Bride Winter-Spring 2020

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WINTER-SPRING 2020 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Assistant Editor Kelly Massicot Photographer Theresa Cassagne Contributing Editors Becca Hensley, Andy Myer, Lisa Tudor Contributing Writers Amy Gabriel, CherĂŠ Coen, Rich Collins, Misty Milioto Copy Editor Liz Clearman Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc Genusa 504-830-7242 or Account Executive Alyssa Copeland 504-830-7239 or Director of Marketing and Events Jeanel Luquette Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Emily Andras Production Designer Rosa Balaguer Arostegui, Meghan Rooney Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/ Editor-In-Chief Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Claire Sargent

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21 PRELUDE 16 STANDARDS f rom the editor 16

cuisine & cocktails 72

Late Night Snacks

What could be more naturally New Orleans than to have and to hold your wedding in a stylishly transformed Irish Channel church formerly known as City of Love Ministries?

Give your guests fuel for the dance floor with easy, crowd-pleasing fare

Bachelorette Bonuses Party favors for your bridal party besties

There’s No Place Like Roam beau ty 22

The appeal of reception food stations and bars

Fit for a Princess The secrets of Meghan Markle’s pre-wedding skincare


Natural Beauty

Locks of Love

Globe Trotting

Tips and advice from the pros for picture perfect wedding day mane

Hot Picks

Check It Twice

Makeup must haves for 2020’s most discerning brides gi f ts 3 2

Keep it Local Surprise New Orleans newlyweds with Crescent City classics

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Enter the Dream

in vitations 34

A new body of artwork inspires a perfume designed to accompany the collection

Paper Trail From rough edges to dreamy hues, opt for timeless elegance and distinct touches guaranteed to stand out among the rest


Modern History

Lovely Locations Match your personal style to these local wedding and reception venues

make u p 28 checklist 118

LO C AT I O N S 8 2 The new Higgins Hotel at the National WWII Museum celebrates the glitz and glamour of the 1930s and ‘40s

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Wow guests with a cake resembling a work of art featuring textural brush strokes and striking hues

The City of Love

real weddings 99

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

Painterly Elegance

B RI DA L / bridesmaids M E N S W E A R/ F LOW E RS 4 5

Is it time to turn to clean skincare?

The hottest honeymoon destinations around the world

cakeS 6 4

P H OTO G RA P H Y 8 8

In Focus Photograph by Theresa Cassagne, Styled by Lisa Tudor, Model Gione Steib for Images Model & Talent, Makeup by Meggan Ory, Hair by Monique Munoz, Fine Jewelry by Friend & Company

Follow these tips to get the most out of your wedding photography M US I C 9 2

Big Day Boogie The do’s and don’ts for creating the best music for your wedding T RA N S P O RTAT I O N 94

Getting There A handy guide to New Orleans’ many options to get you and your guests to and from the wedding

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s On Jan. 22, join us at the Hyatt Regency for the New Orleans Bride Magazine Bridal Show. Meet more than 150 of the city’s top wedding professionals in a festive setting, sip champagne, sample fabulous food and plan your wedding. Visit for tickets, pricing and more information.

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In December, Elms Mansion on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District celebrated its 50th anniversary as a wedding and special events venue. Built in 1869 by Watson Van Benthuysen II, the mansion is owned and managed by brother and sister Tom Roche and Faith Roche, who are the mansion’s third family of owners. A picturesque garden and courtyard, variety of interior spaces appointed with luxe antiques, as well as gourmet catering have kept couples coming back for a half-century.


P.S. Visit Let Them Eat Cake (, the official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine for more tips and trends, trunk shows and other events, plus advice, ideas, inspiration and interviews. It’s all of the bridal buzz you can use, five days a week.



ften, we hear that it’s all about the dress when it comes to planning the wedding. I would venture that in reality however, it’s all about the ceremony and reception venues. Until a couple has booked those two elements, it’s challenging to plan any other aspect of the event, because the venues set the look and tone. There are countless incredible venues throughout New Orleans from historic mansions, churches and hotels to contemporary event spaces that wow. There truly is something for every couple’s personality — just take your pick! We are always excited about renovated and re-imagined venues, particularly when they are new to the wedding venue fold. That’s why when we first heard that interior designer and former creative director of Domino magazine Sara Ruffin Costello and her photographer husband Paul Costello transformed the former City of Love Ministries church in the Irish Channel into their offices, a VRBO rental and event space all rolled into one, we had to see it and share it. Officially dubbed the the Mallalieu Harmony Church, it is the setting for our fashion spread and it has wow-factor in spades. Prepare to be inspired. As always, we also have tips from the pros on everything else you need for your Big Day, so dig in and take notes. Let’s plan a wedding!

Editor ’s n oteb ook

Sunday Shop, the home design studio and retailer on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, recently announced its new gift registry. “Couples can register for all items that we have in-store as well as special order items from any vendors we carry in the shop,” says Sunday Shop Brand Director and Buyer Jo Gremillion. “We offer bedding, towels, glassware, pillows, elevated everyday utilities, sets of custom handmade ceramics and dishware, and many unique items as well as personal attention and curation assistance for each registry.” For more information or to start your registry, email registry@

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Culinary Creation Locally based My House Events (previously named My House Social) curates a selection of chefs and event planners nationwide to craft personalized events for clients large and small. In so doing, the company also creates a new revenue stream for up-andcoming and notable chefs. Founder and CEO Barrie Schwartz, and her business partner, Danielle Lee, started the wedding arm of the business in 2013, and now My House Events does everything from wedding event ideation to execution.

App Savvy

Ceremony Spaces

The Eliza Jane hotel features a number of unique spaces to accommodate intimate ceremonies and receptions — all with a backdrop of chic yet timeless decor. The courtyard, with its Venusinspired decor and lush greenery, is perfect for bridal showers. For rehearsal dinners, the Holbrook features a private courtyard and can accommodate up to 150 guests. Meanwhile, the Press Room is the ultimate setting for intimate wedding welcome receptions. And for farewell brunches, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Couvant, is a beautiful space offering a fresh perspective on the traditional French brasserie. - By Misty Milioto

s Bridal Brunching

Local culinary historian and award-winning author Poppy Tooker recently celebrated the launch of her sixth book, “Drag Queen Brunch” (Rainbow Road Press, $30), with photography by Sam Hanna. In addition to profiles of 15 drag queens, the book contains 60 cocktail and brunch recipes from some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, such as Hooch Punch from Sobou and shakshuka from Saba. Choose a location to take your bridal party for brunch, and then surprise them with a copy of the book as a bridesmaid gift.

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A new mobile app called The BACH recently launched in New Orleans, allowing groups to plan bachelor and bachelorette parties, while discovering and booking incredible experiences. The group travel platform allows travelers and locals alike to collaborate and share a group itinerary, keep track of flight times, chat with guests, track and split expenses, purchase experiences, and make easy decisions with the polling feature. The BACH also allows the host or hostess to create secret events for the bride or groom.

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beaut y | hair | makeup | fitness | gifts | invitations


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Fit for a Princess

The secrets of Meghan Markle’s pre-wedding skincare By Mirella Cameran


here’s no doubt Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was glowing with joy on her wedding day, but she also had more than a little help from her longtime friend and London-based facialist Nichola Joss. Joss, who counts among her clients other A-listers such as JLo and Kate Moss, believes massage is critical for radiant skin. In fact, Markle proclaimed in her now defunct blog, “The Tig,” that Joss gives the “best massages in the world” and attributes her defined cheekbones and smooth, sculpted jawline to Joss’s specific technique known as the “inner facial,” which includes massaging the inside of the mouth. Joss revealed that she recommends brides start a focused skincare routine three to five months before their wedding. This includes massages twice a month

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with a facialist and continuing the practice at home in between appointments. This is also the time for any necessary corrective treatments such as acid peels or microdermabrasion to deal with any acne or scarring issues. Within the last two months, the focus shifts to calming the skin down and ensuring it’s well hydrated. The massages continue to maintain the tension in the face and to improve the texture of the skin. Joss’s regime also includes no-nos, such as sleeping in makeup, messing with pimples and touching your face with dirty hands. Her secret, last-minute trick for brightness? A jade roller, stored in the freezer which will freshen the skin and roll out puffiness in seconds. New Orleans-based dermatolo-


gist and co-founder of Audubon Dermatology, Deirdre Hooper advises, “Ideally, meet with your board certified dermatologist six months or more before your wedding. The most remarkable results take a minimum of three months to achieve. “The biggest mistake brides make is being too aggressive or harsh with products and procedures,” says Hooper. “Never ever pick or peel at your skin; the happier, calmer and more resilient your skin is, the more you can make changes with retinoids, fading creams, peels and lasers. “Brides want to be their best selves, looking natural and relaxed. The first step is to address any medical conditions that are affecting skin quality — commonly acne, rosacea, or eczema. Next, maximize your regimen to include antioxidants

and retinoids so that your skin glows with health. Finally, add on procedures that brighten your tone — the best are hydra facials, laser genesis, and clear and brilliant laser treatments.” Matching the right products to your skin’s needs is also key to healthy, glowing skin. Here are a few of Markle’s trusted favorites to try for yourself: Tatcha - The Rice Polish: The gentle, water-activated, ground rice bran and papaya enzymes powder creates a soft foam for gentle exfoliation. Derma-E - Hydrating Mist with Hylauronic Acid: Whenever your skin feels tight or dry this mist instantly rehydrates and sets make-up in place. Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15: Layers of nourishing oils and a sheer tint of color keep lips soft and kissable. b |



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Natural Beauty Is it time to turn to clean skincare? By Mirella Cameran

Launched in 2013, Beautycounter created The Never List: 1,500 chemicals the brand will never put in their products. Sample the range with Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream.

