New Orleans Bride Summer 2014

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Summer-Autumn 2014 Editor Haley Adams CREATIVE Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo photographer Theresa Cassagne contributing Editors Kate Grace Bauer, Mirella Cameran, Sarah Ravits, Melanie Warner Spencer, Lisa Tudor INTERNs Kristen Himmelberg, Erika Vaughn

sales manager Aimee Arceneaux Rudd Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc traffic manager Erin Duhe

production manager Staci McCarty production designer Ali Sullivan Chief Executive officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive vice president/ Editor in Chief Errol Laborde director of marketing and events Kristi Ferrante distribution manager Christian Coombs customer service Sara Kelemencky (504) 828-1380

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 2014 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 self-addressed 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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10 from the editor 16 beauty

How To Find Your Glam Squad

Our guide to finding the best hair and makeup stylists.

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Get Ready in Style

Make the prep time before your wedding a day of luxury in one of these three New Orleans hotels.


How to Get the Best Wedding Photos A little research and planning can lead to a beautiful wedding album.

A Guide to Hairstyles and Necklines

Choosing a wedding hairstyle to go with your dress is harder than you think.


Go Retro

24 makeup

How Do I...?

Local makeup experts tell you how to achieve the hottest wedding makup styles.


Blissful Gifts

Gifts from local businesses can add some New Orleans flair to your home. Leave a hint for your family and friends that these pieces would look great in your married life.


Invite with Style

Classic or trendy? Luxurious or simple? Whatever design you choose, your wedding invitation is a preview of your wedding style.


Take the Cake

The wedding cake is probably the biggest dessert decision you’ll ever make, and you can’t go wrong with these three beautiful choices.


Baubles for the Bride

Spice up traditional wedding jewelry with colorful stones.



Try the hairstyles of yesteryear for a touch of vintage on your wedding day.


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Aisle Style

Rainbow shades from pale to bold enhance the color potential of the big day’s style statement palette.


Royal Beauty

Channel your inner princess with the season’s most romantic gowns in Cinderella silhouettes and modern shades.


Time to Celebrate

10 places for an unforgettable wedding reception in New Orleans .

106 FOOD

Dishes They’ll Love

Caterers share their most popular appetizers and entrees.


Sing, Dance and Be Merry

What music to play at your wedding and how to get the best people to do it.


A Vechicle Built for You

How to choose your wedding wheels.

119 real weddings 146 honeymoon

Under-The-Radar Honeymoon Spots

While they may not be typical, these five locales make the perfect spots for celebrating marriage bliss.

150 ADVIcE

Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

What you need to know about invitation wording, how to wear your rings and more.

154 odds and ends

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.


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.

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Menswear 101

Help your man find a look that suits him. On the Cover: Hayley Paige “Londyn” ivory strapless bridal ball gown with silk radzmir crossover bodice, full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces and chapel train shown with Sara Gabriel “Bliss” four-tiered half circle veil from Olivier Couture. Tiffany Victoria graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds, Tiffany Metro three-row hinged bangle in18-karat white gold with diamonds, Tiffany Soleste Engagement Diamond Ring in Platinum, Tiffany Metro Five-row Ring in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, and shared-setting band ring with a half circle of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co. Pink peonies, white parrot tulips, white waxflower, scabiosa, eucalyptus, berzelia and dusty miller from Poppy & Mint Floral Company Photographed by: Theresa Cassagne 6 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

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from the editor

I’m writing this note with exactly 59 days until my own wedding. I’ve already spent hours addressing invitations and thank you notes, and I spent a solid afternoon talking with my mom about the shape of my wedding program. Since I was coordinating my own wedding while working on this issue, I can promise you the magazine you’re reading is packed with usable wedding tips and advice. For all you need to know about hairstyles, turn to page 20, for Mirella Cameran’s guide to hairdos and necklines. For wedding gown inspiration, check out our bridal fashion spread, styled by Lisa Tudor on page 65. The gowns and jewelry pieces are beautiful and all of them can be found in the New Orleans area. In addition to looking gorgeous, you’re going to need a place to get ready. For that, make sure you look at page 93 for three fabulous New Orleans hotel rooms worth the splurge. Planning a wedding is a big task, but your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so I hope this issue helps you make it as perfect as you’ve always wanted it to be. This also marks my last issue of New Orleans Bride, as my husband-to-be and I are moving to Belfast, Northern Ireland, after our wedding for a new adventure. Melanie Warner Spencer is taking over as editor in May, and she will be great; she comes to New Orleans via Houston, where she was the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. I’ve enjoyed editing New Orleans Bride and I hope you enjoy this issue. If you have any questions, find me on Twitter @haleyadams25, or feel free to shoot me an email at Best wishes on your upcoming wedding! – Haley Adams, Editor

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How To Find Your Glam Squad Our guide to finding the best hair and makeup stylists By Mirella Cameran

No matter how good a bride is at doing her hair and makeup, she usually picks professionals for the big day. They are the experts, after all, and they know about the latest and greatest products. Plus, life is a lot less stressful for a bride if she charges someone else with the responsibility of making her look her best. In the end, a professional should be able to create looks that are even better than a bride’s best DIY efforts – as long as she finds the right people. There are so many artists and salons to choose from, so how do you find your perfect match when it comes to assembling your glam squad? Rather than trying a few places you found on Google, use this five-step guide to help you track down your ideal partners. Step 1: Do your research. Referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations are always the best. “If you 16 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

like someone’s look at a wedding or a party, find out who they worked with,” says Miranda Webb, aesthetician and co-owner of Timeless Beauty Day Spa. “If you are planning a destination wedding, then look for reviews online. Blogs, forums and websites like Yelp are full of feedback on salons and stylists. You can also see before and afters and get a general feel of what prices should be. You can always ask your wedding planner or hotel contact. They will be able to recommend artists for you to research.” If your wedding is close to home, you don’t have to go with your usual hairdresser. “They may be great at cut and color but not updos,” says Melissa Maia, owner of Salon Maia. “Find out how many weddings they have done and whether they enjoy event work.” Maia adds that your stylist will most likely recommend someone else if he or she is not confident with your wedding hairstyle of choice.

Also, before you decide on a stylist or makeup artist, start looking for images of the kinds of looks you like, and come up with two or three different ideas. Step 2: Pay attention to first impressions. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential stylists and makeup artists, make plans to talk to them about your wedding. You can tell a lot from your first impression, says Danielle DeSalvo, owner and lead stylist of Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services. “Do they respond quickly to you?” DeSalvo says. “Are they easy to communicate with? Do you feel like you will be able to trust them? Do they ask the right questions, from skin sensitivity to how many people you have in your bridal party? Do they ask about your color scheme? Do they want to see photos in advance so they can think about colors and looks?” New Orleans Bride | 17

When it’s time to look at an artist’s look book or portfolio, Maia says you should make sure you are looking at real brides and not models. “Ask if the photos have been retouched and whether they created the whole look with cut, color and updo, or whether they are only responsible for part of it,” Maia adds. “Ask if they used hair extensions or fake lashes? Look for styles you like or are similar to what you are aiming to achieve.” Step 3: Maximize your hair and makeup trials. Suzette Stuprich, owner of EyeDo Makeup Artistry, suggests setting up a trial appointment with an artist. It’s important to “ask about their policies on how long the trial will last and what happens if you don’t like the look they create. How many times will they re-do it? Will they charge you? How much money do you have to put down as a deposit? If there’s something specific, like airbrush foundation, make sure they perform the service before making an appointment.” Shannon Diaz, owner of Up’sa Daisy Hair Studio says, the trial is a test of your relationship with the stylist as well as his ir her skills. “They should ask you to bring photos of at least three styles. That way they can advise on

which style best suits your hair, your features and the dress,” Diaz says. “They should also ask you to bring any veil or headpiece you might be wearing and a sample of the color of your dress.” Diaz adds that the trial is the time to decide if you feel comfortable with your stylist. The hairstylist or makeup artist should be a good communicator, and you should feel comfortable telling him or her if you don’t like something. The trial is also a good time to ask about a stylist’s experience. “During the trial find out if they have the local knowledge about how to deal with different weather conditions such as rain and humidity,” Diaz says. “Find out if they have experience working with different photographers. Are they good with logistics like parking and travel times? All these things become important on the day.” DeSalvo says another thing to consider at the practice run is if you like the products the stylist or makeup artist is using. Webb says one other thing to think about is if you are comfortable with the salon, or if the salon can come to you. “Do you like the environment you are in?” Webb says. “Can you and your bridal party relax and have fun while you’re getting ready or will you need to rent hotel rooms?” Any makeup artist or hairstylist

you are considering should be willing to try different approaches and write down everything they used to achieve the final look you are happy with. He or she should take 365 angle photos and even suggest you use the colors at home to give you time to decide if you like them. Bringing a trusted friend is a good idea but not a whole gaggle with different views. Remember to walk outside before you leave, to take in the look in daylight. Ideally, schedule the trial to coincide with your bridal portraits or an event so you can see how the makeup and hair “wears.” Step 4: Understand the financials and logistics. With all the excitement, don’t forget to ask for a full breakdown of costs including gas and parking. Make sure you know how long your makeup artist and hairstylist will be with you on the day and what would happen should one of them falls sick. Step 5: Do the “Chemistry Test.” Finally, follow your instinct. Can you trust a potential stylist to create the hair and makeup of your dreams? If you and your potential stylist have great chemistry, the relationship will make your wedding day more fun. n

four places for a spray tan The perfect accessory to any bridal gown is the gorgeous glow of a spray tan. The potential pitfall, though, is arriving at the altar with a strange orange color with streaks. Try these four spots to get it right. The Doll House Salon 516 Veterans Blvd., Suite 200, Metairie, (504) 835-7474, At this full service salon in Metairie, the staff advises brides to have their first spray tan before their makeup application trial to ensure that the skin tones match. The salon’s formula has no orange pigment in it and a discount is available when sessions are bought as a package.

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the PB Glow system and the Mystic Spray Tan. There’s also the Mystic HD, which uses heat for a long lasting tan and a UV-Free AutoBronzer.

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant Christine Modica, (504) 606-3035, The skin care line, created by the doctors behind ProActiv, features a sunless tanner. It is easy to apply at home, and contains technology that prolongs your tan, as well as antioxidants to protect the skin.

Sip and Spray (504) 908-2260, Sip and Spray is 100-percent mobile, so the service comes to you. A day or two before the wedding, this is a fun way for brides to relax with their bridal parties while getting a quick-drying, streak-free gorgeous tan. New Orleans Bride | 19


A Guide to Hairstyles and Necklines Choosing a wedding hairstyle to go with your dress is harder than you think. By Mirella Cameran

Picking the perfect wedding dress and deciding how to wear your hair are two important decisions you’ll make as a bride. Here are some general rules. Nicolle Turner, who co-owns Maison de Cheveux with Penelope Gozza, says a detailed neckline needs some kind of updo so it doesn’t compete with the look. “If the gown is simple, then we use the hair to emphasize the bride’s best features; be it her eyes, lips or her décolletage,” Turner says. “You also have to remember what her hair will look like from behind and whether it needs to work with a low-cut back design or lots of detailing.” Liz Duboue, owner and stylist at The Doll House Salon, says the simpler the dress the more she can do with the hair. “If a bride is wearing a dress with sleeves, a high neck or lots of detail,” Duboue says, “then we need to figure out how the hair can help complement the design and enhance the overall look of the bride.” If you’re still confused about what look you should be wearing with your dress, here’s a primer for the best hairstyle matches for the most popular wedding dress necklines. 20 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

The Strapless Dress Still the most popular choice for brides, the strapless dress offers maximum flexibility with hair. If a bride really wants to show her collar bone, décolletage and shoulders, a pretty, soft updo or side bun will be the perfect way to do this. However, if she wants to break up the uncovered skin, soft curls or a messy side pony will do the job beautifully, while still showcasing the dress and the bride to the best advantage. The Halter or High Neck The important thing to remember about a halter or high neck is that it covers up your neckline, so an updo that takes your hair off your shoulders is the best way to go. Hair that falls on the dress will only compete with it and the look will become too busy. A high tidy bun, however, will enhance the lengthening nature of this sophisticated neckline. One-Shoulder/Asymmetrical Twist Another newer style, an off-center chignon or side pony with soft loose curls will balance a one-shoulder look out and retain the modern and sensual feel of the dress.

The Illusion An illusion dress that has sheer fabric from the bust to the shoulder or collar offers some options. If the fabric features beading or detail, a full updo will allow the design to be appreciated. If the fabric is sheer, a half updo or some soft cascading curls will enhance the feminine, romantic essence of this style. The Scoop Many scoop necklines also feature a design on the bodice so you don’t want a lot of hair to compete with it. Many brides like to accent the curve of the neckline with a braid used as a headband. A soft curl shoulder length look, a faux bob or an updo with falling curls also work well. Bateau This kind of neckline sits right at or slightly above the collarbone. As this style “crowns” the neck, an updo will keep the eye focused on the neck and face. A stylish chignon or bouffant will add to the lengthening and demure look of this choice. n Marianne Angeli Rodriguez illustrations New Orleans Bride | 21


Go Retro

Try the hairstyles of yesteryear for a touch of vintage on your wedding day. By Mirella Cameran

More and more brides are choosing fully themed vintage weddings and they want a hairstyle to match. Others are just looking to add a touch of “something old” to the proceedings. “Finger waves, gel waves and side chignons are really popular at the moment and the great thing for brides is, we can set these styles so they last all day and night,” says MeLisa Mannina, owner of Studio One and Style Bar. “They take some time to create but it’s worth it, as they will look beautiful all day and the bride won’t have to worry.” Brenda McField, owner of Mariposa Salon says, headbands are a particularly popular look for brides at her salon. “[The headbands] are very beaded and pretty and go perfectly with that messy side bun or faux bob,” she says. “It’s a versatile style for both long and short hair and creates a soft, romantic look.” Monique Munoz, owner of 3 Phases Salon also sees a demand for retro looks. “Brides are asking for old Hollywood, glamorous looks. Depending on the shape of their face, we will work with finger waves or bigger curls to create a perfectly undone style. We are seeing birdcage veils again which work well 22 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

with that vintage, tousled appearance.” With so many different ways to get inspired, we asked Mannina, McField and Munoz to help us put together the best styles of the decades. With so many styles to choose from, it doesn’t matter whether your hair is long or short, you’ll still be able to create something timeless and special. 1920s The soft finger waves personify this era. Often pinned into a faux bob, a side chignon or a soft updo, the waves frame the face. The look is easy to create with both long and short hair and it is very flattering. Alternatively, anyone with a bob can channel her inner flapper girl with a smooth look and a headband worn across the forehead. 1930s Waves become a little looser and more “damsel in distress” either for an updo or worn down. The curls can also be a little bigger but they remain sleek at the crown, which is perfect for any headpiece you want to wear. 1940s Nothing captures this era more than

actress Veronica Lake and her long cascading locks, parted high on the side so the hair falls across half the face in a peek-a-boo look. A reverse roll or a pompadour pilled high on the head will also capture this time. 1950s If you are in a ‘50s mood, the big, faceframing curls of style icons Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe can be captured and accented with a coiffe as big or small as you feel comfortable with. Top with a birdcage veil and you are camera ready. 1960s A high, backcombed Audrey Hepburninspired beehive is an elegant accompaniment to any style of dress, with or without a simple headband or even a delicate tiara. 1970s For a romantic, free flowing vibe, wear your hair down, straight or with natural waves. Braids can be used to add interest or as headbands. Introduce bangs and flick sections for more of a Charlie’s Angels feel. n Marianne Angeli Rodriguez illustrations New Orleans Bride | 23


How do I ... make a strong eyebrow work for me?

