New Orleans Bride Winter 2013

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winter-spring 2013 Editor Morgan Packard managing editor Haley Adams Art Director Tiffani Reding photographer Theresa Cassagne Associate Editor Sarah Ravits contributing Editors Kate Grace Bauer, Mirella Cameran, Lisa Tudor

sales manager Aimee Arceneaux Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc sales assistant Erin Maher sales intern Rachel Woods production/WEB manager Staci McCarty production designer Sarah George Chief Executive officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive vice president/ Editor in Chief Errol Laborde Executive assistant Kristi Ferrante distribution manager Christian Coombs customer service (504) 828-1380

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 New Orleans Bride Magazine is published twice a year by Renaissance Publishing, LLC., 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005; (504) 828-1380. It is sold at newsstands throughout Greater New Orleans six times a year, complimentary at retail locations and available online at Postage paid at Metairie, LA, and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005. Copyright 2013 New Orleans Bride Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. The trademark New Orleans Bride is registered. New Orleans Bride is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and artwork even if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The opinions expressed in New Orleans Bride Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the magazine managers or owners.

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contents 10 Editor’s Note 16 Beauty


Find a reception spot that matches your personality.

by mirella Cameran

By christy lorio

24 Give

74 View

“Presents with Presence”

“Say Cheese!”

Give your loved ones a keepsake from the big day.

Photographers share a few of their favorite wedding day shots and why they love them.

By Kate Grace Bauer

By Christy Lorio

28 Invite

92 Play

“Please Join Us”

Make the Weekend Last

Ask them to attend with these impressive invitations.

Plan some activities for your guests during your wedding weekend so they get the full New Orleans experience.

By Kate Grace Bauer

By Tarani Duncan

33 Shine “Embrace Your Inner Lace”

96 Impress

Stay timeless yet trendy with these classic looks.

“Beyond The Dress”

40 Dream “Love Conquers All” Eclectic meets romantic when Race & Religious serves as the backdrop for these gorgeous gowns, flowers and accessories. By Lisa Tudor

58 Sparkle “A Few Favorite Rings” The quintessential wedding ring is the gift that keeps on giving. Here we’ve done the work for you; some of our favorite pieces—all wrapped up. By KateGrace Bauer

By Haley Adams

126 Ask “Best Made Plans” Professional event planners share their tips. By Sarah Ravits

130 Advise All of your wedding etiquette questions answered – no matter how awkward. By Dee Lane

134 Check “Post Proposal Pointers”

Treat your guests to a tasty piece of cake or two. By Mirella Cameran

By haley adams

66 Dine

136 Take

“Sweet Reward”

Consider all your options when choosing the meal for your nuptials. By Christy Lorio

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Investing in the right intimates will make you feel good from the engagement party to the honeymoon.

If you’re still in the early stages of your engagement, make sure you complete these eight things before you launch into full wedding mode. If you’re closer to the big day, check this list to make sure you didn’t miss any key steps.

63 Indulge

“Exciting Eats”


“A Location Built For You”

“Pamper,” “Prep” and “Polish”

By lisa tudor


70 Celebrate

Special Advertising Section 79 New Orleans Bride’s “Real Weddings” 100 Resource Directory

On the Cover: Model Kendall Mickal wearing Modern Trousseau white lamb Bolero at Wedding Belles; Essense of Australia luxe taffeta gown at Southern Bridal; Bouquet of white tulips, white dendrobia orchids and hyacinth by Robin DeFraites for Grow with Us Florists; South Sea pearl necklace with 18 karat white gold and diamond rondels, 18 karat white gold and diamond pearl drop earrings, 18 karat white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet, 14 karat white gold and cushion cut diamond engagement ring with micropavé and 14 karat white and platinum and diamond channel-set eternity band at Adler’s. Photographed by: Theresa Cassagne New Orleans Bride | 7

editor’s note

Sometimes the most often said phrases – never mind that we roll our eyes when we read or hear them – ring the truest. So now it’s my turn to use one: Saying goodbye is the hardest part. When I started with New Orleans Bride, it was June 2006 and Bride was only a 29-page section, editorially composed of a cover, six pages of fashion and a one-page article. Our last issue was 136 pages with more than 15 editorial sections, information-packed advertising sections, amazing photography and some of the chicest photo shoot styling you’ll see in any bridal magazine. This issue forward, Haley Adams has taken the editorial reigns of this magazine, working alongside art director and stylist Tiffani Reding and photographer Theresa Cassagne, spending half a year crafting the glossy perfection that readers crave, along with a cadre

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of some of the most informed freelancers in the business. This issue stands testament to their talent. Almost to my first wedding anniversary, I’m here to tell you goodbye. At my wedding, even though I knew I was going to see most of my guests the next day at our brunch, I just couldn’t leave. Even as we kissed our parents one last time, told those who were also still left (at 1 a.m., mind you) thank you and walked as slowly as we could, it felt like time was moving too fast. Saying goodbye to you and working on this magazine feels a little like that. I have no doubts that New Orleans Bride will continue to thrive, and I hope that you’ll join me in watching its bright future. So instead of saying “goodbye,” let’s raise a toast and say “Cheers!” – it’s much more New Orleanian. – Morgan Packard Griffith, Executive Editor New Orleans Bride | 11

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What are you thinking? Have a question or comment about something you read in this magazine? Email feedback about this issue to Editor Haley Adams at New Orleans Bride | 13


pamper By Mirella Cameran

After months of planning and making decisions, your wedding day is finally in sight. In the run up to the big day, don’t forget to build in enough time to enjoy one of the best parts: that last bit of pampering. As Virginia Walker, co-owner of Spa

wedding to get their skin in perfect, fresh, dewy condition,” Walker adds. “Obviously, if brides want to treat something more specific and have an anti-aging or Vitamin C facial or a peel, then we would definitely recommend having it 36 to 72 hours beforehand.” Tammy Toca of La Riviera Salon & Spa

Manhattan (1901 Manhattan Blvd., Building B, 200B, Fountain Park Center, Harvey, 365-7001, says, “Don’t

(4506 Shores Drive, Metairie, 455-4247,, recommends

squeeze your manicures, facials and pedicures in at the last minute. Build in the time to relax and enjoy these services either by yourself, with your maid of honor or with your whole bridal party.” The team at Spa Manhattan loves to turn a visit into a relaxing indulgence before the whirlwind of parties begins, Walker says. In addition to the services, the salon serves fruit trays and snacks, plus mimosas and other beverages to make it a real celebration. If there are five girls or more receiving three or more services, the salon automatically offers a 10 percent discount. “We are also using a great line of products which have very low aftereffects so brides can have deep cleansing facials a little before the

that brides have facials at least a week before their wedding just in case of irritation. However, the salon uses a product line which works without any problems 99 percent of the time. “Most brides really look forward to coming in and spending time with their bridal party; they relax and enjoy themselves,” she says. La Riviera Salon & Spa also offers brides a complimentary limousine service with six or more services and a minimum spend of $300. “We offer our bridal parties the exclusive use of our bistro area and serve complimentary snacks and champagne and provide a personal host to take care of all their needs,” Toca says. Manicures and pedicures are definitely the most popular services but

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the bride and her party often have their hair and makeup done as well, she says. “It’s a very luxurious experience but still at a more affordable price point, right here in the heart of Metairie.” Patricia Bereciartua, co-owner of Le Visage Day Spa (8110 Hampson St., 265-8018) has this advice for brides:

“Ideally we like to see brides a few months or even a year before their wedding depending on what, if any, skin issues we need to treat.” Le Visage Day Spa offers effective facials, peels and microdermabrasion for issues such as brown spots and discoloration, acne and fine lines and wrinkles. The staff can start the customized treatments at the spa and help clients use the right products at home to enable them to achieve their goals. Nearer to the wedding day, the salon’s Vitamin C facial is popular with brides because it helps with fine lines, tone, texture and sagging. “The Vitamin C in the products we use for this, really clean, hydrate and leave the skin glowing,” Bereciartua says. “The makeup goes on so much better when the skin is ready.” To complete their look, brides need

to think about their eyebrows, as they can really differ from person-toperson. “They need to decide on how they want to look six months ahead of time in order to get them into perfect shape,” Bereciartua adds. On the day of the wedding or the rehearsal, the salon often hosts bridal parties where they serve champagne and snacks in a private area. Depending on how many events the bride is having and how long the honeymoon is, Bereciartua says, she should decide on a classic manicure or a shellac where the polish will last for at least two weeks. Le Visage Day Spa offers a bridal special that includes a half-hour manicure, an hour pedicure, an hour facial and an hour of makeup for $230. Katie Callia is the owner of My Spa By The Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219,, a 4,800 square

foot beauty emporium with a hair salon and nail salon downstairs and treatment rooms upstairs. “We see everyone who comes through the door as a guest,” Callia says. “For brides we like to set up our yoga room, complete with complimentary refreshments, as a special area for brides to relax and enjoy themselves.” Callia adds that she likes to provide brides with a place to unwind and help prevent a breakout. The spa offers a wonderful Algo Mask facial which is great two or three days before the wedding. It is very calming and helpful for issues such as rosacea, acne and sensitive skin. It soothes the skin and prepares it for the make-up. For brides going somewhere hot on their honeymoon, Callia suggests a Vitamin C facial to help protect from the sun and probably gel nails, which lasts about three weeks so they don’t have to worry about chipping. “Our prices are competitive too, especially compared to the hotel chains downtown, which is one less thing to stress about,” Callia says. “We do all we can to help them leave calm and ready.” n New Orleans Bride | 17


prep By Mirella Cameran

It’s easy to get jealous of your favorite celebrity when you see her walking down the red carpet with flawless skin and perfect teeth. While you may not be famous, it’s still possible for you to get that same look for your walk down the aisle. You can take advantage of all the amazing procedures and treatments available today, even if you don’t have an A-list glam squad. You can find the same services in and around New Orleans, as long as you plan ahead. If you’re looking for a stunning smile, make sure you book an appointment months in advance, suggests Dr. Darrell Bourg Jr., a family dentist with Exceptional Dental (2521 Ames Blvd., Suite C, Marrero, 340-9696, and the

incoming president of the New Orleans Dental Association. “When we see brides, the biggest thing they are looking for is teeth whitening and veneers,” Bourg says. “They want to change the color or the shape of their teeth. Typically we need to see them two months before the wedding and, at the least, two to three weeks before.” With teeth whitening, brides need to know that fillings and crowns won’t change color so you could end up with a two-tone mouth. “Plus it takes time for the whitening to settle down to its 18 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

best color, so brides should work with a professional to achieve a cohesive look,” Bourg adds. Bourg says there are three different techniques. One is whitening in the office, which works well and is the most predictable. Another is custom trays that also work well and are cost effective. The third technique is power bleaching, which is a combination of in-office and at home treatments. There are also over-thecounter options. Veneers and caps are also a common way to achieve a beautiful smile, but brides need to plan four to six months for those. “A lot of times, the mother or father of the bride want a good looking smile and finally decide to have a crown or implant, so they need to come and see us early enough too,” Bourg says. Having a smile to compete with any Hollywood A-lister is possible, but remember to allocate the right time and resources to do it. Kristi King, a licensed aesthetician at About Face (3441 E. Causeway Approach, Suite C, Mandeville, (985)727-1887, aboutfaceco. com) suggests a six-week series of peels

that provides brides with a great way to get their skin wedding-ready. “Each peel is different and customized

to address different issues the bride-to-be may be facing,” she says. “Each one has a different active ingredient and they become a little stronger each time. The peels address fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, acne breakouts, dullness and incorporate ingredients like enzymes and glycolic acid. The results are immediate and there is usually little downtime, King says. The aestheticians also focus on the neck area to make sure that the skin on the face and neck down to the dress line looks consistently beautiful. “Ideally brides should come in three months ahead of time,” King adds. “Each peel is $50 or if you prepay for your six peels, we can offer one free at $250. During the treatments we also help brides get into a good skincare routine at home to maximize the benefits.” For the rest of the body, brides often want to get rid of stubborn and unwanted fat. One spot to do that is Audubon Dermatology (3525 Prytania St., Suite 501, 895-3376,, where

you will find the Liposonix laser. “Liposonix is a truly revolutionary procedure which allows you to lose an inch of fat, with one procedure, in one hour to become one size smaller,” says Dr. Deirdre Hooper, co-founder

of Audubon Dermatology. “It’s an in-office procedure with typically no downtime and results are seen at around eight to 12 weeks. It safely eradicates fat from around the waistline and the fat is gone for good.” Hooper says there is hard clinical data that supports this weight loss treatment. Double blind trials have shown it is a safe, non-invasive way to eradicate fat. “Our patients have been delighted with the results,” she says. Sherril Monson describes Skin Science (3213 17th St., Metairie, 309-7048,, which she opened in

2012, as the first “medical anti-aging spa” in the New Orleans area. Skin Science offers a membership service where you pay $119.99 a month and receive $150 worth of services plus 20 percent off products and additional services, or $79.99 a month for $100 worth of services and 10 percent off products and additional services. Services include Botox, dermal fillers, peels and laser hair removal to cellulite treatments and bodywraps. “Not only is this a great value but it also helps people, particularly brides, get into a treatment regime which they can sustain,” Monson says. “We start with a skin analysis three to nine months before the wedding to assess what the bride needs and then recommend a program for home and at the spa. All recommendations are physician-directed and there are two doctors on site. “Nearer the big day, brides often opt for treatments such as eyelash extensions and facials,” Monson continues. “With membership package optional, they can just call up and drop in, too.” New Orleanian brides now have the most up-to-date and effective treatments available to them; the key to optimizing these resources seems to be in the planning of both time and budget! Just remember you are worth it. n New Orleans Bride | 19


polish By Mirella Cameran

Take a look at any model on the runway, and it’s easy to see what a huge difference great makeup can make. Those same models are almost unrecognizable when caught dressed-down and makeup free. Just like on the runway, eyes will be on you as a bride, so it’s natural to want to enhance your natural look as much as possible. But it’s not always a straightforward choice. Should you go all smoky eye, or should you stick with natural and nude? And what about all the fun and pretty colors out this season? Can you wear your new favorite shade of peach, or do you have to stick with classic colors to achieve a timeless look? To answer these questions and more, we turned to some of the city’s most talented makeup professionals, including Kelly LeBlanc of New Orleans Bridal Makeup (441-8025, “We find the ‘Mad Men’ style—soft, dewy looking skin with black on the lash bed—looks really pretty on a lot of people,” she says. This year, there are great, gold shimmery colors, which can look nice and not too trendy. While many brides stay away from shimmer, LeBlanc adds, the pigments are ground so fine now that brides can use them more liberally. Another color to try is lavender, which can look pretty when it’s high on the cheekbones. “Most important of all, girls want their grooms to cry because they look so beautiful, not because they don’t recognize them,” LeBlanc says. “So we make sure our brides never look over-trended with new ideas or colors. We incorporate a lot of blending so the look is natural and beautiful.” When thinking about your own makeup, remember to plan enough time. LeBlanc likes brides to come in between 20 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

four months to a year before the wedding and take a look at the salon’s look book. The salon can then work on colors that will go well with your skin tones and develop a perfect look. Laurie Baldo of Salon M (4336 Canal St., 304-6525, says coppers and reds are also very popular right now and they always create a “WOW” factor. Another trend is a cleaner look for the nail, such as a soft white. Baldo suggests that brides take time researching looks they like. “The best place to start is with a photograph of other brides you’ve seen, personal photos where you like your makeup or ideas torn from a magazine,” she says. “Then you can decide if you’re going with pinks and nudes, or you want more definition and color, but always without it looking like stage makeup.” Baldo adds that Salon M has great makeup lines that are humidity resistant and waterproof. Baldo usually stays until after the wedding photographs are done, in case anyone needs a touch-up. Another local expert, Ashley Merritt at The Makeup Lab (call 666-3795 for an appointment,, who has worked at New York Fashion Week and Vanity Fair to name a few, says makeup should be comfortable to wear and cohesive with everything else. “It should be inspired by the personality of the bride and the wedding day she has created,” Merritt says.

