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JANUARY 2021 CONTENTS FEATURED EDITORIAL 10
CARNIVAL BLUES A fashion & decor homage to Carnival 2021
REAL WEDDINGS 22
Elizabeth Morgan + Dr. Jay Orr
Kimberly Hirstius + Carlo Carollo III
Courtney Cline + Drew Ledbetter
PLANNING RESOURCES Featured Articles 24 WINE & DINE Wine Dinner wedding inspiration from Toulouse Gourmet and The Cannery
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A curated list of fabulous wedding venues in South Louisiana
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica The Photographer, jessicathephotographer.com ON LOCATION + SET DECOR: Firefly Ambiance Event Rental, fireflyambiance.com CREATIVE DIRECTION: Alchemy Events, alchemyeventsnola.com HAIR + MAKEUP: Tina Rodosta, Verde Beauty Studio, verdebeautystudio.com NAILS: Passport Polish, passportpolish.com FASHION: MaeMe The Bridal Boutique, maemebridal.com One Blushing Bride, oneblushingbride.net Pearlâ€™s Place, pearlsplace.com MODEL: Allie Simoneaux
When the announcement came that Mardi Gras 2021 was being cancelled, our hearts were heavy. This editorial embodies our heartbreak and is our tribute to not only the cancelled Carnival season, but also all the other weddings and events that have been cancelled, postponed or downsized due to the pandemic. We chose to photograph the editorial on location in the warehouse of Firefly Ambiance, a local decor rental company; we wanted to showcase all the celebratory settings that have been packed away while also offering a bit of hope that beauty can be found anywhere we choose to look and create it. -Jessica Burke, Publisher NOW Weddings Magazine Mask Graphic: stock.adobe.com/ssstocker
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Allie is wearing a fitted deep V neckline gown lined with rhinestones and feathers on the front and back from Pearl’s Place. Add the perfect finishing touch with Badgley Mischka’s Kiara embellished peep-toe pump, also available at Pearl’s Place. (RIGHT) Sheer ivory opera gloves, rhinestone chandelier drop earrings and Mrs. acrylic clutch complete her look. Firefly Ambiance’s white floral trees, white leather Baroque chair and pillar candles in glass cylinders creat a romantic royal setting. 12 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
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Allie is wearing a clean and modern gown of rich silk Zibeline fabric with v-neckline and wide open back available at MaeMe The Bridal Boutique. The gown features a detachable bow for a fun, flirty twist. A blue ombrĂŠ veil from One Blushing Bride add the finishing touch. (RIGHT) For a reception look, we added super long semi-sheer gloves with ruffled trim. Firefly Ambianceâ€™s amber pendant lights hung from an industrial truss add a romantic glow.
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For Allieâ€™s hair and makeup, Tina Rodosta of Verde Beauty Studio created a classic, elegant look and styled her hair in a low chignon that easily paired with multiple headpieces and veils.
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Weâ€™ve paired this gown with a blue ombrĂŠ veil from One Blushing Bride, a blue velvet pearl headband, a Russian emerald blue sapphire cocktail ring and geometric dangle earrings. Allie is wearing blue ready made press-on nails in Nicaragua by Passport Polish in their new short length. 16 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
Allie is wearing an ultra-modern, sleek fit-andflare wedding gown with a super-plunge neckline in pearl mikado available at MaeMe The Bridal Boutique. Floral chiffon chandelier drop earrings add the finishing touch to her look. Firefly Ambianceâ€™s lighted NOLA sign and red and blue vintage-style rug create the backdrop.
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Show off your curves in this gorgeous Mikado and duchess trumpet gown featuring a stunning Mikado organza double ruffle with horsehair trim on the back, available at Pearlâ€™s Place. A silver net birdcage veil and blue rhinestone drop earrings with rose gold waterfall tassel complete the look. 18 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
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Firefly Ambiance set the stage for this scene with white candelabra and geometric mercury glass containers holding pillar candles. Special fog effects add an ethereal magic to the setting.
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Make a dramatic entrance to your wedding in this strapless sweetheart gown with a detachable cathedral length overskirt available at MaeMe The Bridal Boutique. We completed this look with a simple, modern white headband, sparkling drop earrings and bracelet and a gold rose cocktail ring.
