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SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Creative Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Photographers Theresa Cassagne, Jeffrey Johnston Contributing Editors Mirella Cameran, Becca Hensley, Sarah Ravits, Lisa Tudor Contributing Writers Amy Gabriel, Dee Lane, Kelly Massicot, Andrew Paul, Anne RoderiqueJones, Kimberly Singletary, Emma Sloan Intern Starlight Williams Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan SENIOR Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc 504/830-7242 or Account Executive Zane Wilson 504/830-7246 or Production Manager Staci McCarty senior Production Designer Ali Sullivan Production Designer Monique DiPietro Traffic MANAGER Jessica DeBold Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/ Editor-In-Chief Errol Laborde Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Margaret Strahan Distribution Manager John Holzer subscriptions Sara Kelemencky, Mallary Matherne

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Monograms and Matrons Rules of the game for hyphenated monograms, married maid and men of honor

87 DETAILS Naturally Sweet Simply delicious cakes embellished with fresh florals adds natural beauty to your nuptials


cui s i ne & cocktai ls 92

Southern Comfort f eature 46

Big Day Bliss Tips from 4 top New Orleans wedding planners real weddings 117 hone ymoon 142

Wedded to Wellness Honeymoons that start you off on the right track checkl ist 148

Check It Twice

Use our handy checklist to stay organized.

Down home favorites get a sophisticated Big Day makeove

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Max Factor Beauty innovations that will keep you looking good from engagement to honeymoon

Pre-Wedding Workouts 5 Crescent City studios get you in shape for the Big Day makeup 28

51 FASHION B RI D A L / bri desmai ds M E N S W E A R/ F L O W E RS 5 2


Clean Beauty Eco beauty has never been more affordable or effective

Naturally Beautiful

As cupid casts his spell on you and your betrothed, visions of gorgeous gowns dance in the forest’s shadows

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Your guide to barely there bridal make up

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Big Day baubles that add sparkle to your shine

Something Blue

A pop of color and sass to add personality to your wedding day ensemble


Shine Bright

Beer is for Lovers Say I-Do to brew with a New Orleans-style craft beer bar at your reception

Dressed Rehearsal Miniatures of your Southern fried favorites for the cocktail reception or passed hors de oeuvres LOCATIONS 98

Acing It

New Ace Hotel has cool to spare and is the perfect place for pre- wedding primping

Luxe Locales

The best hair styles for your hair type

Hotels, halls, plantations and other places for everything from the rehearsal to the reception

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P H O T O G RA P H Y 1 0 4

Gorgeous gifts for the registry or for your wedding party

How to ensure you receive the wedding photography of your dreams

Mane Attraction

In a Snap

Gifted Giving

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Inviting Occasion

Pump Up The Volume

Stationery suites to suit every couple

5 music trends to incorporate into your Big Day T RA N S P O RT A T I O N 1 12

Stylish Getaway

Sweet rides for you, your spouse and your guests Model Rebecca Rebouche is wearing Legends by Romona Keveza ivory point d’alencon lace sheath dress with Illusion V-neckline and back with buttons to godet at Wedding Belles; round diamond stud earrings at Rothschild Diamonds. Photo by Theresa Cassagne

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f r o m t h e ed i t o r

Editor ’s n oteb ook



La Rivière Confiserie brings a little taste of Paris to Magazine Street. The jewel box of a shop features hand-made French candies and treats, which are sold individually and by the bag or box. Offer up the candies as party favors or gifts to your bridesmaids for a sweet thank you. La Rivière Confiserie, 3719 Magazine St., 809-1026,

s Native Polish is a fun, fresh and local way to pretty up your Big Day mani-pedi. Get it at Buff Beauty Bar and other local salons and shops and primp with Big Easy flair.


he majority of a couple’s wedding budget is spent on the venue, with the second biggest expense being the food and drink ­— especially in New Orleans. With that in mind, we’ve expanded our offerings on the subject in our new “Cuisine and Cocktails” section in the Details department. Beginning on page 87, contributor Emma Sloan — who has written food fodder for the Southern Foodways Alliance’s “Gravy,” publication and for Vice’s food channel, “Munchies” — leads us through a host of delectable down-home favorites in “Southern Comfort;” offers up ideas for stocking the perfect New Orleans-style craft beer bar in “Beer is for Lovers;” and presents five crowd-pleasing, miniature Southern snacks that’ll have your guests chasing the hors d’oeuvers tray all night. New Orleans is of course known for its fantastic food and top-notch cocktails, so our new section offers couples ideas, practical information and tons of inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, in this issue’s ethereal fashion spread, we are transported to an enchanted forest. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” our bride and groom wander the forest in a dreamlike state of bewitched intrigue. Don’t fret, the story has a happy ending and will provide dreamy inspiration for your Big Day. This issue celebrates not only nature, but also natural beauty. In “Five Pre-Wedding Workouts,” reporter Anne Roderique-Jones spotlights workouts that will have you wedding dress ready in no-time. Beauty editor Mirella Cameran gives us her top picks for clean and green makeup and skincare products in “Clean Beauty,” on page 28, so you can sport a fresh natural glow on your wedding day and beyond. Are you worried about getting to the church on time and through the reception without incident? Then you’ll want to proceed directly to page 46 to read tips from four of New Orleans’ top wedding planners. Reporter Amy Gabriel gets the scoop on what these pros wish every bride would do for her wedding. Settle in with a glass of wine or bubbly and dig into this new issue. I recommend doing so at the Parlor Bar in the Henry Howard Hotel or at the Ace Hotel. Both magnificent spaces are both featured in our “Locations” section and are but two of the many must-visit venues in town to consider for your wedding festivities. Let’s plan a wedding! — Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor

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

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On June 15, join us at the Hyatt Regency for the New Orleans Bride Magazine Bridal Show. Meet more than 150 of the city’s top wedding professionals in a festive setting, sip champagne and sample fabulous food. Visit for tickets, pricing and more information.


Monograms and Matrons Rules of the game for hyphenated monograms, married maids and men of honor by Dee Lane

Q: I’m getting married late this summer and plan to give each of my bridesmaids a monogrammed beach bag. My matron of honor was married last year and decided to keep her middle name and to hyphenate her last name: Rachel Elizabeth Henry-Landis. How should that monogram look: REH or RHL? Neither, actually. First the basic rules: Typically, with a three-word name, monograms are composed of the first name initial on the left, the middle or maiden name first initial on the right and the last name first initial in the center, larger than the other two. So for your matron of honor’s maiden name, her monogram would be: RHE In recent years, four letter monograms, especially in instances such as this, have

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become popular. Depending on how you want the monogram to look, you have two options: RHLE or RH-LE. Either one is appropriate, it just depends on your preference.


I have asked one of my good friends who was married and now is divorced to lead my wedding party. What is the appropriate title for her? If she had never married, she would be a maid of honor. If she was married then the term would be matron of honor, which, by the way, I really dislike. What should I do? Traditionally a maid of honor is a woman who has never been married, while a matron of honor is a married woman. In this case, the analogy is that just like a married woman went from a


Miss to a Mrs., after divorce she becomes a Ms., but can never go back to being a Miss. After divorce she would be a matron of honor. However, you do have other options. First off you can ask her which she would prefer you use and go with her choice. Also, the term “honor attendant,” which used to only be used to highlight the sister or close relative of the bride, is now being used in place of maid of honor and matron of honor for those who don’t feel comfortable with either term.

Q: My fiancé and I are having non-traditional wedding parties where instead of a maid of honor my best guy friend will stand for me, and my fiancé’s

best girl friend will stand for him. We’re happy to explain our choices to anyone who asks, but what do we put on our programs? Thanks to trailblazers before you, these terms are already in place. Your male friend would be known as the man of honor and your fiancé’s friend would be called the the best woman. There are also other options such as bride’s attendant or honor attendant, groom’s maid, best lady, best maid, and I’ve even seen best friend of honor. You can also just say “standing for the bride is _____.” Choose whichever makes you happiest and on which you, your fiancé and your attendants agree. After all, this is your day. b

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Max Factor

Beauty innovations that will keep you looking good from engagement to honeymoon By Mirella Cameran The truth is it’s not enough for brides to look amazing just on their wedding day; they want to look their best for the entire wedding season. Here are some of the most multi-tasking and advanced beauty products to keep you in your prime and banish traces of nerves or late night celebrations.

Lock in moisture with, Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner natural lip balm and also dab around eyes or any other dry patches.

Stay healthy with skin probiotics. TULA’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask combines probiotics, lactic acid and bentonite clay to fight issues such as rosacea and acne and reveal beautiful skin.

New make-up serums are major multi-taskers, IT Cosmetics Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum contains vitamins C and D, argan, jojoba and avocado oils, peptides, hyaluronic acid and silk particles to prep your skin in one speedy application.

Set your look with Pixi’s Makeup Fixing Mist to withstand any climate or spray it onto a brush or sponge to weatherproof your foundation as you apply it.

Finely milled MAC Cosmetics Bronzing Powder is the easiest way to create a healthy glow or contour cheekbones. Neutralize dark circles, discoloration, redness and pimples with Stila’s Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette.

Keep Soap & Glory’s Hocus Pocus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Illuminator on hand. One swipe and skin appears “lit from within,” imperfections are blurred and pores look smaller.

Stay UVA and UVB protected with L’Oreal Paris’s SPF 30 Face Oil, this lightweight formula contains eight essential oils to help keep skin healthy, soft and glowing.

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Create a multitude of different looks from Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow Palette’s 12 matte and metallic mistake-proof finishes. SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

At $5 a pop, pick up several shades of NYX lip gloss to match your outfits. It has just the right amount of sheer and shine.


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Pure Barre

Pre-Wedding Workouts Five Crescent City studios get you in shape for the Big Day By Anne Roderique-Jones


t’s easy to indulge in New Orleans — especially with pre-wedding celebrations: a glass of bubbly here and a cake tasting there. But don’t fret — you can work it off. Several studios around town offer fitness plans that get the body in perfect condition for a wedding dress — and a honeymoon bikini, to boot. From surfing

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(yep!) to spinning to personal training, here are five of the best pre-wedding day workouts in the Crescent City.

Pure Barre With two locations in the New Orleans-area, Pure Barre delivers a full-body workout in just 55 minutes. Here, low-impact, isometric movements help to create long, lean muscles without


bulk — or a lot of sweat. Bonus: Results can be seen in just 10 classes. Pure Barre’s Bride-to-Be Promo includes three months of unlimited classes for $400. In addition, the New Orleans’ studios offer bridal party discounts and a bachelorette barre-ty: a fun and healthy private class for you and your besties. (Locations on Magazine Street, in Metairie

and in Mandeville.)

Higher Power Nola Higher Power Nola is a distinct (and powerful!) combination of cycling, yoga and TRX that makes for a great workout. Owner Mark Berger says, “We believe in the balance of mind, body and spirit. Therefore, we offer cardio with our high-energy cycling; the

flow and mindfulness with power yoga; and strength and conditioning with TRX classes. We cater to all fitness levels and believe in a community environment that is inclusive and a lot of fun!” The six-week, $250 bridal package includes an individual fitness and nutrition consultation, unlimited classes and five guest passes. (Located at 514 City Park Ave.)

Pole Perfect Fitness This sassy French Quarter studio ensures a workout that’s fun, slimming and toning — all while performing on a pole. While it’s totally innocent, it’s not easy. According to owner and instructor Kimberly Lobert, “Pole dancing is both a cardio and strength workout, which can burn 800 calories an hour.” This exercise effectively combines strength training, endurance and flexibility into one activity. And for what it’s worth: Climbing the pole is much more difficult than a bicep curl. Pole Perfect’s Bridal Intensive package consists of three private sessions and two group classes ($400) that provide a full body workout, plus an extra boost of confidence for the Big Day. The studio also offers bachelorette parties so that your entire group can dance while getting fit. (Located at 333 Canal St., #380)

City Surf Fitness Who says you can’t go surfing in the Big Easy? Introducing its first location outside of Texas, City Surf Fitness in Uptown offers six signature classes that incorporate balance, yoga, barre, Pilates, cardio and

strength training techniques — all while balancing on the signature stabilized surfboard. According to owner Becky Hardin, Surf City is great for brides because of the quick results. She says, “Each trainer and class brings something different, so your routine will never be the same twice; you don’t get bored with City Surf like other workouts.” She adds, “City Surf will tone all the areas that you’ll be showing off in your dress, like your shoulders, arms, and waistline, [and] you’ll see a difference in your whole body and feel incredibly strong as well.” A great option for pre-wedding workouts is the six-month autodraft membership for $95 per month or a 12-month autodraft at $85. This includes two free friend passes, early invites to events (the studio has a huge backyard for parties) and a free shirt. (Located at 5924 Magazine St.)