Merritt adds that brides should aim for a timeless style. “Normally we stay away from too many colored eyes and chiseled cheekbones, which is very 1980s,” she says. “Too brown and matte is too 1990s. If you have very pale skin and you go too dark, it looks too gothic. But if a bride is very colorful herself and wants it bright, we’ll make it work.“ One timeless style is a smoky eye with a red lip, but makeup artists still match it to the skin tone and personality of the bride. “If [a bride] is gentle and quiet, she might want a sheer rather than a matte red lip,” Merritt adds. One color doesn’t work for everyone though, so it’s important to find the perfect shade for you. It is also important to think of the venue and time of day. If your wedding is at night or indoors, there will be more flash photography, which means more highlighting and sculpting. “As the weather down here is so hot, we make sure all skin is prepared beforehand and then the makeup is sealed with a spray when finished,” Merritt says. “If a wedding is in the peak of summer, we’ll make sure we use primers and oil control products. We have a lot of secrets that can help.” Natalie Chosa at Glamour Therapy (3634 Magazine St., 617-8585,

advises brides that the dress usually tells you what kind of makeup it needs. She, too, says a lot depends on the season. For a summer wedding you should go lighter,

and for winter you can wear more reds and coppers. As for trends, Chosa says brides can also incorporate a season’s colors into flowers, ribbons in the hair or shoes to give a pop of color. “This year we’ve seen some pretty coral and orange colors which we could work in, but always go for a timeless look,” Chosa says. “We find a classic 1940s red lip and perhaps a little gold on the eyes will never look dated.” Chosa says her job is to help brides shine and be the best version of themselves that they can be. “If we make a bride feel beautiful she will look even more gorgeous,” she adds. The team at Glamour Therapy also likes to create a fun atmosphere while the bridal party gets ready. There is often champagne or lunch. “We always do the bride last and make sure she is finished an hour before the wedding so she has time to put on her dress and go,” Chosa adds. “We want her to look as fresh as possible. With such high-definition cameras, you don’t need a lot of makeup these days, but as the wedding goes on, Chosa recommends that brides should pay attention to shine and touching up the lips; the rest should be fine, even with all the emotions of the day. “If a bride starts tearing up, we recommend just dabbing the corner of the eye but no wiping,” Chosa says. “Brides should also carry a little powder, lipstick, hairspray, blotting papers and a small vial of perfume to stay fresh.” Ashley Sievert (ashley.melzer@,,

an independent makeup artist who has built her business solely through referrals, says, “I usually see brides

two or three times before their weddings as I do their makeup for portraits and parties and their look just comes organically,” Sievert says. “My trademark is a ‘glamourized natural’ and just like celebrities, I ensure my brides have enough makeup on to look great both in real life and in the photographs.” One of her secrets is an “incredible foundation;” she also uses a lot of neutral tones with copper and bronze and often with a metallic tint to make the eyes pop. “I also feel that brides can use almost any color they want, as long as they don’t go overboard,” Sievert says. “It certainly depends on their personality and they might combine a brighter eye with a lighter lip, but they shouldn’t be afraid of color.” If you want to incorporate color into your wedding day makeup, Sievert recommends jewel tones because they never go out of style. She also loves to add false eyelashes because “they just never fail to work.” Tisa Camet of Tisa Beauty Bar (5421 Magazine St., 891-8992)

wanted to emphasize that brides should hydrate the skin really well beforehand so the makeup stays as fresh as possible. “Brides can have fun with two different looks for the rehearsal and event itself,” Camet says. “One trick I use for all the events is a brightener under the eye so all my brides look luminescent. I also find that brides like a bright eye paired with pretty pinks on the cheek and lip to go with your natural blush.” And if you’re worried about a zit on the big day, have no fear. “If a bride does have a breakout, don’t worry,” she says. “I can make it disappear like magic.” n New Orleans Bride | 21

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presents with presence

1. Designer Anne Renée Timmons-Harris’ keen eye for meaningful and antique glass beads is unparalleled. This vintage bohemian glass-bead necklace and earring set is a perfect complement to the wedding party or bride-to-be. A.R.T. Precious Collectible Jewelry, 452-1339,

Give your loved ones a keepsake from the big day. By Kate Grace Bauer


2. It’s all in the details on a bride’s special day and this jeweled hanger is the perfect gift from maid of honor to bride. It’s also a sweet reminder to keep long after the wedding day. Ever After, 3334 Severn Ave., Suite 6, Metairie, 888-9810




3. The women at Judy at the Rink know exactly what every bride wants. Just the way they display their merchandise makes even the most subtle shopper lust for new home wares. This set of Vietri place settings (design pattern: In Canto) certainly makes any girl want to play hostess. Any new couple would love these eclectic patterns for their new home. Judy At The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, 4. Rome’s Tuxedos is one of the most reputable, locally owned suit businesses in the city. This tie screams New Orleans through and through. Rome’s also has great selections for the sports fan, the architecture lover and everything in between. Rome’s Tuxedos, 3213 17th St., Metairie, 324-7227,

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5. Known for using luxury fabrics and chic patterns, P.J. Salvage transformed nightwear and began a renaissance in bedroom fashions that has crossed over into loungewear and everyday wear. Paying meticulous attention to every detail, P.J. Salvage prides itself in superior quality, luxurious fabrics, celebrity fits and chic style. These floral shorts and cotton blend tank provide an effortless nighttime look. Old.New. Blue. 6117 Magazine St., 655-0863, 6. Out of town guests coming in to celebrate the big day? These “Mardi Gras Crown & Sayings” tote bags by Sarah Ott bridge the gap between tourist and local. Pick up on local-isms and look chic doing it. Sarah Ott, 208-4240, 7. Local jewelry designer Sarah Killen is constantly inspired by her surroundings. This appreciation for native Louisiana fauna is what makes her body of work appreciated by so many New Orleans lovers. These bronze shotgun shell cufflinks are the perfect groomsmen gift for any wedding party and are sure to be a staple of the gentlemen’s wardrobe for years to come. Saint Claude, saintclaudenola@,




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8. As NOLA Umbrellas’ motto goes, “Who knew second-lining could be so fashionable?” Owner and artist Kristen Schenck creates the perfect accessory for brides and grooms alike. Constructing beautiful umbrellas by hand is her passion and new projects are an inspiration. This peacock umbrella is a work of art along with many of her other designs. NOLA Umbrellas, 9. Make your out-of-town guests feel welcome with Karey Evans Gift Bags. Each contains the perfect grouping of edible items. No detail is forgotten, such as wine for cocktailing, local Zapp’s potato chips and Advil for the morning after. Leave the gift bags at the hotel beforehand and everyone will feel welcome with these thoughtful groupings. Karey Evans Gift Bags, (601) 209-6754 n New Orleans Bride | 27


please join us Request the honor of their presence with these impressive invitations. By Kate Grace Bauer

Plato once said, “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” If this is true, then our array of invitations speaks to this emotion called love. The collection is true poetry.

A little lace goes a long way. This special invitation by Stationery Studio is the epitome of style with a laser-cut lace pocket made from pearlized cardstock and a beautiful teal, raised print. Stationery Studio, 2910 Toulouse St., 581-7248, stationery-studio. com Maria Helena engraved calligraphy washes over this crème Crane cotton card stock in the most simplistic and precise fashion to create a beautifully simple wedding invitation. Betty Hunley Designs, 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870,

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Sunshine? Check. Friends? Check. Perfect beach wedding invitation? Check. The Scriptura Couture collection is growing rapidly and brides everywhere are fawning over it. This “Beach Coral” letterpress invitation printed on duplex weight stock is just what the wedding party ordered for the sun-soaked, happy nuptials. Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 3301 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 219-1113; Alexa Pulitzer wedding invitations are the epitome of class and style for wedding parties around the world. This ecru wedding invitation suite is engraved in gold and woodland green with gold guilded round edges and custom-designed intertwined C’s by Pulitzer. Alexa Pulitzer (945-4843,; call to schedule an appointment; visit the website for retail locations) New Orleans Bride | 29

This camellia invitation suite from RSVP Stationers speaks to the Southern bride in all of us. Every detail is met, from the camellia-lined envelope to the gra y letterpress on the cotton card stock invitation. This design is the perfect match for the sweet and elegant bride-to-be. RSVP, 4306 Magazine St., 309-7107,

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For the contemporary, fun-loving couple, this Lauren Alsop invitation set is the perfect complement to the bride and groom. Theme, craft and homage to the couple combine to make Alsop’s designs extremely warm and, well, inviting! Lauren Alsop, 812-4003, New Orleans Bride | 31

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embrace your inner lace Stay timeless yet trendy with these classic looks.

By Lisa Tudor

Bari Jay sapphire strapless gown with petal-trim and ruched torso at Bel Amour Bridal; Watters & Watters “Iris” navy lace dress with cap sleeves and keyhole back at Pearl’s Place; Amsale French Blue chiffon gown with pleated bodice and ruffled cap sleeves at Wedding Belles; Belsoie navy racerback chiffon gown with ruffled neckline at Bustles and Bows New Orleans Bride | 33

Love by Enzoani ruched cashmere chiffon and lace strapless dress at Southern Bridal; Alvina Valenta Maids one-shoulder lace dress at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; Jim Hjelm Occasions strapless luminescent chiffon gown in mocha with lace bodice at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; Noir by Lazaro strapless taupe Alençon lace dress with pockets, pleated organza bodice beaded tie at Town & Country and Pearl’s Place

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Watters & Watters one-sleeve lace dress with black grosgrain belt at Pearl’s Place; Jenny Yoo Collection “Kate” strapless dress in Hammered Satin at Wedding Belles; Alexia sleeveless pleated blush dupioni dress with cutaway ruffle neckline at Bel Amour; Belsoie matte taffeta strapless gown with rhinestone and black bow at Bustles and Bows New Orleans Bride | 35

Jim Hjelm Occasions strapless luminescent chiffon gown in noir with black lace over charcoal bodice at Pearl’s Place; Dessy Collection Rococo lace sleeveless dress in oyster gray with self-belt and jewel neckline at Southern Bridal; After Six Lux Chiffon one-shoulder gown at Olivier Couture; Noir by Lazaro one-shoulder lace dress in graphite gray with organza sash at Pearl’s Place

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Alvina Valenta Maids strapless taffeta dress with bowed bodice, pockets and keyhole back at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; Strapless blue-ink lace dress by Love at Pearl’s Place; Belsoie cobalt blue chiffon strapless gown with ruched bodice and silk tie at Bustles and Bows; Jenny Yoo violet silk crinkle chiffon “Callie” dress at Wedding Belles New Orleans Bride | 37

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Love conquers all

Eclectic meets romantic when Race and Religious serves as the backdrop for these gorgeous gowns, flowers and accessories. By Lisa Tudor Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Model Kendall Mickal Makeup by aimee carr for aimeezing faces Hair by niki walker for niki walker salon Flowers written by Mirella Cameran Jewelry by Adler’s Fine Jewelry Photographed at Race and Religious

Silk taffeta gown with asymmetrical drop waist and cabbage rose appliqué with companion rhinestone and pearl encrusted silk taffeta sash at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; 18 karat white gold and diamond pearl drop earrings and triple strand South Sea Pearl necklace with gold and diamond clasp and cushion cut diamond engagement ring with micropavé white gold setting and platinum and diamond channel set eternity band wedding set shown throughout at Adler’s.

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Craspedia, green cymbidium orchids, pink ranunculus, antique hydrangea and green beauty roses at Carrollton Flower Market.

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“Nina” silk chiffon gown by Hayley Paige at Olivier Couture; 18 karat white gold and diamond chain with princess-cut crystal pendant, 14 karat white gold and diamond teardrop dangle earrings, white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet at Adler’s; Vintage men’s top hat from Caravan in The Shops at 2011 Magazine St. New Orleans Bride | 43

Hydrangea, blue beech, eucalyptus pods, green cymbidiums, dahlias, montbretia pods, maidenhair fern, steel grass, cardinal berries and ti leaf at Kim Starr Wise.