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Elizabeth Morgan & Dr. Jay Orr OCTOBER 24, 2020
“A FAMILY AFFAIR” WRITTEN BY: Jessica Burke | PHOTOGRAPHER: Matthew Foster Photography
“JAY HAD BEEN WORKING FOR MONTHS TO DESIGN THE PERFECT custom ring with Jeweler Andrew Rowdon,” shares Elizabeth. “Little did I know that a few days before we proposed he had the ring in his pocket when we recreated our first date and went to our favorite bakery, Baked and Wired. He didn’t think that it was a special enough moment. We were living in DC and a few days later we went to the Kennedy Center for a play and he proposed on the terrace. It was such a special and out-of-a-movie moment.“ Elizabeth and Jay intended to invite over 200 guests to their October nuptials, however, COVID changed their plans. “We decided to get married with our immediate family present,” shares Elizabeth. “I’m originally from New Orleans, so I really wanted to have a New Orleans wedding.” The final guest list totaled 20 people. Elizabeth’s cousin Melanie live-streamed her ceremony earlier in 2020 and Elizabeth says, “I saw how special that could be. I knew that we could have a really special wedding and our cherished friends and dear family could safely view from home. It was really important that we keep everyone safe and healthy the best we could during our wedding.”
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“Because our wedding was so small, everyone had a part,” says Elizabeth. “From doing a reading, to bringing up the gifts, to serving in the bridal party, to even playing the music it was truly a family event.” The couple incorporated several special details. Elizabeth carried the same rosary from her First Communion and they displayed photos of all the married couples present. Another special touch was including a poem written especially for the wedding day by Jay’s Grand-Mom, Barbara Wood, prior to her passing. After the ceremony, the wedding party Second Lined from St. Patrick’s Church to Lafayette Park. “When we walked out of the church we had a Second Line band waiting and we had a blast Second Lining,” says Elizabeth. “When we got to the park, it was a moment of pure joy. I looked around at everyone’s faces, it was such a special moment. The entire group was dancing and having a blast!” After the Second Line, Elizabeth and Jay took a pedicab, complete with a “Just Married” sign, to Le Pavillon Hotel for their reception. “We had the best time, from a beautiful first dance to the violinist, to toasts, to a four-course meal. It was truly a special day.”
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CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Patrick’s Church | OFFICIANT: Father Garrett O’Brien | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Grand Isle Restaurant | BRIDE’S GOWN: Essence of Australia, Whittington Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Dessy, Bella Bridesmaids | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY: Matthew Foster Photography | FLORIST: Grow With Us Florist | BAKERY: Zoe’s Bakery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Neil Brown (trumpet) | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Shaun Ward (violinist), DJ Just B Entertainment | TRANSPORTATION: Limousine Livery | MAKEUP: Alexis Cascio, Makeup by Alexis | HAIR: Hair by Destinee, Maison de Cheveux Salon | DECOR + CANDLE RENTALS: Memorable Events & Decor, LLC | CATERER: Black Pearl Catering Co. | JEWELER: Andrew Rowdon | INVITATIONS: You’re Invited by Jan | BRASS BAND: Kinfolk Brass Band
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WINE & DINE
HOST A WINE DINNER WEDDING PARTY Written + Photos By Jessica Burke, Publisher, NOW Weddings Magazine
IN NEW ORLEANS WE’RE KNOWN FOR OUR COCKTAIL-STYLE PARTIES, BUT WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY BEING TOP concerns, couples today find themselves modifying their wedding plans and hosting seated dinners instead. While these seated events help guests stay socially distanced, it takes some thinking outside the box to create an engaging event. One option for 2021 couples (and beyond) is hosting a wine dinner event like those Toulouse Gourmet has been catering at The Cannery in Mid City. At these monthly events, guests are treated to a five or six course meals expertly paired with wine selections.
“One option for 2021 couples (and beyond) is hosting a wine dinner event like those Toulouse Gourmet has been catering at The Cannery in Mid City.”
Emmolo, Red Schooner and Caymus Vineyards’ venerable Special Selection. If you’d like to see what these events are all about, The Cannery and Toulouse Gourmet have several upcoming dinners this winter that are open to the public. Their first wine dinner of 2021 will be January 21 and will be exploring selections from The Prisoner Wine Company. This event will be followed by dinners featuring Duckhorn Vineyards on February 25 and Cakebread Cellars on March 25. “We’re very excited about our Winter Wine Dinner Series,” shares Levy. “We carefully select each wine we feature and create a custom menu for each event. Our dinners are experiences that engage all the senses.”