How do I ... get perfect skin for my wedding? How do I ... keep red lips last all day?

How Do I...? We asked local makeup experts questions you’re probably already wondering about your wedding day makeup. By Haley Adams 24 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

“I really want to wear a red lip for the big day. How do I keep it lasting all day?” A red lip is the little black dress of the makeup world, says Angela Ugulano, the owner of Angela U Artistry. But achieving the perfect red lip takes some effort and tools, including lip liner, lipstick and a brush. “Start by following the natural outline of your lips,” Ugulano says. “Once you have a completed outline, take your lip liner and carefully fill in the entire lip area. This creates a barrier to help keep the color strong as well as preventing feathering.” When you’re ready for lipstick, Ugulano recommends a longlasting formula, and use a brush for better control. Claire Rav, owner of Claire Rav Makeup, recommends a red stain for long-lasting lip color, with powder on top to seal it. Lip stains can be tricky, however, so Rav suggests hiring a professional makeup artist for the wedding to ensure everything is perfect for pictures and the walk down the aisle. “Any wedding that I do, I’m with the bride up until the ceremony,” Rav says. “I keep touching her up.” To keep all makeup lasting, including lipstick, Rav seals a bride’s makeup with a sealing spray. “What if I cry during the ceremony? How do I keep my makeup from getting all over my face?” Your wedding day is an emotional one, so don’t feel bad if you shed a few tears. Ann Marie White, owner of Dazzle Doll Makeup, says the best way to keep your makeup looking fresh is to avoid rubbing or squinting your eyes. “Look up, let the tear run down and blot it with a tissue after,” White says. Rachel Colonna, a makeup artist with About Face of Mandeville, recommends looking up and sniffing, which makes the tears go back up. Both White and Colonna recommend waterproof mascara. “Try to go as waterproof with your makeup as possible,” Colonna says. If you’re getting married in the heat of the Louisiana summer, you’ll be happy you New Orleans Bride | 25

went with waterproof and humidity proof makeup, even if you don’t cry. “I’ve noticed a lot of celebrities sporting a really strong eyebrow these days. How do I make that work for me?” A strong eyebrow is a hot look right now thanks to “it” girl Cara Delevingne, but Rav says the style is timeless. “When you have thicker eyebrows, it just makes the face look so much better,” she says. “When someone has pencil-thin eyebrows, the first thing you look at is their eyebrows.” Ugulano says everyone should be filling their eyebrows in with something, but you have to find the right product. “A harsh brow does not work for everyone, but a fully polished brow does,” she says. Ugulano suggests scheduling a makeup trial with your preferred makeup artist, and trying out different eyebrow looks so you know what you want for the big day. “Models in magazines always have dewy, gorgeous skin. How do I get perfect skin like that for my wedding?” It seems like celebrities and models have better skin than normal people, but it’s not

all about makeup. Meggan Ory, owner of Makeup by Meggan says a beautiful complexion starts with great skincare. “There’s only so much makeup can do,” Ory says. She adds that every soon-to-be bride should have a morning and evening skincare regimen long before the wedding, and a trip to the dermatologist always helps. Rav recommends drinking lots of water and keeping skin hydrated. She also says brides shouldn’t be so determined when idolizing the skin of celebrities. Models are often touched up before each shot, so Rav says it’s important to be realistic as “getting that perfect skin is next to impossible.” “I will cry if I have a zit on my wedding day. How do I get rid of it – or at least cover it up?” Ugulano says zits often happen on a bride’s wedding day because it’s a stress-filled time. It’s easy to cover up a zit by using concealer that’s not too creamy; Ugulano prefers a full coverage stick. “When you apply the concealer, be sure to pat it on instead of rubbing,” Ugulano says. “This creates a layering effect.” After the concealer, cover the area with translucent powder. If you get a zit right before your rehearsal dinner, there’s still time to shrink it before you walk down the aisle. White recommends this trick: “Once you get the zit, the day or night

before you can put some Visine on it to shrink it and take the redness out faster so you’re ready for the next day.” “I’ve heard fake lashes are a good idea for the wedding day. How do I make those look good?” Rav says she often has brides ask about fake lashes and whether she does individual lashes or strip lashes. “As a makeup artist, I try to steer away from individual lashes, because they’re more difficult to put on,” Rav says. While individual lashes have been trendy in the last few years, Rav says strip lashes are easier to use, and they can be cut to a bride’s preferred look. White says she also prefers the eyelash strip. “I think it makes your eye pop and it is definitely going to be the most glamourous outcome.” “I really want a smoky eye for my wedding. How do I achieve that look?” Make sure the popular “smoky eye” look is really what you want. “All brides want a smoky eye, but they don’t know what that is,” Ory says. “Nine times out of 10, that’s what they say.” Ory recommends bringing in a few photos of examples of what you want for your eye makeup, instead of describing it to your stylist. Browse Pinterest, magazines or your friends’ wedding photos and take your favorites with you so you can give your makeup artist a clear idea of what you want. n

Traditional Makeup vs. Airbrush Makeup Many brides choose to go with airbrush makeup for the wedding day but do you need it? That depends on who you talk to. Rachel Colonna of About Face of Mandeville says she’s a fan of airbrush makeup, which is sprayed onto the face, especially in the Louisiana humidity. “I love a waterproof alcohol airbrush makeup,” Colonna says. “A silicone base in Louisiana can be heavy on the face.” Ann Marie White, the owner of Dazzle Doll Makeup, says airbrush makeup is also a good choice for certain skin types. “If someone has very problematic skin, like bad acne, then I think that’s a good candidate for airbrush,” she says. But White says airbrush makeup isn’t necessary for everyone. “I offer airbrush, but it’s not my favorite choice,” she says. “I feel like you can get more detailed with traditional foundation, your brushes and contouring. I feel like it comes out better.” To decide how you should do your makeup for your big day, it’s best to contact a makeup professional and schedule a test run. The makeup artist will answer all your questions and figure out what works best for you so you’ll be looking great on your wedding day.

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Blissful Gifts

1. This L’objet gold braided collection is simply stunning. Ask your florist to intertwine fresh flowers for a stunning display on your wedding day that you can take home. Friend & Company, 7713 Maple St.,(504) 866-5433,

Gifts from local businesses add New Orleans panache to your newlywed home. Leave a hint for your family and friends that these pieces would look great in your married life. By Kate Grace Bauer


2. A vintage-inspired lace umbrella completes your look on the wedding day and becomes a great year-round accessory to fend off sun. Ever After, 3334 Severn Ave., Suite 6, Metairie, (504) 888-9810, 3. Make your new house feel like a home with this beautiful embroidered pillow. Orient Expressed, 3905 Magazine St., (504) 899-3060,


4. Mature elegance brings a newlywed couple’s home together. This hand-painted legend temple jar would make a great gift for the bride and groom. Rivers Spencer Interiors, 4610 Magazine St., (504) 609-2436,



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5. A masculine way to serve cheese! This mango wood board with silver pewter crawfish is everything Louisiana. The Engraving Company, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Mall, Metairie, (504) 837-7378. New Orleans Bride | 31


6. New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore’s “Audrey” collection is highly sought after by men and women alike. A piece from her collection is a great idea for a special wedding present. Longshore Studio Gallery 4848 Magazine St., (504) 458-5500, 7. Be a chic hostess with these gold accented porcelain dishes, which come in a variety of sizes and styles. Judy at The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 891-7018, 8. Solidify the memory of such a special day. This custom slate comes complimentary in wedding photo packages at Lakeside Camera Photoworks. Lakeside Camera Photoworks, 3508 21st St., Metairie, (504) 885-8660,


9. A sweet gift item for the coupleto-be, this unique and simple linen sign literally says it all. Tie The Knot, 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., (504) 301-9101,




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Invite with Style Classic or trendy? Luxurious or simple? Whatever design you choose, your wedding invitation is a preview of your wedding style. By Kate Grace Bauer

The pale pink paper for this invitation from Gem Printing complements the gold ink and custom polka-dot envelope liner. Available at Gem Printing New Orleans Bride | 37

Fried Green Design creates a personality-rich invitation experience blending elements from both bride and groom. Available at Fried Green Design

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Designer Patricia Quinn Stokes of P.S. Creative found the perfect Liberty of London print and mixed it with a classic script with a fun slab serif type to reinforce the casual elegant vibe. Available at P.S. Creative New Orleans Bride | 39

Scriptura marries elegance and simplicity with this suite printed on 100 percent cotton paper with custom monogram and unique elements that you can take throughout the entire wedding design process. Available at Scriptura 40 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

A piece from Alexa Pulitzer’s “Royal Animals” collection, this invitation features woodland green ink matte thermography printed on Ecru Bristol with Arno Pro Font style. Available at Alexa Pulitzer New Orleans Bride | 41

Exquisite Events’ Turquoise and golden ornate floral and leaf pattern invitation includes a pocket and custom intertwining “C.” Exquisite Events New Orleans Bride | 43

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Take the Cake The wedding cake is probably the biggest dessert decision you’ll ever make, and you can’t go wrong with these three beautiful cakes. By Mirella Cameran

Accented with pearls, this tiramisu-flavored cake includes white fondant icing and fondant ruffle detail. Cake by The Sweet Life Bakery

This white almond cake includes a strawberry cream cheese filling, and is covered with white fondant icing, blush pink fondant feathers and a flower. The fleurde-lis pattern is stenciled onto the white fondant with silver dragÊes. Cake by Gambino’s Bakery

A classic white cake is enhanced with white fondant icing and handmade white fondant roses. Cake by Simply Sweet Shop

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Baubles for the Bride Spice up traditional wedding jewelry with colorful stones. By Kate Grace Bauer

From top to bottom: White gold diamond and sapphire bangle with 1.67 carat weight sapphire and .58 carat weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. Ruby and diamond bangle bracelet with five rubies totaling 1.41 carat weight and 50 diamonds totaling 1.55 carat weight set in 18 karat white gold at Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. Estate diamond and emerald bangle bracelet with 2.65 carat weight diamonds and 1.30 carat weight emeralds set in 14 karat white gold at Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. Stunning floral diamond bracelet set in white gold with rose gold lace with 9.49 carat diamonds at Symmetry Jewelers. Beautiful sapphire and diamond bracelet set in 18 karat white gold with 95 sapphires (58.30 carat weight) and 95 diamonds (7.33 carats) at Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. On the side: Rose gold diamond bangle (6.3 carat weight diamonds) at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. Ladies pave diamond bangle bracelet crafted in 18 karat white gold, 9/10 carat weight diamonds at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers.

From top left to right: 2.06 carat Garnet Ruby and diamond pear-shaped necklace set in 14 karat white gold at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. 23.36 carat Rose Quartz necklace set in rose gold with .28 carats of diamonds surrounding at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. Fancy yellow and white diamond pendant set in 18 karat white gold with .95 carat yellow diamonds and .47 carats white diamonds at Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. 13 carat Swiss Blue Facet-cut Topaz set in 14 karat white gold with a diamond encrusted bale at Fisher & Sons Jewelers. Sapphire and diamond necklace with 1.65 carat weight sapphire and 3.50 carat weight diamonds at Symmetry Jewelers. Ladies blue and white diamond flower pendant crafted in 14 karat white gold, 9/10 carat weight white and blue diamonds at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers. 11 carat Amazonite set in 14 karat rose gold, surrounded by a halo of round diamonds, approximately .17 carat weight at Fisher & Sons Jewelers.

From top to bottom: Emerald cut engagement ring with a 3.15 carat diamond with 1.02 accompanying diamonds set in platinum at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. 1.89 carat round Tanzanite set in 18 karat white gold with a triple halo of round diamonds and three rows of diamonds halfway down the shank at Fisher & Sons Jewelers. Ladies oval 3 stone diamond engagement ring 2 carat total weight crafted in 18 karat white gold with 1 carat oval center accented by 2 side ovals and 50 rounds at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers. Ladies 7.01 carat natural emerald and diamond ring crafted in 14 karat white gold with a 22 karat yellow gold setting; 1.54 total diamond carat weight at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers. Vintage diamond ring set in platinum with 1.51 center stone accented with 40 points of diamond accent stones at Symmetry Jewelers. Beautiful vintage ruby and diamond ring with .42 carat center diamond and 1.26 carat rubies surrounding at Symmetry Jewelers. Ladies yellow quartz and diamond ring crafted in 14 karat yellow gold; diamonds total .25 carat at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers. Aqua and diamond ring set in 18 karat white gold with 5.03 carat aquamarine stone with .40 carat weight diamonds on the shank at Symmetry Jewelers. Estate aquamarine and diamond ring set in platinum at Friend & Company. Tanzanite and diamond ring set in platinum with an 8.04 carat tanzanite stone and .60 carats of diamonds at Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. 4.69 carat amethyst and diamond ring set in white gold with 1.41 carats of diamonds surrounding the amethyst at Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers. Ladies diamond pavé halo engagement ring featuring a 2 carat round cut diamond accented by 103 round cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold; 3 carat total diamond weight at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers. 3 carat Facet-cut Green Amethyst set in 14 karat white gold with a diamond halo, approximately .16 carat weight at Fisher & Sons Jewelers.

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Aisle Style Rainbow shades from pale to bold enhance the color potential of the big day’s style statement palette. By Lisa Tudor, Photographed by Theresa Cassagne, Hair and makeup by Aimee Carr for Voodoo Makeup, Model Molly Severson, Shoes throughout from the Special Occasion Collection at Feet First, Folding screen with hand-painted finish designed by Pride Sasser at Eclectic Home.

From left: Angelina Faccenda gown in aqua chiffon from Rhinestone Runway. On wall: Jim Hjelm Occasions crinkle chiffon dress in mint from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. On the model: Angelina Faccenda crinkle chiffon gown in teal from Rhinestone Runway; Pelle Moda “Gretel” rose taupe silk sandals from Feet First; Amsale crinkle chiffon gown sampled in mint chiffon from Wedding Belles; LulaKate “Eva” strapless dress sampled in Paradise Blue silk faille from Wedding Belles; Haute Bride accessories (throughout) and Elizabeth Bower chandelier earrings at Wedding Belles. New Orleans Bride | 59

On the model: Moonlight Bridesmaid chiffon gown sampled in Sunny Day from Rhinestone Runway. On the forms: Eden Maids Bridesmaid Collection strapless chiffon dress in Moonglow with chiffon overlay from Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique; Bill Levkoff canary yellow silk chiffon halter dress with pleated bodice from Pearl’s Place. On the hanger: WTOO by Watters & Watters silk taffeta dress with spaghetti straps from Linda Lee Bridal. On floor: Nina “Blanche” ivory glitter stiletto pumps from Feet First.