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“Lilac” tulle gown by Blush at Olivier Couture; 18 karat white gold and diamond pearl drop earrings, 18 karat white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet and wedding set at Adler’s. New Orleans Bride | 45

Fuchsia feather celosia, purple stock, green hypericum berry, seeded eucalyptus, pink calcinia, tropical amazon rose, yellow cressipedia, green fujimums, white dubium with burlap and twine stem treatment at Nola Flora.

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Essense Luxe taffeta gown with lace overlay at Southern Bridal; 18 karat white gold and diamond chain with princess-cut crystal pendant and 14 karat white gold and diamond link earrings and wedding set at Adler’s; flowers by Dunn and Sonnier Flowers. New Orleans Bride | 47

Classic, hand-tied bouquet of ivory Royal Victorian roses, mini calla lilies, tea roses and scabiosa pods surrounded by a collar of variegated aralia leaves at Dunn and Sonnier Flowers.

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Romona Keveza belted tulle gown at Wedding Belles New Orleans; 18 karat white gold and diamond and pearl drop earrings, 18 karat white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet and wedding set at Adler’s; Bouquet of white tulips and white dendrobia orchids by Robin DeFraites for Grow with Us Florists New Orleans Bride | 49

Calla lilies, coffee beans, hydrangea and roses at Beth’s Flowers.

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Bianca hand-cut slim lace column gown over double silk charmeuse at Pearl’s Place; triple-strand white South Sea Pearl necklace with 18 karat gold and diamond clasp and 18 karat white gold and diamond pearl drop earrings and wedding set at Adler’s. New Orleans Bride | 51

Jade roses with clusters of green hyperieum and a collar of tree fern and variegated lily grass loops with asymmetric shoots of variegated lily grass at Fabulous Flowers.

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Essense of Australia tulle and organza gown with lace and detachable illusion sleeve shown in ivory and blush with ivory Valencia sash at Bustles and Bows; diamond and pearl drop earrings and wedding set, 18 karat white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet at Adler’s; rolled hem elbowlength veil at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. New Orleans Bride | 53

Casablanca Bridal ruched perfecting satin fit-and-flare gown with beaded crystal appliqué at Town & Country; Sara Gabriel “Gladys” fascinator at Olivier Couture; 18 karat white gold and diamond pearl drop earrings and white gold and brilliant-cut diamond tennis bracelet and wedding set at Adler’s. 54 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013 New Orleans Bride | 55

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1. Tacori 18 karat white gold gent’s wedding band with diamonds at Wellington & Co. 2. 2.07 carat, round brilliant-cut diamond, accented with 1.11 carats of diamonds in an 18 karat white gold mounting at M.S. Rau 3. Platinum 4.3 carat old mine cut diamond ring by Tom Mathis at Symmetry Jewelers. 4. 2.00 carat round brilliant diamond with 1.50 carats diamond side stones set in 18 karat white gold art deco setting at Rothschild Diamond Co. 5. 18 karat palladium “Paisley” pavé diamond 1.4 carat micro pavé design by Tom Mathis at Symmetry Jewelers 6. Tacori 18 karat white gold diamond wave mounting with 18 karat white gold diamond wave eternity band at Wellington & Co. 7. Rose-Cut center stone 4.15 carats complimented by .65 carats of round-cut diamonds, across platinum shank at M.S. Rau 8. Tacori 18 karat white gold sapphire and diamond mounting with 18 karat white gold princess cut eternity band at Wellington & Co. 9. 3.02 carat internally flawless pear shaped diamond ring accented by two baguette diamonds; this ring known as the “Ultimate Diamond” at M.S. Rau

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Your engagement ring and wedding band will stay with you forever. Find the pair that suits you. By Kate Grace Bauer 3






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1.Tacori gentlemen’s 18 karat white gold 5 millimeter .49 carats total weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 2. 14 karat two-tone men’s wedding band with a satin finish at Rothschild Diamond Co. 3. 14 karat white gold men’s comfort-fit double milgrain wedding band at Rothschild Diamond Co. 4. 2.08 carat radiant with .50 carats side stones set in a platinum setting paired with platinum eternity wedding band with .60 carats of round brilliant shape diamonds at Rothschild Diamond Co. 5. 18 karat white gold diamond engagement ring with 2.18 carats with 18 karat white gold wedding band .29 carat diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 6. 4.00 carats of emerald shaped diamonds Channel set in platinum at Rothschild Diamond Co. 7. 18 karat white gold engagement ring 1.78 carat RBC .64 carats total weight diamond with 18 karat white gold contoured wedding band .15 carats total weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 8. 18 karat white gold diamond engagement ring 1.53 carat RAD H VS, 1.04 carats total weight diamonds. 18 karat white gold diamond eternity wedding band .56 carats total weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 9. Tacori 18 karat white gold engagement ring .17 carats total weight with Tacori 18 karat white gold eternity wedding band .43 carat total weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 10. Tacori 18 karat white gold channel set engagement ring .66 carats total weight diamonds with 18 karat white gold channel set eternity band .97 carats total weight diamonds at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 11. 1.54 carat oval with .35 carats natural pink diamonds set in 18 karat white gold setting at Rothschild Diamond Co. 12. 2.06 carat asscher diamond in a platinum solitaire setting at Rothschild Diamond Co. New Orleans Bride | 59

1. 13 side set emerald cut approximately 5.44 total carat weight diamonds with 18 karat yellow gold and light yellow radiant cut diamond eternity band; 18 radiant cut light yellow diamonds approximate total weight of 6.70 carats with platinum and cushion cut diamond eternity band; 16 cushion cut diamonds with approximate total weight of 5.65 carats at Friend & Co. 2. 2.20 carat round brilliant diamonds set among 40 round brilliant diamonds, weighing .58 total carats and six deep blue sapphires weighing .28 carats engraved platinum at M.S. Rau 3. Brilliant round-cut diamonds weighing approximately .80 carats eternity band at M.S. Rau 4. 14 karat white gold diamond engagement ring from Fleur de Lis collection with round brilliant diamonds weighing 1.01 carats with center stone accentuated by diamonds of a total weight of .40 carats with 18 karat white gold and channel set diamond eternity band with approximately .40 carats round brilliant diamonds and adorned with engraved Fleur de Lis at Friend & Co. at Friend & Co. 5. Tacori 18 karat white gold diamond “Halo” mounting with 18 karat white gold diamond eternity band at Wellington & Co. 6. Platinum and diamond estate engagement ring with old mine cushion cut diamond weighting approximately 2.00 carats, accentuated by four baguette shaped diamonds with approximately .50 total carats with platinum and channel set diamond eternity band with approximately 1.00 carat diamonds adorned with hand engravings and milgrain work at Friend & Co. 7. Men’s platinum band with brushed finish and beaded edge at 7 millimeter at Friend & Co. 8. 18 karat “Gun Scroll” men’s band by Tom Mathis at Symmetry Jewelers 9. Tacori gentlemen’s 18 karat white gold satin finish at Boudreaux’s Jewelers 10. Men’s 14 karat yellow gold comfort fit band at 7 millimeter at Friend & Co.











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sweet reward Treat your guests to a tasty piece of cake or two. This “Tuxedo” groom’s cake is a chocolate devil’s food cake with chocolate butter cream filling, covered with a chocolate fondant glaze with fondant accents. Swiss Confectionery, 747 St. Charles Ave., 522-7788,

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This three-tiered wedding cake is iced white butter cream with a stenciled champagne floral print, pearl luster and large magnolias. It is a white almond wedding cake with buttercream filling. Haydel’s Bakery, 4037 Jefferson Highway, (800) 442-1342,

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This romantic three-tier white fondant wedding cake is decorated with a delicate lace patina and big textured sugar peony flowers. This white almond wedding cake has three layers of pecan praline mousseline and chocolate ganache filling. La Louisiane Bakery, 296-3227, New Orleans Bride | 65


Messina’s Catering

exciting eats Consider all your options when choosing the meal for your nuptials. By Christy Lorio

Whether you’ve selected an opulent ballroom or a lush garden party, food is a large component of any wedding reception, and the way you serve it will dictate the formality of your event. When you’re thinking about whether to have a sit down or a buffet-style meal, there are several factors to take into consideration. If you are looking to add a sense of formality to your reception, a sit-down dinner will make guests feel like they are eating in a fine dining restaurant. Sit-downs are generally pricier than a buffet since there is more work involved. Additionally, the meal will take up a big chunk of the evening and will provide a memorable way for both families to feast together in celebration of your first meal as husband and wife. It’s also a way to have a toast with all of your guests and is a gradual build up to the most important 66 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

course—the wedding cake. For couples serving a larger amount of guests, a buffet is another great choice. It allows for more mixing and mingling and can be just as elegant with action stations—tables with chefs preparing items and serving in front of the guests. Buffets are also a good way to serve a larger variety of food, and guests can eat as much or as little as they’d like. There’s no worrying about meeting everyone’s tastes like a sit-down dinner since they can pick and choose what they want. With more people adhering to special diets and food allergy concerns, having a few vegan and gluten-free options can take the stress out of alienating diners. Vegetarian options also add diversity to the menu, and are generally lighter than meat dishes so guests won’t feel stuffed. To get the party started, stick to

appetizer-sized portions, which will encourage guests to hit the dance floor sooner. Passed hors d’oeuvres is also smart no matter what type of reception you have. Serving appetizers before a large meal is a good way to ensure guests aren’t famished while waiting for their first course, especially if the ceremony is lengthy or travel time is involved between the church and reception venue. For a buffet setting, servers walking around with passed trays are convenient for guests so they don’t have to break away from conversation, or get up from the table every time they want another plate of food. But don’t be afraid to break away from tradition when deciding on dining options. If you are looking to add a little fun to your formal event, surprise guests with a meal on wheels. Food trucks are cropping up everywhere, feeding throngs of bar patrons, festival goers, and yes, even wedding guests. Venerable nightlife and events mainstay food truck Taceaux Loceaux (906-5567, can add a unique element to your food program. “We tend to do a lot of engagement parties and bridal showers,” says Owner Maribeth Del Castillo but themed weddings are also popular, especially Day of the Dead around Halloween time. Serve your late night favorites, or have the truck whip up something from their special events menu. They can also serve sangria, margaritas and dessert to round out the experience. Tacaux Loceaux regularly serves vegan options when they’re out on the streets, which ensures your meat-free diners will be pleased with their meal. While ordering from the food truck is half the fun, Tacaux Loceaux can also set up food tables so guests don’t have to queue up all night long—just grab a taco and head back to the dance floor. While it isn’t quite a food truck, if you are seeking out a quintessential New Orleans experience, a Lucky Dogs cart (517 Gravier St., 524-6010, will make your guests smile. There’s a sense of nostalgia for that hot dog on wheels— New Orleans Bride | 67

local ingredients whenever they can and encourages brides to serve non-meat options. “You want your menu to have a good variety of vegetarian food whether you are expecting them or not.” This eases up heavier choices and gives more options to nibble. Bringing 45 years of restaurant industry experience from the Messina family, Messina’s Catering (2717 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-7373, offers full-service catering

Ralph Brennan Catering

the vintage 1950s model has graced treat the bride and groom like royalty. more than 12 weddings in the last year Andrea’s private rooms can accommodate alone. “Most people don’t think of Lucky up to 500 people reception style, and Dogs at a wedding until they see the everything can be made custom-ordered cart there,” says General Manager Jerry for the bride’s needs, both onsite and Strahan. “The weddings we’ve been at off. For New Orleanians in search of a have been mostly elaborate weddings.” destination wedding, Chef Andrea has Brides seeking local fare can feel opened his own vineyard, Villa Regina, in good about serving the Harahan-made the town of Anacapri, Italy—perfect for Cajun smoked sausages. And yes, vegans brides looking for a little bit of familiarity and vegetarians can be accommodated in a foreign country. by request. How you set up your cart If you are seeking casual food done is entirely up to you. “Sometimes it’ll with an upscale touch, Pigéon Caterers (535 S. Clark St., 262-0412, pigeoncaterers. be right along with the other food, com) can accommodate just about any sometimes it is off to the side,” Strahan request you have. “The trend is wedding says. The carts are convenient since they food is starting to lean to the more casual are entirely mobile and self-contained. comfort food,” Account Manager Leah Designed to serve a lot of people quickly, this takes the pressure off of other food lines that might Pigéon Caterers require more time, such as a carving stations. For a focus on Northern Italian cuisine and fresh seafood, Andrea’s (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583,

can accommodate your gluten-free guests and not have them feel like their dinner was an afterthought. Everything from fried chicken, eggplant parmesan, fish, steak and pizza can be prepared. Chef Andrea Apuzzo has cooked all over the world and has prepared food for A-list celebrities, presidents and ambassadors—even Queen Elizabeth—so he knows how to 68 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

Berhanu says. Many brides gravitate towards fun comfort food options such as fry bars, mac and cheese, crawfish sliders and crêpe stations for a French twist. Pigéon Caterers also utilizes fresh,

either at your venue of choice or in one of their two elegant banquet rooms at their Williams Boulevard location. From engagement parties to wedding receptions, Messina’s can accommodate up to 250 guests in the Maria Isabel room and 100 in the Denali room. Not confined to any one cuisine, Messina’s can work with most requests. “Food with an Asian influence has been a big request, and Cajun always, especially for out of town guests,” explains Director of Sales and Marketing Kristin Casey. Other food trends have been hors d’oeuvres on sleek plates. Casey recommends going for quality choices over an expansive menu for more memorable food options. The Ralph Brennan name is synonymous with elegant, local food and their catering division is no different. Ralph Brennan Catering (111 Veterans Blvd., Suite 1, Metairie, 539-5511, will do their

special “Fit the Menu to the Venue” whether you book one of the company’s restaurants, such as Ralph’s on the Park or Red Fish Grill, or one of their preferred venues, such as the Pitot House or the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. If you have a completely different location in mind, Ralph Brennan Catering can make that work, too, as a representative from the company will come out and survey the site before your big day to ensure there are no glitches. With a focus on local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef Steven Marsella can feed a group from 12 to 1,200, “utilizing classic Creole traditions and cutting edge techniques.” n New Orleans Bride | 69


The Hyatt French Quarter

a location built for you Find a reception spot that matches your personality. By Christy Lorio

Whether you opt for a huge church wedding or an outdoor ceremony with family and friends, where you have your wedding is crucial and it says something about your interests as a couple. Whether you’re food lovers, history buffs or art aficionados, you’re bound to find your dream location in Southern Louisiana.