Barbara Close, founder of Naturopathica spas, has a mission to offer clean and holistic skincare. Start with the Oat Cleansing Facial Polish.

Silk Therapeutics Purely Radiant Hydrating Serum made from pure silk protein and water, without any preservatives or fillers, the company promises the manufacturing process in Massachusetts is as clean as the products.

California Clean Ageless Facial Oil from the 100% clean, effective, plant-powered skincare line developed by two women — a pharmacy doctor and a NASA engineer.

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Luminous Melting Cleanser, goop by Juice Beauty this award-winning blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower, gently purifies while moisturizing leaving your skin soft and glowing.

*Kline & Research Company backed by science and engineered to deliver our best skin without compromising our health or our planet

For those owith sensitive skin or concerns over chemicals, the organic, a.k.a. “clean” beauty, sector is now a booming playground, with “natural” products selling three times faster than so-called traditional brands*. However, with so many different labels and promises to navigate, we’ve eliminated the guesswork to offer up sure-fire winners. |




Locks of Love

Tips and advice from the pros for picture perfect wedding day mane By Mirella Cameran


on’t think about your bridal hair in isolation, it needs to be an integral part of your overall look,” so advises April Ponder of the David Falcon Salon on Magazine Street in Uptown. Ponder continues, “In addition, remember people will be staring at the back of your head for the ceremony so your hair has to look good from every angle.” “Your hair and any accessories need to work as one and bold hair pieces will be a big trend in 2020,” suggests Alan Tossler,

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a New York-based stylist. “As an update to the tiara, sparkly headbands, encrusted with jewels and pearls, covered in lace or made of the richest satin work whether you’re wearing your hair up or down. A simple cushioned band can turn a simple bob, romantic waves or a sleek updo into a statement style. “Fresh, flowers in full bloom, in deep tones as well as soft pinks can take a sophisticated updo or full blowout to the next level. Brides are using their hair to individualize their look and


tie into their wedding themes.” Chris Guidry of Aveda Paris Parker on Prytania Street suggests, “Loose but elegant updos that accentuate the neckline always work universally well for all dress types and accessories are a great way to add some personal style and potentially some color with diamante or colored jewels. “Ponytails both sleek and tousled are increasingly popular and are a perfect fit for a beautiful velvet ribbon or pretty bow.” Texture and movement have replaced a stiff and lacquered look.

Waves, curls or kinks are part of the “natural” wedding hair trend which works just as well with both short and long hair. “However you wear your hair, make sure you try it out several times before your wedding day,” says Ponder.“You need to make sure your style and accessories feel comfortable and aren’t bothersome or irritating. And don’t forget to take photographs, it’s the best way to see your hair from every angle so you’ll know exactly how it will look in the shots that will last your lifetime.” b |




Hot Picks

Makeup must haves for 2020’s most discerning brides By Mirella Cameran With so many makeup brands available is there need for more? Yes, we say, because with new technology and innovations, products just keep getting better and better. Here are a few of the new launches we couldn’t wait to share.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Natural Skin Perfector it’s hard to believe the brand was able to improve this iconic product, but it did, with five more shades and better sunscreen protection.

Maybelline New York Snapscara in addition to building length and volume the arched wand deposits tiny, flexible color pigments for unbeatable glossiness.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick in Tuxedo sustainable and clean meets luxury in this tiny range that boasts colors which stay put and are easy to blend. Expect more to come.

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Bond No.9 New York Lips the first nine lipsticks from this iconic perfume house are each named after a place in NYC. Oil based, they deliver opaque color without drying out your lips.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation this product has swept the board when it comes to awards including winning Time’s Innovation of the Year; with 40 shades everyone can find the perfect match.



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Keep it Local

Surprise New Orleans newlyweds with Crescent City classics By Andy Myer Photographed by Theresa Cassagne

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1. Colorful, hand-painted ceramic wine bottle stoppers, Nola Gifts & Décor, 2. Decorative pewter pelican salt and pepper shaker set, Friend & Company, 3. Magnolia tea towel by local artist Kristin Malone, Nola Gifts & Décor, 4. White ceramic and turquoise melamine cake stands, Nothing Bundt Cakes, 5. Decoupage New Orleans map and archival print catch-all trays (available in a range of styles), Friend & Company, 6. Nambe Harmony Acacia wood and alloy chip and dip bowl, Bed Bath & Beyond, 7. Waffle-weave bar towel with embroidered Roman Candy stand, Nola Gifts & Décor, |



i nvitations Rustic, romantic invitation suite hand-deckled and thermography printed on 130-pound paper with metallic gold ink to enhance the couple’s monogrammed greenery crest, Invito Bello,

Paper Trail From rough edges to dreamy hues, opt for timeless elegance and distinct touches guaranteed to stand out among the rest By Andy Myer Photographed by Theresa Cassagne

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This premium-weight pewter invitation by Vera Wang features bright Sun Gold engraved ink. The couple’s duogram complements the combination type styles highlighting the bride and groom’s names, along with matching gold-lined envelopes, Gem Printing,

Traditional heavy Bristol stock engraved with a soft French blue ink; accentuated with a floral watercolor envelope liner,

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Clean lines and type shine on this invite printed with rose ink on 110-pound heavyweight Heavyweight royalty sized paper, accented with ecru stock letterpress a rose envelope, Twoin printed in-house Sprouts, charcoal ink, |


This stunning suite is letterpress printed in teal ink, on heavyweight, soft white stock. The liner features an antique image of a blue heron, Scriptura,

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Foil-stamped invitation and save the date; coral invitation is letter-pressed, |


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b r i d a l | b ri d e s m a ids | me ns w e a r | FLOWERS

What could be more naturally New Orleans than to have and to hold your wedding in a stylishly transformed Irish Channel church formerly known as City of Love Ministries?

The City of By Lisa Tudor | Photography by Theresa Cassagne | Production Assistant/ Elizabeth Melancon Models Gione Steib, sydni terradot for Images Model & Talent agency, samatha perron for about faces MTM and michael amedeo | Makeup/ Meggan Ory and Makeup by Meggan Cosmetics | Hair/ Monique Munoz Fine Jewelry Friend & Company | Location The Mallalieu Harmony Church

Previous page: Edwardian era diamond and pearl choker featuring a dozen strands of seed pearls interspersed with floral filigree medallions and Old European diamonds at Friend & Company. This Page: Willowby by Watters Lunella scattered pearl gown at Pearl’s Place; 3-carat asscher cut diamond engagement ring flanked with tapered baguette diamonds and diamond cluster illusion earrings set in 18k white gold at Friend & Company

Pared-back, coveredup options inspired by the gown worn by the Duchess of Sussex join sleek and structured column styles, modern versions of corsets, goddess sheaths and regal ball gowns in the season’s runway mix


Sweetheart by Justin Alexander tulle gown with lace cummerbund at MaeMe The Bridal Boutique. Organic, eclectic bouquet of Quicksand roses, black calla lilies, white anemones, scabiosa pods and textural foliage, finished in icy velvet ribbon, IRIS floral + event design,

Allison Webb ivory stretch crepe gown with boat neckline, detachable black organza bow and chapel train at Linen Jolie; pear shaped diamond cluster and South Sea pearl double-drop earrings at Friend & Company.

Jenny Yoo Collection Logan stretch velvet dress sampled in English Rose at Town & Country. A lush, hand-tied autumnal mixture with chocolate mist, Finesse roses, ranunculus, anemone, snow berries, pepper berry and accents of red okra, set inside of a ruby chocolate hydrangea, The Plant Gallery,

Jenny Yoo Collection Sullivan stretch velvet dress with halter neckline and racer back detail sampled in Dark Berry at Town & Country; Bespoke Tazio Europa shawl collar evening jacket at Tuxedos to Geaux. This round, textured bouquet is a combination of ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, spray roses and roses, Kim Starr Wise Floral Events,

Jenny Yoo Collection Selma stretch velvet gown sampled in Ivy Burnout French Blue at Bella Bridesmaids; Ti Adoro drop earrings at Town & Country.

Pronovias Alcyone mermaid dress in crepe lace and illusion bodice and cathedral veil at Town & Country.

Hayley Paige Occasions A-line gown sampled in Indigo Chiffon at Pearl’s Place; earrings by Haute Bride at Town & Country. A mix of Quicksand roses with alstroemeria lilies and burgundy hypericum berries, Fabulous Flowers,

Alyne by Rita Vinieris Dallas ball gown with spaghetti straps, V-neckline and pockets at I Do Couture; Neil Allyn tuxedo with satin peak lapel at Top Hat Tuxedos; graduated strand of South Sea pearls interspersed with 18k rose gold and diamond accents and estate South Sea pearl and diamond ring at Friend & Company.

