New Orleans Weddings Magazine Fall+Winter 2017/2018

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FALL + WINTER 2017/2018 CONTENTS FEATURES 14 MODERN ROMANCE Etherial and Romantic Bridal Gowns and Decor Design


Sophisticated Fashion and Decor for Today's Bride

106 MYSTIQUE: LUXURIOUS FASHION An elegant Carnivale-Inspired Fashion and Decor Editorial 120 THE ART OF BOUDOIR A Sultry and Sassy Photo Editorial at Frenchy's Gallery


Leslie & Jason Williams


Holly Lambert & Steven Mars


Rayne Garofalo & Brunson Sayes

56 Mark Favre & Jason Picus 68

Meghan Merrell and David Favaloro

72 Jesse Sutton Smith & Kendal Jamal Thomas 76

Claire Ritchey & Andrew Kern

84 Deshawnna Jenae Hitchens & Erick Hitchens Sr.

CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHY Theresa Elizabeth Photography GOWN Micah by Sottero and Midgley, available at Pearl’s Place. LOCATION Marché HAIR+MAKEUP Dazzle Doll 2 | N.O.W |


Alex May-Sealey & Brandon Gaynor


Josephina McManus & Drew Samaha


April Eiswirth & Norman Vallette, Jr.


Courtney Dugas & Nathan Threlkeld


Photo by GK Photography

Photo by Theresa Elizabeth Photography

Photo by G. Chapin Studios




8 P UT A RING ON IT! A Guide to Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring


All about Champagne from Michael Knisley of Bubblyothèque


TASTEFUL FAVORS Delicious takes on food favors presented by the catering experts at Pigeon Caterers

62 GET TO KNOW ALEXA PULITZER N.O.W. interviews internationallyknown designer, Alexa Pulitzer


BOUQUET SHAPES & STYLES Everything you need to know about bouquet shapes

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102 COUNTDOWN TO GORGEOUS Your countdown for getting your skin in picture perfect shape for your big day 116 IS A “FIRST LOOK RIGHT FOR YOU Photographer Theresa Matherne of Theresa Elizabeth Photography dishes on this trending wedding day experience

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to the Fall+Winter 2017/2018 Edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine. You’re making it official and tying the knot with the one you love. Pop the bubbly! It’s time to celebrate! We’re here to help make the planning process a little easier and lot more fun. We like to think of ourselves as the New Orleans resource for all things “wedding”. Whether you need a planner to help you get organized or beautiful photos to get you inspired, we’ve got you covered. Flip through our pages and mark things that catch your eye – we’ve got amazing real weddings, beautifully styled shoots and more to help you find direction for creating a day you’ll want to relive forever. And speaking of help, this issue includes a 22 page planner you can use to stay organized and on-track. If you are craving more, check out for even more resources such as the N.O.W. Vendor Directory, our calendar of events, helpful articles and of course, lots of photos! N.O.W. let’s get to planning… Your dream wedding awaits! Cheers,

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About The Covers FALL+WINTER 2017/2018 EDITION PUBLISHER Jessica Burke

Look for all THREE covers of New Orleans Weddings Magazine’s Fall + Winter 2017/2018 Edition! A new cover will be released every other month!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Theresa Matherne, Theresa Elizabeth Photography | STYLED BY: Kim Sayatovic, Belladeux Event Design | ON-LOCATION: Marché | GOWN: Eve of Milady, Pearl’s Place | HAIR + MAKEUP: Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | CHAIRS + SPECIAL EFFECT FOG: Just Ask/True Value Rentals | FLORALS: Nola Flora | LINENS: BBJ |CANDLE DÉCOR + TREES: Firefly Ambiance | MODEL: Coleena Zimet

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diamond shines under light; a well-cut stone will look significantly

about buying the engagement ring that their future spouse has

larger than a poorly cut stone of the exact same weight. In my opinion,

dreamed about for their entire life. How do you go about buying the one piece of jewelry that they’ll wear

this is by far the most important thing to look for in a diamond. Clarity describes the amount of inclusions that

every day for the rest of their life? The

can be seen in the diamond. This can

potential for disappointment feels high!

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way down to inclusions so small

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we pick out the engagement ring that you’ll be proud of for years to come. The first decision you need to make is whether you want to buy your ring online or in store. Generally

magnification. Inclusions come in all shapes and sizes and a good diamond report should detail not only how many inclusions there are but what types

speaking, buying an engagement ring online will be

of inclusions the diamond has in addition

much less expensive, so you can either save money

to where they are located. This is

on your purchase or buy a much bigger diamond than you could in person. The tradeoff is that you can’t hold the ring in your hand before you purchase and you don’t get the traditional jewelry store experience. You need to be able to live with that anxiety. If you go to a brick and mortar jewelry store, I’m certain that they will work to satisfy you and sell you a beautiful ring. If you’re up to it, and you have the self-confidence to stare into the abyss that is spending thousands of dollars over the internet, then you should make your purchase with some degree of diamond knowledge. Diamonds are classified by their cut, clarity, color, and carat. The four C’s are so important because they will determine the price of your diamond. Cut describes how well the

important because you can get great value from a relatively poor clarity diamond if the inclusions are well hidden by the diamond’s

cut. Color describes a diamond’s amount of color, specifically how much yellow. Generally speaking, the less yellow a diamond is, the more it will cost. You will not be able to tell if an individual diamond has some faint yellow to it unless you have another diamond to compare against. That being said, you can save some money if you don’t emphasize color in your diamond purchase. A word of caution though— if you mount a yellowish diamond on a ring with flanking stones that are relatively continued on pg 10

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without color, the center stone will not look good. Finally, carat describes the weight of the diamond and is perhaps the biggest factor in determining the price of your diamond. Now that you know the basics, there are several different diamond shapes that you will encounter: round, princess, asscher, emerald, baquette, pear, marquise, heart, radiant, cushion,

Round Brilliant

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and trilliant. All of these shapes have gone in


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and out of fashion over the years but you can never go wrong with a round cut. Princess cut has been popular for quite a while now too. Make sure the diamond meets the level of color, clarity, and carat that you’re comfortable with and pull the trigger! But wait! You’re not just going to present


the love of your life with a loose stone! Finding

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a mount for the diamond can be even more


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stressful than finding the right diamond because your future spouse most likely has spent far longer fantasizing about the mount. Hopefully they’ve made a Pinterest board with all their favorite designs! Maybe that’s


cheating but you’ll have a much happier fiancée

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if they get a ring they were hoping for. So you’ve looked at all of these ring options and you’re unimpressed. Fear not! Consider


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purchasing a vintage or estate engagement ring. These rings have seen a lot in their lifetimes and they carry that earned character onto your spouse’s finger. Additionally, many vintage rings will have fine metal work that you can’t


easily get on a newly made ring. Finding the

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right vintage ring will require a lot of legwork and your future spouse will appreciate how much work you put into buying their ring.


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Finally, perhaps your future spouse has no interest in a diamond ring. After all, as your cantankerous friend has likely already


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informed you, diamond engagement rings are a relatively new phenomenon. And it’s all a conspiracy developed by DeBeers man! All kidding aside, don’t feel pressured to buy a diamond when it’s either out of your taste or your budget. No matter what you go with, it’s more important that you’re satisfied with the decision than it is what your peers think.

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Coleena is wearing Micah by Sottero and Midgley, available at Pearl’s Place. This princess gown features a bead and Swarovski crystal-encrusted bodice with a tiered tulle and horsehair ball gown skirt. Double spaghetti straps create a crisscross pattern over the scoop back. The Oyster pendant in Pearl by Eternally Nola perfectly complements this stunning gown.

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Available at Pearl’s Place, this delicate and elaborately detailed gown with an illusion back and train is the epitome of elegance. | N.O.W | 19

Victoria is wearing Sanem by Calla Blanche, a satin A-line off the shoulder gown, available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe.

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Made from Pearl Mikado, this fit and flare gown by Essense of Australia features a layered tulle skirt and a cathedral train. A Diamante-beaded belt perfectly accentuates the waist. This gown is available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. | N.O.W | 21

The Maritza Wedding Dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner, available at Pearl’s Place, features three dimensional floral lace appliquÊs on printed organza. This dramatic ball gown has an illusion neckline and cathedral length train.

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A COUPLE OF FOREVERS Leslie & Jason Williams JUNE 24, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Martha Ramirez, Unique Design Studios WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

LESLIE AND JASON FIRST MET AT THE VELVET ROOM in downtown Dallas. Neither Leslie nor Jason were really looking for a relationship when Jason first made a move to get to know Leslie a little better. After finally getting her attention after repeatedly “bumping in to her”, Jason asked Leslie if he could buy her a drink. She declined, but he was determined to get her to join him at his table. After taking his number, she contacted him a few weeks later and that’s where their story really began. Their road to forever took a detour when Jason moved to North Carolina to play professional football for the Panthers and Leslie relocated to Washington D.C. After about a year of being apart, Jason invited Leslie to attend a wedding with him and for the next 2 years the two were inseparable. In 2014, they moved together to Tampa and as Jason played for the Buccaneers, their love blossomed. On April 23rd, 2016 Jason asked Leslie to be his wife in front of hundreds of his Western Illinois alumni during a golfing event. Leslie, of course, said “Yes!”

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The ceremony and reception were held in the Royal Sonesta Ballroom in a setting truly designed for royalty. The bride wanted a wedding with lots of sparkle and the candle infused ceremony, personalized aisle runner, purple back lighting and candelabras were a true fantasy come true. It was important to the couple to include the tradition of jumping the broom in the ceremony, and they hope that their daughter will continue this tradition when she weds. The newlyweds danced for the first time to Chrisette Michelle’s “A Couple of Forevers”. Personal touches such as a personalized wedding logo, paisley print on the wedding cake as a representation of the couple’s daughter Paisley and elements of roses and pearls on the cake, added to the magic of the day. After the bouquet and garter toss, the bride changed into her second gown of the evening and the Kinfolk Brass Band led the guests in a second line. Nothing can stop love and Leslie and Jason are a couple of forevers that are sure to last a lifetime. | N.O.W | 27

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bubbles & bites

Written by Michael Knisley, Bubblyothèque | Cuisine by Nathanial Zimet, Chef/Owner of Boucherie Restaurant THE CHAMPAGNE TOAST IS A MOMENT OF CELEBRATION AND HONOR, a tradition to be savored. No other wine is associated with momentous occasions in the way that champagne is. When you have gone to great lengths to make sure every single detail of your wedding and reception is perfect and expresses your own personal style, you also want to make sure that the champagne you serve is chosen thoughtfully - they aren’t all the same! Beyond that, you don’t just have to stop at the toast - champagne is a great wine that can be used throughout the reception, from the cocktail hour, through dinner, and even dessert.

WHAT IS CHAMPAGNE? Though often misunderstood as a generic term for any sparkling wine, the name champagne is only applied to wines from a specific region in France. Because of the unique soil and climate of the Champagne region, as well as the generations of expertise in the region that perfected the methods of making champagne, no other sparkling wine can provide the unique style and genuine quality. Prosecco, cava, and domestic sparkling

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wine all have great producers, and their own special qualities. However, if you want to provide the very best to your friends and family, offer them a true champagne from talented French winemakers.

HOW IS CHAMPAGNE MADE? Though most champagne is a white wine, it is typically a blend of both white and red grapes;

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. They are all pressed in a manner to prevent coloration from the red grapes, and then made into wine the same as a still wine would be. After that, two important and unique things occur. The winemakers first blend these wines from different grapes together, including reserve wines from previous vintages to add complexity. Next, this blend is bottled with an extra bit of yeast and sugar, the addition of which causes a second fermentation in the bottle. Because of this second fermentation in a closed bottle, the carbon dioxide that is a product of fermentation is trapped in the wine - and we have bubbles!

J LASSALLE “SPECIAL CLUB” BRUT 2007 - AGED PARMESAN REGGIANO, GRUYERE, MELBA TOAST, AND A PLUMPASTE The extended aging of this vintage champagne develops a complexity and maturity that goes perfectly with an aged cheese. Though delicious on its own, it can also pair with richer entrees or pastry-based desserts.

WHAT STYLES OF CHAMPAGNE ARE THERE? The vast majority of champagne produced is termed non-vintage or “assemblage” (blend). As described above, these wines are blends of multiple grapes and wines from multiple years. Two other styles are made with only one type of grape, referred to as Blanc de Blancs if made from purely Chardonnay and Blanc de Noirs if made from purely the red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). These wines provide flavors that we find in still wines made purely with white or red grapes, rather than the full blend of flavors we get in an assemblage style. Rose champagne is most commonly made by adding a small amount of still red wine, made from the Pinot, into the blend of white wines in order to give it the pink color and additional flavors. Vintage champagnes are very special - they may be a blend of the different grapes, but they only contain wine from one single year, and are only produced in the finest years and often in much smaller quantity. Each of these styles can also be made with varying levels of sweetness. Most champagne is of the Brut style, which is dry. Others can range from bone dry (Extra Brut or Brut Nature) to overtly sweet (Demi-Sec). Depending on the specific blends of grapes and years, the wines look and taste very different. Because of this, they have great versatility in how you can incorporate them into your celebration. | N.O.W | 33

PIERRE MONCUIT “HUGUES DE COULMET” BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT NV - PAN SEARED SCALLOP, ROASTED PEPPER MAQUE CHOUX, AND CHERVIL SPROUTS Blanc de blancs, made entirely of chardonnay, are all about citrus and minerality - a perfect match with seafood. The flavors of the seared scallop and buttery maque choux are tied together by the elegant acidity of the wine. There is no better style of champagne to have with oysters on the half shell.

