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Refined Simplicity R EAL WE DDINGS 48

Celebrate New Beginnings

Reception confections in traditional black and white combinations that are almost too pretty to eat

These resorts want to pamper you during your honeymoon



Social Distance Sipping C HEC K LIST 62

Approaching libations for your celebration

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

Bye Bye Buffet The new customized cuisine scene LO C AT I O N S 4 0

Bijou Venues L AGNI APPE 64

Taking Flight

Small wedding spaces provide an intimate backdrop for I do’s

A lovely, yet meaningful bridesmaid gift with local flair

P H OTO G RA P H Y 4 2

Snap Chat The best way to preserve your Big Day



M US I C 4 4

Musical Memories BEAU TY 10

A perfect soundtrack will make your wedding day unforgettable

Glow Up


10 rules for healthy summer skin

The Perfect Match


Getting There


Sophisticated, timeless black and white is a combo that will never go out of style

Frizz Control


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

Beat the heat with the best humidity control haircare MA K EUP 14

Make to Last Makeup designed to last all day, even during a New Orleans summer I NV ITATIONS 16

Invitation Inspiration These new variations range from classic to modern and have one thing in common — elegance that will stand the test of time


Photograph by Theresa Cassagne, Styled by Lisa Tudor, Model Becca Farnell, Makeup by Meggan Ory, Hair by Monique Munoz. “Letty” modern V-neck crepe fit and flare gown with illusion panel and flutter sleeves at MaeMe The Bridal Boutique.





ver the past few years we’ve frequently seen, read and heard the phrase, “Love is not cancelled.” It was a mantra when the United States Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015. Recently, it applies to the countless couples continuing to move forward with their (safely distanced) weddings amid COVID-19 mandates and restrictions. It’s in that spirit that we present our Summer-Autumn 2020 issue. New Orleans wedding vendors and couples are resilient and creative, which comes in handy during any crisis, including a pandemic. The trend over the past several years has been lavish, yet intimate weddings. Couples have opted to gather their closest family and friends in lush settings, creating a sensory experience with the location, décor, florals, music, cocktails, cuisine, cake, favors and more. This can still be achieved within the city’s guidelines, due to the immensely innovative and resourceful individuals in the New Orleans wedding industry. Couples need only tap into their sense of adventure to create the wedding of their dreams. As always, the issue is chock full of ideas, inspiration, information, resources and eye candy galore. It is dedicated to the myriad couples who had to postpone and rescheduled, as well as those who forged ahead with Zoom weddings, elopements and micro-weddings, proving that indeed love is not cancelled. Cheers!



EDITOR Melanie Warner Spencer ART DIRECTOR Tiffani Reding Amedeo ASSOCIATE EDITOR Kelly Massicot PHOTOGRAPHER Theresa Cassagne CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Mirella Cameran, Becca Hensley, Andy Myer, Lisa Tudor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amy Gabriel, Cheré Coen, Rich Collins, Misty Milioto COPY EDITOR Liz Clearman ADVERTISING

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WEDDING ACCOLADES New Orleans & Company recently was awarded The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an award that recognizes the best event professionals across the country, as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests. New Orleans & Company, which consistently ranks as one of the top five destination marketing organizations in the country, has received this award two years in a row as a respected wedding resource. For example, New Orleans & Company offers services such as checklists, budget breakdown, vendor lists, legal information and more. To determine the winners, The Knot reviewed millions of user reviews across vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. Only the top five percent of wedding vendors received this honor for 2020.


The all-natural perfume company dubbed Smoke Perfume & Co., opened its first storefront location in The Good Shop in the Lower Garden District. Founder Kathleen Currie first developed her signature Smoke fragrance — featuring vetiver, citrus and jasmine — in 2013, while working out of her French Quarter kitchen. “It’s light yet also grounding and mysterious,” Currie says. She has now expanded her offerings to include a full collection of ethically sourced, all-natural perfumes and self-care products such as incense, body oils and more. The Deluxe Perfume Sample Kit makes a perfect brides-

PAINLESS PLANNING As any bride will agree, planning a wedding can be daunting to say the least. Luckily, a new web resource called PartySlate launched in New Orleans. The Chicago-based company, founded by Julie Roth Novack and John Haro in 2015, offers a platform for some of the country’s top event professionals and venues to upload event photos and galleries to the website in what amounts to a treasure trove of inspiration. It allows bridesto-be to easily gather ideas and contacts specific to their city. In addition to connecting top professionals with consumers, the site also offers articles on topics from invitations to bridal bouquets — and everything in between. partyslate.com

maid’s gift. smokeperfume.com— BY MISTY MILIOTO


Kiehl’s Since 1851 — the New York-based heritage brand — opened a freestanding storefront on Magazine Street with a bevy of high-quality skin and hair care products for men and women. The 995-squarefoot location launched the Healthy Skin Hub, a complimentary in-store digital consultation where brides can learn more about their skin heath and then receive product recommendations. Kiehl’s has complimentary (with tiered purchase thresholds) in-store services covering everything from problematic skin to dehydration and aging concerns. kiehls.com Meanwhile, the Vibrant Market is a beauty and wellness destination that allows

brides to manage stress — all while getting healthy, glowing skin prior to the Big Day. What started as a pop-up above Raw Republic has now evolved into a full-service shop known for its zero toxic ingredients beauty products. Expanded products and services include supplements and superfoods, natural skincare products, a two-person infrared sauna with chromotherapy, facials, and lymphatic drainage. thevibrantmarket.com

FLOWER PRESERVATION Locally based Paraph Studio offers a unique way to preserve the ephemeral details of your wedding. Artist Caitlin Ezell Waugh uses a kiln fusing technique to preserve the delicate structure of your wedding flowers in glass. Each custom piece can feature fresh or dried flowers, and creations include large and small stained glass windows, jewelry boxes, photo albums and picture frames. caitlinwaugh.com