Prime Fitness RX Situated in the CBD, Prime Fitness is a sleek and modern gym that’s open ‘round the clock. Husband-and-wife owners, Sacha and Mark Owens, both professional trainers and nutritionists, offer customized personal coaching and food counseling that’s specific for each brideto-be. Essentially, this duo is an expert in all-things that require you to get it in gear for the wedding day. At Prime Fitness RX, you can also participate in small group classes (warning: they’re tough) that combine body weight, resistance, suspension, cardio and core training. After, detoxify in the dry sauna for extra glow-y skin. (Located at 607 Julia St.) b |




Clean Beauty

Eco beauty has never been more affordable or effective By Mirella Cameran As “clean” and “green” beauty gains steam in the mainstream, more brands are becoming available and compete both on price and performance. Organic and natural that forego the unnecessary chemicals, fillers, parabens and additives offer a clean beauty swipe. Here are our top picks: Physicians Formula is a great drugstore brand that does not use fragrance, PABA, or any of the 100-plus known skin irritants. Super BB #InstaReady Filter BB Bronzer SPF 30.

Started by Leslie Blodgett, bareMinerals has been offering a more natural approach to beauty for 20 years. bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.

Created by supermodel Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics sticks to certified-organic ingredients and given that ingesting lip balm is inevitable, this is one smart buy. Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm.

Balanced Guru products are not only organic and cruelty-free but they are also environmentally sustainable. Face It Off Cleansing Oil.

Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up with California based Juice Beauty to produce a high performance organic skincare range. Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer

A red-carpet favorite, Antonym Cosmetics is certified organic by Ecocert. Baked Blush.

Tarte’s awardwinning naturals range offers one of the widest selections of skin and beauty products. Tartelette in bloom clay palette.

100% Pure offers fruit dyed makeup to fulfill its all natural promise. Gemmed Lip Gloss Rose. Celebrity facialist Tracie Martyn is a leader in the eco luxury beauty sector, definitely worth the splurge. Firming Serum.

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Rose Marie Swift (RMS) Beauty, one of the original organic lines, claims to be skin care with mineral color and is popular with organic lifestyle lovers such as Gisele and Miranda Kerr. RMS Living Luminizer SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

With a 100 percent natural and non-toxic products in her line, Tata Harper is a pioneer in this green field. Tata Harper Purifying Mask |




10 Make Up Tricks to Barely-There Beauty Skin Illuminator It is worth prepping your skin with lotions that hydrate and reduce redness and dark circles by blurring the skin’s surface via light reflection



Use a tinted moisturizer all over and cover imperfections with concealer, finish with a light reflecting fine powder swished all over

Bronzer Go all around the hairline and under chin, to create an all round, glow

Blush Swirl a flattering pink below the apples over the center of the cheeks to create sun-kissed cheeks

Highlighter Whether you call it strobing or contouring make sure only the high points of the face are highlighted otherwise it will add too much shine

Eyes Try a diffused cat eye, smudge charcoal along the lash line then brush a neutral into the crease, line with white pencil to make eyes bright


Naturally Beautiful Your guide to barely there bridal make up By Mirella Cameran


flawless, lit from within, natural look is perfect for any bride. It is also currently one of the hottest trends in beauty. However, that fresh, dewy

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glow can be hard to achieve, taking hours of work and layers of products. That’s why we put together the insider’s guide on how to create the barely-there but beautiful look.


Opt for a light or dark brown shade instead of black and top with clear gel

Lips Exfoliate first then apply a rosy pink shade, blot with a tissue so the color is not too heavy and swipe some non sticky gloss without shimmer or sparkle

Favorite Product Revlon’s PhotoReady Skinlights — all day radiance with a dewy finish. Wear it over makeup to highlight and contour

First, check your skin undertones by looking at the color of the veins in your wrist. If they appear more green, blue or purple you have cool, pink undertones. If they appear more yellow or olive you have warm, golden undertones. Generally speaking, cool undertones are most flattered by a spectrum of cool, neutral tones of blue, green, mauve, pink, peach and purple. Earth tones such as brown, beige, gold, orange, orange-red are most flattering for warm skin tones. Next find the perfect foundation and concealer. “Matching skin tones can be tricky but not impossible,” says makeup and hair artist, John Wright, who works with celebrities such as Cate Blanchett and January Jones. When purchasing a foundation, you should always check the shades on your neck or jawline in the natural daylight to ensure a perfect match.” Wright says to always take into consideration that your body might be various shades. For example, you might have tanned shoulders and arms, but use sunscreen to protect your face, making it a lighter shade. “I usually worked with a deeper foundation than their normal shade, and use bronzing powders to balance the skin tones on the cheeks, forehead and sides of the neck,” says

Wright. “The bronzing powder should be similar to your deepest skin tone. I then use a blush to add softness and finish the look.” As far as make-up colors are concerned, Wright recommends sticking with a single palette, “Too many colors can confuse and using colors in the same range are best for a natural and soft effect,” says Wright. Bearing in mind your undertones and overtones, there are broad guidelines as to which colors will enhance your features most effectively. It’s also helpful to identify models or celebrities who share your coloring and complexion and decide which looks you like best. Then either pick similar shades yourself or work with an artist to build your own look around these colors.

FAIR (Emma Stone) Light pink, coral, cream, cool blue, green and metallics

MEDIUM SKIN (Jennifer Garner) Nudes, spicy browns, earthy green, bronze, orange, reds, peach, pink

MEDIUM DARK (Penelope Cruz) Toffee browns, bronze, caramel, rose, nude pinks

DARK (Zoe Saldana) Bright berry tones, metallic, rich reds, burgundy, cherry b |




Mane Attraction The best hair styles for your hair type By Mirella Cameran


hin, thick, curly or straight, with enough time and effort, you can grow and style your hair into any look you want for your wedding day. However, top stylists agree, picking a style that suits your hair type makes it easier to achieve. It will also last longer and be easier for you to recreate yourself for the next day brunch or honeymoon. So how do you know whether a slicked backed do is working with Mother Nature or against her? Here’s our guide packed with tips from the experts.

Wavy and Curly Hair Whether you have Beyonce

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or Nicole Kidman type curls, New Orleans hair stylist Biba Islah Neville has the same advice. “Work with what you’ve got and embrace your curls and waves,” says Neville. “They can easily create a soft, romantic shape when loosely pinned up or worn down.” You can flat iron out the curls but too much humidity or dancing and those curls will creep back, disrupting your look.

Straight Hair Neville is also a fan of pin straight styles as seen on stars such as Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde. “Bone straight styles look stunning when hair is sleeked


back in the front, with a sharp side or middle part,” says Neville. “But the hair shouldn’t be too tight on the scalp, especially at the front, as it can look like there’s no hair in the photographs. Framing with a few strands of hair or a loose, soft braid across the crown of the head will soften the look. “Alternatively, adding a soft curl or wave at the ends will give a more romantic style but be careful as some types of straight hair will go limp after curling with a curling iron. It’s important therefore to pin curl the hair, let it cool, then spray with a light hair spray. After that, you can take it down and style it. For an up-do,

it’s fine to use a curling iron as it will create the desired shape and hold.”

Thick Hair If your tresses are Jennifer Hudson or J-Lo thick, you have ample opportunities for glamorous up-dos, braids and twisted styles. To help tame thick tresses into shape, use a styling serum or pomade, to, create structure, texture and prevent flyways. If the weight of the hair at the crown is causing flatness, a little ‘60s trick will help according to Kristen Bretz, a stylist at Hair Metal Salon in Brooklyn. “Gently tease sections of the hair with a rat-tail comb, using a light

hairspray if necessary, for extra lift,” says Bretz. “Keep aside one small section in the front, gently lay that section of hair over the shape you have created and spray in place.”

best option. It’s not as tempting to touch which increases oil production and any oiliness that develops over the day will be less noticeable in an off-the-face, structured look.

Thin and Fine Hair

Colored or Chemically Treated Hair

Celebrities with thin hair, such as Cameron Diaz and Karlie Kloss, often sport luscious locks. “If you want your hair to achieve maximum volume, and long lasting style, set it wet with curlers or pins then style,” says Neville. “If you choose an up-do, you will not have to worry about your hair going limp and a few clip-in hair extensions will create the effect you are looking for. “Braided styles will make your hair appear too thin, so avoid them especially if you are blonde. If you wear your hair down, add soft curls or waves to create volume. Avoid a bang or too much hair out on the hairline, the hair will either fall flat or stick to forehead if it is too hot outside or you sweat from nerves.”

Oily Hair L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Stylist Mara Roszak, who styles Emma Stone’s and Kate Mara’s hair, suggests trying to reduce the oiliness before the Big Day by just rinsing hair instead of washing it with shampoo every time. “Consider rotating a no-poo or cleansing conditioner into your routine,” says Roszak. Everyone’s hair is different, but I would say after about a couple of weeks to a month’s time, you should notice a difference.” In terms of styles, a low maintenance up-do is the

If you hair is damaged from curling irons or dying, it can still look healthy and fabulous by choosing the right style and using good products. A French twist or side chignon will hide any split ends. If you want to wear it down, a serum or conditioning oil will smooth cuticles and cover up imperfections.

All Hair Types With great stylists and high tech products to tap, there’s no need for brides to worry about a bad hair day. However, you’ve been styling your hair longer than anyone else and you know what it can do and what it struggles with. If you aren’t working with a hair stylist who knows your hair, tell them how your hair behaves and responds to different techniques and products. Ask your stylist to try different shampoos, conditioners and styling products to see which ones work best. Schedule a few dry runs with different looks and take photos at the beginning and end of the evening so you can see which styles last best. Once you and your stylist have worked out which look to go for and how to achieve it, resist any last minute changes. Stick to your plan and relax knowing that your hair will look perfect from the first photograph to the last. b |




Gifted Giving

Gorgeous gifts for the registry or your wedding party By Mirella Cameran photos by theresa cassagne

Kendra Scott Color Bar “Elton” bracelet bookended with teal Magnesite stones and “Andy” bracelet with two drops of green translucent glass in a thin gold band. Also shown “Naomi” double ring with black mother of pearl stones. Kendra Scott, 613-4227, L’Objet pinecone salt and pepper shakers and card holders, hand crafted in 24 karat gold with Swarovski crystals. Friend and Company, 866-5433,

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GIFTS Michael Aram Enchanted Garden Cake Pedestal and Botanical Leaf Bread Basket from Adler’s. Adlers Jewelry, 523-5292,; lacquer and gild Matthew Williamson inspired butterfly tray from Jade. Jade, 875-4420, jadenola. com; and “Tuxedo” and “Wedding Dress” cake pops by Diva Sweets and Parties. Diva Sweets and Parties, 470-7411,

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Inviting Occasion Stationery suites to suit every couple

By Mirella CamerAn photos by theresa cassagne

A modern floral invitation suite on Ecru card stock, with hand-drawn artwork and envelope lined with gold floral Italian paper. Megan Jewel Designs, 266-0345,

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The off white, heavy weight, contemporary Bristol card stock suite features a soft charcoal ink, ivory moire fabric liner and a combination type set. Gem Printing Co., 831-1762,

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This letterpress invitation suite features die cut corners, fleur de lis design and is printed in gold and charcoal ink on heavy weight cotton paper. Scriptura, 897-1555, |


The double thick William Arthur stock rounded corner card has a gold gilt beveled edge and is available with custom monogram and text engraved in gold ink. Betty Hunley Designs, 895-2870,

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Big Day Bliss Top tips from four New Orleans wedding planning pros By Amy Gabriel illustration by SHAINA ANDERSON


aise your hand — the one with the sparkly diamond on the ring finger — if at the end of your wedding you want to have zero complaints about the way everything turned out? If your hand is high, listen up, buttercups. We caught up with four of New Orleans’ top wedding planners to find out what they wish every bride would do for her wedding. From start to finish, these tips will have you getting hitched without a hitch. Valerie Gernhauser of Sapphire Events. Her advice... Invest in your menu. “The most impactful way to make an impression is to ensure your guests don’t leave hungry and have plenty of options. Select an array of passed items that include approachable, familiar items and some outside-the-box items. The presentation is everything, so don’t overlook the display of how the items will be tray passed, and ask your caterer about options that will fit for your decor aesthetic. Our New Orleansstyle receptions call for plenty of action stations and interesting food offerings to keep your guests satiated throughout the night — from Southern picnic to the tastes of Louisiana, consider grouping like-items together at the station to present items that will be paired well together. And a late-night pass is always encouraged — crawfish cake sliders, truffle fries in bamboo cones or even beignets and cafe au lait shooters will be a big hit. Also, pay homage to the cocktails. Enhance the traditional liquor options with unexpected elements like a beer tap wall that guests can serve from directly, or a bespoke selection of several mixology beverages that bring an extra special VIP touch to the night.”