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For The Foodie Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujague’s Restaurant (823 Decatur St., 525-8676, is just as known for its Creole food as it is for its historic building. The second oldest restaurant in New Orleans is steeped in gastronomic history. According to the restaurant’s website, Guillaume

and Marie Abadie Tujague started the restaurant in 1856. The operation is currently run by second generation owner Mark Latter, a member of only three families that have owned and operated the restaurant. Guests can enjoy traditional Creole fare in a beautiful French Quarter setting perfect for not only weddings but rehearsal

dinners as well. To enhance the New Orleans tradition, many couples opt to exchange vows in Jackson Square then second line over to the restaurant.

For the Patriotic Couple For brides opting to add a little red and white to their something blue, The National

For the Hopelessly Romantic Couple A mainstay on St. Charles Avenue, the stately House of Broel (2220 St. Charles Ave., 522-2220, was literally made for parties—at least the first floor was. When William Renaud, a previous owner, decided he needed more space to accommodate guests, instead of moving, he opted to have the house hoisted up in 1884 to add another floor underneath. Many brides are attracted to the property for the old mansion feel, complete with high ceilings. The house can accommodate up to 150 guests for the ceremony and 350 for the reception. There’s the Complete Wedding Package, which includes an open bar, a wedding cake, a buffet and more. Smaller ceremonies can also be accommodated, including couples looking to elope. “Just got to have a bride and a groom,” jokes Bonnie Broel, the owner who is also an ordained minister. The House of Broel also contains a dollhouse collection on the second floor as well as a fashion industry museum, comprised of 40 gowns made in the 60s up to present day.

touch to a wedding. Military families in particular are attracted to having their wedding here, from families of WWII vets or active military, history buffs or brides just looking for something new. “It takes kind of a unique bride to have it here,” states Corporate and Convention Events Sales Manager Ingrid Troxler. With a dance floor, catering from John Besh’s American Sector restaurant and, if you wish, performances from the Victory Belles, there are many unique ways to add a sense of authentic WWII-era entertainment that all of your guests will appreciate. Located inside the museum, the Stage Door Canteen is a fun, cozy venue with great lighting that holds 200 people and features a built in stage and a state of the art high definition screen, perfect for sharing a slideshow of your favorite engagement photos. There’s also an in-house audio and visual team that can assist with band equipment if you choose to bring in your own entertainment.

For Fans of the French Quarter The French Quarter is the quintessential destination wedding spot, so the search for a venue is paramount. The Hyatt French

World War II Museum (945 Magazine St., 528-1944, lends a patriotic

For the Couple Who Goes Off The Beaten Path Having just opened their wedding facilities this past July, The Cannery (3803 Toulouse St., 486-8351, has quickly become a go-to spot for brides seeking a tucked-away gem in the heart

of Mid-City. “It’s a hidden treasure—you would not expect what’s behind the glass doors,” says Director of Sales Kellie Levy. Primarily a family-owned and operated catering company, The Cannery is housed in the historic American Can Company building. The team has been in the wedding business for years and the family was able to build out a space that addressed the needs of brides. The space can accommodate up to 700 people but can work for smaller weddings as well. The inside is modern but retains a sense of understated tradition “The décor is very sophisticated, chic, and clean and the space was designed so that you can put your own stamp on it,” Levy states. Marrying history to modern conveniences, there is a sound system on the grounds plus LED lighting, an outdoor terrace and grand furnishings which helps save on decoration costs. For the Outdoorsy Couple The grandeur of the ancient oak trees around the Oak Alley Plantation (3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, (225) 265-2151, will make for a

picturesque, unique ceremony and reception. Brides from across the globe have said “I do” in the historic oak grove. And while the plantation attracts a wide variety of women, each bride loves the gardens and the history of the place. “The brides want that outdoor venue and they want that wow,” says Director of Sales Hillary Loeber. The formal dining room

Quarter (800 Iberville St., 586-0800,, situated on Iberville

Street in the old D.H. Holmes department store, dates back to the 1800s, and has one of the largest courtyards in New Orleans. For brides choosing an outdoor ceremony in the courtyard, the atrium provides a built in backup space in case of rain, yet lends itself to an outdoor feel with its original exposed beams from the old department store. The location of the hotel also makes it easy to second line down Bourbon Street if you please, and it has a private exit out to Canal Street. For visiting parties, the hotel touts the largest rooms in the Quarter, equipped with 12 foot high ceilings.

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can be turned into the main buffet, with action stations outside with food prepared on site. Overnight accommodations are also available, perfect for stress-free bridal prep. Oak Alley does all of the catering and can book entertainment as well. For the Art Aficionados Having hosted everything from Mardi Gras balls to debutante parties, the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle in City Park, 658-4100, can accommodate

most any type of wedding. From an intimate vow exchange in the garden or a grand party, NOMA is the perfect choice for art lovers. “Most people have grown up here and always envisioned their wedding here” says Ruthie Massey, NOMA’s event rental coordinator. NOMA provides security, free parking, and exclusivity; there’s only one event at a time which ensures your wedding reception will feel special and private. Boasting trees dripping with oversized Venetian glass beads, the Oak Grove in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a popular spot for nuptials. After the ceremony, enjoy cocktails in the front of the museum then head inside and immerse your guests in an artful experience they won’t forget. Guests can roam the museum and view the artwork on their own time; the second floor can be outfitted with tables and chairs, which makes for a truly unique experience as your guests nosh

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next to historic sculptures and paintings. For the Gracious Hosts A proper Southern woman always ensures her guests are comfortably accommodated, and the Maison St. Charles (1319 St. Charles Ave., 522-0187,

serves both as a wedding space and an upscale hotel. With amenities that are fit for even the most persnickety on your guest list, out-of-towners will feel right at home thanks to pet-friendly standard and queen economy rooms, complimentary workouts at the St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club, continental breakfast and free wifi. The Garden District location lends itself to easy exploration of the city, as its on the streetcar line.

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The property is comprised of five historic antebellum homes, featuring murals by Louisiana native Robert Dafford. With the beautiful artwork plus three romantic patios, brides have their choice of gorgeous surroundings to complement their dream wedding. For Fans of the One-Stop-Shop The New Orleans Hotel Collection (; visit the website for information on each hotel) is a family of

locations, each with a distinct old world New Orleans feel. From engagement parties to full wedding packages, brides can select from an array of options from the rehearsal dinner to the big day itself. Treat travel weary guests arriving into town with a welcome close to the airport at the bar in the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport hotel. Or imbibe on one of the best wine lists in the city at Patrick’s Bar Vin, tucked away in the Hotel Mazarin just steps away from Bourbon Street. No matter what a brides’ budget, taste level or guest list entails, the New Orleans Hotel Collection has a property that will suit most anyone’s needs. Guest accommodations can be provided thanks to a portfolio of New Orleans’ most attractive accommodations. Enjoy a formal rehearsal dinner at Louis XVI, a casual meet up with old friends at May Baily’s, followed by an unforgettable wedding reception at the Bourbon Orleans, Wyndham Riverfront or any of the other elegant locations. n New Orleans Bride | 73


say cheese! Photographers share a few of their favorite wedding day shots and why they love them. By Haley Adams maile lani Maile Lani Photography,

I took this photograph in New Orleans at the Degas House on May 21, 2011. This is my favorite photograph because it was the first time I got a real result using the Impossible Project’s Polaroid film. Up until this point, the film was wild and unpredictable. Sometimes the shots would be fantastic, but other times I’d get a blank blurry mess. When this photograph developed, my heart skipped a beat. It looked like a miniature painting and was completely different than anything I’ve ever taken

lauren liberto Liberto Photography,

Nichole Manning Belle Amour Photography,

This photo was taken Sept. 3, 2011, at Rosie’s Jazz Hall. What made this picture so unique was that this couple was from New York, and the week prior Hurricane Irene hit them, just to fly down for their wedding during the middle of Tropical Storm Lee! I chose this because nothing could keep this amazing couple down on their wedding day. Rain or shine, it was a fabulous day. You can see how much fun they were having as they strapped on their boots to go splash in the puddles! I am proud of this shot because it not only reflects the couple’s personality, but it also reflects my point of view as a wedding photographer. I love to do things outside the box creating fun and memorable moments that my bride and groom can look back on and smile. 74 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

This photo was taken at Rosy’s Jazz Hall on April 22, 2012. I chose this particular photo because out of all the weddings I have shot, this photo represents New Orleans in the best way. It is my favorite because it was a completely candid shot and it shows both how in love and happy the couple is, as well as, the aesthetics and

on Polaroid film. I asked my bride to stand by the window and hold the curtain back so a little more light would be on her face. I took a few digital shots, and then a couple on medium format film. For the last shot, I took out my Polaroid SX-70 and stood as still as I possibly could, leaning against the window so the picture wouldn’t blur. My bride found me online and I was booked because of my use of film and Polaroids.

feel of a New Orleans wedding. I am proud of it because I am lucky enough to be able to capture moments like these; moments that a couple candidly shows their true love and happiness without thinking the camera is staring at them. There was no staging, it was a truly love filled moment. This client had viewed my website and saw posts that I often post on Facebook. She did mention that she loved my New Orleans-based photography (seeing that most of her guests were from out of the country) and the fact that she noticed that I focused on mostly a journalistic style of photography as opposed to a lot of generic and staged photos.

ron carr Aimeezing Faces,

george kuchler GK Photography,

This image was created at the bride’s bridal session at Nottoway Plantation in February 2012. Honestly, I have a bunch of magazineworthy images from this bride. She truly blew me away when I saw her in her dress because she is such a jeans and T-shirt kinda girl! I captured her senior portraits 10 years ago so it felt like I was photographing a family member at her wedding. I had such a fun time walking around the plantation creating images and talking about her wedding day plans. We both stopped in our tracks when this image was taken. With the couch, the painting on the wall and the building, it all came together to be a great image. When I asked Megan to sit on the couch, I first showed her what I was thinking, which was funny to watch, but then the portrait fell into place as she brought her head up for the shot. When you step back and breathe before taking the shot—you feel the magic! I am most proud of this image because for many years I have seen images I wanted to be the creator of. Now I am proud of signing my name on images like Megan on the couch, which now hangs on my studio wall. Every story should have an image that represents it to the fullest.

This image was taken April 22, 2012 on the bank of the Mississippi Levee overlooking Nottaway Plantation. I love a composition that tells a story. The bride and groom were married the day before, April 21, 2012, on the steps of the plantation, so we did her bridals with Chris in tow. The wind was blowing, though, so they were chatting about her falling off the hill by herself, and that she couldn’t hear a word I was saying! We were doing bridal portraits with her alone facing into the wind and sun. Chris came in and this was a candid before we figured out how to hear each other. It was blowing about 20 miles per hour with gusts.

lizzie ford-madrid Lizzie Ford-Madrid Weddings,

This photo was taken June 9, 2012, at St. Joseph’s church on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. I chose this photo because it is incredibly romantic. I feel like I captured a genuine moment of a couple that is truly in love. I’m proud of it because I feel like it’s a perfect example of my aesthetic and it really reflects what I set out to do as a wedding photographer, which is preserve moments for couples that they can share with their family and friends long after the wedding is over. This shot was a set up outside of the church. My assistant, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, held up a reflector and I just gave the couple (Nick and Marguerite) a little guidance. This couple found me through a friend. I think they liked that I’m not like most wedding photographers out there. I have a unique style, and I take the time to listen to exactly what the couple wants out of their portraits and candids. New Orleans Bride | 75

celeste mackenroth Dream Catcher Photography & Video,

This photo was taken June 30, 2007, in the French Quarter. This is one of my favorites because not only is it a beautiful

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picture, but the bride and groom are some of the nicest people ever! It has been five years since I took this picture, and since then, I have taken their maternity pictures, their babies’ pictures, holidays, etc. They have been through some rough times as a family and continue to go through rough times, yet, their relationship seems stronger every time I see them. They have greatly impacted my life in such a positive way. The bride found me by way of referral. She was a bridesmaid, and we just hit it off from the moment we met. She said I made her look good!

christy kotter Photography by Christy,

This photo was taken at Maison Lafitte in Mandeville, La., in September 2012. It was candid. I like this photo because the bride is being herself, not posing, but being natural. I think this couple chose me because my style is laid back and fun. I try to capture my brides as they truly are, without pretense. New Orleans Bride | 77

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here are many ways to showcase a wedding, but none takes the breath away more than pages of beautiful photos. On the next several pages you’ll find photographs that display the most romantic, innovative and personalized local weddings. Turn this page to find

inspiration for your own upcoming wedding, a future event or even to bask in the happiness of these lovely local couples. Want to see your wedding on these pages, and share your big day with our readers and the city of New Orleans? To be considered as a featured local wedding in New

1. A typed 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


Orleans Bride magazine, mail a CD with high-resolution (4x6/300dpi) photographs. Below is a helpful checklist to double-check you have all the correct materials. Here is to all of our local brides and their families; your exuberance and happiness enhance the city of New Orleans!

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

Please send at least 10-15 photographs burned on a CD All CDs will NOT be returned.