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B2 lace and tulle dress with shamrock satin tie from Linda Lee Bridal. On the wall: Alexia Designs Irish Spring silk dupioni halter dress from Linda Lee Bridal. On the model: LulaKate bottle green silk mini with Dahlia skirt at Wedding Belles (shoe style at Feet First iridescent lavender); Watters and Watters emerald chiffon halter gown from Pearl’s Place. New Orleans Bride | 61

Jim Hjelm Occasions Luminescent lavender chiffon gown from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. On the model: Monique L’huillier strapless tulle dress sampled in Framboise from Wedding Belles; Pelle Moda “Kacey” gold silk and metallic evening sandal from Feet First; Dessy Collection luxe chiffon strapless gown sampled in pansy from Pearl’s Place; Pelle Moda “Whitby” platform peeptoe pump in cobalt blue at Feet First; Eden Bridesmaids one-shouder chiffon gown sampled in wisteria Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique.

Jenny Yoo “Cadie” Eastern Silk Shantung dress sampled in sangria from Wedding Belles; Nina “Francine” mesh peep toe bowed pump in ivory luster from Feet First. On the wall: Jim Hjelm Occasions crinkle chiffon halter gown with flower from the Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. On the model: Da Vinci watermelon taffeta dress with full skirt and cap sleeves from Linda Lee Bridal; Bridal Pelle Moda Greta sandal in rose taupe silk from Feet First; Bari Jay crinkle chiffon strapless gown in pumpkin from Linda Lee Bridal.

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fashion & flowers

Royal Beauty Channel your inner princess with the season’s most romantic gowns in Cinderella silhouettes and modern shades.

By Lisa Tudor; Photographed by Theresa Cassagne; Hair and Makeup by Aimee Carr of Voodoo Makeup; Model Kellie Oberkirch; Fine jewelry provided by Tiffany & Co.; Fabric bolts courtesy of Artéé Fabrics and Home; Photographed at The Chicory; Flowers Mirella Cameran

Stella York Collection gown with sheer lace neckline, fitted bodice and full tulle skirt features Diamante beading in a floral vine pattern at the waist, and an elegant lace keyhole back that zips up under sparkling crystal buttons. Available in ivory Lace and Tulle in moscato or ivory at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. “Divine” veil (hanging) from Pearl’s Place. Ziegfeld Collection 10-row pearl bracelet, and Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum, both available at Tiffany & Co.

Stella York gown at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum at Tiffany & and Co.

Essense of Australia belted regal taffeta gown with detachable Diamante beaded illusion jacket and full skirt and train at Southern Bridal. Ziegfeld Collection ten-row pearl bracelet, Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum, and Tiffany Soleste engagement diamond ring in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co.

Watters Brides “Carina” corset sampled in Rosegold worn over “Ahsam” soft net ball gown skirt with grosgrain ribbon waistband also sampled in Rosegold, shown with satin tipped veil (sold separately) at Pearl’s Place. Tiffany Soleste engagement diamond ring in platinum, and Tiffany Legacy Collection band ring, both available at Tiffany & Co. Composite pale pink rose bouquet with intertwined lace by Bella Blooms Floral.

Pink oriental lilies, lime euphorbia, fragrant white freesia, antique hydrangea, pink garden roses, and white lisianthus accented with white plumes by Arbor House Floral.

Composite pale pink rose bouquet with intertwined lace by Bella Blooms Floral.

Legends by Romona Keveza silk shantung A-line taffeta gown sampled in Blush with delicately draped bodice and off-the-shoulder neckline from the Fall 2014 Collection at Wedding Belles. Victoria earrings in platinum with diamonds, Tiffany Victoria graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds, and Tiffany Metro three-row hinged bangle in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, all available at Tiffany & Co.

Allure Bridal strapless ivory satin ball gown with lace bodice and chapel length train shown with Edward Berger finger tip veil, both available at Ladies & Gents Formal Wear. Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum, Tiffany Victoria graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds, Tiffany Metro five-row bangle in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, shared-setting band ring with a half circle of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, and Tiffany Soleste engagement diamond ring in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co. Pink peonies, white parrot tulips, white waxflower, scabiosa, eucalyptus, berzelia and dusty miller by Poppy & Mint Floral Company.

Tiffany Soleste Engagement Diamond Ring in Platinum, Tiffany Metro Five-row Ring in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, and sharedsetting band ring with a half circle of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co. Pink peonies, white parrot tulips, white waxflower, scabiosa, eucalyptus, berzelia and dusty miller by Poppy & Mint Floral Company.

Pale pink and cream roses with eucalyptus by Federico’s Family Florist.

Monique Lhuillier “Esme” gown from the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection with ivory illusion cap sleeve and embellished appliqué overlay exclusively in Louisiana at I Do Bridal Couture. Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum, Tiffany Metro three-row hinged bangle in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, and Tiffany Soleste yellow diamond ring, all available at Tiffany & Co.

Ranunculus, lilac, tulips, lisianthus, gloriosa, freesia and peach spray roses by Fat Cat Flowers.

Belsoie Jasmine Collection ivory tulle dress with sheer bateau neckline and soft layered full skirt is available to order in a variety of shades at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique. Tiffany Legacy Collection open square drop earrings with diamonds in platinum, Tiffany Soleste emerald cut engagement diamond ring in platinum, shared setting band ring with diamonds and sapphires in platinum, and Tiffany Metro five-row bangle in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, all available at Tiffany & Co.

Bel Aire feather comb at Southern Bridal. Tiffany Legacy Collection open square drop earrings with diamonds in platinum, Tiffany Victoria graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds, and Tiffany Grace drop necklace with diamonds in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co.

Modern Trousseau “Regan” strapless brocade gown at Wedding Belles; Bel Aire feather comb at Southern Bridal; on rack (from left) “Divine” veil at Pearl’s Place; Stella York tulle gown at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. Tiffany Legacy Collection open square drop earrings with diamonds in platinum, Tiffany Victoria graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds, and Tiffany Soleste diamond ring with pink diamond border, all available at Tiffany & Co.

White hydrangea, pink stock and pink mini calla lilies by The Crystal Vase Flowers & Gifts.

David Tutera for Mon Cheri “Crawley� gown of Venice lace, organza and tulle sampled in ivory and tea rose at Linda Lee Bridal. Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum at Tiffany & Co.

Ranunculus, lilac, tulips, lisianthus, gloriosa, freesia and peach spray roses by Fat Cat Flowers.

Gown by Essense of Australia at Southern Bridal. Tiffany Aria drop earrings of Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds in platinum, Ziegfeld Collection ten-row pearl bracelet, Tiffany Soleste engagement diamond ring in platinum, and shared-setting band ring with a half circle of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, all available at Tiffany & Co.

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Menswear 101 Help your man find a look that suits him. By Mirella Cameran

Unlike the typical bride, the groom usually doesn’t worry about his wedding attire as soon as he gets engaged. But that doesn’t mean he can leave it until the last minute. Thought needs to go into the decision to ensure 86 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

your groom is a perfect partner for you as the bride. Whatever he wears, he is meant to complement you, allowing you to shine at your brightest. So what should your groom wear? That depends on the style of the

wedding. Though the old rules determining certain suits for day and night weddings may be passé, the groom’s suit does need to reflect the tone of the service and reception. What are his choices? Suit or tuxedo? Black or white tie? There are many factors to think about before your groom decides on his wedding look. The Basics “The most important thing is the fit,” says Joey Hunter of John’s Tuxedos. “You can’t order a suit out of a catalogue. The groom needs to try on different styles as the cut of the jackets, collars, pants and shoulders will vary. He needs to choose one that he feels comfortable in and flatters his build the most.” In addition to fit, the store you choose is crucial. Hunter recommends reading reviews before you go, and make sure the store you have in mind has on-site alterations. “People often lose weight before a wedding but they still want the suit to fit, so the store needs to be able to accommodate last minute changes,” he says. Melvin Grodsky of Tuxedos To Geaux says he tells grooms to find a store with a staff they can trust. “We just moved into a new location in Metairie where we have a dedicated bridal room,” Grodsky says, “so grooms can take as much time to try on as many suits as they need to, in order to find the right one.” Once you have an idea of where your groom wants to go look at suits, it’s a good idea to go with him,” says Susan Berniol of Ladies & Gents Formal Wear. “Most of the grooms come in with their brides who ensure that he blends with her dress and her bridesmaids’ dresses.” It’s also important to make sure your groom picks a suit or tux that matches his personality, as well as the overall feel and colors of your big day. “We can advise what a groom typically wears depending on the scenario,” says Kevin Rome of Rome’s Tuxedos, “but he needs to think about his personal style and what he is going to feel most at ease in, based on the formality of the day, the time of year and the place.” Once your research is done and you ardent studio photo New Orleans Bride | 87

and your groom have an idea of what you want him to wear, Rachelle Lacombe of Top Hat Tuxedos recommends making sure you give a store plenty of notice. “If grooms can give us a month’s notice we can find the right suits for the grooms, their groomsmen and other men in the wedding party,” Lacombe says. “We will find a cut that works for all the men in the wedding party so they all look the same.” Current Trends Though there are general rules to how a suit fits and how to go about choosing one, there are lots of options when it comes to picking styles and colors, especially if you and your groom love to follow trends. “Just like other clothing, movie stars and celebrities drive different trends in wedding attire,” Rome says. “Dark and light grays are really popular right now and blue is set to be the next big thing.” Rome adds that some people are also going for the European look, with slightly shorter trousers and jackets and a more tailored leg. Other trends include bow ties with

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a cummerbund, instead of the classic long tie. If you’re planning on a warmweather wedding, seersucker and linen suits are still popular, as well as a khaki or tan tuxedo. Accessories also require some thought when it comes to bringing together the look, Berniol says. “The groom usually wears a cream vest and tie to match the bride and the groomsmen match the bridesmaids,” she says. “Brides shouldn’t worry about the colors being an exact match. If the vests are a shade or two different, no one will notice.” Lacombe adds, “Some couples pick the vests and ties to highlight another color in their wedding. You don’t have to match both. You can pick one to add a pop of color.” Keep in mind that it’s fun to be fashionable, but make sure you and your groom aren’t making a fashion trend your top priority. “A lot of grooms are asking for an extremely skinny cut but we warn them that they need to be able to move and dance at the

reception,” he says. “It’s a wedding not a prom and they want to look more classic than trendy in the photos which will last forever.” n

What the Experts Know There are guidelines when it comes to how men wear what they do. 1. The cuff length should show ¼ - 1 inch below the jacket 2. The pant length should break on the shoe. 3. The jacket sleeve length should be where the fingertips reach the bottom of the jacket. 4. The jacket length should hit halfway between the nape of the neck and the feet. 5. Two fingers should fit inside the shirt collar. 6. Thinner lapels have a slimming effect. 7. Wider lapels make a man look taller. 8. Flat front trousers suit wider thighs. 9. Lay-down shirts and wider ties slim the face. 10. Natural shoulders are lengthening. 11. The pleats of a cummerbund face up. 12. Suspenders go with a cummerbund but not a vest. 13. A boutonniere is worn on the left lapel and tilts outward. New Orleans Bride | 89 New Orleans Bride | 91

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Get Ready in Style Make the prep time before your wedding a day of luxury in one of these three New Orleans hotels. By Haley Adams Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

Windsor Court has proved it’s a favorite among the world’s hottest power couples. In February 2014, CNN reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, have stayed at the hotel. If that’s not enough to impress your bridesmaids, treat them to some spa treatments at The Spa at Windsor Court. Windsor Court, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000, New Orleans Bride | 93

The Roosevelt New Orleans is known for its legendary clientele of yesteryear, like Huey P. Long and Frank Sinatra, but the spot is still a popular place for a luxurious experience. If you get hungry, the hotel is also the home of Domenica, which Travel and Leisure magazine called one of the “best Italian restaurants in the U.S.� The Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, 648-1200,

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“The Archangel Michael Suite truly gives guests a taste of heaven on earth,� says Barbara Buzzell, a spokesperson for The Saint Hotel. The Saint unveiled brand new suites in January 2014, including the Archangel Michael Suite (pictured here). The 1,800 square foot suite features blue LED lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Saint Hotel, 931 Canal St., (504) 522-5400, New Orleans Bride | 95

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How to Get the Best Wedding Photos A little research and planning can lead to a beautiful wedding album. By Kristen Himmelberg

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life but it’s also a very hectic one. That’s why photography is so important; your photos will be with you forever so you can always remember the day. So how do you end up with the best photos possible? We asked four local photographers to share their advice. Find the Right Photographer Yes, deciding on a good photographer is an obvious tip, but the decision isn’t as easy as it sounds. Finding the right photographer for you requires extra effort. Each photographer has a different style and different take on how to shoot weddings. Months before your 98 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

wedding, set up an appointment in person so you can meet with the photographer and see if you feel comfortable with him or her. Make sure to ask to see an example of a finished wedding album because looking at the photos online isn’t always the best judge. Once you have a feel for the photographer, make sure you know what you’re going to be paying for and what the package entails. Penton Studio, for example, does two extensive pre-wedding sessions with the bride in her dress and offers the option to make a guest sign-in book for the reception with both engagement photos of the couple and pictures from the pre-wedding

sessions in it. GK Photography has started doing something called the “first look,” when they pull the bride and groom aside before the ceremony to capture the moment when the groom first sees the bride in her dress. “It cuts down on taking photos after the ceremony and allows the photographer to capture the emotion between the two,” says George Kuchler, owner and photographer at GK Photography. Before you sign a contract with any photographer, shop around and find someone who will accommodate everything you envision. Keep in mind that most photographers will customize their services to fit your needs. As Kuchler says, the job of the photograardent studio photos

pher is to help you capture the wedding. “We like the bride and groom to remember their day,” he says. “We are just there to capture the moment.” Focus on Timing Timing is everything when it comes to your wedding day. The day needs to be planned out, so you have ample time to get all the shots you are looking for. Tim Pham, owner and photographer of Ardent Studio, says time is a recurring problem too often when shooting weddings. “The prep time prior to your ceremony and reception is where we usually run into our problems,” he says. The bridal prep can take 60-90 minutes. For Pham, the most frustrating thing is when makeup and hair is running late, which cuts into his time to get all of the photos the bride has requested. Pham suggests making sure you have good communication with your makeup artists and hairdressers so you allot enough time to get everything done before photos. It’s also important to allow more than enough time if you’re taking photos at a different location before the ceremony. “You need to keep in mind that on your wedding day,” Pham says, “the time it takes to get from point A to point B is usually double what it would normally be.” Capture the Uniqueness Your wedding will always be special because of the people involved, but it’s also nice to make sure you get photos of what made your wedding day unique to you. Marlin Penton, photographer and owner of Penton Studio, says that in the pre-ceremony prep, accessories are a good way to showcase the bride’s personality. “I like to shoot the something blue, or something borrowed, the bride’s perfume, her purse or a special sash before she puts it all on,” Penton says. Some new trends include the bride having the hanger for the wedding dress bent into her

new last name, and for the bride and her bridesmaids to all have robes with “bride” or “bridesmaids” and their name monogrammed on the back. “Weddings have become more customized and personalized in the last 10 years,” Penton says. Other ways to express the bride’s uniqueness are a bit more personal. One shot Penton likes to capture is the bride getting ready at home before the ceremony. “It’s really nice to have a picture of the bride outside her childhood home.” Many brides are also remembering a deceased family member in a charm on their bouquet, making the bouquet something really special to photograph. Penton says many brides also like to have a photo with their pets. Some brides even dress up the animals for the wedding. At the reception, the little details are what allows the bride’s personality to shine through. Kuchler from GK Photography notes that some things he likes to photograph at the reception are interesting place cards or chair wraps, as well as the flowers. “It’s the little

things that will make your wedding more unique.” For New Orleans weddings specifically, lots of couples have a second line. If you are planning on having one, it’s a good idea to decorate your umbrellas beforehand with the name of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding so your photographer can shoot it. Be a Good Communicator One of the best ways to ensure you get what you want out of your wedding photos is clear communication with not only your photographer, but with your bridal party and family as well. Fabi Asencio Orgeron, the owner and photographer at Fab Fotography, suggests making a schedule before the wedding weekend so the maid of honor or mother of the bride can keep track of everything and keep everyone on time. Orgeron also suggests making someone responsible for getting all of the little details together during the prep. “I tell [the bride] to get the maid of honor or mom to get the invitations, shoes, bouquet and any other detailed items ready for me, because that’s an important part,” she says. Another great way to keep communication clear with your photographer is a questionnaire. Before the wedding, Orgeron asks the bride to fill out a questionnaire where she puts down all the locations where the bride will be, the times she will be there, the pictures she wants, what time hair and makeup will be done, and who she wants pictures with that day. “I always tell them to make a list of important people, with the names beforehand, because I don’t know the family members, and I will try my best to get pictures with those people,” Orgeron says. She adds it’s also good to inform the family members when photos are going to be taken and who is going to be a part of the photos. Have Fun With it When it comes to wedding New Orleans Bride | 99

guests to be able to let loose and take some fun photos together. Orgeron says, for her business, a regular package includes two print outs of the photo strip for guests. The other option is to give one print to the guests and put one print in an album, where the guests can sign and write a personalized note next to their photos for the bride and groom. “It makes it more fun for the bride and groom,” Orgeron says, “because later in the night people get a little crazier, and at the end of the night they have an album of all the fun photos.”

