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Our cover and featured fashion shoot “Voyages Extraordinaire” was inspired by Jules Verne, the 19th century, French author best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and lastly, Around the World in Eighty Days. His novels were rich with extravagant voyages and adventures set in the romantic Victorian Era. This was the era of the newly invented steam engine and through-railways and steamships, which opened up the opportunity for leisure travel and adventure for the first time. What could be a better metaphor for wedding planning than an extraordinary voyage? Isn’t that what you, the bride, is embarking upon? Your upcoming marriage is the beginning of a journey filled with delightful adventures, and of course romance! Happy adventuresome planning! We want to thank our models: Heather Pardew, David Philastre and Niki Jackson along with Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services, Studio Vieux Carre, Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique, Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, John’s Tuxedos and The Creole Queen Steamboat for making this shoot possible. - Nonney and Ole Oddlokken, Atelier NOLA

TROY MARKS MEDIA, LLC NOLA Wedding Guide P.O. Box 640218 Kenner, LA 70065 504.469.7141 www.NolaWeddingGuide.com www.TroyMarksMedia.com On the cover: Heather Pardew Photographed by Atelier NOLA

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would like to share with all of you that my mother, Josephine Mary Marks, passed away on September 6. Before you offer any condolence, I must tell you that my mother was happily married to my father for 53 years. She was 16 years old when they married and their love for each other never waivered. They raised my two brothers and I on a truck driver’s salary and the love that they shared in our home was readily apparent to all of us. We may not have had the newest sneakers or jeans but we knew we were loved. I believe that my love for weddings and all things beautiful was passed on to me from my mother and father. Although she always supported my endeavors, she was extremely proud of my acquisition of this magazine. She constantly showed it to everyone she could and would proudly say, “This is my son’s magazine.” She was absolutely giddy when my children appeared in the last issue. She was then able to say, “Look, these are my grandsons.” Marriage is a very special thing. It requires patience and compromise. It involves giving and occasionally admitting one’s own faults. But, it yields tremendous rewards if it is

nurtured properly. Peace, love, companionship, and a sense of purpose await those committed to this magical institution. I urge all of you soon to be married couples to persevere through the tough times. Love unconditionally. Be kind and generous to your spouse, especially when they may not always deserve it. I saw these traits firsthand and they leave long lasting effects that span generations. This issue is our best one yet. I have the best magazine staff around. Everyone works tirelessly without complaint. I am blessed to have each and every one of them. I wish that I could say more about this issue but space doesn’t permit. I also feel like it sort of speaks for itself. I am very proud of this issue as we continue to grow. I know that my mother would be proud of her “son’s magazine.” I am just proud to have been her son. Josephine Mary Marks 1929 - 2011 God Bless,

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Iesha Sims and Terrence Johnson Page 104

Lori Daigle and Todd Barker Page 124

Jennifer Haase and Ross Gonzales Page 156


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[ featured couple ]

Kristen Thornton and Kevin Daigrepont K evin Daigrepont is the head chef and manager at the Presidential Palace Reception Hall in Kenner. Kevin’s family owns the reception hall. Kristen Thornton also works there as a server, while at the same time attending college. The couple were co-workers for 7 months before they began dating on New Years 2009. At the stroke of midnight, they shared their first kiss  and a wonderful courtship began.

“We love to just talk, communicate and continue to learn each other,” Kevin says.  They also enjoy spending quality time together at the movies  or at nice dinners. In keeping with Kevin’s profession, the couple shares a major passion for  gourmet food.  They also spend a lot of time with their dog, Sasha, and enjoy bringing her to the lakefront and to different parks around town. They dated from 1-1-09 to 8-14-10, when Kevin popped the question. 

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While relaxing by the pool one night, when Kristen least expected it, Kevin proposed on one knee in the pool with  only his head and the ring sticking out of the water! Kristen accepted Kevin’s proposal and a wedding was on the horizon.   Although the wedding planning has been crazy, the couple insists that it will all be completely worth it. After all, they are both in the business and know what to expect. Kristen says, “I think both of us would agree that the honeymoon has been the most important and fun part of our planning process! We can’t wait to relax on the beach in Cabo!”   Kristen and Kevin’s ceremony will take place at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. They decided that since  they are both Catholic, it would be the most memorable and amazing place for  their ceremony to be held. The reception is of course going to take place at the Presidential Palace. Where else? They intend on enjoying an amazing night of food, fun, family, and friends.

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Kristen and Kevin chose John Michael Photography to photograph their wedding. John’s Tuxedos will provide the tuxedos for Kevin and his groomsmen. A Regal Limousine will provide transportation for the couple and their respective families. Photographer - John Michael Photography Venue - Presidential Palace Reception Hall Dress - Town & Country Tux - John’s Tuxedos 

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[ wedding announcements ]

Demitasse Weddings

October, 2011 Angela Andrews & Herbert Canselo Jessica Anderson & Beau Alexie Brianna Barthelemy & Errol Turner Sara Becknel & Aaron Greeno Michelle Bertrand & Scott Richard Sheilita Blackburn & Byron Jackson Jenna Braud & Jason McGraw Andrea Brown & Will Brooks Jennifer Brumley & Craig Forsythe Elisha Bryant & Aaron Foster Lori Chaurin & Doug Hebert Anna Clark & Aaron Laudumiey Jessica Cook & Kevin Chin Erica DiMartino & Chad Albert Lyndreion Farria & Ezzard Charles, Jr. Andrea Foster & Robert Brown, Jr. Alicia Frame & Edward LaHaie Lanae Fried & Louis dePascual Jill Hannan & Remy Barthe Renee Harris & JC Celestin Ashley Hayden & Luke Leblanc Tricia Hemel & Vincente Mantero Anne-Marie Jacob & Damien Job Erica jefferys & Chris McVay Katie Lambert & Michael Cooper Lauren Langton & Troy Pollard Holly LeBlanc & Ryan Godbold Kayla Lennie & Casey Perino Christine Letort & Russell Hentze Vali Lowry & Bruce Burkenstock, Jr. Meredith Marlowe & Edward Jankowski Kristin Mattio & Paul Lumpkin Rachel Michel & Harvey Lear II

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Jessica Mize & Branden Eady Janine Moreau & Aubrey Mansour Rachel Nauck & Patrick Clesi Laura Neddleton & Roger Lonegan Michelle Newman & Michael Demers Renee Nungesser & Brian Petersen Stephanie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien & Eric Mund Brittany Oliva & Neil Chatelain Rudie Payne & Angelo Wiley Christina Pitre & Ryan Frught Jennifer Raborn & Jonathan Seals Nicole Ratulowski & Jesse Shoemaker Kayla Rivers & Chad Bellanger Gail Robinson & Forrest Middleton Shari Rodgers & Greg Bass Kim Roniger & Brian Callahan Courtney Simmons & Sheldon Matthews Tanya Thomas & Kevin Washington Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Chelle Trahan & Robin Calvert Mona Tuturo & Jack Griffin Rodneicka Walter & Kenneth Crawford Tanya Welsh & Jason Anderson November, 2011 Marie Allison & Jacob Laderer Joanna Arrington & Marcus Tonguis Danielle Binder & Robert St. Romain Starr Boutwell & Danny Spears Tara Clapper & Juan Suarez Jessica Clark & Royce Myers Rindi Coari & Christopher Martin, Sr. Christal DeLeon & Justin Holley Lisa Dupre & Anthony Valdez Kelly Dupuy & Christopher Babin Ashley Ellender & Freddy Bankston Tori Foster & Gregory Alexander Jamie Friloux & Jason Pollock Jennifer Gomila & Cade Cummins Crissy Graff & Kyle Cahill Jennifer Granier & Ricky Kliebert, Jr. Melanie Grows & Andrew Dunn Chanel Henderson & Lance Williams Amanda Hernandez & Memo Sevilla Kelsey Jefferson & Corey Lombard Rachelle Jemison & Jason Bernos Mary Kostmayer & Robert Schwing Leah Landry & Kevin Becnel Stephanie Laurie & Zachary Whitney Mistica Maples & Cliff Adams LaToya Mason & Daniel Moore Kim McBride & Trot White Leah Moore & Matt Folse Mai Nguyen & Vu Nguyen Holly Pastor & Sean Villemarette Erin Pertuit & Devin Pier Leslie Peters & Matthew Cantrelle Colleen Poster & Chris Shepley Amanda Robert & Prad Hamilton

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Christina Robinson & Anthony Roche Holly Schiffer & Joshua Moody Jessica Stephens & Cody Taylor Shari Tamborella & Nicholas Hebert Kristen Thornton & Kevin Daigrepont Michelle Widmann & Brent Kimmel April Williams & Dylen Pazon December, 2011 Natalie Aquilar & Robert Salinas Brittany Bates & Stephen Faught, Jr. Jacqueline Baudier & John Walter Tiffany Borne & Jason Jones Mary Dunn & Corey Abram Mandy Hebert & Rusty Otero Courtney Jackson & Rodney Neumeyer, Jr. Christi Lacoste & Jordan Koenig Sharelle Lumar & Garry Reed Lindsay Mallary & Sean Gilthorpe Heather McClung & Shawn Toups Judy Miller & Anthony Spedale Jamisha Milton & Tyrone Ellis, Jr. Carrie Morton & James Thompson Colleen Noble & Louis Savory Kayla Perkins & Donald Basse Leah Sanchez & Ryan Tredinich June Smith & Jack Hebert Nichole Williams & Darren Santes January, 2012 Cheerie Brooks & Cornelius Handy Katey Buckley & Molly Buckley Melanie George & Robert Freling

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May, 2012 Stephanie Bazile & Carl Williams Mary-Lynn Borne & Corey Jackson Sandy Bourgeois & Thomas Wilson Wendy Bourgoie & Scott Volpi Meghan Furlow & Wes Romero Dawn Kuerley & Michael Schaffer Amanda Moos & Matthew Kdkman Elise Reuter & Kyle McmUllen Samantha Spanja & Gary Overton

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Rebecca Green & Jonathan Courtney Tanya Harris & Jack Morrison Deanna Martin & Shane Butler Kayla Schwall & Joey Cusachs Catherine Stackel & Jeremy Hebert Lesley Wiencek & Richard Gathier, Jr. February, 2012 Arianne Marshall & Anthony Parker, Jr. Kim Purvis & Calvin Duvalle Amber Rodrigue & Lyle Breaux March, 2012 Ashley Bordelon & Wayne Ledet Stacy Bourque & Craig Ricks Shontrell Gastinell & Michael Clem Margie George & Charles Hamilton Ashley Guidry & Casey Morgan Adriana Herrera & Aldo Diaz Kimberly Ledet & Albert Navarro Kori Sawyer & Jacob Snyder Brittany Verdin & Dustin Breaux

June, 2012 Heather Brignac & Brandan Comeaux Sara Cass & Jeffrey Donegan Lauren Dauterive & Thien Tran Lisa Dunaway & Robert Fullerton Rachael Elliott & John Carter Amber Glassburn & Kenneth Firmin, Jr. Lyndsie Kivell & Brian Armbruster Terri Livingston & Patrick Moore Kerri Martin & Les Bourgeois Latressa Taylor & Alex Henderson Kimberley Ward & Mike Connor

November, 2012 Kristin Clay & Ryan Chabarria Vanessa Miller & Chad Jefferson Heather Olivier & Ernest Stephens IV Chelsea Smith & Robert Hanley December, 2012 Crystal Boudreaux & Adam Risinger Jessica DeJean & Carl Vinterella Tenesha Fredericks & Tom Le Bridget LeBlanc & Jason Faucheaux Michelle Mazerat & Sergio Noverola

August, 2012 Alanna Johnson & Don Dright Jennifer Trahan & Bobby Morrison September, 2012 Susan Mendez & Craig Naquin Courtney Robinette & Christopher Guidry October, 2012 Anissa Eugene & Kevin Coleman, Jr. Tania Freeman & Luke Plummer Carol George & Louis Mollere Lisa Henderson & Michael Pisani

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April, 2012 Christina Cruz & Bobby Odum Jr. Mary Elfert & Drew Oster Diamielle Griffin & Craig Ransaw Oralee Johnson & Derrick Varnado Christina Lowe & Leonel Muralles Amelia Natal & Kevin Gerken Lauren Pilie & Scott Heard, Jr. Amanda Purdin & Rhein Standish Monique Washington & Otho Nash, Jr.