New Orleans Bride magazine reserves the right to choose the wedding and the issue of the magazine it will be featured. Submissions are not guaranteed to be published and CDs won’t be returned. The bride, groom and photographer must give permission to use the photographs and information of the submitted wedding. Please mail your CD of photos and typed document vendor information to: New Orleans Bride magazine, Attn: Tiffani Reding, 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 New Orleans Bride | 79

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Bride: Lindsey Kathleen Amedeo Groom: Charles Claude Gerkin Jr. Date: Nov. 16, 2012 Ceremony: St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church Reception: Vintage Court Coordinator: Yvonne Hulsey Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses Boutique: David’s Bridal Bride’s Rings: NMC Diamonds Groom’s Ring: Brent&Jess Fingerprint Wedding Bands Florist: CJ’s Florist of Covington Caterer: Vintage Court Cake: Cocoa Bean Bakery Photographer: Sonny Randon Photography Videographer: John Falterman Jr. Photo Booth: Nola Paparazzi Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Coxe Ceremony Music: Eddie Andries and Denise Wagner Reception Music: Voodoo Funk & Soul New Orleans Bride | 81

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Bride: Jennifer Brizzolara Groom: Adam Wells Date: Sept. 24, 2011 Ceremony: The Cabildo Reception: The Presbytere Coordinator: Merideth Reed, Belle Soiree Weddings Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses Boutique: David’s Bridal Rings: Engagement: Zales, Wedding: Aucoin Heart Florist: Le Grande Caterer: Capdeboscq Catering Cake: Swiss Confectionery Photographer: Sam Gregory Photography Videographer: Dyle Films Hair: Flawless Bride Makeup: Kellie Bode Makeup Ceremony Music: New Orleans’ Finest Musicians Reception Music: Aaron Lane Entertainment Second Line Music: Algiers Brass Band New Orleans Bride | 83

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Bride: Lindsey Alexandra Buonagura Groom: Cameron James Himel Date: Dec. 30, 2011 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception: The Blue Room in The Roosevelt New Orleans (A Waldorf Astoria Hotel) Coordinator: Terry Cambise L.L.C. Wedding & Event Consulting Gown Designer: Jasmine Gown Boutique: Pearl’s Place Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Florist: Bella Blooms Floral Cake: The Royal Cakery Photographer: Bob Bradford Photography Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions Makeup: Shannon Gauthier, Bamboo Apothecary Reception Music: Groovy 7 New Orleans Bride | 85

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Bride: Carla Danette Hood Groom: Roy Anastacio Arriola Jr. Date: Oct. 6, 2012 Ceremony & Reception: Bea Field Alumni House, Tulane University Campus Coordinator: Vicki Evans, RSVP, LLC Gown Designer: Marisa Bridals Bride’s Necklace: Symmetry Jewelers Gown Boutique: Pearl’s Place Cake: Dwayne Brown, DMB Cakes Caterer: Elizabeth Anderson Catering Photographer: Shawn Colin Photography and Karen Gros Photography Hair: Charlene Sharper-Joe, Spa Isabel Makeup: Shannon Gauthier, Bamboo Apothecary Music: Dave Hansen and The Garden District Trio; Eric Plaisance, DJ; Juan Williams, Soloist; Darnell Prejean, Soloist New Orleans Bride | 87

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Bride: Morgan d’Lane Packard Groom: Michael Franklyn Griffith Date: March 24, 2012 Ceremony: Peristyle at City Park Reception: The Great Lawn at City Park Coordinator: Terry Cambise L.L.C. Wedding & Event Consulting Gown Designer: Platinum Style gown by Priscilla of Boston Bridesmaids Designer: Dessy Bridesmaids Boutique: Town & Country Rings: Vintage lavender sapphire and baguette in platinum engagement ring; wedding band designed and created by Symmetry Jewelers; groom wears his grandfather’s wedding band with wedding dates engraved at Symmetry Jewelers Florist: Urban Earth Studios Cake: La Louisiane Caterer: Chef John Folse Photographer: Jeff Cooke Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions Hair: Scott Reynaud of Jupiter Salon Makeup: Tisa Camet of Tisa’s Beauty Bar Music: Jimmy Maxwell’s Orchestra for ceremony; Jeremy Davenport’s quintet for cocktail hour; and Bonerama featuring Dave Malone for reception New Orleans Bride | 89

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play Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans

Located only minutes from downtown, all levels can take on the 27 holes, including some named after jazz greats, Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt. With the picturesque scenery of the Louisiana landscape, the course is perfectly tailored for a round in the swamps of the city. Tee times can be booked online or by phone. If your guests have time for a quick golf lesson, individual, junior and group lessons are available. get a tan

make the weekend last

By Tarani Duncan

Plan some activities for your guests during your wedding weekend so they get the full New Orleans experience. Tourists and locals alike love to roam the streets of New Orleans and its surrounding areas—wedding guests are no exception. During the chaos of planning the big day, don’t forget to schedule activities for your wedding crew. We’ve got a few ideas for everyone invited, from your college girlfriends to your grandfather. experience the swamps

A day aboard a pontoon boat with one of Cajun Encounters’ (, (866) 928-6877) tour guides will serve as a proper introduction to the flora, fauna and people of Louisiana’s swamps. Visitors will learn stories of the swamps they won’t read in a brochure. Those set on seeing alligators will be pleased since 92 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

the majority of the time is spent tossing marshmallows to giant reptiles who swim toward the pontoon boat. TV host Kelly Ripa once recommended the tour on the then-called “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” telling viewers it would be “the greatest experience of your life.” Cajun Encounters also offers the option of city and cemetery tours. Think your guests will want both? Bundle your encounters for a discounted price. hit the links

Boasting stretches of lush fairway surrounded by bayous and canals, Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans (1500

Picture this: Two days before your big day, a spray tan professional appears at a location of your choice with a tent, an array of lotions and slippers for cold feet. Upon entering the tent, your skin is greeted with a cool, transformative mist. In only five minutes, you become the precise hue of summer, but without the skin damage from the sun. Then you can relax with a bottle of your favorite chardonnay. This is the routine for the team at Sip-N-Spray (908-2260, Co-owner Renee Lopardi says the most exciting part of getting a spray tan is that it makes you feel good. “Everyone feels better with a tan,” she says. “Look at it this way: It’s healthier than frying yourself in the sun for hours, and because the stuff we use is totally natural, there’s no risk as far as your skin is concerned.” For earthconscious tanning fans, Sip-N-Spray is one of the few local spray-tanning businesses to offer organic spray on the go. In addition to being health-conscious and earth friendly, these pigment perfectionists have made the art of spray tanning into a science. While providing you and your wedding party with five to seven days of just-off-the-beach color, their magical mist is also anti-aging and skin firming. You bring the wine. They’ll bring the shine.

Stonebridge Drive, Gretna, 394-1300, offers a golfing

visit a plantation or two

experience unique to New Orleans.

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have a special place in the region’s landscape, so a quick trip to see a few historic plantations is a great choice for out-of-town guests. If you need help organizing your trip, Plantation Parade ( can help you plan a visit to four historic plantations. First there’s San Francisco Plantation, which was built around 1856 and attracts more than 100,000 per year. The next stop is Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation that was built in 1805. The third plantation is Oak Alley Plantation, which was featured in the popular movie “Interview with a Vampire,” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The fourth location, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, has been called the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road.” All plantations are worth a visit, and your guests can visit as many as they want. If your crowd does have time for each, the Plantation Parade itinerary suggests an order of events. Enjoy dinner at Houmas House and an overnight stay at Oak Alley Plantation, before driving back to New Orleans for the trip home. try a local brew

Well-known foodie Anthony Bourdain once said his go-to New Orleans cocktail is the ubiquitous Abita Amber—a smooth, malty, caramel-flavored lager native to Louisiana’s North Shore. Sure, you could stop in any bar, restaurant or grocery store across the city and fork out

Abita Brewery

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a few bucks, but why not swing by the brewery instead? The tour and tastings are complimentary. The Abita Brewery (21084 LA 36, Abita Springs, (985) 893-3143,, located about 30 miles north of New Orleans, is like an oasis. The building seems to have been plucked from the French Quarter and tucked among stands of pine trees bordering the waters of Abita Springs. Given that most enjoy drinking craft brews and even more enjoy drinking them for free, the Abita Brewery tour is a guaranteed good time, a safe bet for wedding parties. The tour begins and ends in the Tasting Room. The bar spans an impressive 24 feet and typically boasts anywhere between 12 to 15 draft beers. A few of these are select drafts, meaning that you’ll only find them on draft at the brewery or at Abita Brew Pub located in downtown Abita Springs. Tours do not run every day, so call ahead to verify times. No one under 21 is permitted on the brewery tour. You’ll need closed-toed shoes for the walking portion. Groups of more than 25 are encouraged to make reservations. For designated drivers, the brewery provides Abita Root Beer made from Louisiana’s finest sugarcane.

officiated role as co-owner/party girl of the city’s newest party planning business as a no-brainer for a city that loves to party. “This city is a lifestyle city,” she says. “It’s so unique that way. It allows for less inhibitions, so our work comes easy. Once we get to know the client well enough, anything is possible. Our team has enough combined knowledge to pull off some pretty amazing things.” Though Le Concierge has only been in business since mid-September, she and her partner have already begun reinvigorating the city’s tenacious event planning industry one bachelorette party at a time. According to her new website, Le Concierge calls herself the “buddy you never had, but always wanted” because she and her team can make hotel reservations, recommend great bars or suggest a spot for dinner. Past celebrations have featured high-class plates prepared by world class chefs, dance parties in uptown mansions, custom-tailored scavenger hunts spanning the city from St. Charles to St. Claude Avenues, and New Orleans-style snowballs infused with craft cocktails. “It’s an ideal gig,” she says. “The pursuit of pleasure is rarely a thankless job.” groove to the music

Though the folk-art riddled House of Blues plan a night out

The head honcho of Le Concierge (473-6425,, who chooses

to remain anonymous, finds her newly

(225 Decatur St., 310-4999, houseofblues. com) is clearly more of a New Orleans

music hangout than it is a church, the spot’s Sunday Gospel Brunch provides a spiritual experience with its healthy helping of gospel music and delicious food. The Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues features unlimited mimosas, endless helpings of white chocolate bread pudding coated with bourbon sauce and never-ending plates of bacon. The gospel brunch is a soulful way to enjoy Sunday morning in New Orleans, but keep in mind brunch at House of Blues is just the first course. Besides the occasional free comedy show in the garden, House of Blues often hosts one of Travel Channel’s favorite burlesque acts and local legends like Trombone Shorty. Its lineup is always an exciting reconciliation between mainstream and local talent. n New Orleans Bride | 95


beyond the dress Investing in the right intimates will make you feel good from the engagement party to the honeymoon. By Haley Adams

While most of the wardrobe talk for your wedding will revolve around the perfect white dress, it’s also important to think about what you’ll be wearing underneath it. New Orleans and its surrounding areas are lucky to have plenty of stores that specialize in lingerie for brides and their wedding parties. Whether you’re looking for sexy lingerie for the wedding night, or a great-fitting bra to wear at your wedding shower, you can find what you need at a store near you. The fit of a bra is crucial, so the staff at Bra La Vie! (221 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 662-5065,

helps women, including brides, find the perfect size. The Hammond boutique carries band sizes from 28 to 44 and cup sizes A to K. The selection is much more extensive than what is available at a chain or a department store, where only the most commonly purchased sizes are sold, says Bra La Vie! Owner Andrea Kopfler. The employees at Bra La Vie! are trained to make sure each customer comes out with the correct fit. There is no industry standard, so it is important to make sure a bra is right for you. “Bras are like jeans,” Kopfler says. “Each brand fits differently. If you went to the department store because you’re a 34D and you get what you 96 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

thought was your size, you might not be getting the fit you need.” For brides looking for more than just the perfect bra, Bra La Vie! also offers lingerie, and can play host to a bridal lingerie shower. The bride is invited to come in before the party and find what she likes, and a store staffer will create a rack for her. On the day of the party, guests will know what the bride wants and make sure they have the correct size. Bra La Vie! also carries gifts for bridesmaids and other wedding accessories. Another store helping women find the perfect bra is The Voluptuous Vixen (818 Chartres St., 529-3588, thevoluptuousvixen. com). The boutique carries all types of clothing, including dresses, denim and swimwear, for women sizes 12 and up. The shop also offers intimates in band sizes 34 to 48 and cup sizes C to JJ. “We specialize in the hard-to-find sizes,” says Owner Jaclyn McCabe. To make sure shoppers at The Voluptuous Vixen find the best intimates, McCabe does a bra fitting class for employees once a year, even if they have already been trained. “Eight out of 10 women are not wearing the right size bra,” she says.

“It’s very important to be bra-fitted by an expert.” When you know what size you are, the fun part is deciding on the color. McCabe suggests finding a nude, a black and a nice lacy bra, but also recommends finding bras in fun colors. “Reds and blues and pinks are hot colors in lingerie right now,” McCabe adds. McCabe and her staff at The Voluptuous Vixen pride themselves on having a large selection for women that might think their options are limited. “A lot of my customers can only find bras in nude and black,” McCabe says. “We try to offer some fun colors for them.” A third go-to bra shop for local brides and women is Bra Genie (2881 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8638, thebragenie. com). Opened in 2005, Bra Genie offers band sizes 28 to 48 and cup sizes AA to K, so you and your whole bridal party are sure to find your new favorite bra. The location is 3,500 square feet, which allows for a stock of more than 9,000 bras, making the store’s inventory the largest in the South, says Bra Genie

Owner Jeanne Emory. While the focus of the store is bras, Bra Genie also sells shapewear, which is a popular choice for brides to wear under their wedding gowns. Stop in Bra Genie and you’ll be put with a fitter who can help you find the right size. Even if you buy a sexy bra and thong for the wedding night, shapewear can be your little secret for other wedding festivities. “You might be wearing shapewear underneath the bridal dress, but [the groom] doesn’t need to know this,” Emory says. “Shapewear is going to make photos and walking down the aisle look really smooth and fabulous.” Once you have your everyday bras and great shapewear to last you through pre-wedding events and the big day, it’s time to think about what to wear on your wedding night and honeymoon. At Old.New.Blue (6117 Magazine St., 655-0863, oldnewblueshop. com), the shop has a lot

to offer a Southern bride, from wedding consultation to bridesmaid gifts, but it also specializes in high-end custom lingerie. One of the store’s most popular lingerie lines is Jane Woolrich. Based in the United Kingdom, Woolrich offers a variety of pieces, including negligees, corsets and underwear. “It’s very, very sexy and very feminine,” says Old. New.Blue Owner Janie Glade. Brides are asked to come into Old.New.Blue for a fitting; the lingerie is shipped back in about three weeks.