photos, everyone wants the traditional group shots of the bridal party, the grooms’ party and the family, but it’s easy to add fun, wacky shots of the group after the traditional photos are done. Kuchler says in the last 10 years he has started thinking with the “shoot for mom and shoot for me” philosophy. “You have got to take the shots for mom to put up on the wall, or in a book, but the bride sometimes wants to have a little more fun with her photos,” Kuchler says. He tries to add in a shot

at the end of the traditional group photos where he tells the group to “do something crazy.” Another way to have fun with your photos is a newer option Fab Fotography offers: a photo booth at the reception. For Fab Fotography (and many other photo booth vendors), there is a photographer stationed in front of a green screen or black screen and there are props for people to use in their photos, such as boas, hats, big glasses and anything the bride and groom want to add to the mix. It’s a fun way for

Bring Your Optimistic Attitude The easiest way to ensure your photos come out great is to make sure you have a great outlook on the day of the wedding. “I think the most important thing is the attitude of the bride on her wedding day because it shows in her pictures,” Orgeron says. Trying not to stress is the best way to insure your photos come out beautifully, because if you are relaxed and happy, your photos will reflect that. “It’s your wedding day, and it only happens one time,” Orgeron says, “so enjoy it because you can’t replay it.” n

should you get a videographer, too? In the past, wedding photos were the major way to capture the memories of your wedding day, but in the last couple of years, wedding videos have become another popular way for couples to document their big day. “With a video, you can see and hear what happened on that day,” says Brock Gomez, the owner and videographer of Brock Gomez Productions. “Photos don’t have the voices and sound from the day, so it is a more immersive experience.” The typical wedding video today is a lot different than the classic, documentary style of video that was once the standard. “In the ‘80s, wedding videos were focused mainly on documentation,” says Joe Taravella, owner and videographer at Studio Vieux Carre. “Since then, the industry has flourished and some notable changes are how they are procured and the equipment that we use to film them.” Today’s wedding videographers use cameras and lenses that are used for real film making and they spend hours documenting not only the ceremony and reception, but also the prep time and other pre-wedding events, like the rehearsal dinner and anything else that is important to the couple, Taravella says. Finding a videographer is a lot like looking for a wedding photographer: It’s important to know what you want before you talk to a videographer because many times he or she will work with you to customize the video. “Don’t shortchange yourself on documenting your day,” Gomez says. “You have spent so much time planning it, you want to have something to look back on and really be able to relive the day. A video takes you back through the excitement, the drama, the partying, and each wedding is unique for each couple.” 100 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

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Time to Celebrate 10 places for an unforgettable wedding reception in New Orleans By Erika Vaughn

A city abundant with romantic French Quarter courtyards, elegant southern mansions and unique hotels, New Orleans is the ideal setting for a wedding. These 10 102 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

places are sure to host the wedding reception of your dreams. The Cannery Once home to the warehouse for the

famous American Can Company, The Cannery is now known as a top New Orleans wedding spot. The 12,000 square foot venue has an outdoor terrace, grand foyer, a Brian photo

ballroom and a chic lounge for the big day, providing brides and grooms with options from a small ceremony to a large ballroom reception for up to 400 people. The modern venue also has a high-tech ballroom featuring LED lighting and built-in video and sound, which makes it a great place to dance the night away with all of your family and friends. The Cannery also has a private bridal suite, complete with a restroom and a private walk-in closet, so you and your bridesmaids will feel like royalty while getting ready for your big day. Degas House If you are looking for somewhere with a Southern feel and a rich history, the Degas House is ideal. The charming Southern mansion is the only home or studio of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas that is open to the public. Oak trees dot the outside of the property giving a sense of solitude and privacy from the hustle and bustle of downtown, which is only a cab ride away. The venue offers outdoor ceremonies in a French Quarter-styled courtyard with a fountain, or you can celebrate with your guests in the grand parlors with a cozy interior and stunning antique furniture. You can use the Estelle Suite as the bridal suite during the celebration or for a honeymoon suite. Along with being

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an elegant wedding venue, the Degas House is also a bed and breakfast that offers a New Orleans style breakfast with mimosas every morning (the first glass is free). With nine rooms, it is a great spot for couples with out-of-town family members and friends. English Turn Golf and Country Club With its scenic landscapes of the golf course and its location just 15 minutes away from the French Quarter, you could call English Turn Golf and Country Club a hidden gem of New Orleans. The location features a garden room with a glass ceiling as well as the white house lawn and patio, two locations that are popular for sunset ceremonies. There also is a ballroom with crystal chandeliers, and a main dining room, both ideal for receptions and rehearsal dinners. The dining room overlooks the 18th hole, which is the perfect backdrop for photos, especially if you and your groom are golf fans. The all-inclusive wedding packages and an extensive catering menu are sure to make the wedding planning a breeze. “With 25 years of being in the business, we’ve done probably thousands of events,” says Racheal Apken, the sales and marketing director for the golf club. “We have tons of experience when it come to helping the brides plan their weddings.” English Turn is also one

of the only country clubs around that allows non-members of the club to use its space. Hard Rock Café For the music-loving couple, the Hard Rock Café is a non-traditional location for a celebration that rocks. It is conveniently located on Bourbon Street where guests can keep the party going all night long. The location hosts both the ceremony and reception, and it’s able to accommodate small parties or huge groups of up to 500 guests. The location is a living museum, as the walls are covered with music memorabilia. To make you and your guests feel like rock stars, the Hard Rock Café will set up a red carpet entrance complete with a step-and-repeat sign. The music videos from every decade and the audio and visual connections help to complement the big day. The Hotel Modern As the name explains, the new renovated boutique hotel has a modern, eclectic feel, and sits at Lee Circle in the Warehouse District. “It mirrors the city’s juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity and goes beyond just the basics,” says Grace Duplantier, the hotel’s sales manager. The Hotel Modern is great for couples that want a little something outside the box. “We are the perfect combination of classic and modern with an art-centered vibe,” Duplantier says. It is also a great location for intimate gatherings. The restaurant Tivoli and Lee caters the events, with a modern take on Southern cuisine and it supports local farms with the fresh ingredients. Tivoli and Lee’s private dining room has eclectic décor, a chic style and can fit up to 50 guests. The Hotel Modern is also home to Bellocq, a chic spot for a reception or bachelorette party. The bar was inspired by photographer E.J. Bellocq’s mesmerizing images of a pre-prohibition sexual revolution. In 2013, Esquire magazine included Bellocq on its annual list of the best bars in the nation. New Orleans Bride | 103

Hyatt French Quarter The Hyatt French Quarter is a great central place for the couple that wants to show out-of-town guests all that New Orleans has to offer. “Our private entrance on Canal makes it great for the bride and groom who want to go with a New Orleans wedding tradition and lead a second line into the reception,” says Vera Faucheux, the hotel’s director of marketing. Ceremonies and receptions can be held in one of two areas: the hotel’s beautiful atrium with dark wood accents or the largest garden courtyard in the French Quarter. Should you choose the courtyard as your first choice, there’s no need to worry about bad weather because the atrium allows for a quick transition if the need arises. Loews New Orleans Hotel Located on busy Poydras Street and within walking distance from the riverfront, the Loews Hotel is a fun and convenient spot for locals and out-oftowners alike. With nearly 300 rooms and 12 suites, the hotel can easily accommodate all of the family and friends attending the wedding. The hotel’s bridal package

includes lots of perks, such as a special rate for out-of-town guests, a complimentary suite and a spa treatment. Another perk is a one-year anniversary gift card that the hotel throws in for the newlyweds. Whether your wedding is big or small, the Loews Hotel can accommodate it thanks to its various event spaces. The ballroom has 16-foot ceilings with wall-to-wall windows and views of the New Orleans skyline. Nottoway Plantation If you are looking for a fairytale wedding setting, the Nottoway Plantation is an ideal location. It is the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the South, and is located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Southern plantation style provides plenty of stunning choices for ceremony and reception locations. Brides can choose to have an outdoor ceremony on the front lawn, under the live oaks next to the mansion, or in the Fountain Garden Courtyard, all with the elegant mansion as the backdrop. For indoor ceremonies or receptions, brides can choose from the breathtaking White Ballroom, or the covered open-air

Grand Pavilion. The Nottoway Plantation offers many services to assist in the preparation of your dream wedding. There’s a full service salon on site that attracts brides, in addition to a dressing salon. Along with luxurious accommodations for family and friends, the mansion’s restaurant offers both casual and fine dining. With varied wedding packages, your fairytale wedding can be as intimate or extravagant as you choose. The combination of a great space with amazing food and scenery, the Nottoway Plantation is a one-stop-shop for a “Southern belle” wedding. Omni Royal Orleans The Omni Royal Orleans has been through a lot. It was built in 1838, but has been destroyed by a fire, rebuilt, blown away by a hurricane and eventually rebuilt again to become the Omni Royal Orleans in 1960 as “the place to see and be seen.” It is now a great all-in-one venue for couples to host a ceremony and reception, and have plenty of room for the family. Location is always an important aspect of choosing the right venue, and the hotel is located in the French Quarter,

What To Know Before You Book Even if you’ve fallen in love with a place for a ceremony or reception, there are a lot of logistics to consider. To learn the right questions to ask yourself before you book, we checked in with Jill Mercer, owner of Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, and Valerie Gernhauser, owner and wedding planner at Sapphire Events.

Is the date available? “It may seem obvious, but a bride needs to make sure that the date is not on hold or in any other way promised to someone else,” Gernhauser says. Is the tax and gratuity included? How about hidden fees? Some locations charge a cake-cutting fee or a set-up fee. Mercer says it’s important to make sure you

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understand the true total because those small fees can add up. What are the applicable city ordinances in place affecting the venue relative to noise and live music? “Many outdoor venues are subject to a 10 p.m. noise ordinance, so that a band outdoors must stop playing at 10,” Gernhauser says. “This can affect the overall start time of the event

and other logistics.” Does the venue book multiple events in a day? Gernhauser says some venues, such as hotels, are equipped to handle multiple events in a day at the same time. Ask if other events are going to affect your vendors’ set-up time. What is the deal with the bar? If your wedding location comes with a bar, ask what is included in it. A premium bar, which most guests want, usually costs more money, Mercer says. What will the service be like? Ask the event coordinator how

many servers and bartenders to expect. Ask how many servers and bartenders you’re going to have per number of guests. How am I being treated? Trust your instincts when you meet with a venue coordinator. “Whenever you walk into any place, whoever is showing you around should be giving you their 100 percent attention,” Mercer says. Be weary of people who do not return calls in a reasonable manner or places that require full payment at the time of signing. –Haley Adams

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but away from the craziness of Bourbon Street. The Omni Royal Orleans also features beautiful views of the city. “It is the perfect place to take photos before the wedding ceremony,” says Celeste Myers, the location’s catering manager. “Every couple is escorted to the rooftop after dark to take that last romantic shot with a fabulous city, river or French Quarter backdrop.” With the Grand Salon ballroom that can accommodate up to 400 guests, the Omni Royal is one of the largest venues in the city. There are two other room options, the Royal Garden Terrace and the Esplanade Complex. The terrace is the perfect indoor and outdoor space that has great views of the city. The Esplanade Complex has a beautiful skylight and can accommodate up to 200 guests. There’s also a special prep room for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in. The prep room has balcony access, tables, chairs, mirrors and a steamer. “The bride only has to

provide the hair and makeup vendor,” Myers says. With a four-poster bed, a Jacuzzi tub, champagne and strawberries, the bridal suite is perfect for a romantic night for the bride and groom. Pat O’Brien’s If you want to show your guests that New Orleans knows how to party, then Pat O’Brien’s is a good bet. Almost every New Orleans local knows about Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant with its dueling piano bar and courtyard. The Briar’s Suite is located right above the restaurant, and it has its own private Bourbon Street balcony and a copper-top piano. For larger groups, brides can also rent out the downstairs courtyard which includes the famous flaming fountain. Pat O’Brien’s also owns Pat O’s on the River, with the Grand Terrace located on the third floor of Jax Brewery, which overlooks the Mississippi River. With textured

walls, antique chandeliers and a large terrace with beautiful views, Pat O’s on the River exudes with elegance and a vintage New Orleans feel. The Promenade is a newly added extension to the location, which adds a garden atmosphere and extra space for more guests to relax and enjoy the sights of the river and city. Another draw to this location is the large parking lot located next door, which is hard to come across in the French Quarter. The wedding packages are allinclusive, and include perks such as a cake allowance, in-house catering, fresh flowers and premium bars serving Pat O’s famous trademarked Hurricane drinks. “Pat O’Brien’s is a world famous establishment that embodies the heart and allure of New Orleans,” says Jennifer Green, the event sales manager at Pat O’s. “In fact many hearts have been captured here by these very brides and grooms that we hosts for the most special day of their lives.” n New Orleans Bride | 105

food Oyster Shooters from Michael’s Catering

Dishes They’ll Love Caterers share their most popular appetizers and entrees. By Mirella Cameran

Your wedding will (most likely) be the biggest dinner party you will ever plan. The goal is to compile a menu all of your mutual friends and family will love, but with possibly more than 100 people from different cultural backgrounds, that’s a daunting task.

