views. Open to Non-Members Custom Menus and Packages www.greatsouthernclub.com 2510 14th Street ~ 15th Floor ~ Gulfport, MS ~ 228-865-0200

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Capacity

Deposit

Onsite Catering

Outside Catering Allowed

Cancellation Policy

Grand Magnolia Suites & Ballroom (228) 696-1894 www.grandmagnolia.com

300-450

Yes

Yes

No

No

Grass Lawn (228) 669-3292 www.cateringcreationsllc.com www.historicgrasslawn.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Lawn, The (Harrah’s Gulf Coast) (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

50,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Club (228) 865-0200 www.greatsouthernclub.com

50-550

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Golf Club (228) 284-2237 www.greatsoutherngolf.com

99

Call for info

Yes

Yes

Yes

150-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Gulfport Yacht Club (228) 863-2263 www.gulfportyachtclub.org Members only or member sponsored event

250-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (228) 374-7625 www.hardrockbiloxi.com

700-800

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Harrah’s Gulf Coast (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

100-130

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hilton Garden Inn (228) 863-4996

80-130

No

Yes

No

Yes

Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast (866) 758-2591 www.hollywoodcasinogulfcoast.com

700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hospitality Resort Management Center (228) 897-3971 www.mgccc.edu/hospitality-and-resortmanagement-center

350

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

IP Casino Resort & Spa (228) 436-3000 www.ipbiloxi.com

Reception style: 1,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

La Maison Gautier (The Old Place) (228) 762-4500 www.theoldplace.net

Indoor: 100 Outdoor: 800-1,500

Yes

No

Yes (licensed caterers)

Yes

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (228) 897-6039 www.lmdc.org

Indoor: 500 Outdoor: 1,000

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

400

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center (228) 875-4211 www.gulfhillshotel.com Gulf Coast Event Center (228) 867-6322 www.gulfcoasteventcenter.com

Magnolia Hall at Florence Gardens (228) 539-5039 www.magnoliahallfg.com

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Your story starts here. Your event deserves to be everything you dream of. The Dock has the largest seating capacity on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, breathtaking views, comfortable atmosphere and an elegant setting. From an important corporate function, to a beautiful sunset wedding, The Dock can provide an exceptional experience.

Tucked away on Gulfport Lake, The Dock is a beautiful and impressive venue to host the wedding or special event you’ve always dreamed of! Located just minutes from I-10 and the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, ensuring your guests will make it to your event on time. Host your wedding ceremony or reception against the beautiful backdrop of Gulfport Lake. We are here to help you plan your event. Contact us to schedule a tour or learn more about The Dock.

13247 Seaway Rd Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 276-1500 thedockgulfport.com Winter / Spring 2019


Cancellation Policy

Capacity

Deposit

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center (228) 818-2878 www.themaryc.org

Theater: 383600

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Martime & Seafood Industry Museum (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Indoor: 750 Outdoor: 1,500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (228) 594-3700 www.mscoastcoliseum.com

5,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Morton's The Steakhouse (228) 436-8761 www.mortons.com/biloxi/privatedining

150

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Oak Crest Mansion (228) 452-5677 www.oakcrestmansion.com

400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Outdoor: 150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

60-150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

125

Hold with credit card

Yes

No

Yes

250-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

60-70

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

250-500

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Slavonian Lodge (228) 860-9599

600

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Sunkist Country Club Ballroom (228) 388-3961 www.sunkistcc.com

100

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm (228) 218-1906 www.venueatsouthernoaks.comw

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Indoor: 170 Outdoor: 300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

150-250

Yes

Yes

No, except baked goods

Yes

Old Brick House (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Pascagoula River Audubon Center (228) 475-0825 pascagoulariver.audubon.org Patio 44 (228) 207-2628 www.patiofortyfour.com Pelican Landing Conference Center (228) 474-1406 www.cityofmosspoint.org Preserve Golf Club (228) 386-2500 www.preservegc.com Salute Italian Restaurant (228) 864-2500 www.saluteitalian.com Scarlet Pearl Casino (228) 392-1889, ext. 1137 www.scarletpearlcasino.com