Another best-selling lingerie line at Old.New. Blue is Flora Nikrooz. The pieces are “very feminine and very girly,” Glade says, and every item is made in the United States. Glade adds that it is important for all brides to think about what they’re going to wear on their wedding night because it is a special moment as husband and wife. “A lot of girls think their husbands won’t like them in beautiful feminine lingerie, but that’s just not the case,” she says. “Your husband gets to see you as his wife for the first time only once, so it needs to be memorable.” Another shop for intimates is Tie the Knot (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 17, Metairie, 301-9101, Owner Brittany

Claverie started the shop with her mother after she had trouble finding wedding accessories in the area. Tie the Knot now offers lots of gifts for the bridal party and wedding guests from flip flops to champagne flutes, but also features cute underwear for the bride. Claverie says two popular items are the thong and lacy boy shorts, which can be a a tasteful and fun addition to the big day. “I have thongs with a little blue bow on it,” she says. “A lot of people buy them for their something blue.” Tie the Knot also has tank tops, robes, towel wraps and more, for just the bride or her whole bridal party. If you want to personalize a piece, Tie The Knot also offers monogramming. n New Orleans Bride | 97

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Cake/ pastries Bittersweet Confections 725 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-523-2626 cheryl@bittersweetconfections. com Custom designed wedding cakes, artisan chocolates, specialty groom’s cakes and decadent desserts to serve at your event. Call today to schedule your tasting. Fabulous Cake Stands by Nola B. 133 Jarrell Drive, Suite A Belle Chasse, LA 504-391-0607 We sell and rent Fabulous cake stands with fabulous Style. Handcrafted and beautifully finished in the Nola B. patina of your choice. “A cake without a stand, is like a Bride without shoes” ~Nola B. La Louisiane Bakery 5616 Heebe St. Harahan, LA 504-296-3227 Our bakery produces pastries, cakes, breads and prides itself on quality and freshness. Melissa’s Fine Pastries By Appointment New Orleans, LA 504-472-8572 For beautiful looking and delicious tasting cakes, schedule an appointment with Melissa’s Fine Pastries to discuss a custom designed cake or pastry bar that will compliment your wedding perfectly. Swiss Confectionery, Inc. 747 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-7788 For over 90 years Swiss Confectionery 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 Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe 910 East Morris Ave. Hammond, LA 985-345-2002 Production of specialty cakes, pastries, Weddings and Grooms Cakes

Catering Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 West Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-5533 Voted “Best Restaurant in Metairie,” Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse is available for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, banquets, and corporate events. Three beautiful private rooms can accommodate groups of 10-100 guests. Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave. Metairie, LA 504-896-7350

Pigéon Caterers Family owned and operated since 1946. Full service catering, custom designed menus, full bar, servers, bartenders, equipment rental and delivery. Pigéon Caterers 535 S. Clark St. New Orleans, LA 504-262-0412 We are your full service catering company that can handle everything from engagement parties to wedding receptions. Portobello Catering 400 East William David Pkwy Metairie, LA 504-833-2120 At Portobello Catering, we are not simply caterers; we are professionals, dedicated to creating memorable celebrations that come together seamlessly. 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 Antoine’s Restaurant 713 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 504-581-4422 Antoine’s Restaurant offers a romantic setting for New Orleans weddings. Our many private dining rooms accommodate weddings,rehearsal dinners,bridal luncheons and receptions and are sure to create memories for years to come. Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal St @ Bourbon New Orleans, LA 504-962-0500 abroussard@astorneworleans. com Featuring 4-diamond luxury at New Orleans Bride | 101

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bridaL resources affordable rates. Wedding venues offer a unique setting with exterior balconies over-looking Canal and Bourbon Streets. Chateau Golf & Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd. Kenner, LA 504-467-1351 When you begin planning a very special event, such as your wedding reception, attention to detail is so important. From the time your first guest arrives until the last one leaves, our commitment is to offer you the utmost in quality and service. Courtyard on the Ridge 407 Folse St. Harahan, LA 504-737-6660 Courtyard on the Ridge offers more than 11,000 square feet of ceremony and reception space, accommodating up to 400 guests. Our food is prepared fresh from scratch and served by our professional staff to assure you a memorable day. Emerald Grande 10 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 850-585-5451 Celebrating together at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village has an enchantment all its own. We have spectacular venues with stunning views to host your event, dream wedding or social celebration. We can take care of all the 102 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

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 and Country Club 1 Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 504-392-2200 We are a luxury golf and residential community on 1200 gorgeous acres in the city of New Orleans. Located 15 minutes from the Central Business District and French Quarter, this serene, plantationstyle setting is ideal for once-ina-lifetime weddings and events. Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots 1751 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-948-1285 Fair Grounds Race Course can help you create an event that you will remember for a lifetime. Our planners can help with rehearsal parties, weddings and receptions, in a wide variety of floor plans. Federal Ballroom New Orleans 147 Carondelet St. New Orleans, LA 504-587-2088 The Federal Ballroom is A Historic Wedding Venue Built in 1923 as a Federal Reserve Bank. The Most Elegant Wedding Venue in the South. Located in the Central Business District

Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans 1201 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-566-9990 Remember the Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans when planning your wedding. Your guests will love the charm and hospitality of each of our New Orleans hotels. Create an occasion to remember with our extraordinary catering and beautiful wedding accommodations. Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center 1001 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-0044 The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center is a newly renovated property in the heart of the Warehouse District. We share a courtyard with Generations Hall which makes the Hilton Garden Inn a wonderfully convenient location to house guests, have a bridal shower in our beautiful garden, or a bridal photo shoot on our pool deck overlooking the New Orleans skyline. Please feel free to contact us directly for a tour of our hotel. It would be an honor to be a part of your big day! 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 The most affordable romantic site in New Orleans is conveniently located on St. Charles Ave. in the historic Garden District. An all-inclusive package makes your event stress free and the lush gardens make glorious pictures. Hyatt French Quarter 800 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-565-4566 The newly renovated Hyatt French Quarter offers indoor and outdoor reception spaces for up to 200 guests featuring a private entrance and exit leading out to Canal Street. Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-561-1234 From gourmet menus and lavish ballrooms to luxurious guestrooms and exceptional service, our team will ensure your special day is unforgettable. InterContinental New Orleans 444 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-525-5566 The InterContinental New Orleans is a full service, upscale hotel. We can do large and small receptions as well as room blocks for out of town guests.

JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-6500 Truly great service means never having to ask. At the JW Marriott New Orleans, you will experience the silent anticipation and thoughtful preparation you deserve to make your day truly amazing. Le Pavillon Hotel 833 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-620-4126 LePavillon is an exquisite venue for grand social occasions. An elegant setting for Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, & Bridal Luncheons. Let LePavillon create your special Celebration with all the grandeur your day deserves. Maison de Macarty Bed and Breakfast 3820 Burgundy New Orleans, LA 504-267-1564 Looking to hold a small to mid size wedding on the grounds of a beautiful mansion? Look no further! Uptown style without the uptown prices. Maison St. Charles 1319 St Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-0187 Located on the St Charles Streetcar Line in the historic Lower Garden District and graced with five antebellum homes nestled around lushly landscaped courtyards reminiscent of 19th century New Orleans. Mercedes-Benz Superdome & club XLIV at Champions Square Sugar Bowl Drive New Orleans, LA 504-587-3922 New Orleans Bride | 103

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

multiple venues, winding lagoons, a over 100 year old wooden Carousel, delicious on site catering, gondola rides and more!

Napoleon House 500 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-2431 Located in a National Historic Landmark, our private facility can accommodate 50-135 guests for cocktail receptions and 40-60 for full service seated dinners.

Nottoway Plantation & Resort 31025 Louisiana Hwy 1 White Castle, LA 225-545-2730 Exchange your vows in a stunning plantation setting and celebrate your new marriage with an unforgettable gala in one of our lavish ballrooms or in the dramatic Grande Pavilion.

New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 504-482-4888 City Park has it all! Oak trees 100s of years old, amazing architecture,

New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 855-798-6642 Splendidly original hotels in america’s Favorite city - gorgious courtyards, ballrooms and cottages for your wedding.

Oceana Grill 739 Conti St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-3661 The Cannery

Oceana Grill in the French Quarter can do it all. From the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinners to bachelor/bachelorette parties. Book two or more parties and receive a discount. Race & Religious 510 Race St. New Orleans, LA Come Celebrate in the Splendor of a Masterpiece! Located on the corner of Race Street and Religious Street, Race+Religious is a luxury event venue just minutes from downtown New Orleans. The perfect getaway for an unforgettable celebration for up to 300 people. Renaissance New Orleans Arts 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 six blocks from the French Quarter in the historic riverfront neighborhood —the SoHo of the South— a one-of-a-kind experience awaits you and your guests the minute you step into our hotel. Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette 817 Common St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-1111 You deserve the wedding of your dreams. The Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel can make that a reality with unique

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touches and attention to detail that will make your wedding day something you and each of your guests will remember. Rosy’s Jazz Hall 500 Valence St. New Orleans, LA 504-896-7679 Rosy’s Jazz Hall is a unique venue with a rich New Orleans heritage. We have a two story atrium for ceremonies, an indoor balcony and beautiful outdoor New Orleans 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. Southern Oaks Plantation 7816 Hayne Boulevard New Orleans, LA 504-245-8221 A stylish mélange of the charm, delicious food, exceptional service, and unique culture of New Orleans. Elegant gardenstyle ceremonies and spectacular receptions inside the mansion make chic and unforgettable celebrations. Stella Plantation 4881 Highway 39 Braithwaite, LA 504-919-7474 New Orleans Bride | 105

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bridaL resources Perched on 1500 acres of gorgeous countryside, our vast space, varied venues and absolute privacy make Stella an exquisite open canvas for your wedding. 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 City of St. Martinville P.O. Box 379 St. Martinville, LA 337-394-2233 Envision your wedding under sweeping branches of the evangeline oak Historic St. Martinville is the perfect setting for your wedding or family reunion. The Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-899-9308 Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

cateringandevents@thecolumns. com New Orleans’ favorite historic hotel with 20 rooms on St. Charles Ave. We are available for weddings, receptions, retreats, private dining/ catering, and meeting spaces. The Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 504-522-7261 The Court of Two Sisters is available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons and showers. Enjoy historic, elegant ambiance for your special occasion! The Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-895-9200 Hailed as one of the most spectacular special event venues in Louisiana, The Elms Mansion is located in the Garden District and on the streetcar line. This family owned, local business has been hosting weddings for over 40 years. The Maison Dupuy Hotel 1001 Rue Toulouse New Orleans, LA 504-648-6114 neworleanscourtyardweddings. com The Maison Dupuy Hotel located in the historic French Quarter just two blocks from the center of Bourbon Street. The hotel has many amenities, such as a yearround heated saltwater swimming pool, jacuzzi, health club and magnificent courtyard complete with bubbling fountain.

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The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St. New Olreans, LA 504-528-1944 The National WWII Museum is a versatile location for wedding receptions. Three unique venues on the campus can be customized to taste and are sure to provide a memorable event! Tommy’s Cuisine & Tomas Bistro 755 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 504-581-1103 Whether you are looking to have a sit-down dinner, banquet style reception, or a cocktail party with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, we can work with you to customize the perfect event to fit your needs. With an extensive menu, an impressive wine list, full bar & several dining packages to choose from, an experience at Tomas Bistro will be sure to please and impress your guests! We are happy to coordinate the details of your entire event for you, including any floral arrangements or A/V equipment, to make your event a success. 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.

Woodland Plantation 21997 Highway 23 West Point a La Hache, LA 504-656-9990 18 Room Country Inn located 45 minutes SE of New Orleans down Hwy. 23 in the Deep Mississippi Delta. We offer weddings, receptions, retreats, private dining/catering, and meeting spaces.

Flowers Arbor House Floral 2113 North Rampart St. New Orleans, LA 504-352-1512 Arbor House Floral offers expert design and over forty-five years of experience in the bridal industry. Be confident that your wedding day will be as beautiful as you dream. Brittney Ray’s Florist 2108 Paris Road Chalmette, LA 504-271-9012 We realize a wedding is a once in a lifetime affair! We provide exceptional, personalized service and use only the freshest flowers. We are family owned and operated for over 25 years. Each work of art that leaves our store is designed especially for you with experience and class. Fabulous Flowers, llc 2020 Chestnut St. New Orleans, LA 504-909-0253 Private design studio specializing in weddings, corporate & private parties & holiday decorations for your business or home. Designs from fabulous flowers can also be found in motion pictures & TV. New Orleans Bride | 107

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Grow With Us Florist 106 Metairie Heights Ave. Metairie, LA 504-837-9449 Fresh, custom, unique florals. Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 2032 Adams St. New Orleans, LA 504-315-5607 Special Events and Floral Design Company. We specialize in weddings, private parties, corporate events, and more! NOLA-FLORA 4536 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-891-3333 We are the Uptown Flower Ninjas, providing the finest flowers from all over the world and specializing in the most fabulous weddings and events in the city!