Belinda Belk of Blue Gardenia Events. Her advice... Be mindful of the order of, and what you actually want to be part of, the ceremony. “It happens all the time. Brides get caught up in booking vendors and setting the guest list and on moving onto the next deadline, and then they lose sight of want they actually want to be said at the ceremony. Make a point to plan that out and be prepared. This includes the standing order of friends. Everyone you pick is either a good friend or a family member and although it can be awkward, you have to pick which order you want them to stand in in advance — at the rehearsal is not the time to do that. People will be getting into town, rushing and even arriving late, so that should already be

established. One thing I like to ask is for is a cheat sheet on brides and groomsmen. I’ll attach a snapshot of the person and a small note about who each is so I’m not walking into a sea of people and not knowing who to look for. Handing over intel on your group is so great for organization.” Angela DiVincenti of Angela Marie Events. Her advice... Trust your planner through and through. “I know so many brides who hired someone and [didn’t] listen to any advice that planner suggested. They are also running around on their wedding day or sending family to ‘check on the planner.’ Why hire that planner if you think she cannot follow through? A planner knows the ropes and what is necessary to make your day easy and stress free. A bride can be headstrong and still have a planner, as long as she is open to ideas and suggestions. The whole point of a planner is guidance — you’ve hired someone to make your day the best it can be. Planners are top dollar and a luxury — don’t waste that because you think your every idea is the best. With all of that being said — not everyone is a great planner. As you would with any vendor, do your homework. And honestly, down South, word of mouth is your best bet!”

Robyn Sedgebeer of Blue Skies Events Nola. Her advice... Understand the pitfalls of Pinterest. “Pinterest, greatest thing ever! I can personally spend endless hours creating multiple dream weddings. But, there is a huge downfall that Pinterest has: it doesn’t show you how much things cost. When stalking gorgeous sparkly engagement rings or looking at beautiful floral arrangements, you need to keep a realistic outlook on it all. When showing your florist photos please keep an open mind that maybe the flowers aren’t in season or are just way out of your budget. Consider what you love most about the colors, look, style, etc…then he or she can show you what can be done within your budget. This goes with all of your vendors. We have all seen Pinterest fails, whether it’s a picture you tried to take with your dog and your engagement ring or a romantic new way to take a picture with you and your fiancé... some things just don’t work. Leave it to your amazing vendors to show you how to create a Pinterest wedding within your budget and style. Who knows your wedding could be the next trend on Pinterest.” b |


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As cupid casts his spell on you and your betrothed, visions of gorgeous gowns dance in the forest's shadows Fashion by Lisa Tudor | Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Hair by Niki Walker | Makeup by Meggan Ory Dupre Fine Jewelry by Rothschild Diamonds | Models: Rebecca Rebouche, Bride Andrew Senita, Groom | Gabrielle Chaisson and Hedy Rose, bridesmaids

Eve of Milady gown with sheer hand-beaded bodice, matching straps and full sequins and horse hair tulle skirt sampled in ivory/blush at Pearl’s Place; 18K White Gold Brilliant Round and Baguette Diamond Necklace at Rothschild Diamonds; Royal blue Fiorelli suit with white bow-tie at Tuxedos to Geaux

Calla Blanche “Elise” beaded lace and tulle gown at Linda Lee Bridal & Boutique

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic gold sequin gown with keyhole back at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; 3.00 carat, 18K white gold Brilliant Round Diamond Studs and 8.00 carat, 18K white gold Brilliant Round Diamond Bracelet at Rothschild Diamonds Quicksand roses, amber cymbidium orchids, plum ranunculus, blue thistle, white tulips, pheasant feathers and silver dollar eucalyptus. Iris Floral and Event Design Studio

Kitty Chen Couture “Alvina� gown at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique; 14.00 carat ,18K white gold Diamond Bracelet and 4.00 carat Brilliant Round Diamond and Platinum engagement ring at Rothschild Diamonds

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic matte sequin boat neck bridesmaid gown with cowl back in Onyx at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; Natural green Emerald and Diamond Halo Drop 18K white gold earrings and 13.00 carat Platinum Pave Diamond Bracelet at Rothschild Diamonds

Moonlight Bridal “Paige� two-piece ball gown with beaded illusion top and full taffeta skirt with pockets at Bliss Bridal; Platinum Antique Diamond Bracelet with Natural Ruby Accents and 4.00 carat Brilliant Round Diamond Platinum engagement ring at Rothschild Diamonds

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After Six crossover halter full-length georgette gown sampled in “Midnight� at Southern Bridal; 6.00 carat Natural Ceylon Blue Oval Sapphire in Platinum Diamond Ring and Natural Ceylon Blue Oval Sapphire Diamond Halo Drop Earrings and 8.00 carat, Brilliant Round Diamond 18K White Gold Bracelet at Rothschild Diamonds Pincushion protea, lisianthus, roses, lepto and privet berry. Bee's Wedding and Event Floral Design |


Nouvelle by Amsale Bridal “Lexi” layered tulle ball gown tipped in horsehair with lace V-neckline and detachable train at Blanc Bridal Couture; Antique Platinum and Diamond Bracelet with Natural Ruby accents at Rothschild Diamonds; Ike Behar Evening slim fit burgundy “Marbella” single-button tuxedo with black satin peak lapels available at Rome’s Tuxedos and John’s Tuxedos

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid separates “Samantha” lace top and “Arabella” soft tulle circle skirt at Wedding Belles; Aquamarine and Diamond Halo Stud Earrings at Rothschild Diamonds; Bellsoie Tiffany Chiffon bridesmaid gown at Linda Lee Bridal & Boutique; Platinum antique Diamond Huggie Earrings, Brilliant Round and Baguette Diamond 18K White Gold Necklace, Platinum Antique Diamond and Ruby Bracelet and Baguette and Brilliant Round Diamond Band at Rothschild Diamonds

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Allure Bridals satin-back taffeta ball gown with Swarovski crystal-encrusted bodice at Southern Bridal; Brilliant Round and Baguette Diamond 18K White Gold Necklace and diamond engagement ring at Rothschild Diamonds |


Adrianna Papell knee-length sequined and beaded sheath dress at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme; Aquamarine and Diamond Halo Stud Earrings and 8.00 carat Brilliant Round Diamond 18 White Gold Bracelet at Rothschild Diamonds

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Black lace on illusion gown at Linda Lee Bridal & Boutique; Antique Platinum and Diamond Bracelet with Natural Ruby Accents and Antique Platinum and Diamond Huggie earrings at Rothschild Diamond Bouquet of ranunculus, helebores, Juliet Garden rose, wax flower, agonis, burgundy scabiosa, rosemary, eucalyptus and lysimachia. Kim Starr Wise |


“Aubrey” buttercup stretch satin off-the-shoulder gown with hand-tufted skirt by Monique Lhuillier at I Do Bridal Couture; 11 mm Natural South Sea Pearl Necklace, 14.00 carat Diamond and 18K white gold bracelet and diamond engagement ring at Rothschild Diamonds; Jean Yves slim fit plum “Calypso” single-button tuxedo with shawl collar with black satin trim at Rome’s Tuxedos

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Donna Morgan “Courtney” beaded and sequined bridesmaid gown sampled in “Cloud” at Wedding Belles; Brilliant Round and Baguette 18K White Gold Diamond Necklace, 3.00 carat Brilliant Round Diamond Studs and 5.00 carat Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring set with Natural Pink Diamonds at Rothschild Diamonds Blush spray roses, bi-color ranunculus, dahlia, liatris and Solidago. Accented with succulents and tips of dusty miller. Fabulous Flowers

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Ike Behar Evening “Blake” navy single button side-vent tuxedo with black satin peak lapels at John’s Tuxedos |


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

After Six Luxe Chiffon and crepe two-piece cocktail dress with sheer overlay sampled in “Dusty Rose� at Olivier Couture; 13.00 carat Platinum Pave Diamond Bracelet and 3.00 carat Brilliant Round Diamond Studs at Rothschild Diamonds Light blue iris, vendela roses, white limonium, blue thistle, blush sterling range, blush waxflower, white and periwinkle fragrant hyacinth, white ornithoglium and pink lepto. Arbor House Floral

Martina Liana Separates “Cayla” beaded lace over tulle corset and “Stevie” layered tulle skirt at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; 11 mm Natural South Sea Pearl Necklace, 14.00 carat Diamond and 18K white gold bracelet and 4.00 carat Platinum Brilliant Round Diamond Engagement Ring at Rothschild Diamonds

Legends by Romona Keveza ivory point d’alencon lace sheath dress with Illusion V-neckline and back with buttons to godet at Wedding Belles; 14.00 carat Diamond 18K White Gold Bracelet and 4.00 carat Platinum Brilliant Round Diamond Engagement Ring at Rothschild Diamonds

Bill Levkoff bridesmaid gown with scalloped lace bodice and English Netting overlay at Southern Bridal; Platinum Antique Diamond Bracelet with Natural Ruby Accents with Antique Platinum and Diamond earrings at Rothschild Diamonds Cream Sarah roses, Mojolica spray roses, white lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus and mint green mini hydrangea. Conerly Floral Design |


Jade Couture two-tone Jacqueline Lace and Latte Illusion Mothers gown at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique; Antique Platinum and Diamond earrings, 14.00 carat Diamond 18K White Gold Bracelet and 6.00 carat Natural Ceylon Blue Oval Sapphire in Platinum Diamond Ring at Rothschild Diamonds; Sapphire blue sequin gown by Alfred Angelo at Pearl’s Place; Natural Ceylon Blue Oval Sapphire and Diamond Halo Drop Earrings, 8.00 carat Diamond 18K White Gold Bracelet and 5.00 carat Emerald cut Diamond Engagement Ring set with Natural Pink Diamonds at Rothschild Diamonds

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18k white gold teardrop necklace with 13.17 carats of diamonds. Matching 5.55 carat diamond bracelet. Art Deco bracelet with 13.2 carats of marquise and round diamonds with emeralds. 18k white gold earrings with 1.25 carats of diamonds. Platinum engagement ring with a 1.65 carat diamond with a halo of diamonds in a filigree design. Symmetry Jewelers & Designers

14k white gold diamond double halo engagement ring featuring a 1.5 carat pear cut center diamond accented by 193 round cut diamonds. 14k white gold diamond "Thousand Points of Light" earrings featuring 92 round cut diamonds. 14k white gold 16-inch diamond "Thousand Points of Light" necklace with 20 carats of round cut diamonds. Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers

Shine Bright

Big Day baubles that add sparkle to your shine By Mirella CamerAn photos by theresa cassagne model angel glaude

51 carat sapphire and diamond platinum flower necklace, platinum 4 carat pear shape diamond ring, platinum 18.50 carat diamond flower bracelet, platinum 12 carat radiant cut diamond eternity band, platinum and halo diamond stud earrings. Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry

18K white gold diamond and emerald earrings, with two pear shaped 13.72 carat emeralds and 7.15 carats of marquise and round cut diamonds. 18K white gold, emerald and diamond necklace with 8.96 carats of emeralds and 14.25 carats of diamonds. Platinum ring with a 4.70 carat emerald and 1.06 carats of trapezoid cut diamonds. Friend and Company Fine Jewelers

From the Tacori "RoyalT" collection, platinum 3.81 carat diamond engagement ring. 18k white gold diamond drop earrings with 1.46 carats of diamonds. 18k white gold twist design diamond bangle with 1.86 carats of diamonds. 18k white gold sapphire and diamond necklace with 12.63 carats of sapphires and 3.97 carats of diamonds. Boudreaux's Fine Jewelers

18k white gold, blue topaz and diamond necklace, 18k white gold, blue topaz and diamond ring, 18k white gold and diamond earrings, platinum and diamond engagement and wedding ring. Adler's Jewelry

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Naturally Sweet

Simply delicious cakes embellished with fresh florals add natural beauty to your nuptials By Mirella CamerAn

Two-tier almond wedding cake with rustic textured butter cream finish. Swiss Confectionery, 522-7788,

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Four-tier white almond wedding cake filled with a white chocolate and fresh strawberry butter cream, iced in almond butter cream. The Sweet Life Bakery, 371-5153,

Three-tier white almond wedding cake with fresh raspberry filling, decorated with textured white butter cream. Gambino’s Bakery, 885-7500,