Glow Up

10 rules for healthy summer skin BY MIRELLA CAMERAN


ummer in the South is like a marathon for our skin. We move between sweaty temps into cold air-conditioning, from salty days at the beach into chlorine-filled hours at the pool. All the while, for some us the only change we make in our skincare routine is adding extra sunscreen and laying off the heavy moisturizer. Experts agree we need to make smarter choices to avoid sunburn, rashes, dark spots and more. Here are the 10 rules of summer skincare:

1. UVA/UVB rays are at their strongest during summer and by spending more time outdoors, we are increasing our exposure. Protect your skin from the top to the bottom. Spray a mineral-based high-SPF sunscreen along the part in your hair and around your hairline to protect the sensitive skin on your scalp. Use face and body sunscreens to protect your skin all the way down to your toes and don’t forget to reapply regularly. 2. Antioxidants are key to keeping your skin healthy during the summer, choose a serum which feels light on your skin and sinks in fast and make sure you apply it at least twice a day. 3. Guard against dry skin. Yes, even when the air is moist, we still have to hydrate our skin, if we don’t, our pores will excrete excess sebum which creates shine and mixed with summer sweat, clogs our skin and leads to breakouts. 4. Swap heavy creams for water-based serums and lighter moisturizers that, provide the hydration and offer soothing agents, while still allowing our pores to breathe.


5. Consider a serum which incorporates sebum-controlling, skin balancing and shine-control ingredients. These will prepare skin for any makeup application and many also contain useful antioxidants. 6. Summer is the best time to exfoliate as the humidity in the air reduces the chances of redness and sensitivity, so slough off your dead winter cells with a dry rub before you shower and slather on a rich moisturizer within three minutes of drying off to ensure your skin receives the hydration it needs. Avoid hot water, it will dry you out even more. 7. Three areas to watch out for are eyes, lips and brown spots. The skin around the eyes and on the lips is the most delicate and prone to sunburn so choose a product designed to protect it. Scars and dark spots come out in the sun: make sure you target these areas with a high-performance corrector especially at night when skin is in repair mode. 8. If you’re going for a natural, beachy makeup look consider a primer or tinted moisturizer with extra mattifying benefits. Not only do they smooth out imperfections, but they keep oily patches under control for hours allowing for a more even, all-over glow. 9. It’s not one and done! Make sure you keep your skin hydrated all day long with a refreshing facial mist. A clever choice will also include skin calming agents and protectants. 10. Finally, treat yourself to some cantaloupe. Rich in antioxidants, it provides hydration from the inside out and tastes good, too. b





Frizz Control

Beat the heat with the best humidity control haircare BY MIRELLA CAMERAN


hether you like to wear your hair in big, bouncy curls or super sleek, as soon as the humidity hits around 60 percent you’ll start to see the dreaded halo of frizz. Pick products to match hair type and desired style, to stay smooth, calm and collected. Dehydrated hair is frizzy hair, so start with a cleansing shampoo. Bumble & bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo is perfect for dry and brittle hair. It cleans and conditions your scalp with powerful and hydrating oils including coconut, almond and argan. The next stop is an intensively hydrating conditioner. Virtue’s Correct The Polish Un-Frizz Cream is fast becoming an editor favorite thanks to its proprietary keratin protein which is almost identical to the one found in healthy hair, making it the most effective way to seal and protect each strand. Before you style, consider Kevin Murphy’s Easy Rider Defining Ant-Frizz


Flexible Hold Creme, which works on all styles and hair types without weighing down your locks or reducing volume. OUAI Hair Oil is a hot weather essential and a hard-working multitasker. Leave in wet hair for a glossy beach style, apply at night as a mask or use a light application during the day to tame fly-aways. Once you’ve styled your hair, spritz a light dusting of Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Oil Nutritive Weightless Oil, which creates a light veil of protection and adds gloss. Percy & Reed Oh-So-Smooth Frizz Fixer, this is a lifesaver in the summer. Keep it handy for when you’re caught in a summer drizzle. Just spray on and brush away any frizz. There are many instant de-frizzing sheets, but Nunzio Saviano Anti Frizz Sheets are such a great buy. Run them through your hair to deposit coconut oil and literally wipe your way to smoothness. b





Made to Last

Makeup designed to last all day, even during a New Orleans summer BY MIRELLA CAMERAN

With wedding season coinciding with summer, all brides need to know the secrets to smudge-free make up that won’t melt or streak no matter how high the mercury rises. These top 10 products are sweat-proof, tear proof and have the staying power to keep you looking fresh all wedding long.

e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Spray don’t forget the last but not least multipurpose spray to give your makeup a lasting, shine free finish in seconds.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick full saturated color and high shine for as long as you want? It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t. This lipstick will stick with you through thick and thin.

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation models and TV presenters favor this foundation for its ability to stand up to bright lights and long days. This lightweight cream offers full and long-lasting coverage which doesn’t cake or fade.

CoverGirl LastBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara this miracle wand at under $10 wins every tried-and-true tested for good reason. Offering the dream combo of length, volume and separation, water literally slides off this mascara leaving not a single black streak behind.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer a pea-sized drop will instantly blur imperfections and smooth skin while vitamins A and E keep skin nourished for maximum glow.

Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer this lipstick-shaped concealer contains green and yellow shades to cover both redness and dark circles and will have you picture perfect with one application. Easy to blend, it’s a steal at the price.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner rated as long-lasting as a Sharpie, this offers both a gel pencil and liquid liner to create a skinny feline flick, a 1960s heavy lid and anything in between.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo Long-Wear Colored Tint a 10-hour lasting tinted ink deposits a shiny gloss that stays put without drying your lips.

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks even though you can literally swim with this eye shadow on don’t save it for only that activity. The rich colors that don’t fade or crease are perfect for every day as well as your special day.





Invitation Inspiration These new variations range from classic to modern and have one thing in common — elegance that will stand the test of time BY ANDY MYER


This modern invitation letterpressed in black ink is designed by Smock and printed on smooth cotton white 2-ply paper made exclusively at a historic mill in New England. The use of serif and script fonts help define important information without distracting the eye. A blush liner completes the design with a soft touch of color, available through Betty Hunley Designs, bettyhunley.com.