The best thing to do is enlist the expertise of a seasoned caterer. The top picks are sometimes booked up to a year in advance; so as soon as you know your wedding date, do some research, go for a free tasting and book your caterer. It’s also important to remember that your

venue may dictate the style of serving or style of food. What’s possible and appropriate on a beach might not be appropriate in a ballroom. When it comes to the food itself, there may be dishes that you love or that have a personal significance, but it’s smart to have some variety to keep everyone happy. “We recommend a good mix which includes seafood and vegetarian options,” says Emily Radosta of Tomas Bistro. ”We also create gluten-free and dairy-free options so everyone can enjoy the food no matter what their dietary needs are.“ Once you’ve taken all these issues into account, are there any surefire dishes that couples can rely on? Who are the bankable stars of the buffet? We spoke to some of the most experienced caterers in the city and the good news is yes, crowd-pleasers do exist. Hot Hors d’Oeuvres “Eyes always dart toward us when we come out with favorites such as fried shrimp and crawfish croquettes served with roasted garlic and balsamic aioli,” says Hayley Mitchell, the director of catering at Michael’s Catering. “Oyster shooters are also fun. Fresh Louisiana oysters are enhanced with a bloody Mary sauce spiked with

Where to Host a Rehearsal Dinner The rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception may seem like two parties in a row, but they should be distinctively different. In her famous wedding etiquette guide, Emily Post says the pre-wedding feast is for “the two families to relax and enjoy” and is a “joining of the two families.” New Orleans has a lot of spots to choose from for your party, whether your families love seafood, Creole cuisine or everything on the menu.

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Deanie’s Multiple locations; Deanie’s Seafood offers Southern hospitality and stacks of some of the most acclaimed seafood in town. The French Quarter location is situated near Bourbon Street, and has two upscale private dining options that open on to a classic French Quarter courtyard. There’s also a Bucktown location if you don’t feel like dealing with French Quarter crowds.

Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393, emerilsrestaurants. com/emerils-new-orleans/ Guests will love a taste of culinary history with dinner at Emeril’s. The menu features Emeril Lagasse’s most famous dishes such as BBQ shrimp, Andouille crusted redfish and banana cream pie. You can be served in private dining rooms large and small at Lagasse’s Warehouse District flagship.

Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2021, It’s one of the most historic fine dining institutions in the country, so choosing Galatoire’s will ensure your rehearsal dinner instantly becomes a classic. The second and third floors of the Bourbon Street landmark offer a variety of dining options catered by the restaurant’s resident Executive Chef – and recent “Top Chef” contestant – Michael Sichel.

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vodka.” Kristen Casey, the director of sales at Messina’s Catering, agrees that easy-to-eat appetizers always do well. “Our one-bite hors d’oeuvres such as shrimp remoulade shooters, seared ahi tuna atop fried wonton with mango salsa and ‘chisei’ ham biscuit slides never fail to impress,” Casey says. Melissa Araujo, the executive chef at Saveur Catering says “easy and elegant always wins out” like the company’s “brochettes with oysters and bacon or our ‘Cabildo’ of lump crab, green onion wrapped in an artichoke leaf with lemon and truffle oil.” “Hand crafted cheese and meat boards also wow,” Araujo adds. It’s also a good idea to stick with New Orleans staples. Radosta of Tomas Bistro says crawfish beignets with ragout sauce always do well, and Salvatore Impastato from Napoleon House says, “You’ll have nothing to worry about if you choose passed, bite-size smoked rib eye, shrimp brochettes, crab cakes with remoulade sauce and mini muffalettas.”

Gulf Shrimp.” Impasato loves “fried catfish with pecan sauce, shrimp and tasso pasta, smoked pork loin or Oyster Rockefeller casserole.” Live action stations are also a crowdpleaser. “A grits bar with local favorites such as rendered Andouille sausage, BBQ Gulf Shrimp and veal grillades, is guaranteed to go down well,” Casey says. The Sweet Ending After every last crumb of the entree is cleaned up, it’s time for dessert – and a wedding cake isn’t your only option. “When it comes to desserts, people are straying away from the traditional groom’s and bridal cakes and moving towards smaller bites,” Mitchell says. Mitchell has found that petite beignets dusted with sugar are very popular, as well as other less traditional desserts

like fruit tarts. And like the other dinner courses, it’s a good idea to choose a dessert with local flavor. “People love very local sweets but with a modern twist such as bread pudding served with apricots, peaches and vanilla ice cream,” Araujo says. “Other trusted treats are pecan pie with bourbon, soufflés and whole wedding cakes made out of beignets.” Radosta says another good idea is a “white chocolate bread pudding station serving bite sized portions with Maker’s Mark and caramel sauce.” Remember the other half of the food decision is how you serve it, whether you want your dinner plated or buffetstyle. Your choice will impact the ambience of your wedding as well as your budget, so once again, ask your caterer for the perfect match. n

Bruschetta with Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Basil from Tomas Bistro

The Main Performance For the main entrees, New Orleans wedding guests always love a taste of the city. “They want perennial, local favorites executed really well such as BBQ shrimp with creamy, cheesy grits,” Mitchell says. “People are hungry and that rich, warm comforting food is satisfying.” Radosta agrees: “People love it when we take simple dishes and deconstruct them like our jambalaya cake topped with BBQ

Galvez Restaurant 914 N. Peters St., (504) 595-3400, With its wrap-around balcony spanning the Mississippi River on one side and the lower French Quarter on the other, the Atrium Dining Room at Galvez Restaurant is considered by some as the most romantic in the city. With its Cathedral ceilings, high vaulted windows, the location is a stunning setting to enjoy the French, Spanish, Creole cuisine and celebrated tapas.


N’tinis 2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566, For rehearsal dinners on the North Shore, the elegant Lagniappe Room at N’tinis is a natural choice. The restaurant has built a strong reputation for tasty steaks, delicious martinis and party fun. You can choose between a seated dinner, buffet or carving stations, or have a menu built around your requests. Manning’s 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118, Owned by football legend and

New Orleans resident Archie Manning, the super-sized sports bar located on Fulton Street is a way for football fans to incorporate their love of the sport into their wedding. The restaurant’s “Eat, Drink and Cheer” menu is full of Southern and Cajun comfort foods, perfect for your personal pep rally as well as Game Day. Tableau 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463, Dickie Brennan’s newest restaurant, Tableau, offers a new way to celebrate in the heart of

the French Quarter. Situated at Jackson Square with beautiful views, there are four different private rooms offering classic French Cajun cuisine. Tujague’s 823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676, You can’t get more Creole than Tujague’s. Located in the heart of the French Quarter with balcony access, the restaurant has been hosting rehearsal dinners since 1856. With a recent renovation and addition of a new chef, it is more inviting than ever. New Orleans Bride | 107 New Orleans Bride | 109


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Sing, Dance and Be Merry What music to play at your wedding and how to get the best people to do it By Sarah Ravits

Tennessee Williams once wrote, “In memory, everything seems to happen to music.” That romantic, poetic sentiment undoubtedly applies to one of the most memorable days of your life: your wedding. The music you choose for your reception expresses your love, personality as a couple and perhaps even your sense of humor. It’s also a way to lightheartedly get your guests to mingle, celebrate, let loose and dance. The most common ways to go about this are either to hire a DJ or hire a live musician or band. If you’ve already made an indecisive, eclectic 10-hour playlist for a three-hour party, you’ll probably want to hire a DJ, make some request, and leave the rest up to the entertainer you’ve hired. If you’re more of a live music fan, hire a wedding 110 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

band. Fortunately for New Orleans brides, there are multitudes of options to choose from and with plenty of experience to boot. Kevin Diggs sings with 5 Finger Discount, a high-energy group that can play “any type of music,” and he strives to engage everyone in the crowd, ranging from the flower girl to the great-grandmother of the bride. The group, which has been together for 11 years, has played for at least 200 weddings over the years. “Generally, we pick the set,” he says. “However, the style and taste of our couple does determine what songs we choose to play that night and what we might decide to leave out.” Rick Gardache of Decades Music Entertainment, a professional enter-

tainment service, says he has developed a simple but effective way to approach the subject of wedding reception music. He likes to sit down with the bride and groom, who will provide a short list of songs that they want to be played, as well as a short list of songs they definitely do not want on the list. He also matches the wedding style to the musical entertainment that will best suit it, whether it’s a DJ, cover band, second line brass band – or all of the above. Because he’s been at it for a long time, Gardache has the ability to “read” the audience, and adjust the music based on the vibe and feel of the room, taking into account the majority age group, style of wedding, lighting, ambiance and other factors that may ARDENT STUDIO PHOTO

where to take Dance Lessons You need some basic dancing moves for your wedding reception. These three places offer dance lessons for you and your husband-to-be. Ballroom Dancing by Janis (504) 712-9924, If you’re not into dancing in front of others yet, dance instructor Janis Hornsby offers private lessons to brides and grooms. Hornsby has been a ballroom dancer for 35 years, and has a packed resume, including when she was finalist in the U.S. Ballroom Championship. Dance Quarter 1719 Toledano St., (504) 897-0327, Dance Quarter can help you get ready for your first dance as husband and wife with private lessons. Dance Quarter also offers a bachelorette party package, which includes a dance instructor, a welcoming cocktail and more. Mandeville Ballroom 5150 Hwy. 22, Suite A-5, Mandeville, (985) 966-0178, For brides on the fence about signing up for dance lessons, Mandeville Ballroom offers a free 40-minute introductory lesson. If you want to teach all your friends to dance, Mandeville Ballroom offers a wedding party package for a minimum of six people.

come into play. He even considers whether or not the bar opened early to gauge how wild the dance party will get. “There are so many songs out there that can create an impact,” Gardache says. “We want your wedding to be unique but fun.” Gardache also has a warning for soon-to-be brides: “Don’t let entertainment fall as the last thing on the to-do list. Remember, your entertainment will set the mood; your guests will talk about how much fun they had. Also, shop for quality, not for price. This is an important day; remember to make good decisions.” Steve Alfonso of the Bucktown All-Stars has been playing at weddings and special events with the popular cover band for more than 20 years. It’s common that his band must be booked up 10 to 14 months in advance, so brides should keep in mind that it’s wise to start planning the wedding music early on, right after the engagement. Alfonso encourages brides to pick a band that represents the type of reception they want. While he and his band accept requests and perform wedding standards, he says that it “makes sense to let the band do their thing.” “This is what we do,” he says. “You go to a restaurant because you want to eat their food. This is a form of

entertainment that you want to buy. Certain songs don’t jive with our identity.” His band, he says, is exceptionally good at getting crowds on their feet, engaging those of all ages and starting a dance party. “It can be a euphoric experience,” he says, and the bride doesn’t have to micromanage the set list. Karen Wall of The Twilight Band says her band has been playing at wedding receptions for more than 20 years, and they play everything from Big Band to swing and hip hop, plus New Orleans jazz and R&B. She echoes the sentiment of Alfonso that the bride and groom normally leave the set list up to the band. However, most have their first dance song picked out, of course. “It’s an honor to be a part of it,” she says. The classics, disco and current hip hop songs are among her repertoire. “Nothing is too bizarre when it comes to music.” Without a doubt, there’s one thing to keep in mind. Diggs of 5-Finger Discount puts it perfectly: “Have fun,” he says. “It’s one night, and your guests are only going to go as far as you take them. Remember that it’s your big day and they are waiting for you to lead. Think of us as your partner, helping you to make the event the best it can be.” n

The Experts’ Suggestions for Songs Popular Hits “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong “Love Shack” by the B-52’s “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates Bride & Groom’s first dance “At Last” by Etta James “Sideways” by Santana featuring Citizen Cope “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross “So Happy Together” by the Turtles Father & Daughter Dance “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole Mother & Son Dance “Days Like This” by Van Morrison Crowd-pleasers “Get Down Tonight” by KC & The Sunshine Band “Yeah” by Usher Line Dance Favorites “The Wobble” by V.I.C. “The Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid Song to Wrap up the Night “Stay” by Jackson Browne “Do Whatcha Wanna” by Rebirth Brass Band New Orleans Bride | 111 New Orleans Bride | 113


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A Vechicle Built for You How to choose your wedding wheels By Mirella Cameran

When a young girl is imagining her wedding, she might dream about the whimsical carriage that will bring her to her betrothed. A magic carriage seems a little Cinderella, but transportation is a key issue for a variety of reasons. First, all couples want their day to run smoothly and getting everyone where they need to be, at the right time, is vital to that. Second, there are so many options available today, especially in New Orleans, that the mode of transport you choose for you and your guests can reflect the style of your wedding and add an element of fun. Lastly, the vehicle you choose will take you and your escort to the ceremony location for 114 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

the last time as a single woman. It will also be the first ride you take with your husband and it will set the scene for many of the photo opportunities. There’s no denying that your set of wheels will be embedded in your memories, but there are a few steps you need to go through to find the right transportation for your day. Hire a Pro Unless your wedding is very small, it’s worth employing a professional to get you to the church on time. Chris Bonomolo of Bonomolo Limousines says transportation companies can keep track of all the logistics for you. “We plot the route, group people together

and make sure there is one point person for each group,” he says. “We have a call sheet with names, times and destinations all pre-planned.” Bonomolo says he also checks the small details. For example, for receptions in the French Quarter, Bonomolo says his drivers need to allow about 30 minutes extra time on a busy night. “On the day, we monitor any traffic problems or events going on,” Bonomolo says. “There are lots of variables to consider with transport. You want to leave that headache to someone else.” Match Your Style Whatever your style is, whatever tone images by robert t. photo

you set for your wedding, you can find the transport to match it in New Orleans. You can have a horse and carriage, a Vespa or two even a boat. You can also rent out party buses, decked out stretch limos or parade floats. The options seem endless. “Many of our couples want to treat their guests to a little New Orleans flavor and hire our streetcar which looks just like a Canal Street streetcar inside and out,” Bonomolo says. “On the other hand, more of our couples are choosing black cars instead of white to create more of a red carpet, formal vibe.” Trent Levine of Executive Limousine of Louisiana, says some couples prefer a vintage car, for which he has a particularly special one. “For those looking for a vintage feel, we have a 1956 Silver Cloud 1 white Rolls Royce that we purchased from the Queen of England’s car collection,” he says. Book Early Whichever mode of moving you choose, it’s important to book early as New Orleans is a popular place for conventions and sporting events, all things that require transportation. “Limos in New Orleans do not rely on wedding business so they get booked up, particularly if you are looking for something a little different,” Bonomolo says. “The time of year also affects the cost, during a busy period like Jazz Fest, prices will be higher.” And don’t forget to think beyond the wedding day itself. Will you need a car for the rehearsal dinner? Who is picking up out-of-town guests from the airport? Make sure you consider all the times you’ll need extra vehicles. Budget Wisely When you’re ready to book your transportation, ask about packages. Many companies offer the typical two-hour bridal package, says Joe Sagona of Celebrity Limos. “We have been doing this for 30 years and generally speaking the two-hour rental works for most couples,” Sagona says. “For just over $1,000, you can have a Rolls Royce and two super stretch limos.