Amsale Rene strapless faille gown with dirndl skirt and pockets sampled in Platinum at Bella Bridesmaids; estate pave white diamond and South Sea pearl floral earrings at Friend & Company. Garden bridal bouquet with lavender spray roses, blue thistle, deep purple calla lilies, burgundy astilbe and garden roses with anemones, Crystal Vase Flowers,

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Justin Alexander Signature Collection Daphne crepe gown with beaded cap sleeves at Bliss Bridal; 3-carat cushion cut diamond and platinum engagement ring with round diamond halo and pave diamonds along the shoulders and estate pave white diamond and South Sea pearl floral earrings at Friend & Company. |


Wrapped in front, crisscrossed in back, Watters Pearla gown in charmeuse and Asher halter gown in chiffon, both sampled in Evergreen at Pearl’s Place; earrings by Embellish at Town & Country.

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The Navy Sebastian Tuxedo by Ike Behar with satin notch lapel at John’s Tuxedos; strapless ball gown with lace appliquÊ by Essense of Australia at James & B Bridal Outlet; 19th century intricately crafted vine link necklace set with 7 carats of old mine cut diamonds, diamond cluster and South Sea pearl double-drop earrings and 3-carat cushion cut diamond and platinum engagement ring with round diamond halo and pave diamonds at Friend & Company. |


Ike Behar Evening Navy Blake tuxedo with black satin peak lapels at Rome’s Tuxedos.

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2020 Kiss lace and tulle gown at I Do Couture; Art Deco platinum bracelet with Edwardian-style flourishes and 20 carats of round diamonds, three-carat asscher cut diamond engagement ring flanked with tapered baguette diamonds and diamond cluster illusion earrings set in 18k white gold at Friend & Company. Midnight blue stretch velvet strapless gown from the Jessica Angel Bridesmaids Collection at Bliss Bridal; cascading diamond station South Sea pearl drop earrings and estate South Sea pearl ring at Friend & Company. |


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Eau Claire Photographics


cakes | cuisine and cocktails | locations | photography | music



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Painterly Elegance Wow guests with a cake resembling a work of art featuring textural brush strokes and striking hues By Andy Myer Photographed by Theresa Cassagne

Three-tiered almond cake with lemon mascarpone buttercream and fresh fruit filling, covered in grey marbled, gold and white fondant with decorative navy and gold ruffles, The Sweet Life, |


Three-tiered lemon cake with cream cheese filling, covered in white fondant with burgundy and gold hand-painted brushstrokes, Gambino’s Bakery,

Two-tiered, triple-layer cake iced in a simple yet beautiful streak style with buttercream filling, Swiss Confectionery, |


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Late Night Snacks

Give your guests fuel for the dance floor with easy, crowd-pleasing fare By Amy Gabriel


ou can’t stop talking about how much you want everyone on the dance floor at your reception. You’ve booked a top-notch band and made sure there’s plenty of space for your cousin to do his bring-the-house-down breakdance sequence. How to keep everyone electric sliding until the wee small hours? Late night snacks will do the trick. Grab And Geaux

The idea of the later-served snack is to provide some quick sustenance for your party people and get them back out on the dance

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floor. Colleen Page, Associate Director, Meetings & Special Events at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, says to keep the concepts grabbable. “Things that are ‘popable’, and easy to eat quickly are best,” said Page, who recommends mini grilled cheeses, sliders and beignets. Simple And Savory

Your party guests have been pillaging the bar, so they’ll need something to soak up the champagne. Katie Morris, Owner of Black Pearl Catering, says to lean towards savory bites. “Heartier or familiar items light

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up guests’ eyes and it gives them a little extra boost to extend the festivities.” In addition, Walker Geoffray, Executive Chef and Owner of Black Pearl Catering, recommends arranging for the rounds of snacks to be passed by waiters, not sectioned out at a station where guests need to leave to retrieve them. Said Geoffray, “Finishing items on-site is important to us so that the hot chicken biscuit and curry fries are coming to you warm and fresh!” Relaxed Snacks

You’ve more than likely wowed earlier in the reception with

layered fare, so here is an opportunity to make a fun statement, says Danielle Lee, partner and chief of experience operations at My House Events. “The late night snack is a great way to differentiate between the more formal wedding food and the party food,” says Lee, who has been known to arrange for crowdpleasing, piping hot boxes of pizza in at the end of the night. “Unlike the more traditional, ‘fancier’ reception foods, the late night snack gives the couple an opportunity to showcase a casual favorite or regional snack and get people to let loose.” b |


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Bachelorette Bonuses Party favors for your bridal party besties By Amy Gabriel


our bestie has gone bridal and you have landed the gig as maid of honor. Your goal is to create a bachelorette and shower experience that will have the other members of the bride tribe instagramming and hashtagging until they break the internet. One darling idea to help set a festive tone? Incorporate a mix of cocktail and champagne inspired favors for guests to indulge in — and in some cases — wear. Pass on the suggestive straws and sassy sashes and instead greet guests with a chic champagne inspired headband, suggests Corrie Pellerin, co-founder of the newly launched design and event planning company Something Pretty. “We are a generation and a city where everything is a moment for a costume and a bachelorette should be the same,” said Pellerin

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who, with business partner Erin Higgins, handcrafts headpieces and accessories with see-through ornaments like floating pearls, mini disco balls and antique glitter. “Your favors set the tone for the event and you want people to walk in and instantly be put in a great mood.” One surefire way to get the party rolling — the chambong. Sheila Tahvildari, director of food and beverage at QED Hospitality Group, says this party is favor a favorite with parties at Jack Rose in the Pontchartrain Hotel. “The chambong is a bonding experience in and of itself,” said Tahvildari, who notes the very instagrammable nature of the fancy funnel. “They are a little unexpected and outside of the norm! We’ve inspired many a bride to give them as gifts — some bridal

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parties even personalize them. It always gets people talking and laughing at the inevitable spills.” For a sweet treat in between sips, Pastry Chef Beth Biundo of Beth Biundo Sweets, has created unexpected booze-inspired dessert concepts. “With Pinterest and Instagram, people tend to see the same designs over and over,” said Biundo. For a giddy surprise, she suggests little individual bourbon milk punch ice cream sandwiches. “Everyone loves an ice cream sandwich, especially a sophisticated cocktail inspired one,” said Biundo. “They can be packaged individually with a cute sticker or label. Customization makes everything more personal.” New Orleans is notorious for being a destination wedding location, and Quinn Richard, owner

of Cocktail+Creative, created a way for the traveling attendee to get in on the fun, even at 30,000 feet, with his airplane-friendly house-made syrups and elixirs. “These go over really well to keep the party going,” said Richard, who puts syrups like lemon tarragon and hibiscus berry into 2-ounce French square bottles capped with a wax seal. “All you have to do is order a sparkling or a vodka and you’ve got a do-ityourself infusion right there on the plane.” He also bottles elixirs like strawberry peppercorn and cantaloupe mint for an herbaceous mix that is as pretty as it is handy as a bar-on-the-go. “If your guests don’t get to them that night or at the hotel, they are cute and small enough to put in a purse and carry on the flight home.”b |


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There’s No Place Like Roam The appeal of reception food stations and bars By Amy Gabriel


ately you’ve noticed that some of your most fun group dining outings are at food halls. The perfect compromise for the picky eater, the adventurous foodie and the steadfast dieter, the variety and range that the concept provides has so many positives that couples have started to incorporate a similar style into their wedding food service by way of roaming stations and bars.

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Danielle Lee, partner and chief of experience operations at My House Events, considers this a calling card of modern couples’ approach to a reception. “Roving food stations allow guests to dictate the food portion of their night as opposed to everyone doing the same thing at the same time,” said Lee. “Some guests may decide to spend the majority of their night dancing, while others may relish the food

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options. It allows everyone to do their own thing!” KICK IT OFF AT COCKTAIL HOUR

One of the ways to start the night on the right stilettos is to make sure that your guests always have a drink in hand, a bite in mouth and are circulating around the festivities. Katie Morris, owner of of Black Pearl Catering, says strategically placing stations for guests to visit will get people

moving all about the venue, which makes for an energized and engaging atmosphere right from the start. “We encourage clients to introduce roaming food bars during the cocktail hour,” said Morris. “This is when guests are typically on their feet and a bit more mobile, socializing.” LIVE BEFORE YOUR EYES

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Heads Up!