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Exploring the diversity of shoe designs as unique as the brides who wear them. Photography by Atelier NOLA

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Benjamin Adams, CHARLIZE. Ivory silk, peep toe pump adorned withSwarovski crystals. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique


Pink, HOT. White silk, open toe pump, embellished with bow and rhinestone detail. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique


Dyeables, IVY. Ivory platform sandal with ruffled satin t-strap. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique


“Wise Bride” will be a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and includes helpful tips and advice from our “Wise Bride.”

Q: I am planning a wedding and I want to invite all of my friends and family. I cannot seem to fit everyone in my headcount. I really don’t want to cut anyone from the list but need to, what should I do? – Tara Matherne, Metairie, La. WISE BRIDE: It is understandable that you want to invite everyone to your wedding. This is an age-old problem. Traditionally, family comes first. But if your friends are more involved in your life, invite your friends. Think of it this way: Make the goal to surround yourself with people that are truly happy for the two of you. That will help you make the decision of whom to cut. Happy planning!

Q: I'm worried about wedding guests distracting from the ceremony by arriving late. What can I do to prevent this? – Lily Garcia, River Ridge, La. WISE BRIDE: Don’t be overly concerned about starting punctually. A few minutes of anticipation has never hurt anyone. If guests are clearly still filtering in, give them a minute to find their seats. Communicate your worries to your ushers in advance. It is their duty to help your guests settle in. When the situation is calm, begin the ceremony. After all, you only get to do it once. Q: My mother-in-law is too involved with my plans. I would like her input on some things but she is taking over my wedding. What’s the best way to go about toning her down? – Tamicka Rogers, New Orleans, La.

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WISE BRIDE: The best way to go about the situation is to only invite your mother-in-law to appointments that you would like her to attend. Call her in advance to set up these appointments. When it comes to personal moments like dress shopping, simply go without her. Make sure to call her and tell her how it went. Simply letting her know how the appointment went may be all that she needs to still feel included. Communication is key.

Q: I am Methodist but my fiancé is Catholic. I always dreamed of walking down the aisle of the church that I grew up in. My fiancé says nothing would make his mother happier than seeing him get married in the Catholic Church. I have no clue what to do because we do not see eye to eye on this. – Morgan Eppling, New Orleans, La.

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WISE BRIDE: There needs to be compromise (every great relationship includes it). Communicate with your fiancé; make sure that whatever decision is subsequently agreed upon is done together. Perhaps appeasing his mother in some other way can end the stalemate. I would generally side with the bride’s wishes over those of the groom’s mother. It is your day, fulfill your dreams.

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[ featured couple ]

Heather Pardew and Ryan Dwyer O

ur cover model Heather Nicole Pardew or “Heady” is set to marry Ryan “Owl” Dwyer on 11-11-11. Ryan is a set decorator in the New Orleans film industry and Heather is a painter and model. She is currently under contract with Metro Models & Talent of New Orleans. Aside from being a strikingly beautiful couple, they are two of the nicest, kind-hearted, generous people that one could ever hope to meet. They are a very colorful and artistic couple that will unquestionably enrich the lives of anyone who has the pleasure of meeting them. We caught up with Heady recently and would like to share our conversation regarding their upcoming nuptials.

NWG: How did you meet? Heather: I was in graduate school and filling in for someone at a little restaurant off the Carrolton streetcar line. This unbelievably jovial force came barreling in the shop wearing the biggest smile and hair in New Orleans. I said my usual, “Would you like naan with that?” He looked at me and said  “Naan thank you, naan for me today!” And that was it!  If I can appreciate anything - it’s a good pun.  Owl proceeded to come in for lunch the next three days in a row. On the third day I told him, “You know, I won’t be here tomorrow...(long pause)...so you should probably go ahead and ask me out today.” We went out the next night. We celebrate our anniversary each year by eating lunch there.

NWG: How was the courtship? Heather: A few days after our first date, I asked Owl if he could appreciate a good party and he said that yes, he was up for anything. My parents were throwing a huge engagement party for a family friend that coincided with my mother’s birthday.   It was in my hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas, which is a 6.5-hour drive from New Orleans. We decided to surprise my mother for her birthday and drive in that day. Owl wore a bright red velvet smoking jacket and stole the show. A week after that, Owl asked me to move in with him and I told him he was crazy.   Then, about 8 months later - I moved in.   I knew when I started gardening that I had absolutely no intention of ever leaving this home - whether at this address or another.  

NWG: Describe your first date. Heather: The first time we went out it was just for drinks. I met him at his house and we ended up barhopping on Frenchman Street.  We watched some great live music and came back to his porch the rest of the night. We sat, talked, and we danced to Sam Cooke and Carla Bruni playing on my iPhone.  It was annoyingly magical.

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NWG: How did he propose? Heather: We were all at the family restaurant, Charlie’s Steak House, during Mardi Gras.   Nearly my whole family was in town and it was late. Owl got up to “help” serve the spumoni.  My engagement ring was lodged in the pistachio flavor as he asked me if he could be my husband.   I said very nonchalantly “That’s cool.” My sisters were freaking out crying and I was as cool and collected as a cucumber.  I was just happy. It was like all my anxieties and worries melted away in that moment and I was as calm as I ever have been in my life.  It was a beautiful night.

NWG: Any advice to future couples?  Heather: Think of yourselves as a team.  Really.   Photographs by Stacy Marks

NWG: How has the wedding planning process gone so far? Heather: Honestly, I’ve been pretty calm throughout the whole process... and Owl - he’s always calm (one of the many reasons I love him).   I feel that no matter what, at the end of the day...as long as Owl and I both show up that’s all that really matters.   Anyone else that contributes to the celebration of us “showing up” is icing on the cake.   NWG: Where will your ceremony be held? Heather: The ceremony will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on St. Charles.   The space is beautiful indeed but the church itself has served us in a much greater way over the last few months.   We are so incredibly grateful for our luck that it only seems appropriate to acknowledge it in some consistent way.      www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ wedding tales ]

Jill Fayard and Corey Buck

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s fate would have it, Corey Buck had recently rescued two troubled kittens from a pond at the exact same time that Jill Fayard was interested in buying a kitten. Using the kitty bait, Corey casually asked Jill on a date. Jill says, “Between the kittens and his beautiful smile, how could I say no?!” After a wonderful courtship, Corey proposed to Jill on December 31, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. in a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Finding that Corey was on the porch, Jill walked outside to check on him. Corey got down on one knee and asked Jill to marry him. Corey had prepared an eloquent speech but when the time came, he went with his heart. Although the exact words were lost in the excitement of the moment, Jill recalls Corey saying, “I do not want to start another year without you as my fiancé!”

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Jill and Corey were married on May 7, 2011 at St. Joseph Church with a reception that followed. The colors of their wedding were navy blue and silver/gray with a rainbow of spring-colored flowers decorating the venues. Jill chose the third wedding dress that she tried on and completely changed the top of the dress from a halter to a sweetheart neckline. Pearl’s Place provided the bridesmaids’ dresses. Jill says, “The prices were reasonable and I was happy with how Pearl’s Place contacted each bridesmaid directly. This helped immensely.” In keeping with the Buck family tradition, Jill’s mother-in-law made her a beautiful cathedral-length veil. John’s Tuxedos provided tuxedos for Corey and his groomsmen. Corey adds, “John’s Tuxedo’s had a good selection of tuxedos and they delivered all of the tuxedos perfectly and on time.”

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We planned the wedding in five months, and the only way that I was able to have everything perfect was with the help and support of my family and friends. The day is about beginning a new life as one. Do not leave each other’s side because you want to enjoy every moment together! 

The couple chose Images by Robert T to photograph their wedding. Jill says, “My pictures are stunning! It was amazing how Trent captured the expressions and special moments during the day.” Your Day Productions was chosen to video the wedding and did a wonder ful job of inconspicuously capturing all the special moments. Jill and Corey choreographed their first dance and it was a huge hit! They began their dance to the song, “Time of Your Life” from the movie Dirty Dancing. About 90 seconds into the song, they switched songs to “Time of Your Life” by the Black Eyed Peas. The couple says, “Everyone was so surprised. The screaming and laughing is audible on the video. It was great!” Jill’s father made the cake stand. He went to the baker with a paint chip and matched the color of the cake [ Jill Fayard and Corey Buck ] to the cake stand. The stand was perfect. May 7, 2011 Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church Photographer: Images by Robert T. Videographer: Your Day Productions Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pearl’s Place Tuxedos: John’s Tuxedos www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ wedding tales ]

Rachel Ward and Scott Salter II

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achel met Scott at LSU in the fall of 2003.  She was an incoming freshman and her newly assigned roommate, Julie, was a good friend of Scott’s. A month later, Scott came over to the girls’ apartment to visit Julie. He and Rachel immediately connected. Rachel says, “It was love at first sight and we were almost inseparable after we met. We’ve had our ups and downs since then, but we always knew that we were going to end up together.”   The couple was attending a party at Scott’s parents’ home in Covington.  Scott asked Rachel to join him on the front porch. She thought something was fishy, but was completely clueless as to what was about to happen. They were sitting on rocking chairs when Scott got down on one knee and pulled out an opened box.  He said, “Will you be my wife?” He was shaking uncontrollably.  After a few seconds, Rachel said, “Yes.”  Scott immediately closed the box, got up and let out a deep sigh of relief.  Somewhat confused, Rachel asked playfully, “Do I get to keep the ring?”  Scott started laughing apologetically, put the ring on

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Rachel’s finger and began describing in detail how his nerves had gotten the better of him all day.   Rachel and Scott were wed on August 27, 2011 at St. Agnes Church in a traditional Catholic ceremony. The bride’s dress was from Pearl’s Place and was made by Maggie Sottero.  It was an ivory, mermaid cut, sweetheart top that had a flower on the left side of the ruffled skirt. There were also beads and stones woven throughout the top.   The bridesmaids’ dresses also provided by Pearl’s Place were from the  Waters and Waters bridal collection.  They were also mermaid cut with a sweetheart top, but were chocolate brown. Each bridesmaid carried a beautiful bouquet of pink and ivory flowers supplied by Beth’s Flowers. Beth’s also adorned the ceremony and reception with flowers as well. Big Easy Limos provided flawless transportation on the wedding day.