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Southern Comfort Down-home favorites get a sophisticated Big Day makeover By Emma Sloan


ost Southerners have a water-stained cookbook or two filled with recipes collected, modified and passed down between generations of family members. These dishes are sacred to family dinners, so it only makes sense that a wedding would feature these savory favorites enjoyed since childhood. Southern comfort food — which in

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New Orleans includes Creole fare — is a nationwide trend as of late, but to Southerners, comfort foods are a way of life. Many Southerners cite comfort foods as their favorite eats, and with some culinary upgrades, these timeless dishes can be elegant enough to enjoy at a wedding. Serving upgraded Southern comfort classics at your wedding or rehearsal dinner allows you and your


guests to dine on familiar favorites in a more casual setting than a stuffy sit down dinner would allow for, and it also offers a chance for out of town visitors to experience a true Southern meal. “A wedding has people from all walks of life, so if you tried to do a very gourmet dinner, people won’t be very happy, but if you do foods they like and know, they’ll be a lot happier,” says Chef Guy

Sockrider of Tomas Bistro, known for its elegant French Creole fare. This is especially true at weddings with long guest lists comprised of a spectrum of ages, backgrounds and tastes. Simple yet savory foods will go over well no matter what — they’re familiar to most people and not intimidating to those unfamiliar with Southern cuisine. Executive Chef Evan

Benson of Joel Catering agrees. Joel Catering is familiar with entertaining wide audiences with upscale meals. “People wanted to get away from the appearance of fine dining in catering and towards more accessible foods for everybody,” says Benson. “People like sea scallops and foie gras but not all guests are familiar with that type of food.” In addition to appealing to a wide audience, comfort foods are also easy to pair with cocktail choices, especially simple and timeless cocktails such as old fashions and the French 75. As a result, down-home favorites such as grits, macaroni and cheese, and roasts have begun to crop up more and more at rehearsal dinners and weddings. Staging service stations with chef attendants rather than long buffet lines creates a warm environment for guests to mingle and have small tastes rather than wait in line for a plate laden with heavy food. Service stations also allow guests to interact with chefs and observe food preparation that is customizable for each plate. Choosing familiar and common foods does not equate with settling for familiar and common tastes. High quality and high end ingredients elevate comfort classics into knockouts. Favorites such as pot pies, soups, deviled eggs and corn fritters can all be dressed up with the right preparation and presentation. Grits stations are one of the best ways to showcase Southern home cooking. Grits slow cooked over a low flame and mixed

with heavy cream and mascarpone cheese makes the standard cornmeal mush a dreamy cloud of velvety goodness. Adding barbecue shrimp, short ribs or roasted vegetables makes the classic extra savory, and adding the options for extra toppings such as bacon, cheeses and chives makes each bowl highly customizable. Fried chicken is another great way to show guests the possibilities of Southern cooking. Chicken pan fried in a grease filled cast iron skillet is a familiar image, but the addition of glazes elevates the possibility. Benson adds either boysenberry syrup or a truffle honey glaze to fried chicken to elevate the main dish into a sweet and savory favorite. As a side, macaroni and cheese with black truffles, pancetta and scallions adds a filling bite. Presentation is important to maintaining the look and feel of the foods. Skip chafing dishes in favor of metal cookware such as copper bowls and cast iron skillets to make each serving station feel like the food is being prepared in someone’s home kitchen. Guests visiting New Orleans will appreciate eating like a true local, the favorites that the bride and groom have grown up eating, but with those swanky touches. High quality ingredients and gourmet preparation ensures the food tastes good, but the presentation of these stations is equally important. The best thingd about Southern comfort food is its laid-back nature and ability to appeal to a wide variety of people, leaving guests happy and full for a long night of celebration. b |


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Beer is for Lovers Say I-Do to brew with a New Orleans-style craft beer bar at your reception By Emma Sloan


ew Orleans is renowned for its love of libations, so it’s no surprise the craft beer trend has taken off in the city. Showcase the Big Easy’s burgeoning beer scene at your wedding with a craft beer bar featuring the city’s most delicious local offerings. Forget the ubiquitous Anheuser-Busch products in favor of choice selections from breweries across the Crescent City. The craft beer world is vast, so have fun when making your selections. “Unless you have a crazy brand loyalty, mix up the breweries,” Kirk Coco, owner

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of NOLA Brewing says. “Most craft beer drinkers like a lot of different types of beers, so I think variety in type and brand is important. More and more people are choosing craft beers [at their weddings] or at least [as] an option because more people are drinking it in general.” With the wide range of flavors, breweries and types, the field can seem overwhelming. But this is to your advantage because you can make the bar highly customizable to your tastes. (And taste-testing brews is a great way to blow off wedding planning steam.) Be adventurous when making


choices for the final bar, but also include some tried-andtrue standbys that will appeal to most guests. At least four different beers are needed to make a flight for out of town guests to sample, but the more choices available the better. Mix up types of beers and breweries to give guests a big taste of the city’s craft offerings, and consider the season when choosing. “Try to cover the full range: light, hoppy, saison, dark,” says COO Mark Logan of Second Line Brewery in Mid-City. “Stouts and porters are typically not the best thing during summer weddings.

For a winter wedding, have a hearty beer.” A simple light beer is essential for guests unfamiliar with craft brews and looking for something approachable to sip on. The NOLA Blonde Ale is a golden and crisp beer, which makes it good choice for folks not used to drinking craft beers. Other brews to consider serving for mass appeal could be Covington Brewhouse’s Kölsch, a crisp wheat ale, Second Line Brewing’s Batture Blonde Ale for an effervescent beer, or Urban South Brewery’s Charming Wit, a light and fruity beer that is perfect to complement a hot summer day. Dark beer lovers will want a hearty ale no matter what the weather calls for, so be sure to include at least one in your lineup. Abita Amber, a local favorite year round, and the NOLA Brown Ale are crisp darker brews that satisfy the dark beer cravings without being too heavy. Try the Bayou Bock by Covington Brewhouse for a creamier dark beer. IPAs are bold in taste, so add at least one to the final cut. NOLA’s Hopitoulas IPA is a favorite among IPA fans, or try Chafunkta Brewing Company’s Voo Ka Ray IPA for a less bitter but still hoppy brew. Most of the local breweries have tours and beautiful outdoor spaces to learn about and enjoy their libations, so choosing the final lineup of beers should be an educational and fun adventure. Drink up! b |


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Dressed Rehearsal Miniatures of your Southern fried favorites for the cocktail reception or passed hors d’oeuvres By Emma Sloan photographs by jeffrey johnston

There are certain Southern snacks that are always crowd pleasers. As guests mingle with cocktails between the ceremony and dinner at the reception, consider offering up tasty bites inspired by local restaurants to entice guests.

Picnic Power: Purloo’s Southern Board is a great inspiration for appetizers. Each board is laden with pimento cheese, green tomato chutney, deviled eggs muniere, fried pickles and boiled peanuts.

Cheesy Goodness: Crispy and gooey grilled cheese bites will keep guests happy as they sip and socialize. Use St. James Cheese Company’s version as inspiration: multigrain bread filled with gruyere and caramelized onions.

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Spice it Up: Bites of spicy and smoky Andouille and boudin sausages will keep people coming back for more. See Emeril’s version for inspiration.

Sweet and Salty: Miniature chicken and waffles are the king of brunch. Morsels of this savory dish drizzled with local honey will keep guests happy until dinner. Try La Petite Grocery’s version for a quick lesson in perfection.

The Beignet Way: If you are looking for a savory beignet, try Restaurant R’Evolution’s beer-battered crab beignets with remoulade as inspiration for mini bites. Or, bring out bite sized beignets covered in powdered sugar for dessert with mini cafe au laits to prep people for the after party, just like at Cafe du Monde. |


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New Ace Hotel has cool to spare and is the perfect place for pre- wedding primping By Kim Singletary


ich, dark woodwork, 1920s glamour, lush greenery, a cooler than cool live music venue, rooftop pool and garden and culinary masterpieces from James Beard Awardnominated chefs — Ace Hotel New Orleans is the latest must-see for couples in search of a one-stop shop of sorts for all of their wedding needs. Opened in March 2016 as part of the burgeoning South Market District development, the hotel’s Art Deco edifice sits in the middle of New Orleans’ Warehouse

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District at the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette Streets. This 234-room hotel is more than just a place to lay your head; it’s a complete destination that packs the full New Orleans experience — from art, to music, to food — into one stylish locale. Ideal for nuptials of all size, the 4,000 square-foot Barnett Hall can accommodate large groups, or be split into two, more intimate spaces. Other options include matching 960-square-foot green room and music room, along with the vintage elegance of the 675-square-foot Barnett


Dining Room. The hotel’s Josephine Estelle Restaurant, led by James Beard Awardnominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, is an ideal spot for a rehearsal dinner, welcoming diners through wrought-iron gates pulled from the New Orleans Opera House and original columns from 1902. Following dinner, continue the evening with live music in the ultra-chic Three Keys music venue before retiring to the ornate Ace Suite, which features a two-level living area. The entire wedding party

will undoubtedly be grateful to rise to fresh coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters — all without leaving the building. Are you looking to get a little sun before the Big Day? Take the party to the hotel’s rooftop pool and garden, where trellis-framed seating beckons you to enjoy small plates paired with cool cocktails. Ace Hotel New Orleans truly puts the “easy” in a Big Easy wedding. Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., 900-1180, neworleans. b

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Luxe Locales Hotels, halls, plantations and other places for everything from the rehearsal to the reception By Kim Singletary


hether you are looking for a place to hold your reception; an all inclusive venue for rehearsals, I-do’s and dancing the night away; or a luxurious room to get ready for the wedding, we’ve got you covered with our handy list of a few of New Orleans’ luxe locales.

Chateau LeMoyne Fresh off a massive renovation that concluded

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in January, the Chateau LeMoyne pairs an 1847 exterior with modern luxuries. Ideal for weddings of up to 125, the upscale boutique hotel offers flexible indoor and outdoor spaces. “A majority of our couples will have their ceremony in the courtyard,” says director of sales, Adrienne Breaux. “It’s a gorgeous private space adorned with brick that features a pond in the back.” The adjacent ballroom and SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

royal room create a seamless transition from ceremony to reception. Brides should be sure to book the Bienville Suite — one of 11 suites on the property, the 740-squarefoot space comes complete with a balcony overlooking the courtyard, which is perfect for photos.

Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery Are you looking to hold your ceremony or reception at The

Chicory or Race & Religious? The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery partners with the two iconic venues for larger weddings and provides an ideal spot to call home. A celebration of New Orleans’ timeless style, the 167-room hotel features three suites, all with separate seating areas, and rooms featuring exposed brick, wood floors and local artwork. There’s even an extensive pets welcome policy that provides everything from Alison Gootee photo

pet beds and toys to pet room service. Signature amenities for humans include a range of specialty pillow types and Spotify menu.

Stella Plantation For those looking for a more bucolic setting, Stella Plantation is a real, family-run working plantation (fruit and pecans) located 20 miles southeast of New Orleans. Here, 1,500 acres of countryside beckons couples to craft their own version of a perfect day under 250-year-old oak trees. “We’re all about personalized attention,” says event manager Caroline Parrone. “That’s why we only host one event per day. There is no limit to what you can do out here — host a S’mores and hot chocolate bar near the fire pit, have a second line, enjoy welcome cocktails in the carriage house — we have the space for anything you want.” And if you’re looking for something faster and simpler, Stella Plantation just began offering an elopement package designed for weddings from 10 to 50 people hosted within three months.

Rosy’s Jazz Hall “It’s really all about our history,” says Steve Zweibaum, owner of Rosy’s Jazz Hall. “We were this incredible music club back in the ’70s [welcoming greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald] and we try to keep some of that spirit alive. Strictly a private event venue, Rosy’s has been hosting weddings for 16 years. Ceremonies here take place in the breathtaking

two-story glass atrium beneath two giant live Ficus trees reaching 30 feet high and can accommodate up to 200. Receptions of up to 300 commandeer the entire main floor, from the jazz hall to the atrium and patio. Highlights include a large elevated stage in the main room and an elevated stained glass bar.

Juliana’s Wedding and Event Center The newest wedding destination on the Northshore, Juliana’s Wedding and Event Center opened in Ponchatoula in October 2015. Offering an ultra romantic backdrop of oak groves dripping in Spanish moss (lit with an outdoor chandelier and twinkle lights if you desire), the 8,000 square feet of event space can be tailored to fit any style of event. Where Juliana’s really shines, however, is in their stress-free custom wedding packages and all-inclusive rates. “We have everything here,” says o wner Don Jones, “from a kitchen with fulltime staff to cake tables and stands.” Juliana’s also features a spacious bridal suite complete with a side room with lighted vanity.