A beautiful black and white suite featuring foil, letterpress and gilded edges. Traditional heavy Bristol stockand white were Alternating layers of black inserted under theFrench belly band engraved with a soft blue to ink;create a dimensional Scriptura, scriptura.com. accentuated witheffect, a floral watercolor

envelope liner, gemprinting.com




This simple square, bright white stock offers a contemporary, yet traditional look. Featuring the couple’s cypher and a combination typeset, the invitation is printed in a rich black ink, and is paired with a matching pearl-lined envelope. Complete the suite with folded informal notes, to properly thank your guests, Gem Printing Co., gemprinting.com.




Facing page: “Aston” fit-and-flare gown in ivory Delilah crepe with bateau neckline, embellished cuffs and statement back featuring Swarovski crystals by Sottero and Midgley at James & B Bridal House.

The Perfect Match Today the ever-classic combination of black and white for the bride and groom continues its reign as the most traditional of color schemes. From season to season, elite designers like Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera punctuate their collections with black accents on white gowns in the form of embroidered lace, beading, belts and bows. For the groom, a white dinner jacket is a handsome formalwear alternative. The crisp contrast of black accents on white also makes an elegant event statement when carried throughout, from invitations to décor. Sophisticated and timeless, this combination of the brightest and the darkest shades never goes out of style.




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



Peak lapel tuxedo by Neil Allyn at John’s Tuxedos.



“English” off-the-shoulder stretch crepe column gown with covered buttons by Watters at Pearl’s Place. An asymmetric mix of white roses, with Star of Bethlehem tips and cascades of phalaenopsis orchids, accented with black curly willow. Assorted tropical greenery includes umbrella palm, split leaf philodendron, ti leaves and a curled aspidistra leaf, by Fabulous Flowers.



“Waverly” by Ike Behar white dinner jacket with shawl collar tipped in black satin at John’s Tuxedos.



“Roma” tiered taffeta v-neck ball gown with pleated cummerbund and full tiered skirt with back bow by Justin Alexander Signature at Bliss Bridal.



“Wish� strapless ball gown with floral applique and companion long sleeve high neckline lace jacket (not shown) from Monique Lhuillier Fall 2020 Collection at I Do Bridal Couture. Hand-tied collection of ekimo roses, spray roses, lisianthus, helleborus. Accenting greenery includes dusty miller, salal, tree fern and silver dollar eucalyptus, by Grow With Us Florist.



Embossed lace tuxedo jacket with wide satin trim shawl collar at Tuxedos to Geaux.



“Braydon” by Ike Behar Evening satin shawl lapel tuxedo shown with a vest rather than the traditional cummerbund at Rome’s Tuxedos.



Matte Mikado silk ballgown with square neckline and pockets by Martina Liana at Town & Country. A textured bouquet of crepe myrtle, confederate jasmine, white astilbe, bleached grass, plumose, white astrantia, white spray roses, white mini dianthus, loropetalum and helecho ferns, by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events.





Refined Simplicity Reception confections in traditional black and white combinations that are almost too pretty to eat BY ANDY MYER PHOTOGRAPHED BY THERESA CASSAGNE

Two-tiered, almond pound cake iced with American buttercream, in stucco and marble, adorned with sugar dragees, by Swiss Confectionery, swisscakes.net.




Three-tiered devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry cream cheese and iced with white buttercream icing, covered in fondant. Decorated with a sponge-painted finish, Gambino’s Bakery, gambinos.com.


Three-tiered almond cake filled with fresh strawberries and Chantilly cream, frosted with vanilla bean buttercream icing in an elegant floral design, Bittersweet Confections, bittersweetconfections.com.



Social Distance Sipping Approaching libations for your celebration BY AMY GABRIEL


here’s no denying we all love an open bar at a wedding. But for the time being, we’ll need to pump the booze breaks a bit and come up with inventive ways to imbibe in a socially responsible way. Luckily in New Orleans, where there’s a swill, there’s a way. When your guests arrive at the reception, you’ll want to instantly put them in celebration mode. James Filtz, director of meetings and special events at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, suggests an entry presentation of chilled beverages to the tune of batched cocktails like whiskey sours in sealable glass bottles or a variety of canned wine and hard seltzers. “It provides a social lubricant to a group of people who may not know each other through the form of an alcoholic beverage when they walk into the event,” said Filtz of the importance of the welcome drink. “Especially with distancing requirements, it can be difficult to serve people quickly and efficiently. A bottled cocktail handed to each guest is a great idea to make this happen!” Once your guests have entered the party, Quinn Richard, owner of Cocktail+Creative, recommends an ultra-curated cocktail experience to wow your guests. “Since you’re not necessarily doing the volume of drink options,” said Richard, “why not bring the level of a curated experience through the roof?”


He recommends spirited tableside presentations for specific drink pairings that complement the food and accentuate the table settings. “Tableside service slows the tempo down a little bit and makes the experience a whole spectacle for the guests,” said Richard. “It’s not about how much you can get out of an hour, but how much you can get out of three hours.” Haley Kennel, catering sales manager at Windsor Court Hotel, also speaks to the appeal of tableside cocktail service. “There’s a kind of VIP treatment that can happen when the drinks are delivered and made just for you,” said Kennel, noting this can happen by way of a personalized cocktail cart equipped with accoutrements delivered by a designated server for the table. “This has the added benefit of making each guest feel like they’re being personally waited on,” she says. Kennel notes that although that service might not be the vision the bride originally imagined for her reception bar, there is something exciting to be said for customizing the experience in a new and unexpected way. “We may not be able to do everything the way we used to,” said Kennel, “but we’re excited to introduce something memorable, that is unique to the bride and groom, where guests will think ‘Wow, now this is so cool’.” b





Bye Bye Buffet The new customized cuisine scene BY AMY GABRIEL


rowding elbow to elbow, mingling by a buffet table and grazing as a group — that reception scenario doesn’t match the 2020 mentality. Although communal congregating may not be the ideal way to feed your guests, there is a groundswell of excitement about innovative approaches to reception cuisine. Consider this pivotal moment a chance to impress your friends and family with customized service they won’t want to miss. The idea of tableside service is one Valerie Gernhauser, owner, principal planner and designer of Sapphire Events, sees as an elevated moment for a couple to provide their guests. “All signs point to a VIP experience of individual service,” said Gernhauser. “It would be a lot like a French culinary moment where the food is somewhat prepared for you in advance, but the final touches are done in front of you with the preparer walking you through what you’re about to see and taste.” She envisions guests at designated seats personally waited on by a dedicated table server who delivers concepts like individual mini charcuterie boards, flights of New Orleans staples such as turtle soup, shrimp and grits, and one-bite crab cakes, or trios of oysters done three ways. “There would be more of a focus on presentation and display and seeing the food as art,” she says.