The Do’s And Don’ts When Working With A Caterer We caught up with Sheila Tahvildari, director of food and beverage at QED Hospitality Group for the Pontchartrain Hotel to get her take on what to avoid and what most to consider when booking a caterer for your wedding. Q: What are the top three questions a couple should consider when sitting down with a caterer? A: What sort of mood do you want to create? How much fun do you want to have with the menu? Have your guests ever been New Orleans?

station to station with exciting live-action visuals at every turn? Morris has found that interactive stations are huge for crowd appeal. “The live stations become a sensory experience for guests,” said Morris. “The smell of a wood-fired grill, the flip of a wok over open flame, the careful plating technique of a chef, all encourages guests to engage.” Some ideas she’s incorporated are jamón serrano carving stations where a uniformed chef carves the cured ham to-order for guests to sample, whole pig cochon de lait displays, made-to-order arepas, as well as a live oyster shucking bar. Says Morris, “Out of town guests may not have tried a local shucked oyster before so for them this is unexpected, entertaining, and presents a natural avenue to interact with other guests.” INTRODUCING THE CRESCENT CITY

New Orleans is a prime spot for destination weddings and your guests will not only be expecting, but anticipating an introduction to the flavors that are so pronounced and celebrated in the city. For this reason, Colleen Page, associate director, meetings and special events at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has adopted the use of a “Louisiana Classics” station, which features favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo and mini muffulettas as a way to spotlight several quintessential favorites. “Locals will of course appreciate familiar flavors, and it also serves as a good introduction to New Orleans cuisine for those visiting or unfamiliar,” said Page. Walker Geoffray, executive chef and owner

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of Black Pearl Catering, notes that a rice bar is one of his favorite ideas to incorporate a variety of New Orleans flavors. “Rice is such an integral part of southern culture and translates to many other cultures,” said Geoffray. A nod to traditional southern dishes but with plenty of variety, he recommends items like jambalaya fried rice and smoked oyster fried rice. “This type of bar has also been an effective way to offer an assortment of proteins and also accommodate vegetarian and vegan dietary restrictions.” A SWEET ESCAPE

It’s a party so calories don’t count, right? Let your dessert offerings tempt all your invitees by creating several set ups for them to indulge in. “We have seen an increase in couples veering away from the wedding cake being the only dessert and providing guests with multiple small bites,” said Lee of My House Events. For the sugar o’clock portion of the festivities, she’s noticed an uptick in small bites and pies. “Pies - both mini and large format - have seen a resurgence over the past few years.” She recommends eye-catching stations of petit fours, mini doberge cakes and make-your-own ice cream sandwich stations where guests pick out their cookie flavor and their ice cream as a draw for partygoers. “Flavor profiles are vast, thus the bride may love cookies and the groom may want all dark chocolate,” said Lee. “Stations allow for variety and compromise, a key for planning!”b

Q: What is the No. 1 misconception from brides regarding their caterer during their reception? A: That they need to be worried about running out of food. We want your guests to enjoy the day and be well fed just as much as you do! This burden shouldn’t fall on a bride on her special day — the professionals will handle it for you.

Q: What is the No. 1 mistake couples make when hiring a caterer? A: Not trusting your caterer’s advice. While this might be your first wedding, it is not theirs. They know what works best for the flow of the room and how people dine at weddings.

Q: What one piece of advice would you provide to a bride bringing in an event caterer? A: Make sure your caterer is well-versed in the style of food you want to provide your guests. You want to allow them to play to their strengths so that all parties involved are happy with the outcome. |


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Modern History The new Higgins Hotel at the National WWII Museum celebrates the glitz and glamour of the 1930s and ‘40s By Kelly Massicot


ue to the magnitude and impact World War II had on the world, it’s no wonder that the National World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans has quickly become touted as one of the best museums in the world. Visitors flock from all over the United States and abroad to visit and learn about a time that impacted the lives of so many. Differing greatly from the gloom of the war was the fashion and style of the 1930s and ‘40s. All of the glitz, glamour and Art Deco style of the era is celebrated in the new

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National WWII Museum’s Higgins Hotel and Conference Center. The Higgins Hotel is located on the museum’s expansive campus at Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Drive. Named after the famous New Orleans inventor and boat builder Andrew Higgins — who some name as an integral part of winning the war — the Higgins Hotel highlights the man known as the “American Noah,” and his work during the war, as well as the men and women who fought. From the moment you step foot into the building on Magazine

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Street, you are immediately transported into a subtle, but non-cliché ode to the ‘30s and ‘40s, complete with chandeliers, plush seating areas and a glamourous lobby reminiscent of the grandeur of the lobby of Manhattan’s famed Empire State Building. For the couple looking to add a little nostalgia into their nuptials, The Higgins Hotel has 230 guest rooms with eight one-bedroom suites and three VIP suites that are perfect for day-of bridal party preparation or the nights before or after a wedding celebration. The large Acadia Ballroom can be split

into four different sections, with 18,000 square feet of meeting and conference space throughout the building that can be tranformed into a reception area, rehearsal dinner or any other wedding necessity. The Rosie’s on the Roof rooftop bar with its Rosie the Riveter theme not only gives guests a stunning view of the museum campus and the city skyline, but also a private area that can be rented out for welcome parties or small events. For more information on the Higgins Hotel stay tuned to the “Let Them Eat Cake” blog. b

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Lovely Locations

Match your personal style to these local wedding and reception venues By Misty Milioto


very wedding should demonstrate personal touches that express the style of the couple. In this way, the big day becomes an extension of the couple’s union. No matter what your preference, these local venues offer something for every taste. Romantic

The Chicory, which was built in 1852 and firsts began as a simple coffee warehouse, is now one of the most sought-after venues in

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New Orleans. The venue features pressed-tin ceilings, gas lanterns, exposed brick and original beams — all perfect for setting a romantic atmosphere. The event space, which totals 20,000 square feet, can accommodate 400 guests. Onsite catering can include vegetarian, vegan, Kosher and gluten-free options. The wedding reception package includes tables with gold Chiavari chairs and ivory linens; china, glassware and stainless flatware; a private room and atten-

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dants for the couple; and more. 610 S. Peters St., 504-521-8055, Modern

The Burgundy House offers a modern take on old New Orleans charm. The 19th century, 2,700-square-foot space is located just steps from Frenchmen Street and boasts a renovated interior of exposed brick, stunning chandeliers and authentic New Orleans architectural details. Expect a team

of on-staff professional coordinators to create the event of your dreams with a seated ceremony and dinner for up to 150 guests. Wedding packages include total customization with reputable local vendors to remove the stress of planning. 2000 Burgundy St., 504-717-3441, Vintage

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history, Race & Religious is perfect for vintage weddings and receptions. Located in the Lower Garden District, the event space features a collection of three buildings built in the 1830’s and offers 6,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for up to 275 guests. The brick courtyard is lined with lush palms and a fountain-flanked swimming pool lit by flickering gas lamps. Unvarnished staircases, French tiles, Buenos Aires wrought-iron gates and stained-glass doors further provide a perfect backdrop. 510 Race St., 504-523-0890,


Marigny Opera House, a repurposed Romanesque-style church constructed in 1853, was closed in 1997 and repurposed as a nonprofit center for local performing artists. With cityscape views, theatrical lighting, and indoor and outdoor spaces with a capacity for 200 guests, the event space is ideal for alternative weddings and receptions—including LGBT nuptials. Enjoy the onion-shaped dome towers, arched openings and the overall elegant lightness of the interior. 725 St. Ferdinand St., 504-948-9998,


The NOCCA Institute is home to Press Street Station, featuring architectural details from its long history as a railway facility and warehouse. This airy dining room features a gleaming white bar, an area for a band or DJ, glass garage doors that can be opened and a professional kitchen—all perfect for standing receptions (for 200 guests) and seated dinners (for 98 guests). Meanwhile, Press Street Gardens is a half-acre urban farm totaling 18,000 square feet with a large courtyard lined with picnic tables and a wooden shade structure. 2800 Chartres St., 504-940-2900,

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With a style that’s both classic and cutting-edge, Civic Theatre New Orleans offers a dramatic backdrop for wedding receptions. Originally built in 1906, it has played host to vaudeville and burlesque.shows, musicals and discos. Renovated in 2011, the state-of-the-art facility features AV technology and a modular flooring system that allows for multiple configurations for 150 to 350 guests. Be sure to use the theater curtains for a dramatic reveal of Mr and Mrs. 510 O’Keefe Ave., 504-272-0865,

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NOPSI Hotel New Orleans offers a number of venues in which to hold a wedding and reception. Dryades Ballroom features exposed brick, large arched windows and a soaring 30-foot ceiling for up to 600 guests; Public Service is a loft-like space with floor-to-ceiling windows that can accommodate up to 180 guests; and Henry’s Gin Yard is an outdoor space perfect for intimate ceremonies. 317 Baronne St., 844-439-1463,

Southern Oaks Plantation is the quintessential Southern venue. Over the last three decades, the Antebellum-style mansion and meticulously landscaped grounds have been the go-to for couples seeking an all-inclusive space with the legendary hospitality of the South. The picturesque live oaks provide a stunning backdrop, while the delicious cuisine, exceptional service and distinctive Southern ambiance provide an unforgettable experience. 7816 Hayne Blvd., 504-245-8221,

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Founded by Jimmy Seely and Joel Hitchcock Tilton, Paradigm Gardens initially was a community garden that has grown into a larger operation to supply restaurants on Rampart Street. The lush gardens provide a lush escape from the city for intimate and casual weddings and receptions—with space for 30 guests (plated dinners) to 125 guests (for larger receptions). The best part? The private events chef can customize your menu using seasonal ingredients, while a customized bar package can include a full bar or limited bar with a specialty cocktails using the garden’s ingredients. 1131 S. Rampart St., 504-344-9474,


The Westin New Orleans Canal Place recently completed a $30 million renovation that transformed all public areas, event space and guest accommodations. The newly unveiled Guest Reception on the 11th floor features a brass-clad circular bar and two-story windows, while the Riverbend Ballroom (also on the 11th floor) is ideal for up to 250 guests with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. Meanwhile, the Grand Ballroom on the 12th floor can accommodate up to 350 guests with custom textured Italian glass-rod chandeliers and floor-toceiling windows. 100 Iberville St., 504-566-7006, b |


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In Focus

Follow these tips to get the most out of your wedding photography By Misty Milioto


hotography is one of the most important aspects of your wedding, since the photos will remain long after the Big Day. So finding the best photographer to suit your needs is paramount. Here, three local wedding photographers offer their tips on finding and working with the best person for the job. Marc Pagani Photography

Marc Pagani first started his career in wedding photography 24 years ago. At that time, he was assisting a wedding photographer and then shot his first wedding solo in 1997.