La Maison Du Lac For couples dreaming of a wedding on the water, La Maison Du Lac is the best, and only, option in town. “The Lake House” sits on Lakeshore drive on the South Shore overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Spanning 8,000-squarefeet, the venue recently completed extensive renovations in January that include a new outdoor garden area and stunning |


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Brennan’s private wine room as a VIP space or bridal suite. It is anchored by an 18-foot table milled from a single cypress tree. “We don’t have packages,” says social events sales manager, Ashley Brodie. “Everything is customizable and unique for every event.”

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porcelain-like white floors that extend across the wide open floorplan. Weddings are typically held on the side deck, which can accommodate 250 to 300 people. “The bridal suite is actually a 4,000 square-foot condo on top of the venue that features three bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a balcony that overlooks

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the marina,” says property manager and event planner, Deedee Cohen. “It’s great for getting ready and can also serve as a very convenient honeymoon suite.”

Brennan’s Restaurant Boasting one of the French Quarter’s only large and accessible courtyards, the Royal Street’s iconic


pink building, Brennan’s Restaurant, reemerged November 2014 following 17 months of extensive renovations. The result is not only a spruced up courtyard — home to 10 resident turtles and up to 150 seated guests — but eight additional unique private spaces that may be combined as needed. Oenophiles will want to book

Imagine being handed the keys to a gorgeous boutique hotel from the late 1800s right in the heart of the Garden District. That’s essentially what happens when you have your wedding at the Henry Howard Hotel, named after the architect of the elegant building. “This is a small property which lends itself well to groups because it allows them to take over the entire space,” says co-owner, Maggie Kaatz. “There are so many little gathering places throughout the hotel, along with 18 rooms.” Greet guests with a welcome drink under the 12-foot ceilings of the grand parlor. Revel in the spacious, light-filled three-room bridal suite. Enjoy a real New Orleans courtyard wedding. The Henry Howard is filled with possibilities. “Each room is different,” Kaatz says. “One may have an exposed brick fireplace, while another features a large stove original to the property.” b |


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Snap Chat

How to ensure you get the wedding photography of your dreams By Kelly Massicot


edding photography is arguably one of the most important parts of a wedding. These images are meant to last a lifetime. The question is, how does a couple ensure they snag the wedding photos of their dreams? Here you will find a list of tips to remember

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and added advice from local photographers Caitlin Barry of Caitlin B Photography and Tim Black of Tim Black Photography.

Research photographic style Doing your homework is important when hiring wedding vendors. It is easy


to get caught up in who your relatives or friends worked with for their weddings, but doing firsthand research will help ensure your style and vision come together. Researching photographers and their signature “look” is extra important. Create a list of your favorite style of photography, such as fine art,

modern or photo journalistic for example, as well as a list of photographers. Comparing both lists side-by-side will help to determine which photographer’s style matches with your vision for the day.

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when choosing a venue; budget and location usually being at the top of the list. However, aesthetic factors around the space should be equally as important. Will the lighting in the space affect the photos? Is there a well-lit, visually interesting area (maybe in the form of an exposed brick wall or dramatic archways) for family pictures or as a backdrop for the cake? Taking the time to scope out these details in a venue will make for stunning photos.

Book Early The wedding photos of your dreams will not be possible if the wedding photographer of your dreams is already booked on the day of your wedding. Tim Black, destination photographer and owner of Tim Black

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Photography, tells us that most wedding photographers are booked anywhere from one to two years in advance, especially during “peak” wedding seasons. It is always wise, once you have decided on the date and location of the wedding, to book your photographer first. This will give couples a higher percentage of booking their ideal choice and will also get the ball in motion for engagement photos, bridal portraits and any other photography sessions the couple requests.

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benefits all of those involved. Caitlin Barry with Caitlin B Photography says, “When you meet in person, you get a feel for the photographers personality and how everything will run the day of the wedding.” Talking with them face to face will give you the tools you need to effectively communicate your wants, needs and wishes for the day and will also give the photographer the insight into you and your fiancé’s personalities. Knowing you and your fiancé as a couple gives the photographer the tools to capture those images that will mean the most.

Don’t skimp on budget Budget is always the first conversation that pops up after the bride says “yes.”

Divvying up the allocated finances for each area of a wedding can be a difficult task. Budgeting for less noticible and less expensive items such as photography is as essential as high ticket elements like the venue and catering. Barry suggests couples get more advice on packages. “Most of the time you can substitute or add to your package,” says Barry. “So, don’t be afraid to ask the photographer.”

Engagement session test shoot Scheduling your engagement photos with your photographer allows you to see their style before the wedding. Instead of working with someone other than your photographer for pre-wedding needs, this gives the couple

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and the photographer a chance to feel out the situation and plan the perfect flow of events the day of the wedding.

Make sure your photographer brings an assistant or second photographer Barry says that making sure your photographer has a second photographer allows for multiple things the day of the wedding. If something happens to your photographer day of, you still have the wedding photos you desire. Furthermore, not only does this give couples more photos to choose from, but it also ensures that the key shots the couple is looking for are executed. Additionally, Barry notes that having a second shooter allows for alternate angles

and ultimately better photos.

Post Production importance: Not every couple thinks of questioning the photographer’s post-production practices, but it can be vital. Barry urges couples to make sure the photographer will back their pictures up on multiple hard drives. It is always a better safe than sorry situation when it comes to important pictures of your Big Day. Black advises couples to ask how many of photos they will receive following the wedding and if the photos the couple receives will be watermarked or not. It’s good to also make sure you understand any copyright practices for the photos as well as everything you will need to order copies of your photos. b |


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Pump Up The Volume Five music trends to incorporate into your Big Day By Sarah Ravits


rides getting hitched in New Orleans — a city known for its music — will want to devote some extra time into planning the perfect soundtrack. This doesn’t have to be high-pressure and is probably one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Music is universally appreciated and there are so many ways to

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customize your ceremony, reception and after party.

Consider A Music Venue For the Ceremony If you’re a music lover, consider incorporating that passion into your wedding venue itself. New Orleans has no shortage of music halls, whether you’re looking for a classic French Quarter spot such


as Preservation Hall — with its small front room and intimate outdoor patio — or going with a bigger, more upscale location, such as the sleek Civic Theater. House of Blues also hosts special events and can accommodate both the ceremony and reception.

No More ‘Here Comes the Bride’ DJ Jacob Towe, whose

company handles ceremonies, receptions and after parties, says he has noticed a lot of brides are turning to more contemporary music when it comes to walking down the aisle. “I haven’t played the Wedding March [note: commonly known as ‘Here Comes the Bride’] at a wedding in about seven years,” he says. “No one plays that. The original organs — no one

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does that anymore. I really encourage brides to make it fit with their personality.” Some brides choose popular songs and have them “remixed” — for example, using a string instrument version of a Beatles song to walk down the aisle.

Booking Multiple Acts In the past couple of years, and especially this year, people have been wanting to book multiple acts and change up the genres to suit the mood. The exchange of vows is likely going to be the most serious part of the evening; after that, the mood is light and people are feeling more relaxed and celebratory — the music should reflect that. For a cocktail hour and reception, think about booking a jazz singer that’ll be romantic but festive. After dinner and drinks, when guests are cutting loose on the dance floor, consider hiring another band, maybe a funk or rock band, or a DJ who can spin a variety of songs that’ll keep people on their toes.

Incorporating ‘Environmental Projection’ While Music Is Playing DJ Jacob Towe says he seamlessly blends the aesthetics and décor in with the music and mood. He is able to project a digital environment that completely changes the look of the room from a screen. “People are blown away by it,” he says. He takes measurements of the room and creates graphics to project onto the walls. “We cut out where the windows and

doors are on the computer, and we essentially paint the walls with graphics. During cocktail hour, we can show bubbles going up the wall. Once we did a wedding with a Parisian theme, so we projected images of the Eiffel tower. It’s a huge décor statement that you don’t have to construct, build or install; it’s much faster to project it.” He also uses CO2 cannons that enhance the special effects. “Usually we have the bride come up between the booth and start off the after party by shooting the cannon into the crowd.” This is the same kind of cannon that is used at major music festivals and high-end clubs.

Get a Brass Band and Have A Second-Line One of the most distinctive traditions in New Orleans is the second line. If you’re moving locations — think from a cathedral to a hotel or other event venue — consider incorporating the second line. Most weddings in other cities incorporate driving or taking transportation; the beauty of New Orleans is that you can literally parade to your next stop. Hiring a brass band is a great way to celebrate not only your freshly exchanged vows, but also the city and its traditions. Second lines are also great fun for out-of-town guests to witness and experience, and bystanders always pause to appreciate them, too. Having a second line is an interactive way to display the sense of love and community in a city that brings strangers and friends together through its music. b |


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transportatio n something a bit more raucous. You’ve probably seen similar forms of transportation blasting tunes and strobe lights as they careen through the downtown streets most weekend nights. A party bus is a staple of the city’s nightlife, and can keep your wedding reception going long after you’ve left the dance floor. Royal Coach, 22201 MCH Rd. Ste. A, Mandeville, 985875-0723,

Horse and Carriage

Stylish Getaway Sweet rides for you, your spouse and your guests By Andrew Paul


ouisiana summers are as hot as crawfish straight out of the boiling pot. By the time you’ve said your vows, cut the cake and danced into the night, the bayou humidity had had its way with dresses, suits and moods. Finishing off the night with the proper transportation is a crucial way to leave on a high note. New Orleans exudes loads of charm, character and romance, so why not combine the three while planning your grand exit? Here’s a handy list of five getaway cars — from the classic to the more, let’s say, “modern” — so you and your betrothed can depart from your wedding in style.

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Don’t worry, you can still ride off into the sunset in a classic Crescent City trolley even if your wedding isn’t on the one of the town’s main streetcar lines. Limousine Livery provides gorgeous refurbished streetcars free of both cable restraints and pesky tourists. What’s more, the renovated vehicle’s cushioned seats are an enormous improvement from the city’s current hardwood offerings, so you can cozy up and cool off next to your new spouse without fear of splinters or snags in your swanky attire. Limousine Livery, 4333 Euphrosine St., 561-8777,

Like a June wedding, a Rolls Royce never really goes out of style. So, if you’re having one, why not indulge in the other? Alert Transportation offers a breathtaking vintage ride for that post-reception getaway, and can even supply complimentary champagne for recent brides and grooms. Travelling off while sipping on bubbly in a car equipped for royalty is hardly a bad way to cap off a spectacular evening. Alert Transportation, 3 West Bank St., 362-4145,


Party Bus Is a Rolls Royce a bit too blue blood for your taste? Get in touch with Royal Coach for

If disco balls or speaker-shattering music aren’t your thing, then relaxing on an old-school horse-drawn carriage may be the best option. These iconic staples of the French Quarter harken back to more elegant times, and what the horse (or mule) may lack in speed it makes up for in charm. Since 1941, Royal Carriages of New Orleans has offered a stable of ride options for customers, and can cap off that perfect, archetypal Crescent City wedding. Royal Carriages of New Orleans, 700 Decatur St., 943-8820,

Classic Limousine Hey, they’re used so often for a reason. Sometimes understated makes the best statement, and Bonomolo Limousines has available both Chrysler 300- and Lincoln Towncar-style rides that are as tried-and-true as black tuxes and white wedding gowns. Both options come equipped with the standard posh limo fare, but won’t overshadow the real stars of the wedding — you and your new spouse. Bonomolo Limousines, 1401 Lafitte St., 522-0892, b |

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Bride: Ariel Copeland Groom: Scott Pierce Wedding Date: Jan. 8, 2016 Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Reception Venue: The Cannery Wedding Planner: Blue Skies Events Nola Photographers: Studio Tran Florist: Bella Blooms Caterer: Copelands Band: Louisiana Spice Cake Table Linen: Designery22 Makeup Artist: Ashley Sievert Beauty Hair Stylist: Rachel Schneller Transportation: Regal Limousine Service Sushi Bar: Rock N Sake Cheese Display: St. James Cheese Company |


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Bride: Sara Dungan Groom: Patrick Boyer Date: Nov. 28, 2015 Ceremony location: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception location: The Roosevelt Hotel Waldorf Astoria Ballroom Coordinator: Elyse Jennings Weddings Gown: Monique Lhuillier from The Bride Room in Nashville, Tennessee Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Bella Bridesmaids Memphis, Tennessee Men’s Attire: American Tuxedo Memphis, Tennessee Rings: Mednikow in Memphis, Tennessee Florist: Kim Starr Wise Caterer: The Roosevelt Hotel Cake: The Roosevelt Hotel Photographer: Greer Gattuso Hair: Ginger Dufriend Makeup: Blush and Bashful Music: Memphis Soul Revue Second Line: Kinfolk Brass Band |


