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Summer-Autumn 2015 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Creative Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Photographer Theresa Cassagne Contributing Editors Mirella Cameran, Sarah Ravits, Kim Singletary, Lisa Tudor Contributing Writers Amy Gabriel, Becca Hensley, Kelly Massicot, Phil McCausland, Anne Roderique-Jones, Jean Scheidnes, Michael Patrick Welch InternS Lani Griffiths, Morgan Heuer

Sales Manager Aimee Arceneaux Rudd Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc

Production Manager Staci McCarty Production Designer Ali Sullivan, Monique DiPietro, Claire Geary Traffic Manager Jessica Debold

Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/ Editor-In-Chief Errol Laborde Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Distribution Manager John Holzer subscriptions Sara Kelemencky

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 New Orleans Bride Magazine is published twice a year by Renaissance Publishing, LLC., 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005; (504) 828-1380. It is sold at newsstands throughout Greater New Orleans six times a year, complimentary at retail locations and available online at Postage paid at Metairie, LA, and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005. Copyright Š 2015 New Orleans Bride Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. The trademark New Orleans Bride is registered. New Orleans Bride is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and artwork even if accompanied by a selfaddressed stamped envelope. The opinions expressed in New Orleans Bride Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the magazine managers or owners.

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f ro m the e ditor 16 adv ice 18

Best Guests

B RID A L , MEN S W E A R A N D F L O W ER S 5 8

The tricky business of allowing, bringing and being plus-ones

Elegant Restraint

f eat ure 52

Here Comes the Bridesmaid


You’re her right-hand gal ‘til she gets her left hand ring so make these 5 ‘vows’ to the bride-to-be

Hit refresh, formally speaking, with snowy gowns and white dinner jackets adding to the mix of classic pastel gowns and solid dark tuxedos. b ri d e s m a i ds 7 6

r eal we dd ings 123

b ea u ty 24

Scent of a Woman

ho neymoon 152

Three fab fragrances that’ll linger in the heart and mind of your spouse

Adventures by the Month A guide to best places for your post-wedding adventure summer through winter

Posture Primer

checklist 156

Check It Twice

j e w e l ry 8 4

Sole Mate

Diamonds (and pearls) are still a girl’s best friend

makeu p 30

Put Your Best Face Forward

in thi s iss ue 158

Expert advice for wedding makeup that beats the heat

lagni app e 160

Neutral shades radiate understated glamour. Add gilt in the form of golden and bejeweled hair accessories for goddess-like flair

Quick fixes to look long and lean on your Big Day A guide to finding the shoe that fits

Use our handy checklist to stay organized.

Knockout Nudes


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Finely Finished Flavor, texture and embellishment combine to create exquisite confections FOO D 1 0 0

Pulling Up to the Station From bourbon bars to crepe carts, local weddings are embracing the food and beverage station trend A C C OMO D A TION S 1 02

Go Modern

Two suites with uber-sleek, modern flair L O C A TION S 1 0 4

Chock Full ‘O Chic The Chicory’s expansion offers couples new New Orleans flavor with historic industrial edge

Places and Spaces Renovations, expansions and new venues provide something for every Big Easy wedding P H OTO G R A P H Y 1 1 0

Gifting Your Gals


Timeless Sophistication

A sweet bag of treats for your maids

10 products that won’t succumb to even the most sweltering temps

Stylish wedding trends that make the photographs even more stunning


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Crowning Glories

MU S I C 1 1 4

4 Fabulous Updos for your I Do’s

Local Licks

Dress Your Tresses Don’t leave your locks to the last minute g if ts 38

Glam It Up Marry metallics with fabrics and finery for him, her and home in vita tion s 42 Sofia silk chiffon banded trumpet gown with floral lace overlay by Matthew Christopher at Pearl’s Place; diamond drop dangle earrings, graduated round diamond necklace and Harry Winston 13.24 carat diamond ring at M.S. Rau Antiques. Photo by Theresa Cassagne

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Cream of the Crop Écru, cream, ivory and beige bring classic flair to your nuptials

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New Orleans’ wedding singers make beautiful, funky and fun music for every aspect of your Big Day TR A N S P ORT A TION 1 16

Land, Air and Sea Getting to your wedding festivities and staging the getaway with style and panache

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Editor ’s n oteb ook


In January, we launched “Let Them Eat Cake,” the official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. From tips and trends to trunk shows and other events, plus advice, ideas, inspiration and interviews, LTEC offers all of the bridal buzz you can use five days a week. The fashion, fun, flowers, fabulous photos and more will make planning your Big Day a breeze.


Macaroon purveyor Sucré opened a French Quarter location this year, complete with a charmingly appointed secondfloor restaurant. Salon by Sucré is the perfect place for your bridesmaid ask party, showers and bridal party planning meetings. Afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, savory pastries, an assortment of tea and of course, macaroons. An everchanging dinner menu of small plates is also available and wine and cocktails keep conversation flowing. Salon by Sucré, 622 Conti St.,



ot all brides are like New Orleans brides. I was struck by this notion recently while second-lining on a blissfully cool evening en route to a friend’s wedding reception. The happy couple had just declared their “I Dos” and along with the rest of the bridal party, family and friends, I shimmied to the sounds of the brass band and waved my handkerchief — a keepsake from my own wedding. No ma’am, in other cities, parasols, go-cups and after-parties featuring comforting late-night bites from Lucky Dog just aren’t done. Big Easy brides were raised on crawfish and Mardi Gras and not only get to infuse their nuptials with lively local traditions, but also can pick-and-chose from a host of rituals born in the South. From cake pulls to bourbon burying and beyond, on page 110, we’re offering up a list of Southern-style snapshot opps, plus the freshest in wedding photography trends. The most important day of your life is no time to toy with humidity that’s so high and mighty, it could wilt a magnolia tree, so on page 32 we’ve polled the pros to get tips to keep your makeup as flawless as Beyonce’s sister and part-time New Orleanian Solange during her fall 2014 minimalist wedding at the Marigny Opera House. Crescent City couples looking to take cues from the funky soul singer can rejoice, as neutrals are the hottest color theme for every aspect of your nuptials. This issue celebrates creamy ecru invitations, pretty pale pearls and frosty gems and bridesmaids dresses in every snowy shade on the spectrum, so flip through for inspiration and ideas that’ll wow whether your taste skews traditional, romantic, rustic, whimsical or très moderne. Inspiration is easy to find in a city that, while so steeped in history, tradition and the flavorful mix of cultural influences, it still manages to delight and surprise with its openness toward that which is innovative and modern — as long as you don’t mess with our right to late night revelry. It’s in this spirit that, in addition to a dazzling lineup of stories that will ensure your wedding is exquisite, memorable and — most importantly — fun, we’re unveiling a crisp new look for New Orleans Bride. We hope you enjoy the Summer/Autumn 2015 issue and its makeover. We recommend perusing it over beignets and café au lait, naturally.

The New Orleans Bride June Bridal Show is at 6 p.m. on June 10, at the Hyatt Regency. Talk to the area’s top wedding professionals while sipping champagne. The new Groom Room is a gathering spot just for the guys. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

— Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor

P.S. New Orleans Bride Magazine is partnering with Brides Against Breast Cancer, a non-profit organization that contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families, for its National Tour of Gowns Charity Bridal Event and Trunk Sale on June 21 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, giveaways and find your dream wedding gown while supporting a worthy cause. Visit for tickets and information.

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Best Guests

The tricky business of allowing, bringing and being plus-ones by Dee Lane

Q: Our guest list is tight, so we’re not able to offer our single friends a plus-one. How do we seat them; all at one table or spread out? Consider placing a few singles at a couple of different tables across the reception, seating two or three at tables of couples good at including strangers in conversation. However, if this group of singles know each other or have something in common (like hailing from the same city or having attended the same school) feel free to seat them together. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a matchmaking credit down the road.

Q: I was recently invited to an ex-boyfriend’s wedding and the invitation was addressed to me plus a guest. I don’t

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Illustration by Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

have a boyfriend right now, and don’t want to try to find a date just for this. Who can I bring? When you’re offered a plus-one, you’re free to bring whomever you want: a friend, a date or a relative. Just make certain that you give the person you choose to bring with you some background information and consideration. Explain a little about the people getting married and who they are to you, as well as any traditions or rituals that may be observed at the wedding or anything that you think might happen that would embarrass your guest if they didn’t know about it ahead of time. Since you’re going to be bringing this person with you to make you feel more comfortable, make certain that you do everything you

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can to make your guest as at ease as possible.

Q: I’ve been invited to a wedding as a plus-one, but I don’t know either of the people getting married. What do I need to know? Since you’ll be the guest of someone else’s guest, the most important thing is to be as considerate of the couple getting married and of the person who invited you as possible; remember the Southern idiom (once famously said by Ronald Reagan) “Dance with the one who brung ya.” The first rule is to be flexible. Now isn’t the time to be particular about the menu or hotel room, just try to go with the flow and, if necessary, order room service or pass by a drive-thru after the reception.

While you should enjoy yourself, don’t try to be the life of the party. Have fun and participate in the day; Instagram, tweet and Snapchat the fun – not embarrassing – moments, especially if the couple has created a wedding hashtag. But don’t overindulge, make impromptu speeches or feel like you should be the center of every dance circle. As part of this, dress conservatively; you should look polished, not like you’re trying to steal the spotlight. Look to the person you’ll be attending with for guidance on introductions, the guestbook, gift and so on. Remember that she or he knows these people much better than you do. Above all, make certain that you both have a great time. b |


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Located in the heart of Metairie, The Forum is ideally located and perfectly suited for a variety of meetings, receptions, and parties. Spacious enough to accommodate large groups, The Forum has intelligently designed rooms that can break down into smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings. The room is equipped with all chairs, tables and linens and is completely wired for technology. Partnered with 12 Seasons Catering

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Scent of a Woman

Three fab fragrances that’ll linger in the heart and mind of your spouse By Mirella Cameran

A distinctive fragrance can take us to a time, a place and a person. For your wedding day, choose a scent that evokes memories for years to come.

Giorgio Armani Si eau de toilette

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Misia eau de toilette

Could there be a more perfect fragrance than Si, the new Giorgio Armani Eau de Toilette? A modern, chypre scent, Si has a top note of deep blackcurrant nectar, a middle note of airy florals and a base note of musky blonde wood. It’s easy to say, “I do,” to this perfect marriage of scent profiles.

No bride disappoints wearing Chanel No. 5, but perhaps it’s time to create a new classic with Misia, the latest in the brand’s collection: Les Exclusifs de Chanel. Launched in March, it’s named after Misia Sert, a friend of Coco Chanel. Feminine and floral with notes of violet, iris, orrisroot, Turkish rose and rose from Grasse, it evokes the sophisticated glamour of the 1920s.

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Diana Vreeland Parfums, Smashingly Brilliant Eau de Parfum Parfumer Clement Gavarry and the grandson of Diana Vreeland collaborated to create Smashingly Brilliant, the latest fragrance honoring the U.S. Vogue editor. Inspired by her love of Capri, bursts of lemon and bergamot oils give way to aromatic notes of verbena, basil and juniper. With wood and suede as the ‘dry down’ or final notes, it’s both refreshing and seductive. |



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Posture Primer

Quick fixes to look long and lean on your Big Day By Mirella Cameran


upermodels have it. Charlize Theron has it, Victoria Beckham doesn’t and Miley Cyrus was slammed for not having it at the Oscars. Can you guess what it is? Good posture — and a bride who has it — will glide like a gazelle, confident and graceful. The bride who doesn’t, will look roundshouldered and slouchy. Of course there health benefits to good posture: fewer headaches, less back pain, reduced injury and even, some claim, more immunity to disease. For brides, the benefits are instant. Experts say you can look between five to 10 pounds lighter if you stand correctly. Pulling your shoulders back and down will elongate your neckline. Pulling in your abdominals and rib cage will flatten your

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stomach and slim the waist. Holding a strong core will relieve pressure from your legs and allow them to move more lithely. So all you have to do is stand up straight? No. Experts tell us most people have “bad” posture from spending so much time sitting down hunched over computers and smartphones. To regain good posture, we have to work against these daily habits. “The key to good posture is good cervical (neck) and scapular (shoulder blade) strength and flexibility,” says Dr. Michael J. McNulty, with Southern Orthopedic Specialists. “Exercises with resistance bands can help — ones that pull your shoulders back, like bench rows and push-ups. Dehydration from too much champagne or crash diets

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will also make it harder to hold your body well.” Elizabeth Gilbreath Van Alstyne, director of Pilates at Romney Pilates Center and a professional ballerina, says brides can benefit in several ways from correct instruction. “Good posture is when all the weight bearing joints — spine and pelvis, are aligned,” says Van Alstyne. “Pilates strengths your core muscles to support these joints so we are able to relax our shoulders, move our head and neck freely and relieve stress from our hips, legs and feet. “We teach active body awareness, making us aware of our muscles, our breathing and our alignment. It takes practice and clients can use these techniques anytime they feel their body slumping or aching. We also

teach brides to hold their bouquets without rounding their shoulders.” Pure Barre offers brides special rates, says Sarah Tennyson. “Our method is focused on improving core strength and we offer a ‘Bride-to-Be’ package special for engaged clients,” she says. “Three months of unlimited classes for $400.” Jessie Morel, from Trainer To Go, recommends a combination of resistance training for core strength and yoga because it creates a consciousness of the physical connection of the feet to the earth. Whatever method you choose, it takes effort to regain the natural posture we are born with. Without a doubt, it’s worth it for the big day and the rest of your life. b |



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Sole Mate

A guide to finding the shoe that fits By Mirella CamerAn


f you’re reading this, you’ve probably been seduced by beautiful shoes. You’ve also probably ended up in excruciating pain, your feet killing you. As a bride, standing up for 10 hours, you do not want to make this mistake again and end up wincing and grimacing through the Big Day. Angelique Palumbo, owner of Angelique boutiques in New Orleans, has good news for brides and everyone else. “When we walk in heels, our curves are accentuated and we become sexier,” says Palumbo. “Fortunately you

can wear high heels and still have happy feet, as long as you choose wisely.” Here are Palumbo’s tips: 4Look for soft fabrics: The iconic Manolo Blahnik peep-toe satin pumps with brooches will mold to your feet. 4Spend 10 to 15 percent of the cost of your dress on shoes: The more expensive brands have extra padding for comfort and you can wear your shoes again and again. 4Think mesh and strappy sandals: On trend and with room for your feet to breathe, the choices are limitless.

4Familiar is good: Stick to the same height you usually wear or go for a platform to go high. 4Consider the location: A jewel encrusted sandal will work for the beach or a sturdy embellished wedge will be comfortable on grass.