James Filtz, director of meetings and special Events, at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, sees the experience as part of the overall “eatertainment” and suggests incorporating a digital menu to further elevate the level of customization. “I think the digital experience for a couple could be an opportunity to uniquely personalize their wedding,” said Filtz. “A bride and groom can set up an app or a microsite so before guests walk into the event they’ve already selected their food or listed any dietary restrictions,” said Filtz, who adds that it will eliminate the need for paper menus. He also sees a digital menu as a chance for the bride and groom to provide curated city itineraries for guests. “Finding a way to incorporate food and beverage into their event experience with activities guests can do in town means the wedding doesn’t end when the cake is served,” said Filtz. “If Old New Orleans Rum is served in your drink, maybe you want to learn more about the distillery — or if there’s an appetizer you liked at the reception that the Ritz serves during high tea, there’s a link that takes you there.” To keep guests’ curiosities piqued, he recommends delaying some of the culinary details until the day of the festivities. “One of the special things about a wedding are the surprises and unique things, so you might want to keep at least a few under the hat, so to say!” b




For a luxe-yet-intimate venue for 50 to 200 guests, consider Basin St. Station. This indoor-outdoor event space overlooks the French Quarter and occupies a space that was formerly the Norfolk Southern railway station. The first floor New Orleans Museum is perfect for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while the fourth-floor, glass-enclosed salon features lavish decor and modern seating. The furnished outdoor terrace, known as The Rooftop on Basin, features gorgeous skyline views, gas-burning lanterns, stone tile flooring and outdoor seating. Rental starts at $1,500. 501 Basin St., 504-293-2600, basinststation.com, brakemanhotel.com BEVOLO GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTS

A perfect setting for seated dinners (of up to 50 guests), or cocktail receptions and intimate weddings (of up to 100 guests), Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights sparkles with more than 40 handcrafted, gas-burning, copper lanterns and dimmable festoon lighting. The 1,500-squarefoot venue features two entrances (from Royal Street and from Exchange Alley); a romantic, interior courtyard; and a workshop filled with antique fixtures, old work tables and vintage memorabilia. Tip: Arrange for Bevolo coppersmiths to be onsite during the event, so guests can watch lanterns being made. Rental starts at $3,000. 316 Royal St., 504-522-9485, bevolo.com BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL

Race and Religious

Bijou Venues

Small wedding spaces provide an intimate backdrop for I do’s BY MISTY MILIOTO


maller weddings have become more popular over the past several years, and this shift couldn’t be more welcome in the age of social distancing. Not only do couples reap the benefits of a more cost-effective venue, but they also have the added pleasure of hosting a cozy and relaxed event with only their closest family and friends. While some venues are temporarily closed — or only partially open — thanks to COVID-19, we’ve rounded up a host of small-scale venues to consider upon reopening.


A popular wedding venue since the 1800s, Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a few options for intimate weddings. The wrought-iron balcony overlooks the French Quarter and is perfect for elopements and small weddings of up to 12 guests. Meanwhile, the two-story corner balcony loft suites are ideal for wedding ceremonies of up to 15 guests. Finally, St. Ann Cottage is available for weddings and receptions, featuring two adjoining salons with 12-foot ceilings and French doors that open to a private courtyard. Rental starts at $2,850. 717 Orleans St., 504-5232222, bourbonorleans.com CAFÉ AMELIE

Café Amelie, located in the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House in the French Quarter, is known for its enchanting courtyard. Available for weddings and receptions, the venue can accommodate 100 to 150 guests. Choose from various dining options — all spotlighting Café Amelie’s traditional Louisiana cuisine. Rental starts at $4,500. 912 Royal St., 504-412-8965, cafeamelie.com


Bourbon Orleans Hotel


Located in the heart of the Vieux Carre, the Maison Dupuy is a boutique hotel offering an authentic New Orleans setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The newly renovated and secluded courtyard features a pool and a fountain, and it is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests. In-house Executive Chef Matthew Regan oversees all catering, but menus can be customized to suit the tastes of the couple. Rental starts at $3,200. 1001 Toulouse St., 504-586-8000, maisondupuy.com LA MAISON DU LAC

For a chic and modern setting, consider La Maison du Lac overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. The venue features an indoor ballroom and an outdoor deck. In addition to the stunning views of the marina, guests will be wowed by the wide-open spaces and nautical atmosphere. Rental starts at $1,000. 7412 Lakeshore Drive, 504-309-0700, lamaisondulacevents.com PRESERVATION HALL

Maison Dupuy

Rooftop on Basin

Built in 1817, the historic Creole mansion known as Preservation Hall has been home to traditional New Orleans jazz for more than 50 years. The perfect ambiance for small weddings and receptions, the venue features historic wrought-iron gates, distressed walls and a sizable courtyard. The best part, however, might just be the second line led by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Call for pricing. 726 St. Peter St., 504-522-2841, preservationhall.com RACE + RELIGIOUS


Located within the New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park, the Conservatory is distinguished by a spectacular glass dome roof at its center that mimics the nearby Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Perfect for small ceremonies and receptions for up to 40 seated guests, the venue overlooks the garden’s scenic lily pond and also consists of two wings on either side accented with tropical plants. Rental starts at $750. 5 Victory Ave., 504-488-2896, neworleanscitypark. com/botanical-garden JACKSON SQUARE