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Bride: Carrie Lacroix Groom: Matthew Doyle Date: Oct. 10, 2015 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception: New Orleans Country Club Coordinator: Evie Hunnicutt, Sapphire Events Gown: Carolina Herrera, Ultimate Bride Chicago Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom Men’s Attire: Durand’s Tuxedo Consultants Rings: David Liska Custom Jeweler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Florist: Ambrose Gardens Caterer: New Orleans Country Club Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Photographer: Bob Bradford Photography Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions Hair and Makeup: Just Face It Beauty Music/Band: MOJEAUX Other vendors: Lisa LaFrance/Floral & Table Designs |


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Bride: Michelle Lewis Groom: Christopher Aguglia Ceremony: St. Mary’s Italian Reception: The Elms Mansion Coordinator: Belinda Belk, Blue Gardenia Events Gown: Blanc Bridal Couture, Morilee by Madeline Gardner Bridesmaid: Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom Groom attire: Luca Falcone Rings- Custom made in New York Florist: Arbor House Floral Caterer: The Elm’s Mansion Cake: Chez Pierre Photographer: Greer Gattuso Videographer: Bower Production Hair: Hair by Kandice & Hair by Ginger Makeup: Andrea Wyman Music: Brass-a-holics & Luther Kent |


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Bride: Katherine Wrubleski Groom: Nicolas Blish Wedding Date: Sept. 18, 2015 Ceremony location: St. Anthony of Padua Reception location: Chateau Country Club Gown: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids’ dresses: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Men’s Attire: Tuxedos to Geaux: Men’s Attire Caterer: Chateau Country Club Cake: Gambino’s Bakery Photographer: Corine Tran, Studio Tran Hair: Bleu, A Blow Dry Bar; Stylist: Jessica Wisecarver Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty; Artist: Melissa Vaccaro Music: Pick 6 Band Transportation: Nicoll’s Limousine |


Want to submit your wedding for our magazine? Check out how.... Do you want to see your wedding in these pages and share your Big Day with our readers and New Orleans? To be considered as a featured local wedding in New Orleans Bride Magazine, mail a CD with high-resolution (4x6/300dpi) photographs. Below is a helpful checklist to double-check that 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 ___ Bridesmaids and groomsmen ___ Cake ___ Rings ___ Flowers ___ Ceremony ___ Reception ___ Wedding Favor ___ Second Line ___ Detail shots of shoes, dress, jewelry ___ Detail shots of the decor ___ Please include five other photos of your choice.

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



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 in which 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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reconnect with nature. Select from our menu of services or allow our experts to design a customized retreat. Bridal consultants & event designers Belladeux Event Design, LLC 757 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 303 New Orleans, LA 504.323.2100 Belladeux Event Design is a full service event and wedding planner located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. At Belladeux Event Design, our mission is to provide premium wedding and event planning and design services to clients at every stage in the planning. We are committed to delivering solid advice, sophisticated style, and service at the highest level of quality to all of our clients. Exclusive Events New Orleans, LA 504-578-3503 |


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Focusing on our couples needs, Exclusive Events carefully tailors the planning and design process to ensure your request are met, and all aspects of your event is attended to with meticulous detail. With an eye for detail, the Exclusive Event masterful team expertly oversee every moment of your entire wedding. Exclusive Events, Your Vision. Our Expertise. 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. Weddings by Allie, LLC 12232 Industriplex Blvd. Suite 9 Baton Rouge, LA 225-485-7340 Fun, innovative wedding planning and more! With over 20 years of wedding and event planning experience Allie is considered one of South Louisiana’s Top Wedding Expert. Full “A to Z” planning services or “Day of Coordination”, Allie and her team can help you with as much or as little as you need, insuring you, your groom, family and entourage have the time of their lives. Free consultations available! WBA also conducts a seminar/ course on “How to become a professional Wedding Planner”. This class is held twice a year in Baton Rouge and is now available on DVD. Enroll now! Cake/ pastries Bittersweet Confections Cheryl Scripter, Owner & CEO 725 Magazine St., Suite A New Orleans, LA 504-523-2626 Best of The 2015 Two-Time Winner “Best King Cake in New Orleans” Wedding and grooms cakes, dessert bars, and favors. Call us today to schedule your consultation. Joe Gambino’s Bakeries 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-885-7500

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WINTER-SPRING 2016 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. Swiss Confectionery, Inc. 747 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-7788 For over 90 years Swiss has set the standard for wedding cakes in New Orleans. Family owned and operated for five generations, we remain committed to the traditions that have earned our excellent reputation. The Sweet Life Bakery 6268 Vicksburg St. New Orleans, La 504-371-5153 Hidden away in the heart of Lakeview is The Sweet Life Bakery, a cake design bakery that uses inspiration to create incredibly delicious works of art. Our designs range from classic to contemporary. We do cakes that are cute, fun, and classic and ones that are inspired by you. Catering 12 Seasons Catering & Mr. Mudbug 131 23rd St. Kenner, LA 504-465-9770 Specializing in custom, on site catering, 12 Seasons & Mr. Mudbug prides itself on offering international gourmet creations, a touch of elegance to events of all sizes and professional service. Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave. Metairie, LA 504-896-7350 3827 Baronne St. New Orleans, LA 714 Elmeer Ave Metairie, LA Martin Wine Cellar provides fullservice custom catering for events large and small. Offering seasonal menus with quality ingredients and professional staff to make your gathering seamless and memorable. Messina’s Catering and Events 2717 Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA 504-469-7373

advertising section 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. Ceremony/reception/ locations Bayou Barn 7145 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 504-689-2663 Bayou Barn is a distinctly different wedding venue just 15 minutes from the French Quarter located on the bayou adjacent to the beautiful Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. We have onsite catering and full bar services. We pride ourselves on creating your perfect day. Contact us for more information at: 504-6892663 or 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. Compass Point Erin Steen French 504-366-1768 985-969-4526 200 Opelousas Ave New Orleans, LA Erin Steen French & Amy Steen Reggio, proprietors Weddings, receptions, showers, guest houses 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. Dickie Brennan’s 605 Canal St. New Orleans, LA Restaurant directory: 504-274-1958 Palace Café: 504-523-1661 Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: 504-5222467 Bourbon House: 504-522-0111 Tableau: 504-934-3463 “The Dickie Brennan family of restaurants includes four restaurants located in the heart of New Orleans’ picturesque French Quarter. Each of our restaurants are dedicated to showcasing the unique culinary history of New Orleans by featuring the freshest local ingredients prepared using traditional techniques with a modern twist.” Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-895-9200 Built in 1869 the Elms Mansion is the ideal setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Full-service wedding planning and onsite catering provided. Beautifully preserved interior and expansive gardens. Emerald Grande 10 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 850-424-0622 Celebrating together at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village has an enchantment all its own. We have spectacular venues with stunning views to host your event, dream wedding or social celebration. We can take care of all the details so you can relax and make treasured memories. Led by a team of skilled event planning and culinary professionals, our staff is experienced in hosting an incredibly wide range of functions. English Turn Golf & Country Club One Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 504-392-2200 Let our dedicated staff assist you in planning the wedding you have been dreaming of. English Turn is located just 8 miles from downtown New |


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weddings, private functions, banquets, concerts, luncheons, and convention meetings of any size. Generations Hall provides a unique New Orleans atmosphere for any event. Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans 1201 Convention Center Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-293-1200 Make your New Orleans wedding comfortable, convenient and 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. 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 romantic and affordable site in New Orleans. A House of Broel event isn’t expensive – it’s priceless. Hyatt French Quarter 800 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-565-4537 caitlin.miner@hyattfrenchquarter. com Fully renovated property in the French Quarter offering a garden courtyard and beautiful ballroom space leading out to Canal Street. Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave.

New Orleans, LA 504-561-1234 From gourmet menus and lavish ballrooms to luxurious guestrooms and exceptional service, our team will ensure your special day is unforgettable. JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-527-6752 Great loves deserve great celebrations. In the heart of the Big Easy, the JW Marriott New Orleans is the perfect place to celebrate your love and commitment. Situated in the historic French Quarter, the sophisticated elegance of JW Marriott New Orleans harmonizing with its old-world charm offers you and your guests a venue brimming with romance for your wedding day. Le Méridien 333 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 70130 504-525-9444 504-207-5173 Little Gem Saloon 445 S. Rampart St. New Orleans, LA 504-267-4863 “Jazz Corner of New Orleans” Offering Locally Sourced Southern Cuisine in a Historic Music Venue. Food. Music. History. 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. |


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bridal resources Louisiana State Museum 751 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 504-568-6968 “Our historic properties are perfect venues for meetings, corporate parties, wedding receptions or other special occasions. Each of our locations has its own undeniable sense of history, charm, and character, and three of these landmarks – The Cabildo, The Presbytère, The Old U.S. Mint – are available to host your special event. Weddings, parties, and galas call for dramatic locations and incomparable atmosphere, and our locations offer that and so much more.” 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. Messina’s at the Terminal 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-469-7373 Messina’s at the Terminal, located in the Lakefront Airport, offers two Event Rooms in a historically, unique Art-Deco environment. New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 855-798-6642 Splendidly original hotels in america’s Favorite city - gorgeous courtyards, ballrooms and cottages for your wedding. NOLA Hotel Group 504-962-7220 Come experience the joie de vivre that only New Orleans can offer and generate memories that will flourish forever. Whether Downtown or French Quarter, Nola Hotel Group has something that will delight your

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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.

Riverview Room 600 Decatur Street, 4th Floor New Orleans, LA 504-525-3000 Mary Quarls The Riverview Room - Where the French Quarter meets the Mississippi. The Riverview Room is located on the fourth level of the Jackson Brewery Millhouse in the heart of the French Quarter. The open spaces and outdoor terraces present a panoramic view of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and the Central Business District. The comfortably elegant atmosphere of the room is accentuated with mahogany paneling, early New Orleans period lighting fixtures and plush carpeting. Floor to ceiling windows provide an ever-changing river view. Four terraces are available for guests to step outside and experience the charm of New Orleans. On our Decatur street balcony, guests can view Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the French Quarter.

Oxalis 3162 Dauphine St. New Orleans, LA 504-267-4776 Presidential Palace 1800 Vintage Dr. Kenner, LA 504-467-3500 Presidential Presidential Palace, the most elegant reception venue in the greater New Orleans area features all inclusive packages that make your wedding day stress free! Our goal is to make sure your & your guests every need is met. Presidential Palace, where your ever after... Begins. Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel 700 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 504.613.2330 Ideally located in the heart of New Orleans in the revitalized Arts District, the Renaissance Arts Hotel is where your wedding vision starts an exhilarating journey. Just blocks from the French Quarter in the historic riverfront neighborhood, a one-of-akind wedding experience awaits you and your guests the minute you step into our hotel. Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel 817 Common St. New Orleans, LA 504.525.1111 Capture the incomparable spirit of New Orleans with the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel. Set in the heart of the legendary French Quarter, our boutique New Orleans hotel provides a one-of-akind experience making your wed-


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. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel 500 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-2500 Whether it’s a grand affair or an intimate celebration the Sheraton New Orleans hotel offers the perfect location and the perfect fit. From the Armstrong Ballroom with its lofty ceilings, magnificent skylight, 20 foot wall of windows and sweeping views to the sophisticated backdrop of the more elegant Waterbury Ballroom with its sparkling crystal chandeliers, we have the ideal setting for making memories. Stella Plantation 4881 Highway 39 Braithwaite, LA 504-919-7474 New Orleans’ Best Kept Secret Stella is a family-run, working plantation 20 miles southeast of New Orleans. An inherently Southern setting, the plantation grounds are shrouded in live oak trees and surrounded by 1500 acres of gorgeous countryside and wilderness. Stella is an enchanting venue for a unique excursion, intimate gathering or grand event. 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

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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, located in the heart of the French Quarter, serves a daily Jazz Brunch buffet and an a la carte dinner menu at night. Guests dine in our lush, spacious courtyard or in one of three elegant, indoor dining rooms. Reservations are recommended. The Forum 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-833-7666 Located in the heart of Metairie, The Forum is ideally located and perfectly suited for a variety of meetings, receptions, and parties. Spacious enough to accommodate large groups, The Forum has intelligently designed rooms that can break down into smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings such as workshops and business retreats. The Rose Garden 5616 Citrus Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-737-1300 For the Bride & Groom looking for simple elegance partnered with exceptional food and service, say “I do” to the Rose Garden Venue! Our all- inclusive package will make your wedding planning journey stress free! Tomas Bistro 755 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 504-527-0942 Beautiful venue with exposed brick walls and vaulted glass ceiling for a very “New Orleans” style ceremony and reception. All food is catered in-house by our amazing culinary team. W Hotels of New Orleans 333 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-207-5173 Get ready for your big day. Say “I do” overlooking the sparkling downtown lights at W New Orleans, or celebrate under the stars in the courtyard at W

French Quarter. White Hall Plantation 100 Central Ave. Jefferson, LA 504-465-9770 Located on River Road, White Hall Plantation is a hidden gem in the heart of Jefferson, Louisiana. A charming venue and culinary expertise coupled together to create your special occasion! Flowers Arbor House floral-event-creative 2372 St. Claude Ave. suite 124C New Orleans, LA 504-656-4884 Arbor House is a full service florist with an emphasis on unique everyday designs, beautiful one of a kind events, and locally made gifts. We are located in the historic Marigny Neighborhood. 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 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 Florist & New Orleans Wedding Planners 2014 Clearview Parkway Metairie, LA 504-455-2353 One thing that sets us apart from other florist is the day before your wedding you can come in a view your wedding flowers! Brittney Ray’s Florist

2108 Paris Road Chalmette, LA 504-271-9012 New Orleans Premier Family Florist. 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 27 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. Iris Floral + Event Design Studio 5331-B Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-304-4966 Custom-designed wedding flowers... no minimums...local, destination, bridalparty-only weddings welcome! Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 2032 Adams St. New Orleans, LA 504-315-5607 Unique floral designs for your special event and wedding. We create florals built around your look and style! If you can dream it, we can make it! Nosegay’s Bouquet Boutique 4931 W Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-1212 We at Nosegay Floral Designs create fabulous bridal bouquets right here in Metairie for all the New Orleans area. Our designers are artists that turn your ideas into floral elegance and our service is second to none. When you come to us for your special day be prepared for the royal treatment!