Gifts/ registry Adler’s 722 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-523-5292 For over 100 years, generations of brides have chosen Adler’s for their wedding registry. Whether you are selecting your fine china, crystal, silver or even wedding party gifts, Adler’s offers a vast selection the world’s finest brands to choose from. Auraluz 4408 Shores Dr. Metairie, LA 504-888-3313 Visit Auraluz for unique items including bridal party gifts, handkerchiefs, table linens, special occasion children’s clothing and so much more. Bridal Registry and monogramming services available. Bayou Accents Lafitte, LA 504-655-2015 Wedding Cake Pulls made with Swarovski pearls and crystals as

stretchy bracelets or keychains. Visit my website to view the color charts and list of charms. GNO Federal CU 3105 Lime St. Metairie, LA 70006 504-459-8149 Start your new life together at GNO FCU with MatriMoney, our Wedding Registry Account that provides family and friends with a convenient and safe way to give cash gifts! Oil & Vinegar Louisiana 6111 Pinnacle Parkway Covington, LA 985-809-1693 Oil & Vinegar “culinary gift shop” concept brings together a wide range of international food and cooking products in alluring, Mediterranean-style surroundings. We want to be a brides first choice when looking for a unique and “tasteful” gift for her wedding. Our focus is not only on the attractiveness of the gift, but ultimately its flavor and ability to accent both the palate and the happy couple. Orient Expressed 3905 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-899-3060 Gift shop with large collection of home decor, accessories, tabletop; all appropriate for bridal registry. Delivery available.

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All About Honeymoons 504-324-2121 angelf@allabouthoneymoons. com All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings is North America’s leading romance travel agency, specializing in custom, unique experiences for each couple. Lagniappe Travel Services, Inc 1100 Poydras St., Suite 2050 New Orleans, LA 504-582-2220 Lagniappe Travel Services, your premier honeymoon specialist and destination wedding planner. We have been in New Orleans for over 25 years helping Brides and Grooms plan the perfect trip. Travel Central 3221 N Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-834-7000 Your honeymoon and destination wedding specialist! Town & Country Travel Inc 723 Arora Ave. Metairie, LA 504-838-8702 We are a full service travel agency specializing in Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Call for your consultation.

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

MagnetStreet Weddings 3890 Pheasant Ridge Dr NE #190 Blaine, MN 800-788-0611 Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs and more all easily personalized in YOUR colors, photos, fonts & wording. Request FREE Samples or see it in YOUR colors and order Just One! Scriptura 5423 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-897-1555 Scriptura is a full service stationer offering wedding invitations from Crane’s, William Arthur, Vera Wang and The Lettered Olive. Additionally, Scriptura has an in-house letterpress atelier where beautiful handmade invitations are crafted featuring proprietary designs which capture the unique spirit and charm of New Orleans. Stationery Studio 2910 Toulouse St. New Orleans, LA 504-581-7248 Stationery Studio is a couture invitation boutique specializing exclusively in one of a kind bespoke wedding invitation papers and designs.

Jewelry A.R.T. Precious Collectible Jewelry P.O. Box 770890 New Orleans, LA 504-452-1339 Original and custom fine bead jewelry. Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road Metairie, LA 504-831-2602 Since 1933, the craftsmen of Boudreaux’s Jewelers design the finest selection of New Orleans Bride | 109

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bridaL resources diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. This family only business also offers the top bridal brands in the world including Tacori, Verragio and Simon G. Friend and Company 7713 Maple St. New Orleans, LA 504-866-5433 Founded in 1976, Friend & Company specializes in the design and manufacture of fine jewelry. Friend & Company produces an extensive selection of fine jewelry. We also offer a considerable collection of antique and estate jewelry. Friend & Company also creates custom pieces exactly to specification. In addition, we offer a line of fine watches from Breitling and Carl F. Bucherer, as well as our own line of Friend & Company watches. Our full service Bridal Registry and Gift boutique is located on the second floor of our headquarters in New Orleans and features a world renowned collection of china, crystal, silver and giftware for any occasion. Wellington & Company 505 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-4855 Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry. We carry a selection of estate bridal & are the exclusive Tacori Bridal representatives in New Orleans. Complimentary one hour parking at the Omni Royal Orleans.

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Music Harp Wedding Music and More 179 Bellaire Drive New Orleans, LA 504-909-3756 Louisiana Philharmonic Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees provides spectacular wedding ceremony music featuring New Orleans top musicians. Choose from harp, voice, trumpet, strings, organ, bagpipes, brass, second lines and much more. Reasonable prices and excellent service. Joe Simon’s Jazz Music, LLC P.O. Box 750085 New Orleans, LA 504-365-0808 Traditional Jazz Music Nola Talent Unlimited 1678 N Dupre St. New Orleans, LA 504-881-3077 Nola Talent Unlimited is your number one resource for live entertainment. We provide ceremony music, reception music of all musical genres, and rehearsal musical entertainment. We only deal with the best New Orleans entertainers, and there is always a representative to work with you prior to the event and coordinate during the event. With Nola Talent, we always exceed expectations! Omega Sound & Entertainment 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-966-6378

Omega Sound & Entertainment is an award winning, mobile entertainment company providing world class DJ’s as well as event lighting and production throughout the entire Gulf Coast area! Troy Marks and No Idea 229 Cane Bayou Lane Kenner, LA 504-469-4002 Troy Marks and No Idea is the ultimate wedding band, bringing great music to your special day. The band is a seasoned, professional group, offering a dynamic range of popular hits from numerous eras. Twilight Band 985-237-9343 Twilight Band is the hottest Wedding and Dance band to hit the Southeast Louisiana music scene performing all types of genre. Performances are rounded out by the band’s 3 lead singers Michael, Branna and Karen whose dynamic personalities are sure to get the crowd going. We specialize in Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events. White Oak Productions, Inc. 8428 Oak St. New Orleans, LA 504-314-6680 White Oak is a top source for talent booking with a roster of local, regional and national acts representing all music genres. Whether it is a wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, White Oak can find the right entertainment for you!

X-Pert Production 12232 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 9 Baton Rouge, LA 225-296-0123 X-pert D.J. Services has been performing to all types of events and all age groups since 1994. We are a full production company that is able to handle any large or small event. We have trained and experienced DJs, emcees, karaoke jocks, audio technicians, and lighting technicians that are requested by people across the Southern United States! We also have a large inventory of rental sound, lighting, truss, karaoke, and projection equipment. We love what we do and it shows!!

Photo booths Boogie Booth Photo Booth Company P.O. BOX 581 Mandeville, LA 504-457-8033 Don’t settle for average. Go with the Best! Boogie Booth brings the fun and laughs that will make your special day unforgettable. DemiPiX Photo Booth 4801 Burke Drive Metairie, LA 504-400-1584 Photo Booth fun to add a splash of spontaneous, candid, momentous FUN to your wedding. We customize our booth and your photo to your venue. Makes great wedding favors! Funtastic Fotos, LLC P.O. Box 58418 New Orleans, LA 504-466-9209 Funtastic Fotos’ flipbook technology requires guest to move around for only 7 seconds with props in hand in front of a white or green screen. The 7 second video is then converted into a flipbook, which is printed on-site in about 90 seconds. All flipbooks and pricing include a custom designed cover, use of props and hand held signs, as well as a DVD compilation of all the videos at your event. Nola Paparazzi Photo Booth 1704 Franklin Ave. Gretna, LA 504-231-7972 The MOST affordable photo booth rentals for every occassion!!

Photography Arte de Vie 336 Lafayette St., Suite 101 New Orleans, LA 504-592-3522 CheyAnne and Doug are romantics at heart and love documenting the most special day of a couple’s life. Please check out our website to learn more about us, and contact us to schedule a meeting at our studio! Babs Evangelista Photography 1225 Chartres St., #14 New Orleans, LA 504-261-3744 Awesome wedding photography for fabulous people. Belle Amour Photography 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-768-6603 Voted “Choice Photographer 2011” by the readers of Wedding Style Magazine. Beautiful, fun, and romantic photography is our style, New Orleans Bride | 111

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and excellent customer service is our goal! Billiot Photography and Video New Orleans/Mandeville, LA 504-669-3082 Stylized Photojournalism. Cinematic wedding videos. Over 600 satisfied couples in 17 years! Lowest prices guaranteed (of any Certified Professional Photographers). Packages start at $195 per hour (3 hr. min). Bob Bradford Photography 2214 Milton St. New Orleans, LA 504-943-2622 Full service photography studio that specializes in weddings. David Tompkins Photography 504-738-7944 David 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. Dream Catcher Photography & Video 879 1/2 Hickory Ave. Harahan, LA 504-738-8414 Dream Catcher Photo & Video is a husband and wife team, Celeste and Joe Mackenroth. Thankfully we are part of that very fortunate group of people who actually love doing what we do! Drop us an email and or give us a call and we’ll talk. Eau Claire Photographics 641 N. Alexander St. New Orelans, LA 504-432-7879 Eau Claire Photographics is naturally bright, colorful, lively, happy, emotional, fun, modern yet classic wedding photojournalism. Eye Wander Photo 244 Linda Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 225-772-4051

aaronhogan@eyewanderphoto. com Wedding photography with a realness. Real passion, real emotion. I specialize in people therefore you become my entire focus, making you look your best, capturing you in the best light. GK Photography 10170 Jefferson Hwy River Ridge, LA 504-737-5557 Award winning imagery...just for you! George’s attention to detail and creative style has made him a trusted favorite with local celebrities. George will capture every moment of your day with a blend of creative posing and emotionfilled candids. Images By Robert T. 100 Ploue Court Mandeville, LA 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. On-Location Photography 632 Phosphor Ave. Metairie, LA 504-258-8600 Weddings are my favorite to photograph! I also photograph events (corporate and private), take senior pictures, family portraits, on-site printing. Photography by Christy 72172 Josephine St. Covington, LA 985-892-4055 Photojournalistic and laid back wedding photography. Capturing the “real life” moments, that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Rita Frelich Artography 504-416-6091 Wedding Photography

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Samantha Crochet Photography 985-413-9773 On location Engagement, Bridal and Wedding Photography Shoot 2 Studios New Orleans, LA 614-256-2508 Check out Shoot 2 Studios for fun and creative wedding photography. Stacy Marks Photography 1025 N Hullen St. Metairie, LA 504-237-2173 Award winning wedding photojournalism photography, A+ BBB rating, and great pricing. Check us out! Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St. Mandeville, LA 985-845-8405 You will love the beautiful photographs and video that capture the significant moments of your wedding by the husband and wife team of Robert and Lisa Welch.

Real estate 1st Lake Properties 877-219-0721 1st Lake Properties has over 65 communities with over 9,000 quality apartments. Located in the Greater New Orleans area, Northshore, Baton Rouge and Mississippi, we can help find exactly what you are looking for in a new apartment home. New Orleans Bride | 113

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New Orleans Vintage Rentals 504-869-8262 New Orleans Vintage Rentals is an event design and prop rental resource servicing designers, photographers, planners, and brides in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Viewings are by appointment only.

Special services SecondLine Handkerchiefs 1090 Elmer St. Mandeville, LA 504-251-5567 Make your special event memorable with custom printed handkerchiefs and custom decorated umbrellas. Each will add “something special” to your wedding. You can choose our designs or upload your own.

Slumber Parties by Vanessa Metairie, LA 504-296-0887 Our bachelorette parties feature laughter and excitement with a fun and professional presentation. You will see the latest & greatest in lingerie, lotions, potions & things that go buzz. Your guests will have the best time, and the bride-to-be will be showered with a free shopping spree! Transportation Big Easy Limos 11 West 23rd St. Kenner, LA 504-466-4477 Big Easy Limos, Inc. is the premier New Orleans limousine company. We are devoted to providing first class, personal service and feature the ultimate in comfort, courtesy, reliability and dependability. Bonomolo Limousines Inc. 1401 Lafitte St. New Orleans, LA 800-451-9258 At Bonomolo Limousines, we offer the most dependable and afford-

able 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. 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

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they will be able to relive their wedding day forever through our work. Suzy Marks Videography 229 Cane Bayou Lane Kenner, LA 504-469-4069 Suzy Marks Video is exquisite wedding video from a feminine perspective. Your wedding day is the day fairytales come true. Capture all the magical moments you’ll never want to forget. Tim Mcaskill Cinematic Weddings 110 Lac Calcasieu St. Luling, LA 504-390-1002 Wedding Videographer Welliver Productions Located In Lakeside Shopping Center Metairie, LA 504-831-5288 Since 1977 This Award-Winning Wedding Video Production Team Has Discreetly & Creatively Preserved Fabulous Wedding Memories For More Than 5,000 Brides...From Well-Known Celebrities, To Girls Next Door! Your Day Video & Photography 504-273-0005 Video & photography services for your special day with over 25 years of experience. Our combination of creative video artists and the latest technology gives us the ability to transform the record of your wedding into an original and stylish work of art you will want to watch forever.

Wedding apparel Banbury Cross 100 Atherton Dr. Metairie, LA 504-837-0447 Classic children’s clothing and gifts as well as fine children’s apparel and shoes for special occassions. Bel Amour Bridal 1901 Manhattan Blvd. Harvey, LA 504-302-7797 Bel Amour Bridal features a wide selection of exclusive designs from European to American to fit any price range. We understand that your wedding day is a dream come true and will honor that every day. We will offer you individual attention, elegant ambiance, and professional assistance in the process of helping you select that special gown. We strive for our customers to look unique and feel confident on their special day. We will offer the finest collections of accessories to compliment your gown. Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave., Suite B Metairie, LA 504-780-7090 At Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique our goal is to help you find a gown that you feel beautiful and confident in and make pleasant memories while doing so! D S FASCINATIONS 748 Amethyst St. New Olreans, LA 504-491-9087 Custom Handmade Unique Bridal, Mardi Gras and Special Occasion Hats and Hair Accessories for ladies and little girls. Themed hats for bachelorette parties,bridal, baby showers and other special events. New Orleans Bride | 115

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bridaL resources I Do Bridal Couture 4263 Perkins Road, Suite B Baton Rouge, LA 225-361-0377 South Louisiana’s elegant couture wedding dress experience; AMSALE, Liancarlo, Heidi Elnora, THEIA Couture, Monique Lhuillier Bliss, Nicole Miller, Haute Bride, and ENCHANTED ATELIER Couture Accessories. 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”.

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Mignon For Children 2727 Prytania St. New Orleans, LA 504-891-2374 Featuring flower girl dresses, accessories, and gifts for the children in your bridal party. New Orleans Tuxedos, Inc. 4959 W. Napoleon Ave. Metairie, LA 504-486-5309 Since 1963...Providing the BEST in FORMALWEAR for WEDDINGS! the STYLES you want, the PRICES you need, the SERVICE you deserve... CELEBRATING 50 years & thousands of WEDDINGS!!Thank you for choosing a LOCAL dealer like N.O.TUX.!!