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Wedding planning is very time consuming. There are many details. Accept help from anyone who offers it.  Also, RSVP cards are not very accurate and I found them unnecessary.

[ Brooke Cheramie and Todd Vicknair ] Stacy Marks was chosen to photograph the wedding and got rave reviews for his talent and demeanor.   Your Day Productions was chosen to be the official videographer of the wedding and captured all the special moments while remaining unobtrusive.

AUGUST 27, 2011 Photographer: Stacy Marks Photography Ceremony/Reception: St. Agnes Church Limos: Big Easy Limos Florist: Beth’s Flowers Dress: Pearl’s Place

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[ if I were you ]

A Wedding Analogy “I want professional photos of my wedding, but my brother’s friend’s cousin’s daughter’s babysitter just got a really nice digital camera and she’ll take photos of us and give me a disk of all the images for only $90. She has a website and a Facebook page, so she is legit.” Here is an analogy for you: have bad hair. It’s too thick, and a bad ashy brown color. My brother’s friend’s cousin’s daughter’s babysitter, Jackie, will cut, weave and blow-dry my hair for $90. My other option is going to Jeff, the hair stylist at the salon across the street. He charges me $250 for a cut, weave and blow-dry. I decide to try both.

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I’m sitting in Jackie’s laundry room waiting for her to gather her things when I realize she’s going to wash my hair in the utility sink. Leaning over the sink while kneeling on a folding chair proves a little difficult; she gets shampoo in my eye and water drips down my neck into my shirt. We go into the house and she sits me down in her dining room; her husband is sitting on the couch watching NASCAR and drinking a 40. He leans forward to grab a bag of chips and I notice his butt-crack. I remind myself that since Jackie only charges $90, she probably can’t afford to rent a station in a salon, and so I divert my eyes and forgive her. She begins to cut my hair. It seems to be taking quite a while. She looks a little nervous. I remember that she’s still fairly new to cutting hair. I rationalize that she’s still better than I’d be at it. Plus, she has like 500 fans on her Facebook page, and that has to mean something, right? Jackie disappears to mix my color. She’s gone for a long time. I get nervous that she doesn’t know what she’s doing. What if she screws it up and my hair falls out? I start to wonder… maybe there is a REASON why she only charges $90. Is that

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the only way she can get clients? Then Jackie weaves a beautiful blond into my hair. I try to forget about my nerves and begin to get excited. A cut and color for only 90 bucks, I can’t wait to show everyone my hair! She finishes up the blow-dry and I turn to the mirror to discover that my hair is really yellow and brassy. The cut is uneven and boxy. I take a deep breath and calm myself down. Well, it looks better than it did before, I guess, and I only paid $90. The next day I meet up with some girlfriends for drinks. No one says anything about my hair, and I’m afraid to ask what they think because I know it just looks average, or maybe even bad. I feel disappointed. $90 seemed like such a great deal. I suppose it’s only a deal if the value is greater than $90. Two months pass and I find myself sitting at Jeff’s station in the salon across the street. The receptionist offers me a cold drink and the most recent issue of People magazine. Jeff comes over, introduces himself and asks me what I’d like to accomplish today. We talk for a few minutes about the specific color of blond I’m looking for. He asks me questions about how I style my hair, what I like, what I don’t like, and tells me a little about what’s in style right now. Jeff seems as excited as I am for my new look. I look around to see all the latest flat irons, blow- dryers, collections of brushes and combs. Jeff rattles off instructions to his assistant while examining my hair and she’s back in a jiffy with 4 bowls of color. As Jeff begins to weave in and out of my hair with light blond and medium honey and chestnut brown I close my eyes and listen to the calming music on the satellite radio. I feel relaxed and confident. I trust him. I sit with my hair under the dryer and once again I’m offered a cold drink and a magazine. Jeff comes over to inspect the progression of the

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color. He exclaims how perfect it looks and brings me to the shampoo station. There is a big cushy leather recliner. I put my head back and he begins to wash. The shampoo smells like mint and lavender and he spends an extra few minutes on a mini scalp massage. Jeff dries and styles my hair with ease. When he’s finished he spins my chair around and I hardly recognize myself in the mirror. I look like I belong in a fashion magazine. The cut frames my face perfectly. It’s sassy with a hint of modern, just the right amount to suit my style. The color shimmers as I turn my head. It seems almost as if there are thousands of shades of blond intertwined throughout the locks of hair. It reminds me of what my hair looked like when I was little, after spending all summer in the sun. I feel proud. I meet up with some friends for lunch the next day. They must have commented on my hair 10 times. One of them demanded Jeff’s phone number and asked me how much he charged. “$250, I told her. She replied, “Well it looks a-MAZE-ing, what a great deal.” The $90 Jackie charged me wasn’t a great deal. The $250 Jeff charged me was. How is that possible? They both gave me a cut, weave and blow-dry.

When I thought about it later, I thought, well wouldn’t it be great to find someone who was somewhere in between, you know, someone who is amazing and cheap? But the problem is there is no such thing as in between. When someone offers quality, they have to charge for it, they have to cover the cost of running the business, continuing education, supplies, marketing and they have to cut themselves a paycheck. Otherwise they are not running a business.

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The difference was the experience and the quality. The $250 that Jeff charged me included a cold diet coke, a comfy chair, state-of-the-art equipment and supplies, experience, knowledge, and a quality product. It included a feeling of pride and excitement that lasted until it was time to return for more. The $90 Jackie charged me included cheap dye, dull scissors, a wet shirt and a butt-crack.

So if you find yourself presented with what seems like a “great deal” for a wedding vendor that tells you that their competitors’ prices are exorbitant, ask yourself if the $90 is worth an experience with Jackie. Personally, as a client, I’d rather pay $250 for an experience that feels priceless, than waste $90 on something sub par. Value is a magical thing. Written by: Clairealyse Photography Malibu, Ca.

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[ top french quarter wedding venues ] F

ounded in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville, the French Quarter lures some 10 million visitors annually to the streets of the Big Easy. Romantic, historic, and seemingly alive, the French Quarter has a host of wedding venues that can capture the beauty and elegance of old New Orleans.  These venues offer a range of spaces that can accommodate weddings of different sizes, settings and budgets. As unique and romantic as the city itself, some examples of French Quarter wedding venue options include: • • • • • •

Beautiful and lush courtyards Traditional ballrooms Garden District mansions Mississippi River paddle wheelers and steamboats Rooftop garden terraces World-famous New Orleans restaurants

We have included some of our favorite French quarter wedding venues below. All of these venues are beautifully decorated and are run by professionals that will ensure you a great wedding experience.

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Countless Memories In In the the heart heart of of the the French French Quarter, Quarter, just just steps steps from from the the St. St. Louis Louis Cathedral, Cathedral, the the Bourbon Bourbon Orleans Orleans evokes evokes the the opulence opulence and and grandeur grandeur of of an an early early New New Orleans. Orleans. Host Host to to countless countless weddings weddings and and balls balls dating dating back back to to the the 1800s, 1800s, the the Orleans Orleans Ballroom Ballroom and and charming charming St. St.Ann Ann Cottage Cottage provide provide aa timeless timeless elegance elegance for for an an unforgettable unforgettable wedding. wedding.

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel The Bourbon Orleans embodies the rich history, architectural splendor, and romantic allure of New Orleans. Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans offers the elegance of a European boutique hotel with all of the amenities sought by modern brides. A wedding at the Bourbon Orleans means that you and your guests are never far from the best New Orleans has to offer – from upscale shopping on Royal Street, to the local artists and performers of Jackson Square, to all of the restaurants, galleries and nightlife in between. The Orleans Ballroom, built in 1817 by John Davis, is the oldest, most historic ballroom in New Orleans. When it opened, it became the setting for the most select affairs in New Orleans. Today, the ballroom still hosts masquerade balls and carnival functions as well as weddings, dinners and receptions. The Orleans Ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. It features a grand staircase leading up from the lobby of the hotel, regal chandeliers, and an expansive French Quarter balcony overlooking Orleans Street and the St. Louis Cathedral. The St. Ann Cottage & Courtyard is also available for more intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, or bridal luncheons comprised of 75 guests or less. There are several options available should you desire to hold your wedding ceremony at the Bourbon Orleans. The Orleans Ballroom can accommodate up to 185 people, the Pool Courtyard can seat up to 100 people, and the St. Ann Courtyard can seat up to 50 people. Townhouse-style suites with picturesque French Quarter balconies are also available for wedding ceremonies of 15 guests or less. A small cocktail reception can be held in the suite following your ceremony. You and your guests may also proceed downstairs for a semi-private dinner in the Roux on Orleans Restaurant. For the convenience and safety of all guests, valet parking is available directly in front of the hotel. Regardless of your wedding size, The Bourbon Orleans’ experienced and talented staff will work with you to provide endless creative options and professional recommendations that will turn your wedding day into an elegant and unforgettable occasion. Broussard’s Since 1920, Broussard’s Restaurant has been located in the heart of the French Quarter just steps away from world-famous Bourbon Street. Broussard’s is a historic restaurant with the charm and elegance of the turn

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of the century French Quarter buildings. The property consists of three separate dining rooms all overlooking the beautiful and lush courtyard. With its original 1800’s cobblestones, the rustic ambience and elegant atmosphere of the courtyard will captivate you. It has been noted as being one of the best in the city and makes a lovely setting for ceremonies as well as other festivities. The grounds and gardens are carefully maintained to showcase the splendid flora, adding to the beauty of your wedding.

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Broussard’s seating capacities are as follows: The Napoleon Room seats 150, the Magnolia Room seats 85 and the Josephine Room seats 50. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner and 200 or more people for a reception. Broussard’s can accommodate groups of up to 500 people with a combination of indoor and outdoor space. Old world charm and elegance are in great supply at Broussard’s. In the midst of this fabulous location, you are also assured amazing French Creole cuisine from a world-class chef, and quality service from a family who has over 50 years experience in the restaurant and hotel business.