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel (228) 385-6017 www.treasurebay.com Walter Anderson Museum of Art (228) 872-3164 www.walterandersonmuseum.org The White House Hotel (228) 233-1230 www.whitehousebiloxi.com

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The Barn

THEBARNATLOVEFARMS.COM 228.493.0983

Ashleigh Jayne Photography

Ashleigh Jayne Photography

at Love Farms

16990 OLD JOE MORAN RD KILN, MISSISSIPPI

16990 OLD JOE MORAN RD KILN, MISSISSIPPI

Rustic Space. Elegant Possibilities.

Rustic Space. Elegant Possibilities.

DIAMONDHEAD COUNTRY CLUB Fun, Elegant Weddings in aResort Setting Distinctive wedding packages based on your preferences. Share your wedding dreams with us...we’re right with you, committed to making your dreams a reality! Diamondhead...a place like no other. Where everyone is welcome!

7600 Country Club Circle | Diamondhead, MS

228.255.2917 www.diamondheadms.org Winter / Spring 2019


LICENSE

License Requirements Marriage license requirements are the same for all counties in Mississippi. As of July 2012, blood tests and waiting periods were removed from the list of requirements. Here is a list of things you need: • • • •

Both parties must appear in person at the Circuit Clerk’s office in the county you reside and present the following information: Proof of age (driver’s license, military ID, birth certificate — any official document evidencing age) and fee (varies by county) If either party has been divorced within the last six months, a copy of the divorce decree is required. If either applicant is under 21 years of age, parental consent is required: a female applicant must be at least 15 years of age to apply; a male applicant must be at least 17 years of age to apply. The license may be used only in the State of Mississippi.

Hancock County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $22 (cash only) (228) 467-5265 152 Main St., Ste. B Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Harrison County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $23 (cash only) (228) 865-1635

DeFrances Wedding, 2013

Harrison County Judicial 1 1801 23rd Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 or Harrison County Judicial 2 730 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530

Jackson County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri

Fee: $22 (cash only) (228) 769-3040 Jackson County Courthouse 3104 Magnolia St. Pascagoula, MS 39567

Stone County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $21 (cash only) (601) 928-5246

George County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $21 (cash only) George County Courthouse (601) 947-4881 355 Cox St. Lucedale, MS 39452

Discover.. The Perfect Place! Across from the Beach in Gulfport, MS Beautiful Oak-Covered Outdoor Space Theatre, Foyer, Viking Kitchen, Cafe & Museum For up to 1,000 Guests

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Call 228.897.6039, ext 315 or visit www.LMDC.org

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REGISTRY Bridal Registry Check List FOR THE KITCHEN r Cooking r Ice Cream Scoop r Canister Set r Kitchen Timer r Knife Block r Knife Set r Steak Knives r Tongs r Mixing Bowls Set r Wooden Spoons r Measuring Cup Set r Measuring Spoon Set r Pepper Mill r Oven Mitts r Pots & Pans r Broiler Pan r Basting Brushes r Can Opener r Garlic Press r Cheese Grater r Veggie Peeler r Citrus Zester r Roasting Pan r Casserole Dish r Bakeware Set r Knife Sharpener r Cutting Boards r Bread Knife

SMALL APPLIANCES r Blender r Food Processor

r Hand Mixer r Slow Cooker (crock pot) r Coffeemaker r Coffee Grinder r Toaster r Dutch Oven r Stand Mixer r Rice Cooker r Panini Press r Ice Cream Maker r Juicer r Waffle Maker