This includes the tax and tip, which is a mandatory 20 percent.” However, if you are having a longer Catholic service, or your venues are far away or far apart, it might be worth buying a three- or four-hour package. You also need to make sure that if you go over your time, the driver will stay on. Most charge extra time by the hour and many drivers will need to be paid in cash on the day. When scheduling the transportation with your preferred company, clarify the times when everyone will be picked up. “Catholic churches often contract that the bride is on time,” Sagona says. “Our drivers always communicate with each other to ensure the groom arrives first and the bride is just five minutes late.” When finalizing your transportation plans, check about extra charges. All couples should ask if there are any extra charges like fuel and parking, as well as the gratuity policy. Also, read the contract thoroughly, especially to see what happens in the event of a late or no show, a cancellation or a breakdown. Check your liability for any spills or damage to the car. Another thing to verify is that the cars are insured and licensed for the city. Make a Ride List As you inch closer to the wedding day, decide who is going in which vehicle. “These days it’s up to the couple to decide who rides in a car,” Sagona says. “However, it’s customary to drive the groom and groomsmen first, then the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride and finally the bride. The groom’s parents usually go in one of the cars and most brides have their photographers ride with them.” And don’t forget about your friends from out-of-town, especially if you have a faraway wedding. “If our couples have out of town guests who are unfamiliar with locations, [the couples] often provide a mini bus to make it easy for them to get to the ceremony and reception and back to their hotels,” Levine says. This is especially important if your wedding is farther away, such as a plantation

that is outside of New Orleans. Remember it’s thoughtful to provide transportation for guests so they don’t have to worry about driving, and you can make sure everyone arrives on time. “Many couples use our streetcar to shuttle people back and forth from the reception,” Bonomolo says. “Some guests will want to leave earlier, like those with children, so they keep the shuttle at their guests’ disposal.” Special Touches Just like you look at a new car before you buy it, go see your wedding vehicle before you reserve it. “Couples often don’t think of it, but it’s important to go and see the car ahead of time,” Levine says. “You can check out the condition of the vehicle but you can also make sure it looks just as you imagined and you should ask what the driver will be wearing as well.” When you’re looking at the vehicle, think about how you are going to get in and out of it. “The groom might be attracted to a muscular stretch truck like a Hummer or an Escalade,” Levine adds, “but brides wear very delicate dresses which can rip easily on a running board.” When you’re making the final plans for your transportation, it’s OK to be a diva. If you want alcohol in the car, or a special playlist, tell your limo company in advance. Don’t be afraid to ask about small details. Are you allowed to decorate the buses? Ask your company before the wedding festivities so there are no surprises on the wedding day. n

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Bride: Kimberly Bradley Groom: Chris Shirer Date: November 2, 2013 Ceremony: Bayou St. John Bridge Reception: The Pitot House Catering: Casey Chermaine with Chicken Scratch Gown: Galina from David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal Collection from David’s Bridal Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Keith Miller Florist: Villere’s Florist Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries Photographer: Arte de Vie Makeup: Chris Carter with Creating Faces on Demand Hair: Mindi Kooke with John Jay Salon Reception Music: Bucktown All­-Stars, Stooges Brass Band for the second line Party Rentals: Event Rental New Orleans Bride | 121

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Christens - Alcazar

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Bride: Kara Christens Groom: Orlando Alcazar Date: March 8, 2014 Ceremony: Audubon Sea Lion Exhibit Reception: Audubon Tea Room Catering: The Audubon Institute Gown: Vera Wang Luxe, Vera Wang, Toronto Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture Alvina Valenta Maids New York Store ­ from The Bridal Boutique by Mae­Me Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Adler’s Florist: Glenda Ivy Cake: Pure Cake Nola Photographer: Arte De Vie Makeup: Charlie McLoughlin with The Makeup Lab Artistry Hair: H20 Salon and Spa Northshore Reception Music: Bag of Donuts Party Rentals: Pary Rentals Delivered Lighting: Chaps Party Rentals New Orleans Bride | 123

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Desselle - Young

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Bride: Brandi Desselle Groom: Lonnie Young Date: October 11, 2013 Ceremony: Camellia Garden in New Orleans City Park Reception: Pavilion of the Two Sisters Catering: Pavilion of the Two Sisters Gown: Yvonne La Fleur at Yvonne La Fleur Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier at Wedding Belles Men’s Attire: J&L Formal Wear Rings: J&L Formal Wear Florist: Blumen Lendle Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Photographer: Studio Tran Photography Videographer: Dyle Films Makeup: Duanne Perez Fournet with Ritual Skin Therapy Hair: Ginger Dickey Reception Music: Groovy 7 Event Planning: Luminous Events of New Orleans New Orleans Bride | 125

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Eagan - Ellis

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Bride: Mallory Eagan Groom: Joshua Ellis Date: March 29, 2014 Ceremony: St. Anthony of Pauda Reception: The Ritz Carlton Hotel Coordinator: I Do Events Catering: The Ritz Carlton Hotel Gown: Justin Alexander at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Men’s Attire: Smart Set Tuxedo Rings: Superior Diamond Florist: Federico’s Family Florist Cake: Zoe’s Bakery Photographer: Eric Bordelon with Studio Tran Photography Videographer: Dyle Films Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Studio Hair: Bride: H20 Salon and Spa; Bridesmaids: Remi Morgan with Salon 937 Reception Music: The Tip Tops New Orleans Bride | 127

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Williams - Anselmi

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Bride: Jennifer Williams Groom: Brady Anselmi Date: January 5, 2013 Ceremony: House of Blues Reception: House of Blues Coordinator: Chloe Tassin with House of Blues Catering: House of Blues Gown: Pronovias at Imaginations Bridal, Brookhaven, Mississippi Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy at Something Blue Bridal, Houma Rings: Zale’s Florist: Beth’s Flowers Cake: Gambino’s Bakery Photographer: Shoot 2 Studios Hair: Nicolle Turner with Maison de Cheveux Reception Music: Seabrook Band New Orleans Bride | 129

Want to submit your wedding for our magazine? Check out how.... Do you want to see your wedding on these pages and share your big day with our readers and the city of New Orleans? To be considered as a featured local wedding in New Orleans Bride magazine, mail a CD with high-resolution (4x6/300dpi) photographs. Below is a helpful checklist to double-check you have all the correct materials.

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

2. High-resolution (4x6 / 300dpi) photographs of: ___ Bride and groom ___ Bride and groom with family ___ Cake ___ Rings ___ Flowers ___ Bridesmaids and groomsmen ___ Ceremony ___ Reception ___ Please include five other photos of your choice. ___ Detail shots of the decor

* Please send at least 10-15 photographs burned on a CD * Please burn a Word document of your vendors on the CD. All CDs will NOT be returned.

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How we choose

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

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

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bridal resources to help you with all your wedding planning needs

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Beauty/ health/ fitness Bridal Counseling 2836 Front Street Slidell, LA 985-285-9166 Seminars and individual therapy for brides to help manage the increased stress that comes with planning a wedding. Claire Rav Makeup Metairie 504-201-3437 Professionally trained Makeup Artist servicing Brides & bridal parties. Specialist in airbrush makeup.

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Maison de Cheveux 201 St.Charles Ave. #127 New Orleans, LA 504-908-4247 “Your Neighborhood Salon” A full service salon delivering affordable luxury for everyone. Specializing in color, cut, makeup, and brides. Offering Bumble and Bumble and Oribe hair care products exclusively. Makeup By Meggan New Orleans, LA 504-473-7263 Meggan Dupre Ory is a Makeup Artist servicing the greater New Orleans area. Meggan has 9 years experience

in makeup artistry. Book Meggan for your wedding or any event where you want to love the way you look! Mary Kay CosmeticsGaynell Kennedy 8616 Steamboat Lane River Ridge, LA 504-669-5880 Learn to Love & Lavish your Skin for Life with an educational facial on product knowledge, along with a Mary Kay Modernized Makeup application. Renada By Faith Cosmetics 9600 Lake Forest Blvd #872776 New Orleans, LA 504-613-7828 Mobile Makeup application services. Retail Cosmetics & Skin Care. You Call, We’re Coming! The Spa at Stone Creek 1201 Ochsner Blvd. 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. Timeless Beauty Day Spa 3422 Cleary Ave. Unit D & E Metairie, LA 504-371-5680 A new one of a kind Day Spa offering over 130 Spa services in Skincare, Lash Extensions, Hair, Massage, Nails, and Airbrush Tanning. Pamper yourself in a relaxing and calming environment that is sure to please the senses. Call us today for your appointment and enjoy a better tomorrow. Trainer To Go LLC 604 Bonnabel Blvd Metairie, LA 70005 504-994-3822 Mobile fitness training Voodoo Makeup New Orleans, LA 504-756-4500 Voodoo Makeup is completely natural Gluten, Corn, and Soy Free Custom Blend Makeup Bar. We offer Makeup, Hair and Photography Services. Our product has been featured in New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. We look forward to creating your personal custom blend makeup.

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! Empess Mi New Orleans, LA 504-782-6358 Host and Designer for Wedding Events and Bridal Showers Graceful Event Productions PO Box 8444 Metairie, LA 504-723-2906 Wedding planners with a creative and detailoriented vision that result in beautiful NOLA weddings with full or limited planning or day of coordination. Check out our custom candy and dessert stations too! I Do Events New Orleans, LA 504-400-0285 504-473-7777 New Orleans Bride | 133

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bridal resources A wedding and event planning company that specializes in planning a meaningful and unique event, that creates memories that will last a life time. Let us help you Say “I Do” 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. Luxury linens, stationary & decor design are just a few of the things Mise En Place Events offers to put the details in place for your event! Call for a consultation. 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 Mise En Place Events Slidell, LA 985-250-0110

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Custom Wedding Cake Pulls made with Swarovski pearls and crystals as stretchy bracelets or keychains and over 30 traditional and New Orleans charms to choose from. 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.

Melissa’s Fine Pastries By Appointment New Orleans, LA 504-472-8572 For beautiful looking and delicious tasting cakes, schedule an appointment with Melissa’s Fine Pastries to discuss a custom designed cake or pastry bar that will compliment your wedding perfectly.

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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 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 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.

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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 com-

12 Seasons Catering 131 23rd St. Kenner, LA 504-465-9770 12 Seasons Catering prides itself on offering creative international gourmet-a touch of elegance to events of all sizes and venues. Backed by over twenty years of catering experience in Greater New Orleans, we create cherished memories customized exclusively to you and your guests...prepared by expert chefs and served by experienced professionals in your preferred venue. Aunt Sally’s Pralines 750 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 800-642-7257 Aunt Sally’s is the authentic purveyor of all things New Orleans. Our specialty is in creating our delicious pralines. We can help you with wedding favors, catering & desserts, and gifts. 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 events large and small, we tailor our services to enhance your palate, theme and budget. Saveur Catering LLC 3409 Severn Ave Metairie, LA 504-762-0595 Saveur Catering is a New Orleans Wedding Catering company catering events with a main emphasis on making your event one-of-a-kind. An event specialist will custom-make all event menus and cater the event design to the individual needs of the client. From intimate groups to large events to gala weddings, we will provide you with an event to remember.

Ceremony/reception locations Antoine’s Restaurant 713 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 504-581-4422 Antoine’s Restaurant offers a romantic setting for New Orleans weddings. Our many private dining rooms accommodate weddings,rehearsal dinners,bridal luncheons and receptions and are sure to create memories for years to come. Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-962-0533 The Astor Crowne Plaza is located on the corner of Canal and Bourbon Street. It over looks both Canal and Bourbon. We are known for our Balconies, Spacious Ballrooms, and fine Cuisine. Benedicts 1144 North Causeway Mandeville, LA 985-626-4557 New Orleans Bride | 135

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bridal resources Benedicts Plantation was founded in 1991 by Chef Benedict Deluzain and his wife Shirley, restaurateur pioneers for the Northshore.The facility offers two different locations for elegant weddings receptions or social events, along with serene gardens. Bourbons Best Balconies & French Quarter Courtyards 504-523-2306 French Quarter Courtyards and Bourbon Street Balconies for your Wedding Reception, Rehearsal Party or After Party. Don’t let your After Party be an after thought on your special day! 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.

Chateau Golf & Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd. Kenner, LA 504-467-1351 When you begin planning a very special event, such as your wedding reception, attention to detail is so important. From the time your first guest arrives until the last one leaves, our commitment is to offer you the utmost in quality and service. 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.

Dickie Brennan & Company 605 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-274-1802 Dickie Brennan & Company is dedicated to continuing the rich history of New Orleans through locally inspired and nationally recognized cuisine. Our restaurants include Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House, and Tableau. Each restaurant has an array of private dining rooms to meet your bridal needs. 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. Fullservice 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

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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. 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 Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter 541 Bourbon St. New Orlens, LA 504-524-7611

136 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014 A unique history, distinctive architecture, world renowned location. And after our recent renovations, we are more inviting than ever before! Fulton Alley 600 Fulton St. New Orleans, LA 504-208-5569 Craft Food and Drink. Boutique Bowling. Make a lane reservation by calling 504-2085569. American. Southern. Craft.

100 year old historic building, Divine Cuisine in a Heavenly Atmosphere. Embracing our Past Celebrating our Future

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Galatoire’s Restaurant 209 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 504-335-3933 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. 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 stress-free. 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.

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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. 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 New Orleans Bride | 137

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bridal resources Ave. in the historic Garden District. An all-inclusive 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 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. Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road New Orleans, LA 504-488-5488 Longue Vue is an eight-acre County Place Era estate featuring a Classical Revival mansion and fourteen distinct gardens. We host photography and teas for brides.

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 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. Mercedes-Benz Superdome & Club XLIV at Champions Square Sugar Bowl Drive New Orleans, LA 504-587-3922 The Superdome’s Club Lounges, located on the 200 Level, offer an upscale environment in a uniquely New Orleans venue. With floor to ceiling picturesque windows overlooking the cityscape, the Club Lounges are truly “rooms with a view!” club XLIV is New Orleans’ newest luxury private lounge. With amazing built-in amenities including modern furnishings, illuminated bars, specialty lighting, audio and video package, club XLIV is truly “a wedding planner’s dream!”

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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.

Napoleon House 500 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-2431 Located in a National Historic Landmark, our private facility can accommodate 50-135 guests for cocktail receptions and 40-60 for full service seated dinners. New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 504-482-4888 City Park has it all! Oak trees 100s of years old, amazing architecture, multiple venues, winding lagoons, a over 100 year old wooden Carousel, delicious on site catering, gondola rides and more! 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 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 330 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-304-4000 Come experience the joie de vivre that

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only New Orleans can offer. 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 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. Palmettos on the Bayou 1901 Bayou Lane Slidell, LA 985-718-8718 A rustic venue on Bayou Bonfouca in the heart of slidell. Come by boat or by car!! We have 5,000 square feet of decking all with views of the bayou and beautiful cypress trees. Redemption 3835 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-309-3570 Housed in an exquisite 100-year-old 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 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. 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. 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 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 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 Hotel Modern 936 St. Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 504-962-0900 The Hotel Modern is a newly rennovated boutique hotel located at Lee Circle in the New Orleans’ Arts & Warehouse district with a modern aesthetic and multiple event spaces. The Lakehouse/Maison Lafitte Mandeville, LA 985-778-2045 The Lakehouse: 2025 Lakeshore Dr. Maison Lafitte: 402 Lafitte St . 2 Historic Venues, 1 Great Coordinator! Make it a destination wedding, just 25 mins from New Orleans. Book your rehearsal dinner & reception!