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Until 2013, he and his associate photographers were shooting about 50 weddings per year. However, he found that to be too many and now shoots about 25 weddings per year. Throughout his career, he has shot more than 850 weddings. His best advice for couples seeking a wedding photographer is to look for experience in the field, a style that fits their needs and a personality that clicks with theirs. “I’ve heard so many horror stories from couples who based their choice on price alone, only to receive photos that were underexposed, out of focus or poorly

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composed,” he says. “It takes a great deal of experience and skill to create interesting, technically accurate images that fit the aesthetic the couple is looking for. Also, more than most other vendors, your photographer spends a great deal of time with you on your wedding day, so you want someone who has a relaxing, pleasant presence.” To help make a decision when choosing a photographer, Pagani says it’s important not only to ask basic questions about photo packages, pricing and availability, but also to ask about their approach to shooting a wedding, their experi-

ence level, and whether or not they have backup equipment and photographers in case of an emergency. And when it comes to the Big Day, he says to be sure to allow enough time for the shoot. “Confer with your photographer regarding the day’s schedule,” he says. “A good, experienced photographer will know how long each aspect of the day will take to shoot and can help you plan accordingly.” 1216 N. Galvez St., 504-343-5364, Studio Tran

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start wedding photographers in 2005. According to Corine, it was tough to start their business with their first major challenge being Hurricane Katrina. “In the beginning, Beebe alone would shoot around 60 to 75 weddings per year, but that was when we were younger and didn’t have children,” she says. “Now we each average 50 weddings per year, which leaves us time to be parents on the weekends too.” Her best advice when seeking a wedding photographer is to look for someone whose style you like and whose portfolio is consistent. “Look through their blog posts to see more wedding images from one wedding,” she says. “This way you can make sure the collection of images from each wedding looks consistent. Also look for a photog-

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rapher that has great reviews and comes recommended not only by past brides but also other wedding vendors.” In order to ensure a successful wedding shoot, Corine says it’s important to stay on schedule, make sure your wedding party members are cooperative, take sunset and lighting into consideration, and find the best locations. “Listen to your photographer’s suggestions,” she says. 3814 Bauvais St., Metairie, 504-352-0225, Lauren Carroll Photography

Lauren Carroll first began second shooting weddings with an established photographer in 2009 while in college. She shot and edited for him for three years and gained a lot of experience in the field.

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Upon graduation, she transitioned into being a full-time wedding photographer and now shoots about 35 weddings per year. When seeking a wedding photographer, she says it is important to resonate with their work and find value in it. “A spark should go off like, ‘This is the one,’” she says. “Looking through their portfolio, reading reviews and setting up a phone call or meeting are great ways to get acquainted with their style and flow.” To ensure you and your photographer are on the same page, Carroll suggests going over the timeline for the wedding day, discussing the lighting situations for the ceremony and reception, editing turn-around time, if a second shooter is provided, what

the travel fees are and if they have access to the high-resolution files or if there is an additional fee for the download. Other tips Carroll suggests include basing the timeline around the sunset to get the best light. “If they would like natural-light portraits and ceremony photos, I always recommend starting the ceremony a little before the golden hour,” she says. “Bride and groom prep locations that have big windows or pretty balconies are also ideal. Another great tip is to do the first look, [which] provides effortless natural-light portraits and relieves any stress after the ceremony.” b |


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Don’t: Create obstacles for the musicians One New Orleans player

described a recent wedding that was so dull that guests began to leave early. One big reason? There were tables directly in between the musicians and the dance floor so there was literally a disconnect between the performers and the audience. Another big mistake: setting up the DJ or band in a different space than the food and drinks. Worst of all, perhaps, is setting up a TV down the hall so guests can keep up with the LSU game. All of these make it harder for the performers to build a connection with the audience.

Big Day Boogie

The do’s and don’ts for creating the best music for your wedding By Rich Collins


ucky you! You’re planning your wedding in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, the bounce music capital of the world and perennial home to a bunch of Grammy-nominated musicians. So of course you want to make live music a big part of your Big Day — but how do you make sure you hit all the right notes along the way? Don’t worry. We’ve got you. We talked to the pros and compiled this list of do’s and don’ts that will guarantee your grand-mère is feeling nostalgic at the start of the evening and your bridesmaids are line-dancing (or, definitely not, if that’s your preference) at midnight. Do: Make requests … but only to a point You should tell your band

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your favorite styles of music or if you absolutely do or don’t want to hear “Uptown Funk” or “Old Town Road.” You should also say whether or not you want to do any line dances. It’s important, however, to let the experts do their job. “If you tell us, ‘Don’t play “Sweet Caroline” because my grandma was named Caroline and she just died,’ then, OK, we’ll make note of that,” says Jason Bourgeois, whose band The Boogie Men has performed at thousands of weddings over the last three decades. “But don’t try to orchestrate the whole thing yourself. Get a band you know can entertain a varied audience. You have several generations in the room and they all think the band is there for them … and they’re right. That’s a challenge and not every group is up to that.” Bourgeois says the best groups

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are able to adapt to the crowd. A perfect example is when, early in the night, during the “roast beef set,” a band will play quieter background music and then turn up the energy later on. Do: Watch the band perform ahead of time Watch prospective bands

perform live if possible because listening to a recording of their music won’t tell you the whole story. Some bands might have a flashy website but a lackluster live show … or vice-versa. “There’s really no way to tell without seeing a band in person,” says Emily Fredrickson of the Nola Dukes Band, another popular choice for weddings in the area. “Demos can either oversell or under-sell a band. Obviously you can’t crash a wedding — unless you have a friend there — but most bands do a showcase.”

Don’t: Hire the wrong size band

Fredrickson says a five-piece band is the smallest size that could entertain a wedding of about 150 guests. Additional players will increase the entertainment options. “When you add more people, it doesn’t necessarily mean we play louder,” she says. “It means we can play different types of music. More vocalists mean you can sing different types of songs and adding horns means you can play Motown stuff.” Do: Try to book your favorite musician

You may want to hire an established “big name” artist to perform on your big night. This will certainly add celebrity sizzle to the proceedings but just know that those folks may not have as much experience with the challenges of working weddings. In the hometown of Trombone Shorty and Tank and the Bangas, that’s a tempting option, though, so make the calls and check their availability and interest. Do: Hire a DJ if it’s right for you

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Get a fleet of motorcycles or scooters to carry you, your beloved and your guests to your wedding. Pick between classic Harleys, Indian Chiefs or BMWs on the motorcycle side or hop on a Genuine Buddy scooter with your pals and fly through the streets. Avenuescooters. com, Tandem bike

Prove your commitment to fun, whimsy and teamwork by renting a tandem bike on your Big Day. The American Bicycle Rental Company gets its bicycles made specifically for the wear and tear of the Big Easy’s streets, so that the beginning of your marriage isn’t too bumpy. Party bus

Getting There A handy guide to New Orleans’ many options to get you and your guests to and from the wedding Updated by Alice Phillips


on’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored to your wedding ceremony, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride. Horse and carriage

The classic New Orleans mode of wedding transportation, the horse and carriage, is the image of wedded bliss. Enter your ceremony as if you are in your own personal fairy tale. Royal Carriages has been a New Orleans institution since 1941 and provides several options to its guests.


They’re ubiquitous to weddings for a reason — the luxury and comfort of a limo is tough to beat. Sip champagne and settle into the rich leather interior while a chauffeur gets you to your destination in style.,, Rolls Royce

A classic Rolls Royce or antique Bentley exudes vintage luxury and style and allows you to transcend time. Arrive at your wedding in true elegance and enjoy the plush leather seating and complimentary champagne in VIP Transportation’s antique English motorcars., Pedi cab


Seat 40 to 50 of your guests in a classic New Orleans streetcar by chartering one from the city. You can create your own route, bring food and drink onto the streetcar and decorate it to your heart’s content. It’s a mode of transportation steeped in history but customizable to your goals. Business-Center/Streetcar-Charters

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Whether it’s your main means of transportation for your ceremony, a bachelor or bachelorette party visit to the French Quarter, or you put a coupon for a free ride in your wedding gift bag, these chauffeur-driven bicycles provide a fun means to explore the city and offer a quick getaway when necessary.,

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Why not rent a party bus? Champagne chillers, accent and fiber optic lighting, flat-screen TVs, a mirrored ceiling and a dancing pole — gasp! — (in case you want to show off your moves) are a few of the amenities. The buses range in size, running from 22- to 45-passenger limits, and Royal Coach will meet all of your specifications., Gondola – City Park

If you’re near City Park for your wedding, a gondola ride is a must. Glide through the smooth waters of the park and have a private, relaxing moment with your new partner in life and love. If you want to bring guests, the boat carries up to six. Yacht

Charter a yacht and party all the way to the altar. Watch the sun set and enjoy balmy breezes as you float through the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. If you’re up to it, have the captain of the ship officiate the wedding. The options are endless when luxury is your focus., Trolley

Don’t worry, you can still ride off into the sunset in a classic Crescent City trolley even if your wedding isn’t on one of the town’s main streetcar lines. Limousine Livery provides refurbished streetcars free of both cable restraints and pesky tourists. What’s more, the renovated vehicle’s cushioned seats are an enormous improvement from the city’s current hardwood offerings, so you can cozy up and cool off next to your new spouse without fear of splinters or snags in your swanky attire., b |