However, no matter how good the shoe is, wearing it in the sweltering heat can lead to pain and blisters. Dr. Anthony Perry, a podiatrist with Ochsner advises: 4Choose leather or natural fabrics, as synthetics will make your feet sweat. 4Buy a pair with some

room, because dancing and alcohol make your feet swell. 4Wear them around the house for a few weeks and ask a shoe repair shop to stretch tight areas. 4Place a corn pad over any remaining areas of pressure. 4Change your shoes during the day, wear your highest, sexiest heel down the aisle and then switch into something lower. 4Keep a cornstarch-based powder handy or use antiperspirant to minimize sweating. 4Remember lower heels and better cushioning will relieve pressure from the ball of the foot. b


Start toe TLC early Patricia Bereciartua, owner of Le Visage Day Spa, advises brides to treat themselves to regular pedicures six months before the wedding. “Brides should have a pedicure every four weeks so we can deal with any sore spots or calluses and try colors,” says Bereciartua. “We include a hydrating treatment and to avoid dryness we advise against flip flops or going barefoot. We use Footlogix products and

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recommend an at home regime. “A final pedicure right before the day will ensure feet are well exfoliated and hydrated and polish, especially gel, will last longer. “Our leg and foot massage stimulates blood and lymph flow to clear toxins. Brides also enjoy the relaxation and stress relief it provides, it’s a moment of calm amidst all the festivities.” |




Put Your Best Face Forward Expert advice for wedding makeup that beats the heat By Sarah Ravits


moldering, hot and steamy: These are words we hope you use to describe your romance. But they are also accurate descriptors of the weather in New Orleans during the summer, and even the daintiest Southern belle can’t fully avoid breaking a sweat during the muggier months. Despite the heat and humidity, summers are enchanting, so it’s no surprise that many still opt to tie the knot during warmer months. The elevated temperatures, of course, can pose some special challenges; fortunately, myriad makeup brands are designed to withstand hot and humid weather, and a bevy of local makeup artists, including Ashley Sievert of her eponymous makeup studio, and Candice Kennedy of Glam Nola, who ensure that your face won’t be melting as you

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say, “I do.” Kennedy has been a makeup artist for eight years. She and her business partner, Ashley Love, work with a dedicated team which goes on-site to help brides and members of the wedding party look their best. Kennedy strongly recommends starting a moisturizing regimen long before the wedding. “You want your face to be nice and hydrated,” she says. “Drink lots of water and definitely moisturize in the morning before your wedding. It will make a world of difference and make for a nice glow and smooth texture. You don’t want any of your skin to be cracked or dry.” This is especially important if the wedding is outside, where, depending on the time of day, the lighting might be less forgiving. “We like to use an airbrush foundation,” she says, good

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for natural or heavier looks. “It’s almost like it’s waterproof. Also, we recommend patting it – not wiping it.” On top of that, Kennedy uses a special blotting powder to soak up shine. She and Love favor the Japanese luxury brand Ko Gen Do’s primers, concealers, foundation, powder, color and makeup remover. “It’s all made of plant botanicals,” says Kennedy. It’s favored on film sets (actress Christina Applegate is a fan). Makeup artist Ashley Sievert is so attuned to the special considerations needed for hot and humid climates she created her own brand. “My style and the amount of makeup I use doesn’t typically change depending on the seasons,” she says. “I strive for my signature natural [look] with a glamorous twist.” Her makeup line, Ashley

Sievert Beauty, is designed to suit all ages, skin tones and skin types. “It gives the appearance of naturally flawless skin,” she says. Sievert recommends her powder for touchups throughout the day. Kennedy says that when she and her team show up for a wedding, they first apply makeup to the members of the party, because “we want the bride’s makeup to be the freshest.” She says typically, the makeup should be done about two hours before the ceremony begins, to allow for plenty of time for pre-wedding photography and touchups. Rest assured, with the right products and experienced makeup artists by your side, your lasting summertime wedding makeup will get you to the altar and beyond – despite the heat index. b |





10 products that won’t succumb to even the most sweltering temps By Mirella Cameron

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer: Twelve hours of staying power that can withstand the pool

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara: For thick lashes that won’t wilt Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray: Tested to withstand Miami heat

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil: Waterproof and pigment rich — paint it on!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: You’ll need baby oil to take off this heavily pigmented liquid formula

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss: High shine without dryness or stickiness

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray: This technology will lower the temperature of your makeup

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Nars The Multiple: It’ll stay longer on cheeks and lips than any powder

Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Foundation: This hydrating formula is transfer-proof

Hourglass Oxygen Foundation Mineral Powder: Its soybean complex increase oxygen flow to the skin, keeping you shine free |




Crowning Glories Four Fabulous Updos for your I Do’s By Mirella Cameran Audrey Hepburn’s perfectly coiffured bun with a diamond brooch is one of the most famous updos of all time and it’s one of the most frequently asked for by brides. Why? It looks good on nearly everyone; but it’s not the only one to try. All updos elongate the neck and enhance the silhouette of the dress. They also showcase beautiful detailing and stop hair from getting caught up in any embellishment or veil. Before going for the Golightly look, why not give these four fabulous styles a twirl?

Updo No. 4

Updo No.1

Updo No.2

Updo No. 3

Tousled Textured Chignon

The Half-Up, Half-Down

The Messy High Bun

Braided Crown

This all-star chignon not only suits different face shapes (round, oval, heart and so on), but it also works well with all dresses and necklines. “You can wear the chignon on the side for a more retro feel or in the center to look more classic,” says Nicole Pigeon of i’Land PediSpa and Blo Bar. “The bride can choose more or less volume at the front and add a little bang for softness. It’s always very sensual, romantic and effortless and because the hair has been pinned up, it will look very pretty down the next day.”

Brides wearing a strapless dress, spaghetti straps or an illusion neckline might choose a half updo. It’s the best of both worlds: length and softness around the face but with the structure and ease of having some hair pinned up. “A half-up ‘do with easy, sexy waves is both glamorous and polished, and brides having outdoor or beach weddings often favor this style,” says Pigeon.

Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are known for sleek, voluminous high buns. For this year’s White House correspondent’s dinner, celebrity stylist Bryce Scarlett updated the look for Victoria Secret’s model Anne V, with a more unkempt interpretation. The hair is twisted before being wrapped round and pinned with pieces falling around the face. “Brides think top knots can look too severe,” says New York hair stylist Alan Tossler. “This is softer while still being show-stopping and sophisticated. Instead of twisting the hair, you could add an accessory, flowers or headpiece.”

Once restricted to the playground and music festivals, braids are now a staple on runways and red carpets. The John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman now has its own “Braid Bar,” which is popular with brides. “Incorporating plaits is ideal for a modern bride who wants something different but not extreme,” says Tosser. “In this style the plait creates a crown or halo. It’s a pretty and romantic. Braids can also be spiraled into intricate patterns for a bride who wants to create architecture with her hair.” Tying the knot with your hair can be a lot of fun and with multiple events to attend, you don’t have to set your heart on just one.

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Blue by Enzoani • Blush by Hayley Paige Christiano Lucci • David Tutera Essense of Australia Justin Alexander • Lu Raquel MaeMe Couture • Sophia Tolli • Stella York Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta • Venus

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Dress Your Tresses Don’t leave your locks to the last minute By Mirella Cameran


ighty percent of brides start a new workout plan before their wedding, but it can take just as long to get your hair in shape. Experts agree you should start working on your hair up to a year in advance. “We like to see brides for a consultation as soon as they are engaged,” says Penelope Gozza from Maison de Cheveux in downtown New Orleans. “We can find out the color, length and style they want and start preparing the hair both at

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home and in the salon.” When it comes to product, one size doesn’t fit all, so planning in advance allows for time to experiment. “Depending on the look brides are going for, there are specific products which will prepare the hair,” says April Ponder, stylist at Spa Isbell on Magazine Street. “It’s a good idea to try different ones to find those that will work best.” All experts agree that sticking to a plan will go along way to ensuring your locks are as long, lustrous and manageable as you

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want them to be: 4Have your hair trimmed every four to six weeks to allow it to grow without splitting 4Minimize your use of heat-styling products in the months beforehand and use a heat-protectant spray when you do 4Avoid brushing your hair from the roots down to the ends to minimize damage, start in the middle and work up 4Wash your hair only as much as necessary, switch your shampoo for a gentle cleanser

4Invest in a weekly hair mask, the best ones contain UV protection, anti-frizz and color-enhancing properties 4If your hair is frizzy or you live in a hot, humid climate consider a Keratin treatment a month in advance so your hair is smooth but not too flat 4Perfect your color or touch up highlights two weeks in advance to make sure your hair is fresh and natural but without roots 4Have your final trim one week before the wedding Then sit back, relax and let your stylist do the rest! b |




Glam It Up

Marry metallics with fabrics and finery for him, her and home By Mirella Cameran photos by theresa cassagne



1. Versatile gold-plated and leather necklace featuring crystals and detachable chiffon petals. Reverse necklace for simple gold strand. Stella & Dot, 722-6058,

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2. Gold leaf tortoise shell wall dĂŠcor. Abode, 2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 266-2135,

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3. White linen napkin with crocheted gold edge shown in acrylic napkin ring with volcanic rock nugget painted with gold leaf. Jade, 324 Metairie Road, Metairie, 875-4420,

4. Vitrified ceramic egg crate from the Juliska Berry and Thread Collection. Adler’s, 3301 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 523-5292,

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5. White satin jewelry case with blue embroidery. Tie The Knot, 1211 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 301-9101,

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6. Alligator paper towel holder with ornately textured skin made in Aluminium. Orient Expressed, 3905 Magazine St., 899-3060,

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7. Rufolo glass platinum charger plate, Lastra gray dinner plate and white pasta bowl and Vietri Alabaster Taupe Cereal Bowl. Friend and Company, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433,


8. Silver alligator cufflinks. Old Towne Praline & Gift Shop, 1506 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 828-6228, |



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Cream of the Crop

Écru, cream, ivory and beige bring classic flair to your nuptials By Mirella CamerAn photos by theresa cassagne

This ivory, layered invitation is printed on pearlized paper stock, wrapped in lace with a satin ribbon and adorned with an antique-inspired brooch. Â Available at Exquisite Events

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This invitation suite features Vera Wang’s Oyster stock white card, decorated with a gold foil stamped border and engraving in gold ink. Available at Betty Hunley Designs

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The leaves of the laurel tree create a wreath-like surrounding for the couple’s initials on this invitation suite. Letterpress printing in Mocha Ink appears on pearl white 100 percent cotton paper, with a natural string tie. Available at Printflow |


Italian metallic cardstock mounted on gold glitter features a custom monogram and custom laser-cut wrap. It is embellished by hand with a lattĂŠ-color ribbon and pearl and diamond brooch. Available at Simply Beautiful Stationery

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This romantic invitation suite is letterpress printed on thick, white 100 percent cotton paper with hand-mixed pink and black inks. Each piece of the invitation is placed by hand A monogram and floral design into an antique printing press. The result is a is made of silver metallic inksoftness on textured effect displaying the of the this cream-colored stock paper filigree and intricacy of the couple’s personalized invitation suite withatscalloped monogram. Available Scriptura New Orleans edges. Available at Exquisite Events. |


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Here Comes the Bridesmaid

You’re her right-hand gal ‘til she gets her left-hand ring, so make these 5 ‘vows’ to the bride-to-be By Amy Gabriel


t’s happened. You’ve been asked that exciting little question. Not “will you be my wife?” But “will you be my bridesmaid?” By saying yes, you’re entering into a world of tulle and Twitter hashtags from the moment you say “I Do” until she says her “I Do’s.” Since you’re promising to be involved from the bachelorette party to bouquet toss, one approach for ensuring that you’re the best bridesmaid ever is to let the traditional vows be your guide...

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For Better, for Worse From reading her countless texts about the gold Chivari wedding chairs looking more matte gold than gold-gold to the meltdown she has when her dream venue only allows a preferred list of vendors, you’re there to be the bride’s sounding board, her lady in waiting, her human Xanax. To keep her steady, be a mantra reminder, says Belinda Belk, owner of Blue Gardenia Events. “Brides often get ‘bride brain’ where everything is highly emotional and

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amplified,” says Belk. “Your role is to focus the attention back on her and to dazzle and deflect to get her through. Whether it’s an issue with a signature drink or drama with a family member, remind her that she has you and that you’re there to help.”

For Richer, for Poorer You’ve got your monthly Excel spreadsheet mapped out — rent, electric, groceries, clothing, Sazeracs — but no box reserved for “bridesmaid expenditures.” When you agree to

join Team Wedding, the costs can start to multiply quickly and the fear of breaking your bank account can be enough to send you running from your lifelong best friend. Robyn Sedgebeer, lead planner for Blue Skies Events Nola, says a common misstep is not calculating or addressing costs up front. “When your friend asks you to be part of their special day, it is a huge responsibility,” says Sedgebeer, who has been in the event planning industry for eight years.


You’ve already received a sparkly ring on your finger and have been asked to be the matron of honor. Depending upon the rest of the group, this could put you in a position of being the only married woman in the mix, and potentially the only one with children. If you find yourself in the minority, instead of feeling like the outsider, Peggy Post suggests you take a different approach. “I recommend that the matron of honor try to bend as much as she can to find some common ground with the other maids.” She suggests finding an ally in the group with whom to bond to make the meshing of personalities flow more easily. “If she can identify with even one girl and recruit her to be her right hand, she’ll have an ‘in’ with the other girls.”

“Most people say yes with excitement and don’t realize it also comes with the cost of a dress, shoes, showers, bachelorette party, gifts, etc.” She encourages you to have an honest dialogue with yourself and a frank conversation with the bride. “You have to really look at your financials and ask yourself if you can do this without stressing yourself and, or the bride out.”

In Sickness and Health This is less about you faking the flu to get out of attending one of the bride’s seven showers and more about keeping her mental state in check. To keep your beloved friend from going off the deep end, newlywed Carli Gertler says to keep the bride’s blinders on. Married in May 2014 at City Park, Gertler’s bridal party consisted of seven bridesmaids, including both a maid and matron of honor. She took a laidback approach to her planning process, allowing the girls to pick their own dresses and not fretting over those who couldn’t make it to her bachelorette party which was held in Manhattan, but even a woman with a demeanor as relaxed as hers could have become tense when her wedding planner got a kidney stone and didn’t make it to the wedding. Thanks to her helpful and assertive bridal party, Gertler never even found out about the no-show until the night was over.

“One of my ‘take charge personality’ bridesmaids found out she wouldn’t make it and made all the decisions without even asking me what to do because she knew it could stress me out.”

To Love and to Cherish In many cases the bridal attendants won’t know each other. To put your best foot forward as a bridesmaid, the initial bonding process can set a great tone says the recently wed Diana Chauvin, owner of La Thai Uptown. Her original bridal party (it shifted day of the wedding due to an illness) included her step-sister as the maid of honor and four bridesmaids, two of whom were from high school and the others later-in-life friends. “They didn’t want me to worry about them bonding, so the first meeting planned was trying on their dresses and just having fun with it,” said Chauvin. “We had a luncheon to hang out and from there they went ahead with coordinating their plans which was a stress reliever for me.” Chauvin’s maid of honor also took the lead on many of the conversations between the women, steering the planning process regarding the shower and bachelorette party and keeping the lines of communication open. “I thought the fact that they didn’t know each other and that they all have different personalities might be an issue, but they seemed to all work together well. I

could tell they all wanted to do it for me and they did it with grace.”