As each course is presented, a wine expert shares details about the wine and the history of the winery it hails from, and also answers questions that guests may have. Hosting a wine dinner for your engagement party or rehearsal dinner is a great way to engage your guests while sharing your favorite foods and wines. “We can create a menu around wines you love or suggest pairings for your favorite foods,” shares Kellie Levy, Director of Sales and Event Manager for Toulouse Gourmet and The Cannery. “If you can think of it, we can create it!” Recent wine dinners at The Cannery have explored Italian wines with Italian wine specialist Antonio Molesini, Belle Glos’ distinctive Pinot Noirs, and selections from the Wagner family of wine, including 24 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
Learn more about The Cannery and Toulouse Gourmet’s 2021 Winter Wine Dinner Series on their website at: www.cannerynola.com/2021wine-dinner-series/
perfect pairings Lamb Chops with Cherry Balsamic Reduction over Herbed Goat Cheese Polenta withHaricot Vert, paired with Caymus 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Barbecue Shrimp over a Cheddar Jalapeño Grit Cake, paired with Ghizzano, Il Ghizzano “Blanco” - Toscana 2018
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake with Rich Chocolate Mousse and Poured Ganache paired with Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir
Tantalize your tastebuds with these menu pairings from recent wine dinners catered by Toulouse Gourmet at The Cannery
Flame-roasted cherry tomatoes with herbed goat cheese and fresh rosemary on crostini paired with Falanghina Feudi Di San Gregorio 2015
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THE LI ST C L I C K A CAT EG O RY TO SE ARC H F O R LO CAL VE NDO RS
OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO
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THE ARCADIA BALLROOM AT THE HIGGINS HOTEL as photographed for the Spring 2020 Issue of NOW Weddings Magazine by Jessica The Photographer, styled by Alchemy Events, rentals by True Value Rentals, florals by Mitchâ€™s Flowers , screens handpainted by Jessica The Artist, monogram by Design A Latte Monograms
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THE PARLOR AT THE PONTCHARTRAIN HOTEL as photographed for the Spring 2020 Issue of NOW Weddings Magazine by Brian Jarreau Photography, styled by Alchemy Events, rentals by True Value Rentals, florals by Mitch’s Flowers, cake by Gambino’s Bakery
NEW ORLEANS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS abound with beautiful places to say “I do.” No matter what style you’re dreaming of or how big (or small) your guest list is, chances are the perfect spot is waiting for you to discover it. To help you get started on your search for “THE PLACE” to host your wedding or any of the events that come with (engagement party anyone?), we’ve compiled this list of venues we love! From fabulous local restaurants to beautiful hotels to unique venues in a variety of styles, we’re sure you’ll find just the right spot. But, if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for on this list, be sure to check out THE NOW LIST on our website at NOWWeddingMagazine.com for more great options.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS Palace Café 605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Housed in the historic Werlein’s music building, they have won a number of local and national awards for their contemporary Creole cuisine. The first and second floor dining rooms can be used in addition to the 3 private dining rooms on the third floor, for a maximum capacity of 500 guests. Bananas Foster is on their regular menu and it should be on yours too.
on both Bourbon and Royal Streets, for a maximum capacity of 500 guests. We strongly suggest adding a Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters to your wedding itinerary. Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>With eight private dining areas and balconies overlooking Bourbon Street, Galatoire’s is also connected to their sister restaurant, Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak. All of the private dining spaces can be accessed from either restaurant and you may use the menu from either restaurant in any of the private dining rooms, giving you a wide variety of food and ambiance options for your guests. Reception-style events in the private dining rooms can host up to 250 guests, or a restaurant buyout for larger groups is also an option. When selecting your options from their private dining menus, make sure to include their Pompano with Sautéed Crab Meunière, a local and NOW Weddings favorite.