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Bride: Julie Beitler Grppm: Tom Sullivan Wedding Date: Oct. 11, 2019 Ceremony and Reception location:The Gallery (Tomas Bistro) Coordinator: New Orleans Wedding Planning Gown: Berta Florist: Florist Herbivore Floral Designs Caterer:
Tomas Bistro Cake: Ice cream by Creole Creamery Photographer: Lauren Carroll Photography Videographer: Film Thread Productions Bride’s Hair: Stefano Greco Bridesmaids Hair: Glam Nola Hair Makeup: Glam Nola Music: D Play Second Line: Music
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Bride: Danielle Beneville Groom: Noah Lindsley Wedding Date: June 28, 2019 Ceremony and Reception location: Marché Coordinator: Stephanie Baker with Marché Gown: Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal Men’s Attire: Jos A. Banks Rings: Bride’s Ring: LaMore Design, Groom’s Ring: Titanium Rings Florist: Nola Flora Caterer: Marché Cake: La Louisiane Photographer: Mike Lirette Photography Hair and Makeup : Christine Fitzpatrick with Nola Bridal Artistry Music: Music Source Media |


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Bride: Reagan Charleston Groom: Reece Thomas Wedding Date: Dec. 9, 2018 Ceremony/Reception: New Orleans Board of Trade Wedding Designer: Wink Design & Events Photographer: Mateo & Company Venue: New Orleans Board of Trade Caterer: Pigeon Caterers Prep location: St. James Hotel Hair Stylist: Amber Buxton Makeup Stylist: Makeup By Meggan Coordinator: Amanda Price Events Event Designer: Wink Design & Events Décor: Luminous Events Rentals: Just Ask Rental China/ Drapery: Element Florist: Herbivore Floral Designs Lighting: Calfee Productions Videographer: Dyle Films Cake: Zoe’s Bakery Band: Vegas Cola Band Live Painter: Kelly Boyett Art Cigar Station: Cigar Factory Officiant: Judge Kern Reese Ceremony Music: Rachel VanVorhees Linens: BBJ Linen Invitations/Monogram: Invitobella Jewelry: Reagan Charleston Jewelry Bride’s Attire: Predram Couture Groom’s Attire: Fellow Dance Floor: AD Event Group |


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Bride: Amanda Lyons Groom: Eric Zeringue, Jr. Wedding Date: March 23, 2019 Ceremony & reception location: The Civic Theatre Gown: Yvonne La Fleur Men’s attire: Tuxedos to Geaux Rings: Gabe’s Fine Jewelers Florist: The Plant Gallery Caterer: Ralph Brennan Caterer Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photographer: Calvin Gavion, Jr. Photography Videographer: Lonely Eskimo Hair and Makeup: Erika Jackson and Kiel Whitener Passman, Brantley’s Hair Studio Live Painter: Nola Live Painting by Kristen Schenck Music: Party-Tyme Productions DJ & Photo Booth Services Transportation: Audubon Limo Hotel: Le Pavillon Hotel, New Orleans |


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Bride: Vanessa Van Vrancken Groom: Matthew Dick Wedding Date: May 18, 2019 Ceremony: Academy of the Sacred Heart Reception: The Balcony Ballroom Gown: Carolina Herrera, New York City Bridesmaids dresses: Chase Designs Tuxedos: Tuxedos to Geaux Engagement rings: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers Wedding rings: Cartier Florist: Federico’s Family Florist Caterer: The Balcony Ballroom Cake: La Louisiane Bakery Photographer: Photography by Louis and Stacy Marks Photography Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions Hair: Katie Bellerino at Glow Hair & Beauty Bar Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro and Renee Marie Artistry Music: Karr Marching Band, Shades of Praise Choir, The Nashville Yacht Club Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, and Natural Light All-stars Live painter: Event Painting by Agnes Favors: Divas On-Sight Pralines Invitations: Alexa Pulitzer Shrimp Luge: Ice Dragon Ice Sculptures Hair accessories: Custom Fabric Flowers by M & S Schmalberg Transportation: Bonomolo Limousines Décor: Firefly Ambiance Event Rental Toasting flutes: Baccarat |


Want to submit your wedding for our magazine? Check out how.... Do you want to see your wedding in these pages and share your Big Day with our readers and New Orleans? To be considered as a featured local wedding in New Orleans Bride Magazine, mail a CD or flash drive with high-resolution (4x6/300dpi) photographs. Below is a helpful checklist to ensure that you have included all of the correct materials.

what we need 1. A Word document of the following vendors: ___ Couple’s full name ___ Date of the wedding ___ Ceremony location ___ Reception location ___ Coordinator ___ Gown (designer and store) ___ Bridesmaids’ dresses (designer and store) ___ Men’s Attire (store) ___ Rings ___ Florist ___ Caterer ___ Cake ___ Photographer ___ Videographer ___ Hair (Stylist and Salon) ___ Makeup (Stylist and Salon) ___ Music ___ Any other vendor you would like to include

2. High-resolution (4x6 / 300dpi) photographs of: ___ Couple ___ Bridesmaids and groomsmen ___ Cake ___ Rings ___ Flowers ___ Ceremony ___ Reception ___ Wedding Favor ___ Second Line ___ Detail shots of shoes, dress, jewelry ___ Detail shots of the decor ___ Please include five other photos of your choice.

* Please send at least 10-15 photographs and Word document of your vendors saved to a CD or flash drive. * All CDs and flash drives will NOT be returned.



Please mail your CD or flash drive of photos and Word document of vendor information to: New Orleans Bride Magazine Attn: Tiffani Amedeo 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123 Metairie, LA 70005

New Orleans Bride Magazine reserves the right to choose the wedding and the issue in which it will be featured. Submissions are not guaranteed to be published and CDs and flash drives will not be returned. The bride, groom and photographer must give permission to use the photographs and information of the submitted wedding.

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Globe Trotting

The hottest honeymoon destinations around the world By Becca Hensley


ou’ve said your vows — now what? It’s time to launch your new life with a memory-packed vacation. But, where to go? The options can overwhelm, especially if you want a trip as unique as your wedding. That’s why we’ve scoured the globe for some of 2020’s most exciting honeymoon possibilities. French Twist

Just an hour from Paris, in France’s Loire Valley, immaculately restored Chateau du Grand-Luce anchors a characteristic village, so idyllic it might come from the pages of “Beauty and the Beast.” A bonafide castle retreat with just 17 distinc-

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tive guest suites, the 18th-century Neoclassic masterpiece was built by a baron to showcase the most modern and opulent design elements of his era. To whit, the 40,000-square-foot mansion lords over 80 acres of garden, boasting interiors abundant with priceless antiques and furnishings — tapestries, artwork, fabrics, gild, crystal and woodwork. Days pass languorously with picnics on the lawn, afternoons around the swimming pool, and energetic explorations of the historic maze, all supported by bespoke valet service. Base at The Chateau to explore the region’s famous castles and wineries. Room to Book: The Baron’s Suite,

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a four-room enclave — like having a mini-chateau all to yourself. Add On: Begin in glamorous Paris. Choose the lavishly urbane Le Bristol, the City of Light’s’ most splendid hotel, where some rooms vaunt views of the Eiffel Tower. Desert Dream

For the ultimate contrast to wedding hubbub, cast yourself into the realms of farther flung Africa, among the red sands of the remote Namib region, the world’s oldest desert. A six-hour drive or one-hour flight from Windhoek, the nation’s capital, Sonop appears as a mirage amid red sand dunes, otherworldly boulders, grazing antelope

and vast open spaces. Built into a cluster of immense rocks, the resort comprises a handful of fully kitted out upscale tents, complete with transportive antiques (from photographs to books to luggage chests to silver candlesticks), chandeliers, luxurious beds and clawfoot tubs. Gourmet meals, a swimming pool and spa, and guide-led activities, such as game drives, sunrise breakfast atop the dunes, and fat tire bike rides through the wilderness fill the warm desert days. Room to Book: All one bedroom tents sport outstanding views. Add On: Sonop’s sister property, Omaanda, near Windhoek, over-

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wines. Visit Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent for an imbiber’s assortment of vineyards, wineries and gastronomy — not to mention history. Join a qualified customized wine tour led by passionate oenophiles, such as Justin Lay of English Wine Tasting Tours or drive yourselves (on the other side of the road) at any pace you like. Plan to include culinary stops in Whitstable for oysters, at Michelin-starred Fordwich Arms (Chef Daniel Smith’s savvy restaurant is located in a decades-old pub), Macknade Fine Foods and Chesil Rectory — among others. Not to miss wineries and distilleries include Chapel Down, Denbies Wine Estate, Simpsons Wine Estate, Biddenden Vineyards, Hambledon Vineyard, Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Bolney Wine Estate, though the country has some 500 wine-land options. Base in historic inns, such as The Spread Eagle (one of England’s oldest coaching inns), located in Midhurst. Room to Book: Choose the Queen’s Suite at The Spread Eagle Hotel, where Elizabeth I stayed. It even has a 15th-century wig closet. Add On: Rather than rushing, linger in the magnificent historic cities found in these counties — such as Canterbury and Winchester. For a treat, book a bread making class at Artisan Bakehouse in West Sussex. Texas Tents

looks a wildlife watering hole. Thanks to its collaboration with Naankuse, Namibia’s revered conservation trust, your stay supports displaced animals and the environment. Iceland Immersion