‘Till Death Us Do Part In Chauvin’s case, the bridal party bonding was relatively seamless, but not every group is that fortunate. Alphas and omegas collide and individual feelings can get in the way of the bigger picture. According to Peggy Post, great granddaughterin-law of Emily Post, if personalities conflict, letting the bride in on the contention is on a case-bycase basis. “If a disagreement between two attendants is regarding paying to throw a party for the bride, this is not a time to get the bride involved because she’d feel terrible about the money issue,” says Post. “However, if you disagree on something seemingly minor like shoe color, which is really the bride’s decision and not a topic so loaded with emotion, that’s okay to take up with her.” Additionally, your role as bridesmaid isn’t finished at the first sight of the open bar at the wedding. Post reminds that getting your bride through the planning process is only part of the commitment. “For the rehearsal dinner and day of duties, remember to pitch in. Look out for and greet the other guests, be aware of how the timing is going and help round up people for photos. Always be available to help out and lend a hand when you see the opportunity.” b |


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elegant Hit refresh, formally speaking, with snowy gowns and white dinner jackets adding to the mix of classic pastel gowns and solid dark tuxedos.

By Lisa Tudor Photos by Theresa Cassagne Models Thomas Rush and Megan Muhoberac Hair by Niki Walker Makeup by Meggan Dupre Orry Shot on location at Il Mercato Fine Jewelry provided by M.S. Rau Antiques


On the groom, Michael Kors “Desire” slim-fit classic tuxedo at John’s Tuxedos. Sofia silk chiffon banded trumpet gown with floral lace overlay by Matthew Christopher at Pearl’s Place

White hydrangea, David Austin garden roses, ranunculus, white allium, fringed tulips, calla lilies, veronica, Italian pittosporum, lisianthus, spray roses, green mist, and oceana roses by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Renata satin, tulle and Swarovski crystal sheath gown by Sottero and Midgley with illusion neckline and blouson back at Southern Bridal

Ike Behar Navy Blake slim fit tuxedo with black peak lapel at Rome’s Tuxedos; Cartier vintage sapphire and diamond studs and cufflinks at M.S. Rau Antiques

Strapless hand-beaded and embroidered Schiffli lace appliquĂŠs, organza and tulle over satin sheath Cielo gown by David Tutera for Mon Cheri shown with detachable train (optional) at Ladies & Gents Formalwear

Ike Behar White Waverly with black satin tipped shawl collar at Rome’s Tuxedos; Cartier vintage sapphire and diamond studs and cufflinks at M.S. Rau Antiques

Ashley Diaz dropped waist silk crepe sheath gown with low V-neck and back, hand appliquĂŠd organza and beaded bodice and chapel train by Heidi Elnora at I Do Bridal Couture; Diamond cluster earrings and pear-cut Golconda 3.02 carat diamond ring at M.S. Rau Antiques

David Austin patience garden roses, white ranunculus, dusty miller, parrot tulips, silver brunia by Iris Floral and Event Design

On the groom, Tuxedos to Geaux white shawl lapel jacket tipped in black satin; On the bride, Taylor silk organza gown by Badgley Mischka from the Spring 2015 Collection at Blanc Bridal Couture

Diamond cluster earrings, White South Sea Pearl Necklace, Natural Fancy Pink 1.02 carat diamond ring and pear-cut 3.02 Giaconda diamond ring at M.S. Rau Antiques

Allure Men by Jean Yves Tan Groom’s notch lapel tuxedo at Ladies and Gents Formalwear

Jeanette tank strap chiffon sheath dress with illusion back embellished with Swarovski crystals by Maggie Sottero at Olivier Couture; diamond cluster earrings, natural Baroque Pearl pendant and natural fancy pink 1.02 carat diamond ring at M.S. Rau Antiques

Embroidered lace classic V-neck gown with fit and flare skirt and keyhole plunge back from the Jasmine Bridal Collection at Bustles & Bows; diamond drop dangle earrings and diamond openwork bangle bracelet at M.S. Rau Antiques Blush fressia, white dahlias, mini calla lilies, Laperla roses, cream ranunculus, viburnum and dusty miller foliage by Nosegay Floral Designs & Bouquet Boutique

Rosa Clara Canton Mikado silk gown at Linda Lee Bridal Boutique

Blush by Haley Paige Holland ivory bridal ball gown with georgette ballet bodice, jeweled halter strap and beaded trim with full skirt of tulle and organza at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. Diamond drop dangle earrings, and Harry Winston 13.24 carat diamond Ring at M.S. Rau Antiques Keira blush garden roses, patience white garden roses, fresh lavender, blush spray roses, white peonies, white ranunculus by The Plant Gallery

Ivory Vandela roses, light green mini hydrangea, ranunculus and gardenia with clusters of white waxflower and tips of variegated pittosporum by Fabulous Flowers

Sofia silk chiffon banded trumpet gown with floral lace overlay by Matthew Christopher at Pearl’s Place; diamond drop dangle earrings, graduated round diamond necklace and Harry Winston 13.24 carat diamond ring at M.S. Rau Antiques

Montage by Mon Cheri sequined dress with cap sleeves and full skirt at Linda Lee Bridal

Knockout Nudes Neutral shades radiate understated glamour. Add gilt in the form of golden and bejeweled hair accessories for goddess-like flair. By Lisa Tudor Photos by Theresa Cassagne Hair by Niki Walker Makeup by Lauren Kattan Model Kelly Murtagh Location at 5473 Tchoupitoulas St.

Jim Hjelm Occasions luminescent chiffon halter sampled in sand at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme; chandelier earrings at Wedding Belles

Olivier Couture, After Six nude tulle gown also available at Linda Lee Bridal; Kate McNee Designs gilt floral clip

Wedding Belles Jenny Yoo glitter knit in Glam Nude; Kate McNee Designs New Orleans gilt clover crown |


Pearl’s Place Watters & Watters Style 73281; alabaster crystal sash in hair at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme

Southern Bridal After Six blush lace and chiffon gown; earrings at Wedding Belles. Peonies, garden roses, boronia, astilbe, gardenias, parrot tulips, spray roses and stock in tied bouquet by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Monique L’Huillier sampled in blush at Wedding Belles; David Tutera gold Shelby bracelet and Paulette F. Carle P.F.C. Couture Margot hair band at Bustles & Bows

Jim Hjelm Occasions luminescent chiffon empire sheath gown with spaghetti straps sampled in stone at Bustles and Bows. White O’Hara garden roses, white chrysanthemums, white ranunculus and dusty miller in tied bouquet by Iris Floral and Event Design Studio

FACING PAGE: Diamond anniversary ring featuring 17 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. Diamond in and out hoop earrings with 52 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. Diamond halo engagement ring with 2 carat round center diamond accented by 48 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. Diamond halo engagement ring with a marquise cut center and 86 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. Diamond wedding ring with 37 round cut diamonds in platinum. Three carat diamond tennis bracelet with 55 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. At Ramsey’s Jewelers

Four cushion-cut diamond band ring with 2.31 carats. Five-strand cultured pearl coin necklace. Single Australian pearl diamond earring with 1.12 carats. Freshwater 8-8.5 mm pearl bracelet with .73 carat diamonds. At Adler’s Jewelry


Diamonds (and pearls) are still a girl’s best friend By Mirella CamerAn photos by theresa cassagne model Jhesika Menes

South Sea Pearl station necklace with 12-13mm pearls and bezel set white topaz in 14 karat yellow gold. Fourteen karat rose gold diamond hoop earrings with 1.04 carats round brilliant cut diamonds. Fourteen karat white, yellow and rose gold bangle bracelets with .83 to 1.21 carats of diamonds in each bracelet. Â Bracelets are finished with hand milgrain detailing. Nesting diamond rings in 18 karat white, yellow and rose gold with .60 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds in each ring. At Wellington & Company

Antique Platinum 3 carat diamond dangle earrings. Three-stone 5 carat diamond engagement ring. Platinum eternity 5.4 carat diamond wedding band. Platinum eternity 5.65 carat cushion shaped diamond wedding band. Antique Platinum necklace with 30 carats of pear, round and baguette shaped diamonds. Antique Platinum 11 carat diamond bracelet. Art Deco Platinum bracelet with 10 carats of marquis and round diamonds. At Friend and Company

Eighteen karat white gold wedding band with double row of .91 carat round diamonds. Eighteen karat white gold wedding band with .58 carat round diamonds. Fourteen karat white gold diamond band with 2.75 carat step cut diamonds. Eighteen karat white gold wedding band with 2.4 carat round cut diamonds. Platinum engagement ring with 1.51 carat princess cut center diamond flanked by .40 carat diamonds. Platinum matching guard band with .22 carat round diamonds. Gray freshwater cultured pearl bracelet with 12mm pearls and 14 karat white gold clasp. Gray freshwater cultured pearl necklace, 18 inches long with 14 karat white gold clasp. A t Symmetry Jewelers

Platinum emerald cut diamond eternity band with 4.16 carat diamonds. L’Amour Crisscut 18 karat white gold engagement ring with a 2.26 carat center diamond surrounded by 1.00 carat diamonds. J.B. Star Platinum engagement ring containing a 1.85 carat emerald cut diamond with 1.36 carat surrounding diamonds. Simon G. 1.00 carat diamond band in 18 karat white gold. Custom floral design diamond earrings set in white gold containing multiple cuts of diamonds totaling 3.25 carats. Four-strand cultured pearl bracelet with 18 karat white gold and diamond catch containing .46 carats. White South Sea pearl necklace graduated from 10 mm to 14.5 mm with a diamond pave ball catch. At Boudreaux’s Jewelers

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Finely Finished

Flavor, texture and embellishment combine to create exquisite confections By Mirella CamerAn

Three-tier cake covered in white fondant and decorated with a handmade flower and buttercream ruffles. The top tier is a tiramisu cake, the middle a vanilla cake with interspersed fillings of cannoli cream and strawberries, and the bottom tier is a light almond cake with cream cheese butter cream filling. Cake by The Sweet Life Bakery

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A two-tiered white butter cream cake with fondant lillies features white almond cake with lemon cream cheese filling. Cake by Joe Gambino’s Bakery

This white three-tier cake has a smooth fondant top and bottom tiers interspersed with a tall second tier featuring a quilted pattern with edible pearl accents. Handmade sugar flowers adorn the top of this soft vanilla cake with raspberry curd filling and vanilla bean buttercream. Cake by The Merrily Cake Company

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Pulling Up to the Station From bourbon bars to crepe carts, local weddings are embracing the food and beverage station trend By Kim Singletary


lending the choice of a buffet with the elegance of a sit-down dinner, food and beverage stations have come to the rescue of weddings everywhere over the past few years. While the hottest trend in wedding dining offers seemingly endless possibilities — from gourmet s’mores bars to sushi stations — it also begs the question, where does one begin? To help, New Orleans Bride Magazine takes a look at the most popular and creative options in food and beverage bars and stations in the city today. All are proof that you

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can keep it elegant while still pleasing everyone … at least for a few hours.

Wine May be Fine, But… “Liquor is really making a big comeback. It’s surpassing the wine trend,” says Gail Varuso, director of sales for Ralph Brennan Catering and Events. Varuso notes that the Moscow Mule is currently among the most requested options at her cocktail bars. Brent Bogan, wedding sales manager at The Chicory, says he created a bourbon tasting bar for a recent wedding. “We offered 10 different types of bourbon and served

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it over this really cool ice formed in a perfect circle, like a golf ball,” he says, noting that specialty cocktails remain big at The Chicory. “We do a lot of apple martinis and Pimms cups, but generally our French 75 is the most popular choice.” Dovetailing perfectly with the rise of the specialty cocktail is the rise of the juice bar. “I’m seeing juice bars being combined with cocktail stations a lot within the last year,” says Hayley Mitchell, director of catering for Michael’s Catering. “We’re juicing tomatoes for Bloody Marys, for example, and

making our own fresh sweet and sour mix.” As the evening wears on, coffee bars — which have gained popularity in the past few years — can switch to cordial stations, providing after dinner drinks to guests. “Usually we begin offering the coffee with Kahlua, Baileys or Drambuie,” Mitchell says. Bogan adds that café au lait is slowly becoming more popular. “We’re offering it as either a late-night pass or as a station,” he says.

Comfort Food Goes Cuisine “People want to see their

favorite foods at a wedding, even though the bride and groom may be too busy to even get a bite, as we well know,” says Ralph Brennan Catering’s Varuso. Professional wedding planner Kelly Sherlock says that along with the ubiquitous mac and cheese bars, she’s doing a fair amount of grits bars — serving the Southern staple along with offerings found in traditional baked potato bars, such as cheese and bacon bits, or even barbecued shrimp. Bogan says The Chicory has taken its cue from the recent food truck craze and began offering more unique station options. “We started doing a Korean taco station about a year ago,” he says. “We’re doing firecracker shrimp and Korean beef with kimchi and people are really going crazy over it.” The Chicory has also found success in what they call their “Stadium Package,” which they began offering in February. “It’s the kind of food you’d see at a ball game,” Bogan says. “We’re doing crawfish nachos and corndogs and those giant pretzels with a dipping station. Grooms love it.” Bogan says dessert-wise, ice cream stations are still big, as is a bananas foster station. “Those have been huge for us,” he says. “A lot of people are doing them now instead of the groom’s cake. It’s a real production when the chef comes out and fires it up.”