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back to a time of beauty and romance, culminating your wedding of dreams. Broussard’s 819 Rue Conti New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 504.581.3866 www.broussards.com Galvez Restaurant For years, even prior to the Galvez occupying this space, this venue was always known as one of the most romantic and scenic settings for weddings and receptions.  The Galvez Restaurant opened at this locale three years ago and has capitalized upon this wonderful site by being extremely versatile in their wedding options. The Galvez wedding packages are very accommodating for any budget but retain all of the romance and elegance of a unique, New Orleans wedding.  The Galvez also offers a variety of options to accommodate different sized weddings. While the capacity for the entire restaurant is 230 people, the Atrium Ballroom can hold up to 100 people inside, and an extra 30 people on the balcony. The Casa Roja can hold up to 70 people, and the private Galvez Room can hold up to 30 guests. As you can see, options abound at the Galvez. Many Galvez weddings have had the ceremony take place, followed by the reception in the same room. Some weddings have even rented out Dutch Alley for their ceremony, and then second lined into the Atrium ballroom. The Galvez also hosts one of the best panoramic views of the New Orleans skyline, riverfront and French Market area. Obviously, being a restaurant, one would expect the food at the Galvez to be one of its strengths. You would be absolutely correct. Although normally a Spanish restaurant, when it comes to weddings they can accommodate any type of food choices one may have and are willing to work with you to do so. Chef Laura’s cuisine is honest, fresh and unique and will satisfy even the most discerning palette. The French Market Standard Parking Lot is directly behind the location. Parking validations can be added to bridal packages based on need. Galvez Restaurant 914 North Peters St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 504.595.3400 www.galvezrestaurant.com Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar The Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar is the newest of our French Quarter venues. Opening their doors in April of 2011, this is an elegant venue that can impress even the pickiest bride. Located in the French Quarter

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across from Jackson Square, it is within walking distance of most of the French Quarter hotels as well as the St. Louis Cathedral. Don’t be fooled by the word “bar” in their title. The Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar is beautiful and grandiose in every sense of the word, and a great wedding location. It was designed by B3 Designs, London, UK, to be a multi functional space. While the full capacity of the facility is 750 people, their most popular Decatur Bar Area comes with a dance floor, and can accommodate up to 300 people. They can also host your ceremony at the venue and have paid parking lots on both sides and behind the building. Offering a terrific view of the Mississippi River from their back patio area, the Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar is not your cookie-cutter wedding venue. While contemporary and chic, the place exudes warmth and charm. Their interior VIP balcony areas overlook the dance floor and are situated perfectly for the wedding party or family members. When searching for your venue, remember to check out the new kid on the block: The Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar 620 Decatur Street #1A New Orleans, La 70130 504.457.8529 www.jacksonbrewerybar.com

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desire, and either remain dockside or cruise down the mighty Mississippi River. They will also assist you with transportation and hotel rooms should you need it. The Creole Queen can also host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and bachelorette parties. The options are endless with New Orleans Paddlewheels.

Ceremonies are held dockside on the Promenade Deck. Overlooking the Mississippi River, the scene is serene and beautiful. In keeping with their seemingly limitless options, the captain is also an officiant. Nothing is too big or too small at New Orleans Paddlewheels. Although parking is not available dockside, convenient adjacent parking is available at the Riverwalk Shopping Mall and the Hilton Hotel / World Trade Center. It is a short walk to the boat. For a one of a kind party or wedding experience along the beautiful and majestic Mississippi River, check out New Orleans Paddlewheels. You will be glad you did. New Orleans Paddlewheel/Creole Queen #1 Poydras Street Riverwalk Market Place, Box 39 New Orleans, LA 70130 504.529.4567 www.creolequeen.com

504.529.4567 • creolequeen.com New Orleans Paddlewheel Constructed in Moss Point, Mississippi, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen took her maiden voyage on October 1, 1983. She is an authentic paddlewheeler powered by a 24-foot diameter paddlewheel and the most modern, fuel efficient GE diesel-electric system ever installed in a boat of this class. The 1,000 passenger Paddlewheeler Creole Queen has three private dining rooms giving her the “largest indoor capacity” on excursion vessels in New Orleans. Private room and full boat charters are available during their regularly scheduled cruises. Customizing parties or weddings is no problem at New Orleans Paddlewheels. You can reserve an entire deck or the entire boat, allowing privacy and greater flexibility in planning your party or wedding. You can also choose any type of entertainment you

Riverview Room The Riverview Room has been in business for 21 years. As their longevity suggests, any business that has thrived for 21 years is doing something right. The Riverview Room does everything right. A mainstay in the New Orleans wedding scene, generations of brides have held their ceremonies and receptions at the Riverview Room. Speaking of ceremonies, the venue offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options. For those looking for a venue to hold only their reception, the Riverview Room is within walking distance of most French Quarter hotels as well as the St. Louis Cathedral. As you may have guessed, the Riverview Room offers a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River, downtown New Orleans, and the French Quarter. The beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the river, and the spacious outdoor terraces offer unobstructed views of the city and the Quarter. Soft colored carpet and mahogany-paneled walls provide an appropriately elegant setting in which brides and grooms can exchange their vows.

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The Riverview Room has a 150 guest-minimum on Friday evenings, 200 guest-minimum on Saturday evenings, and 125 guest-minimum at any other time.  The maximum capacity of the venue is 400 people. Mary Quarls, the sales and event coordinator, and her staff pride themselves on offering outstanding service to all of their wedding parties and guests. They put you immediately at ease and run a professional, yet laid back establishment that any bride would be proud to be married in. The staff is constantly at the ready and prepared to fulfill all of your wants and desires. I would be remiss if I did not mention the food at the Riverview Room. Crawfish risotto, creamy shrimp pasta, and carving stations are all available and absolutely delicious. Your guests will surely remember and rave about the food at the Riverview Room. Additionally, parking is never a problem as there are 3 paid parking lots adjacent to the building. The perfect locale, beautiful ambiance, impeccable service, and delicious food sum up the Riverview Room. Ask around, chances are somebody you know was married there. New Orleans, the French Quarter, the river, you can have it all in one place at the Riverview Room.

entertainment, transportation, photography, flowers and cakes. Sounds like a great deal to me! While there is no dockside parking, there are multiple parking lots within short walking distance of the boat. The Steamboat Natchez offers a unique wedding experience at a great price point. The thing that is really impressive is also receiving the services of their wedding coordinator to help in your planning. Booking your wedding on the Steamboat Natchez assures that you will have “smooth sailing.” The Steamboat Natchez 400 N. Peters St., Suite 203 New Orleans, LA 70130 504.569.1401 | Toll-free: 800.365.2628 www.steamboatnatchez.com

The Riverview Room Jackson Brewery Millhouse 600 Decatur Street, 4th Level New Orleans, LA 70130 504.525.3000 | Toll-free: 888.236.8260 www.riverviewroom.com Steamboat Natchez For the last 35 years, the Steamboat Natchez has been sailing the waters of the Mississippi River. As the only authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River, it offers a one of a kind wedding experience as well as a magnificent view of the city. What could be more romantic than expressing your love aboard the extraordinary Steamboat Natchez as the sun sets on the Mighty Mississippi? The Steamboat Natchez is an unbelievably unique vessel on which to be married and we are very fortunate to have her right here in New Orleans. The Steamboat Natchez can accommodate and customize weddings for as few as 2 people or as many as 500 people for a cocktail reception. Their captains are available to perform marriage and re-affirmation ceremonies. Ceremonies can be held on the wharf in front of the boat, or on the boat. Both ceremony venues are located outdoors. Booking your wedding with the Steamboat Natchez means that you will not only be getting an historic and beautifully romantic locale, but also the unbelievable services of the on-board wedding coordinator. These coordinator services include references for officiates, www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ marriage licenses ] When you apply for your marriage license, at least one party must appear in person. He or she must have all the necessary information and documents outlined below. 1. State law requires a cerfitied copy of each party’s birth certificate, if born in Louisiana. Passports are not acceptable. If either party was born out-of-state, a waiver can be submitted. If either party was born out-of-country, a valid passport, naturalization papers, or green card, along with a valid state ID card or driver’s license must be presented at the office, and to a judge to obtain a waiver. 2. If either party is divorced, he/she must present a certified copy of the final divorce decree.

JEFFERSON PARISH

License Fee - $31.25 Cash/check/money order WEST BANK: Jeff. Parish General Government Ctr. 200 Derbigny St., Suite 2300, Gretna EAST BANK: Joseph S. Yenni Building 1221 Elmwood Pk. Blvd., Ste 603-A, Jefferson Police Escorts (Anywhere in Jefferson)

ST. BERNARD PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check 1101 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette Police Escorts

PLAQUEMINES PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 301 Main St., Ste. 108, Belle Chasse Police Escorts

ST. TAMMANY PARISH

3. If either party is widowed, he/she must present a certified copy of a death certificate.

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse 701 N. Columbia, Covington Police Escorts

4. Each party must know his/her social security number, but no documentation is required.

ST. CHARLES PARISH

5. Both bride and groom will need to complete a marriage license application; forms can be presented by either applicant in person.

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ST. JOHN PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/money orderM-F Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 2393 Hwy. 18 (River Rd.), Edgard Police Escorts

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 5800 LA Hwy. 44 (River Rd.), Convent Police Escorts

TANGIPAHOA PARISH

License Fee - $32.50 Cash/check/money order AMITE: Courthouse 110 N. Bay St. Police Escorts (Amite) HAMMOND: 318-A NW Railroad Ave. Police Escorts (Hammond)

TERREBONNE PARISH

A Louisiana license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for 30 days. There is a 72-hour waiting period between the time of issuance and the ceremony. Only a district judge or Justice of the Peace can waive this. Newlyweds should order a certified copy of their marriage license two weeks after the marriage to ensure that the license has been returned and recorded. | nola wedding guide |

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ST. JAMES PARISH

If either applicant is under 18 years of age, but more than 16, the marriage is lawful and a license may be issued if the applicants provide: written consent of both parents (or custodian), or an order from a judge or juvenille court. In the event the applicant is under 16, all the above three things will be required.

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ORLEANS PARISH

License Fee - $27.50 Cash or check CBD:1010 Common St., Suite 1245 ALGIERS COURTHOUSE (Cash Only): 225 Morgan St., Rm 201, Algiers Orleans Parish Police Escorts

License Fee - $30.00 Cash only 7856 Main St., Houma Police Escorts

LAFOURCHE PARISH

License Fee - $28.25 Cash/check 303 W. 3rd St., Thibodeaux (985) 447-4841 Police Escorts (Thibodeaux) Police Escorts (Other areas)

WASHINGTON PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/check Courthouse Bldg., Washington & Main, Franklinton Police Escorts

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[ revival ] The Going-Away Dress by Jessica Bayard

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oday’s society seems to have a fascination with resuscitating old trends with a fresh take on the formerly popular. From the automobile industry recycling classic body styles to the music industry remaking hit songs, borrowing from our past is common practice. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the fashion industry. With each new runway show, comes a peek into decades past, but with a modern twist that sparks a new trend. So, it is understandable that wedding fashion would also follow suit.

reflect the personality of the very fashion conscious woman of today. Melissa and Mandy from the Bridal Boutique by MaeMe add, “We are definitely seeing a re-emergence of the going-away dress. Brides are choosing everything from a short white or ivory party dress to a colorful cocktail dress for some added flair. There is always something to be said about the perfect, traditional white dress, and even more to be said about something hot pink with feathers!”

The going-away dress has made a delightful comeback in recent years. It is no longer the Jackie O inspired two-piece dress suit that your mother wore. It can now be found in a variety of colors and styles that

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The origin of the going away dress can be traced back to the Victorian era and the trousseau. The trousseau is a collection of items that a woman would need in her married life. She would start collecting these as a young girl and would store them in a bureau or hope chest. The collection would consist of clothing for the wedding day and the honeymoon as


big day. Her final dress was a white Vera Wang satin v-neck gown. Both celebrities chose dresses that reflected their individual style, one being more modern, and the other more traditional. Though a short length, white going away dress is predominant, patterned and brightly colored frocks have also hit the scene in a big way. Many local boutiques have seen this growing trend and have welcomed it. Karen from Blink on Magazine Street says, “Recently, a young lady was fitted in a white chiffon, one-shouldered cocktail dress while her friend favored a more traditional ecru sheath with ruffles in just the right places.  We finished the looks with current accessories.  The necklaces and bracelets completed the look that both soon to be brides were looking for.” 