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HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PAIRING THESE VARIOUS STYLES OF CHAMPAGNE? Champagne, as a class, is one of the most versatile, food-friendly wines. While it can be said that there’s a champagne for every food, it does not follow that all styles of champagne will be equally well-paired with all foods. Furthermore, while some champagnes are great on their own as an aperitif, some styles are considered “gastronomic” and need food to be best appreciated. The bubbles themselves play into this, with younger wines being more effervescent and perhaps best reserved for less delicate dishes. Champagne’s relatively high acidity makes it both refreshing on it’s own and accentuates the flavors and textures of fried or otherwise rich foods. And, as with still wines, there is a consideration of how the wine was made (the blend of grapes, stainless steel vs oak barrels, level of sweetness, age of the wine, etc) that also factor into which wine works best with which food. There are, however, some basic ideas that can help guide you to a wine you will find enjoyable no matter what part of the celebration you choose. n “Classic” assemblage - the most versatile, can be used with aperitifs, main dishes, and certain desserts. n Blanc de Blancs - younger and more mineral/acidic, perfect with seafood (oysters, ceviche); older or richer styles, great with poultry, cream sauces, mushrooms. n Blanc de Noirs - anything you’d typically pair Pinot with, including charcuterie and game meats. n Rose - extremely versatile given the different production methods, -lighter styles that are fruit-forward pair with aperitifs and fruit-based desserts -fuller-bodied wines are superb with duck and bbq, drinking sometimes like a lighter-bodied red wine n Vintage - back to richer dishes as the flavors advance and become more oxidized. Older champagnes can pair very well with aged cheeses and even some desserts (pastry) n Demi-Sec/Sec - very broad ranges of sweetness, some which could work with spicy food similar to a riesling and others that demand desserts to match up to the prominent sweetness.

BOLLINGER “SPECIAL CUVÉE” BRUT NV - GULF SHRIMP PROVENCAL, SMOKED OLIVES, AND PRESERVED BEETS This well-known blend showcases Pinot Noir and is crafted for richness and complexity, offering a classic champagne profile of toasty aromas, mature fruit and balanced acidity and minerality. Excellent on its own, it will also work wonderfully with more assertive flavors from the provencal preparation here. It would taste great alongside charcuterie or a variety of passed hors-d’oeuvres too. | N.O.W | 35

ÉTIENNE DOUÉ “CUVÉE ROSÉ” BRUT NV - GRILLED DRY-AGED CHUCK STEAK, WITH A GRAPE WORCESTERSHIRE DEMI GLACE, AND WHITE BEECH MUSHROOMS The beautiful color hints at the red fruit flavors you find in Pinot Noir, which remains a great pairing with beef even in champagne form. This could also be used for a visually stunning wine to toast with, or with a simple dessert of berries and cream.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SERVE CHAMPAGNE? While the champagne flute is a traditional and beautiful way to enjoy the wine during your festivities, you should be open to other styles of glasses too. This is especially important if you’ll be serving champagne with food. In that case, opt for a white wine glass to let the champagne really open up and show all of the complex aromas and flavors it has to offer at the table.

HOW DO I GO ABOUT CHOOSING? New Orleans is an exciting place right now in terms of champagne selection. Though the most well-known champagnes are from very large producers, there has lately been a resurgence of champagnes made by smaller winemakers, the “growerproducers”. While the larger brands can be found at any grocery store, you will find an excellent selection of high quality wines from these smaller producers at wine shops across the city. Many new producers are in the market now, and oftentimes you can get high quality, smaller-production wines for less than you spend on a big-name brand at a grocery store. And for your special occasion, you want to remember it with a wine that isn’t a generic everyday find. If you have a preferred style, go to your favorite local wine shop and ask the staff there to make some recommendations for you. Once they know what you like, how you’ll be incorporating it into your celebration, and what your budget is, they can help you narrow in on just the right wine.

Interested in learning more about champagne and how to incorporate it into your celebration? Bubblyothèque, a venture from local champagne expert Michael Knisley, is dedicated to helping people learn about these special wines and have some delicious fun while doing so. Through a variety of classes, tastings, a pop-up Champagne Bar, and other special events, you can get an idea of what styles you like and how they work with (or without) food. Want to incorporate champagne into a custom event? Get in touch via See or Facebook for upcoming events and follow @bubblyotheque on Instagram for a peek at the events and bottles he’s sharing. Chef Zimet and Michael have collaborated on multiple champagne-focused Bubblyothèque events in Jeannette, the former home of Boucherie that is now available for your custom events and private parties. Contact Boucherie for inquiries into scheduling an event in the space. Visit for more information.

GASTON CHIQUET “TRADITION” BRUT NV CRISPY SKINNED SOCKEYE SALMON, BEET AND WATERMELON GAZPACHO, AND CUBAN OREGANO A classic blend of all 3 grapes, this assemblage style champagne is the most versatile when pairing. Here, Pinot Meunier is predominant and brings fresh ripe fruit flavors and herbal notes that match the assertive flavors in the dish while still letting the delicate fish shine. | N.O.W | 37


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TRADITIONS NEW AND OLD Holly Lambert & Steven Mars MARCH 25, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: GK Photography WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

AS WITH MANY MODERN ROMANCES, Holly and Steven’s love story began online. Holly had never imagined that she would meet her best friend and husband through online dating, but sometimes love comes through where you least expect it. When Steven proposed it was perfect- Holly had mentioned that she wanted their engagement to be private, for just the two of them, and Steven made her dream come true. With champagne provided by his mother, flowers from her mother and the surprise display created by Steven’s sister and brother-in-law, Steven pulled off the perfect engagement at home. The evening continued with dinner at Omni Royal Orleans- the hotel where the couple would eventually marry, and a celebratory brunch the next day with friends and family. From beginning to end, the proposal was a dream. With a proposal like that, the wedding had a lot to live up to and it certainly

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did! Because Steven isn’t from New Orleans, and half of the wedding guests would be coming into town for the wedding, the couple wanted to add some special New Orleans touches to the affair. Some memorable additions included snowballs and a second line parade that led guests out into the streets of the French Quarter. The couple decided to buck tradition and instead of a typical bouquet toss, Holly gave her bouquet to the couple in attendance that was married the longest. They thought it would be special to honor a beautiful and successful marriage at the beginning of their own union. Other traditions that made the day special were the groom’s attire which was chosen to mimic what his grandfather wore at his own wedding and the ring bearer’s pillow made from the mother of the bride’s wedding dress. It was the intimate details, from start to finish, that made Holly and Steven’s wedding a personal and wonderful first step on their path to forever. | N.O.W | 39

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Rayne Garofalo & Brunson Sayes FEBRUARY 4, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jordan Blanchard WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

THEY SAY THAT SOME LOVE STORIES ARE meant to be, and that is certainly the case in Rayne and Brunson’s romance. The couple met in high school but, as the old story goes, they lost touch. Thanks to a little bit of luck and magic (and Facebook!) they reconnected years later and their love bloomed. After 6 years of dating, Brunson popped the question in front of his entire family at a crawfish boil at his family’s camp. Of course, Rayne couldn’t wait to say “Yes!” The engagement was a complete surprise, and as Rayne describes it, “Absolutely perfect!” Like the couple themselves, the wedding was unique and memorable. The bride says that her favorite part of her wedding day was the first dances that they chose. Rayne and Brunson danced to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and in true fashion, they sang the song at the top of their lungs and

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really “rocked out”. The father/daughter dance was especially sentimental as Rayne and her father danced to the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star”, a perfect choice, because Rayne had spent much of her childhood at Disney World. This was a moment of the reception that her family would cherish forever. When it came time for the mother/son dance, Brunson’s mother had no idea what to expect, as she had been kept in the dark about their song so that it could be a surprise. When Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” came on, Brunson and his mom just went for it and rocked it! Rayne says that the dance was so perfect that it almost looked choreographed. From a chance meeting in high school to an enchanted evening shared with family and friends, Rayne and Brunson began their forever with a mix of music, dancing, laughter and love.



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Additional Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY: Jordan Blanchard | GETTING READY LOCATION: Omni Riverfront | CEREMONY LOCATION: Holy Name of Jesus | OFFICIANT: Fr. Lance Campo | REHEARSAL DINNER: Muriel’s | BRIDE’S GOWN: I Do Bridal Couture | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Alfred Angelo | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | VIDEOGRAPHER: Blink Video | BAKERY: Flour Power | CEREMONY MUSIC: Ashleigh Alleman (Cantor), Scott Kiser (Trumpet), Jonathan Szymanski (Organist) | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Mobile DJ NOLA | TRANSPORTATION: Livery Limousine | HAIR + MAKEUP: Glam NOLA | FINE JEWELRY: Pristine Jewelry (engagement ring) + Jared’s (wedding bands) | FAVORS: Gerald’s Donuts King Cakes | INVITATIONS: Michael’s | N.O.W | 45

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Tasteful Favors Food favors have long been loved by wedding guests and for good reason – everyone loves a treat at the end of a great wedding! We love these delicious takes on food favors presented by the catering experts at Pigeon Caterers.

CUISINE Chef Geoffrey Rhode for Pigeon Caterers STYLING Leah Berhanu

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TO-GO BAG OF BEIGNETS Not only is this a very “New Orleans” treat, it’s something nice and light to enjoy at the end of the night. | N.O.W | 49

‘RECHARGE’ BAG This favor is sure to be appreciated by guests! These “Recharge Bags” include a Mini Muffuletta, bottle of water, Pralines and Advil. Your guests can enjoy a quick bite on their way to the After Party; have fun with these and put the next location on the bag! You can also have a bag of goodies waiting for your guests on the bus to the hotel.

TRUFFLED SALTED CASHEWS, ASSORTED FLAVORED NUTS, AND CANDIED PECANS Assorted Flavored Nuts are something Pigeon creates in house. These treats allow couples to be creative with their personal favorites. Mix and match a variety of flavors! This same idea can be applied to any type of specialty seasonings that the couple may enjoy, hot sauces, jams etc….the list goes on and on.

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BLOODY MARYS, HURRICANES, AND MINT JULEPS Take away cocktails! Guests can just pour these over ice and enjoy a night cap. Have his and her favorites, or keep it locally traditional if you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town.

MINI WRAPPED KING CAKES This is a GREAT favor for weddings between All Kings Day and Mardi Gras. It’s fitting for the season and your guests will be craving King Cakes this time of year! The king cakes come individually wrapped with a special note and can be dusted in your wedding colors to tie them in with your wedding theme. | N.O.W | 51

RED VELVET WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES These cookies are a Pigeon bakery specialty, but the idea is to have some kind of cookie that your guests will appreciate or that is a favorite of the newlyweds. Every culture has some type of cookie, so this would be a great way to tie in any international influence for your wedding. Examples include Mexican Wedding Cookies, Alfajores, Madeleines, Pizzelles, and Danish Butter Cookies.

STRAWBERRY, PINEAPPLE, AND PLUM TRIFFLES Who doesn’t love a triffle? These “sweet” little treats are sure to be a hit with your guests and attaching a spoon makes it easy for your guests to enjoy this treat before they make it home or to their hotel.

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RECIPE BOARD WITH A BAG OF GRITS This recipe cutting board is perfect for the couple that loves cooking or has a family recipe they would like to share. The board is made by and they can even print on both sides if you like! This is a lovely keepsake your guests can hang on their kitchen wall. | N.O.W | 53

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IT IS OFTEN SAID, “ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.” Unless it is the wedding day of Mark Favre and Jason Picus, who decked out the Riverview Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott in copious amounts of gold — black and gold, to be precise, for their New Orleans Saints–themed wedding. There was a hint of pink, too; their favorite color. This was a dream wedding come true for Favre and Picus, the ecstatic winners of a contest that netted them a free wedding in the hotel’s opulent 41st-floor ballroom with a ridiculous view of the French Quarter and beyond. A hotel ballroom bash wasn’t originally in the cards. Mark and Jason, who met on OkCupid and swore it was “love at first blind date,” were determined to marry in the Big Easy, where Jason is a proud fifth-generation New Orleanian. Their only obstacle crumbled when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Not long after, while in their pajamas and walking the dogs late one night, Jason spontaneously dropped to one knee under their favorite neighborhood tree and proposed. “It wasn’t planned. I didn’t have a ring; I had a moment of clarity. I looked at Mark, and I knew I couldn’t live without him,” explains Jason. “It was a perfect moment,” he adds. They planned to make their union official with a backyard celebration — family, good friends, homemade gumbo and a couple of kegs. But then they decided to share their love story on Instagram as part of the New Orleans Marriott’s #MarryMeNOLA Contest, dreaming of a wedding prize

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valued at $42,000 — a glitzy affair that would offer killer views from the hotel’s gorgeously renovated ballroom. “I’m almost sad this contest is coming to an end,” wrote Jason in his last Instagram post. “The love and support we have received from our friends and family, nominating us and trying to help us win this wedding, will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life.” It may have been that last post that sealed the deal, as Jason and Mark’s story ultimately captured the hearts of the judging team that selected them from among 312 entries as the winners. And if New Orleans is all about sharing the love, what better way to complete Mark and Jason’s love story than with a true NOLA wedding? “Mark and Jason were a pleasure to work with,” says Lisa Pickett, the hotel’s event planner who helped them bring their wedding dreams to life. “It was so meaningful to them that they could get married in New Orleans since they love this city so much.” With the help of Lisa and the New Orleans Marriott catering team, the couple’s 200 guests were treated to deliciously authentic cuisine, a tearinducing first dance to Louis Armstrong’s La Vie en Rose, a love-themed flash mob planned by Jason’s sister, and a night of dancing to the couple’s favorite tunes by Louis Prima, Billy Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, culminating in a classic New Orleans–style second line. And just when it couldn’t get more magical, an unplanned but magnificently well-timed fireworks display erupted over the Mississippi River, thanks to a pyrotechnic conference that happened to be in town that weekend.