Add a Sweet and Savory French Flair For those looking to add some extra personality

to their special day while keeping the fun, relaxed feel of traditional street food, there’s a new player in town — The Crepe Cart. Last August, Tracy Kish and Samantha Saliter, both veteran creators of the French version of a pancake, struck out on their own to create a method of serving their treats with a bit more joie de vivre. “The cart was constructed with a nod to the traditional French carts, like you’d see on the streets of Paris,” says Kish. “We had an engineer build it for us and Samantha painted it.” Kish says the cart’s removable side panels enable it to work with any color scheme. “We have a blue theme or a pink and white theme, which really offers that Parisian look,” she says. “But we can also custom paint the cart by request.” From The Crepe Cart, Kish and Saliter offer both savory and sweet options. Most popular are their Caprese crepes — made with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — along with strawberries or bananas and Nutella, and of course the Crepe Suzette. “The options are really unlimited though,” says Kish, “since each crepe is made to order.” While perfectly suited to an outdoor or courtyard affair, The Crepe Cart is made to break down to fit any space that offers at least a four-foot wide door. Want to see The Crepe Cart at work? Kish and Saliter sling their sweet and savory treats in The French Market every day of the week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. b |


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Go Modern

Two suites with uber-sleek, modern flair By Jean Scheidnes

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The Hotel Modern With details such as complimentary welcome drinks, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities and thoughtfully curated books in every cozy room, the Hotel Modern wants guests to feel as if they were staying at a friend’s house. That is, a very cool, culturally plugged-in girlfriend’s house. Its 135 rooms were designed with a modern eclectic point of view mirroring New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm and New World diversity. Modern, yet comfortable furnishings mingle with antiques, works from local painter Ellen Macomber and views of Lee Circle and Uptown. Room service comes from Tivoli & Lee, a farm-to-table restaurant worthy of consideration for rehearsal dinners or a post-wedding cocktail brunch. Bellocq, the attached cocktail lounge, specializes in cobblers, the precursor to cocktails, which combine wine, liqueurs, fruit and herbs. The Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0900,

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Le Méridien After a $29 million renovation and rebranding, the new Le Méridien New Orleans (previously W New Orleans) blends contemporary design, the brand’s French heritage and city-specific details, such as cartography covering elevator doors and Louis Armstrong quotes nestled in wallpaper patterns. The 410 guest rooms include 22 suites with a Champagne-and-tobacco palette, fainting couches placed in front of windows and steamer-trunk minibars. Le Méridien has created a refined atmosphere at a slight remove from the bustle of the French Quarter. The lobby is designed for socializing, lubricated by coffee during the day and wine at night. A rooftop pool and cabanas provide the perfect oasis for wedding-party bonding. Le Méridien, 333 Poydras St., 525-9444, |


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The Chicory’s expansion offers couples new New Orleans flavor with historic industrial edge By Phil McCausland


he chicory plant has beautiful blue flowers with delicious leaves that work wonderfully in salads and roots ripe for grinding up and serving in coffee. The latter part is particularly true in New Orleans, where a café au lait order isn’t finished until you tell your barista whether you want it with chicory or without. The flavor is peppery and earthy, separating it from your typical coffee. In the same way The Chicory, the well-known New Orleans wedding and event venue, carries its own flair displaying its distinct, rustic New Orleans feel. The exposed brick and brass gas

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lanterns place you within a time machine showing you a New Orleans filled to the brim with romantic idealism. But now Jim and Cindy Besselman, the owners of The Chicory, have purchased and expanded into another space next door, tinkering with that same sense of place. The new space, named The Gallery, also has those famous brass gas lanterns, but contains a stained concrete floor and powerful wood pillars running down the middle of its three floors. “We didn’t know how to describe it at first,” says Brent Bogan, the wedding sales manager for The Chicory and The Gallery. “So, I

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just thought of something myself and started calling it ‘Warehouse Industrial Chic’ because it’s not as rustic as The Chicory but its still very New Orleans.” The new building’s three floors are separated into three different spaces, each 5,000 square feet. The first is The Gallery, the second The Parlor and the third floor is a rooftop space overlooking the city. The Parlor and the rooftop space can both be rented for the wedding ceremony and can host up to 200 people. That’s really the aim of the new space: provide the award-winning accommodations of The Chicory to those

who don’t want to have a wedding of more than 200 people, which is the perfect number for The Chicory’s space. The Gallery is ideal for that 100 to 150 seated wedding party or under-200 cocktail reception. Though The Gallery has a different name, the expectations should remain the same. “Guests are going to get the same service that they get from our same staff and awesome chef,” Bogan said. “I call it ‘Chicory Junior.’ The Chicory has an amazing name and reputation, so [The Gallery] is for the person who wants to get married but want to keep their wedding party smaller. With this new

building they can get that same Chicory experience but on a smaller scale.” Beyond just the ambiance and aesthetic, the food served is tough to beat. There’s a beauty in the simplicity that this venue’s chef provides. It’s elegant but modest and holds true to its New Orleans location, providing such options as Cajun Fried Turkey, Seafood or Boudin Stuffed Pork Loin or Root Beer Glazed Ham at the carving stations. When he talks about it, it becomes very apparent Bogan is a true believer in The Chicory and Gallery’s food program. “Our package is one of the best ones in the city,” he says. “Every package includes all these passed hors d’oeuvres and the buffet and food stations. I feel like our menu is a lot easier than everybody else’s. It just looks different than everybody else’s, and

we never really have any issues because we can do any kind of reception. We do the New Orleans cocktail style reception, we can do a full-seated buffet or a full-seated and serve dinner.” But most important of all is that any whim will be met. Bogan is there to meet your every desire, planning each step alongside you. And lucky for any prospective couple, he rarely resists. “I don’t say ‘no’ a whole lot,” he says with a laugh. “And when I do, it’s because we tried something before and it didn’t work. But basically, we start off with a package and customize it to every individual’s needs and wants.” And with Bogan’s help and The Gallery as your background, you’re almost guaranteed to find your own personal happy ending with as much New Orleans flavor as you care to add. b

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Places and Spaces

Renovations, expansions and new venues provide something for every Big Easy wedding By Phil McCausland

The Jaxson If you want a central location in New Orleans, you can’t get much better than The Jaxson on the River on Decatur Street near Jackson Square. Newly opened in April, The Jaxson overlooks the Mississippi River and has a sleek, modern feel. But it’s not just the vibe of the place that is attractive. Because the space was essentially rebuilt, the many amenities available to couples are incredible. “We have a state-of-the-art sound system and all kinds of specialty lighting all built in,” says The Jaxson’s sales

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director Tanya Waller. “So they can expect a lot of in-house perks that a lot of places don’t have, since we literally gutted the space and built it out.” It’s a large space, seating 200 maximum for a formal sit down reception or 375 for a more casual cocktail party, and the outdoor space allows for a natural flow.

Generations Hall Originally built in the 1820s as a sugar plant, Generations Hall is now a music and event destination of epic proportions. With three massive rooms that can be

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rented separately or as one giant space, this venue is an audio-visual masterpiece. Known as a place for amazing musicianship and history, you can also host your wedding party here in a setting with all the funky furniture and lighting one could want. The venue provides an excellent and accommodating staff who are sure to attend to your every whim, large or small, and will help you plan the perfect event. The different rooms provide different vibes, from the exclusivity of a VIP event to the openness

of a luxury warehouse. The new renovation is geared towards weddings and the largest change came in the Metropolitan One room, which once could only seat 60 to 70 people. “We removed an island bar that we used to have in the middle of the space and pushed it to the back wall, so we gained a lot of square footage, says Generations Hall’s sales manager Hector Laines. “Now we can do 120 to 150, depending on how they want to do it. But there’s a new lovely four-person bar with five

chandeliers, and it really opened up the space.”

Brennan’s Restaurant A Brennan’s Restaurant wedding reception is a historic experience. With the choice of seven different rooms, each with its own pleasant storied New Orleans ambiance, the choices really are endless at this venue. The most intimate room can hold 12 seated or 25 in a reception setup, while the largest allows for 110 guests seated or 160 reception style. Whether it’s the Chanteclair Room with its fantasy interpretation of French Organerie or the muted, cozy setting found inside Morphy room, guests are promised a vibrant European décor evoking romanticism in even the most hard-hearted. Brennan’s was already iconic in its history and tradition, says wedding sales manager Ashley Brodie, “and so when we closed and renovated it using the designer Richard Keith Langham from New York, he just transformed it into this incredibly magical place with lots of little bits of history and touches that make it a one of a kind experience for people coming to New Orleans or who are from New Orleans.” The food is guaranteed to be exemplary and even more exciting is the must-have signature dessert flambéed tableside, the traditional Bananas Foster.

Redemption Redemption’s name is well earned. Housed within a former church built in 1914, the space formerly hosted Christian’s Restaurant until Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the building. Now the structure has earned another

shot in the arm as Chef Greg Picolo renovated the space once again, as he expanded the bar and main floor and added a bridal suite upstairs. Now the bride has a place to prepare and hang out before the Big Day. “We do full service weddings,” Picolo says, “not just receptions and rehearsal dinners. We’ve done quite a few. We have the outside pergola, which is beautifully landscaped and we do weddings out there as well as seating.” The space can accommodate between 110 and 140 people depending on the setup. But if it’s a reception you want, feel free to sneak in a few extra guests.

The Elms Mansion The beauty of the Garden District is hard to beat, so it’s tough to imagine Elms Mansion could become even more gorgeous after its most recent facelift or refreshing of the mansion. But those behind the former Garden District home have achieved the impossible and continue the traditions they’ve carried since 1969 by accenting the inherent beauty of their space, which can hold between 150 and 400 people. “We made it very light and bright,” Elms Mansion sales manager Judy Fern says, “and took the room that was formerly a pink room and made it silver in white and gold touches and hung a chandelier. [We] call it the Crown Room.” Now it’s a room where brides prefer to cut their cake. But that’s not all they did during the renovation. The former dark red carpeting was replaced with a striking cheetah print and the wall coverings in the main dining room were removed. Now the walls |



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porches and a courtyard, with a modern aesthetic, the Southern Hotel strikes a luxurious pose and keeps it. “We rebuilt it from the inside out, says owner Lisa Condrey. “The inside has the high ceilings, historic looking windows and whatnot, but it’s more updated than that. We’re not trying to make it like a museum.” Outside Summer-Autumn 2015

the hustle and bustle of the city induces an easiness of the moment, and here one can find a picturesque outdoor space where you can even enjoy your ceremony. A cocktail style reception with a buffet fits about 225 people in the ballroom, but the courtyard and porches allow for up to 300 people to celebrate in style. Smaller

weddings can also be hosted here as the Olympia room provides for those more intimate ceremonies and receptions. The hotel can also play host to much of your wedding party with 42 rooms and a few suites, which can be connected as a sort of pre-wedding clubhouse for the bridal party.

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Moviesets: A Reel Venue Do you want to have a little fun with your wedding? Why not invite in some of your favorite film settings into the mix at Moviesets: A Reel Venue. This new space is one part event venue and one part props department for films (seriously there’s a prop house in the back). The owners partnered with Lawrence Barratini a propmaster for movies filmed in New Orleans. “If you go to L.A. you can get married at Universal Studios, so the owners thought, why not use our resources and provide that to New Orleanians?” says venue manager Sarah Worsley. “It’s a fun New Orleans vibe, and the bride and groom get to come in and theme it up or use the set.” Sets include the ship from “12 Years a Slave,” a scene from “Planet of the Apes,” the Chinese Garden from “G.I. Joe Retaliation,” the circus tent and Airstream trailers from “American Horror Story” and many more. “They can bring in their own caterer [and] drinks and we’re only 25 minutes away from [the Central Business District].” The massive space fits up to 500 and though it might seem a distance away for some, you don’t have to worry about transportation. Your package includes tons of parking and a souped up school bus that fits 45.

Amici The casual Italian-eatery Amici’s now has a space for those who love its modern rustic feel. On the second floor of the Magazine Street restaurant wedding parties can enjoy a private room with hardwood floors,

stained glass windows and chandeliers. The space comfortably seats 160 people, but a cocktail setting opens it up to 200 to 250. Privacy also means a private entrance and a fully stocked bar just for guests. Amici also will cater the entire event, serving its own style of delicious Italian cuisine. The most attractive part of the room without a doubt is its uncomplicated sophistication. “Most clients say they like the elegance and the coziness of it,” says Danielle Luken, Amici’s event sales manager. “They don’t have to do a whole lot more to decorate it and there’s a simplicity to it that makes it very attractive.”

Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak now has two private rooms for its guests, both with balconies overlooking Bourbon Street. The second floor room is the larger of the two and can fit between 150 and 250 guests. This room hosts a very soft color palate: neutral tones, taupe colors, with striking gold chandeliers throughout. The third floor room, called the Wine Room, can hold between 30 and 50 people depending on the setup. It’s a more intimate room with rich mahogany wine shelving along the walls and a built in wet bar. “All the drinks are made right there in the room by your waiter,” says Lisa Anzaloneso it’s really meant to feel like you’re in a French Quarter townhome rather than a restaurant.” Wedding organizers can decide between the menus of Galatoire’s or Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, which is, of course, a fun decision to make. b |


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Stylish wedding trends that make the photographs even more stunning — and seriously fun BY ANNE RODERIQUE-JONES


edding trends are a delicate balance. For photos, couples want to be stylish, but timeless, too. Here, three photographers discuss exactly how to do just that. From high-fashion wedding photography to day-after shoots, achieving today’s most sophisticated trends in wedding photography is a snap. High-Fashion Photography: Gone are the days of stuffy wedding photographs. Today,

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lines appear to be blurred between high-fashion and wedding shoots. Just take a peek at the portfolio of Nicole Davidge from Southern Shutter Photography, whose sleek style looks as if it could be torn from the pages of Vogue. Davidge says she studies different magazines for inspiration. “When I have my bride, I’ll play around with poses, so that she doesn’t realize she’s being photographed and it’s natural when she moves or she’s laughing and we really connect.”

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The Return of the Wedding Album: When photographers first started taking to digital photography, the wedding album seemed to go the wayside. Combine that with social media, and it seems that there’s never a print to be found. But that’s changing. Lindsay Glatz of Wild Wonder Photography says that couples are now realizing that their wedding is the only time they’ll have this archived treasure to be part of their home and are once again asking for albums. Glatz recently sat down with

her 89-year-old aunt to peruse photos from her parent’s wedding day and immediately understood the importance of an heirloom piece that an album provides. “If there’s a fire, this is what you’re going to grab,” says Glatz. Personally Curated Details: It’s not a secret that weddings have become more and more personalized — from adding a choreographed dance to a signature cocktail. Jasmine Star, a Los Angeles- and Orange County-based photog- |



SouthernStyle Photo Opportunities Picture perfect ideas in true Southern tradition Bourbon Burying: Exactly one month before the Big Day, the couple is to bury a full, unopened bottle of bourbon at the ceremony site to ward off rain on the wedding day. Postceremony, the married duo can dig up the booze and share it with their guests.

rapher, who was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world, says that couples are now sourcing (or asking their coordinators to find) curated details for personalized and distinct wedding photos. “Couples will bring in an old wooden crate and a ball of stamps for a vintage wedding, along with their invitation suite, or for a Mid-Century Modern wedding, they may bring in a geometric tray and their own hipster glasses for gin and tonics,” says Star. This not only distinguishes the photos, but also makes the snaps special and exclusive to the couple. Outdoor Daytime Weddings: Davidge says there is a recent shift in weddings moving from the church to sunny outdoor venues. And while New Orleans certainly has its share of stunning steeples, Davidge now has couples whose central focus are the photos — exceptional photos — and for that you need perfect lighting. “Couples want what they see in wedding magazines and blogs, and those are outdoor

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weddings with incredible lighting,” says Davidge. She adds that photography is such a big part of the budget, and that photos are one of the few things you can take home from that day. Photos From Day One: Your wedding photographer is more than just the person who snaps a few photos on your Big Day. Glatz says it best when she describes that person as your storyteller. For her, she’s recently begun capturing the story from the proposal, where she’s hired to secretly shoot the moment where the question is popped on bended knee. From here, couples often want professional photos taken of the bachelorette party, wedding showers, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding day and even day-after shoots. These “wedding suites” allow couples to build a relationship with their photographer and have a complete story from the proposal to the wedding day. Day-After Shoots: In addition to a full suite of photographs,

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day-after shoots are increasingly popular. Glatz explains that it’s often challenging to take all of the shots that couples want on the actual wedding day, and that the day-after shoot allows you to go anywhere for photos. “If you get married in a church, or Uptown, you can hit up the Bywater for funky shots. Or you can do something different with your hair or dress,” says Glatz. In addition, she explains that if you love backlit, sunny photos, you may not have time for them on the wedding day, but that the options are endless for the day-after shoot. Timeless Photography: Star says that as simple and as silly as it may sound, a renaissance of classic photography is back. “While beautiful and timeless have always existed, photographers became like kids in a candy shop with digital [photography] a few years ago.” Star explains that while it’s fun to play with digital photos, now that it’s not as new, photographers are going back to classic work that stands the test of time. b