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 inhouse 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.

financial Xplore Federal Credit Union 701 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 70130 504-728-4853 Xplore Federal Credit Union is open to anyone in Orleans or Jefferson parishes. Let us help make your wedding dreams come true!

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 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 New Orleans Bride | 139

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bridal resources 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. 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. Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 2032 Adams St. New Orleans, LA

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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! 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! Westbank Florist 4901 10th St. Marrero, LA 504-341-4305 We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. We deliver happiness.

Gifts/ registry Adler’s 722 Canal St., New Orleans 504-523-5292 For over 100 years, generations of brides have chosen Adler’s for their wedding registry. Whether you are selecting your fine china, crystal, silver or even wedding party gifts, Adler’s offers a vast selection the world’s finest

brands to choose from. Auraluz 4408 Shores Dr., Metairie 504-888-3313 Visit Auraluz for unique items including bridal party gifts, handkerchiefs, table linens, special occasion children’s clothing and so much more. Bridal Registry and monogramming services available. Lakeside Camera Photoworks 3508 21st St. Metairie, LA 70002 504-885-8660 Lakeside Camera Photoworks is a group of savvy photographic experts, video specialists, graphic designers & camera equipment retailers. Specializing in invitation printing, wedding albums, photo gifts and photos on metal. Orient Expressed 3901-05 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-899-3060 customerservice@orientexpressed. com Orient Expressed...Creative Options for dressing Your Family & Your Home! Home Decor & Children’s clothing retail store and online, specializing in Bridal Registry and complimentary Gift Wrap & local Delivery. The Engraving Company Lakeside Mall 504-837-7378 The Engraving Company, located in Lakeside Shopping Center, offers engravable gifts, wedding essentials (cake knives/servers, toasting glasses, guest books, etc.), bridal party gifts and watch and jewelry sales and repairs.

We are a full service travel agency specializing in honeymoons. From the Caribbean to Europe. Call for all your travel needs. Town & Country Travel Inc 723 Arora Ave. 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! Worldwide Concepts Vacations 504-289-3507 Interested in an exotic destination wedding? Or how about the perfect honeymoon location? Having been in business for over 22 years, our “Experience Designers” will help you plan your perfect destination wedding or memorable honeymoon. Whether it’s a tropical paradise, relaxing cruise or action packed adventure, we can customize your travel experience to make your dreams a reality and provide you with a lifetime of memories. Contact us today!

Invitations Exquisite Events New Orleans, LA 504-975-4089 Custom invitations and stationary for the discerning taste.

Honeymoon travel Gone With The Wind Travel 4051 Veterans Blvd. Suite 201 Metairie, LA 504-888-9198

MagnetStreet Weddings 3890 Pheasant Ridge Drive NE #190 Blaine, MN 55449 800-788-0611

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Personalized Wedding Stationery in YOUR colors! Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Favors, Thank Yous and more. And because quality matters, FREE color palettes and stationery samples available.

Jewelry Just For Me Designs Kenner, LA 504-812-2519 Custom designed bridal jewelry and accessories for you and your entire bridal party. Mignon Faget 3801 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-891-2005 Lakeside: (504) 835-2244 The Shops at Canal Place: (504) 524-2973 Baton Rouge Towne Center: (225) 932-9783 Parc Lafayette: (337) 534-8753 Mignon Faget introduces her first Bridal Collection, LUZ. Inspired by lace and handcrafted with pearls and semi-precious stones, LUZ is perfect for both the bride and her bridal party.

Stella & Dot by Allie Pierson 1167 Robert E Lee Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-722-6058 Amazing on trend jewelry and travel accessories perfect for the bride and the entire wedding party! Allie will style your wedding and honeymoon based on your budget, your taste, and your style!

only deal with the best New Orleans entertainers, and there is always a representative to work with you prior to the event and coordinate during the event. With Nola Talent, we always exceed expectations!

Joe Simon’s Jazz Music, LLC P.O. Box 750085 New Orleans, LA 504-834-3433 Music for all occasions.

Twilight Band 985-237-9343 Twilight Band is the hottest Wedding and Dance band to hit the Southeast Louisiana music scene performing all types of genre. Performances are rounded out by the band’s 3 lead singers Michael, Branna and Karen whose dynamic personalities are sure to get the crowd going. We specialize in Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events.

Nola Talent Unlimited 1678 N Dupre St. New Orleans, LA 504-881-3077 Nola Talent Unlimited is your number one resource for live entertainment. We provide ceremony music, reception music of all musical genres, and rehearsal musical entertainment. We

White Oak Productions, Inc 8428 Oak St. New Orleans, LA 504-314-6680 Allow our wedding savvy staff to reduce your stress by booking your second line, reception band, jazz trio, DJ and more! We work with the most professional and reliable bands and have over 30 years


of award-winning experience. X-Pert Productions 3000 Kingman St. Ste 218 Metairie, LA 504-799-5905 X-pert Productions has been performing to all types of events and all age groups since 1994. We are a full production company that provides Disk Jokey and Event Lighting Services to any size occasion.

Photo booths BIG EASY PHOTOBOOTH 504-333-3088 Professional custom graphics on each photos trip, USB of all pictures taken, Large selection of unique & fun props and Beautifully handmade guest book customized for the bride and groom which they receive at the end of the evening. Boogie Booth Photo Booth Comapny PO Box 581 Mandeville, LA 504-457-8033 New Orleans Bride | 141

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bridal resources We are a full service photo booth and green screen company who specializes in bringing the fun to your event. Capture This Photo Booth, LLC 504-228-3948 Capture This Photo Booth, LLC is a modern portable photobooth that’s sure to be a hit with each and every guest. We accomadate any type of event, indoors or out! DemiPiX Photo Booth 4801 Burke Drive Metairie, LA 504-400-1584 Photo Booth fun to add a splash of spontaneous, candid, momentous FUN to your wedding. We customize our booth and your photo to your venue.

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Makes great wedding favors! 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.

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.

Arte de Vie 1504 Lynnette Drive Metairie, LA 504-592-3522 CheyAnne and Doug are romantics at heart and love documenting the most special day of a couple’s life. Please check out our website to learn more about us, and contact us to schedule a meeting at our studio! Belle Amour Photogrpahy 1441 Fremaux Ave.

David Tompkins Photography 504-738-7944 david@davidtompkinsphotography. com David Tompkins is a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. As

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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. Eye Wander Photo 244 Linda Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 225-772-4051 Wedding photography with a realness. Real passion, real emotion. I specialize in people therefore you become my entire focus, making you look your best, capturing you in the best light. Fab Fotography New Orleans, LA 504-220-4196 Young, creative, fashionable and fabulous are the best words to describe New Orleans wedding and portrait photographer, Fabi Asencio. Her passion for photography shows in her work, let her capture all of your special moments. For information about booking your wedding with Fab Fotography call us! 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 heartwarming 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. 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. Photo 225 225-267-7636 Photo 225 is a full service wedding media company serving South Louisiana including Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans Penton Studio 4105 Williams Blvd Kenner, LA 504-467-8088 Penton Studio: Creative Wedding Photography by Marlin Penton, CPP. 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. Studio Tran Photographers New Orleans, LA 504-258-7260 Life isn’t boring, why should your pictures be? For a fresh, fun and new approach to photography, check out our website.

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Vanessa Rachel Photography 1756 Moss St. New Orleans, LA 504-905-9227 Vanessa brings a fresh and exciting take on weddings by blending Photojournalism with fashion & modern portraiture. With a deep love and passion for photography each image can be seen as it’s own work of art. Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St. Mandeville, LA 70448 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.

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.

Rentals Firefly Ambiance 3334 Severn Ave., Suite 6 Metairie, LA 985-222-5800 Firefly Ambiance specializes in candle decor, lighting and other specialty decor for weddings and events. Royal Event Rental 34 Woodvine Court Covington, LA 504-481-9416 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

Cigar Factory New Orleans 415 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 504-568-1003 The city’s oldest and only cigar factory. Come experience one of the finest cigars you’ll ever have the opportunity to smoke. Mail order direct. Cigar maker available for private events. We have three locations in the French Quarter 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. 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! Russell’s Cleaning Services, Inc. 34301 Tulane Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-482-3153 Trust our 80 years of expertise to clean and preserve your wedding gown after the festivities have come and gone. Check your bridal show bags in January and find our brochure with special bridal show discounts! SecondLine Handkerchiefs New Orleans Bride | 143

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bridal resources 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. Western Southern Financial Group 5821 Citrus Blvd Suite A Harahan, LA 504-737-8657 We work in the financial services industry working with families, individuals and small business owners to offer financial solutions thru insurance, investments and retirement.

Transportation Big Easy Limos 11 West 23rd St. Kenner, LA 504-466-4477 Big Easy Limos, Inc. is the premier New Orleans limousine company. We are

devoted to providing first class, personal service and feature the ultimate in comfort, courtesy, reliability and dependability. 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. Executive Limousine Of Louisiana 4900 4th St.

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Marrero, LA 504-341-6354 New Orleans Premier Limousine company. We cater to all corporate and local clients. We welcome all brides and give a little something extra. Call or come by.

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.

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

Suzy Marks Videography 229 Cane Bayou Lane Kenner, LA 504-469-4069 Suzy Marks Video is exquisite wedding video from a feminine perspective. Your wedding day is the day fairytales come true. Capture all the magical moments you’ll never want to forget. Tim Mcaskill Cinematic Weddings 504-390-1002 Wedding Videographer Welliver Productions Located In Lakeside

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Shopping Center Metairie, LA 504-831-5288 Since 1977 This Award-Winning Wedding Video Production Team Has Discreetly & Creatively Preserved Fabulous Wedding Memories For More Than 5,000 Brides...From Well-Known Celebrities, To Girls Next Door! 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 Banbury Cross 100 Atherton Dr. Metairie, LA 504-837-0447 Classic children’s clothing and gifts as well as fine children’s apparel and shoes for special occassions. Bel Amour Bridal 1901 Manhattan Blvd. Harvey, LA 504-302-7797 Bel Amour Bridal features a wide selection of exclusive designs from European to American to fit any price range. We understand that your wedding day is a dream come true and will honor that every day. We will offer you individual attention, elegant ambiance, and professional assistance in the process of helping you select that special gown. We strive for our customers to look unique and feel confident on their special day. We will offer the finest collections of accessories to compliment your gown. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave Suite B Metairie, LA 504-780-7090 Come say “I DO”, in Style! 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 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. Olivier Couture 1901 Highway 190 Suite 24 Mandeville, LA 985-674-6994 Couture Style, Realistic Pricing! 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. Pelican Coast Clothing Company 5509 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-309-2314 Pelican Coast features men’s and children’s apparel, much of which is made in New Orleans. We have a broad selection of New Orleans and coastal inspired neckties and bow ties for groomsmen. Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St. Metairie, LA 504-324-7227 Tuxedo and suit rentals and sales. Something New Bridal 4467 Old Shell Road Mobile, AL 251-345-0860 Something New is an upscale bridal boutique that specializes in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and bridal accessories. We have a variety of price points and styles to suit any bride. 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!

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 3020 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-338-2426 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 Tie The Knot Specialty Shop 5101 W. Esplanade Ave. Suite # 17 Metairie, LA 504-301-9101 Tie the Knot Specialty Shop is the source for all your wedding accessory and gift needs. From jewelry to handbags, we’ve got you covered. •

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HONEYMOON The Galápagos Islands

Under-The-Radar Honeymoon Spots While they may not be typical, these five locales are ideal for celebrating marriage bliss. By Haley Crum

The “I do’s” have been said and all of the great uncles have gone home. After months of (often stressful) wedding planning, it’s finally time to take that long awaited vacation after the big day. Yes, we’re talking about the honeymoon. But honeymoons aren’t the trips they used to be. While many couples still look for somewhere romantic to go after tying the knot, others are straying from the standard two-weeks-on-a-beach getaway. If you’re an offbeat bride, or a bride looking to spice things up a little, there 146 | New Orleans Bride Summer-Autumn 2014

are plenty of places to honeymoon that are less traditional, but just as fun. Peter Island – The Caribbean

Some brides would love to have a Caribbean-style vacation, but don’t want to deal with all of the vacationers who normally occupy the Caribbean. For those honeymooners, all signs point to one location: Peter Island. Peter Island is located in the Caribbean, but is a lesser-known island. Since fewer people travel there, couples who do pick this honeymoon destination

often get much more privacy, says Lucienne Gore of Town and Country Travel in New Orleans. “Most people don’t even know where Peter Island is, but it’s remote and beautiful,” Gore says. “It’s the kind of place where couples can wrap themselves up in one another and just get lost.” The island, made up of five beaches across 1,800 acres, is an oasis of tranquility. The white sand and clear blue water is what we’ve come to expect from the Caribbean, and couples New Orleans Bride | 147

impressive, Machen says. “These are two amazing, unique areas you can’t see anywhere on earth.” One of the best parts about this trip is that it’s pretty cheap in terms of international travel. The American dollar goes a long way. Couples who want to travel internationally, but don’t want to spend a fortune, can get the best bang for their buck on a trip like this. Austin, Texas Smoky Mountains

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looking for relaxation have their choice of several all-inclusive private beach resorts. Off-shore fishing, sailing, swimming with dolphins, helicopter rides and diving are available activities for those craving a little more adventure. The privacy the island provides does come at a cost, though. “It’s magnificent, but I’d say it’s about $4,000 a person, so it’s high-end property,” Gore said. “Airfare is usually between $700 and $800, and there’s a boat transfer to even get to the island.” Still, as long as you have the budget, you won’t be disappointed. The Galápagos Islands

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Ashley Machen, founder of New Orleans-based Treasure Travel, has planned trips to the Galápagos before. She says visitors can fly into Ecuador’s capital, Quito, and take a domestic flight out to Galápagos Islands the next day. From there, a great way to see the Islands is via a four- or five-day cruise. “See sea turtles hatching and swimming, sea lions lying around, exotic birds and so much more,” she says. “There are all kind of animals there you can’t see anywhere else. It’s extraordinary.” After cruising around the islands, couples can travel around Ecuador, or even go explore the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon has an entirely different climate and eco-system than the Galápagos Islands, but is equally as

For brides looking for a honeymoon that doesn’t require a passport, try Texas. It may be non-traditional, but Austin is a great place for a couple’s getaway. “Austin has a lot of similarities to New Orleans, so I can see why honeymooners may feel comfortable there,” Machen says. “There’s a great music and art scene there.” Mary Beth Arredondo, a recent New Orleans bride who honeymooned in Austin with her husband Adam, agrees. “Adam and I would absolutely go to Austin again if we re-did our honeymoon,” she says. “There’s hiking, food, music, fishing, theater, ballet. It doesn’t matter how varied your interests are, there is something for everyone. The city is gorgeous and so clean, and the people are friendly.” While many couples like to plan an itinerary around popular tourist attractions, Mary Beth and Adam decided to give their honeymoon a twist: They decided to explore the city by visiting various food trucks. “The great thing about planning our trip around food trucks is that we saw more of the city than we probably would have otherwise, and we had all these wonderful experiences that we couldn’t have planned,” Mary Beth says. “We’d look up a food truck to go to for an early lunch, and then we’d walk around the neighborhood. When something piqued our interest, we’d go do it.” By targeting food trucks, not only did the couple get to experience some great local cuisine, the two also got a unique look at the city. And since it’s not a very far drive from New Orleans, anniversary trips to Austin are easy.