The Crystal Vase Flowers & Gifts 504-888-8891 Crystal, the owner & designer has been in the wedding floral industry for over 20 years. I recently closed our retail store to place all of my attention on weddings. I pride myself on details and the personal attention each one of my brides receive from me, after all it is your special day! The Plant Gallery 9401 Airline Highway New Orleans, LA 504-488-8887 The impact that floral arrangements have on a wedding’s ambience cannot be underestimated. Their natural elegance reminds guests of the simple beauty of love, and their vivacity celebrates the couple’s new life together. To ensure that our custom creations meet the happy couple’s vision, we hold one-on-one consultations to discuss theme, color, and setting among other details. GIFTS Honeymoon travel Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau 850-609-5390 Camille Fournier 1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Every year, happy couples from all over the country recite vows to one another in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Part of the fun of a beach wedding is the chance to kick off your shoes and show your creativity. If you’re like most couples, you’ll find inspiration all around you in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast where the beach isn’t just a location – it’s a theme! Town & Country Travel Inc 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 180A Metairie, LA 504-838-8702 We are a full service travel agency specializing in Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Call for your consultation. Travel Central 3221 N Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-834-7000 |


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bridal resources 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. Your honeymoon and destination wedding specialist! Invitations Exquisite Events New Orleans, LA 504-975-4089 Exquisite Events was created with the unique client in mind, offering a full line of invitations to perfectly complement your event. Luxury invitations at an affordable price. Gem Printing Co. 1904 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-831-1762 Gem Printing Co., locally owned and operated since 1918 ~ now in our fourth generation, specializes in wedding invitations, custom cups, koozies, handkerchiefs, napkins, etc. We carry invitations for both weddings and showers, as well as birthdays, graduations, and baptisms. One Day Service. Jewelry Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie.LA 504-885-4653 Fountain Park Centre 1901 Manhattan Boulevard Harvey, LA 70058 504-648-2300 Extraordinary quality. Prices that will delight. No one does Diamonds like Ramsey’s. Photo booths Boogie Booth Photo Booth Comapny PO Box 581 Mandeville, LA 504-457-8033 We are a full service photo booth and green screen company who specializes in bringing the fun to your event. Funtastic Fotos, LLC P.O. Box 58418 New Orleans, LA 504-466-9209 Funtastic Fotos’ flipbook technology requires guest to move around for only 7 seconds with props in

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Party Portraits Photo Booth 225-366-9282 Party Portraits Photo Booth offers a unique and interactive photo booth experience with our New Magic Mirror. Guests marvel as the full size mirror compliments them and directs them at every turn. The mirror itself, unlike other Photo Booth, is small and compact, making it the perfect addition to any event. Give our office a call at 504-273-7306 and book yours today! Snap And Sketch Photo Booths PO Box 74666 Metairie, LA 504-494-8269 Snap And Sketch brings you the latest innovative trends with photo booths. DJ Ronnie Roux has more than 20 years experience and offers wireless up lighting. Please send it to me today, so we can include you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you in advance! Photography B1 Studio LLC 2270 3rd St. Mandeville, LA 985-373-8143 B1 Studio LLC goes above and beyond to make sure your magical day is one to remember. Belle Amour Photography 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-768-6603 nichole@Belle Amour Photography. com Belle Amour The stolen glances and heartfelt embraces. It’s the look of anticipation as he waits for you down the isle. It’s the look of pride on daddy’s face as he gives you away while fighting back tears. It’s the feeling as if nobody else is in the room during your first dance. These and all the other special moments are what we strive to capture.


Every wedding is unique, so let us tell your story with beautiful and timeless photographs...preserving every detail of your big day! We are Belle Amour Photography - Beautiful Love Bob Bradford Photography 2214 Milton St. New Orleans, LA 504-943-2622 I have been operating out of my studio in New Orleans since 1990 photographing hundreds of weddings. I believe a good wedding coverage should include a lot of candids, traditional, black and white, classic and elegant portraits to give my clients a wide variety images. If you want a certified professional photographer, with a lot of knowledge about the wedding photography industry please consider our services. David Tompkins Photography 504-738-7944 david@davidtompkinsphotography. com David Tompkins is a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. As a photographic artist, David has shot weddings all over the world. David can customize your wedding to your needs. Eau Claire Photographics New Orleans, LA 504-432-7879 Eau Claire Photographics is a husband and wife photography team based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Our clients and couples often describe our style to us as natural. We agree. We love soft and romantic imagery. Our wedding day coverage is unscripted and unposed. We photograph emotion as it happens for elegant documentary coverage of your wedding day. Eye Wander Photo 7341 Jefferson Hwy. Ste M Baton Rouge, LA 225-366-4567 The first step in capturing the essence of a wedding with all its intricacies is not to look, but to listen. As we hear the hearts of our clients when they talk about their relationship and celebration, we are translating their desires into emotional, beautifully lit timeless photographs, bringing to life their vision. From the Wanderings of our Eye, we give you memories to

treasure for a lifetime. Heather Cantrelle Photography 985-688-1971 I am a professional photographer doing what I LOVE…wedding photography. It is my passion. I have been blessed to be in the wedding industry for over 10 years. Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life. It involves much time and preparation to make it perfect. After your wedding is over, your photographs are your permanent records to cherish from this special day. Therefore, I believe that your investment in a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make. I strive to offer you the best experience and beautiful, amazing wedding photographs. From the small intimate wedding, to the most extravagant, I offer a wide variety of collections and customization options to fit your needs. Congratulations and best wishes!!! Images By Robert T. 985-966-2793 With the many years of experience, Trent has made a name for himself in South Louisiana as a photographer flexible enough to produce heart-warming memories for families during the special milestones of their life. When a couple allows me to photograph their wedding, I become a part of their life. For as long as they live, they will look at the pictures of their wedding and remember the photographer who took them. For that long, I remain a part of their life story, that’s what makes my job rewarding. 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. Red Leaf Weddings 10172 Jefferson Hwy New Orleans, LA 504-402-7692 New Orleans wedding photography |


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bridal resources studio, Red Leaf Weddings, delivers timeless, naturalistic photojournalism and beautiful fine art wedding day portraiture. Contact us to learn about our wedding day photography packages.

985-845-8405 As a family team of photographers and videographers, we will be there to tell the story of your special day.

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Real estate 1st Lake Properties, Inc 504-455-5059 1st Lake Properties has over 70 locations and offers over 9,500 quality apartment homes in the greater New Orleans area. Where you live is our business.

Stacy Marks Photographer 1025 N Hullen St. Metairie, LA 504-237-2173 Stacy’s style draws from a background of fashion, editorial and music photography, which blend into one when photographing a wedding. He has the talent of drawing people out of themselves to capture real interactions and beautiful images. Visit his site to see more stunning photos! The Red M Studio 3422 49th St Metairie, LA 504-450-0065 We are a husband and wife team who have been delighting our clients with our clean, simple, yet bold photographic style since 2011. With a keen eye for capturing moments that matter, we tell wedding stories inspired by your love that you will treasure for a lifetime. From initial consultation to delivering your final art pieces, we offer a full service experience that receives the same care as if it were our own. Très Bien Photo+Video 504-534-TRES At Très Bien Photo+Video we are always excited by your love story. We love appreciate couples who want to be a part of the creative process and we work extensively with you to achieve a look that achieves your vision. Our biggest joy is to create imagery that is romantic, classic, and timeless. We enjoy vintage cars, cheesy wedding dances and creating images that represent you! Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St. Mandeville, LA

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Rentals Special services Backyard Printing (& Secondline Handkerchiefs) Leslie McCroey 1960 Surgi Drive Mandeville, LA 985-231-7789 backyard Backyard Printing is full service screen printing and embroidery business. Our special love is our second line handkerchiefs and decorated umbrellas that we print and decorate for weddings and special events We have two web sites. 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 SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

watch the artist in action! You now have a memory that can last forever! Mr. Snowball Catering 504-234-2110 Mr.Snowball Catering is the best idea since the snowball itself. Mr.Snowball Catering has been in business for over 15 years and has become the top Snowball Caterer in Louisiana with bringing New Orleans favorite treat to any event. Mr.Snowball guarantees you and guest will fall in love with the premium flavors poured amazingly fine ice. BRING THE NEW ORLEANS SNOWBALL EXPERIENCE TO YOU!! Party Rentals Delivered 504-441-8705 We understand that creating a successful event requires more than the right tables, chairs, linens and accessories. It’s the service behind our products that ensures the planning, delivery and pickup will all run smoothly. Southern Candymakers 334 Decatur St New Orleans LA 504-523-5544 Offering fresh Creamy Pralines and Chocolates, in lovely customizable wedding favors, sumptuous trays for dessert spreads, and elegant welcome gifts for your special guests when they arrive at their hotel. Special Services Impastato Gallery & Art Therapy 7039 US 190 Ste. B Covington, LA 985-778-5338 Impastato Gallery & Art Therapy now offers LIVE ART before,during or after your event. We offer many ways to get creative and celebrate. Explore our range of services. NOLA Bonsai 1529 Jackson Ave. New Orleans, LA 985-705-3357 Guy Guidry’s NOLA Bonsai offers a fully stocked bonsai supply, bonsai boutique, and a working studio. We offer locals and visitors the opportunity to learn this unique art form first hand from one of the world’s most renowned bonsai artists. For those looking to make

their event, residential or commercial space truly special, NOLA Bonsai also offers world class Bonsai specimen for lease on a daily and monthly basis. Omega Sound & Entertainment 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-966-6378 Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. 111 Veterans Blvd Metairie, LA 504-200-2000 The Crozier Team is a local mortgage banking resource. With over 5,000 clients served in the GNO metro area we have the local lending knowledge and insurance expertise to make sure your home buying experience is smooth and stress free. Call the Home Team for all your real estate needs 504.339.5626 Mynnye Chocolates, LLC 504-250-6106 Mynnye Chocolates, LLC, owned and operated by Shanell “Mynnye” Shaw, is a boutique chocolate company serving Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas. With over 20 years experience creating and making chocolate delicacies, Mynnye Chocolates, LLC specializes in edible art for any occasion. If you can imagine it, Mynnye Chocolates can provide a high quality, memorable chocolate experience for your next event! sponsor Dorignac’s Food Center 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-834-8216 A wedding is for celebrating, not worrying. So, why not let Dorignac’s help make it easier? Our floral artists, experienced chefs, bakery personnel and wine experts are here to assist you with everything from floral arrangements and beautiful cakes to selecting wines and party trays. Best of all, getting high quality doesn’t mean paying a high price. Call 504834-8216 or stop by the store and let’s start planning your big day! Transportation Alert Transportation 3 Westbank Expressway New Orleans, LA 504-525-0500

advertising section Alert Transportation & Limousine co is a family owned and operated since 1999. We can provide chauffeured service for one to hundreds. We have a wide variety of vehicles: sedans, limos, Limobuses, Black Vans, and traditional minibuses. 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. Limousine Livery 4333 Euphrosine St. New Orleans, LA 504-561-8777 At Limousine Livery, we understand that a wedding is not just an event; it is an experience that will shape your life forever. For more than twenty five years. Limousine Livery’s wedding planning consultants have helped brides and grooms select the best options for their wedding. We know that your wedding is unique and deserves special attention. With Limousine Livery’s worry-free wedding packages, you’ll have a high-quality service for your special day. From the first time you call, to the moment we deliver you to your final destination, you will be thrilled by Limousine Livery’s wedding services. An experienced, professional company that understands the importance of this occasion will ensure that your big day begins and ends perfectly! 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 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. Your Day Production Wedding Videographers 504-273-0005 New Orleans 985-227-4579 Houma/Thibodaux 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 Bliss Bridal 4712 Magazine St. 504-592-7507 Combining the elegance of a fullservice bridal boutique with a showroom of beautiful gowns under $1500, we create the perfect moment for our brides to Say Yes without overstepping their budgets. Bliss Bridal offers brides an upscale, yet affordable, experience. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave Suite B Metairie, LA 504-780-7090 Come say “I DO”, in Style! Elan 5207 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-516-2799 We are three generations of creativity, gowns, costumes, and apparal that inspire. Our unique store nestled on Magazine near Jefferson is always

changing and up to date in fashion. Come visit us 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. Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-885-9213 Family owned & operated for 42 years. The only full service bridal salon in the metro area. Looking forward to helping you & your family with any of your bridal needs. As always complimentary alterations. Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St. Metairie, LA 504-324-7227