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With all of the delightful dress options available these days, we are likely to see the going-away dress’s revival. Whether you choose the more traditional path or venture into a more modern, edgy route, the dress should be a reflection of your individual style. In addition to the going-away dress’s functionality, it may just serve as the perfect excuse to buy another fantastic dress!

well as linens, jewelry and toiletries that she would use in her newlywed days. The going-away dress is the last remnant of this dowry tradition.

The hype and speculation of Kate Middleton’s dress choices for her wedding to Prince William of England also gave the going-away dress the spotlight in the public eye recently. She ultimately wore two Alexander McQueen dresses on her wedding day, one for her ceremony and public appearance, and one for her reception. Her going away dress however, was a completely understated Zara dress in blue with black LK Bennett pumps. Another highly anticipated celebrity wedding also gave the going-away dress some attention. Kim Kardashian had three outfit changes for her

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Up until the last three decades or so, the newly married couple would depart for their honeymoon on their wedding night. Today’s couples tend to wait a day or more before embarking so that they may enjoy the reception and not worry about traveling after such a long day. So, it is understandable as to why the going-away dress fell out of favor. The comeback of this particular fashion has been spurred mainly from designer labels such as J. Crew, which have started offering bridal formal wear for both women and men at affordable prices.

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Shirin Ghadessy and Nicholas Braden

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hirin and Nicholas met as juniors at the University of Pennsylvania through a mutual friend and instantly hit it off. Nick claims that he immediately knew that he would marry Shirin, though she was reluctant to succumb to his ample southern charms. After ten stressful years, several long distance stints, a couple of Wharton MBA’s, two grueling Manhattan work schedules and a whole lot of love, the couple finally got hitched. Shirin says, “After a decade of taking his sweet molasses time, Nick enlisted my sister’s help to truly surprise me for his proposal. I thought we were spending Thanksgiving with his family in New Orleans while my family celebrated the holiday in Austin. The doorbell rang on Thanksgiving Day, and I was surprised to discover that my entire family had driven in from Austin to surprise me. After a flood of happy tears and some expensive champagne, Nick got down on one knee and popped the question.” From the initial planning stages, the couple decided that the point of their wedding was not really to focus on themselves. They set out to give their guests an experience they’d remember, while genuinely capturing their personalities and cultures in the

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process. To that end, after their rehearsal dinner, a weekend kick-off party was held for all of their guests, setting the tone for the entire weekend. Shirin and Nicholas were united in marriage on a March 19, 2011 in a Catholic ceremony held at the St. Louis Cathedral. Fr. Anthony J. McGinn, S.J., President of Jesuit High School, officiated the service. After exiting the Cathedral, guests second lined down to the reception venue where a cocktail hour and cigar roller awaited guests. After the cocktail hour, a Persian wedding ceremony took place and Shirin and Nicholas were once again pronounced man and wife. Shirin’s dress was from a small boutique in Manhattan that helped create and customize exactly what she was looking for—a sweetheart neckline, strapless, ivory, A-line with a flirty, flowing bottom and a jeweled belt to compliment her sparkly necklace and earrings. The boutique also created a custom, cathedral length veil. The bridesmaids wore deep red, strapless dresses complimented by gold jewelry. The bride wore 2 pairs of shoes on her wedding day – sparkly Jimmy Choo stilettos, and deep green Prada platform heels.

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Nicholas wore a custom tuxedo created in Hong Kong while the groomsmen wore morning coats and ascots.

Hire a wedding planner – truly the best investment I made and it paid itself back many times over. The bride and the groom set the tone of the wedding – if you are having fun, then everyone else will feed off of your energy and have an amazing time as well. Personalize your wedding to you and the groom – it’s not about how much money you spend, but really about how you customize your wedding to make it your own and truly have it reflect the personality of you and your groom. It is that personalization/ customization that people remember and it helps separate a cookie-cutter wedding from something truly memorable.

Mardi Gras Indians ushered guests from the Persian ceremony to the reception. The couple chose the popular wedding band No Idea to provide music at the reception. Shirin says, “They played an amazing mix of top 40, wedding classics, and an ‘80s set that to this day my friends are talking about. A DJ was also on hand and played a mix of Persian music and top 40 hits [ Shirin Ghadessy and Nicholas Braden ] while accompanied by a dhol drum player. March 19, 2011 The couple chose Atelier NOLA to photograph the Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral wedding. They add, “Nonney and Ole are amazing to Photographer: Atelier NOLA Photography work with and take amazing photos.” Dyle Films was Band: No Idea chosen to video the wedding and the couple found Videographer: Dyle Films them to be unobtrusive and easy to work with as well.

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he idea of a wedding registry once involved kiosks and long lines in department stores, but those days have swiftly come to an end. Technology has reinvented the way modern brides think of wedding registries forever. The steps that a bride takes, from announcing engagements to choosing a style of china, can now all be done online. Brides now have access to international stores and the convenience of linking all registries into one, central location. Timelines One should start the registry process about 6-12 months prior to the wedding. When beginning, it’s a great idea to send out registry announcement cards. These cards will help your guests to get an idea of what types of gifts you’re expecting, and to better manage their time in choosing one. Below is a registry timeline to help you with organizing and making your registry experience more efficient for everyone. Websites A few websites to help you with the registry process are: myregistry.com, weddingchannel.com, theknot. com, giftregistry360.com and amazon.com. Most of these sites contain options that allow you to create your own wedding page, send registry updates to social networking sites, and consolidate all registered stores into one. When choosing registry locations, be sure to check the exchange/return policy. This important step can save you trouble if you have to return any duplicate or broken items that you receive. Theknot.com offers an interactive checklist, which makes it virtually impossible for you to forget wedding registry essentials. The convenience of these websites is also shared with your guests in that they don’t have to leave the house to purchase a gift. Smart phones now have applications like “Gift Registry 360 Scan & Add,” which has the capability to scan and add items instantly to the bride’s registry.

items, but make it a point to have a wide range of gift options at varying price points—that way, everyone wins! Charity It has been said that it is better to give than to receive. Should you desire to do so, setting up a partnership with a local charity is a great way to start your new life together. Donating your wedding gifts to those who are less fortunate can bring you far more in return than the gifts themselves. This giving is also a great way for your guests to contribute money to an admirable cause of your choosing and possibly continue to give more in the future. Some local charities that have impeccable service records are: www.handsonneworleans.org www.vineyardneworleans.org| 504 467-3257 6-12 months: Begin the process by determining your registry locations and choosing what items you would like. Create a wedding website so that guests are able to keep up with your registry updates. 2-3 months: At this point, be sure that you have chosen items in various categories and price ranges. Send registry announcements and let your family and friends spread the word. 1 month: If you are moving, be sure to update your shipping address at all of your registry locations. Do a final update of your registry. 3-4 weeks post wedding: It’s thank you card time and most registry sites will include a tracker so that you won’t forget anyone.

Organizing Your wedding registry should be comprised of several categories, including: kitchen, bathroom, home improvement, décor, and appliances. Websites will help you narrow down and organize your needs by providing suggestions and subcategories. From these subcategories, it will be easier for you to decide on styles and other specifics. Consult with your fiancé on registry items and decide as a couple on the wants and needs of your future home. It can be tempting to choose only lavish, expensive things to furnish your new life, but it’s important to be considerate of your guests’ budgets. It’s okay to choose some big-ticket

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It was love at first sight, the perfect fit for your perfect day - your wedding dress. Although you wore it only once, if you take as much care in preserving your wedding dress as you did in choosing it, then it can be enjoyed as a family heirloom for years to come-symbolizing love and family. Here are a few tips to keep your beloved garment as beautiful as the day you wore it.

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You can either have your dress professionally preserved, or you can do it yourself. Either way, your dress should be cleaned within six weeks following your wedding day. Even the smallest stains cause the dress to yellow over time.

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Professional gown preservation costs between $150 and $500, depending on the amount of soilage. It is recommended to bring your dress to a reputable dry cleaner who cleans about 100 dresses or more a year.

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If you choose to take things into your own hands, then you must first decide between box and hanger storage. It may be more practical to store the dress in a box, but hanger storage is the best way to prevent hard-to-remove creases. Either way, buy plenty of acid-free tissue paper.

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For box storage, line an acid-free cardboard box with the tissue paper and lay the hem of the dress in the box. Fold the dress like an accordion, putting tissue paper between each fold. Stuff the bodice of the dress with crumpled tissue. Put some layers of tissue on top and put on the lid (make sure the lid is solid and does not have a plastic window). Store the box in a cool, dry closet. Check the condition of the dress each year, and re-pack so the folds are in different places.

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For hanger storage, wrap a wide hanger with cotton batting and cover it with muslin. Buy an acid-free cardboard â&#x20AC;&#x153;dress shaperâ&#x20AC;? and place it over the hanger. Wrap it in tissue and place the dress over it. Stuff the bodice of the dress and any deep folds with the acid-free tissue paper. Cover the dress with a muslin garment bag and hang it in a cool, dry closet, taking care not to crush it with other clothing. Check the dress each year and wash the muslin cover.

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From TIGERS to BEARS to MARRIAGE, oh my...!

For mer All-American football player for L.S.U. and current safety for Chicago Bears, Craig Steltz marries his high school sweetheart Lindsay Comeaux in New Orleans. www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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Lindsay Comeaux and Craig Steltz

Craig Steltz was an All-American football player at L.S.U. and finished his career there in 2007 as a national champion. The Chicago Bears drafted Craig in April of 2008 and he is currently in his fourth season with the Bears.  Lindsay Comeaux met Craig Steltz on Halloween night. They were both freshmen in high school and were attending a large party in Metairie. Lindsay recalls, “ I saw a cute blonde standing in the distance, and I decided to go up to him and introduce myself. Lucky for me, he still needed a date to his homecoming dance.” Lindsay and Craig went to Rummel’s homecoming dance on December 9, 2000, and have been together ever since.  Fast-forwarding to June 2009, Lindsay and Craig decided to spend the weekend in downtown Chicago. They stayed at an amazing condo right off of Michigan Avenue, which was centrally located to everything. On Saturday evening June 6, before going out to dinner, Craig took Lindsay onto the balcony of the condo, which overlooked the city.

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It was there that Craig asked Lindsay to marry him. Lindsay says, “It was just the two of us, and it was perfect!”  Lindsay and Craig were married on June 25, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church with a reception that followed. After trying on about 100 dresses in Chicago, Lindsay finally found the dress that she was searching for-about 1000 miles from there. She purchased her dress from Pearl’s Place in Metairie and says that they were a pleasure to work with! Her dress was an ivory, silk taffeta, fit and flare dress with a bubble hem. Lindsay’s favorite detailing on the dress was the beading that lined the sweetheart top. Bustles and Bows provided Lindsay’s cathedral length veil. The bridesmaids wore short, one-shoulder dresses that were peacock-blue. New Orleans Tuxedos was chosen to provide tuxes for Craig and his groomsmen. Craig had rented tuxes from Mr. Ray, the store owner, in the past, and says that he is so great to work with.