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Alexa Pulitzer Interview by Jessica Burke | Written by Natalie Pompilio

“A wedding invitation sets the tone for the big day, providing guests with a hint of what’s to come.” That’s what designer Alexa Pulitzer tells potential clients, noting that all wedding invitations – even the traditional – portray personal touches. Part of her job is interpreting those and creating a one-of-a-kind and personal design.

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“Give me something of you … Let’s dig a little deeper,” Pulitzer tells clients. “I’m very direct. I’ll say, ‘Are you unique? Let’s make this unique.’” Pulitzer is an internationally-known designer, a classically-trained artist who draws inspiration from music, architecture, art and her native New Orleans. Her detailed drawings, often featuring local flora and fauna, are iconic. Words like whimsical, classic and elegant are often used to describe her work. Pulitzer’s best-known work may be “King Gator,” which shows the state’s reptile wearing an majestic crown. The king has graced magnificent wedding invitations, sometimes even with a queen, since Pulitzer launched her eponymous company in 1995. After Hurricane Katrina, Pulitzer donated her time and talent to create a new logo for the Office of Recovery & Development. More recently, Pulitzer was chosen to create a logo for New Orleans’ 300th anniversary celebration in 2018. Pulitzer has created wedding invitations for people all over the world. Most consultations are by phone, she says, although some brides-to-be meet with her in person in her atelier, sometimes with their mothers in tow. (Future husbands rarely participate in these consultations, Pulitzer says.) “One of the best things about running my own company is I do not have to ask anyone else’s opinion. I trust my gut,” Pulitzer says. The artist recommends that couples commence the invitation creation process at least four to six months before their big day. Custom invitations take time – there’s a back and forth proof process many people forget about – as | N.O.W | 63

does printing and calligraphy. The goal is to have a memorable invitation and to be a gracious host who allows guests a full six weeks to clear their calendars. Pulitzer tells her clients to avoid letting social media platforms be their design guide and to trust her to guide them. She doesn’t follow or respond to trends. In fact, she says “I create trends.” “I don’t look at what anybody else creates,” she says. “I’m a leader. I trust my intuition and have an elevated taste level.” As 2017 draws to a close, Pulitzer notes that brides-to-be seeking inspiration from big brand wedding magazines or social media were leaning towards foil printing in metallic inks. While foil printing has a youthful pop, it’s a printing process that Pulitzer strays from. “My art is incredibly detailed, so I prefer to engrave (an old-world printing technique),” she says. When engraved, “metallic ink such as rose-gold or gold are opulent, majestic and exude elegance.” One of the first things Pulitzer asks couples to keep in mind is their budgets. After hearing a couple’s ideas, she will offer 64 | N.O.W |

prices and then create two to three options within their price range. (She admits being partial to certain design elements, like printing in a unique blue/gray/green hue called Anthracite.) “Brides put so much pressure on themselves to create a memorable day that they lose track of what they’re spending on their wedding. I pride myself on explaining the nuances and price points of various printing techniques that I offer and confirm that my art will look wonderful no matter how we print. I’ll make sure of that,” Pulitzer says. “I want people to take pride in what I’ve created for them. I want them to know they’re in trusting, capable hands.” And while invitations do set the tone for the wedding, not every high-end event needs to be heralded with the thickest card stock with beveled edges and custom envelope liners. “Invitations that don’t have all those elegant and costly bells and whistles can also have soul and uniqueness that are just as thrilling for the guest,” Pulitzer adds. Many clients want Pulitzer to create a cypher (a two letter monogram) - usually using the first initial of each of the couple’s

first names. No two are alike. “I start with a fresh white page every time I start a project” she says. Once Pulitzer has created a couple’s custom design, she will make unique alterations for every object on which her art will appear. By adding adornment such as wreathes, decorative frames, flowers, and even antlers, the couple's cypher will appear different on their wedding invitation than the one featured on their programs and that same design will be slightly different from the cypher on their napkins, place cards and thank you notes; all due to the individual attention Alexa gives to each project she creates. “I actually create every piece,” she says. “It’s very satisfying to finish creative projects on a daily basis.” In many ways, New Orleans is critical to her work and all of Pulitzer’s branded products are printed locally. She takes great pride in producing her products in New Orleans whereas her competition manufactures in China. While she’s lived and worked for textile companies in Italy and France, she chose to return to her native New Orleans to build her business. When asked to name her favorite thing about the city, she immediately ticked off a list: Preservation Hall, The Music Box, marching bands in Mardi Gras parades. “My favorite thing about New Orleans is the music and its creative populous,” she eventually decided. “New Orleanians are gregarious, outgoing, spirited and they say hello to everyone – no matter their background. I surround myself with passionate creative types who encourage and nourish my creativity - I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

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A STORYBOOK ROMANCE IN CITY PARK Meghan Merrell and David Favaloro MARCH 17, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Theresa Elizabeth Photography WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

AS WITH MANY LOVE STORIES, Meghan and David started off as friends. The couple met in high school and were friends throughout college. It got to a point where Meghan realized she wanted to spend all of her time with David and they fell in love. The proposal was like a modern day fairytale. On a last minute trip to Disney World, David kept trying to get Meghan to join him at the light parade at Magic Kingdom. Meghan thought this was out of character for David, but she decided to go along with him, mainly because she was eager to see her boyfriend of 6 years get excited about a Disney parade. It had been a long day of walking around Disney and Meghan was tired, so she was caught completely off guard when David presented her with a ring just as the fireworks illuminated the sky over Magic Kingdom. Of course, she said “yes!” and thus began their own happily ever after. Meghan loves to read and spent much of her childhood in libraries reading books about faraway lands, so the couple wanted to incorporate a library and book theme into their special day. Their engagement photos were taken at The Latter Branch Public Library and save the dates were sent out

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on library card postcards. Meghan and David spent the months leading up to the wedding collecting items that would fit into their “literary” theme and some special touches included a typewriter, library card drawers, hardback books and framed literary quotes. Wedding guests were asked to fill out a library card with marriage advice for the couple. The ceremony took place at The Camelia Garden at New Orleans City Park and a flower theme was also incorporated into the wedding in the form of flower crowns for the bridesmaids, floral pillars for the ceremony and a “flower ceremony” where the bridal party and family each placed a single bloom in a vase to create a new, full arrangement that symbolized the interrelationship of the couple’s family and friends. Meghan’s godfather and uncle, Michael Merrell, officiated the ceremony and did “everything in his power to make our day special” says Meghan. He even turned their wedding script into a book as a keepsake for the couple! From a friendship that blossomed into true love, Meghan and David’s romance is a beautifully written love story for the ages.


FEATURED VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY Theresa Elizabeth Photography CEREMONY, RECEPTION + CATERING New Orleans City Park FLORALS, DÉCOR RENTALS, CANDLES Crystal Vase Flowers BRIDE’S GOWN The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

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Additional Vendors: GETTING READY LOCATION: The Pontchartrain Hotel | OFFICIANT: Bride’s Uncle, Michael Merrell | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Ralph’s on the Park | BRIDESMAID’S GOWNS: Azazie | MENSWEAR: Rome’s Tuxedos | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bower Productions | WEDDING CAKE: Haydel’s Bakery | GROOM’S CAKE: Swiss Confectionery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Party-Tyme Productions | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Bucktown AllStars | TRANSPORTATION: Audubon Limousine | HAIR + MAKEUP: Whitney Lowe + Suzette Stuprich for Up’Sa Daisy Hair Salon |TRAVEL AGENT: Travel Central | ENGAGEMENT RING: Raymond’s Jewelry Creations | WEDDING RINGS: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry | INVITATIONS: | N.O.W | 69

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Jesse Sutton Smith & Kendal Jamal Thomas JUNE 17, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Studio Tran WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

JESSE AND KENDAL’S LOVE BEGAN IN ATLANTA where they were attending college. Although they were at separate colleges, their paths crossed and after discovering that they were both from Louisiana, shared mutual friends and were members of the same organizations, they began spending more time together. After a few weeks studying, watching sports, and attending church together, they decided to make it “official” and began dating. Kendal was working in North Carolina at the time, but that didn’t stop him from planning the perfect proposal. With a ring from Ken and Dana Designs in New York City and a little help from Dickie Brennan himself, Kendal knew that proposing at Palace Café, a place that was special to Jesse, was the only possible choice. The magic moment took place at the private wine cellar upstairs where Jesse had been told by her parents that they were attending a private function. To her complete surprise, Kendal walked in as Jesse’s favorite music played on acoustic guitar, dropped to one knee and asked Jesse to marry him. Kendal’s proposal was made complete with a touching

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speech about the years they had shared together and the years yet to come. Jesse was so delighted and happy that all she could do was shout “I’m getting married!” as she and Kendal embraced. The couple wed at Holy Name of Jesus Church and their reception was at Audubon Tea Room. One of the crowd favorites was when Jesse and her father did a choreographed dance to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”. The dance showed off the fun relationship that she and her father, a two-time kidney transplant recipient, share. The couple says the most special part of their wedding was when they exchanged their own written vows in front of their 400 guests and the last 30 minutes of the reception when Keantay Brass Band and Mardi Gras Indians lead the guests in a second line in celebration of the newlyweds. The couple is grateful for the health of Jesse’s father and that he was such an important part of their special day. Jesse and Kendal are a perfect match and sharing their wedding day with those who love them most is a memory they will cherish forever.


FEATURED VENDORS BRIDE’S GOWN Town + Country Bridal MENSWEAR John’s Tuxedo ENTERTAINMENT The Phunky Monkeys BAKERY The Royal Cakery

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Additional Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Tran | GETTING READY LOCATION: Terrell House | CEREMONY LOCATION: Holy Name of Jesus Church | OFFICIANT: Rev. R. Tony Ricard | REHEARSAL DINNER: La Louisiane, Hotel Mazarin | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Bella Bridesmaids | VIDEOGRAPHER: B. Bryant Productions | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | TRANSPORTATION: Big Easy Limos | HAIR: Gregg White, G.W. Basixx |MAKEUP: Tracie Turner, Face By Trace | WEDDING PLANNER: Tenisha Keller | CANDLE DÉCOR: Luminous Events | RECEPTION LOCATION + CATERER: Audubon Tea Room | FINE JEWELRY: Ken and Dana Designs (bride) and Adler’s (groom) | INVITATIONS: Paper n’ Things | SECOND LINE: Keantay Brass Band with Mardi Gras Indians | N.O.W | 73




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CASCADE A cascade bouquet, also called a “shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade downward. This bouquet is often designed with larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms as it begins to taper down and land gracefully over the bride’s hands. COMPOSITE If you’re looking for a truly unique look in your wedding flowers, and you can’t find a particular variety of flower that appeals to you, a composite bouquet might be the perfect choice. This intricate creation is composed by taking individual petals from flowers (such as amaryllis, roses, or lilies), wiring them together on a single stem and creating the look of one giant bloom. HAND-TIED For this more relaxed style of bouquet, a variety of blooms that tie in with the wedding theme are wired or loosely gathered together and tied with a satin ribbon or a combination of ribbon and lace.

NOSEGAY A combination of simple style and elegance, the nosegay is a densely packed mound of flowers and greenery. When choosing flowers for a nosegay, compact blooms such as roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies, and ranunculus work best. PAGEANT The pageant bouquet, also known as a “presentation” bouquet (think of the flowers presented to Miss America when she is crowned), is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers that the bride carries cradled in her arms. POMANDER A less-traditional bouquet, the pomander is a small, compact bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter, and then suspended from a ribbon. POSY Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. ROUND The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. | N.O.W | 75


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A ROMANCE BY DESIGN Claire Ritchey & Andrew Kern APRIL 16, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sam Gregory WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

CLAIRE AND ANDREW’S LOVE STORY BEGAN with a chance meeting at a Halloween party in college. As soon as Andrew saw Claire, he knew that his life was about to change forever. They began talking and spent the evening getting to know each other, almost forgetting that there were other people at the party. At the end of the evening, Andrew walked Claire home and they parted with the promise to see each other again. As they said good night, Claire smiled and Andrew knew that her smile was all that he would ever need. After pursuing Claire for a few months, the couple shared a New Year’s Eve kiss as the Fleur de Lis dropped in Jackson Square and both of them knew that this love was going to last for an eternity. Claire and Andrew are both designers and have a Master’s in Landscape Architecture and a professional degree in Architecture respectively, so it made sense that they were eager to add personal design flair to every detail of their special day. The invitations, thank you cards, programs and stationery were all hand-drawn by the groom. Claire then added her own flourishes and text digitally. From the start, this couple worked as a team to make their day

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as special and unique as they are. The couple exchanged vows in Jackson Square at the site of where their love began- the history and the architecture of the Square reflects the couple’s love for design and each other. The wedding was officiated by Dr. John Brannon, the same pastor who married Claire’s parents and the reception took place at the Elms Mansion where Andrew’s parents met 30 years prior. Tying the past with the present was a sentimental detail that made the couple’s wedding special and intimate. The highlight of the wedding for Claire and Andrew was their second line from Jackson Square to Canal Street. The newly married couple danced, kissed and laughed all the way to privately chartered streetcars that whisked the couple and their guests to their reception at The Elms Mansion. From beginning to end, Claire and Andrew’s romance and wedding was perfectly designed and is undoubtedly built to last a lifetime.