Cake Pull: Silver charms attached to ribbons are placed in the wedding cake and pulled out by bridesmaids to determine their “fate.” A clover charm symbolizes that good luck is on the way, while a ring represents the next to marry. Second Line: A Crescent City wedding isn’t a party without a Second Line. The parasols, feather boas, go-cups and beads make for the best photo opps of the night. Groom’s Cake: What was once of the fruitcake variety, the groom’s cake is often chocolate — or whatever suits the guy’s taste — both in flavor and style. Unity Dirt: Instead of a candle, combine dirt from each of your family’s childhood homes into a vessel at the ceremony. Save that dirt for your new home to plant a Magnolia tree — or a similarly strong southern root. |


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New Orleans’ wedding singers make beautiful, funky and fun music for every aspect of your Big Day By Michael Patrick Welch

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a union ceremony between these two ladies about 12 years ago…and that time there were no guidelines on how to do that type of ceremony, so I wrote a little document on parchment paper, and then after they said the vows I sat down at the piano and sang some songs for them to dance to.” Being part of so many weddings from so many different angles, Davenport has a good idea of what makes a great wedding band. “In New Orleans you cannot go wrong with a brass band — especially for destination weddings, the brass bands kill,” he says. The Panorama Jazz Band/Brass Band was created 20 years ago to play one wedding. “A woman who knew I played Jewish music with the Klezmer All-Stars, she told me ‘We need a freylekh, a happy

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ith so many bands to choose from, your band of choice often defines your wedding — especially in New Orleans. Locals fall in love listening to such a wide array of live music here that any band of any stripe that can make a crowd dance is welcome at a Big Easy wedding. Still, the perfect wedding band knows a few special moves to keep your guests humming long after the party ends. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lucas Davenport has played his share of weddings with his R&B band, the Right Reverend Soul Review, his country band, Earl Can Bird or his especially gorgeous vocal group, St. Cecelia’s Asylum Chorus. More often though, Davenport has read couples their vows as the soulful ordained minister at their ceremonies. “I will sing if people want me too,” Davenport offers. “I was once doing

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Honeymoon playlist Are you still looking for tunes for your honeymoon? These songs by homegrown artists are sure to get you and your newly sworn spouse in the mood for love. 4“Southern Nights,” Alan Toussaint 4“Casanova,” Rebirth Brass Band 4“Be My Lady,” Trombone Shorty 4“Do You Want it,” Pappa Grows Funk 4“Such a Night,” Dr. John 4“Extra Ordinary,” Better than Ezra 4“Tell It Like It Is,” Aaron Nevill 4“Ruler of my Heart,” Irma Thomas 4“White,” Frank Ocean 4“Drift Away,” The Neville Brothers 4“Sweet Substitute,” Jelly Roll Morton’s Hot Seven —Lani Griffiths

Jewish band, for the hora, which is the big dance where they lift the bride and groom up in chairs,” says Panorama’s founder and clarinet player, Ben Schenck. “For that ceremony, there’s specific music, so they asked me to get a couple of guys together — we did it as a trio: clarinet, tuba and drum set, on Nov. 19, 1995.” Today, two different seven-piece versions of Panorama — the sit-down jazz band, and the marching brass band — tour the world and play seemingly every local festival. “But weddings are still a huge part of our business,” says Schenck. “The club gigs feel like live rehearsals where we evolve our sound so that when we play our weddings we’re fresh.” Weddings are about more than just good money for the ragtag band. “It’s a sacred duty,” says Schenck. “People need us to help them celebrate. It’s meaningful work that has value.” With the aforementioned bands, however, you’d probably have to request songs such as “The Electric Slide” long in advance to make sure they know it, day of wedding. “People hire us for what we do,” says Vanessa Niemann, country singer in Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue “At weddings we do all the heartbreaking, cheating, drinking songs we always do.” Heartbreak or no, Niemann and company always get the reception dancing. “We do a lot of slow dancing, but also Western swing,” she says. “We do a lot of fun party songs, like,

‘Jackson’ by Johnny and June Carter-Cash. ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline always gets everyone on the dance floor.” There also exist those tight, well-oiled cover bands that know every nuance of the wedding game by heart. The famous Bucktown AllStars and also the Boogiemen both provide more than just music to dance to. “A wedding’s like a play that has different acts and an intermission,” says Bucktown All-Stars drummer Steve Alfonso. “Our soundman plays a big role too, monitoring the board when people get up to talk on the mic, he makes sure they don’t feed back. He’ll download requested music to play.” Both the Boogiemen and the All-Stars have killer horn sections, and both bands pride themselves on being able to take you wherever your party needs to go. “One word: versatile,” Scott Schmidt of the Boogiemen says, describing his band. “We can run through Frank Sinatra-era to Bruno Mars, and everything in between. You have to play music from seven different decades now — ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, you gotta go back to the ‘50s and then also play all the brand new modern music.” Like Panorama, Egg Yolk Jubilee and other local bands, the Boogiemen and the All-Stars can both go mobile in a pinch. “We’ve done weddings where we’ve been playing in a tent outside and the generator shuts off — we just do 20 minutes of second line stuff until they fix it,” says Schmidt. “The most important thing is just to deliver the quality.” b |


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Land, Air and Sea

Getting to your wedding festivities and staging the getaway with style and panache By Phil McCausland


on’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With its numerous options for couples — no matter if you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — in New Orleans, 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.

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the horse and carriage is the perfect image of marital bliss. Enter your ceremony as if you are in your own personal fairytale. Royal Carriages has been a New Orleans institution since 1941 and provides several options to its guests. Streetcar: 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

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decorate it to your heart’s content. It’s a mode of transportation steeped in history but customizable to your goals. Limo: They’re typical of 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 drives you to your special day. American Luxury Limousines offers limos that fit six and eight guests and are available day and night.

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 complementary champagne in VIP Transportation’s antique English motorcars. Pedi cab: 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. Sports car: Go full speed ahead and pull up to your wedding in an exotic sports car. Pick from choices such as a brand new Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Lamborghini or Porsche and show your guests that you’re not holding anything back. Motorcycle or Scooter: 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 New Orleans streets. and Tandem bike: Prove your commitment to fun, whimsy and teamwork by renting a tandem bike on your Big Day. The American Bicycle Rental Company, a New Orleans family 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: 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. Helicopter: The party begins and ends when you show up or leave in a helicopter, and it is sure to be a memorable ride as you fly farther and farther away from New Orleans and view the city sprawling alongside the Mississippi River. Hot Air Balloon: Nothing is more romantic than a hot air balloon ride, so up the ante and rent one for your wedding. Float away with your honey and grab some majestic views of New Orleans and your own event. Maybe toss in a champagne brunch before or after. 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. b |


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Bride: Aly Hart Groom: Monte Thames Date: Dec. 5, 2014 Venue: Maison Montegut Wedding planner/coordinator: Leslie Campbell Weddings Wedding dress: TWO by Rosa Clara from Blush Formal & Bridal Salon in Baton Rouge Exit dress: BHLDN Shoes: Valentino Bridesmaids dresses: Adrianna Papell of Bella Bridesmaids Groom and groomsmen clothing: Perlis Engagement ring, bracelet and wedding rings: K G Custom Jewelry in Baton Rouge Flowers: Nola Flora Catering: LaBella’s Catering in Kenner Bride cake: Swiss Confectionery Groom cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries Photographer: Greer Gattuso Photography Videography: Montoto Productions Ceremony music and cocktail hour: Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds Reception band: Escalade Makeup and hair: Verde Beauty Studio in Baton Rouge Officiant: Jerry Schwehm Lighting (including chandeliers): Luminous Events Rentals (tables, linens,etc): Perrier Party Rentals Favors: Manny Randazzo King Cakes Stationery and all paper products: Paper N Things in Baton Rouge Getaway car: Bentley from Unique Transportation |


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Bride: Michelle McIntyre Groom: Brandon Coyle Date: Feb. 28, 2015 Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Church Reception Location: Westin Canal Place Coordinator: Erin Caruso Gown: Maggie Sottero from Olivier Couture Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids: Noir by Lazaro from Town & Country Men’s attire: New Orleans Tuxedos Rings: Raymond’s Jewelry Florist: Kathy Thaller Cake: The Royal Cakery Photographer: GK Photography Video: Your Day Production Hair: Desiree Taylor Makeup: Ashley Sievert Makeup Music: Groovy 7 Décor Rental: Luminous Events |


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Bride: Megan Peck Groom: Kyle Walther Date: Nov. 22, 2014 Ceremony: St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church Reception: Civic Theater Event Planner: Blue Skies Events Nola Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau of Charleston from Wedding Belles Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Wedding Belles Grooms: Suit was hand tailored from family friend Groomsmen: Black Suits from Men’s Wear House Rings: Engagement ring was a stone from brides father side that has been in the family since 1867 and reset by grooms design by Aucoin Heart Florist/Designer: Bee’s Wedding and Event Design Caterer: Patton’s Catering Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries Photographer: Jason Kruppa Photography Videographer: First Choice Videos Hair Stylist: Bouffant Beauty Makeup Artist: Katie Malone Band: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Photobooth: Photo Booth Rentals Lighting: Solomon Group Transportation: Nicols Limousins Rentals: Mrs Vintage and Perrier Party Rentals Hotel: Royal Sonesta |


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Bride: Lisa Picone Groom: Anthony Love Date: Oct. 18, 2014 Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral Reception: Harrah’s Hotel Wedding Planner: Blue Gardenia Events Gown: Maggie Sottero from Pearl’s Place Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Pearl’s (different dresses, same color and designer) Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Salles Jewelry, Slidell Florist: Beth’s Flowers Caterer: Harrah’s Hotel Cake: The Cocoa Bean Pastry Shop at Harrah’s Hotel Groom’s Cake: Just Cake by Wendy Photographer: José L. García, II Hair Stylist: Jorinda Junius Makeup: Brooklyn Shaffer Music: Dat Band Rentals: Royal Event Rental Linens & Décor: Blue Gardenia Events Second Line: Jazzmen Brass Band Mardi Gras Indians: Guardians of the Flame |


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Bride: Margaret Smith Groom: Kyle Kehoe Date: July 19, 2014 Ceremony: Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church Reception: The Gallery at Fulton Place Coordinator: Sapphire Events Dress: Ramona Keveza, Ivory and White (Mountain Brook, Alabama) Bridesmaids: Dessy After Six, Bella Bridesmaid Groom and Groomsmen: Groom’s tux was custom from Hong Kong Tailors in Homewood, Alabama, Groomsmen were Men’s Wearhouse Rings: Bride: Harry Winston, Groom’s Ring: Levy’s Jewelers (Birmingham, Alabama) Florist: Kim Starr Wise Caterer: The Gallery at Fulton Place Cake: Pure Cakes Photographer: Greer Gattuso Photography Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup (hair and makeup for bride and bridal party) Band: Mojeaux Invitations, programs, all printed items: Ginny Hutchinson of the Scribbler in Birmingham, Alabama |


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what we need 1. A Word document of the following vendors: ___ Bride and groom’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

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Covington, LA 985-801-7120 The Spa at Stone Creek invites you to experience true relaxation and reconnect with nature. Select from our menu of services or allow our experts to design a customized retreat. Younique 3D Mascara & Makeup 504-495-2873 504-606-7328 Kenner and Harahan locations Younique’s most popular product is the 3D Fiberlash Mascara (hypoallergenic, water-resistant). All Younique products are made from naturally based ingredients and chemical-free. Faye and Kim offer free makeovers at your place or theirs! Contact them directly for free shipping. Love it Guarantee -- love it or your money back!

Bridal consultants & event designers Blue Gardenia Events 5860 Citrus Blvd. Suite D #108 New Orleans, LA 504-206-8599 Blue Gardenia Events is an event planning studio that provides meticulous and professional wedding planning, coordination, and design. Blue Gardenia Events is here to plan your perfect New Orleans event! Elaborate Events Harvey, LA 504-777-6016 Elaborate Events Nola is a full service event planning and event management company. We are able to cater to all types of events whether it be a party, corporate event, holiday party or your wedding. We firmly stand by our slogan. - “Your Dreams. Our Expertise. One Elaborate Event.”

It’s Your Time Events Covington, LA 504-975-3375 It’s Your Time Events is an event planning and consulting firm. Whether you are planning a corporate event, wedding, birthday party or extravagant holiday party, It’s Your Time Events will help you design an event based on your ideas, which will be remembered for a lifetime. Nola Event Planners NOLA Event Planners, LLC 504-475-8383 Instagram: NOLAEventPlanners Facebook: NOLAEventPlannersLLC “Dream it, want it, have it...We’ll plan it!” NOLA Event Planners is a full service event planning company. We specialize in weddings, themed events, and corporate events. We understand that everyone doesn’t have unlimited budgets. Whether you want an elegant, simple or over the top event, we’ve got you covered! You don’t have to sacrifice your event dreams. Your guest will be in awe and your pictures will be breathtaking. We also travel for destination weddings and events. Weddings By lulu New Orleans, LA 504-345-9655 Detailed and creative professional wedding planning & design. Let us help you plan and design your dream wedding-- which you can expect to be on schedule, on budget and totally GORGEOUS!

Cake/ pastries Bittersweet Confections 725 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-523-2626 Custom designed wedding cakes, artisan chocolates, specialty groom’s

cakes and decadent desserts to serve at your event. Call today to schedule your tasting. Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe 910 E. Morris Ave Hammond, LA 70403 985-345-2002 Speciality cakes, pastries, wedding cakes and grooms cakes. Joe Gambino’s Bakeries 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-885-7500 Gambino’s Bakeries is a family owned bakery that has been creating memories for over 65 years. We specialize in custom wedding and grooms cakes, dessert bars and engagemnt cakes. Sugarbear’s Sweet Shop (985) 276-2377 100 N Tyler Sq, Covington, LA Sugarbear’s Sweet Shop specializes in one of kind extraordinary sweets; all kinds of cakes; wedding, birthday, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and petit fours. We’re located just a couple minutes from downtown Covington, serving the north shore area of the New Orleans metro. Swiss Confectionery, Inc. 747 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-7788 For over 90 years Swiss has set the standard for wedding cakes in New Orleans. Family owned and operated for five generations, we remain committed to the traditions that have earned our excellent reputation. The Sweet Life Bakery 6268 Vicksburg St. New Orleans, La 504-371-5153 Hidden away in the heart of Lakeview is The Sweet Life Bakery, a cake |


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bridal resources design bakery that uses inspiration to create incredibly delicious works of art. Our designs range from classic to contemporary. We do cakes that are cute, fun, and classic and ones that are inspired by you.

Catering 12 Seasons Catering & Mr. Mudbug 131 23rd St. Kenner, LA 504-465-9770 Specializing in custom, on site catering, 12 Seasons & Mr. Mudbug prides itself on offering international gourmet creations, a touch of elegance to events of all sizes and professional service. Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave. Metairie, LA 504-896-7350 Family-owned and operated since 1946, Martin Wine Cellar provides an extensive collection of wine, spirits, beer, cheese, gourmet food, gift baskets and wine merchandise. Deli/Bistro and Catering also available. Messina’s Catering and Events 2717 Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA 504-469-7373 Passionate about perfection and committed to excellence in every event big or small! Ralph Brennan Catering & Events 111 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-539-5511 We Work. You Play! For over thirty years, Ralph Brennan and his dedicated team have catered the meals and events that celebrate the moments of your life. Providing full-service custom catering for

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events large and small, we tailor our services to enhance your palate, theme and budget.