Get your “Game of Throne” groove on in Iceland, where many of the popular series’ scenes were filmed. The land of glaciers, geysers, rainbows, waterfalls, Northern Lights and rumbling volcanoes inspires awe and encourages a yen for active pursuits. To immerse — literally — in Iceland’s largesse, choose The Retreat at the Blue

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Lagoon, a spa hotel like no other place on Earth. Built to connect with the island nation’s number one tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a thermal water pool complex just 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport, the upscale hideaway has been hewed into an ancient lava field. Sleekly designed, rife with windows, it has its own mineral-rich healing waters, restaurants, a subterranean, warren-like spa, and activities from yoga to guide-led mountain hikes. Don’t miss the do-it-yourself Blue Lagoon Ritual, a three-station experience, which includes a variety of body masks. Room To Book: The romantic

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Lagoon Suite has a private pool, perfect for honeymooners. Add On: Visit northern Iceland with a trip to Deplar Farm, an allinclusive countryside hideaway geared to please extreme sport enthusiasts. British Tipple

Thirsty? Wine aficionados can unwind from wedding stress when they explore an unexpected wine region — the United Kingdom. Touted for terrain and a climate that mirrors the Champagne terroir in France, four of England’s counties have made award-winning inroads with both sparkling and still

Two swimming holes, scores of antiques, a rushing river, spring wildflowers, nearby wineries, barbecue joints galore and a coterie of artistic residents define the little Hill Country town of Wimberley, less than an hour from Austin. An easy flight or drive from New Orleans, this Texan village beneath the cypress trees ensures chill out mode for honeymooners looking for a casual break. Glamp at the Collective Hill Country, a retreat which overlooks Montesino Ranch. Romantic and secluded, the upscale hideaway redefines camping with spacious, opulent tents. Each features en-suite bathrooms, a wood burning stove, sumptuous fabrics and 1,500 thread count linens on the king-sized beds. Spend your days exploring the Hill Country’s array of wineries (and breweries), zip lining, diving into the famous Blue Hole natural pool or just relaxing on your tent’s ample deck. Farm-to-table gastronomic dinners and stargazing complete the evenings. Sign up for the camp’s Beer, Brining and Branding class — a must for gastronomes. Room To Book: The Summit Tent Honeymoon Suite Add On: If the bucolic life gets too quiet, head into Austin for some live music and a meal.b |



Bridal Resources to help you with all your wedding planning needs

1st Lake Properties, Inc 504-455-5059,, 12 Seasons Catering & Mr. Mudbug 131 23rd St., Kenner 504-465-9770 Alert Transportation 3 Westbank Expressway, New Orleans, 504-362-4145, Aroma Catering 400 E William David Pkwy, Metairie, 504-833-2120 Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-888-5533, Backyard Printing (& Secondline Handkerchiefs) 1960 Surgi Drive, Mandeville, 985-231-7789, Backyardprinting@gmail. com,,, Leslie McGoey Balcony Ballroom 4738 Utica St., Metairie, 504-885-8001, info@ Bed Bath and Beyond 800-Go Beyond Belle Amour Photography 1441 Fremaux Ave., Slidell 985-768-6603, nichole@Belle Amour, Belle Amour Beth’s Florist & New Orleans Wedding Planners 2014 Clearview Parkway Metairie 504-455-2353 Bliss Bridal 4712 Magazine St., 504-5927507,, nola@ Boogie Booth Photo Booth Comapny PO Box 581, Mandeville, 504457-8033, info@boogiebooth. com, Brennan’s 417 Royal Str., French Quarter, 504-934-3329, Broussard’s 819 Conti, New Orleans, 504-581-3866, valeriel@, broussards. com Calcasieu 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504-588-2188 Capdeboscq Catering 1000 Allo Ave. , Marrero, 504-341-8890, Chris Castillo Films 504-272-7601, ccastillofilms. com

Dickie Brennan’s 605 Canal St., New Orleans, Restaurant directory: 504-274-1958, Palace Café: 504-523-1661, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: 504-522-2467, Bourbon House: 504-522-0111, Tableau: 504-934-3463 Dillard’s Bridal Registry 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd #1, Metairie, 504-833-1075, Divas on Site Pralines 504-994-3259, DoubleTree by Hilton - New Orleans 300 Canal St New Orleans, 504-212-3710, 504-581-1300 Eau Claire Photographics 141 Robert E Lee Blvd #331, New Orleans 504-432-7879,

Club Pilates 2513 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-484-9650,

English Turn Golf & Country Club One Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans, 504-392-2200,,

Compass Point Erin Steen French, 504-3661768, 985-969-4526, 200 Opelousas Ave, New Orleans,

Fabulous Flowers LLC. By Appointment, New Orleans, 504-909-0253,,

COMPLETE Weddings 10000 Celtic Drive O’Connor Building, Stage 1, Baton Rouge, 225-769-2229

Federal Ballroom New Orleans 147 Carondelet St., New Orleans, 504-587-2088,,

Couvant - Eliza Jane 315 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-324-5400 DAT BAND (504) 872-3925,, DatBandLA com David’s Bridal 4630 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 504-770-6333,

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Filmore In the Oaks 1040 Filmore Ave, New Orleans, 504-875-3787, First Class Presentation Catering P.O. Box 3773, New Orleans, 504-872-9398,

Gabby Chapin Photography Gem Printing Co. 1904 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-1762, gemprinting. com, Generations Hall 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans, 504-581-4367, hector@generationshall. com,, Giovanna’s Bakery 100 N Tyler St, Covington, 985-888-6884 Grow With Us Florist 106 Metairie Heights Ave., Metairie , 504-837-9449,, Harvie Live Wedding Paintings 1204 S. White St., New Orleans, 985-687-9106,, Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, 504-293-1200, Haydel’s Bakery 4037 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 504-837-0190, 504-837-5512, Heirloom Live Event Paintings 4401 Euphrosine, New Orleans, 504-812-1750, Higgins Hotel and Conference Center 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-528-1944 Hot Club of Storyville 419-376-7582

House of Blues 225 Decatur St., New Orleans 504-310-4990, hobnolaweddings@livenation. com, HOBSpecialEvents House of Broel’s Victorian Mansion and Gardens 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 504-522-2220, 504-494-2220, Hunk Oasis New Orleans Male Strip Club 226 Bourbon St, New Orleans, 504-525-5801, Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, 504-561-1234, kathy.mata@, com I Do Bridal Couture 4265 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-361-0377, ramsey@ Intercontinental New Orleans 444 St Charles Ave., New Orleans, 504-525-5566, Iris Floral + Event Design Studio 5331-B Canal Blvd., New Orleans, 504-304-4966, nicole@, James & B Bridal Outlet Brooke Ory & Jamie Lombardino, 1169-B Robert Blvd, Slidell, 985-302-0755 Jared Osterhold Event Fine Arts 427 Royal St., New Orleans, 504-383-5483, Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd Ste. 411, New Orleans, 504-7317083,


John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 504-455-5353, Joe Gambino’s Bakeries 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-885-7500, email@, JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St, New Orleans, 504 525 6500, JWMarriottNewOrleans, Contact: Ann Elise Borchardt, Annelise. borchardt@, 504-527-6752 Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 437 Philip St., New Orleans, 504-315-5607,, fb: kimstarrwisefloralevents, instagram: kimstarrwise Kathy Anderson Photography 504-232-3038, kathyandersonphotography. com Kaykes by Kaylyn 985-710-1768, kaykesbykaylyn Le Pavillon 833 Poydras St., New Orleans, 504-581-3111, Kira- 504-6204145, Limousine Livery 4333 Euphrosine St., New Orleans 504-561-8777, Loews New Orleans Hotel 300 Poydras St., New Orleans, 504-595-5316, Maison Dupuy Hotel 1001 Rue Toulouse, New Orleans, 504-648-6114,, neworleanscourtyardweddings. com Marche 914 N. Peters, New Orleans, 504-586-2074 x 5027, Valerie Landry, Megan Crawford Photography megancrawfordphotography. com, @megancrawfordphotography

MS Wedding Events 405-473-8246, Napoleon House 500 Chartres St., French Quarter, 504-934-4704, New Orleans & Company 504-566-5011,, 2020 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans New Orleans Marriott 555 Canal St., New Orleans, 504-581-1000, NewOrleansMarriottWeddings. com, Contact: Beth Tusa, 504-553-5571, Beth.tusa@ Noel Marcantel NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans 317 Baronne St., New Orleans, Pre Opening Executive Offices, 935 Gravier St., Suite 120, New Orleans, Colleen Page, Director of Catering North Photography & HD Cinema 504-883- 8060, NOLA Hotel Group 504-962-7220, blakehotelneworleans. com, saintjameshotel. com,, Orpheum Theater 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, 504-274-4871, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis St., New Orleans, 504-529-7022, Pat O’Brien’s Private Events Pat O’s on the River, 600 Decatur St 3rd floor; Pat O’Brien’s Briars Suite and Courtyard Restaurant, 624 Bourbon St., 504-525-3752

Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504885-9213, info@pearlsplace. com, Petals & Pastries 628 4th St, Gretna, 504-5339365, Rae Caroline Photography Ralph Brennan Catering & Events Exclusive caterer for New Orleans, Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., Garden District, 504-539-5510, Ralph’s on the Park 900 City Park Ave., MidCIty, 504-488-5100, Renaissance Photo NOLA 504-228-7508,, Renaissancephotonola@gmail. com Rick King Photography 445 Laura Dr. North, Mandeville, 985-626-3614, rking@rickkingphotography. com, Riverview Room 600, 4th level, Decatur Street, New Orleans, 504-525-3000 Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St., Metairie, 504324-7227, romestuxedos@, Royal Palm 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Building E, Harvey, 504-6444100,, Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans, 504-553-2205, RSNOsales@, royalneworleans RZ Productions 504-975-0817, rzproductions. net, Cinematic Wedding Films

Papier De Luxe 810 Union St, New Orleans, 504-975-4089

Sabryian Events Wedding Planner, 504-265-2617

Party Rentals Delivered 2837 Tifton St, Suite A, Kenner, 504-305-5785, michael@,

Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery 504-322-7435,

Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St., New Orleans, 504-525-2500, SheratonNewOrleansWeddings. com, Contact: Beth Tusa, 504-553- 5571, Sincerely Yours Juana , LLC Juana Andry 2651 Poydras St, New Orleans, 504-330-7849 Smile Doctors, 800-8641582 St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission 68099 LA-59, Mandeville, 800-634-9443, Stacy Marks Photography 1025 N Hullen St., Metairie, 504-237-2173, State Farm - Taylor Lambert/ Torie Taullie 91 Westbank Expy Ste 395, Gretna, 504-366-0155 Steamboat NATCHEZ 600 Decatur St., Ste. 308, New Orleans, 504-569-1431, Swiss Confectionery, Inc. 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, 504-522-7788, mail@, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave., Metairie 504-266-2771, maemebridal@, The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Café 910 E Morris Ave., Hammond, 985-345-2002,

The Pearl Room 2310 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-737-0604, The Plant Gallery 9401 Airline Highway, New Orleans, 504-488-8887, The Sweet Life Bakery 6268 Vicksburg St., New Orleans, 504-371-5153,, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, 504-648-1200 The Westin New Orleans 100 Iberville St., New Orleans, 504-553-5106, neworleans Tomas Bistro/Tommy’s Cuisine 755 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504527-0942, contact@, Town & Country Travel Inc 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 180A Metairie, 504-838-8702,, Tres Bien Photography 504-534-8737, Tuxedos To Geaux 3400 16th St., Metairie, 504-455-5393,, Up’Sa Daisy Hair Salon 3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-8466 Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St., Mandeville, 985845-8405, welchphoto@gmail. com,

The Chicory 610 S. Peters, New Orleans, 504-521-8055, brent., The Mercantile Hotel 727 S Peters Street, New Orleans, 504-417-9215, themercantilehotelneworleans. com

Your Day Production Wedding Videographers, weddings@yourdayproduction. com, 504-273-0005, New Orleans; 985-227-4579, Houma/Thibodaux •

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Check It Twice There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized illustration by Shaina Anderson

10-12 Months To Go __ You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. __ Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? __ Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and ask them as soon as you can. __ Pick the date. Check with your family members and wedding party before you make a final decision so there are no huge time conflicts.

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__ Find a wedding planner. If you’re planning on using a wedding planner, find one in the early stages. He or she will make all the craziness more manageable. __ Book your ceremony and reception location. Where you get married will affect a lot of your planning decisions, so reserving a place should be at the top of your to-do list. __ Insure your ring. Your engagement ring is special, but it’s also expensive. Make sure you get it insured, just in case. __ Book officiant. Make sure your preferred officiant has your wedding date on the calendar.

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__ Write thank you notes for engagement gifts. You will most likely receive a few gifts right after your engagement. Send a thank you note for each gift within three months of receiving it. __ Take engagement photos. Book a session with a professional photographer so you have a few nice photos of you and your fiancé for save-the-dates, newspaper announcements and more. Some photographers will include an engagement shoot with a wedding package. __ Pick your colors. Think about your wedding colors and the overall look of your day. Are you going for a classic look or trendy? Vintage

or glamorous? Your color scheme will guide you through other big decisions, such as the bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen’s ties.

bands is usually less stressful than shopping for an engagement ring, but carve out a time when you and your fiancé can go look together.

6-9 Months To Go

__ Finalize the rehearsal dinner. Once you’ve decided on the location, book your rehearsal dinner.

__ Interview and select vendors. Make sure you book the “big ticket” items, such as the photographer, the caterer, the florist and the entertainment, early. __ Send out save-the-dates. The typical rule on sending save-the-dates is six months before your wedding, but send them earlier if you’re inviting a lot of out-of-town guests so they can book flights. __ Go dress shopping. You need an appointment at most wedding boutiques, so call a few of your favorite stores to set up a time. __ Register. Register at two or three stores. Choose items at a variety of prices so everyone can find something they can afford. Add more gifts than you think you need so your friends and family have some options. __ Think about the rehearsal dinner. It’s customary that the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner. Talk to your future in-laws about possibilities. __ Schedule transportation. Book a limo, trolley or another form of transportation to shuttle your wedding party from the hotel to your ceremony location. Decide whether you need transportation for your guests to get from the reception to the hotel at the end of the reception. __ Plan your honeymoon. If you’re going out of the country for your trip, make sure you and your fiancé have up-to-date passports. __ Figure out your rentals. Rentals depend on the location of your wedding, but if you’re responsible for common rental items such as chairs and plates, make a list of everything you need and where you’re going to find each item. __ Book a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. If you’re not familiar with the hotel, ask a hotel representative to show you a room and don’t forget to inquire about a group rate. __ Order bridesmaid dresses. If your bridesmaids live far away, give them plenty of time to buy their dresses and get them fitted.

4-5 Months To Go __ Buy wedding bands. Shopping for wedding

__ Reserve a wedding night hotel room. Where are you staying for the wedding night? If you’re not leaving for your honeymoon immediately after the reception, decide where you want to stay for the night. __ Get your dress fitted. Your wedding dress is one of the most important dresses you will wear in your life, so it should fit impeccably. Many brides plan up to three fittings. __ Decide on attire for the groom and groomsmen. Talk to your fiancé about what he wants to wear and what will match your overall color scheme. Keep the time of day in mind when researching options. __ Check in with your vendors. Make final decisions with your vendors and update them on new wedding information, such as when they should arrive. __ Order your wedding cake. Taste a few cakes before you decide on your final choice. Talk to your fiancé about a groom’s cake if he wants one.

2-3 Months To Go __ Mail out the invitations. Double check with the post office that you have enough postage. Many wedding invitations require more than one stamp. __ Solidify the catering menu. Whether you’re doing heavy hors d’oeuvres or a sit-down meal, verify the final menu. __ Schedule your hair and makeup team. Find a good hair stylist and makeup artist to help you and your bridesmaids get ready for the day.

One Month Before __ Send your wedding party an itinerary. Make sure your family and friends know where and when to be for the wedding day so everyone shows up at the right place at the right time. __ Enjoy a facial. Everyone reacts differently to facials. If you’re planning on getting one, schedule it a few days before your wedding, or do a trial run months before.

__ Get your marriage license. Head to the Orleans Parish Marriage License Office in Benson Tower (1450 Poydras St., Suite 407) for your marriage certificate. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Visit for requirements. __ Set up your second line. If you’re planning to second line at your wedding, you’re going to need a permit. Call the New Orleans Police Department Special Events Section at 658-7100 to schedule everything 15 to 20 days before your wedding day. You can also email questions to __ Practice your hair and makeup. It’s best to practice with your hair stylist and makeup artists ahead of time so there are no surprises on the big day. Plan your trial run for a day you want good hair, such as your bridal shower or bachelorette party. __ Finalize the guest list. Send a final headcount to your caterer and any other vendor who needs the number.

One Week Before __ Double check with your vendors. Touch base with everyone one more time to remind them where to go and to answer any last-minute questions they might have. __ Remind friends and family of their responsibilities. Assign duties to your wedding party or other loved ones. Who is the contact for the photographer? Who is making sure all guests get a favor? __ Get a manicure and pedicure. This can be a great bonding experience with your bridesmaids, mom and future mother-in-law. __ Put together a welcome package. If you have a lot of guests traveling for your wedding, ask the hotel if you can put a welcome basket or bag in their hotel room for when they arrive.

The Wedding Day __ Find a way to relax. Whether you go for a run or read a book in the morning, find a way to keep stress to a minimum. __ Make sure you eat something. Brides always say, “I never had time to eat anything!” Give yourself some time during the reception to have a bite. __ Have fun! You’ve made it through all the planning, now it’s time to celebrate. Enjoy your first day as a married woman. b |


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Enter the Dream

A new body of artwork inspires a perfume designed to accompany the collection By Misty Milioto


ocal artist and designer for Anthropologie, Rebecca RebouchĂŠ, is known for her allegorical paintings of the natural world. Now, her emotive and naturalistic style graces the bottle of her new perfume, Exotic Memory. Born from a dream, the artwork and the perfume are meant

to conjure imagination. The unisex scent, formulated by artisanal perfumer Kathleen Currie of Smoke Perfume, features notes of mushroom, jasmine, hay, immortelle, blood cedar and bergamot and is available in a small roll-on and a larger atomizer. $98 for 15 ml, $220 for 60 ml,