The iconic Jackson Square makes for a quintessential New Orleans wedding with the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral as the backdrop. As a public park, weddings here require written permission of the Department of Parks and Parkways. As such, the permit allows for only one wedding in the square at a time. While no food, drink or receptions are allowed in the park, a three- to four-piece ensemble is allowed to play three selections during the ceremony. Rental starts at $250. 701 Decatur St., 504-658-3200, nola.gov/parks-and-parkways

Beautiful wedding photos are guaranteed within the spaces of Race + Religious. The romantic compound consists of three buildings built in the 1830s, connected by a 2,500-square-foot courtyard with lush palms, a pool and flickering gas lanterns. Unvarnished staircases, French tiles, wrought-iron gates and stained-glass doors add to the allure. Rental starts at $7,000. 510 Race St., 504-523-0890, raceandreligious.com b





Belle Amour Photography

Snap Chat

The best way to preserve your Big Day BY RICH COLLINS


here once was a young couple who hired a renowned New Orleans wedding photographer with a fancy office on St. Charles Avenue to shoot their wedding at the New Orleans Museum of Art. A few days before the big event, the renowned photographer’s office called the young couple to say that there’d been an unfortunate scheduling mixup so a backup would be coming to do the job instead. The new “photographer” was in fact the pro’s cousin who was an accountant by trade and only took photos for fun. The end result? The wedding was truly historic but the pictures were a disaster ... and, perhaps fittingly, they were all destroyed by Hurricane Katrina flood waters a few years later. Don’t let this happen to you, dear reader! Follow the rules of finding the right photographer for the job: Look online and in magazines to find the style you like best (formal or candid, traditional or edgy and so on). Find photographer candidates in New Orleans Bride Magazine or on wedding planning websites like theknot.com. Read reviews and pay attention to ratings. Schedule in-person interviews so you can look through entire photo albums (and not just a few pics posted online) and get a sense of the photographer’s personality and how you get along. Pay particular attention to the way subjects look in the photos: are


they happy and relaxed or do things look … awkward? Once you’ve found your favorite candidate, review the plan, price and delivery details and then get the whole deal in writing so there are no surprises or last-minute changes. BEST FRIEND FOR THE DAY

Nichole Cannatella, owner of Belle Amour Photography in Mandeville, said it’s important to remember that the photographer is the one vendor you’re likely to spend the most time with at your wedding so you want to make sure you “click” with each other. “Find a photographer that you feel comfortable with,” she said. “Find someone who complements your personalities as well as your vision for the wedding. You need to be able to trust your photographer so that you can relax on your Big Day. Meeting in person — while sporting a mask, of course — is a great way to meet and see the photographer’s work firsthand.” Robert Welch of Welch Photography & Video (based in Covington) seconded that notion and added that you need somebody who’s great at keeping things on track so you can just enjoy being the center of attention for a day. “The main thing for the bride and groom to do during a wedding is to enjoy themselves, and by doing so their guests and family will be able to enjoy

Belle Amour Photography

the celebration as well,” said Welch. “This is the most important aspect of making a wedding successful and memorable. To this end, the photographer and videographer are typically the participants that will accompany the bride and groom the most throughout the day. Finding a professional who is adept at helping keeping the day flowing, stress free, and is experienced enough to guarantee his or her work should be the key quality to look for.” Noel Marcantel of New Orleans-based Noel Marcantel Photography also stresses the importance of meeting your photographer beforehand and making sure you hire someone who makes you feel comfortable. “’Highlight reels on websites alone can be deceiving,” said Marcantel. “Also, it’s great to meet face-to-face with your photographer so you can get to know one another. A photographer who knows you and hears about your relationship and family will catch moments others might miss.” INTIMACY ISSUES

COVID-19 health restrictions mean a lot of weddings look different than they did a year ago. Many people are inviting fewer guests or choosing outdoor venues so guests can be spaced out as much as possible. Some people have gone to extremes and are hosting virtual weddings over Zoom or other video conferencing platforms. The end result, in many cases, is weddings with more intimacy and less pomp and circumstance. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Robert Welch, but you need someone taking pictures who knows how to capture the magic of a smaller event. “A professional photographer and videographer who is adept at capturing genuine candid moments will be better able to accurately reflect the unique aspects of these weddings,” he said. Noel Marcantel said it’s difficult for couples to scale back their wedding plans but it’s the photographer’s job to make everything look spectacular

Welch Photography & Video

no matter what the situation. “An intimate wedding can be beautiful with the right decor,” he said. “String lights, for example, are a great feature to fill space and create great photographs — and they add a wonderful touch to the event itself.” And, said Nichole Cannatella, some new wedding traditions have sprung up during the pandemic that are a lot of fun. “All my couples want to take a group shot of all the guests wearing their masks,” she said. “Why not make the best of the situation and document this moment in time?” TRUE BEAUTY

Most important, make sure you kick back, relax and throw a party worth documenting. “Make it unique to the two of you,” said Cannatella. “Don’t want to wear normal attire? That’s OK; be true to you. Unique catering like food trucks are another way to make the day more fun. Some of my couples have even hired belly dancers. Find a non-traditional venue or location, hire local musicians, make sure to have some amazing cuisine for your guests, and don’t forget the second line to see New Orleans in a way you will never forget.” Yes, of course you can be on trend and ask your friends to document everything on social media with their smartphones — or go retro by handing out disposable cameras - but, ultimately, you should rely on a talented professional to take care of the most important job of the day: preserving it forever. “Snapchat and Instagram stories are exciting ways to document your big day in stride,” said Marcantel. “But years later you’ll be glad you had professional vendors to capture the true beauty and story of the day.” b