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Additional Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Gregory | GETTING READY LOCATION: Hotel St. Pierre | CEREMONY LOCATION: Jackson Square | OFFICIANT: Dr. John Brannon | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Rock ‘n’ Bowl | BRIDE’S GOWN: Liv Harris exclusively for VOWS | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: The Dessy Group | MENSWEAR: NOLA Couture + Men’s Wearhouse | VIDEOGRAPHER: Montoto Productions | FLORIST + DÉCOR RENTALS: Fat Cat | BAKERY: Nola Belles | CEREMONY MUSIC: Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds | SECOND LINE: Free Agents Brass Band | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Rusty Yates Band | TRANSPORTATION: 1967 Mustang Convertible, New Orleans Street Cars, American Luxury Limousines | HAIR + MAKEUP: Get Polished | WEDDING PLANNER: Emily Sullivan Events | FINE JEWELRY: Homsy | FAVORS: American Klassic Designs | INVITATIONS: Ecrire Designs | N.O.W | 77

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HOW CHARMING We love this charming tradition! These New Orleans style cake pulls include 12 beautiful charms with meaning cards and your choice of ribbon color and length! Customize your cake pulls at or call (714) 914-0381 for more information.

A SWEET BEGINNING Nothing Bundt Cakes From engagement to reception... There’s much to celebrate. Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is divine and your Wedding Day should be the same. Say “I Do” to a Sweet Beginning. A Nothing Bundt Cake is the perfect solution to every gifting need. Choose from four different sizes and ten delicious flavors, all baked on site and adorned with petals of cream cheese frosting. New Orleans 4839 Prytania St New Orleans, LA 70115 504-267-4652

TOP IT OFF Mudcards Cake Topper These handmade, polymer clay wedding cake toppers by Mudcards can be customized to fit the happy couples’ description (attire, hair and eye color, bouquet, etc). A variety of props including pets, musical instruments, and more are available.

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SIGN UP FOR A COOKING CLASS Learn how to make a classic creole dish. Later, you can serve this for your loved ones and share the story behind it all! – Langlois Culinary Crossroads offers all kinds of culinary options.

GHOST TOUR No better way to relight the romance in the relationship than a Ghost



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BOWLING FUN Fulton Alley is the perfect spot for your more competitive couples looking to fine tune their game skills! Fulton Alley is predominantly a bowling alley, but there are plenty of other games there you and your significant other should check out.


TAKE A WINE TASTING CLASS W.I.N.O. (Wine Institute of New Orleans) offers weekly classes! W.I.N.O.

STEP UP THE TRADITIONAL “DINNER & A MOVIE” DATENIGHT EXPERIENCE Try a free rooftop screening at the Catahoula Hotel! Every Wednesday, the Catahoula Hotel screens a different movie on their rooftop overlooking downtown New Orleans. They also have a full bar with unique drinks, and food can be ordered at the bar and brought to your seat.



TRY MOSQUITO SUPPER CLUB It’s a great alternative to the classic dinner-date night. The Mosquito Supper Club is a tiny experimental restaurant where you’ll be seated in an intimate setting, sharing a dining table with soon-to-be friends. You’ll enjoy an amazing meal while the chef provides stories about her life and childhood, which explains the inspiration behind each dish.

has wines from all over the world and you’ll learn more about the wines you already love or discover new wines.


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TAKE A HIP HOP CLASS! Dancing Grounds on St. Claude offers a variety of classes at different times, and often has a $5 class special!


NO ONE DOUBTS THAT NEW ORLEANS HAS A SPECIAL ELEMENT OF ROMANCE found in its Old World charm. There are hundreds of delicious, mouthwatering restaurants, and dozens of those restaurants are some of the most romantic restaurants in the United States. So, clearly, wining and dining your significant other is a home-run option for any date night. However, if you’re looking to spruce up your date nights, here are our recommendations:


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New Orleans Date Night Ideas

Tour through the romantic, dimly-lit streets of the French Quarter. Most tours only run your $25 per person. ESCAPE PLAN Nothing will spice up your date night like an escape game. Get your heart pumping and your mind going at Clue Carré, where you and your significant other will be locked in a room with 4-5 other people with minimal clues (and time) to escape! GET A LAUGH Looking to lighten-up date night and bring a little laughter into your relationship? Stop by a comedy show. The New Orleans comedy scene is booming with so many options to choose from! We recommend trying on the of the following: Comedy Catastrophe, Comedy Beast, Think You’re Funny?, Jokes on Me, Comedy Boom, among others. MIX IT UP Learn how to make classic New Orleans cocktails at a Cocktail Class. The next time you and your significant other are hosting, you can wow your guests with your newfound skills of making crafty, signature New Orleans drinks!


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Deshawnna Jenae Hitchens & Erick Hitchens Sr. APRIL 28, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: D.J. Hunter, Prince Photography WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

DESHAWNNA AND ERICK HITCHENS SR. have actually been married for 10 years. They got married young and wanted to celebrate sharing a decade of love and commitment to each other with a vow renewal. Deshawnna says that Erick and her best friends Shamelle and Ashley planned a surprise reproposal at Deshawnna’s “Garden of Bliss” bridal shower. The bride thought that she was only going to be enjoying a special shower with family and friends and then the day took a turn. It had been a lovely brunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard in Baton Rouge when the time came for Deshawnna to take pictures with her guests. When it came time for her to take the last picture with her best friend, her favorite song began to play. Surprised, she turned around to see her love, Erick, down on one knee with an upgraded diamond ring, asking her to be his bride for a second time.

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The wedding was held at the Lyceum Ballroom, a venue that the couple picked for its elegance and charm. It was important to include Erick’s late mother in the ceremony so the couple made the decision to acknowledge her with a photo placed on the first seat on the groom’s side so that she would be a part of their day. They were also excited to share the day with their children. During the ceremony, Deshawnna and Erick exchanged their own written vows to each other, expressing their love as they had 10 years prior. At the reception, the bride and groom danced to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain”, the groom’s favorite song. Deshawnna and Erick prove that when you have true love, you can get through anything because you have each other. Here’s to 10 years and a lifetime to go!



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Additional Vendors: GETTING READY LOCATION: Hotel Indigo, Baton Rouge | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: The Lyceum Ballroom | OFFICIANT: Pastor Danny Donaldson, Sr. | BRIDE AND BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Bridal Boutique of Baton Rouge | MENSWEAR: Custom Suits, Brown and Brown Custom Clothiers of Baton Rouge | FLORIST, DÉCOR RENTALS, CANDLES: Nu Image Event Design | BAKERY: Laura-kate for Sweet Stirrings of Zachary, LA | CEREMONY + RECEPTION MUSIC: DJ Mario | MAKEUP: King Artistry | HAIR: NC Hair Studio (bride) + Salon IDYLL (bridesmaids) | TRAVEL AGENT: Carla Lewis, Relax and Unwind Travel | WEDDING PLANNER: FastLane Décor | CATERER: Jimmie and Maude Catering | INVITATIONS: D. Simone Creates | N.O.W | 85



CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHY G. Chapin Studios | STYLED BY LuLu Alexander, Weddings by LuLu | CHAIRS, HARVEST TABLE, PIPE + DRAPE, & LANTERNS Just Ask/True Value Rentals | ON LOCATION The Hotel Mazarin | BAKERY Joe Gambino’s Bakery | FLORALS Leaf + Petal NOLA | VIDEO Chad Dyle for Dyle Films | HAIR + MAKEUP Fairytales + Brides and Faces of Virtue | ATTIRE Pedram Couture + Town & Country Bridal | JEWELRY Kendra Scott | PAPER GOODS Kristen Leigh Lettering & Design | CUSTOM CHARGERS Exquisite Events Invites | MODELS Georgia Trist and Courtney Ware | CUISINE Chef Agnes Bellet, Executive Chef

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Posse from the Pedram Couture Atelier Bridal Collection features a fully encrusted design. Kendra Scott’s Keely stud earrings featuring ivory Mother-of-Pearl amidst a halo of silver and baguette crystals complete Courtney’s look. Hair and makeup by Faces of Virtue.

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Available at Town and Country Bridal, Nacer by Atelier Pronovias, is a mermaid-cut drop-waist crepe gown with round neckline and spectacular gemstone back detail. This gown is paired with the Caden Silver Drop earrings with drusy stone framed in pavĂŠ crystals by Kendra Scott. Hair and makeup by Fairytales + Brides. | N.O.W | 89

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Courtney is wearing Provenece from the Pedram Couture Atelier Bridal Collection with Caden Silver Drop earrings with drusy stone framed in pavĂŠ crystals by Kendra Scott. Hair and makeup by Faces of Virtue.

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This ivory Chantilly lace and mesh sheath gown by Tara Keely, available at Town and Country Bridal, features a cashmere underlay and bateau neckline. The Alex Earrings in Rose Quartz by Kendra Scott are a timeless addition to this elegant look. Hair and makeup by Fairytales + Brides. | N.O.W | 93

This ethereal lace and tulle over matte-side Lustre satin gown by Martina Liana, available at Town and Country Bridal, features a sweetheart neckline and cascades into a full train and skirt. Kendra Scott’s Keely stud earrings featuring ivory Mother-of-Pearl amidst a halo of silver and baguette crystals complete the look. Hair and makeup by Faces of Virtue.

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Georgia is wearing Arya by Matthew Christopher, a Mikado and duchess trumpet gown with the Paloma Veil with pearl edge, both available at Town and Country Bridal. Her look is completed with the Elyse ring and the Cole bracelet in silver and the Elle earrings in Maroon Jade by Kendra Scott. Hair and makeup by Fairytales + Brides. | N.O.W | 95

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Alex May-Sealey & Brandon Gaynor JUNE 24, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Trent Spann, Images by Robert T. WRITTEN BY: Natalie Pompilio

WHEN BRANDON GAYNOR DROPPED TO ONE KNEE during an early morning walk in the Hamptons, his girlfriend, Alex May-Sealey, wasn’t surprised or particularly excited. It wasn’t the first time her boyfriend of three years had tried to trick her into thinking he was asking her to marry him. And earlier in their stroll, Brandon had seemingly ignored Alex when she’d commented that this beach would be the perfect place to propose. So she asked him to stand up. Instead, he offered her a diamond ring. “It was real!” Alex says. The couple’s romance had begun the Hamptons years earlier, when this self-proclaimed Southern Belle and this Yankee from New York were part of a group sharing a summer rental in East Hampton. (One of Alex’s friends and Brandon’s roommate were dating after meeting on a chance plane ride, another love story that deserves to be told some day.) Alex and Brandon immediately hit it off — “We became best friends,” Alex says. Soon she was making the six-hour train ride from her home in Washington DC to the Long Island resort town to see Brandon “and, of course, to hang out at the beach.” By summer’s end, they were more than friends. With Alex still in the nation’s capital and Brandon in New York, they began a long-distance relationship.

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“For two years, we alternated weekend traveling to each other, taking 2 a.m. trains on Mondays to make it back in time for work,” she says. Almost a year after their engagement, in June 2017, Alex, Brandon and more than 220 of their nearest and dearest gathered in New Orleans. The couple was eager to show off Alex’s home state to the many out-of-town guests who had never visited before. They created a wedding hashtag — #geauxinggaynor — which undoubtedly confused some guests at first sight. They encouraged visitors to take a Southern cooking class, explore the bayou and visit a plantation. On the night before the wedding, Alex and Brandon gave a lesson in Carnival, renting a Bourbon Street balcony where guests enjoyed a Haydel’s Bakery king cake while throwing more than 350 pounds of beads to the ever-changing crowd below. The next day, after the wedding reception at Marché, the bride and groom handed out masks and led a second-line to Pat O’Brien’s for an after-party. “We wanted to provide a true experience all the way from the views to the music to the food,” Alex says. “It was great to see that come together with the ones we love.”