HOTELS The Higgins Hotel New Orleans 1000 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 higginshotelnola.com
>>>One of NOLA’s newest hotels, The Higgins Hotel is the official hotel of the World War II Museum. Tableau The Arcadia Ballroom on the second floor features 616 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116 coffered 18-foot ceilings and Art Deco details. Be >>>Offering private dining rooms, a balcony overlooking sure to visit Rosie’s on the Roof for small plates and Jackson Square and a traditional New Orleans style courtyard, this Dickie Brennan’s restaurant is a Creole favorite. If you’re cocktails with amazing views of the New Orleans not a huge fan of cake or want to serve something different skyline. than groom’s cake, we suggest their Tarte a la Bouille, a custard milk tart that is sure to be a hit! Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>This famous restaurant has been under current ownership for almost 60 years but the history of this building dates back to the 1700’s. They have the largest outdoor dining courtyard in the city in addition to private dining rooms and entrances
The Parlor at Pontchartrain Hotel 2031 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>The Parlor at the Pontchartrain combines industrial and glamorous into one space. This 2,790 sq foot venue’s brick walls and concrete floors are contrasted with a feature wall boasting an oversized magnolia mural that glitters under the space’s crystal chandeliers. continued>>> N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com | 29
New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District 859 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Once a 19th-century cotton mill, this unique hotel is located in New Orleans’ Warehouse/Arts District. The hotel is newly renovated with 22 event spaces for a total of 24,751 sq ft of total event space and is convenient to the Central Business District, the Garden District and the French Quarter.
InterContinental New Orleans 444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 icneworleans.com >>>Located on historic St. Charles Avenue, this luxurious AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel features newly renovated guest rooms, their LaSalle Ballroom overlooking St. Charles Avenue, and an exquisite rooftop pool. Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Located in the heart of the French Quarter on worldfamous Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans can accommodate weddings with 5 to 600 guests. The Royal Sonesta offers a variety of beautiful spaces from an elegant ballroom to their traditional New Orleans courtyard. Be sure to visit the Desire Oyster Bar and The Jazz Playhouse during your stay.
HISTORIC LOCATIONS Felicity Church 1220 Felicity St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>A church since the mid-1800’s, the current building was erected in 1888 after a fire destroyed the original structure. After being heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the building sat empty until 2011 when the current owners, Chris Jones and Jessica Walker, purchased it and began the renovation ahead of their own 2013 wedding in the church, the first there in over a decade. Jess, an architect specializing in historic rehabilitation, worked with Chris for the next 3 years on the venue and in 2016 it was fully renovated and opened as a meeting space and event venue for up to 300 guests. Pitot House Museum 1440 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119 >>>Built in 1799, Pitot House is one of the few West Indies-style houses remaining in Louisiana. The Pitot House was home to the first U.S. Mayor of New Orleans, James Pitot, and his family. In 1971, The Pitot House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their 10,000 sq ft lawn can host up to 300 guests along with an additional 100 guests on the first floor of the home itself. NOW Weddings Creative Director, Rena Sweeney, has planned beautiful ceremonies for her Alchemy Events clients on the historic Magnolia Bridge on Bayou St. John across the street followed by receptions at Pitot House. Old Ursuline Convent 1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116 >>>The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied 30 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a museum surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in New Orleans. According to the National Parks Service, “This is the finest surviving example of French Colonial public architecture in the country, Louis XV in style, formal and symmetrical, with restrained ornament.” The grounds not only offer indoor and outdoor space but also boasts an 80x40 ft tent in the back gardens, ensuring even your outdoor event will be protected from the unpredictable New Orleans weather. Marigny Opera House 725 St Ferdinand St, New Orleans, LA 70117 >>Holy Trinity Church was built on the site in 1848 but in 1851 it was destroyed by fire. Rebuilt in 1853, it operated until it’s deconsecreation in 1997. It was purchased by the current owners in 2011 and renamed Marigny Opera House, a “church of the arts” with it’s own resident dance company. Famous for hosting celebrities such as Solange, Lake Bell, and Michelle Branch’s wedding to Patrick Carney, this historic church also features a beautiful outdoor space and proceeds from the space support New Orleans artists through their foundation. Tremé Market Branch 800 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 >>>Originally built as a bank in 1925, Tremé Market Branch was restored in 2012 and has since served as a Cultural Arts Theater and special events venue. Located in the heart of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, historic Faubourg Tremé, this nearly 100 year old building features a lavish gold chandelier and soaring arched windows with lots of vintage charm. Featured in our Pointe editorial for the October 2020 issue, we love the architecture and charm this historic building has to offer!