Musical Memories

A perfect soundtrack will make your wedding day unforgettable BY RICH COLLINS


here are no rules about music at your wedding. If you want to walk down the aisle to a recording of “Cotton Eye Joe” and hire bagpipers to get the party started during your reception then you go for it. The only “rule” to remember is that the right music can enhance every moment of the wedding day experience by eliciting emotions and setting a mood. Wedding Music 101 says you should have piano, strings or vocalists creating a romantic atmosphere during the ceremony and then a versatile band or DJ for the reception, when the performers’ job is to keep things lively but under control during the cocktail hour and then boost the energy level when it’s time to dance. Of course, keeping this structure in mind, you can get as creative as you want and make something that’s totally you. First, think about what you want to hear at the ceremony. Do you prefer the classics — Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” and Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” for example — or would you rather orchestral versions of your favorite Frank Ocean song? You can keep things simple with a pianist or organist or you could opt for a violinist, cellist or entire string quartet. A folk singer accompanying herself on guitar could work wonders — as could an entire choir. Heck, you could even pull a “Love Actually” and have singers and horn players planted in the crowd. And, of


course, since you’re in New Orleans, you may want to feature jazz musicians at your event and plan a second line from the ceremony to the reception. “Music will set the tone for the ceremony and usually reflect the personalities of the couple being married,” said Z Event Company founder Susan Zackin, who said it’s important to listen to music ahead of time and tell musicians which parts of the song you like best. “It’s best to be specific about what portion of the chosen song is played during the ceremony,” she said. “Many are longer scores than [needed] so you must tell the musicians the portion you want to be played during the procession and recession portions.” Zackin also said weddings during the pandemic are smaller — and shorter — so fewer minutes of music are required. “Much less of the song has been necessary because there aren’t large wedding parties marching down the aisle.” WEDDING PAR-TAY!

Just like during the procession and recession in the ceremony, there are certain key moments during your reception that will be enhanced by the right music — so plan ahead and think about what you want to hear during the cocktail hour, introduction of the wedding party and the father-daughter dance. Do you want to curate the music for the cake cutting and garter toss? Do

you want line dancing or absolutely not? And, what’s the last song you want to hear as the event ends and you make your way toward the exit? Once you’ve figured out what you want to hear, it’s important to find people you “vibe” with to make the music happen. Or so says John Hozey Jr., who books the New Orleans-based bands D’ivine Play, GOT Groove and Blue Rhythm. “There are a lot of great bands and musicians in the city, so finding the people who really mesh with your vision and expectations is critical to get the absolute best experience,” said Hozey. “Ask questions like, ‘Do you run a show like a live concert or are you trying to sound exactly like the record?’ … Picking a band leader’s brain can help find out who is really serious about it or not.” Hozey also said it’s important to tell musicians what you want to hear in advance but then stand back and let them do their thing. “Get the information to the bands in a timely manner,” he said. “Allowing time to prepare and ask questions is essential. Also, allow the band’s song selections to breathe a little. Give direction, and then allowing them to call their set with that in mind while prioritizing a full dance floor has always been a successful approach.” There are some national wedding reception music trends worth noting: Most notably, some couples aren’t choosing between a band or a DJ. Instead, they’re using both. In some cases, DJs will play between live sets and, sometimes, the DJ and the band will perform together. Some performers are even combining live music with pre-recorded vocals of famous artists singing their hits. Really over-the-top weddings are making room for a specialty performance act (picture a 30-minute condensed version of a Broadway play or a hip-hop concert) in the middle of the dance band’s set. In New Orleans during the pandemic, however, it’s still probably best to spotlight one of your favorite musicians from the local scene.  Hearing one of your favorite artists while supporting one of the city’s essential cultural commodities is a great way to make memories while also making a difference. b






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

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

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


Why not rent a party bus? Champagne chillers, accent and fiber optic lighting, flat-screen TVs, a mirrored ceiling and a dancing pole — gasp! — (in case you want to show off your moves) are a few of the amenities. The buses range in size, running from 22- to 42-passenger limits, and Royal Coach will meet all of your specifications. Neworleansroyalcoach.com, Nopartybus.com GONDOLA – CITY PARK


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


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


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

A classic Rolls Royce or antique Bentley exudes vintage luxury and style and allows you to transcend time. Arrive at your wedding in true elegance and enjoy the plush leather seating while sipping champagne in VIP Transportation’s antique motorcars. Viptransportationinc.net, Alerttransportation.com PEDICAB


Seat 40 to 52 of your guests in a classic New Orleans streetcar by chartering one from the city. You can create your own route, bring food and non-alcholic drinks onto the streetcar and decorate it to your heart’s content. It’s a mode of transportation steeped in history but customizable to your goals. Norta.com/Business-Center/ Streetcar-Charters


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

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

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

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







Bride: Mallary Matherne Groom: Dr. Ryan Wolfe Date: Postponed due to COVID (original date April 4, 2020) Actual wedding date: June 13, 2020 Ceremony Location: Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks,  Dripping Springs, Texas Reception Location: Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks, Dripping Springs, Texas Coordinator: Jessica Moore, Something to Celebrate, Austin, Texas Gown: Enzoani  Store: Linen Jolie, Metairie, Louisiana Bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie Men’s Attire: Tuxedos to Geaux, Metairie, Louisiana Rings: Rothschild Diamond, Metairie, Louisiana Florist: Stems Floral Design, Austin, Texas Caterer:  Whim Hospitality, Austin, Texas Cake: Simon Lee Bakery, Austin, Texas Photographer: Aaron Hogan, Eye Wander Photography, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Videographer: Adam Grumbo, Adam Grumbo Wedding Films, Austin, Texas Hair + Makeup:  Adore, Austin, Texas Music: Spacecraft Entertainment, Austin, Texas Invitations: Scriptura, New Orleans, Louisiana







Bride: Bethany Payne Groom: Sean Gandy Date: March 7, 2020 Location: Maison Dupuy Gown: Jenny by Jenny Yoo Bridal Men’s Attire: The Black Tux Photographer: Mike Lirette Photography Florist: Fat Cat Flowers Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Hair + Makeup: Nola Bridal Artistry Brass Band: Kinfolk