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Countdown to Gorgeous Written by Melissa Willis | Photo by Eau Claire Photographics

SO YOUR BIG DAY IS SIX MONTHS AWAY, MOST OF THE REALLY BIG ITEMS ON THE LIST ARE done and now its time to think about YOU! (You are a bride, isn’t it all about you anyway?) Your wedding day is your time to shine and you want to be at your very best. Wedding dress, hair, and makeup must be flawless but the skin under the flawless makeup has to be perfect as well. Here is your countdown for getting your skin in picture perfect shape before the big day: WATER: You either love it or you hate it but it’s hard to dispute

its benefits. I have a friend who drank a gallon every day during his modeling career and he never had a single blemish, EVER. A gallon of water a day might be a bit hard to swallow especially when you add in all those trips to the ladies room, however, if you can drink 6-8 glasses a day, the difference will be clear. Water flushes out impurities in your entire body and it is one of your best defenses against skin imperfections that always pop up at the wrong time. Add a lemon slice to your water and you’ve got a natural diuretic, add an orange slice for taste, or add 102 | N.O.W |

a cucumber slice for a spa experience. Dressed up or dressed down, water is a lifesaver. If you are the type who retains water, drink more to bust through that (trust me you’ll know when it happens). Six months out, step up your water intake and find the amount that is right for you. SKIN CARE: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, find a skin

care routine that works for you and stick to it. Six months out is a good time to look into that. Make sure it is appropriate for your skin type and use it as instructed. Check your skin weekly


skipped it, some more than others, but six months out make the commitment to do this every night before your wedding no matter how hard it is. Nighttime is the time that your skin renews and repairs itself. Give your skin the tools to do that by starting with a clean face. They say that every night you fall asleep with your makeup on ages you by 13 days. I don’t know if that’s true, but who wants to take the chance? TAKE CARE OF THE SKIN ON YOUR BODY: Five

months out is a good time to step up your skin care for the rest of your body. Many brides are wearing strapless and backless gowns these days so it is important to make sure that the skin on your neck, chest, and back is looking awesome. Unfortunately, with our hot climate, heat rashes are common and sometimes breakouts on the back can be inconvenient and even painful. There are great body washes on the market that can help with that but you may need to seek the care of a dermatologist. Five months out gives you plenty of time to do that. Another great tip for body care is to exfoliate at least twice a week. Get a scrub with some grit to it and exfoliate your whole body. We all have dead skin cells that need to be removed and a good scrub or a loofah will do that. Isn’t it glamorous to talk about dead skin? Not really, it’s got to go!

that about three months out. It’s a habit that will really pay off. MICRODERMABRASION: About two months out, have some

microdermabrasion done or get a kit and do it yourself. I recommend two months out just in case your skin is slow to recover. Microdermabrasion is a heavy exfoliant that really gets into the pores to clean out any impurities. Another reason to do this 60 days out is just in case there is any kind of reaction; if there is, you’d have plenty of time to clear it up. STICK TO THE ROUTINE: 30 days before the

wedding is a busy time and a critical time for your skin. Stick to whatever routine you have developed that is working for you. This is not the time to try new things. If your skin doesn’t like something you try, you might not have time to really get it cleared up before the wedding. Also, the idea that chocolate makes you break out is a myth that was busted years ago, however, if you know of a food or even a beverage that makes you breakout, steer clear 30 days before the wedding. Why take chances if you don’t have to? ALCOHOL: We do love to let the good times

roll here in New Orleans but alcohol can really do a number on the skin. Alcohol is very dehydrating to the skin and that is not what you want just before your wedding. Have a glass of water between drinks or have your drinks watered down. THE BIG DAY IS FINALLY HERE: Get a good night’s sleep the

night before your wedding. Try to relax as much as you can. Don’t forget to drink your water the day before and even while you are getting ready. Make sure to follow your skin care routine before your makeup goes on and don’t forget about moisturizing your neck and chest.


TAN LINES: Tanning isn’t good for the skin on the face or the body. Period. However, I am aware that many women are still tanning in the tanning bed or in the sun. Please be aware of your tan lines for your wedding. That bachelorette weekend was great but your tanned (or even burned) skin with a clear outline of your bikini straps will not do you any favors in your strapless or off-the-shoulder dress. Be careful out there.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR NECK AND CHEST: Sunscreen on the neck and chest is a must. You can lie about your age all day long but your neck and chest will tell the truth. A gorgeous dress loses a lot with a dry, wrinkled décolleté. Keep that area moisturized day and night (you’ll thank me later). Start being vigilant about


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CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan North, North Photography | STYLED BY Kim Sayatovic, Belladeux Event Design | LINENS AND ARCH Just Ask/True Value Rentals | ON LOCATION The Jaxson | CANDLE + FEATHER DÉCOR Firefly Ambiance | VIDEO Chad Dyle for Dyle Films | HAIR + MAKEUP Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | ATTIRE John’s Tuxedos, Pearl’s Place, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, Town & Country Bridal | MODELS Kristin Brooks, Coleena Zimet, Nathanial Zimet

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Kristin in wearing a lightly hand beaded fit and flare Eve of Milady gown with a sheer bodice and lace details, available at Pearl’s Place. Her look is completed with an ivory beaded bling! veil with lace edging, also available at Pearl’s Place. Nathanial looks dashing in the Navy Blake Tuxedo, a classy, attention grabbing formal look with a single button front and black satin peak lapels available at John’s Tuxedos. Coleena is wearing a champagne form fitting mermaid Jovani gown, available at Pearl’s Place. This gown features a fully embellished bodice with plunging neckline and layered mermaid skirt.

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OPPOSITE: Kristin is wearing a Jovani mermaid gown with beaded illusion bodice and horsehair trim on the skirt. This gown is available at Pearl’s Place. A pearl embellished veil, also from Pearl’s Place, completes her ensemble. THIS PAGE & OPPOSITE: Diamante beadwork adorns the bodice and lace detailing of this Martina Liana black princess ballgown available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. | N.O.W | 111

Coleena is wearing an ivory silver shimmer tulle bridal ball gown by Lazaro with a V neckline front and back, sweetheart lined bodice, natural waist, box pleated skirt, chapel train. This gown is available at Town and Country Bridal. For a classic day time look, Nathanial is wearing a Black Cutaway Tuxedo from John’s Tuxedos. The Cutaway tailcoat features a one-button front and self peak lapels. Pair this coat with a black and grey stripped ascot tie for an elegant, traditional look.

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Kristin looks regal in this shimmering Berta gown with a plunging illusion neckline and dramatic cape. This gown is available at Town and Country Bridal. | N.O.W | 113


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Josephina McManus & Drew Samaha AUGUST 20, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHER: Theresa Elizabeth Photography WRITTEN BY: Marielle Songy

DREW AND JOSEPHINA’S LOVE STORY BEGAN over the phone as a long distance romance. He was in New Orleans and she was in Houston and every day they would talk for hours getting to know each other. One day, Drew bought Josephina a plane ticket to New Orleans so that she could come and visit him, and the rest is history. The couple’s first date was at Nottoway Plantation and, although they never said it out loud at the time, they both felt a connection to the place and they knew that this was the spot where they would eventually marry. As the weekend continued, the couple attended a wedding and it was here that Drew first told Josephina that he loved her. After dating for a while, Drew surprised Josephina with a weekend getaway to Nottoway Plantation- the site of their first date. It was here that Drew got down on one knee and asked Josephina if she would marry him. It wasn’t until they were sipping mimosas the next morning on the porch that they both revealed that they knew that Nottoway Plantation would be the place where they would be married.

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The wedding promised to be as special as the couple themselves. The bride’s mother designed the wedding’s centerpiece and the bride danced with her father to the Bee Gee’s song “Staying Alive”, a song that holds special significance to them, as it was the song that they had danced to at elementary school father-daughter dances. Dancing to this song at the wedding was a full circle moment for Josephina and her father. The highlight of the evening came at the end when Josephina and her mother danced to Dido’s “Thank You”. As a child, her mother told her the song was a “perfect depiction of how she feels towards me”, shares Josephina. Being able to share this moment with her mother was the perfect end to an already memorable day. Josephina says that with all the stress leading up to the wedding day, the best part was looking at Drew and all of those who had come out to celebrate with them and realizing that they were loved and that their future together was just beginning.


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Is a “First Look” Right for You? Photographer Theresa Matherne of Theresa Elizabeth Photography dishes on this trending wedding day experience. NOW: For those who have never heard of this before, what exactly *is* a First Look? TM: A First Look is a nontraditional approach to seeing each other before the actual wedding ceremony, but is quickly becoming a tradition that photographers are praising…and for good reason! NOW: What are the benefits of doing a First Look? TM: Where do I start?! The benefits are huge! First and foremost, you both get to see each other before the ceremony and share your feelings together in private. You also get to put all of the nerves at bay…and quickly. You won’t have to wait hours to see each other and then when you do, not be able to say anything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard how relaxed my couples feel after seeing each other. If you think about it this way… 116 | N.O.W |

if you opt out of a First Look, when do you have a moment together quietly during the remainder of the day? Second, you have more time for photos. When I say photos, I mean your actual wedding portraits as husband and wife that you will cover your walls with. If you don’t take any photos together until after the ceremony, the schedule is much more strict, as most churches allow only 15 minutes on average for photos. I know it may seem like you have a lot of time for photographs after the ceremony, but once you start organizing the different family and wedding party shots there is barely any time left to get photos of the two of you. How ironic is that? It is your wedding but you have the least amount of time for your photos. First Looks can solve that problem! Third, you get to enjoy yourself… yes…you read that right. After the ceremony is finished, it is time to party! I always suggest taking a few photos of the two of you at your ceremony location but that’s it! Everything else is already done so you can get to the reception. How sweet is that?! Fourth, you will have the best light possible. Not only will you be able to enjoy every second of your reception because photos are completed before, but you will also have a better chance of getting those dreamy portraits during the ideal time of day: the “golden hour”. A lot of church weddings take place in the evening, so once you are married it is typically dark outside. Having a First Look will get you those gorgeous portraits you always see in your Instagram feed. NOW: Since we've covered the pros, what are the cons? TM: The biggest concern with deciding to participate in a First Look is timing. A first look will mean your entire timeline the day of the wedding will be earlier. This includes hair, makeup, florist arrival,

and even needing to extend your limo company for a longer period of time to take you to an extra location (if you are not doing your portraits at the prep or ceremony location). Not every couple has an overly emotional reaction during a First Look. You have to know yourselves and choose based on that. It is a seriously intimate moment (along with two photographers and possibly two videographers looming in the background) so make sure both of you are okay with that. NOW: How much time do you suggest devoting to the First Look? TM: The average time I suggest for a First Look is 1.5 hours. NOW: Where do you suggest doing the First Look? TM: I do think it is best to have your

First Look at your prep location, especially if you are planning to go to a separate location for your formal portraits. It gives your photographer bonus time to capture the two of you together on the ride to your portrait location. Score! NOW: What can you do to get the best possible images of the First Look? TM: The best thing to do is to stay in communication with your photographer in regards to your prep location. They will know what venues would be ideal for a First Look. Getting ready in the same location is also very helpful so your transportation company doesn’t need to make two trips from two different places. NOW: What was the most amazing First Look you've ever photographed? What made it so special? TM: My favorite memory from a First

Look was a few years ago. The wedding was at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and their staircase made quite the setting for a First Look. The staircase was so grand with a huge American flag hung in the background. The groom was an army ranger and I seriously did not think he was going to cry. He was always so poised and calm. Well, he literally broke down when he turned around and saw his bride. It was the sweetest thing I've ever seen! She brushed the tears from his face and gave him a big kiss and I lost it...the tears came! However, I can honestly say that every First Look I have photographed has been amazing. I get goose bumps every time and I love seeing my couples grinning from ear to ear when they see each other. It is beautiful. | N.O.W | 117

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The Minoa Babydoll by Cosabella features delicate infinity pattern lace at the bust and a scalloped edge detail at the neckline. This look is paired with a Jill Lindsay silk robe with a bold floral pattern and fun polka dot edging. | N.O.W | 123

Marielle is wearing Skarlett Blue’s Socialite Long Line bra paired with the coordinating French Bikini under a Flora Nikrooz ivory robe.

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Cosabella’s Hayworth collection, designed after Rita Hayworth, features geometric lace in Talco fabric. The Hayworth Maxi Dress features a halter neckline with keyhole opening at the natural waist, leg slit and low, open back. | N.O.W | 125

Marielle is wearing Flirt, a demi lace bra and Brazilian stretch lace panties in Deep Plum by Montelle Intimates with a Jill Lindsay mesh and lace robe.

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April Eiswirth & Norman Vallette, Jr. MAY 20, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandra O’Claire, Eau Claire Photographics WRITTEN BY: Natalie Pompilio

MANY COUPLES HAVE “IT WAS MEANT TO BE” STORIES, detailing their smooth course to happiness. They meet in grade school, find love in high school and then move into adulthood together as one, an inseparable unit, with nary a hitch. This is not one of those stories. April Eiswirth and Norman Vallette attended schools together from grades K through 12 but they barely spoke. Almost a decade after their high school graduation, both were again living in New Orleans but a miscommunication kept them from getting together. And when they did, finally, meet up as two single adults, they “picked up right where they left off: hardly talking to each other,” as their wedding website noted. Despite that less than stellar start, and Norman’s later refusal to go out for a night of “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” karaoke, and April’s initial hesitation to go on an actual “date” with Norman, who spent 10 minutes begging and pleading with her before she changed her mind, a love story began. Three years later, the avid sailors were in the final stretch of a race that saw Norman knock April into the water and their boat flip over. Driving the boat and trimming the mainsail, Norman pulled out a ring box and casually said, “Hey babe, I have a question.” April, focused on winning the race, replied,

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“Are you serious?” before saying “YES!” The couple became co-captains for life on May 20, 2017. They said “I do” in the front yard of April’s childhood home, so she could dress in her childhood bedroom while overseeing ceremony preparations from the window. Like their romance, April and Norman’s wedding day didn’t follow a typical formula: Both ring bearers were under a year old (and stole the show in their tiny tuxedos!). One of the bridesmaids fainted during the ceremony, making April the third of her siblings to have a member of their wedding party go down during the nuptials. Later, the couple’s 200 guests joined them for a celebration at Marché in the French Quarter. Norman and his mother shunned a tear-jerker song for their first dance and got down to “Twistin’ the Night Away.” Norman’s love of Pillsbury’s Funfetti was honored with a groom’s cake that looked like his family sailboat and included mini-sculptures of the couple’s cat, Dawn, and Pomeranian, Ferrah. April and a bridesmaid were able to “live out our college fantasy of belting out ‘Friends in Low Places.’” April and Norman’s wedding day may have been untraditional, but it was filled with love: “The pictures always have Norman and I smiling ear to ear or tearing up with emotions,” April says.