The Chicory 610 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130 chicoryvenue.com >>>The Chicory was built in the Warehouse District in 1852 and in the years since it has transitioned from a coffee warehouse to a 20,000 sq ft event space. This venue boasts a beautiful rooftop deck as well as several indoor spaces with exposed brick and wood beam ceilings. Ask about their wedding brunch menu - it’s to die for! Laurenia at Pythian Market 234 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112 >>>Located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District, this event space on the second floor of Pythian Market offers 3,500 square feet of indoor space, floor to ceiling windows that overlook Duncan Plaza, hardwood floors, and restored ironwork from the original building. Hotel Peter & Paul 2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117 >>>Hotel Peter and Paul, formerly Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church and school, has been carefully restored and repurposed. Each of the four buildings comprising the hotel is uniquely inspired and no two rooms are alike. continued>>>
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THE CANNERY Photo: Jessica The Photographer
Latrobe’s on Royal 403 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Latrobe’s on Royal, originally built in 1822 as the Louisiana State Bank, is named after its Architect: Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the “Father of American Architecture. Elements such as the whisper dome, the Bank Vault and original stonework create a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. NOPSI Hotel 317 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112 >>>NOPSI Hotel, located in the former headquarters of the New Orleans Public Service, Inc., is now a New Orleans gathering place. The Dryades Ballroom features exposed brick, arched windows and 30 foot ceilings. Chandeliers add a touch of elegance and sparkle to this space which also is home to the room’s original crane and tracks which transported transformers to storage vaults for repair in bygone days. Many other original features of the building, including stone flooring and counter areas once visited by NOPSI patrons to pay their utility bills, remain intact.
The Cannery 3803 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119 cannerynola.com >>>Located in Mid City, The Cannery was built between 1965 and 1970 and functioned as the warehouse space for the American Can Company until it’s closure in 1988. In 2012, the space was renovated to become an event venue and NOW Weddings Creative Director and Alchemy Events owner Rena Sweeney was brought in to consult on the renovation ahead of the opening. She hosted her own wedding there in 2016. “While we had an intimate wedding with less than 100 guests, the large space at The Cannery allowed us to host our ceremony, 32 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
cocktail hour and four hour reception with ease. The built in lighting and sound systems made it easy to seamlessly incorporate our aesthetic as well,” says Sweeney. The Cannery features an outdoor patio with greenery wall and festoon lighting, an elegant foyer, lounge, ballroom and couple’s suite. With a capacity of up to 999 guests, the space features the original warehouse concrete floors, stained and scored to preserve the history while enhancing their beauty.
COURTYARDS Race & Religious 510 Race St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Race & Religious is an eclectic property located in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. With 6,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor floor-space, Race & Religious consists of three antebellum buildings joined by a lush courtyard with a swimming pool. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum 514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic building within the Vieux Carre Historic District. The museum’s 19th Century tropical courtyard is perfect for intimate weddings and receptions. New Orleans Athletic Club 222 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112 >>>Established in 1872, the NOAC is one of the oldest athletic clubs in America. The New Orleans Athletic Club has the largest private courtyard in the French Quarter. Once members-only, the club now welcomes non-members for private events, with spaces accommodating 20-350+ guests. continued>>>
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W French Quarter 316 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Nestled in the French Quarter, this 4-star hotel’s courtyard is a true oasis with cabanas surrounding a fire-fountain. Say your vows on the courtyard staircase and host your reception on the sundeck with views of the New Orleans skyline. Hotel Mazarin 730 Bienville Street New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Tie the knot in this boutique French Quarter hotel’s delightful Queen Anne Courtyard surrounded by wrought-iron balconies. The courtyard features a retractable canopy for inclement weather. Whether you need event space for 15 or 150 guests, Hotel Mazarin offers a variety of interactive floor plans and configurations that you can customize as needed.
MUSIC-INSPIRED VENUES House of Blues New Orleans 225 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>This rock- and blues-themed venue offers 18,000 square feet of event space, including 3 private event rooms and multi-story Music Hall. With more than 600 pieces of American folk art featured in the venue and Southern-inspired cuisine, House of Blues New Orleans can accommodate 25 to 1,800 guests.