Ceremony/reception wlocations Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 West Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-5533 Voted “Best Restaurant in Metairie,” Austin’s seafood and steakhouse is available for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, banquets, and corporate events. Three beautiful private rooms can accommodate groups of 10-100 guests. Broussard’s 819 Conti New Orleans, LA 504-581-3866 Broussard’s is one of the founding Restaurants in the French Quarter and one of the most Historic Venues in the city. It boasts a large luscious courtyard and private rooms to host your Wedding or Rehearsal Dinner. Courtyard on the Ridge 407 Folse St. Harahan, LA 504-737-6660 Courtyard on the Ridge offers more than 11,000 square feet of ceremony and reception space, accommodating up to 400 guests. Our food is prepared fresh from scratch and served by our professional staff to assure you a memorable day. Creole Queen #1 Poydras St. Suite 39 New Orleans, LA 504-293-2314 A unique wedding venue in the heart of New Orleans.

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Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-895-9200 Built in 1869 the Elms Mansion is the ideal setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Full-service wedding planning and onsite catering provided. Beautifully preserved interior and expansive gardens. Emerald Grande 10 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 850-585-5451 Celebrating together at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village has an enchantment all its own. We have spectacular venues with stunning views to host your event, dream wedding or social celebration. We can take care of all the details so you can relax and make treasured memories. Led by a team of skilled event planning and culinary professionals, our staff is experienced in hosting an incredibly wide range of functions. English Turn Golf & Country Club One Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 504-392-2200 Let our dedicated staff assist you in planning the wedding you have been dreaming of. English Turn is located just 8 miles from downtown New Orleans while at the same time offering a feeling of peacefulness with its tranquil setting. Our outdoor ceremony and reception locations offer the rare opportunity to celebrate your event outdoors with the lush greenery and picturesque setting of our PGA course as your backdrop. Expotel Hospitality 504-212-2744 The Crescent City Hotel Collec-

tion is your ultimate wedding time saver! With multiple hotels in various locations throughout the Greater New Orleans Area, we have it all. Discounted hotel rates for out of town guests, courtyard ceremonies, or private event spaces for reception. Call today! Fair Grounds Race Course 1751 Gentilly Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-948-1285 Whether it’s a group for “A Day at the Races” to watch live racing in the Clubhouse or Suite, a party in the Black Gold Room, a meeting or an evening party, Fair Grounds is the perfect setting to host your next event. Federal Ballroom New Orleans 147 Carondelet St. New Orleans, LA 504-587-2088 The Federal Ballroom is A Historic Wedding Venue Built in 1923 as a Federal Reserve Bank. The Most Elegant Wedding Venue in the South. Located in the Central Business District First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans 5401 S. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-866-7409 Accommodating local, destination, mixed faith weddings & same sex commitment ceremonies. Non-members and guest pastors welcome. Grand sanctuary with long center aisle. Fellowship hall available for rehearsal dinners and small receptions. Galatoire’s Restaurant 209 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 504-335-3933

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bridal resources Galatoire’s has been toasting special occasions since 1905. With elegant French Creole Cuisine, impeccable service and an atmosphere like no other, Galatoire’s will make your special day an unforgettable one. Generations Hall 310 Andrew Higgins Dr. New Orleans, LA 504-581-4367 With three spacious rooms which can be rented either separately or as a whole, Generations Hall can accommodate any group, large or small. Our three primary spaces are: The Metropolitan One, The Metropolitan Two and The Big Room. The facility is perfect for weddings, private functions, banquets, concerts, luncheons, and convention meetings of any size. Generations Hall provides a unique New Orleans atmosphere for any event. Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans 1201 Convention Center Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-293-1200 Make your New Orleans wedding comfortable, convenient and stressfree. Consider us for your wedding, reception and guest accommodation needs. Whether your attendees consist of out-of-towners, local residents, or a bit of both, we’re here to ensure they have a truly unique New Orleans experience and are well taken care of. House of Blues 225 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 504-310-4988 NewOrleans From the plush Foundation Room lounge to the colorful soaring backdrop of the Grand Music Hall, House of Blues offers a variety of unique spaces for all your wedding events.

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House of Broel’s Victorian Mansion and Gardens 2220 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-2220 504-494-2220 The most affordable romantic site in New Orleans is conveniently located on St. Charles Ave. in the historic Garden District. An allinclusive package makes your event stress free and the lush gardens make glorious pictures. Hyatt French Quarter 800 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-565-4566 vera.faucheux@hyattfrenchquarter. com Fully renovated property in the French Quarter offering a garden courtyard and beautiful ballroom space leading out to Canal Street. Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-561-1234 From gourmet menus and lavish ballrooms to luxurious guestrooms and exceptional service, our team will ensure your special day is unforgettable. InterContinental New Orleans 444 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-585-4346 The InterContinental is centered at the core of the city providing convenient access to the historic wonders of the French Quarter and major attractions. This AAA four-diamond award winning hotel features 479 luxuriously appointed guest rooms that include 75 balcony rooms overlooking an urban garden and 30 beautifully appointed suites.

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JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-527-6752 weddings/home-page.mi The sophisticated elegance of JW Marriott New Orleans harmonizing with its old-world charm offers you and your guests a venue brimming with romance. Come inside and see how we will make your wedding day—and all of the planning leading up to it—joyful in every way. Loews New Orleans Hotel 300 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-595-5316 4 star, 4 diamond hotel, centrally located in downtown New Orleans. Ideal for wedding receptions, outdoor/indoor ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, wedding room blocks. Convenient valet parking. The spectacular Louisiana Ballroom is the perfect venue for your reception. The Piazza d’Italia is a dramatic outdoor backdrop for your photos or ceremony. Balance Spa for pre-nuptial treatments. Maison Dupuy Hotel 1001 Rue Toulouse New Orleans, LA 504-648-6114 neworleanscourtyardweddings. com In the heart of the French Quarter, this luxurious outdoor courtyard is perfect for parties of 2 to 250 guests. Parties include engagements, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Messina’s at the Terminal 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-469-7373 Messina’s at the Terminal, located in the Lakefront Airport, offers

two Event Rooms in a historically, unique Art-Deco environment. New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 855-798-6642 Splendidly original hotels in america’s Favorite city - gorgeous courtyards, ballrooms and cottages for your wedding. New Orleans Opera Guild Home 2504 Prytania Street New Orleans, LA 504-267-9539 guildhomeevents@neworleansopera. org This Garden District mansion is an architectural masterpiece that brings glamour, elegance, and legacy to any special event. The Guild Home is lavishly appointed with 18th and 19th century European and American furniture, artwork, antiques, and objets d’art. With the Tiffany & Double Parlors, marble solarium, and a courtyard garden, the Guild Home presents a variety of sophisticated settings for private intimate or grand gatherings, large or small corporate events, weddings, receptions and filming locations. NOLA Hotel Group 504-962-7220 Come experience the joie de vivre that only New Orleans can offer and generate memories that will flourish forever. Whether Downtown or French Quarter, Nola Hotel Group has something that will delight your senses and leave you more than satisfied. Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 504-529-7022

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bridal resources From a classic ballroom to a private French Quarter courtyard wedding site and Spanish lace balconies, the Omni Royal Orleans is the embodiment of the best of New Orleans wedding location.

with a warm atmosphere and a rich New Orleans heritage. We have a two story atrium, which is used for wedding ceremonies as well as an indoor balcony and beautiful outdoor New Orleans Style Courtyard.

Presidential Palace 1800 Vintage Dr. Kenner, LA 504-467-3500 Presidential Presidential Palace, the most elegant reception venue in the greater New Orleans area features all inclusive packages that make your wedding day stress free! Our goal is to make sure your & your guests every need is met. Presidential Palace, where your ever after... Begins.

Royal Palm 1901 Manhattan Blvd. Building E Harvey, LA 504-644-4100 Royal Palm is a luxury events venue located only 7 miles from downtown New Orleans. We have ample parking, and can accommodate events anywhere from 30 to 1000 guests.

Redemption 3835 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-309-3570 Housed in an exquisite 100-yearold historic church, Redemption is the perfect venue for all of your bridal events, including an intimate ceremony on their lush, private patio. Executive Chef Greg Picolo will custom design a menu to delight your guests and make your big day one to remember. Riverview Room 600 Decatur Street, 4th Floor New Orleans, LA 504-525-3000 You won’t find a more romantic setting for your wedding reception than the Riverview Room with its indoor and outdoor panoramic views of the mighty Mississippi River, combined with the charm and beauty of the French Quarter. Rosy’s Jazz Hall 500 Valence St. New Orleans, LA 504-896-7679 Rosy’s Jazz Hall is a unique venue

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Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans 300 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 504-553-2205 For over 40 years the Royal Sonesta’s experienced wedding professionals have been creating storybook weddings in New Orleans with exceptional style and the highest degree of personal service. Southern Oaks Plantation 7816 Hayne Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-245-8221 weddings@southernoaksplantation. com A stylish mélange of the charm, delicious food, exceptional service, and unique culture of New Orleans. Elegant garden-style ceremonies and spectacular receptions inside the mansion make chic and unforgettable celebrations. Stella Plantation 4881 Highway 39 Braithwaite, LA 504-919-7474 Stella’s vast size and diverse venues makes it ideal for an array of wedding festivities, from a breathtaking background for bridal portraits, to

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an intimate ceremony or the grandest reception! The Cannery 3803 Toulouse St. New Orleans, LA 504-486-8351 The Cannery is a premiere wedding venue. The 12,000 sqft venue includes an outdoor terrace, grand foyer, ballroom, chic lounge & bridal suite with a private restroom and walk-in closet. The Chicory 610 S. Peters New Orleans, LA 504-521-8055 The Chicory, an elegant venue for your New Orleans wedding ceremony and reception, features exposed beams, brick walls, and gas lanterns. Originally built in 1852 as a coffee warehouse, The Chicory has maintained its simple name with New Orleans pride. With over 25,000 square feet, 6 rooms and an elegant outdoor rooftop, The Chicory is a very versatile space. From intimate private dinners to grand New Orleans weddings, and corporate events, The Chicory offers a unique and historic event space. The Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 504-522-7261 The Court of Two Sisters is available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons and showers. Enjoy historic, elegant ambiance for your special occasion! The Forum 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-833-7666 Located in the heart of Metairie, The Forum is ideally located and perfectly suited for a variety of meetings, receptions, and parties. Spacious enough to accommodate

large groups, The Forum has intelligently designed rooms that can break down into smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings such as workshops and business retreats. Tomas Bistro 755 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 504-527-0942 contact@tommysrestaurantgroup. com Beautiful venue with exposed brick walls and vaulted glass ceiling for a very “New Orleans” style ceremony and reception. All food is catered in-house by our amazing culinary team. W Hotels of New Orleans 333 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-207-5173 Get ready for your big day. Say “I do” overlooking the sparkling downtown lights at W New Orleans, or celebrate under the stars in the courtyard at W French Quarter. White Hall Plantation 100 Central Ave. Jefferson, LA 504-465-9770 Located on River Road, White Hall Plantation is a hidden gem in the heart of Jefferson, Louisiana. A charming venue and culinary expertise coupled together to create your special occasion! Flowers Arbor House Floral 2372 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-656-4884 Arbor House Floral offers expert design and over forty-five years of experience in the bridal industry. Be confident that your wedding day will be as beautiful as you dream. Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs 738 Phosphor Ave. Metairie, LA

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bridal resources 504-830-4031 At Bee’s Wedding & Event Floral Designs in New Orleans, we understand that every wedding is like no other, because every bride has a unique vision of what her wedding ceremony and reception should be. We also recognize that the decisions and pressures involved in a wedding can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our decades of experience with weddings have taught us that our first job is to learn your needs and concerns. The next step is for us to follow through with close attention to every detail, helping to give you more time and less worry. With a wide range of floral options and a longstanding reputation for personalized service, Bee’s stands ready to help make your wedding day in New Orleans joyful, beautiful and trouble-free. Beth’s Flowers 2014 CLearview Parkway Metairie, LA 504-455-2353 Wedding florist & wedding planners (full service or day of ). Brittney Ray’s Florist 2108 Paris Road Chalmette, LA 504-271-9012 We realize a wedding is a once in a lifetime affair! We provide exceptional, personalized service and use only the freshest flowers. We are family owned and operated for over 25 years. Each work of art that leaves our store is designed especially for you with experience and class. Compass Point Erin Steen French 504-366-1768 985-969-4526 200 Opelousas Ave New Orleans, LA Erin has been a licensed retail florist specializing in wedding and event

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floral decor for 30 years in New Orleans and still provides flowers and floral arrangements to brides presently. Her sister, Amy, has always been involved in the design and installation of floral decor since their retail shop in Metairie was 1st opened. In March of this year the sisters purchased the property at the foot of Opelousas Ave and the River in Algiers Point just 2 blocks from the Canal Street Ferry to begin their dream of hosting weddings and receptions as venue owners. The property is a unique collection of Creole cottages surrounding 1 large Acadia Mansion that boasts a wrap around porch. The cottages are available for guest rental with the “big house” holding weddings and receptions. The gated grounds are lovely and home to a stand of large oaks complete with outdoor chandeliers, dance floor and Italian String Lights.... The perfect location for your ceremony and reception. Listen to the Calliope play as the boats go by in all the tranquility of the River Bank with all the convenience and spectacular view of downtown. Fabulous Flowers LLC. By Appointment New Orleans, LA 504-909-0253 Specializing in weddings and events Fabulous Flowers can provide a wide selection of styles and looks for your special day while working with your budget! Make your wedding, Fabulous! Grow With Us Florist 106 Metairie Heights Ave. Metairie, LA 504-837-9449 Fresh, custom, unique florals. Iris Floral + Event Design Studio 5331-B Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-304-4966 Custom-designed wedding minimums...local, destina-

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tion, bridal-party-only weddings welcome! Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 2032 Adams St. New Orleans, LA 504-315-5607 Unique floral designs for your special event and wedding. We create florals built around your look and style! If you can dream it, we can make it! Nosegay’s Bouquet Boutique 4931 W. Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-1212 Gorgeous bridal bouquets exceptional service! Poppy & Mint Floral Company 401 Lafayette Gretna, LA 504-338-9168 We are a charming floral studio with a penchant for all things vintage and crafty! The Crystal Vase Flowers & Gifts New Orleans/Baton Rouge Areas, LA 504-888-8891 We are a localy family owned wedding and event florist for the greater New Orleans area who have recently spanned out to the Northshore and Baton Rouge area. I have been in the wedding floral business for the past 20 years and enjoy every aspect of it. Let me help make your special day memorable! The Plant Gallery 9401 Airline Highway New Orleans, LA 504-488-8887 The impact that floral arrangements have on a wedding’s ambience cannot be underestimated. Their natural elegance reminds guests of the simple beauty of love, and their vivacity celebrates the couple’s new life together. To ensure that our

custom creations meet the happy couple’s vision, we hold one-on-one consultations to discuss theme, color, and setting among other details.

GIFTS Jade 324 Metairie Road Metairie, LA 504-875-4420 Sophisticated showroom for contemporary furniture, decor, light fixtures, accessories for the home, and unique one of a kind Bridal Registry.