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Additional Vendors: GETTING READY + CEREMONY LOCATIONS: Bride’s Childhood Home | OFFICIANT: Pastor David Lofthus | RECEPTION LOCATION + CATERER: Marché | BRIDE’S GOWN: Yvonne LaFleur | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Bella Bridesmad | FLORIST: Meade Wenzel | BAKERY: The Sweet Life Bakery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Big Fun Brass Band | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Crescent City Soul | TRANSPORTATION: Big Easy Limos, Mid-City Carriages, Need A Ride Pedicabs | HAIR: Ali Vasquez | MAKEUP: Francelle Daly (bride) and Kellie Bode (bridesmaids) | WEDDING PLANNER: Bride’s Mother | JEWELRY: Designs in Jewelry | STATIONERY: Rudman’s (invitations) + Lulu Roniger (programs) | CHAIR RENTALS: Chap’s Party Rentals | N.O.W | 129 | N.O.W |

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real wedding

A CLASSIC TALE OF TRUE LOVE Courtney Dugas & Nathan Threlkeld MARCH 11, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan North, North Photography WRITTEN BY: Natalie Pompilio

IT WAS LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT: Nate Threlkeld and Courtney Dugas didn’t hit it off when they met during Mardi Gras 2013. One year later, they found themselves celebrating Carnival together again and they had a “strange but fun conversation about nerd movies,” Courtney says. That talk sparked a long-distance romance, with Nate in New Orleans and Courtney in Birmingham, AL. Bonded by a love of travel and good food and eager to spend more time together, the couple took vacations together. The most memorable of those adventures: A trip to Disney World that allowed Courtney to introduce Nate to one of her favorite places. As the clock approached midnight while the pair were standing in front of Cinderella’s castle, Nate asked a stranger to take a photo. He dropped to one knee as the hour struck. “It was a wonderful and amazing proposal that I didn’t expect and made the trip even more magical,” Courtney says. The couple married in March 2017 during a ceremony rich with personal details: Courtney’s bouquet included her grandmothers’ wedding rings, a way to honor the loved ones who passed away before the big day. The non-denominational ceremony included a reading from the couple’s favorite

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movie, “The Princess Bride,” and Nate’s favorite musical, “Les Miserables.” Family members and close friends were drafted as readers and into the bridal party. Nate’s nephew Coleston was the very eager and enthusiastic ring bearer. He dressed with the groom and groomsmen, shunning his mother to “hang with the guys” before the ceremony. With grave concentration, he carried the rings down the aisle. He only cried when told he had to leave the wedding reception. The reception at The New Orleans Lakefront Terminal Atrium included a live wedding painter. “I think it was the best money we spent for our wedding,” Courtney says. “Our guests loved watching him paint and we got an amazing piece of art to take home.” While Courtney remembers the entire day as amazing, her favorite moment came after the ceremony, when she and Nate were alone in a side room having something to eat. “We could just bask in how happy we were,” she says. “It was a calming moment after all the planning and getting ready and before the excitement of the reception. It was a great way for us to have this little intimate moment.”


FEATURED VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY North Photography CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION Messina's at the Terminal CATERER Messina’s Catering

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Additional Vendors: GETTING READY LOCATIONS: The Roosevelt New Orleans (bride), Courtyard by Marriott French Quarter (groom) | OFFICIANT: Emily Mosow | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Drago’s | BRIDE’S GOWN: Little White Dress Shoppe | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Bridals by Lori | MENSWEAR: Rome’s Tuxedos | FLORIST , CANDLE + DÉCOR RENTALS: Blumen Lendle | BAKERY: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | CEREMONY MUSIC: Harlequin Chamber Music | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Mobile Beats | TRANSPORTATION: Alert Transporation | HAIR + MAKEUP: Bella Bride | INVITATIONS: Elegant Wedding Invitations | LIVE PAINTER: Art by Christopher Turner | N.O.W | 133

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N.O.W. it’s your turn


You said, “YES!” What do you do N.O.W. ? FIRST AND FOREMOST, congratulations on your engagement. What began as a fairy tale you’ve envisioned for so long will soon be a reality. While you’re flooded with excitement over your new engagement, the list of things to do, vendors to meet and events to plan can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in. Our team at NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE created this planner to aide you with planning your dream wedding. We broke down everything you need to know about preparing for your big day. From a wedding budget to keep you on track to a handy “To Do” list to keep yourself organized, the N.O.W. PLANNER will make sure everything is coordinated so you’ll have time to enjoy what really matters — your wedding day! N.O.W. works with the best wedding professionals in New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and beyond. From gorgeous gowns, fabulous flowers, phenomenal photographers and everything in between, let our talented N.O.W. vendors help your dream wedding become a reality.

N.O.W. let’s plan your wedding...

LEGAL DETAILS Every wedding needs a license. The requirements are different in every state and parish and are subject to change. Contact officials before your big day to make sure your wedding goes off without any hitches!

REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE oth parties must go to the Parish Clerk’s Office to obtain the license. If both parties are unable to appear, the application B may be signed by one or both before a notary. Military exception: Individual appearing may present a copy of the other applicant’s military ID. Must bring proper identification: a current driver’s license, current state ID or passport.

Both parties must provide Social Security numbers. Both parties must provide certified copies of a birth certificate or a certified birth card. If either party has been divorced, a certified copy of the final divorce decree is required. If widowed, a certified copy of the former spouse’s death certificate is required. There is a 72 hour waiting period between issuing of the license and the ceremony. The license is valid for 30 days after issued.

AREA COURTHOUSES You can obtain a marriage license at any courthouse in the state. Here are the courthouses in Southeast Louisiana: ORLEANS PARISH (East Bank)






(504) 593-5100 Benson Tower 1450 Poydras, Suite 407 New Orleans, LA 70112 $27.50 Cash or Check Hours: M-F, 8:15am-3:15pm (excluding state holidays) (504) 407-0436 225 Morgan St. Room 201 (Inside Algiers Court House) New Orleans, LA 70114 • $27.50 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 9am-3pm (excluding state holidays) (504) 736-6390 Joseph S. Yenni Building 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Room 603 Harahan, LA 70121 • $29.40 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)


(504) 364-2922 or (504) 364-2923 Gretna Courthouse 200 Derbigny St., Third Floor Gretna, LA 70053 • $27.50 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)

PLAQUEMINES PARISH (West Bank) (504) 297-5180 301 Main St., Suite 108 Belle Chasse, LA 70037 • $30 Cash Only


(504) 271-3434 1101 West St. Bernard Highway Chalmette, LA 70043 • $25 Cash or Check

(985)-497-3331 2393 Hwy 18 (River Road) Edgard, LA 70049 • $37.50 Cash or Money Order Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays) (985) 809-8745 701 N. Columbia St. Grand Floor by elevator Covington, La 70433 • $25 - Cash Only (985) 783-6632 15045 River Road Hahnville, LA 70057 • $35 Cash, Check or Money Order Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)


(985) 839-7821 Courthouse Building Corner of Washington and Main Franklinton, LA 70438 • $30 Cash or Check


(985) 748-4146 110 N. Bay St. Amite, LA 70422 • $35 Cash, Check and Credit Cards


(985) 873-8376 310 Church St. Houma, LA 70360 • $40 Cash Only


(985) 447-4841 303 West 3rd St. Thibodaux, LA 70301 • $35 Cash Only

(Above information believed to be accurate at time of printing. Contact your parish officials prior to your visit to assure most up-to-date information.)

TO-DO BEFORE “I DO” DO YOU FEEL AS THOUGH you have a million things to do before you say, “I Do”? Not to worry. We’ve compiled a time line to help organize all your wedding events. Review the numerous wedding professionals at and let them help plan your perfect wedding.

Six to Nine Months Prior Nine to Fifteen Months Prior n Announce engagement to family and friends and plan an engagement party n Choose wedding date, preferably more than one in case your preferred venue and/or vendor is booked n Select wedding attendants n Establish budget early, with maximum amounts for each event/vendor/etc. n Decide on the style, formality and guest-list size for the wedding n Select wedding planner n Reserve ceremony and reception location n Secure wedding officiant n Begin compiling guest list and mailing addresses n Start the selection process for wedding professionals, including photographer/ videographer, entertainment, ceremony music, caterer, transportation, florist and stationery n Start the wedding gown and wedding attendants’ dress search n Consult travel agent for honeymoon plans. If traveling abroad, you will need valid passports and up-to-date immunizations

n Select gift registries n Order wedding gown & accessories, including veil, shoes and undergarments (wear to fittings) n Order menswear for groom and attendants n Take engagement pictures n Select and order bridesmaids dresses, schedule fittings, etc. n Engagement party n Finalize wedding professionals: Baker Party Rentals Caterer Photographer Ceremony Music Reception Entertainment Florist Stationery Other __________________________ Videographer

Four to Six Months Prior n Finalize guest list and mail Save-the-Date announcement n Reserve rehearsal dinner location and/or caterers n Order wedding invitations and thank-you notes n Hire calligrapher n Create wedding website with directions, accommodations, local attractions and other wedding details n Reserve accommodations for wedding night and out-of-town guests. n Book honeymoon and finalize travel documentations, if necessary n Order wedding cake, groom’s cake and any other confections n Research all legal requirements ­— permits + licenses n Purchase/rent any decor to be used during the ceremony and/ or reception

Two to Four Months Prior n Purchase wedding bands and have engraved if desired n Order favors and gifts. Purchase cake knives, toasting crystals and other accessories n Mail out-of-town invitations n Reserve wedding day beauty appointments for bride and attendants n Select wedding readings n Confirm menu selection and/or bar with caterer n Book specialty services, including photo booth, ice sculptures, rentals, Second Line, etc. n Continue writing thank you notes for previous bridal parties, couple showers, etc.

Four to Six Weeks Prior n Mail local invitations n Take bridal portraits and have framed for reception display n Begin addressing wedding announcements n Pick up wedding rings n Complete name-change documents n Print ceremony programs n Remember to update wedding website with any changes n Review banking and insurance information and see what needs to be updated after you’re married n Fill out a Change-of-Address at post office, if necessary

Two Weeks Prior n Confirm all appointments and finalize professional services: Baker Lodging Reservations Beauty Appointments Party Rentals Caterer Photographer Ceremony Music Reception Entertainment Entertainment Transportation Florist Videographer Honeymoon Reservation Other_________________________________ n Order wedding gown & accessories, including veil, shoes and undergarments (wear to fittings) n Arrange for pick-up of wedding gown, if you haven’t done so already n Plan seating arrangements, if necessary n Pick up marriage license n Plan honeymoon wardrobe, obtain travel tickets and confirm reservations n Remember to update wedding website with any event changes

One Week Before n Schedule pick-up and return of groom’s and groomsmen’ attire, if rented n Prepare final checks to wedding vendors, as well as donations to ceremony officiants and musicians, if necessary

Te Day Before n Welcome family and friends from out-of-town n Have honeymoon bags packed n Gather all wedding day items n Attend rehearsal dinner and give gifts to wedding party and family

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n Arrange to see hairstylist and make-up artist BEFORE your attendants n Be dressed and ready about two hours before ceremony for photos


saying “I DO” is the easy part!

THE BUCK STOPS HERE BEFORE YOU SAY “I DO,” you need ask “How Much?” Traditionally, the bride’s family carries the majority of the financial responsibility. But with the cost of weddings growing as well as the average age of couples increasing, many couples are picking up some of the wedding expenses. Grooms’ families are also chipping in more than just the traditional rehearsal dinner and other small expenses. But no matter how the bill is divided, couples need to decide on a budget and stick with it.