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Il Mercato 1911 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Built in 1931, this Lower Garden District venue features a private courtyard with an outdoor fireplace at its heart and a ballroom with herringbone wood floors and Italianate chandeliers. The space boasts original architectural details like brass doors and steel frame windows. With up to 8,500 sq ft of event space, Il Mercato can comfortably accommodate up to 450 guests for a cocktail style reception. 34 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
Rosy’s Jazz Hall 500 Valence Street New Orleans, LA 70115 >>>This Uptown New Orleans wedding venue was once a legendary music club that hosted legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, and many more. The venue’s warm atmosphere and rich heritage make it an ideal scene for couples to tell their New Orleans wedding stories. A favorite spot for ceremonies is the venue’s two-story atrium with it’s breathtaking glass wall and ceiling; or say your vows in the beautiful outdoor New Orleans-style courtyard that the atrium overlooks.
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Riverboat Louis Armstrong 4220 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125 riverboatlouisarmstrong.com
UNIQUE LOCATIONS Messina’s at the Terminal 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126 >>>The iconic Terminal Building at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport is a 1930’s Art-Deco masterpiece. Choose from four unique event spaces including The Terrace overlooking Lake Pontchartrain and the airport’s runway. The Art-Deco twostory open atrium features a terrazzo floor with an inlaid center compass and can accommodate up to 750 guests reception style.
>>>The Riverboat Louis Armstrong, a 3,000-passenger vessel, is one of NOLA’s newest riverboats. Featuring four levels, this spacious boat features a 4,000 square foot wedding area with private bathrooms, 8,000 square foot banquet hall, 45-foot-long bar, and the 2,800 square foot Armstrong Room, set up as a lounge space that honors Satchmo’s life and New Orleans Museum of Art legacy. 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124 The Fillmore 6 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans is a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art live entertainment venue with accommodations for private events of 25 to 2,200 guests. With decor reminiscent of the original San Francisco location, this venue adds NOLA flair into the mix. The Orpheum Theater 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 >>>Located in New Orleans’ CBD, this luxury and performing arts venue hosts performances, concerts, film premieres and private events. The Main Stag features carved, gilded terracotta luminaries and beautiful fluted columns accommodates up to 450 guests. For a speakeasy experience, consider Double Dealer, located under the Orpheum’s Main Stage.
>>>Imagine saying your vows surrounded by priceless works of art! The Freeport-McMoran, Inc. Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art features a stunning staircase and hand-laid marble floors. If you prefer an outdoor setting, the adjacent five acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a beautiful option for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours. Rip Van Winkle Gardens 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560 >>>This stunning location features 15 acres of semi-tropical gardens and a beautiful lake. Host your wedding ceremony under one of the 350 year old oak trees on the property and stay overnight in one of their Acadian style Bed and Breakfast Cottages. Wedding rentals include use of their newly renovated Bayless Center or the Orangerie Facility, a specified garden area and kitchen. continued>>>
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THE GRAND OAKS MANSION AT MARDI GRAS WORLD Photo: Brian Jarreau Photography
Riverboat City of New Orleans 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>Say “I do” aboard the Riverboat City of New Orleans as the sun sets on the Mighty Mississippi and cruise down the river for a fabulous Jazz Dinner reception. The CONO will transport you and your guests in style down the Mississippi past the site of the Battle of New Orleans and back again to their French Quarter landing. All four decks are available for private events. Mardi Gras World 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>The Grand Oaks Mansion at Mardi Gras World is an indoor recreation of an antebellum mansion and gardens. Exchange vows on the steps of the mansion and share your first dance on the footbridge over a stream. Towering oak trees and a starlit sky all add to the magic. P.S., It never rains at the Grand Oaks Mansion!
FAVORITE VIEWS Rooftop on Basin 501 Basin Street Fourth Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112 >>>The Rooftop on Basin sits atop the historic Basin St. Station. Built in 1904 as the Southern Railway Freight Office, Basin St. Station was also originally used by the New Orleans Terminal Company. The front of the building has retained the stations’ 1904 classic architecture. The venue boasts a magnificent view of the New Orleans skyline. 36 | N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com
The Cabildo + The Presbytère 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 + 751 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116 >>>The Cabildo and Presbytère buildings flank the St. Louis Cathedral and feature window-filled galleries overlooking Jackson Square. These elegant Spanish colonial buildings are part of the Louisiana State Museum and home to many rare artifacts of America’s history. DoubleTree by Hilton 300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 >>>The DoubleTree’s 16th floor International Ballroom boasts 5,600 sq ft of event space and panoramic views of the New Orleans skyline, French Quarter and Mississippi River through floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel is also superbly located at the foot of Canal Street, just steps away from the French Quarter.