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Get as much planning and all last minute details finished the week before the wedding so you can relax and take everything in the week of the wedding. I would also recommend a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator so you’re not worrying if everything has arrived on time or if it is set up properly. It was such a great feeling to not have to worry on my wedding day.

Celebrity Limos provided transportation on the big day. The limos were prompt and beautiful and the drivers courteous. The couple chose Studio Tran Photography to photograph the wedding. Lindsay adds, “They were so great and easy to work with, and their work speaks for itself… AMAZING! Dyle Films was chosen as the official videographer. Lindsay recalls, “They were so much fun and wonderful to work with. The wedding trailer that they have already put together is priceless! If you are second guessing a videographer, I would say get one!

[ Lindsay Comeaux and Craig Steltz ] June 25, 2011 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Photographer: Studio Tran Videographer: Dyle Films Gown: Pearl’s Place Veil: Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique Tuxedos: New Orleans Tuxedos Transportation: Celebrity Limos

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VOYAGES EXTRAORDINAIRE Photography by Atelier NOLA Styled by: Nonney & Ole Oddlokken, Kim Starr Wise Hair and Makeup by: Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services Floral Sculptures: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Video by: Studio Vieux Carre Models: Heather Pardew, David Philastre and Niki Jackson Dresses: Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique and The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Menswear: Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos Location: Creole Queen Steamboat

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CHOOSE YOUR STYLE / COMMUNICATE First, look through the NOLA Wedding Guide photographer section and begin contacting each photographer based on the research that you have conducted. “Clients should research a photographer first, to confirm that they are a reputable professional, and secondly, to determine whether they shoot in a style that they are comfortable with,” says Chuck Billiot of Billiot Photography and Video. This needs to take place before you set up an appointment with them. Your research should consist of checking out their online albums and blogs. The photographer’s individual personality and style is definitely something that will set them apart from the rest. After you’ve

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viewed some of their work, set up appointments with the photographers that you are impressed with. Always make sure that they are available on your wedding date before setting up the appointment. At the appointment, communicate to the photographer your thoughts and wishes for your wedding photos. Let them know exactly what you want to receive at the end of the day. “If you are looking for something specific to be photographed on your wedding day, let the photographer know what you want and ask if they can deliver. An experienced photographer will capture all the important moments, but may have a different angle on the way you’ve envisioned it. If it’s important to you, be specific,” says Stewart Johnson of On Location Photography. Having your specific requests added to the contract is always a plus and reiterates your wishes. Work with your photographer to make a list of requested shots, as well as group and couples shots. If you communicate to the photographer the importance of a particular shot or shots, the professional wedding photographer will deliver. Atelier NOLA

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eeking a wedding photographer can be a daunting task, but the experts here at NOLA Wedding Guide want to help ease your pain. Our biggest recommendation: don’t let price end up being the determining factor in choosing your wedding photographer. You want to get the best product you can because aside from your video, the pictures are the only memory that you will have of your day. Your future children will see these pictures. You want them to reflect and capture the day in a beautiful and elegant way. They must be timeless. Choose wisely.

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ASK, ASK, ASK Make sure to ask the questions that will get you what you’re looking for. Some helpful questions are: • How long have you been in business? • What’s your style? • Can you get the following shots? • What can we expect the day of? • Do you do more than one wedding a day? • Do you bring backup equipment? Photography by Louis

• How long will it take to see my images?

Professional wedding photographers have three different and distinct approaches. The three approaches are:

• Will you make it easy for my friends and family to order reprints?

Photojournalistic approach Photojournalism is one of today’s most popular styles of wedding photography. The primary goal is to tell a unique story of your wedding, including the nerves, anxiety, laughter, tears and anticipation. It’s more than the specific poses, as it strives to document the emotions and energy of the day.

• How long do I have to make up my mind about which pictures I want and how many?

Traditional approach The traditional approach is definitely considered formal photography and consists of those posed pictures with your family, bridesmaids and friends. This is the oldest form of wedding photography and incorporates a handful of portraits from formal groupings to table-combination pictures. “Traditional shots are what most people expect to see, posed family and bridal party shots before and after the ceremony, important moments during the ceremony…the bride and groom looking at each other at the altar, the ring exchange and the first kiss,” says Johnson. A good combination is using the traditional approach to achieve a formal feel to the pictures, while also incorporating the photojournalistic approach to capture some of the candid emotions surrounding the wedding.

• Will you use film or digital? • Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs? • Will you be shooting my pictures personally? “There are many questions you may want to ask a prospective photographer; however, you need to be comfortable with the photographer. No stress leads to better smiles and great pictures,” says Johnson. Wedding photography is perhaps the one aspect of weddings that is most misunderstood. Make sure that you do your research and decide upon the photographer that can give you the best style suited for your wedding. “I believe that most professional photographers can offer any style that the bride and groom requests. However, some [photographers] are more specialized,” says Billiot. Wedding photography is one of the most important investments of your wedding day, so make sure that you have selected the right photography match and you’ll have great memories to look back on for years to come.

Artistic approach The artistic approach includes everything from specifically colored images to soft-focus lenses. The key to the artistic approach is to use it to highlight a particular moment and make the wedding album a visual story of your special day. You need to decide what approaches you feel work best for what you’re looking for based on the research you’ve conducted. If you like more than one style, don’t be afraid to incorporate different approaches because at the end of the day, you want to tell your own unique wedding story while still allowing the photographer artistic freedom. www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ louisiana church directory ] Catholic Churches Christ The King Church 535 Deerfield Road, Terrytown 70056 504.361.1500 www.ctkterrytown.parishesonline.com

Our Lady of the Rosary 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2659 www.ourladyoftherosary-no.com *6 months advance notice for weddings/extensive online info

Holy Name of Jesus 6220 LaSalle Place, New Orleans 70118 504.865.7430 www.hnjchurch.org

St. Agnes 3310 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson 70121 504.833.3366 www.stagnesjefferson.org

Immaculate Conception (Jesuit Church) 130 Baronne Street, New Orleans 70112 504.529.1477 www.jesuitchurch.net

St. Angela Merici 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie 70002 504.835.0324 www.stangela.org

Mary, Queen of Peace 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville 70471 985.626.6977 www.maryqueenofpeace.org

St. Anthony of Padua 4640 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2651 www.neworleanschurches.com/stanthony/stjanthony.htm

Mater Dolorosa 1228 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.3669 www.neworleanschurches.com/materd/materd.htm

St. Augustine 1210 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans 70116 504.525.5934 www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org

Our Lady of Divine Providence 1000 North Starrett Road, Metairie 70003 504.466.4511 www.oldp.org * six month advance notice for marriages

St. Benilde 1901 Division Street, Metairie 70001 504.843.4980 www.stbenilde.org St. Catherine of Siena 105 Bonnabel Boulevard, Metairie 70005 504.835.9343 www.stcatherineparish.com

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 411 North Rampart Street, New Orleans 70112 504.525.1551 www.judeshrine.com

St. Christopher 309 Manson Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.837.8214 www.stchristopherschool.org/stchristopherchurch.html

Our Lady of Lourdes 2621 Colonial Boulevard, Violet 70092 504.281.2267 www.olol-church.com *six month advance notice for marriages

St. Clement of Rome 4317 Richland Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.887.8721 www.scrparish.org

Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1908 Short Street, Kenner 70062 504.464.0361 www.archdiocese-no.org/olphlachurch *8 month advance notice for marriages

St. Cletus 3600 Claire Avenue, Gretna 70053 504.367.7951 http://stcletuschurch.myownparish.com

Our Lady of Prompt Succor 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette 70043 504.271.3441 www.olps-chalmette.org *six month advance notice for marriage Our Lady of Prompt Succor 146 Fourth Street, Westwego 70094 504.341.9522 www.neworleanschurches.com/olpswego/olpswego.htm Our Lady of the Angels 6851 River Road, Westwego 70094 504.436.4459 Our Lady of the Lake 312 Lafitte Street, Mandeville 70448 985.626.5671 www.ollparish.info

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St. Dominic 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans 70124 504.482.4157 www.stdominicparish.com St. Edward the Confessor 4921 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.888.0703 www.steddy.org *6 Month notice in advance St. Francis of Assisi 631 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.891.4479 www.stfrancisuptown.com St. Francis Xavier 444 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.0340 www.stfrancisxavier.com

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St. Joan of Arc 529 West 5th Street, LaPlace 70068 985.652.9100 www.sjachurch.com St. John the Baptist 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans 70113 504.392.5290 www.neworleanschurches.com/stjohnno/stjohnno.htm St. Joseph 1802 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3186 www.stjosephchurch-no.org St. Leo the Great 2916 Paris Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.945.8750 www.neworleanschurches.com/StLeo/index.htm St. Louis Cathedral 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116 504.525.9585 www.stlouiscathedral.org St. Mary 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans 70116 504.529.3040 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assumption 2030 Constance Street, New Orleans 70130 504.522.6748 www.stalphonsusneworleans.com St. Mary Magdalen 6425 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.733.0922 www.stmarymagdalenchurch.com St. Patrick 724 Camp Street, New Orleans 70130 504.525.4413 www.oldstpatricks.org St. Peter 125 East 19th Street, Covington 70433 985.892.2422 www.stpeterparish.com St. Philip Neri 6500 Kawanee Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.887.5535 www.stphilipneriparish.org * six month notice in advance St. Rita 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan 70123 504.737.2915 www.stritaharahan.com *6 months advance notice St. Rita 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans 70125 504.866.3621 www.neworleanschurches.com/StRita/strita.htm St. Rosalie 600 2nd Avenue, Harvey 70058 504.340.1962 www.strosalieparish.org


St. Stephen 1025 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.899.1378 www.goodshepherdparishnola.com *6 months advance notice Visitation of Our Lady 3500 Ames Boulevard, Marrero 70072 504.347.2203 www.vol.org BAPTIST CHURCHES Christian Unity Baptist 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3493 St. Charles Avenue Baptist 7100 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.9514 www.scabc.org First Baptist Church of New Orleans 5290 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.5775 www.fbno.org First Emmanuel Baptist Church 1829 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70130 504.524.8891 www.firstemanuelbaptistchurch.org Franklin Avenue Baptist Church 2515 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.488.8488 www.franklinabc.com Mandeville’s First Baptist Church 1895 Highway 190, Mandeville 70448 985.626.3217 www.fbcmandeville.org Parkview Baptist Church 6301 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.1153 www.parkviewbc.com

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1222 North Dorgenois, New Orleans 70119 504.821.0529 www.stlukesnola.org

St. Matthew United Methodist Church 6017 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.2228 www.stmatthewsumc.com

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie 70001 504.835.7357 www.stmepiscopal.com

St. Timothy United Methodist Church 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville 70471 955.626.3307 www.sttimothyumc.org