Honeymoon travel Paradise Vacation Escapes 844-538-2727 ext 700 225-303-2240 shannon@ParadiseVacationEscapes. com Specializing in Honeymoons, Destination Weddings and romance travel. We create memorable trips so you can put your time and energy doing other things instead of spending hours and hours of time researching. Over 14 years of experiences. Shannon LeBlanc is THE Chief Romance officer and Honeymoon expert! Town & Country Travel Inc 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 180A Metairie, LA 504-838-8702 We are a full service travel agency specializing in Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Call for your consultation. Travel Central 3221 N Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-834-7000 vacations@travelcentralvacations. com Your honeymoon and destination wedding specialist!

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Invitations Exquisite Events New Orleans, LA 504-975-4089 Custom invitations and stationary for the discerning taste. Simply Beautiful Stationery 225-287-6706 At Simply Beautiful Stationery, we help to make your first impression, your best impression. Simply Beautiful Stationery provides elegant, fine hand-made wedding stationery, hand painted aisle runners and accessories that capture the essence of your event.

Jewelry Mignon Faget 3801 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-891-2005 For 45 years Mignon Faget has designed jewelry, home, and accessories that reflect the culture of New Orleans. Visit any of our five locations for beautiful wedding jewelry and gifts. Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie.LA 504-885-4653 Extraordinary quality. Prices that will delight. No one does Diamonds like Ramsey’s.

Music DJ Ronnie Roux PO Box 74666 Metairie, LA 504-494-8269 Experience is everything when picking a DJ for your event. Added options include up lights, DJ Facade, and a TV slideshow.

Photo booths Boogie Booth Photo Booth Comapny PO Box 581 Mandeville, LA 504-457-8033 We are a full service photo booth and green screen company who specializes in bringing the fun to your event. Funtastic Fotos, LLC P.O. Box 58418 New Orleans, LA 504-466-9209 Funtastic Fotos’ flipbook technology requires guest to move around for only 7 seconds with props in hand in front of a white or green screen. The 7 second video is then converted into a flipbook, which is printed on-site in about 90 seconds. All flipbooks and pricing include a custom designed cover, use of props and hand held signs, as well as a DVD compilation of all the videos at your event. Inslomo Booth 1940 Cambronne St. New Orleans, LA 504-875-7170 Inslomo Booth is a slow motion video/photo booth. Unlike your typical photo booth our booth allows you to take slow motion video clips and provides your guests with keepsake prints and video clips. We can also provide you with a custom post event video edit of all the video clips at your event. NOLA Twine 504-323-4536 141 Robert E. Lee Blvd -278 New Orleans, LA An interactive, personalized, open air photo booth serving Southern Louisiana. It’s more than a photo booth, it’s a social experience! Enjoy all your event’s photos in a continuous stream using our app, with the ability to comment

and share all of your memories now and later. Have us at your next event for an entertaining and exciting way for you and your guests to share memories! Snap And Sketch Photo Booths PO Box 74666 Metairie, LA 504-494-8269 The next generation of photo booths are here. Features include a touchscreen tv, email/text your photo instantly, photo filters, traditional film strips, and 4x6 photo cards.

Photography Belle Amour Photography 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-768-6603 nichole@photgraphybybelleamour. com “Beautiful Love” We capture strive to capture those small moments that help to tell the story of your big day. Bob Bradford Photography 2214 Milton St. New Orleans, LA 504-943-2622 Full service photography studio that specializes in weddings. David Tompkins Photography 504-738-7944 david@davidtompkinsphotography. com David Tompkins is a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. As a photographic artist, David has shot weddings all over the world. David can customize your wedding to your needs. Eau Claire Photographics 641 N. Alexander St. New Orelans LA 504-432-7879 Eau Claire Photographics is naturally bright, colorful, lively, happy, emotional, fun, modern yet classic wedding photojournalism.

Fab Fotography 504-220-4196 628 Orange St. New Orleans, LA Fab Fotography offers a variety of services from wedding & studio photography to photobooth rental. Unlike any other studio in the south, we offer bridal & boudoir sessions with hair & makeup services all in one location for the convenience of our brides. Our new studio is located in the heart of New Orleans. GK Photography 10170 Jefferson Hwy River Ridge, LA 504-737-5557 Award winning imagery...just for you! George’s attention to detail and creative style has made him a trusted favorite with local celebrities. George will capture every moment of your day with a blend of creative posing and emotion-filled candids. Images By Robert T. 985-966-2793 With the many years of experience, Trent has made a name for himself in South Louisiana as a photographer flexible enough to produce heart-warming memories for families during the special milestones of their life. When a couple allows me to photograph their wedding, I become a part of their life. For as long as they live, they will look at the pictures of their wedding and remember the photographer who took them. For that long, I remain a part of their life story, that’s what makes my job rewarding. Jessica Renee Photography Mandeville, LA 985-774-8213 Jessica Renee Photography is about artfully and authentically capturing the beauty of your love story with gorgeous photographs you can treasure for years to come. Our style is vibrant, fun, organic, and editorial. |


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bridal resources LA Studios 2808 Athania Pkwy Metairie, LA 504-669-5711 Photographer specializing in contemporary wedding photography. Also destination weddings. We provide still photography and video productions at very reasonable prices. Rick King Photography 445 Laura Dr. North Mandeville, LA 985-626-3614 Wedding Photography Stacy Marks Photography 1025 N Hullen St. Metairie, LA 504-237-2173 Stacy was chosen Photographer of the Year by his peers in the Wedding Professionals Guild. The Guild consists of over 65 of New Orleans top vendors. Stacy was also nominated for Photographer of the year 3 years running. Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St. Mandeville, LA 985-845-8405 Capturing weddings for over 12 years, we will be there for all the special moments, making sure all the fun and joy is preserved in your photos and video. Wild Wonder Photography 847-708-7281 Awesome wedding photography that’s a little bit different. Documenting crazy in love couples through authentic, creative, and vibrant lifestyle wedding images. A wedding storyteller dedicated to sharing the spirit of my couples and capturing the raw, real emotion behind your unique love story.

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Real estate 1st Lake Properties, Inc 504-455-5059 1st Lake Properties has over 70 locations and offers over 9,500 quality apartment homes in the greater New Orleans area. Where you live is our business. Royal Event has a modern take on today’s events. Our exclusive collections of Crystals, Metals, Vintage Arts & Pieces, Antique Furniture, and Lighting will forever change your event landscape. Set a chic new standard for high-style rental furniture.

SecondLine Handkerchiefs 504-251-5567 Make your special event memorable with custom printed handkerchiefs and custom decorated umbrellas. Each will add “something special” to your wedding. You can choose our designs or upload your own.

The Dazet Group 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-345-1000 The Dazet Group has been selling real estate for over 25 combined years and are consistently ranked as one of Keller Williams Top Producing Teams out of 100,000+ KW agents. Our operation is a full service one which involves the synchronization of many different job functions. By handpicking specialized team members to handle the different facets of the Real Estate sales process, we are able to provide optimum service to our clients. The Dazet Group has helped over 1000 buyers/sellers who have walked away happy with our full scale Real Estate service!

Special services Harvie Live Wedding Paintings 2961 Maurepas St. New Orleans, LA 985-687-9106 As seen on TLC Four Weddings. Guests are amazed as Harvie transforms a blank canvas into a timeless keepsake using oil paints and thick impasto texture. The Bride and Groom are the focal point, surrounded by the bridal party and guests. Transform your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary with this unique form of entertainment.

Southern Candymakers 334 Decatur St New Orleans LA 504-523-5544 Offering fresh Creamy Pralines and Chocolates, in lovely customizable wedding favors, sumptuous trays for dessert spreads, and elegant welcome gifts for your special guests when they arrive at their hotel.

Rentals AMA Distributors, LLC 1525 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-835-3232 Our Game Is Entertainment. Founded In 1945, AMA Distributors is one of the largest amusement and family entertainment companies in Louisiana. AMA Distributors focuses on all aspects of family entertainment including; Pool Tables, Ping Pong Tables, Foosball, Airhockey, Jukeboxes, Photo Booths and Video Games. AMA is the only Brunswick Pavilion dealers in a 350 mile radius. Having A Special Event and Need Some Entertainment? AMA Distributors Rents Equipment as well. Royal Event Rental 34 Woodvine Court Covington, LA 504-481-9416

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Heirloom Live Event Paintings 4401 Euphrosine New Orleans, LA 504-812-1750 Heirloom Live Event Paintings would like to capture a moment in time from one of your most important days of your life! We will come to your wedding and create a keepsake that can be passed down from generation to generation. Our Paintings come to life and depict that special moment as your guests watch the artist in action! You now have a memory that can last forever! Mr. Snowball Catering 504-234-2110 Mr.Snowball Catering is the best idea since the snowball itself. Mr.Snowball Catering has been in business for over 15 years and has become the top Snowball Caterer in Louisiana with bringing New Orleans favorite treat to any event. Mr.Snowball guarantees you and guest will fall in love with the premium flavors poured amazingly fine ice. BRING THE NEW ORLEANS SNOWBALL EXPERIENCE TO YOU!!

Transportation Bonomolo Limousines Inc. 1401 Lafitte St. New Orleans, LA 800-451-9258 At Bonomolo Limousines, we offer the most dependable and affordable means of transportation whatever the occasion may be. We are a company based on loyalty and customer satisfaction, which is the main reason we have been in business for over 40 years. Celebrity Limousine & Transportation, Inc. P.O. Box 73373 Metairie LA 504-888-5466 Family owned and operated since 1982.

Videography Bella Productions Wedding Films 5860 Citrus Blvd., Suite D194 New Orleans, LA 504-400-7915 Cinematic Wedding Films

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bridal resources Dyle Films 6390 General Diaz New Orleans, LA 504-813-4183 We all feel so blessed to be working in the wedding industry. Working in and around New Orleans has taught us a lot - especially how amazing it is to get married in an area so rich in culture and history. Weddings in the South are like no other and we embrace that. We think it is so wonderful to be able to capture such a significant day in someone’s life. We love to concentrate on the little details that could otherwise be lost in the big picture. Most importantly, we like for each bride and groom to just live in the moment and trust that they will be able to relive their wedding day forever through our work. Tim Mcaskill Cinematic Weddings 504-390-1002 Wedding Videographer Your Day Video & Photography 504-273-0005 Video & photography services for your special day with over 25 years of experience. Our combination of creative video artists and the latest technology gives us the ability to transform the record of your wedding into an original and stylish work of art you will want to watch forever.

Wedding apparel Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave Suite B Metairie, LA 504-780-7090 Come say “I DO”, in Style! Bridal Revente 504.592.7507

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4712 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA An off-the-rack bridal boutique offering designer bridal gowns at discounted prices in an elegant shopping atmosphere. Chez Lilli bridal and formal wear 6114 West Park Ave Houma, LA 985-868-3874 Open Monday to Thursday 10-6 pm Friday 10-5 pm Saturday 10-4 pm We are a full service bridal store offering designer wedding gowns, bridesmaids, flower girl dresses, tuxedo rental, mother of the bride and groom, invitations, photo booth rental and many more accessories. Our store offers freakier stubs on all full priced wedding gown and bridesmaids. I Do Bridal Couture 4265 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, LA 225-361-0377 Louisiana’s couture bridal boutique offers private suites for brides and their families. Exclusive lines include Monique Lhuillier, Sareh Nouri New York, Heidi Elnora, Liancarlo, Tulle, and AMSALE, Watters, Bliss Monique Lhuillier, and Nicole Miller. John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-455-5353 A locally owned and operated full service men’s formalwear store serving the New Orleans Area since 1984. Voted “Best of the Knot”. Ladies and Gent’s Formal Wear 708 East I-10 Service Road Slidell, LA 985-643-9449 We are dedicated to bringing you exceptional service, attention to detail and an atomospher of distinction that you will not

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find anywhere else. It’s not just a wedding day, it’s your wedding day. Making it memorable is as important to us as it is to you! Linda Lee Bridal & Boutique 3848 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 203 Metairie, LA 504-889-1889 We are a full service bridal salon that caters to all brides no matter what their budget, style, or size. Find the gown of your dreams at Linda Lee Bridal. Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-885-9213 Family owned & operated for 42 years. The only full service bridal salon in the metro area. Looking forward to helping you & your family with any of your bridal needs. As always complimentary alterations. Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St. Metairie, LA 504-324-7227 Tuxedo and suit rentals and sales. Southern Bridal 1200 West Causeway Approach Suite 8 Mandeville, LA 985-727-2993 We love to dress your entire wedding party with Unique & fashion forward styles, and pride ourselves in offering the highest level of customer service! The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-266-2771 Designer gowns at delightful prices where customer service is always in style! Bridal, Mother of the Bride,

Bridesmaid, Flowergirls, Accessories, Jewelry & More! Trashy Diva 537 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 504-522-4233 2048 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA (504) 299-8777 The perfect wedding starts with Trashy Diva’s Bridal Collection. We feature vintage inspired styles for the bride and bridal party. Complete your special day with clothing, shoes, accessories, and lingerie from Trashy Diva. Tuxedos to Geaux 3400 16th St. Metairie, LA 504-455-5393 DON’T RENT! OWN IT! New tuxedo coat, pant, formal shirt, tie and cummerbund set or New Suit, dress shirt and tie with free lifetime alterations. $159!! We specialize in wedding groups, small or large.

Wedding retail Blanc Bridal Couture 3819 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA Visit Blanc Bridal Couture for an intimate, exclusive wedding gown shopping experience. Be pampered as your experienced, fashion-forward personal stylist navigates you through our welledited collection of hand-selected designer gowns. From traditional to “something different,” Blanc Bridal Couture has something for every bride. Bridal. Bridesmaids. Flowergirls. Appointments encouraged. •

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Adventures by the Month A guide to best places for your honeymoon, summer through winter By Becca Hensley


here aren’t enough hours in the day to plan your wedding — let alone your honeymoon. No wonder the details of that long-fantasized, future adventure lie dusty on the shelf, like an unfinished book. If you can only nail down those wedding pieces and parts, maybe you can finally focus on that romantic trip of a lifetime. That postwedding adventure is the well-deserved dessert to your 10-course meal. Yet, when you finally sit down to book your dream getaway, you

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may find that the options boggle your mind. How to narrow down the possibilities? Here’s a plan: Figure out your honeymoon priorities (sightseeing, brilliant weather, more affordable off-season, festive high season or whatever else tops your list), then match your travel dates to a destination that fits. Read below for where to travel for the next few months and why.

June: Hawaii Marrying in June dates back to Roman times, when the

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caesars honored the deity Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth, with a party on June 1. Have your own Juno-inspired fete, Alohastyle, in Hawaii. While temperatures in this island state remain fairly stable, June’s lack of rain ensures a drier stay. Why not recuperate from the wedding buzz on Lanai, the lessertraveled island. A pineapple plantation until the 1980s, this tiny, red rock-mottled, pine-tree studded landscape drew tourists only recently. That means its old-school,

laid-back, Hawaiian culture remains deeply entrenched. With a slow motion pace, Lanai doesn’t have one traffic light, let alone throngs of visitors. Amid the tranquility, find the very tony Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay. With low-rise suites, encircled by gardens and bedecked with Hawaiian art and artifacts, it overlooks Lanai’s favorite beach. Despite an award-winning, seaside golf course and trendy restaurants, such as Nobu, Manele Bay feels like an undiscovered hideaway. Hike to a nearby

cliff to watch the sunrise over Pu’u Pe’e, Sweetheart’s Rock, sail around the isle at sunset, or hold hands as you wander through the island’s only village and peruse its handful of mom-and-pop shops.