FOR THE TABLE r Dinnerware r Coaster Sets r Coffee Mugs (4-6) r Napkin Holder r Gravy Boat/Stand r Salt and Pepper Shaker Set r Serving Bowls r Serving Platters r Formal Silver 5-piece r Flatware Set (8-12) r Everyday Stainless Steel r 5-piece Flatware (8-12) r Sugar and Creamer Set r Salad Bowl and Servers Set r Soup Tureen and Ladle r Butter Dish r Cake Stand r Place Mats r Tablecloths

r Cloth Napkins r Glass & Barware r Cocktail Shaker r Carafe r Red Wine glasses (8-12) r White Wine glasses (8-12) r Water Goblets (8-12) r Champagne Flutes (8-12) r Double Old Fashioned Glasses (8-12) r Margarita Glasses (6-8) r Martini Glasses (6-8) r Juice Glasses (8-12) r Highball Glasses (8-12) r Seven-Piece Bar Tool Set r Ice Bucket r Bar Cart r Wine Fridge r For the Bedroom

BEDDING r Flat Sheets r Fitted Sheets r Duvet Covers r Comforter Set r Mattress Pad r Bed Blanket r Standard Pillows r Pillow Case Set r Pillow Shams r Bed Skirt

FOR THE BATH r Soap Dispenser r Toothbrush Holder r Lotion Dispenser r Shower Radio r Tissue Holder r Bathrobes r Bath Towels r Hand Towels r Washcloths r Bath Mat r Tub Mat r Shower Curtain r Scale

OTHER ESSENTIALS r Hamper r Handheld Vacuum r Vacuum r Iron r Handheld Steamer r Ironing Board r Broom/Mop

FOR THE HONEYMOON r Luggage Tags r Toiletry Kit r Suitcase r Carry-on r Garment Bag r Travel Totes r Digital Camera

Registry Tips: Most big box stores allow you to post your registry online making it super convenient for guests to select items that are shipped straight to your door. You will more than likely want to register with smaller, local gift stores as well. You will also find that these shops have local and regional gift offerings as well that not only help you stock things you need but can help with your decorating too. Register for things you want and need but also register for things you may not use now but likely will as you mature in marriage. Fine china and crystal may seem frivolous at the moment, but will make future entertaining easier and will remind you of your wedding day and give you fond memories of the guest who gave you a special piece. One final thought, if you already are set up and don’t really feel like you need a formal registry, consider allowing your guests to make a donation to your favorite charities. Nearly all reputable charities allow this. Like any gift though, be sure to acknowledge it with a thank you note.

Photograph by Kayce Stork Photography

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BAKERY

HAVE YOUR CAKE

and eat it, too

By Faren Knowles | Melissa’s Bakery

It’s finally here! You are in love, engaged and ready to walk hand in hand into life with your fiancé. After a few weeks, the planning starts, and you find yourself left with more questions than answers. It happens to almost every bride. The options are endless, and everyone is giving you advice or opinions. I’m no expert on all things wedding, but one thing I do know is wedding cakes.

Getting Started

The best way to start planning your wedding cake is simply to look through various inspiration sources, such as Pinterest or The Knot. Save the images that contain elements that speak to you. No one knows your style better than you. Being prepared with styles and colors helps tremendously when it comes to designing your cake. Determining your budget is essential at this stage. Set a figure before meeting with vendors to keep your wedding on track and avoid overspending and stress.

Decisions, decisions

Before meeting with a cake designer, make sure you are prepared to answer questions accurately. Your answers will determine not only the design, but the price of the cake as well. Standard questions are as follows: How many guests will you be serving? Will you have a groom’s cake? Are you planning on saving your top tier? Will alcohol be served? Do you have a budget set?

Finding the perfect baker y

With your plan in hand, make appointments with local bakeries. Yes, actually go to the bakery; do not call or email requesting a quote. When pricing is not provided in person, it may be generalized and not give you adequate information. Meet with more than one cake designer to determine who would best execute your vision. Look through their work and taste samples before making any decisions. Ensure that whatever vendor you choose, if not a brick-and-mortar location, has all the proper credentials, such as a Mississippi Department of Health license, a retail sales permit and insurance. A wedding cake is a large investment and should be approached as such. Read the business’s contract at the consultation. It is important that a contract is put in place to protect your investment. If your bakery needs to coordinate with another vendor, such as a florist, provide that information at the time of booking.