Olivier Couture Bridal Boutique 1901 Highway 190, Suite 24 Mandeville, LA 985-674-6994 Olivier Couture is a family owned and operated bridal boutique in Mandeville. We have wedding gowns starting at just under $1000 to accommodate for all budgets!

Southern Bridal 1200 West Causeway Approach Suite 9 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!

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.

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!

Perlis Clothing 6070 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 504-895-8661 Perlis formalwear department offers a full line of rental options from morning suits to tuxedos. In addition to traditional evening attire, Perlis offers seersucker and white linen suits. Complimentary alterations are always offered for the lifetime of any garment purchased with us. Other location at 1281 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, LA 70471 (985) 674-1711 Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St. Metairie, LA 504-324-7227 Tuxedo and suit rentals and sales.

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Town and Country 1514 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-523-7027 Town and Country is the oldest bridal salon in New Orleans. We have the largest selection of exclusive designers. We also offer special occassion dresses and bridesmaids dresses. Wedding retail Tie The Knot Specialty Shop 5101 W. Esplanade Ave. Suite # 17 Metairie, LA 504-301-9101 Tie the Knot Specialty Shop is the source for all your wedding accessory and gift needs. From jewelry to handbags, we’ve got you covered. • New Orleans Bride | 117


best made plans Professional event planners share their tips. By Sarah Ravits

Your wedding day has the potential to get a little stressful, even if you’re a laid-back bride. Add an engagement party, wedding shower and a bachelorette party, and you’ve got a lot to think about, even before you walk down the aisle. Here are some tips from local experts who help organize, plan and execute the best day of your life—and all the fun events that go with it. Kim Tran and Hien Nguyen

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wink design & event planning Wink Design & Event Planning offers full wedding coordination, on-the-day wedding coordination, event décor design and special event planning.

Always have a plan; prepare for a tent or an indoor backup location.

wedding theme. Popular themes are vintage and shabby chic.

What is your personal style as an event planner? Design for an experience. We

What are the most important things to consider when planning a wedding? The No. 1 thing is

love to incorporate everything around us, from fashion to interior design into our wedding world. Our style is very modern.

What are the main differences between an engagement party, a wedding shower and a bachelorette party? Are all three necessary? Which one is the most important? All three

budgeting. It is important to establish your budget. Know how much money you have and what you can spend for your wedding. Second is date and location. When considering setting a date and venue, keep in mind holidays and events. For example, flights, hotels and transportation will increase during holidays and special events. Thinking about this will help eliminate paying extra cost for you and your guests. What are some common dilemmas that occur during wedding planning, and how do you avoid— or remedy—them? Overspending. Brides

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What are some new trends you are noticing in terms of wedding entertainment? The

new trend is incorporating theatrical performers as a source of entertainment, such as utilizing aerialists to serve champagne or dessert. The trend is to have entertainment that is more interactive for guests to get more involved. You also plan wedding showers and engagement parties. What are some trends you’ve noticed with those? Yes, we plan

wedding showers and engagement parties, anything—whether big or small events. Engagement parties and wedding showers are like mini weddings now. Brides love to incorporate a theme into their events to keep cohesive with their

events are different and necessary. However, the engagement party is the most important. Engagement parties are important because it is the formal announcement of the marriage. The wedding shower is when the bride’s siblings and family give the bride advice on marriage. The bachelorette party is for the bride and her girlfriends to celebrate her last night of being single. Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers? Don’t be afraid to go outside the

box. The wedding should reflect you and your fiancé, and have fun with it! n For more information: 366-8063, winkeventplanning@,

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Graceful Event Productions specializes in day-of wedding planning and complete wedding planning, as well as coordination of small occasions such as rehearsal dinners and postwedding celebrations. What are the most important things to consider when planning a wedding? There are so

many important things to consider when planning a wedding—from the selection of the vendors and making sure they are true professionals—to the involvement and importance you place on the people closest to the wedding—family and the bridal party. I know the wedding day is, and should be, a celebration of the bride and groom, but it’s also really important to make sure your guests have a great time, too. A wedding is truly a celebration of a new couple and new group of family and friends. I really believe in making sure that is understood. What advice do you have for a clueless bride? Where’s a good place to start? Talk to your

families—not just the bride’s family but also the groom’s family. Often times the groom’s parents feel left out. I know tradition and culture dictates who pays and who has a say, but asking them to be involved even when all you need is advice and support is important and makes them feel included. If you’re able to set the date then link up the ceremony and reception site, the major work is done. You then focus on hiring capable and professional vendors to do the rest and organize so you don’t have to micromanage them. Focusing on the details that make the night enjoyable is really important. It’s also very important to set a budget and stick to it, so that you are able to make decisions based on what you have budgeted for that vendor. 128 | New Orleans Bride Winter-Spring 2013

How long does it take to plan a wedding? It really depends on

the decisiveness of the bride and her budget, but truly if you are quick to make decisions about what you like and don’t like, you can plan an amazing wedding in three to six months. What are some common dilemmas that occur during wedding planning, and how do you avoid— or remedy—them? Budget:

agreeing and setting a budget. Often times there is a small budget but it hasn’t been defined. It’s best to create one with buckets and allot certain amounts of the budget to certain items based on how important they are to you. For example, most brides put the most money into photos and entertainment as well as food and beverage. Time: you have to learn to manage your time effectively or else you will waste a lot of valuable time on the details too early on in the planning and when it comes time for the wedding, you’re burnt out and out of energy. My advice is to plan all the big stuff first then make time and energy for the details—after all, that’s what people talk about for months afterward. Organization: it’s very important to create a file, share it with your fiancé or family on Dropbox or Google Docs, so that everyone is organized. If you have one invite list instead of 12, you’re less likely to make mistakes. It’s also very important to create a detailed itinerary and schedule of events the few days leading up to the wedding. Not only will this keep your vendors organized and on schedule, but it will ensure that they don’t miss getting footage of a special

occurrence the day of the wedding. It also helps keep the bridal party and families on track when the festivities begin. Of course, budget permitting, it’s also wise to hire day-of coordinators to help smooth out the wrinkles the week leading up to the big day. What is your personal style as a wedding planner? I definitely like elegant and

classy décor and flowers but I pride myself on being someone who can conceptualize the bride and groom’s vision, not necessarily mine. I love to bounce ideas off them to make sure their vision and style is reflected in everything from the invitations to the décor to the cake! I, of course, can come in when needed as a voice of reason or offer different ideas, but I ultimately enjoy trying to make the best of what they budget and vision allows. What’s the best thing about being a wedding planner? Feeling the love between a newly

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etiquette answers Brush up on your wedding manners with the answers to these common questions.

By Dee Lane

My fiancé and I have run into a menu problem. He and I, plus a good number of our friends, are vegetarian. We had planned on having an entirely vegetarian menu, but both sets of our parents are insisting that we include at least chicken and, they “hope,” a beef option. Our parents are each paying for half of the wedding. What is the right thing to do?

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Regardless of who’s paying, a wedding isn’t the time to push your choices or beliefs. On the other hand, you don’t want to be untrue to your principles, get sick or alienate anyone – these are your friends and family, after all. What you need to look for is a middle ground. Instead of serving tofu or TVP (textured vegetable protein, for those not in the know), why not serve a pasta dish that’s

heavy on the vegetables? You could also consider serving a large selection of fruits, vegetables, cheeses and the like. The key is to stick to food items that everyone can identify. If you’re having a sit-down reception, offering an entrée choice for vegetarians and another for meat (or chicken or fish) is a simple choice that will make everyone happy – and you can tell your friends to push the veggie option.

My fiancé’s parents aren’t contributing anything toward our wedding, but his mother keeps insisting on having a say in every decision we make. Please tell me a nice way of handling this situation before I say something I shouldn’t! Ask for her help in small, very specific ways, such as: finalizing the seating arrangements for her invitees, choosing her outfits for weddingrelated events, helping with the flower girls, designing the groom’s cake, etc. If you head her off at the pass, so to speak, then you can focus her energies on those tasks so that you can deal with the rest of the planning.

If your fiancé’s parents are hosting the rehearsal dinner, try to bring his mom’s inquiries regarding your wedding planning back to what she’s planning – remember, the dinner is their event, and she gets as much control over it as she wants. Ask her about what she’s chosen and why, and make certain to tell her how much it means to you that she’s spending all this time and effort to make that event so special. The most important thing to remember is that your wedding is only one day of your life, but this woman will be your mother-in-law for the rest of your marriage. Be kind, be nice and be very careful what you say about her to anyone – you don’t want to bad-mouth her to your fiancé (she’s his mother); you don’t want to say nasty things about her to your mother (your life will be easier if they don’t hate each other); and you don’t want to complain about her to any of your friends that might get drunk or upset and tell a) your fiancé, b) your mother or c) anyone

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else what you thought was a private conversation.

I have created welcome bags for my out-of-town guests. It will be easy to get them to the guests who are staying at the hotels where we booked rooms, but what do I do about the guests who have decided to stay elsewhere? It isn’t necessary for you to run all over town delivering these gifts. When your guests opted out of staying in the hotels in which you have room blocks, they also sacrificed this kind of personal attention. However, if a few of your guests have all chosen to stay at the same place, and you only have to make one additional trip, then by all means include them as well. If you do choose to deliver a goodie bag to each one of your guests regardless of where they will be staying, make it easier on yourself and include only non-perishable items – maps, schedules, activity pages, bottles

of water, etc. Ask the staff at those locations if it would be possible for you to drop off the bags at the check-in desk early (by three or four days). That will allow you to get this task out of the way before the insanity of your wedding week begins.

Who is supposed to give a toast and when? I’ve been to weddings where just the best man and maid of honor speak at the reception and ones where they speak at the rehearsal dinner; I’ve also been to receptions where anyone who wants to make a speech does so, as well as one where just the father of the bride speaks. What’s the traditional answer and has that changed? Traditionally, the first speech given at the reception is by the host – while that’s most often the father of the bride, if you and your fiancé are paying for your own wedding, then this would be your partner and, possibly, you. (The reason that a bride doesn’t tradi-

tionally speak at her wedding reception is because she’s the guest of honor. However, if you’re suddenly overcome with gratitude and feel like it would be rude to not stand up with your new husband and express your joy and thanks, then by all means do so.) The point of this speech is to welcome your guests, acknowledge those who have travelled to be with you, welcome the groom’s family into the bride’s and say a few tender words about the newlyweds. After the host, the next traditional toasts are by the best man and the maid of honor, respectively. Following that, if you have siblings or stepparents who would like to say a few words, this is the time. After that, if the groom would like to speak or if the host would rather wrap things up, that’s the end of the speeches. Some couples like to open up speeches to anyone who would like to say a few words. If you choose to go this route, follow the order above and

open the floor between your siblings/ stepparents and the closing by the host. If you choose to do this, make certain the host, or a person of your choosing, is in control of the microphone to keep speeches flowing and is prepared to take the mike away if a guest seems drunk or begins to tell a story that’s inappropriate. If you’d rather keep the talking at your reception short, then the most necessary toast is the one by the host. If you choose to go down that route, then ask your best man and maid of honor (and whomever else you want to speak or who has offered to do so) to give their speeches at your rehearsal dinner, after the speech made by its host (i.e. typically the groom’s parents). In regards to the timing of the toasts, that all depends on what type of reception and/or rehearsal dinner you’re having. If you’ve decided on a seated dinner, the host should give a very brief toast of welcome as everyone

is seated, followed by the other speeches at the end of the main course; the bride and groom should give their thanks, if they choose, after the cutting of the cake. If you’re having a buffet, the transition between cocktails and dinner is ideal for the host’s opening statements; others should toast after the first dance, while everyone is still paying attention, with the bride and groom’s thanks coming after the cake cutting. If you’re going in a different direction, say a cocktail reception, there are no set rules for when to start your toasts. The best guideline to follow is to ask the host to say a few words of welcome at the beginning, followed by a smattering of other toasts to get the party going. In this case all toasts should be very brief so that your guests don’t get stir crazy waiting. Remember, your wedding day is supposed to be fun, so make the speech plans early. You don’t want to be worrying about the toast itinerary when you’ve got a marriage to celebrate. n New Orleans Bride | 133


post proposal pointers If you’re still in the early stages of your engagement, make sure you complete these eight things before you launch into full wedding mode. If you’re closer to the big day, check this list to make sure you didn’t miss any key steps. By Haley Adams


Talk logistics. Who is paying for your wedding? What is the budget? Are you expected to get married in a church? Discuss these topics with your family at the beginning so you can avoid arguments later.


Tell your friends and family. Enjoy the fact that you just got engaged! Relish in the attention for a little bit before you start worrying about wedding plans. Remember to tell close friends and family by phone. Facebook announcements can come later.

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Get a manicure. You’re going to be taking a lot of photos of your engagement ring, and therefore, your hands. Treat yourself to a manicure so your ring finger is in top shape.


Get your engagement ring insured. Your engagement ring is an important keepsake you never want to be without, but sometimes bad luck happens. Talk to your insurance agent about getting it insured. Make sure you read the whole policy so you understand what is covered and what is not.


Pick your date. The date depends a lot on your wedding location, but decide on a general time of the year, so you know what to tell coordinators when checking on availability. You will also have an answer when someone asks you when you’re getting married.


Seek out inspiration and information. Pinterest is a great website to find inspiration for your wedding, but there are other ways to find ideas to incorporate into your big day. Read a few wedding magazines and talk to friends and relatives for color ideas, dress styles and vendor referrals.


Figure out who is in your wedding party. Your friends will be waiting. Decide how big your wedding party will be and also how many guests you plan to have.


Make a wedding website. You can fit a lot more on a wedding website than you can on an invitation. Create a wedding website to show guests who is in your wedding, where you’re registered and more. Check out and; both offer wedding websites for free. New Orleans Bride | 135


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