Bride: Blakeley Roberts Groom: Tripp Fayard Date: February 8, 2020 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Getting Ready Location: Roosevelt Hotel Reception: NOMA Planner: Blue Gardenia Events Gown: Savannah Miller at I Do Bridal Couture Baton Rouge Shoes: Jimmy Choo Groom’s Attire: Black Tux Rings: Custom made by a friend - Bob Meadows at Elebash Jewelry Company in Pensacola (Groom’s ring was his grandfather’s) Florist: Kim Starr Wise Caterer: Black Pearl Catering Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photographer: Greer Gattuso Videographer: Hart to Heart Media Hair and Makeup: Zoe Skelton Music: Manhattan by Jordan Kahn Candles & Gold Sofa: FireFly Ambiance Other Lounges: Mayker Creative Linens: La Tavola Additional rentals: Perrier Party Rentals Stage: See-Hear Productions Paper: Letterpress wedding invitation printed by Spike’s Printing in Pensacola. All other paper goods printed by Printswell in Birmingham







Bride: Elizabeth Claire Sargent Groom: Saul Henry Munoz Jr. Date: June 14, 2020 Ceremony Location: City Park, New Orleans Coordinator: Ibay Photography Gown: Galina at David’s Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal at David’s Bridal Men’s Attire: Macy’s Rings: Kay Jewelers Florist: Kim through Ibay Photography Photographer: Ibay Photography Hair + Makeup: Glam NOLA



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

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

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



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

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


HON E Y MO O N Cliff House

Celebrate New Beginnings These resorts want to pamper you during your honeymoon BY BECCA HENSLEY


nder normal circumstances, after months of wedding planning, of course you’d hanker to hide away in a luxurious retreat with the love of your life to recuperate from all of the wedding activity. But, these days? Now? After staying inside for months and learning to bake banana bread every which way; after standing six feet away from other human beings; after memorizing the shape of every blade of grass in your backyard — you’re like a kid on the last day of school. You’re chomping at the bit to escape. You want the honeymoon of your dreams. You earned it (though you may want to wait until the time is right, when you feel comfortable). As resorts and hotels open up across the United States, they’ve met the challenge to make things safer and more worry-free for you. From social distancing to mask-wearing to enhanced hygiene protocols across the board, they’ve amped up their game in preparation for your arrival. Here are a few worth the wait. THE RESORT AT PAWS UP, GREENOUGH, MONTANA

A copper tub for two that lords over the foot of a king-sized bed, adjacent to a


roaring fire — in a tent? That’ sounds like the recipe for honeymoon ecstasy. Add that to the way silky lingerie juxtaposes with the textures of untamed wilderness, and you might have found the meaning of newly married life. Paws Up, a 60-square-mile ranch in Montana, excels in leading guests to the sort of recreation they need most in a vacation. Whether a spa treatment to the sounds of birds chirping, a bareback gallop on a mighty steed, a lesson in cowpoking as you drive a herd of cattle, a fly fishing cast that actually results in a fish or an exhilarating float down a rushing river, this spacious resort launches newlyweds into their new life with verve. INN AT PERRY CABIN, ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND

Ahoy matey. In this pocket of paradise along the Eastern Shore, you won’t find a stoplight to remind you of city life. Instead, the sound of water slapping rhythmically against a moored vessel defines romance here on the Chesapeake Bay. Romantic, a haven of crab and oyster fishing (and eating), this retreat may seem familiar. “Wedding Crashers” was filmed here. How apropos. Imagine sipping cocktails along the waterfront, sailing at sunset

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club and Spa

Amangiri and Camp Sakira Lone Rock

in a vintage boat or teeing off at the new, Pete Dye-designed Links at Perry Cabin, 18-hole championship golf course. Opt for the one-bedroom suite with water views. The Skip the Bridge package provides for a water arrival on the inn’s Hinckley yacht , champagne flutes aloft. FAIRMONT SONOMA MISSION INN & SPA, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

Oenophiles: Sonoma awaits. Home to 425 wineries, the county, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, also boasts stunning beaches, redwood forests, charming towns and some of the nation’s top restaurants. Base at Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, one of the only luxury spa getaways in the country with its own source of healing, thermal mineral water. That means besides wine tasting and early morning balloon rides above the vineyards, you lovers will want to canoodle in the 40,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa to soak and repose. Hikes through the woods, gourmet breakfasts in bed, rejuvenating couples’ massages, complimentary afternoon wine tastings and dinner at legendary Sante seal the deal. Book a spacious Mission Suite for its in-room, sunken hot tub and wood-burning fireplace. CLIFF HOUSE, MAINE

So, you want to be a downeaster? That’s what they call folks from the sublimely beautiful, far-flung state of Maine. Together, explore untrammeled wilderness, moody beaches and quaint villages, as you nosh lobster rolls and sip local brews. Immerse in the best of the “Pine Tree State” at luxurious, 70-acre Cliff House, a century-old resort, perched atop Bald Head Cliff. Though nearly every room showcases views of the sea, choose a Sunrise Suite for memorable mornings. Two swimming pools, a 9,000-square-foot spa, and

Inn at Perry Cabin

activities from sea kayaking to lobstering balance quiet afternoons in the hotel’s historic nooks with a book. AMANGIRI AND CAMP SARIKA LONE ROCK, LAKE POWELL, UTAH

“Is that a mirage?” will be your first words when you catch sight of magical Amangiri, designed to meld into the terrain, a remote otherworldly dreamland of pumpkin-hued mounds, lacelike slot canyons, ginger boulders and uncanny hoodoos, which stretch to the heavens like misshapen fingers. Set amid 600 acres of ancient desert-land, the secluded luxury retreat has been a social distancing hideaway since its inception. Its new hotel-within-a-hotel, Camp Sarika, however, redefines middle-of-nowhere bliss. An on-property enclave of ten luxury tents, each with plunge pool and soaking tub, the stylish outpost stands alone, but has access to Amangiri’s signature activities, including its heart-thumping via ferratas, archeological expeditions and hikes. A portal to five national parks, the resort’s location makes memorable field trips possible. PARK HYATT AVIARA RESORT, GOLF CLUB AND SPA, CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA

You’ll feel the heyday glam of this SoCal grand dame upon arrival. The boulevard-like approach sets the scene, as does the vista of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Though the beach is a quick, complimentary shuttle ride away, you might rather spend long hours by the adult-only pool, flirting in your private cabana or on the golf or tennis courts or supine in the immense spa. Book the Premium Coastal Suite, a posh lair that overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Aviara foothills. Near Legoland (you know you want to go), the resort lies just thirty minutes from San Diego. b