Location, location, location

Always think about the big picture when planning your cake. Consider the location of your event. If it is a private location, rather than a traditional venue, make sure the P. 48

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road is in good shape before the wedding with no muddy potholes. You wouldn’t want a cake disaster to happen in the driveway. Do you have the cake table with linens ready? The wedding cake usually is a focal point of the reception and should be treated accordingly. This masterpiece should always be placed on its own decent-size table to keep it safe from guest disruption. Bear in mind that your cake is fragile. Are you having an outdoor wedding? If so, just remember that icing contains oil. Oil liquefies when exposed to heat. To avoid a catastrophe, have an air- conditioned location where your cake can be stored until just before time to cut it.

Savor the moment

Most of all, enjoy the work of art you designed. The biggest compliment you can give your baker after the wedding is telling others how much you loved your cake. It is always nice to hear new clients say that they sought you out due to rave reviews from a previous wedding.


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Accommodations for bride’s attendants Bridesmaids’ luncheon, if hosted by the bride or her family Bride’s gifts to her attendants

Generally, this is only reserved for those attendants who are from out of town and do not necessarily need two nights (or more) at a fancy hotel. Most families have plenty of extra beds to accommodate these attendants without spending too much money.

Bride’s gift to groom

Groom’s wedding ring

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In more cases than not, these expenses are shared with the rest of groom’s attendants.

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This item and the one just above about boutonnieres, while a good idea, is more about practicality and cost savings. While it is certainly a nice thought to pay for these items, one person (usually the bride along with her planner) should handle all of the floral/ decor needs for the wedding so nothing gets forgotten in the shuffle.


VENDORS BEAUTY

J Merlau Makeup 827 Howard Ave Suite D, Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 238-9222 jmerlaumakeup.com

CATERERS

Always Delicious Catering (228) 467-9099 johnchappychapman@gmail. com Naomi's Catering 18224 Dedeaux Clan Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 832-6171 naomis.com Café Climb: (228) 864-6677 Southern Flavor (228) 697-0150 paige.luckett@gcrginc.com facebook.com/ SouthernFlavorCatering

JEWELRY

W.P. Shelton Jewelers 1516 Goverment St. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 875-4842 wpsheltonjewelers.com Pav & Broome Fine Jewelry 1912 25th Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 863-3699 pavandbroome.com

FLORISTS

Pine Hills Floral Designs 7434 Cuevas Road Pass Christian, MS 39571 (228) 669-7900 pinehillsfloral.com

PLANNERS

After The Proposal Weddings & Events 829 howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 326-4853 aftertheproposal.com

A Plan To Remember Gulflport, MS (228) 731-0791 aplantoremember.com L.A. Events Gulflport, MS (228) 623-6633 laeventsdesign.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Kayce Stork Photography 827 Howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 235-0884 kaycestorkweddings.com Tilley Photography (617) 763-2538 tilleynewman.com James Edward Bates Photography Gulfport, MS (228) 297-1777 jamesedwardbates.com

REGISTRY

Heritage House 738 E. Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 897-7644 heritagehousegiftsgulfport .com

RENTALS

Great Southern Club 2510 14th St. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 868-8619 greatsouthernclub.com Lynn Meadows Discovery Center 246 Dolan Ave. Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 897-6039 ext 315 LMDC.org One Thirty One Lameuse 131 Lameuse St. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 207-1689 131lameuse@gmail.com The Barn at Love Farms 16990 Old Joe Moran Rd Kiln, MS 39556 (228) 493-0983 thebarnatlovefarms.com The Dock 13247 Seaway Rd. Gulfport, MS39503 (228) 276-1500 thedockgulfport.com White House Hotel 1230 Beach Blvd Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 233-1230 whitehousebiloxi.com

ABC Rental Gulfport: (228) 864-5361 Ocean Springs: (228) 872-5577 Bay St Louis: (228) 467-1081 abcrental.com

VENUES

Diamondhead Country Club 7600 Country Club Circle Diamondhead, MS 39525 (228) 255-2917 diamondheadms.org

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Gulf Coast Weddings January 2019  

Vol. 4 Issue 1 | Winter/Spring 2019

Gulf Coast Weddings January 2019  

Vol. 4 Issue 1 | Winter/Spring 2019