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Another great place to honeymoon that doesn’t require a passport is the Smoky Mountains. A weekend in the mountains is perfect for any couple that likes to stay active outdoors. “There are a lot of cabins to rent up in the woods in the mountains, and it’s very secluded,” Machen says. Cities like Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offer cabin rentals high in the mountains, where couples can go hiking, zip lining or even horseback riding. Couples can even rent cabins with full kitchens so that they can prepare meals with their sweetheart instead of having to travel in town for every meal. When you do want to mingle with the locals, these two cities are full of charming shops. Many local artists and bakers sell their goods from quaint stores lining the mountainside. It’s the perfect place to find souvenirs to remember the trip. The area is also great for couples looking to honeymoon in the fall or winter. “There’s usually a hot tub

outside, so even if they go in the fall or winter, they can enjoy the view in the cold,” Machen says. Depending on the time of year, skiers can even plan to spend most of your trip at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been catching travelers’ attentions for years, but honeymooners have yet to catch on. Couples looking for diversity may be surprised to learn that Costa Rica r-eally does have it all. There’s a little for everyone in this small, Central American country such as beaches, hiking and zip lining in the rainforest. The tropical atmosphere lends itself to a romantic vacation, and trips are customizable. “You can do the spa resort and relaxation for one half of the trip, and then move into the rainforest for the more adventurous activities for the other half,” Gore says. “It’s definitely flexible and can be customized to fit whatever the couple wants. Instead of choosing between a relaxing trip and an

adventurous one, you can have both.” Gore recommends starting the honeymoon at a resort on the Costa Rican beaches as a good way to unwind after the wedding. After three or four days of pure relaxation, it may be time to go stand underneath the waterfalls, white water raft and take a tour through the rainforest. Depending on how long you have, you can even travel back to the beaches to finish the trip off with one last dose of relaxation before heading back to the real world. Remember, there are endless options for outside-the-box honeymoons. A traditional honeymoon spot like Hawaii may be exactly what you’re looking for, but if that isn’t your style, then go where you love. “I love the beach and the honeymooners come back and love it, but I would love to see more people doing bucket list items, like climbing Machu Picchu, or seeing the Great Wall of China,” Machen says. “Experience something amazing. Have a great adventure. That’s a really great way to get to know your new partner better.” n New Orleans Bride | 149


I’m having a debate with my bridesmaids that I’m hoping you can settle: What is the proper way to wear a wedding ring set? And, how do I wear my rings the day of the wedding? Which goes first and how do they stay? There is actually a wonderful sentiment behind how wedding sets should be worn. The idea is that you wear your wedding band closest to your heart – first on your finger – with your engagement ring closer to your knuckle – or put on above the band. Right before your wedding ceremony, you should transfer your engagement ring to another finger – I suggest the ring finger of your right hand – so that your fiancé can most easily slide on your wedding band during your ceremony. Then, as soon as you have a moment to do so, you can slide your engagement ring back onto your left ring finger. If you have a full band set (or two bands, also known as a cage), then you should put the second band on top of the engagement ring – closest to your knuckle.

Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered What you need to know about invitation wording, how to wear your rings and more By Dee Lane

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Who should be invited to our rehearsal dinner besides our wedding party and immediate families? The guest list for this dinner is growing almost as fast as our wedding guest list and I’d like to keep it small. If you’re hoping for an intimate night, you can absolutely leave it at that. If you’d rather include extended family and out-of-town guests, you can do that as well. If you’re having a destination wedding, it’s a nice gesture to include everyone who made the trip to be with you.

That said, the rehearsal dinner isn’t a second wedding and shouldn’t be treated as one. The more relaxed the dinner feels, the more open and enjoyable your evening will be. No matter which way you decide to take your evening, remember to keep things even – that’s the surest way to keep everyone’s feelings from being hurt. So if you invite your favorite cousin, you should extend an invitation to your fiancé’s favorite cousin as well. If you’re adhering to tradition and your fiancé’s parents are hosting (i.e. footing the bill for) the dinner, they may want to invite more of “their” people, even after a discussion with you about the guest list. If that’s the case, cut them some slack. No one’s really going to be counting each person and probably won’t notice if a few of your future in-laws’ friends join in the toasts.

I’m so stumped on how to word our invitations! My parents are divorced but they are hosting my wedding together anyway, and my mother has remarried. My husband’s parents are divorced as well, and his father has passed. How should our invitation be worded to express this without upsetting anyone and without it being 18 pages long?

Well you certainly have a conundrum on your hands, so let’s go step-by-step. The traditional and “proper” way to word an invitation is to list the bride’s parents at the top. If her parents are divorced, then her mother is listed on the first line and her father on the second, but not separated with an “and.” If either of the divorced parents is remarried, then you have another choice: whether or not to list their new spouses. Since your mother has remarried, you have the choice of either listing just her name, with her new married name: Mrs. “first name” “maiden name” “married name” –or including your step-father, i.e.: Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Adams Barry. Since your husband’s parents are not hosting the wedding, their names wouldn’t typically appear on the invitation. If you choose to list everyone that way, the invitation would look something like this: Mr. and Mrs. Elbert James Courtroy Mr. Howard Allen Burnett request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Catherine Jane Burnett … If no one wanted to be listed as hosts, or if you, your fiancé and your families agreed to do so, you could word the invitation as if you and your fiancé were the hosts.

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For that, it would look like: Miss Catherine Jane Burnett and Mr. James William Smith request the honor of your presence at their marriage …

I’m excited to be married for the second time, but I’m confused about how our invitation should look. My parents are helping us pay for it, but we’re shouldering most of the costs. What options are there and do I have to acknowledge anywhere that this isn’t my first wedding? You do have a few options. If you and your fiancé want to issue the invitation yourselves, it’s a simple invitation, but you should include your married name. It would look like: Catherine Jane Burnett and James William Smith request the honor of your presence at their marriage … Even if you and your fiancé are paying for the majority of your wedding costs, it would be a nice gesture to honor your parents by including their names at the top of the invitation. This will look like the majority of traditional invitations, but you should include your married name. That would look like: Mr. and Mrs. John Andrew Harold Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Catherine Jane Burnett Either decision is valid; it just depends on whether you want to acknowledge your parents’ contribution and assistance – which, even though you didn’t ask me for my opinion, I’m going to give. My stance is that you should go with the second option. What may not be a big deal to you might mean so much more to your parents, and it’s always good to start what will be a joining of families off on the right note.

Our invitations are out and we’ve started to receive wedding presents from people who didn’t receive an invitation. Is there a proper way to handle this? Do we send them invitations? Do we send the presents back? Do we write thank you notes and not worry about it? You’re going to like this answer. By all means send thank you notes for the gifts you have received. You don’t have to return the gifts and are not obligated to invite those people to your wedding. Just enjoy that they care enough to think of you. n New Orleans Bride | 153

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Don’t Forget the Small Stuff


1. The guys will love hand-rolled cigars from the Cigar Factory New Orleans. Cigar Factory New Orleans, Multiple locations;

Thinking about a cigar bar? Want to include your dog in the big day? These New Orleans businesses offer services to turn your good wedding into a great wedding.

2. Bayou Accents offers custom wedding cake pulls with Swarovski pearls and crystals as bracelets or key chains with New Orleans charms. Bayou Accents,

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3. Want your pooch to walk down the aisle or be the ring bearer? The dog-walking experts at K9 Second Line can help. K9 Second Line, (504) 457-8204, 4. Remember your wedding in an artsy way with live event painting from Pappion Artistry, original acrylic painting on canvas. Pappion Artistry, (504) 710-2434, 5. Dress up your cake table with a handcrafted and made-toorder cake stand from Nola B Fabulous Cake Stands. Nola B. Fabulous Cake Stands, (504) 512-6110,



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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. 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.

__ 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

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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.

6-9 Months To Go

for an engagement ring, but carve out a time when you and your fiancé can go look together. __ 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.

__ 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.

__ 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.

__ 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.

__ 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 bands is usually less stressful than shopping

__ 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. n New Orleans Bride | 157

in this issue The area code is 504, unless otherwise noted.

Beauty, pg. 16 “How To Find Your Glam Squad” Timeless Beauty Day Spa, 3422 Cleary Ave., Unit D, Metairie, 371-5680, TimelessBeautyDaySpa; Salon Maia, 2007 Metairie Road, 846-5142; Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services, 2832 Virginia St., 442-1743, Kenner,; EyeDo Makeup Artistry, 3363 Severn Ave. Suite 8, Metairie, 905-9255, eyedomakeup.webs. com; Up’sa Daisy Hair Studio, 3363 Severn Ave., 888-8466 Hair, pg. 20 “Go Retro” Mariposa Salon & Spa, 3700 Orleans Ave., 484-0440,; 3Phases Salon, 3600 St Charles Ave., Suite 203, 899-8100,; Studio One and Style Bar, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Mall), Metairie, 309-8227, “A Guide to Hairstyles and Necklines” Maison de Cheveux, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 127, 908-4247,; The Doll House, 516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 200, 835-7474, Makeup, pg. 24 “How Do I...?” Angela U Artistry, 931-8329,; Claire Rav Makeup,,; Dazzle Doll Makeup, 957-7716, dazzledoll.annmarie; About Face, multiple locations, (985) 727-1887,; Meggan Ory Makeup, 473-7263,

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Invitations, pg. 37 “Invite with Style” Alexa Pulitzer, 945-4843,; Exquisite Events, 975-4089,; Gem Printing, 1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, 834-9580,; Fried Green Design, 250-2133, friedgreendesign. com; Scriptura, multiple locations,; P.S. Creative,, Cakes, pg. 47 “Take the Cake” Gambino’s Bakery, multiple locations,; The Sweet Life Bakery, 6268 Vicksburg St., 371-5153,; The Simply Sweet Shop, 4505 Magazine St., 324-5334, Jewelry, pg. 53 “Baubles for the Bride” Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers, multiple locations,; Fisher & Sons Jewelers, 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-4956, fisherandsonsjewelers. com; Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers, 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-4653, ramseys. com; Symmetry Jewelers, 8138 Hampson St., 861-9925,; Friend & Company, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433,; Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry, 505 Royal St., 525-4855, Bridesmaids, pg. 59 “Aisle Style” Rhinestone Runway, 3828 Veterans Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 941-7280,; The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, 3331 Severn Avenue, Metairie, 266-2771,; Wedding Belles, 3632 Magazine St., 891-1005,; Feet First, multiple locations,; Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique, 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, 780-7090,; Pearl’s Place, 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213,; Linda Lee Bridal, 3848 Veterans Blvd., 889-1889 Fashion & Flowers, pg. 65 “Royal Beauty” Fashion: Tiffany & Co., 333 Canal St., 434-6002,; Olivier Couture, 1901 Highway 190, Suite 24, Mandeville, (985) 674-6994,; The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, 3331 Severn Avenue, Metairie, 266-2771,; Pearl’s Place, 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213,; Southern Bridal, 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 727-2993,; Wedding Belles, 3632 Magazine St., 504-891-1005,; Ladies & Gents Formal Wear, 708 I-10 Service Road, Suite 300, Slidell, (985) 643-9449,; I Do Bridal Couture, 4265 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, (225) 361-0377,; Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique, 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B, Metairie, 780-7090,; Linda Lee Bridal, 3848 Veterans Blvd., 889-1889 Flowers: Bella Blooms Floral, 4433 Chastant St., Metairie, 957-3670,; Arbor House, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Suite 124C, 504-656-4884,; Poppy & Mint Floral Company, 401 Lafayette St., Gretna, 338-9168,; Federico’s Family Florist, 815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400; Fat Cat Flowers, 3914 Howard Ave., 486-8580,;

The Crystal Vase Flowers & Gifts, 888-8891, Men’s Attire, pg. 86 “Menswear 101” John’s Tuxedos, 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 455-5353, johnstuxedos. com; Tuxedos To Geaux, 3400 16th Street, Metairie, 455-5393,; Ladies & Gents Formal Wear, 708 I-10 Service Road, Suite 300, Slidell, (985) 643-9449,; Rome’s Tuxedos, 3213 17th St., Metairie, romestuxedos. com; Top Hat Tuxedos, 1357 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-0611, Photography, pg. 98 “How to Get the Best Wedding Photos” Photographers: Penton Studio, 467-8088,; GK Photography, 10170 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, 737-5557,; Ardent Studio, 1420 Annunciation St., (504) 236-3205,; Fab Fotography, 220-4196, Videographers: Studio Vieux, 810 Union St., Suite 303, 528-8888,; Brock Gomez Productions, 201-3235, Locations, pg. 102 “Time To Celebrate” The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse St., 486-8351,; Degas House, 2306 Esplanade Ave., 821-5009,; English Turn Golf and Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive, 392-2200,; Hard Rock Café, 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617,; The Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0900,; Hyatt French Quarter, 800 Iberville

St., 586-0800, com; Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3300, loewshotels. com/New-Orleans-Hotel; Nottoway Plantation, 31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1, White Castle, (866) 527-6884,; Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis St., 529-5333, omnihotels. com; Pat O’Brien’s, 718 St. Peter St., 525-4823, “What To Know Before You Book” Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, 6533 River Road, Waggaman, 431-5743, cgtplantation. com; Sapphire Events, 383-4376, Food, pg. 106 “Dishes They’ll Love” Michael’s Catering, 8522 Freret St., 861-9600,; Messina’s Catering, 2717 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-7373,; Saveur Catering, 858 Wilshire Blvd., Metairie, 648-9719, saveurcateringneworleans. com; Tomas Bistro, 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942,; Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, Music, pg. 110 “Sing, Dance and Be Merry” 5 Finger Discount, 5-fingerdiscount. com; Decades Music Entertainment, 756-2943,; Bucktown All-Stars, 920-7827,; The Twilight Band, 237-9343, Transportation, pg. 114 “A Vechicle Built for You” Bonomolo Limousines, 522-0892,; Executive Limousine of Louisiana, 524-5105,; Celebrity Limos, 888-5466, Honeymoon, pg. 146 “Under-The-Radar Honeymoon Spots” Treasure Travel, (888) 484-2165,; Town and Country Travel, 723 Aurora Ave., Metairie, 838-8702, n New Orleans Bride | 159


Late-Night Bite By Mirella Cameran Your guests will need a pick-me-up after your reception. Bring in a hot dog cart by Lucky Dogs for an iconic New Orleans snack. Lucky Dogs, 517 Gravier St., (504) 524-6010,