Tuxedo and suit rentals and sales. Southern Bridal 1200 West Causeway Approach Suite 8 Mandeville, LA 985-727-2993 We love to dress your entire wedding party with Unique & fashion forward styles, and pride ourselves in offering the highest level of customer service! The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-266-2771 Designer gowns at delightful prices where customer service is always in style! Bridal, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid, Flowergirls, Accessories, Jewelry & More! Trashy Diva 537 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 504-522-4233 2048 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA (504) 299-8777 The perfect wedding starts with Trashy Diva’s Bridal Collection. We feature vintage inspired styles for the bride and bridal party. Complete your special day with clothing, shoes, accessories, and lingerie from Trashy Diva. Tuxedos to Geaux 3400 16th St. Metairie, LA 504-455-5393 DON’T RENT! OWN IT! New tuxedo coat, pant, formal shirt, tie and cummerbund set or New Suit, dress shirt and tie with free lifetime alterations. $159!! We specialize in wedding groups, small or large. Wedding retail Blanc Bridal Couture 3819 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA Visit Blanc Bridal Couture for an intimate, exclusive wedding gown shopping experience. Be pampered as your experienced, fashion-forward personal stylist navigates you through our well-edited collection of hand-selected designer gowns. From traditional to “something different,” Blanc Bridal Couture has something for every bride. Bridal. Bridesmaids. Flowergirls. Appointments encouraged. • |


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Wedded to Wellness Honeymoons that start you off on the right track By Becca Hensley


ouples bring a lot of baggage to a marriage (and we aren’t talking about luggage). Consider beginning your new life together the way you want to live it — full of vim and vigor. Recharge and reconnect at some of our favorite wellness destina-

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tions around the globe.

Say Namaste Ananda in the Himalayas, India Set amid the region said to be the birthplace of yoga, Ananda occupies the mountainous grounds of a Maharaja’s glimmering palace. Legendarily infused with cosmic energy, the


locale has flower-edged pathways, wandering peacocks, mischievous monkeys, lavish rooms, a swimming pool and a 24,000-square-foot spa, which offers 80 diverse body and beauty treatments. Here, under the tutelage of Ayurvedic doctors and yoga masters, you’ll practice

sunrise yoga, meditate and indulge in spa treatments designed for your Ayurvedic dosha — or body type. Room A Deux: Garden Suite with plunge pool and valley view Prescription: The three- or five-night Couples Connect Package comes with a candle-lit dinner and spa

treatments in the Couple’s Spa Suite.

Love, Eat, Meditate COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali Tuck into a sleek Javanesestyle abode, surrounded by emerald green rice paddies and an exotic rainforest, near Ubud, a sun-drenched village, art colony and spiritual hot bed. Shadowed by soaring volcanoes, steps from moldering temples, amid a healing landscape peppered with a history of ancient spice traders, COMO Shambhala embraces your curative quest with round-edged infinity pools, floating treatment rooms, healthy menus and concierge-organized forays — such as sunrise hikes or blessing ceremonies. Breathe as one beneath the palm trees or practice your yoga postures beside a coursing river. Room A Deux: Retreat in a Pool Villa, which delights with beds canopied in white drapes, an outdoor shower, a private pool and a personal assistant. Prescription: Relinquish your stress to the Javanese Royal Lulur Bath, a treatment originally designed for royalty. Enjoy this multi-step ritual in the couple’s pavilion, near the spring pools. comohotels. com/comoshambhalaestate/

Soak Yourself Gainsborough Bath Spa, England Pubs, Roman-era ruins, mom-and-pop shops, cafes and theaters fill the cobble-stoned streets of historic, UNESCO-listed Bath, in the bucolic English countryside. Flanked by the buzz of shoppers, street musicians and flower

sellers, Gainsborough Bath Spa, a Leading Hotel of the World, melds contemporary aesthetics to the ancient ritual of bathing in curative waters — something the Romans (and others) did here with regularity. With exclusive rights to the city’s trove of mineralrich H20, this tony hotel offers its guests a thermal water circuit, a prodigious spa program and rooms that have mineral water flowing from a faucet into over-sized, soaking tubs. An inspiring ritual in which guests write their life worries into an erasable wax tablet begins each spa session, underlining the concept of new beginnings. Note: honeymooners receive 20 percent off spa treatments, roses and a bottle of wine upon arrival. Room A Deux: Bath Spa Suite, which offers unlimited access to the spa, a lounge area and in-suite thermal water service from the bathtub. Prescription: Seek rapture in the Tranquility for Two self-spa journey, where couples can use oodles of mineralized mud, algae, rose water, exfoliating salts, loofahs, shower gels and moisturizers while they soak int the reparative waters. The-Gainsborough-Bath-SpaBath-England

Wine Time Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine/ El Sanctuario Spa, Spain An hour from Valladolid, wedged between vineyards, a restored, 12th-century monastery girds a swank 30-room hotel, a Michelinstarred restaurant and an innovative, subterranean spa, El Sancutario. |


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LeDomaine brings wine-sense to the healing arts with a program in which spa attendants proffer tastes and sniffs of the retreat’s vineyard’s own wines and house-made, garden-fresh essential oils. Not a gimmick, this helpful procedure steers guests to program choices, which best benefit their spa needs and desires. Your “vinotherapy” can be

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matched with simple, healthy menus, athletic options — such as biking — or simply be a route to relaxation between wine tastings. Room A Deux: Junior Suite with vineyard views. Prescription: Revel in Le Grand Cru,145-minutes of oenotherapy in the two-person spa suite, experiencing wine-infused modalities from body


exfoliation to body wrap.

Ciao Bella Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como Romance Italian-style rules the day on the shores of Italy’s most storied lake. Do it George Clooney style at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a Belle Epoque enclave steeped in regal majesty. When you

aren’t navigating the limpid water in the hotel’s own RUY, a vintage motor launch, splashing in the lake-side pool, or gadabouting amid the grande dame’s palatial interiors, be enwrapped in the solace of its newly minted T-Spa, poised in Villa Emilia — a re-envisioned, 18th-century, structure that graces the gardens. Find your dolce vita in the

Couple’s Room, where sideby-side treatments curb jet lag and evoke your inner red Ferrari. Room A Deux: Book Suite Emilia, a chi-chi room located within the spa complex, with private access to the facility. Prescription: Book the Romance Package, which garners you spa time, plus a bespoke boat ride on the lake.

Arte De Vivre Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Barths With French élan, hilly St Barths is like Paris — but in a little black sundress and strappy sandals. Expect gendarmes with Gaston-like dimples, perfect croissants and well-heeled fashionistas. Jet setters, glitterati and the yachting crowd abound. Channel their hedonistic ways at exquisite Cheval Blanc, which does barefoot chic with Coco Chanel style. Overlooking famed Flamands Beach, the halcyon hotel vaunts the only Guerlain Spa in the Caribbean. Here, you can recharge after a shopping spree or unravel the knots after a sailing jaunt. Relish a couple’s massage in the verdant garden’s outdoor treatment pavilion Book before a gastronomic dinner on the beach. Room a Deux: Honeymooners hanker for the Hillside Bungalow (with sea view), set above the other rooms for extra privacy. Prescription: Get fit with the Summer Wellbeing program which keeps you active with daily hikes, yoga and pilates and renewed with massages and candle-lit meditation. stbarthisledefrance.

Hopi Happiness Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona Crafted by star architect Richard Gluckman to fuse with the otherworldly, fire-colored rocks of Red Rock State Park, Mii amo embraces local Native American traditions and draws from the sacred, energy vortex that reputedly buzzes through the area. Sign up for three, four or seven-day itineraries, known as journeys, to undergo a couples’ joint magic carpet ride to another dimension. Contemporary rooms, some with mountain views, provide a soulful foundation for days filled with spa treatments that range from facials to hypnosis (to conquer a bad habits) to hot stone massage. Inspired, healthy cuisine sustains you during myriad complimentary group activities — think hikes and star gazing. Do back stroke in the outdoor pool to muse over the clouds or ponder your future in the crystal-bedecked meditation room, designed to capture the moonlight. Room a Deux: The stand-alone Mii amo Luxury Suite has a fireplace, terrace and courtyard with views. Prescription: Inhale the dreams of your new life together in the couple’s massage room with the Intentional Aromatherapy Massage. Set an intention for a happy, healthy marriage.

Hobbitt House Rogner Bad Blumau, Austria It’s like a fairytale. Designed by Austrian painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, to house a bevy of mineral springs and |


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their proved healing waters, Rogner Bad Blumau unfurls like a Dr. Seuss sketched castle. Atop a hill, the curvy-lined complex, topped with onion domes, glittering with gold highlights, marked by fantastical columns and block painted in hues from the earth, the hotel and spa bedazzles aesthetically, even as it promotes healing and relaxation. Eleven indoor and outdoor pools,

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tons of jacuzzis, plentiful decks, myriad saunas, a spa and abundant bridges form the sauna empire and bathhouse’s heartbeat. But be enchanted, too, by Hundertwasser design savvy rooms, local wine and farmto-fork meals, not to mention hiking, yoga, biking and hot air balloon rides. Room a Deux: The Steinhaus Komfort, which has a balcony. SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

Prescription: Soak. Soak. Sauna. Soak again. It’s all about the water, known to ameliorate ailments from eczema to arthritis.

Salud y Amor One&OnlyPalmilla Once the seaside mansion escape of Hollywood heyday film stars, One&Only Palmilla has grown into a manicured resort that

matches the drama of the Baja Peninsula’s desert coastlines. Pearly white beaches, seductive swimming pools, guest rooms with sea views, plunge pools, Mexican hand-made furnishings and award-winning restaurants, combine to make this resort one where you want to stay forever. Take your daily constitutional in the magical mystery tour of a spa, which occupies a secret garden. Enter to find half-hidden thatched roof treatment huts, al fresco nooks and crannies and pool-dotted niches. With a wellness menu that borrows from indigenous healing traditions, you’ll receive rituals stepped in curative lore, administered with local herbs and tonics. Room a Deux: Ocean Front Pool Casita Suite, which comes with a dedicated butler, daily afternoon margaritas, Sea of Cortez views, and wraparound-infinity pool. Prescription: Enjoy the Enamorados Bespoke Couples Experience for head-to-toe tandem pampering in the fully knockout Private Spa Suite. And, get thee to the resort’s private coves, where couples can rent a floating net bed and private palapa area all day long, attended to by beach butlers. palmilla.oneandonlyresorts. com b

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

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

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


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

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

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

6-9 Months To Go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Something Blue

A pop of color and sass adds personality to your wedding day ensemble by Melanie Warner Spencer

If there is ever a time to splurge on impractical footwear, it’s your wedding day. Whether your dress is as white as the driven snow, a subtle ivory or even blushing pink, Badgley Mischka’s “Jeannie” crystal trim, open toe, satin pump will provide a pop of color and personality. The peep toe will show off your perfect pedi and is topped with a sparkling crystal brooch for a little extra Big Day dazzle.