Pontchartrain Hotel 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 800-708-6652, thepontchartrainhotel.com

12 Seasons Catering & Mr. Mudbug 131 23rd St., Kenner, 504-465-9770, catering@mmiculinary.com

Higgins Hotel New Orleans 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-528-1944, higginshotelnola.com

911 Chef Meals 985-635-1132, 911chefmeals.com

RZ Productions I Do Bridal Couture 504-975-0817, rzproductions.net, 4265 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-361-0377, ramsey@idobridalcouture.com Cinematic Wedding Films

Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-888-5533, austinsNO.com Backyard Printing (& Secondline Handkerchiefs) 1960 Surgi Drive, Mandeville, 985-231-7789, Backyardprinting@ gmail.com, Backyardprinting.com, Secondlinehandkerchiefs.com, Leslie McGoey Balcony Ballroom 4738 Utica St., Metairie, 504-885-8001, info@balconyballroom.com

James & B Bridal Outlet Brooke Ory & Jamie Lombardino, 1169-B Robert Blvd, Slidell, 985-302-0755

Signature New Orleans Frank McNish, 504-828-6652, info@ signatureneworleans.com

John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 504-455-5353, johnstuxedos.com

Swiss Confectionery, Inc. 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, 504-5227788, mail@swisscakes.net, swisscakes.net

Joe Gambino’s Bakeries 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-885-7500, email@gambinos.com, gambinos.com

The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-266-2771, maemebridal@gmail.com, mae-me.com

Bliss Bridal 4712 Magazine St., 504-592-7507, beablissbride.com, nola@beablissbride.com

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 437 Philip St., New Orleans, 504-315-5607, kimstarrwise.com, fb: kimstarrwisefloralevents, instagram: kimstarrwise

Broussard’s 819 Conti, New Orleans, 504-581-3866, valeriel@creolecuisine.com, broussards.com

Limousine Livery 4333 Euphrosine St., New Orleans, 504-5618777,info@limolivery.com

English Turn Golf & Country Club One Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans, 504-392-2200, jessicak@englsihturn.com, englishturn.com

Marche 914 N. Peters, New Orleans, 504-586-2074 x 5027, Valerie Landry, marcheneworleans.com

Fabulous Flowers LLC. By Appointment, New Orleans, 504-909-0253, fabulousflowers@cox.net, fabulousflowers.us Federal Ballroom New Orleans 147 Carondelet St., New Orleans, 504-587-2088, marketing@securitycenter. com, federalballroom.com Giovanna’s Bakery 100 N Tyler St, Covington, 985-888-6884 Harvie Live Wedding Paintings 1204 S. White St., New Orleans, 985-687-9106, info@harvieoilpaintings.com, harvieoilpaintings.com Haydel’s Bakery 4037 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, 504-837-0190, 504-837-5512, haydelbakery.com

Noel Marcantel noel@noelmarcantel.com NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans 317 Baronne St., New Orleans, Pre Opening Executive Offices, 935 Gravier St., Suite 120, New Orleans, Colleen Page, Director of Catering, cpage@NOPSIhotel.com

The Chicory 610 S. Peters, New Orleans, 504-521-8055, brent.bogan@chicoryvenue. com, chicoryvenue.com The Pearl Room 2310 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-737-0604, mredsrestaurants.com The Plant Gallery 9401 Airline Highway, New Orleans, 504-488-8887, theplantgallery.com The Sweet Life Bakery 6268 Vicksburg St., New Orleans, 504-371-5153, info@nolasweetlofe.com, nolasweetlife.com The Moore 5616 Citrus Blvd. New Orleans, 504-737-1300, themoorevenue.com

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis St., New Orleans, 504-529-7022, omniroyalorleans.com

Tomas Bistro/Tommy’s Cuisine 755 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504-5270942, contact@tommysrestaurantgroup.com, tomasbistro.com

Pat O’Brien’s Private Events Pat O’s on the River, 600 Decatur St 3rd floor; Pat O’Brien’s Briars Suite and Courtyard Restaurant, 624 Bourbon St., 504-525-3752

Tuxedos To Geaux 3400 16th St., Metairie, 504-455-5393, Tuxedostogeaux@gmail.com, Tuxedostogeaux.com •

Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-885-9213, info@pearlsplace.com, pearlsplace.com


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


__ 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. __ Find a wedding planner. If you’re going to use 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.



__ Interview and select vendors. Make sure you book the “big ticket” items, such as the photographer, the caterer, the florist and the entertainment, early.

__ Mail out the invitations. Double check with the post office that you have enough postage. Many wedding invitations require more than one stamp.

__ 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.

__ Solidify the catering menu. Whether you’re doing heavy hors d’oeuvres or a sit-down meal, verify the final menu.

__ 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.

__ 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.


__ 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 dhh.louisiana.gov 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.

__ 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.

__ 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.

__ Order bridesmaid dresses. If your bridesmaids live far away, give them plenty of time to buy their dresses and get them fitted.

__ Finalize the guest list. Send a final headcount to your caterer and any other vendor who needs the number.



__ Buy wedding bands. Shopping for wedding 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.

__ 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.

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

__ 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?

__ 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.

__ 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.


__ 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




Taking Flight A lovely, yet meaningful bridesmaid gift with local flair BY MISTY MILIOTO


eloved local jewelry designer Mignon Faget has designed a charming necklace that undoubtedly resonates among New Orleanians. The Rebirth Butterfly Fleur de Lis Pendant features a classic fleur-de-lis accented by a small butterfly, and it is available in sterling silver ($65), two tone ($120) or 14K gold ($495). Inspiration for the piece is drawn from the Monarch butterfly’s journey from cocoon to flight, in symbolism of the Crescent City’s resilience. The chain is sold separately in sterling silver ($30-$50) or 14K gold ($1,100-$2,000). For an added touch, the Rebirth Butterfly Earstuds in sterling silver ($60) or 14K gold ($210) make a sweet accompaniment. mignonfaget.com


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Bride New Orleans Summer 2020  

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