CEREMONY & RECEPTION $____________ Ceremony Location $____________ Officiant’s Fee $____________ Marriage License $____________ Reception Venue $____________ Caterer $____________ Bar $____________ Rentals $____________ Cake $____________ Transportation $____________ Wedding Planner $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST


ATTIRE $____________ Wedding Gown BUDGET $ $____________ Headpiece/Veil $____________ Shoes $____________ Trousseau/Undergarments $____________ Jewelry $____________ Hair & Makeup $____________ Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit $____________ Groom’s Shoes $____________ Wedding rings $____________ Other $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST

STATIONERY $____________ Save-the-Date BUDGET $ $____________ Invitation & Envelopes $____________ Reply Cards & Envelopes $____________ Programs $____________ Seating Cards and/or Menu Cards $____________ Thank-You Notes $____________ Postage $____________ Calligraphy $____________ Announcements $____________ Other $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST

$____________ Ceremony Decor BUDGET $ $____________ Bridal Bouquet $____________ Attendants’ Bouquets & Boutonnières $____________ Corsages & Boutonnières for Family $____________ Reception Centerpieces/Decor $____________ Delivery Fees $____________ Other $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO $____________ Photographer’s Fee BUDGET $ $____________ Videographer’s Fee $____________ Engagement + Bridal Portrait Sessions $____________ Wedding Album $____________ Additional Album(s) $____________ Additional Prints + Video Copies $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST

ENTERTAINMENT $____________ Ceremony Music BUDGET $ $____________ Reception Band/DJ $____________ Second Line $____________ Artists (Live Painters, Photo Booth, Etc) $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST

DETAILS & GIFTS $____________ Attendants’ Gifts BUDGET $ $____________ Parents’ Gifts $____________ Guest room Welcome Gifts $____________ Favors $____________ Toasting glasses/Cake Knives $____________ Second Line Umbrellas $____________ Guest Book $____________ Announcements $____________ Other $____________ ESTIMATED COST $____________ ACTUAL COST



Venue Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________________

Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

RECEPTION LOCATION Venue Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________________


TUXEDO RENTALS Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

HAIR & MAKEUP Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

Venue Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________________



Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

DÉCOR RENTALS Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

PHOTOGRAPHER Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

VIDEOGRAPHER Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

STATIONIER Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

BAKERY Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________


RECEPTION BAND/DJ Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

SECOND LINE Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

TRANSPORTAION Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

OFFICIANT Co. Name/Contact Person ___________________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________

WEDDING PLANNER A WEDDING PLANNER will be your new best friend in the months leading up to your wedding day. Meet and interview some of NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE planners and choose the best fit for you. Discuss everything from design details down to the budget, and let them help make your dream wedding a reality.



n May we see references and your portfolio? n Tell us about previous weddings you’ve coordinated. n Have you planned weddings similar to ours (size/ traditions/venues/etc)? n Do you base your fees on the total cost or by preset packages? n How can you help my wedding day run smoothly and stay on budget? n What are your terms of payment? n What is your cancellation policy?

Name of Planner_______________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________________________________________________ Cell____________________________________________________________________________________ Email__________________________________________________________________________________ Website_____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates___________________________________________________________ Notes_________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________









n Does this planner “get” my vision? n Have they given me realistic options and advice? n Do I feel comfortable with them? Do our personalities mesh? n Do I like their overall style shown in their portfolio? n Do they understand the religious and/or cultural traditions that are important to us? n Am I comfortable with the cost of hiring them? n What about this planner makes me think they’re “the one”?



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Interview 3 potentials in each vendor category before making your selection.

WEDDING PLANNER TOTAL COST BUDGET $ DEPOSIT Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________ BALANCE Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________ Estimated Cost $_________________________________________________________________ Actual Cost $_______________________________________________________________________

THE FINE PRINT MAKE THE RIGHT FIRST IMPRESSION with your guests and wow them with stationery that sets the tone and style of your big day.

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n May we see references, samples and your portfolio? n What style of invitations do you recommend for our wedding? n How long does it take to process orders? n Does the invitation I’m interested in require additional postage? n Can we get matching thank-you notes and stationery? n How many invitations should I order based on my guest list? n If I need to order additional invitations, what is the cost and how long will this take? n What customizations are available? n Can you recommend a calligrapher? n What are the payment terms

MY STATIONER Company Name ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Important Dates ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

DON’T FORGET n Envelopes should be addressed by hand n Record RSVPs to your Master Guest List n Record the dates of each mailing



Save-the-Dates....................................................... $_____________________________ Invitations & Envelopes....................................... $_____________________________ Reply Cards & Envelopes................................... $_____________________________ Programs................................................................... $_____________________________ Seating Cards and/or Menu Cards................. $_____________________________ Thank-You Notes.................................................... $_____________________________ Postage...................................................................... $_____________________________ Calligraphy............................................................... $_____________________________ Announcements..................................................... $_____________________________ Other.......................................................................... $_____________________________

DEPOSIT........................................................... $___________________________ BALANCE........................................................ $___________________________ TOTAL................................................................ $___________________________

THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE N.O.W. the fun begins — ­­­ the search for the perfect wedding gown and styling your wedding day look. Be sure to choose a dress that looks and feels like it was made just for you. Be realistic about your budget and let your bridal boutique attendant know both the style and price range you’re looking for. But remember, this is all about you. Don’t let outside opinions get between you and your dream dress! Choose a hair style and makeup that make you feel amazing and complement your gown!



n Do you have any gowns in stock, or must they be ordered? n Can you guarantee a delivery date? How far in advance do I need to place my order? n How many fittings should I schedule? n Do my attendants need to be here in person to order their dresses? n When can you offer alterations and fittings? Can you make last-minute alterations? n What is your return policy? n What are your payment terms?

nC an I see your portfolio? How long have you been doing hair and/or makeup professionally? Are you licensed? nD o you offer both hair + makeup services? nC an you provide services for everyone in my bridal party? What are the fees? Are there any minimums? nW hat time will you need to start on the wedding day? nD o you offer on-site applications or in salon only? nA re there any travel fees? nH ow much is a trial run? When is this scheduled? nW hat are your payment terms? nW hat is your cancellation policy?

Name of Boutique _____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________

MY GOWN DETAILS Designer ____________________________________________________________________________ Size ____________________________________________________________________________________ Style __________________________________________________________________________________ Color _________________________________________________________________________________ Veil/Headpiece Style + Color ____________________________________________ Foundation Wear Style + Size ____________________________________________ Shoe Style + Size ________________________________________________________________ Accessories _______________________________________________________________________

APPOINTMENT DATES Order Date ________________________________________________________________________ Fittings _______________________________________________________________________________ Final Fitting ________________________________________________________________________ Pick-Up ______________________________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________

Name of Company ___________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ___________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________________________________________________________ Email__________________________________________________________________________________________ Website ____________________________________________________________________________________ Appointments ___________________________________________________________________________ Notes ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

BRIDE’S LOOK TOTAL COST BUDGET $ Gown: Order Number _____________________________________ $______________________ Veil/Headpiece: Order Number______________________ $______________________ Foundation Wear: Order Number____________________ $______________________ Shoes: Order Number______________________________________ $______________________ Accessories: Order Number____________________________ $______________________ Attire Deposit: Due On____________________________________ $______________________ Attire Balance: Due On____________________________________ $______________________ Hair + Makeup Deposit: Due On______________________ $______________________ Hair + Makeup Balance: Due On______________________ $______________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID TRADITIONALLY, ATTENDANTS PAY FOR THEIR OWN attire, but the shopping is usually done in a group with the Bride taking the lead on style, shape and color. It’s important to choose styles and hues that flatter each attendant. And don’t forget to coordinate shoes and accessories.

ATTIRE Name of Boutique ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

APPOINTMENT DATES Order Date ________________________________________________________ Fittings____________________________________________ Final Fitting ________________________________________________________ Pick-Up____________________________________________ Notes _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAID OF HONOR Designer, Style+ Color ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Accessories ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shoes ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fitting ________________________________________________________________ Pick-Up____________________________________________

BRIDESMAIDS ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Accessories ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shoes ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fitting ________________________________________________________________ Pick-Up____________________________________________

FLOWER GIRL(S) Designer, Style+ Color ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Accessories ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shoes ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fitting ________________________________________________________________ Pick-Up____________________________________________

WELL GROOMED THE TASK OF SELECTING THE GROOM’S ATTIRE is his decision. Whether purchased or rented, his attire should complement the time and feel of your wedding as well as your gown and bridal party’s attire!


WHAT TO ASK n What type of attire do you suggest based on the time, date, location and formality of our event? n Do you have the attire that we want in stock or does it need to be ordered? n Are shoes and accessories included in the price? n How far in advance do we need to make reservations? n Do the members of the groom’s party need to be fitted in person? Do you offer fittings, pressings and last minute alterations? n When does the attire need to be returned? n What is your damage policy? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy?

GROOM’S ATTIRE Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Order Date_________________________________________________________________________ Fitting ________________________________________________________________________________ Pick-Up_______________________________________________________________________________ Return_________________________________________________________________________________



Main Ensemble __________________________ .$ _____________________________________ Accessories:_______________________________ .$ _____________________________________ Deposit: Due On________________________ .$ _____________________________________ Balance: Due On________________________ .$ _____________________________________

Coat Size_____________________________________________________________ S R L XL Pants (waist)_____________________________(out seam)________________________________ Shirt (neck)________________________________(sleeve length)_______________________ Shoe Size__________________________________________________________________________________ Height + Weight_______________________________________________________________________

style & colors ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________








TOTAL $__________________________________________



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Select and order menswear 6 months prior to your wedding date.

ALL THE GROOM’S MEN THE GROOM’S ATTENDANTS’ ATTIRE should provide a pleasing addition to the bridal party. Their suits or tuxedos can be purchased or rented along with the Groom’s ensemble. The cost of the suit is usually the responsibility of each attendant.

MEN’S ATTIRE Name of Company _______________________________________________________________________ Main Contact _______________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Website ________________________________________________________________________________________

ATTIRE BEST MAN Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________________ Accessories___________________________________________________________________ Shoes ____________________________________________________________________________ Fitting___________________________ Pick-Up_________________________________

Order Date____________________________________________________________________________________


Fitting ___________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________________ Accessories___________________________________________________________________ Shoes ____________________________________________________________________________ Fitting___________________________ Pick-Up_________________________________

Pick-Up__________________________________________________________________________________________ Return____________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

USHERS ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________________ Accessories___________________________________________________________________ Shoes ____________________________________________________________________________ Fitting___________________________ Pick-Up_________________________________

RING BEARER(S) ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________________ Accessories___________________________________________________________________ Shoes ____________________________________________________________________________ Fitting___________________________ Pick-Up_________________________________

style & colors _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

BON APPÉTIT IF THERE IS NO ON-SITE CATERER at your reception location, the catering professionals in NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE are among the very best in the business. Do your research, accept recommendations and be sure to taste-test! A full-service caterer provides linen services, waiters and table service. Choose one who will listen to your ideas and help plan a menu for a delightful, memorable event



n May we see a menu and package samples? n Will you be at the reception? Who will be assisting? How will your staff be dressed? n How many servers do we need for a seated/buffet reception? What is the estimated cost per person for each? What does that include? n How much floor space do you need for preparation, serving and bar service? n Are you licensed/insured for bar service? n What is the bar fee? What does that include? How many bars and bartenders can you provide? n What amount of liquor do you recommend based on our guest list? n Will we be charged for unopened bottles/can it be returned? n What bar supplies do you provide? n Can you provide cash/open bar services? n What time will the bars close? n When will we need to finalize our menu? n When do you need a final guest count? n Can you provide special dietary food? n What are the taxes and gratuities? Are there any additional fees? n How much set up time do you need? Are you fullservice? n How is the food presented? Do you provide any decor for buffet tables? n Are we able to do a tasting? If yes, when? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy?

Hors d’oeuvres__________________________________________________________________________



Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ Salads, Soups____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Entrées_____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sides__________________________________________________________________________________________ Carving Station__________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Specialty Station_______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dessert______________________________________________________________________________________ Other_________________________________________________________________________________________ Other_________________________________________________________________________________________ Open Bar: Yes (

) No (


Cash Bar: Yes (

) No (


Signature Cocktail(s)_________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Liquor(s) served________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wine(s) served__________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Beer(s) served___________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Other_________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL COST BUDGET $ DEPOSIT Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________ BALANCE Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

LET THEM EAT CAKE NO MATTER HOW BIG, STYLISH or expensive your wedding is, it won’t be complete without a wedding cake. Choosing your pastry chef is an important task that requires some hard work: taste testing! Don’t forget to order a groom’s cake and/or additional sheet cakes for a larger reception.

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n May we see your portfolio and hear about your culinary background? Do you offer tastings? n How soon should we order our cake? Are delivery and set-up included? If so, how far in advance before the reception will the cake be delivered? n Can you create a custom wedding and/or groom’s cake from a photograph, fabric swatch, flower, etc.? n Can you make extra sheet cakes, if necessary? n Do you provide cutting instructions for servers? n Do you supply a container to freeze the top layer? Boxes for left-over cake? n Is there a charge for supports or bases? If so, may we return them and be refunded? n What are your payment terms?

BAKERY Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________

WEDDING CAKE Description/Flavors ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of Servings ___________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________

GROOM’S CAKE Description/Flavors ___________________________________________________________ Number of Servings ___________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL COST BUDGET $ DEPOSIT Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________ BALANCE Due On__________________________________________ Paid $__________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________ PHOTO: IMAGES BY ROBERT T

FLOWERS & DÉCOR FLOWERS AND OTHER DECOR set the tone for your wedding. Your decor should reflect the season, your personal style, as well as your budget. Before contacting a florist or decor rental company, organize ideas, color palettes and pictures of what you envision for your wedding and let our NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE vendors help create your vision!



n May we see pictures from past weddings you’ve done? n Are any of our flower choices restricted by season? n Do you suggest any particular flowers based on the time of year and/or location? n Will you be present to set up on the wedding day? Will someone assist you? n Do you provide decorations and equipment, like arches, trellises, candles, etc? n How fresh will the flowers be on the wedding day? n What are your delivery/setup/breakdown fees? n What are your payment terms? n What is your policy for cancellation?

n May we see pictures from past weddings you’ve done? n What are your delivery/setup/breakdown fees? n What rental items do you suggest to help us create our vision while staying within budget? n Will you be present to oversee set up on the wedding day? n Are you insured? What are your policies for damages? n How early do you need to arrive for setup? n When should we expect to receive a quote and decor plan? n What are your payment terms? n What is your policy for cancellation?


Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________

Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL FLORAL & DÉCOR COST BUDGET $ Floral Deposit: Due On____________________________________ $______________________ Floral Balance: Due On____________________________________ $______________________ Décor Deposit: Due On____________________________________ $______________________ Décor Balance: Due On___________________________________ $______________________








TOTAL $__________________________________________



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Keep the season in mind when choosing your wedding flowers. Often, in season blooms may be less expensive than those that are not in season.

MEMORIES CAPTURED CAPTURE THOSE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MEMORIES with professional photography and video! Make sure your photographer and videographer will catch all the important aspects of your wedding. You need to decide on this service as soon as possible in the planning phase to be sure you get the best available.

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n May we see your references, portfolio and past wedding samples? n Will you be the one photographing/videoing my wedding? n What style do you specialize in (candid, portraits, etc.)? n Have you ever worked in our wedding venue before? n Will someone assist you on the wedding day? n Are you familiar with the lighting and layout at our venue(s)? n What are your packages and what do they include (number and size of photos, albums, additional costs)? n For videographer, what is the price for additional copies? Do we need to provide a song list to be played along with the video? n Do you offer overtime? What is the rate? n Can we purchase the negatives/digital files? If not, how long do you keep them on file? n What are your payment terms? Are there any additional charges we should know about? n What is your cancellation policy?

PHOTOGRAPHER Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

VIDEOGRAPHER Name of Company ____________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL PHOTO & VIDEO COST Photography Deposit: Due On_________________________ $______________________ Photography Balance: Due On_________________________ $______________________ Videography Deposit: Due On_________________________ $______________________ Videography Balance: Due On_________________________ $______________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

REHEARSAL DINNER THE REHEARSAL NORMALLY TAKES PLACE THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING. The Rehearsal Dinner is the time to reflect and enjoy the company of close friends and family before tomorrow’s big event. It’s a wonderful time to present gifts to family members and the wedding party and thank them for supporting you during all of your wedding festivities. Restaurants, hotels and other establishments in NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE are some of the most beautiful in the country. Visit some of our amazing vendors and sample what they have to offer!

REHEARSAL Date ___________________________________________________________________________________ Location _____________________________________________________________________________ Time _____________________________________ To _____________________________________ Confirmed with location coordinator ________________________________ On____________________________________________________________________________________ Confirmed with officiant ____________________________________________________ On____________________________________________________________________________________

REHEARSAL DINNER Location _____________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment date(s) _________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Cocktail Hour Time _______________________ To ___________________________ Dinner begins at _______________________ Ends at ___________________________ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________



Cost Per Head $____________________________ Total $_________________________ Bar (if applicable) $_____________________________________________________________ DEPOSIT Due On__________________________________________ $__________________________________ BALANCE Due On__________________________________________ $__________________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

MENU Cocktails/Bar ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Appetizers__________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Salad + Soup_______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Entrées ______________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Desserts ____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

THE CEREMONY THIS IS THE DAY THE TWO OF YOU have been waiting for ­— today is the reason for all of your hard work. After you walk down the aisle as a married couple, you’ll know that all of your planning was worth it!

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n Is the facility open to non-members (e.g., Church , Synagogue, etc.) n Are there any restrictions on the day or time of the event? n Are there any restrictions for lighting, cameras, audio/ video equipment? n How far in advance should we reserve this site? n Is there a mandatory dress code and/or attendant number? n Do you have musicians available? Will we be permitted to use outside musicians? n Are we permitted to decorate the site? n Are there rest/dressing rooms? n Is the site handicap accessible? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy?

OUR CEREMONY LOCATION Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________



Ceremony Site Deposit: Due On___________________ $_________________ Ceremony Site Balance: Due On___________________ $_________________ Officiant Deposit: Due On_____________________________ $_________________ Officiant Balance: Due On_____________________________ $_________________ Musicians Deposit: Due On____________________________ $_________________ Musicians Balance: Due On___________________________ $_________________

TOTAL $_____________________________________

OFFICIANT Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ n Will you perform the ceremony at a non-religious site, such as hotel ballroom, etc.? n Is there a standard format? Can we write our own vows and select the music? n If we have been divorced, or if we are not of the same faith, will you officiate? n Will you file the marriage license after the wedding? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy?

MUSICIANS Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ SONG CHOICES Processional ______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Recessional ________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Presentation of Gifts/Religious _________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ n May we see references and a demo cd/video? n Are you performing locally any time soon? May we attend the performance? n Can we see a song list? Can you perform particular songs we might want that are not on the list? n What instruments/vocalists are available? n Are you able to perform in outdoor venues if needed? n How far in advance must we book? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy?

THE RECEPTION THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST ELABORATE PARTIES you will ever host. It is also the ideal time to thank your family members, friends and guests for being there with you throughout the exciting festivities. Before making your final choice, ask yourself if this location fits your wedding style. Is it within your established budget? If not, are you willing to compromise your budget to secure the location?

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n Is this location easily reached from our ceremony venue? n Is there an outdoor reception area available? n Is this location handicap accessible? Is parking available? n Will there be any changes to the location between now and the reception? n What are the menus/prices/packages available? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy

VENUE Name of Venue __________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________ Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Hours of Operation ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Dates Available___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________



Deposit: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________ Balance: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

WHAT TO ASK THE LOCATION’S COORDINATOR/MANAGER n May we see references and photographs of other receptions held here? n May we tour the area? Are there any specific restrictions? n How far in advance must reservations be made? When do you need the final guest count? n What area/rooms are available? How early can we set up? How late can we stay? n Is there a dressing room our wedding party will have access to? n Are there enough electrical outlets for our entertainers? Do you provide any type of sound system? Are there any lighting or sound restrictions? n How large is the dance floor? Can you provide a stage or raised platform? n Do you provide tables, chairs, linens and/or table settings? n Do you have a caterer on site? Bar service? Are we required to use the on-site caterer or is an off-site caterer permitted? Will they have access to your kitchen? n Who will be the main contact for our baker, florist, caterer, decorator, etc.? n Will you provide the serving staff? How many and in what capacity? n Can you provide parking valets, coat check and/or door attendants? n What is the maximum capacity, both seated and standing? n Do you have any other events scheduled on the day of the wedding? n Are you insured for liability? Will you provide security, including the parking lot? n What is your rental fee? For how long? Does that include service, catering and/or clean-up? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy?

ENTERTAINMENT WHETHER YOU’RE “A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY” or he’s “a little bit rock ‘n’ roll,” the entertainment needs to be accommodating to please you, your family and guests. New Orleans musicians can provide that versatility from classical-music ensembles to funk bands. You might also choose to have additional entertainment, such as a photo booth or live event painter at your wedding! Choose your entertainment with as much care as you would do with other items in your wedding.



n May we see references and a demo cd/video? n Are you performing locally any time soon? May we attend the performance? n Can we see a song list? Can you perform particular songs we want that are not on the list? n How will you be dressed? n Do you provide lighting/special effects? n How far in advance must we book? n Will you be the master of ceremonies at the reception? n How many breaks do you take and for how long? Do you require a break room and/or food to be provided? n How many sets do you play and how long is each set? n Do you charge a total rate or by the hour? n When do you start overtime rates? How much? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy

n What is included with your service? n How many hours are included? n How much space do you require for setup? When will you arrive to set up? n How will you be dressed? n How far in advance must we book? n Do you charge a total rate or by the hour? n When do you start overtime rates? How much? n What are the payment terms? n What is the cancellation policy?

Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________

Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes _________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Website _____________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Set Time ____________________________________________________________________________ Break Time_________________________________________________________________________ Hourly/Flat Rate_________________________________________________________________ Overtime/Tips____________________________________________________________________ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ SPECIAL SONGS First Dance_________________________________________________________________________ Parents’ Dance___________________________________________________________________ Bridal Party Dance_____________________________________________________________ Special Requests________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________________________




Band/DJ Deposit: Due On__________________________________ $____________________ Band/DJ Balance: Due On__________________________________ $____________________ Add’l Entertainment Deposit: Due On________________ $____________________ Add’l Entertainment Balance: Due On________________ $____________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

TRANSPORTAION MANY OF YOUR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS will need transportation for all of the wedding events. New Orleans has a variety of luxurious limousine services. Be sure to sign a contract and establish a complete schedule of pick-up and drops-off times and locations.

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n May we see references and showroom/portfolio of vehicles offered? n What types of vehicles do you offer? n What special features do the vehicles come with? n What are the prices and what does that include? n What is your city-license number? n What does your insurance cover? n What is the minimum rental time? Do you charge for overtime? When does that begin and how much? n Do you offer special wedding rates and/or packages? n How far in advance should we reserve your services? n Can you guarantee certain vehicles for the wedding day? n Are food and beverages allowed in the vehicles? n How will the driver(s) be dressed? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy

Bridal Party__________________________________________________________________________________$______________________ Groom and Groom’s attendants___________________________________________________$______________________ Parents_________________________________________________________________________________________$______________________ Newlyweds to Reception_____________________________________________________________$______________________ Newlyweds’ exit vehicle_______________________________________________________________$______________________ Other____________________________________________________________________________________________$______________________



Deposit: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________ Balance: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________




Bride ____________________________________________________________________________________________$______________________



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Website ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Date(s) __________________________________________________________________________________________ Hours of Operation ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Name of Company _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Names on travel reservations must match what is on your government issued ID

HONEYMOON DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE to decide where, when and how long your honeymoon will be. If you don’t have a “dream” location in mind, consult a travel agency to help plan your romantic excursion.

WHAT TO ASK PROSPECTS n How long have you been in business? n What special packages and rates can you offer for our honeymoon? n Do you have a Honeymoon Registry? n How far in advance must we make reservations and arrangements? n Do you offer cruises, air travel, car rental and other types of reservations as well? n What paper work will we need for specific travel plans? n Do you notify the manager of the hotel that we are newly weds? n Do you offer traveler’s insurance? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy? Name of Company ________________________________________________________________ Main Contact ________________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________________________________________________________________ Email ______________________________________________________________________________________ Website _________________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Date(s) _____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Hours of Operation _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

HONEYMOON ITINERARY Hotel_______________________________________________________________________________________ Confirmation Number____________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________________________________________________________________ Email ______________________________________________________________________________________ Website _________________________________________________________________________________ Check-in Date/Time ______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Check-out Date/Time ____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Transportation________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Other______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL COST Deposit: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________ Balance: Due On_______________________________ $_____________________________

TOTAL $__________________________________________

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Gambino’s Bakery.....................................................................81

DoubleTree by Hilton..........................................................IBC

Clarion Herald........................................................................ 134

Nothing Bundt Cakes............................................................ 80

Hyatt Centric French Quarter...........................................55

Royal Cakery..............................................................................81

Loews Hotel..................................................................................7 Maison Dupuy Hotel...............................................................54

BRIDAL FASHION + ACCESSORIES: John’s Tuxedos..........................................................................99 Pearl’s Place...............................................................................96 Southern Bridal Dreams.......................................................96 The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe........................................96 Town & Country Bridal.......................................................... 97

NOPSI Hotel...............................................................................61 Royal Sonesta.............................................................................31 The Columns Hotel................................................................ 60

HAIR, MAKEUP, BEAUTY: Dazzle Doll................................................................................105 Revive The Lakeview Hair Salon......................................103

CATERERS: Café Royale................................................................................42 Messina’s Catering................................................................. 30 Pigeon Caterers....................................................................... 25 Two Girls One Shuck............................................................... 12

DÉCOR RENTALS: Firefly Ambiance Candles & Décor................................... 71 Mardi Gras Productions.................................................. 78-79 Royal Events...............................................................................70 True Value Rental ................................................................. 75

ENTERTAINMENT : Magnolia Entertainment......................................................... 9

Rodan and Fields...................................................................104 True Beauty..............................................................................105 Verde Beauty...........................................................................105

VENUES: Club XLIV & Encore...............................................................24 DoubleTree by Hilton..........................................................IBC Felicity Church.........................................................................58 Generations Hall...................................................................... 47 Hyatt Centric French Quarter...........................................55 Loews Hotel..................................................................................7 Maison Dupuy Hotel...............................................................54 Messina’s at the Terminal..................................................... 30 New Orleans City Park..........................................................13 NOPSI Hotel...............................................................................61 Pat O’s on the River................................................................42

Wyman Studio.........................................................................104

Republic NOLA........................................................................59


Steamboat Natchez................................................................43

Royal Sonesta.............................................................................31

Abbey Printing.......................................................................... 67

The Chicory...............................................................................46

Hip Wedding Items by Business Brandings.................. 80

The Columns Hotel................................................................ 60

Eternally Nola............................................................................98

The Elms Mansion.................................................................. 60

Gris Gris Art............................................................................... 12

The Federal Ballroom............................................................59

Prytania Design........................................................................66


The Monastery.......................................................................... 25 Tujague’s Restaurant...............................................................42

Eau Claire Photographics.....................................................118


G. Chapin Studios...................................................................118

Belladeux Event Design..................................................... IFC


GK Photography....................................................................130

Weddings by LuLu.....................................................................11

Crystal Vase................................................................................74

Images by Robert T.................................................................119

Grow with Us.............................................................................. 71

North Photography & HD Cinema....................................131

Mardi Gras Productions.................................................. 78-79

Prince Photography...............................................................127

Mardi Gras Productions.................................................. 78-79 The Phunky Monkeys.............................................................83

Nola Flora...................................................................................70

Dyle Films...................................................................................... 1

TRAVEL: Paradise Vacation Escapes................................................. 60

Theresa Elizabeth Photography.........................................117 Your Day Production..............................................................118

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