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 4499 Sharp Road, Mandeville 70741 985.626.5781 www.stmichaelsla.org * one month advance notice for marriages

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.488.3749 www.stpauls-lakeview.org Trinity Church Episcopal 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans 70130 504.522.0276 www.trinitynola.com METHODIST CHURCHES Algiers United Methodist Church 637 Opelousas Avenue, Algiers 70114 504.361.1334 www.algiersumc.com Aurora United Methodist Church 3300 Eton Street, New Orleans 70131 504.394.5483 www.aumc.club.officelive.com Carrollton United Methodist Church 921 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.861.7597 www.neworleanschurches.com/carrolltonumeth/ carrolltonumc.htm

EPISCOPAL CHURCHES

First Grace United Methodist Church 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.0856 www.firstgraceumc.org

Christ Church Cathedral 2919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.6602 www.cccnola.org

Lake Vista United Methodist Church 6645 Spanish Fort Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.288.2242 www.lakevistaumc.com

Grace Episcopal Church 3700 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.5242 www.gracecanalstreet.org

Metairie United Methodist Church 3741 Pontiac Street, Metairie 70002 504.888.4665

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1101 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.0123 www.standrewsnola.com St. Anna’s 1313 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70116 504.947.2121 www.stannanola.org St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 3412 Haring Road, Metairie 70006 504.887.4801 www.staugustinesmet.com St. George’s Episcopal Church 4600 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.2811 www.stgeorge-nola.org

Munholland United Methodist Church 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.9910 www.munhollandumc.org

First Presbyterian Church 5401 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans 70125 504.866.7409 www.fpcno.org Canal Street Presbyterian 4302 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.1135 www.cspcno.org Covington Presbyterian Church 222 South Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433 985.892.4821 www.covingtonpres.org Grace Presbyterian Church 6129 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.454.8905 http://web.me.com/pek83/Site/Welcome.html John Calvin Church 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 70006 504.888.1375 www.johncalvinchurch.org Lakeview Presbyterian Church 5914 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.7892 www.lpcno.org Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church 215 Phosphor Avenue, Metairie 70005 504.833.6357 www.metairieridgepc.org New Covenant Presbyterian Church 3475 Highway 22, Mandeville 70471 985.626.4375 www.newcovenantpc.org Parkway Presbyterian Church 6200 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.733.1644 www.parkwaypresbyterianchurch.com Redeemer Presbyterian Church 6200 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.894.1204 www.redeemernola.com

Newell United Methodist Church 229 Lamarque Street, Mandeville 70448 985.674.2486

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church 1545 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.897.0101 www.scapc.org

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church 3900 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.3431 www.rayneumc.org

St. Roch Community Church 1738 St. Roch Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.940.5771 www.strochcc.org

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 5875 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.486.3982 www.saintlukes-umc.net

Woodland Presbyterian Church 5824 Berkley Drive, New Orleans 70131 504.394.7877 www.wpcno.org

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 1130 North Rampart Street, New Orleans 70116 504.523.0450 www.frenchquarterumc.org www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL City Church New Orleans 13123 Interstate 10 Service Road, New Orleans 70128 504.246.5121 www.citycathedral.org

White Dove Fellowship 3600 Manhattan Boulevard, Harvey 70058 504.362.3379 www.whitedove.org

Temple Sinai 6227 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.3693 www.templesinaino.org

JEWISH SYNAGOGUES

Touro Synagogue 4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.4843 www.tourosynagogue.com

Anshe Sfard Synagogue 2230 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70113 605.522.4714 www.anshesfard.com

Household of Faith 9300 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans 70127 504.347.0127 www.householdoffaithchurch.com

Congregation Gates of Prayer 4000 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.885.2600 www.gatesofprayer.org

The Vineyard Church 4340 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner 70065 504.467.3257 www.vineyardneworleans.org

Northshore Jewish Congregation 1403 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville 70471 985.951.7976 www.northshorejewish.org

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry 4400 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.4400 www.dkwmultimedia.com/watson/index.html

Shir Chadash 3737 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.889.1144 www.shirchadashnola.org

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Hickory Knoll Church of Christ 2201 Hickory Avenue, Harahan 70123 504.737.4335 www.hickoryknollchurchofchrist.org

GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans 70122 504.282.0259 www.holytrinitycathedral.org

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[ mackie says! ]

“Mackie Says!” will be a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and include priceless words of advice from Mackie and his staff for brides who want to look their best on their big day.

Mackie Shilstone is one of America’s most influential sports performance managers. He has played a pivotal role in the success and longevity of scores of million-dollar, world-class athletes such as Serena Williams and Bernard Hopkins.

Reality doesn’t bite. An essential tool in living a healthy lifestyle is learning to be realistic. No one can give up eating pasta, sweets or chips forever. Be real with yourself and your cravings. Don’t deprive yourself. Rather, learn to work these foods into a healthy lifestyle.

Diet, Don’t Fail Me Now

A diet is forever. The final reason I believe most diets fail is that they are thought of as a temporary phase in one’s life. You say to yourself, “I can do this diet until I get married in three months, and then I can go back eating the way I used to.” The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to make a permanent lifestyle change that’s suitable for you.

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ome women have every detail of their wedding planned from the moment they see a shiny glimmer in a velvet box. Other women hire a wedding planner and hardly give it a second thought. But at some point during the lead-up to the long march down the aisle, just about every woman decides she needs to lose a few pounds.

It is normal to want to look and feel your best on your big day. Chances are, however, that most brides-tobe have invested more time, money and energy into the actual wedding day than they have into their own health. Just as the wedding is a prelude to a momentous life change, pre-wedding weight loss can kickoff a lifetime of healthy eating habits. As a dietitian, I believe the key to sustaining a healthy weight anniversary after anniversary is to avoid falling prey to these dieting dead ends.

Eating well is a daily challenge but does not have to be difficult. Your best bet is to seek a trained professional (registered dietitian) who can develop a meal plan for you that works with exactly what your body needs in a time-appropriate manner. A healthy lifestyle essential for every “I DO”! Julie Fortenberry, RD, LDN Sports and Lifestyle Nutritionist Fitness Principle w/ Mackie Shilstone For an individual consultation, please call 504-457- 3100

What you don’t know can hurt you. When a diet gets derailed, the main culprit is usually a lack of proper education. Bad infor mation is out there and everyone—from talk show hosts to TV stars to your impossibly thin best friend— has some dieting “wisdom” to impart. The confusion this causes often means people give up before they even begin. Before you start a new diet, be sure to get the facts on what will work for you as an individual. Instant gratification is not very gratifying. I see many clients who quit when they don’t see immediate results. Weight loss should be slow, no more than one to two pounds a week. If weight loss is a goal for your big day, start the planning now. It probably took more than a week to put on those extra pounds, so be patient as the weight comes off slowly, but steadily. Less may actually mean more. A common myth in dieting is that starvation means results. However, under eating can actually cause weight gain, just like overeating can. In addition, when you starve your body, you slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain- think 5 year wedding anniversary!!

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[ wedding tales ]

Iesha Sims and Terrence Johnson

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errence met Iesha in the summer of 2003 at a jazz club in Houston. He was visiting from New Orleans. Iesha had recently  graduated from Prairie View A&M School of Nursing in Houston and was exhausted from the rigorous nature of her nursing coursework and her new full time job. Her friends talked her into going out that night. She didn’t put much effort into her look that evening and just threw on some jeans, a t-shirt, and put her hair in a ponytail. Terrence thought that she looked cute. He called her a “sleeper,” which Iesha later found out meant that she was a hidden beauty in his eyes.  The couple dated long distance until after Hurricane Katrina when Terrence decided to move to Houston.   Iesha took Terrence to dinner for his birthday at one of their favorite restaurants in Houston. After dinner, the waiter mysteriously brought out a second dessert. As Iesha turned to ask him about it, Terrence got down on one knee with the ring in his hand and asked for her hand in marriage. He used the second dessert as a distraction while positioning himself. When Iesha accepted, the entire restaurant cheered and the waiter presented her with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne.

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Iesha and Terrence were wed on September 4, 2011 in New Orleans. They had a rehearsal dinner in St. Bernard Parish at  the  home of one of  Terrence’s many uncles. Wanting their guests to feel cozy and experience the unique qualities of Louisiana, they had  Louisiana soul food  and a traditional seafood boil with shrimp and crab. Their friends and family from Texas never left the dinner table and  others were found napping on large sofas.  Iesha and Terrence chose some of New Orleans’ top wedding vendors to work their wedding. Brenda Sison was chosen to photograph the wedding and Kirk from One Louder Productions was the official videographer.   The couple chose another New Orleans institution, Gambino’s Bakery, to provide their wedding cake.

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Allow input from your future husband! My husband had fantastic ideas and was awesome at wedding planning! Stay in damage control mode  because if it can happen, it will. Get some R&R a couple of days before the wedding so you look fresh on your big day.

[ Iesha Sims and Terrence Johnson ] September 4, 2011 Photographer: Brenda Sison Photography Videographer: One Louder Productions Cake: Gambino’s Bakery

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Lori Daigle and Todd Barker

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ori and Todd met in their sophomore year of high school but dated only briefly before becoming good friends.  They started dating again in 2007 when Todd went to visit Lori in Dallas at the wedding of another friend of theirs. They have been together ever since. Todd took Lori to dinner and then for a walk around the French Quarter.  It took him a while to pop the question, but he eventually did so on the steps near the river, across from Jackson Square. Lori readily accepted and the wedding was on. The couple was married on October 9, 2010 at the St. Louis Cathedral with a reception that followed. They had a ton of out of town guests as Lori went to school in Georgia and Todd’s family is from Alabama. This was to be a totally New Orleans themed wedding.   The girls got ready for the big day at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.  Heather from Flawless Bride was chosen to do their hair and makeup, Sandra O’Claire was the official photographer and One Louder Productions did the video.  The flowers were kept

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purposefully subtle to let the beauty of the Cathedral shine.  Lori wanted her bouquet to be mostly eggplant in hue with other dark colors so that it would pop against her white dress.  For the girls, Lori wanted bright flowers that would contrast with their dark dresses. John’s Tuxedos provided tuxedos for the groomsmen.  Todd chose for the boys to wear bow ties with suspenders.  The girls wore eggplant, Jim Hjelm dresses.     The wedding cake was white with eggplant accents with an eggplant colored Swarovski crystal “B” on top.  The flavors alternated between pecan praline, pineapple and traditional butter cream. The groom’s cake was a king cake with the bottom layer being Saints colors, the middle layer done in LSU colors, and the top layer done in Auburn colors. Lori adds, “I tried to make everything in the wedding reflect our personalities—from the little rhinestone details on my shoes, which were actually clip-on earrings from my grandmother, to handpicking all of

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[ southern hospitality ]

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Welcoming Your Out of Town Guests T

he planes have landed and the cars have been parked. Your out of town wedding guests have arrived. Where will they stay? How will they get to your wedding location? Is their hotel located in a convenient area? All of these are often asked questions and by following these tips and tricks, your guests are sure to enjoy an affordable, fun and stress-free stay.

welcome them to the city and to your wedding. Be creative. Include the theme of the wedding in the design of the gift basket and add a personal note or a little joke that only the two of you would understand. Your guests will love the personal attention. A few more suggestions of items to include in gift baskets are: local restaurant menus, decadent chocolate displays, a collection of specialty food items only found in your city, and directions to local museums and parks. For laughs, you could even provide energy drinks or pain relievers to assist in post-party recovery.