July: Tahiti Marlon Brando called his response to Tahiti the “tincture of the South Seas.” Revived by the pristine environments, Polynesian lifestyle, remote expanses, and romantic French undertones of the island nation, Brando relished the lifestyle so much, he left Hollywood behind and became a resident. Composed of five archipelagos and countless Lilliputian islands the locals call “motus,” French Polynesia sits far outside the Pacific cyclone zone. Nevertheless, this patchwork of paradise gets hot, humid and rainy, December through February. To avoid that clammy weather, jet over in July, when you can also celebrate both French Independence Day (Bastille Day, July 14) and Fourth of July in a tropical setting. Though you’ll probably be so seduced by your over lagoon suite on stilts to remember the date, you’ll certainly pay homage to the uniqueness of the locale — a sum product of generous-hearted people, eye-popping nature and a soothing, somewhat magical quality, the residents refer to as mana. While Brando’s personal island, Tetiaroa, now vaunts an opulent eco-hotel, The Brando, French Polynesia offers other secluded island escapes, from Rantiaroa

to Raitea. On Tikehau, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, you’ll feel as welcomed as family at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort. On its own private islet framing a limpid, cobalt lagoon, this low-key resort reminds you that there’s more to life than checking your texts. Stay in an over-water bungalow and watch the colorful fish flit by from a window in the floor, kayak, and snorkel from your personal dock. tikehau/welcome

August: Switzerland Best known as one of the world’s most swank winter ski towns, Gstaad attracts celebrities and royals worldwide. But paramours can be rulers of the realm, as well, when they slumber at The Palace, the mountain hamlet’s most storied hotel. A turret and crenelated castle crowning a hill, the five-star hotel offers an array of summertime activities that makes August the dreamiest month to do the Alps. Opt for a tower suite, with views from your bathtub of the mountain peaks. Volley on one of four tennis courts, luxuriate in the immense spa, and splash in the pool. Dance at GreenGo, a world famous disco, but only after you’ve nibbled La Fromagerie’s truffle-laced fondue — a bucket list meal. To root into Swiss culture, spend the night with the cows at the Palace’s Walig Hut. An authentic, but restored, farmer’s cabin, circa 1786, the log structure straddles a wildflower bright meadow 6,000-feet above the village. Hike up for the sunset and dinner prepared by a butler. Surrounded by cows, |






donning bells, sip Swiss wine kept cold in a centuries-old trough. If you dare — and many do — glamp all night in the retrofitted bedroom.

September: Napa and Sonoma, California The palate leads for wine and food buffs. What better place to explore the gourmand life than America’s most renowned wine region. Belly up to the wine tasting bars in still authentic Napa and Sonoma counties — both just about an hour from San Francisco. In September, oenophiles get a rush from grape harvest season. With

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multiple lodges to bunk in, beaucoup wineries to visit, restaurants to bedazzle with farm-to-fork cuisine, and vineyards to trek, the itineraries are limitless. Stay in a B&B, which is part of a wine estate. Ascend in a hot air balloon at dawn. Chug through the area on a wine train. Hover over the winelands in a helicopter, landing at the winery of your choice. Forget the touring, and just take a mud bath, a spa treatment famous in the area. Perhaps best, hire a designated driver who has limo wheels. While any section satisfies, ramble along the Wine Road of Northern

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Sonoma County, a plentiful haven of vineyards, boasting more than 190 wineries and 50 lodges, all wedged into the terrain’s nook and crannies. Be coddled at the winecentric Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, beloved for its Michelin-starred Sante and thermal water-themed spa.

October: Mexico With the summer crowds back in school and the rainy season elapsed, Mexico in October captivates. Share your rapture at Gran Velas Riviera Maya, an opulent all-inclusive on the Yucatan Peninsula. Fringed by verdant

jungle, the 250-acre resort edges a turquoise sea and private beach. With eight world-class restaurants, a bevy of pools, an upmarket wine list, and white-glove service, this family-owned resort celebrates local culture with activities, farm-tofork meals and ambiance. Embracing more ecoinitiatives than any other resort in Mexico, Gran Velas respects the earth, as local Maya residents have done for centuries. Guests can take a complimentary eco tour to learn about the jungle’s plant life, peruse the gardens, study the dunes, heaped to prevent erosion—even plant a tree

in the forest themselves, which they can watch grow from home via Google Earth. At the Grand Velas’s spa, partake of the Maya connection amid a cenote (local fresh water spring), and treatments, which employ Maya traditional ingredients from chocolate to honey. If you muster the energy to leave the resort, visit a Maya temple, such as Tulum or Chichen-Itza or explore a cenote (sacred to the Maya people), such as Rio Secreto.

November: Bali Nibble. Meditate. Whisper sweet nothings. That’s what you and your new spouse will do in Bali. Laced with mystery and poetry, Bali fuses influences brought by Arab and Indian spice traders long ago. A curative land with emerald rice paddies, soaring volcanoes, exotic temples, postcard-worthy villages and mischievous monkeys aplenty, Bali is best when rainy season ends in November. Visualize sun-dappled afternoons on bone-while beaches, temple floral offerings as beautiful as your own bridal bouquet, and friendly denizens waiting to show you their country. In Ubud, base at the Viceroy, where villas boast plunge pools and face the Valley of the Kings. Hike a mountain to watch the sunrise, have your union blessed by a Balinese priest, learn the local dance steps and practice yoga in this artsy enclave. Back at Jimbaran Bay, put your butler in charge at Ayana Resort. He’ll unpack while you take a perfume making class or sip or beverage at the hotel’s world renowned

Rock Bar, which caps a soaring cliff above the Indian Ocean. Relish a treatment at Spa on the Rocks, where your massage happens in a hut poised on a tiny island encircled by the sea.

December: Beaver Creek, Colorado Beat the crowds and make first tracks in the season’s first snow at Beaver Creek. Perhaps Colorado’s jewel in its resort-laden crown, this upscale, intimate, down-toearth ski area boasts 1,832 skiable acres. Spoiling you with welcoming touches, such as just-baked, complimentary chocolate cookies at the base at day’s end, champagne ice bars and a mid-mountain candy cabin, brimming with sugary treats served from vintage barrels, Beaver Creek exudes definite personality. Splurge with a slope-view suite at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, where you glide right straight to the lift. Apres ski means cocktails in the Buffalo Bar with mixmaster Garret, who creates ambrosial cocktails or outside around the campfire, with a guitar playing cowboy. Commit to the resort’s “White Glove Package,” and spendthrifts will be mollycoddled for five days at Trapper’s Cabin, located mid-mountain amid the ski runs. The package costs 50k, but comes with staff, a hell airport transfer, season ski passes, private ski lessons, custom-made ski clothing and meals in locations throughout the resort— among other prestigious amenities., b |


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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.

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__ 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 (504) 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 |


i n t h i s i ss ue The area code is 504, unless otherwise noted.


Blvd., Metairie, 828-6628,

“Posture Primer” Pg. 26 Southern Orthopedic Specialists, 2731 Napoleon Ave., 897-6351, Romney Pilates Center, 5619 Magazine St., 895-1167, Pure Barre, 3923 Magazine St., 342-2208,


“Sole Mate” Pg. 28 Le Visage Day Spa, 8110 Hampson St., 265-8018, levisagedayspanola. com. Angelique Boutiques, 7725 Maple St., 866-1092,

“Cream of the Crop” Pg. 42 Exquisite Events, 610 S Peters St., 975-4089, Printflow, 2655 Tulane Ave., 355-3569, Simply Beautiful Stationery, 10401 Clearview Ave., Baton Rouge, 225-287-6706, Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555, Betty Hunley Designs, 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870,



“Crowing Glories” Pg. 34 I’Land Pedispa and Blow Bar, 826 Harrison Ave., 305-6833. The John Barret Salon at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., Ninth Floor, New York, New York, 212-872-2700, bergdorfgoodman. com.

“Here Comes the Bridesmaid” Pg. 52 Blue Gardenia Events, 206-8599, La Thai Uptown, 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886,

“Dress Your Tresses” Pg. 36 Maison de Cheveux, 201 St. Charles Ave. #127, 908-4247, Spa Isbell, 1245 Magazine St., 595-5009,

“Elegant Restraint” Pg. 58 Il Mercato, 1922 Magazine St., 299-8400, Bridal: Southern Bridal, Ladies & Gents Formalwear, 708 I-10 Service Rd., Suite 300, Slidell, 985-643-8750, I Do Bridal Couture, 4265 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, 225-361-0377, idobridalcouture. com. M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal St., 888-557-2406, rauantiques. com. Blanc Bridal Couture, 3819 Magazine St., 324-9059, Olivier Couture, see “Bridesmaids.” Bustles & Bows, see “Bridesmaids.” Linda Lee Bridal Boutique, see “Bridesmaids.” The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, see “Bridesmaids.” Pearl’s Place, 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213, Menswear: John’s Tuxedos, 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 455-5353, Pearl’s Place.

Fashion: Bridal/ Menswear/Flowers

Gifts “Glam It Up” Pg. 38 Abode, 2144 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 266-2135, Stella & Dot, 722-6058, Jade, 324 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 875-4420, Adler’s, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metiairie, 523-5292, adlersjewelry. com. Orient Expressed, 3905 Magazine St., 899-3060, Tie the Knot, 1211 N Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 302-9101, Friend and Company, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433, friendandcompany. com. Old Towne Praline & Gift Shop, 1506 Veterans Memorial

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Rome’s Tuxedos, 3213 17th St., Metairie, 324-7227, romestuxedos. com. M.S. Rau Antiques. Tuxedos to Geaux, 3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-5393, tuxedostogeaux. com. Southern Bridal, Ladies & Gents Formalwear. Flowers: Iris Floral and Event Design, see “Bridesmaids Bouquets.” Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, see “Bridesmaids Bouquets.” Nosegay Floral Designs & Bouquet Boutique, 4931 W Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-1212, The Plant Gallery, 9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887, Fabulous Flowers, 2020 Chestnut St., 909-0253,

Bridesmaids “Knockout Nudes” Pg. 76 Niki Walker Salon, 625 Baronne St., 522-5677, nikiwalkersalon. com. Linda Lee Bridal, 3848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1889. The Bridal Boutique by Maeme, 3331 Severn Ave. #102, Metairie, 266-2771, mae-me. com. Olivier Couture, 1901 Highway 190 Suite 24, Mandeville, 985-674-6994, oliviercouture. com. Wedding Belles and the Stationer, 3632 Magazine St., 895-4868, Pearl’s Place, 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213, Southern Bridal, 1200 W Causeway Approach #9, Mandeville, 985-727-2993, Bustles & Bows, 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, 780-7090, Kate McNee Designs, 3201 Burgundy St., 947-3183, Montage by Mon Cheri, Linda Lee Bridal. Jim Hjelm Occasions, Bustles & Bows. Jenny Yoo Collection, Wedding Belles. Bouquets: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, 2032 Adams St., 315-5607, Iris Floral and

Event Design Studio, 5331 Canal Blvd., Suite B, 304-4966, irisnola. com.

Jewelry “Frosted” Pg. 84 Wellington & Company, 505 Royal St., 525-4855, wejewelry. com. Ramsey’s Jewelers, 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-4653, ramseys. com. Friend and Company, see “Gifts.” Symmetry Jewelers, 8138 Hampson St., 861-9925, Boudreaux’s Jewelers, Old Metairie Shopping Village, 701 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 831-2601, Adler’s, see “Gifts.”

Cakes “Finely Finished” Pg. 96 The Sweet Life Bakery, 6268 Vicksburg St., 371-5153, Joe Gambino’s Bakery, 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500, The Merrily Cake Company, 985-705-1429,

Food “Pulling Up to the Station” Pg. 100 Ralph Brennan Catering and Events, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 539-5511, The Chicory, 610 S Peters St., 521-8055, Michael’s Catering, 8522 Freret St., 861-9600, Kelly Sherlock Wedding Planner, kellysherlock. com. The Crepe Cart, 734-9851488, crepewizard.

Accommodations “Go Modern” Pg. 102 Le Méridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., 525-9444, lemeri- The Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0900, the hotelmodern. com. Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2330.

Locations “Clock Full ‘O Chic” Pg. 104 The Chicory, 610 S. Peters St., New Orleans, 521-8055, “Places and Spaces” Pg. 106 The Jaxson, 620 Decatur St. #2B, 504-586-1309, Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgens, 581-4367, Brennan’s, 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Redemption, 3835 Iberville St., 309-3570, The Elm’s Mansion, 3029 St. Charles Ave., 895-9200, Southern Hotel, 428 E Boston St., Covington, 844-866-1907, Moviesets: A Reel Venue, 400 Garret Rd., Slidell, 523-0890, Amici, 3218 Magazine St., 300-1250, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932,

Photography “Sophisticated Trends” Pg. 110 Southern Shutter Photography, 318-423-0926, Wild Wonder Photography, 847-7087281, Jasmine Star, Orange County, California,

Music “Local Licks” Pg. 114 Panorama Jazz Band, 650-1296. Bucktown All-Stars, 920-7827. The Boogie Men, 301-9929. Egg Yolk Jubilee, eggyolkjubilee@

Transportation “Land, Air and Sea” Pg. 116 Royal Carriages, 700 Decatur St., 943-8820, neworleanscarriages. com. American Luxury Limousine, 503 N. St. Patrick St., 269-5466, VIP Transportation Inc., 917 Toulouse St., 465-2231, Bike Taxi Unlimited, 8224 Spruce St., 891-3441, Colin’s Exotic Car Rentals, 7640 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, 225-806-7876, Avenue Scooters, 1134 St. Charles Ave., 609-3838, The American Bicycle Rental Company, 325 Burgundy St., 324-8257, bikerentalneworleans. com. Royal Coach, 22201 M.C.H. Suite A, Mandeville, 408-0802, Crescent City Helicopters, 6101 G Belanco St., 850-228-9909, New Orleans Hot Air Balloons, 1515 Poydras St., 224-5006, Nola Gondola, 8 Friedrichs Ave., 212-209-3370, New Orleans Yacht Charters. 7412 Lakeshore Dr., 309-0700,

Honeymoon “Adventures by the Month” Pg. 152 Four Seasons Hotel at Manele Bay, 1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City, Hawaii, 808-565-2000, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, BP. 20 Tuherahera Tikehau, French Polynesia, tikehau. Gstaad Palace, CH-3780 Gstaad, +41-(0)33-748-50-00, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, California, 707-938-9000, Sonoma. Grand Velas Riviera Maya: Riviera Maya Mexico Resort, Carr Cancún- Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +51-984877-4400, rivieramaya.grandvelas. com. Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali, +62-361702-222, home. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, 130 Daybreak Ridge Rd., Avon, Colorado, 970-748-6200, default.htm. b |


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Gifting Your Gals A sweet bag of treats for your maids

From bridesmaid “ask� parties and brunches to the Big Day there are myriad opportunities to shower your bridesmaids as they shower, celebrate and jump in with the assist for you. Put together a gift bag of goodies for each of your besties to ask them to stand beside you or to thank them for being there with those perfectly manicured helping hands.

photo by theresa cassagne