Pat O’s on the River 600 Decatur St 3rd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130 patobriensprivateevents.com >>>Pat O’s On the River is located on the 3rd floor of the Jax Brewery Millhouse on the edge of the French Quarter.. Couples may choose from two spaces to host their event, The Grande Terrace and The Promenade, or may choose to open both spaces into one larger venue. Your guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River from the venue’s floor to ceiling windows and terraces. continued>>>
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THE ARCADE AT THE NEW ORLEANS BOARD OF TRADE Photo: Jessica The Photographer
ROYAL PALM Photo: GK Photography
COMPASS POINT Photo: Jessica The Photographer
Le Pavillon Hotel 833 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 lepavillon.com >>>Le Pavillon boasts numerous event spaces that are perfect for an intimate wedding. From the lower level event spaces, to the Bijoux ballroom on the lobby level to the 10th floor terrace with gorgeous views of the city, this recently reimagined hotel combines a rich history with modern luxury. Le Pavillon’s 7 suites have something for everyone. The music lover will appreciate the Frenchmen Suite with it’s baby grand piano and musically-inspired decor. If you’re looking for Old World elegance, reserve the Napoleon Suite which features one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Carrera marble bathtubs and intricate stained glass.
VENUES WITH GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE Compass Point 200 Opelousas Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114 >>>Located in Algiers Point, this charming venue features a central outdoor space surrounded by Antebellum cottages. Dance the night away under two hundred-year-old oaks and market lights while enjoying scrumptious cuisine! Maison Lafitte 402 Lafitte St, Mandeville, LA 70448 >>>Maison Lafitte is a historic antebellum-style home located in the heart of Old Mandeville on Lake Pontchartrain’s Northshore. The venue features an open-air 2,600 sq ft covered pavilion, wrap-around porch, and indoor entertaining space.
White Magnolia 75912 LA-1053, Kentwood, LA 70444 >>>You’ll love White Magnolia’s pondside pavilion with antique church pews and shaker-style benches for your wedding ceremony. The venue features a 28 foot brick fireplace with cypress mantle and porches with curtains that can be closed during inclement weather. Guests can stay on-site in one of the property’s 10 guest cottages.
Royal Palm 1901 Manhattan Blvd # E, Harvey, LA 70058 royalpalmfpc.com >>>The Royal Palm is a luxurious venue featuring Italian marble and hardwood floors, Venetian statues, large gold columns and crystal chandeliers. The venue boasts several indoor banquet rooms, all of which have views of the property’s surrounding gardens and fountains. Outdoor spaces are available and the venue can accommodate events from 30 to 1,200 guests. Hemingbough 10101 LA-965, St Francisville, LA 70775 >>>The elegant outdoor amphitheater at Hemingbough seats hundreds of guests with views of Lake Audubon, a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The property also features indoor ballroom space and guest house with 8 guest rooms.
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>>>This historic venue features 3 elegant event spaces including The Arcade, a formal covered Inn at La Provence promenade; The Plaza, an open court paved in pink 25020 U.S. Hwy 190, Lacombe, LA 70445 >>>Only six minutes from Old Mandeville, this newly renovated flagstone with a luxurious central fountain; and the lodge-like venue features charming fireplaces, terracotta tile Board of Trade building which features and eightfloors, and a large outdoor garden space that is perfect for sectioned mural dome that was hand-painted by wedding ceremonies. artist Alvin Sharpe in 1932. N.O.W | NOWWeddingMagazine.com | 39
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Kimberly Hirstius & Carlo Carollo III OCTOBER 30, 2020
“THE POWER OF LOVE” WRITTEN BY: Jessica Burke | PHOTOGRAPHER: Calvin Gavion, Jr.