Planning ahead is essential in getting the best deals on accommodations and it also aids in avoiding any last minute issues. It’s important to give yourself at least a two or three month head start. You can often save your guests money Information regarding the by reserving a hotel block. wedding should be paramount. Hotel blocks allow your guests Be sure to provide all the to feel more relaxed because pertinent facts that your guests there will be friends and family will need including: a in the same vicinity and everyone wedding timeline that will will be together to coordinate reiterate the dates, times, travel plans upon arrival. and locations of all your Usually, hotels will require a wedding events, directions minimum of 10 rooms for from the hotel to the various blocks unless you are holding wedding events, a city map your reception on their property. to help guests navigate In this case, they will generally around town, directions to lower the minimum requirement. public transportation and a Be sure to advise your guests of list of taxi services with phone the cut-off date for making numbers. If you have a bus Eau Claire Photographics reservations so that they reserved for wedding are assured of receiving the transportation, do include a discounted rates. Keeping your guests’ accommodations list of pick-up and drop-off times. By adding these less than 10 miles from the wedding location is also wise as personal touches it not only shows your guests it eases any travel worries and cuts down on travel time. that you’re glad they came, but it lets them know that you did all you could to make their trip as Options for accommodating your guests abound in comfortable and fun as possible. our great city. Our city’s uniqueness offers a plethora of alternatives to the traditional hotel. There are a After the vows are said and the wine bottles emptied, variety of bed and breakfasts and plantation homes your out of town guests deserve a proper goodbye. available to house your guests. These places, although Day-after brunches are becoming more common a bit more expensive, offer a more exclusive and and can serve as a time for reminiscing and private atmosphere. They will also help your guests post-celebration recuperation. This is also a good to immerse themselves in the beauty and culture time to give your out of town guests a departing of our city and give them an experience not easily wedding favor to express your gratitude, such as a discovered elsewhere. See the bottom of the page for card, a praline or a Hubig’s pie. Your guests will have a great plantation option. now received a welcoming basket, travelling goodies and a departing gift. You will have Welcoming your guests can be fun and personal completely welcomed their presence to your and it sets the tone for their entire wedding wedding and helped them to have a safe and experience. Furnishing their rooms with a gift basket or enjoyable experience in our city. traveler’s survival kit is a thoughtful and hospitable way to

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Ephemera Sketched

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Jennifer Haase and Ross Gonzales

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ennifer Haase and Ross Gonzales met at a Holy Cross high school dance. Jennifer’s mother was a teacher there and she and Ross had a close relationship. Ross really wanted to meet Jennifer but was trying to muster up the courage. Finally, they were virtually placed in front of each other at a Holy Cross dance and the introduction was made.   Until a few years ago, the relationship was tough to define. They were friends, they were enemies, they dated a little; they could never get it right. It was as if their timing was always off, yet, there was always a special connection between them. Ultimately, Ross decided that they needed to have an official first date and he asked Jennifer to lunch. After that, a whirlwind courtship began. Ross took Jennifer on a surprise weekend “staycation” to a quaint little hotel in the French Quarter. It was her birthday weekend. On Saturday, after walking around the French Quarter in high heels, Jennifer’s feet were hurting. She kept trying to pull Ross into every boutique they passed in order to buy some comfortable shoes. Little did she know, he had a professional photographer at the ready. Ross asked Jennifer to take a picture in

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front of the fountain outside of the St. Louis Cathedral. She obliged, and as Ross got down on one knee, the photographer jumped out from behind the bushes. Jennifer momentarily lost touch with reality and felt like she was floating on cloud nine. She says, “I didn’t even feel my feet anymore!” The engagement complete, the couple were to become one.  Jennifer and Ross were married on July 30, 2011  at St. Dominic Church, where the bride attended grammar school.   Jennifer was a third-generation bride to be married at St. Dominic. Jennifer wore a diamond-white Maggie Sottero gown with a sweetheart neckline that was beaded at the top and fitted at the hips before flaring. The gown had lacy straps but transformed into a strapless gown for the reception. Her veil was trimmed with crystals that matched the beading on the dress.  The bridesmaids wore mulberry colored dresses of shantung silk with a light lavender satin sash. Cluster necklaces of gray pearls with matching earrings accented the look. Fine Arts Ensemble provided the music for the  Mass.  Kelly says, “Dimitri was exceedingly talented and

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knowledgeable and helped us in making the perfect music selections for our ceremony. We have received many requests for their contact information since the wedding.” Abbey Printing provided the invitations for the wedding.   Melissa at Abbey helped the couple select a square, ecru invitation with a delicately trimmed border.   Beth’s Flowers was chosen as the florist. Jennifer adds, “When we first met with Sue, all I knew was that I wanted purple flowers. She was able to expertly guide us through the entire selection process.  The remarkable thing was that she didn’t just show us a picture of what she could do for us, she actually got up and made a sample bride’s bouquet there on the spot. She did the same for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the pew markers. Sue also allowed us to come in the day before the wedding to look at all of our flowers and make any changes if we wanted. She made what we thought was going to be an overwhelming process such a pleasure.” Their wedding cake was a beautiful white on white, 7-tiered, almond-flavored cake.  Each tier was decorated a little differently and the couple’s monogram was included on one of the tiers.  The ten Victorian cake pulls were sterling silver charms attached to custom-made crystal bracelets. The design of the groom’s cake, directed by Ross himself, was a stack of books displaying titles depicting the groom’s personality. Among the 7 titles were  Marriage for Dummies,  A House Divided  (she’s an LSU grad; he’s a Tulane grad),  JENgineering, and  The Heauxly Bible. Guests snapped as many pictures of the groom’s cake as they did of the bride.

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“Big Easy Limos were the best,” says Jennifer. “My dad and I rode to the church in their vintage Rolls Royce, while our wedding party and families led the way in Cadillac Escalades.” Their experienced driver made the trip to the church a smooth one.   “Our photographer, Stacy Marks, was fabulous from beginning to end,” Jennifer says.  “Stacy was the first vendor we booked about 16 months before the big day because we loved his unique, creative style and the way he captured the true spirit of weddings. Stacy got every shot we would have hoped for and many more.”   The couple selected Dyle Films to video their wedding. Jennifer and Ross loved their cinematic approach and the way that they are able to capture the small things. [ Jennifer Haase and Ross Gonzales ] The couple also adds, “He and his crew were very September 4, 2011 friendly and accommodating.”   Ceremony: St. Dominic Church Photographer: Stacy Marks Photography Videographer: Dyle Films Transportation: Big Easy Limos Florist: Beth’s Flowers Invitations: Abbey Printing Ceremony Music: Fine Arts Ensemble

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BOURGEOIS FLORAL & EVENT DECOR 504.710.8664 www.BourgeoisFloral.com

WHIMSY 504.273.5900 www.MyWhimsy.net

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VIDEOGRAPHERS BELLA PRODUCTIONS 504.400.7915 www.MyBellaVideo.com BLINK VIDEO 504.430.3614 www.BlinkVideo.net


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YOUR DAY PRODUCTION VIDEO ARTISTS 504.273.0005 www.YourDayProduction.com

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[ budget planner ] Keep track of all your wedding expenses by using our handy wedding budget worksheet.

 

Description Wedding Parties

Amount

Vendor / Notes

Engagement Party / Dinner

$..............................................

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Bachelorette Party

$..............................................

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Bridesmaids’ Lunch

$..............................................

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Rehearsal Dinner

$..............................................

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Brunch for out-of-town guests

$..............................................

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Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Wedding Stationery Invitations

$..............................................

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Announcements

$..............................................

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Save the date cards

$..............................................

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Thank You Cards

$..............................................

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Reply Cards

$..............................................

......................................................

Stamps

$..............................................

......................................................

Calligraphy

$..............................................

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Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Bridal Attire and Personal Grooming Wedding Dress

$..............................................

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Headpiece/Veil

$..............................................

......................................................

Shoes

$..............................................

......................................................

Accessories

$..............................................

......................................................

Dresses for Other Parties

$..............................................

......................................................

Undergarments

$..............................................

......................................................

Hairdresser, makeup, nails, etc.

$..............................................

......................................................

Trousseau

$..............................................

......................................................

Alterations

$..............................................

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[ budget planner ] Photography/Videography Formal Portraits

$..............................................

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Engagement

$..............................................

......................................................

Wedding and Reception

$..............................................

......................................................

Wedding Album

$..............................................

......................................................

Parents’ Albums

$..............................................

......................................................

Extra Prints

$..............................................

......................................................

Videography of Wedding

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Flowers Ceremony

$..............................................

......................................................

Bride’s Bouquet

$..............................................

......................................................

Groom’s Boutonniere

$..............................................

......................................................

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen

$..............................................

......................................................

Mothers’ Corsages

$..............................................

......................................................

Reception Arrangements

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Reception Food/Caterer

$..............................................

......................................................

Drinks

$..............................................

......................................................

Wedding Cakes

$..............................................

......................................................

Rental of Facility Rentals ( tents, furniture, etc.)

$..............................................

......................................................

$..............................................

......................................................

Place Cards

$..............................................

......................................................

Tips

$..............................................

......................................................

Decorations

$..............................................

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Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

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Music/Entertainment Ceremony

$..............................................

......................................................

DJ

$..............................................

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Band

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Transportation Limousine/Carriage Parking

$..............................................

......................................................

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Gifts For the Groom (optional)

$..............................................

......................................................

Maid/Matron of Honor

$..............................................

......................................................

Bridesmaids

$..............................................

......................................................

Bride’s Parents

$..............................................

......................................................

Groom’s Parents

$..............................................

......................................................

The Groom’s Ring

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________    

Fees Church / Ceremony Location

$..............................................

......................................................

Officiant

$..............................................

......................................................

Officiant Assistants

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Miscellaneous Wedding Consultant

$..............................................

......................................................

Attendants Accessories

$..............................................

......................................................

Guest Favors

$..............................................

......................................................

Bridal Toss (confetti, bubbles, etc.)

$..............................................

......................................................

Monogrammed Napkins

$..............................................

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[ budget planner ] Cake accessories (knife, top, etc.)

$..............................................

......................................................

Hotel Accommodations

$..............................................

......................................................

Guest Book and Pen

$..............................................

......................................................

Champagne Flutes

$..............................................

......................................................

Garter

$..............................................

......................................................

Unity Candle

$..............................................

......................................................

Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________    

Honeymoon Travel (plane, etc)

$..............................................

......................................................

Cruise

$..............................................

......................................................

Accommodations

$..............................................

......................................................

Spending Money

$..............................................

......................................................

Rental Car $.............................................. ......................................................   Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other Expenses not listed above __________________________________

$..............................................

......................................................

__________________________________

$..............................................

......................................................

__________________________________

$..............................................

......................................................

__________________________________

$..............................................

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Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________     Total  $ ...........................................  

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