CARLO PROPOSED TO KIMBERLY BY STAGING AN ELABORATELYconstructed Facebook contest ruse. Kimberly believed that she and Carlo had won a photo shoot that a photographer was giving away online. “My friend tagged me in the post and I submitted my information.” shares Kimberly. “She picked us along with 4 other couples. We scheduled our free shoot at City Park.” When the day of the photo shoot arrived, Kimberly noticed the photographer seemed a bit frustrated that one of the other couples had cancelled on her at the last minute. “She was holding a bag and asked if we would like to try an idea she had. Of course we said yes,” says Kimberly. “She told us to write what we love most about each other on a chalkboard.” On the count of three, they would each reveal what they had written. “When I turned around he was on one knee with “Will you marry me?” on his,” says Kimberly. The entire contest had been part of Carlo’s plan to propose!
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“We went on to take our engagement photos that afternoon. I was so over the moon (with) the thought he put in to surprise me!” Kimberly and Carlo planned an October 2020 wedding at the Elms Mansion in New Orleans. The summer and fall had been an extremely active hurricane season, but New Orleans dodged every storm until Hurricane Zeta struck on Halloween week. The storm knocked out power to much of the City for several days, including Kimberly and Carlo’s wedding day. Kimberly and Carlo’s love couldn’t be stopped though and they moved forward with their plans, sans electricity. “My amazing group of vendors managed to come together and throw me my dream wedding WITHOUT POWER!” says Kimberly. The couple shared a First Look under the Elms’ gazebo where they later said “I do” with their family and friends looking on.
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Courtney Cline & Drew Ledbetter JULY 18, 2020
“A 2020 WEDDING & ALL THAT JAZZ” WRITTEN BY: Jessica Burke | PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Eric Photography
COURTNEY AND DREW HAD ALWAYS PLANNED TO EXCHANGE VOWS in an intimate destination wedding in New Orleans, but like so many couples with 2020 wedding dates, they ultimately had to change their wedding date. After city-wide restrictions prevented them from tying the knot on their original May date, the couple rescheduled their wedding to the middle of July. “No one would have ever guessed that the French Quarter in the middle of summer would have given us a short afternoon shower to cool off the day and give Courtney and Drew the perfect courtyard wedding of their dreams,” shares their event planner Becky Lampp of Spanish Oak Events. “The wedding took place in Chateau LeMoyne, a historic hotel built 140 years ago by the famous architect James Gallier. Chateau LeMoyne was the perfect venue for the couple as it provided the perfect New Orleans feeling.”
people. The destination wedding was a way to share a special city and culture with our families.”
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“It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the wedding day, but it was probably the feeling of happiness we all felt at the reception to all be together...it was a night we will always remember.”
The couple treated their guests to a grand weekend experiencing some of their favorite spots in the city. Stops included snoballs at Hanson’s for their nieces, Liuzza’s by the Track for BBQ shrimp po-boys and gumbo with their dads and a trip to Parasol’s with their cousins for po-boys. “We were lucky enough to have our rehearsal dinner at Clancy’s,” Courtney and Drew share. Drew, a blues and jazz enthusiast, surprised Courtney by booking Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters to play for the courtyard reception.
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VENDOR CREDITS: VENUE + CATERING: Chateau LeMoyne | PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Eric Photography | OFFICIANT: Judge Terra Stephenson | BRIDE’S GOWN: Martina Liana, She Said Yes (Arkansas) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Rent the Runway | GROOM’S + GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE: Bespoke Suits + Pocket Squares, Hubbard Clothing (Arkansas); Ties, Brooks Brothers | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | DECOR + CANDLES: Fat Cat Flowers + Chateau LeMoyne | BAKERY: Bywater Bakery | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Hep Cat Entertainment | BRIDE’S MAKEUP: Meghan Fisse Makeup | BRIDE’S HAIR + BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR + MAKEUP: Courtney Pittman Beauty | WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT DESIGNER: Spanish Oak Events | CEREMONY MUSIC: Kinfolk Brass Band | FAVORS: Roxygs, Etsy | INVITATIONS: Shindig Paperie (Arkansas) | CUSTOM WATERCOLOR: Chez La Marieé (Virginia) | VINTAGE LOUISIANA STAMPS: Little Postage House | BRIDE’S RING: Family Heirloom | GROOM’S RING: Vintage Jewelry (Arkansas)
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