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winter-spring 2017 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Creative Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Photographers Theresa Cassagne Contributing Editors Mirella Cameran, Becca Hensley, Sarah Ravits, Lisa Tudor Contributing Writers Amy Gabriel, Dee Lane, Kelly Massicot, Andrew Paul, Anne RoderiqueJones, Kimberly Singletary, Emma Sloan Intern Starlight Williams Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan sales manager Brooke LeBlanc 504/830-7242 or Brooke@MyNewOrleans.com Account Executive Zane Wilson 504/830-7246 or Zane@MyNewOrleans.com Production Manager Staci McCarty senior Production Designer Ali Sullivan Production Designer Monique DiPietro Traffic MANAGER Terra Durio Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/ Editor-In-Chief Errol Laborde Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Margaret Strahan Distribution Manager John Holzer subscriptions Sara Kelemencky, Mallary Matherne

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, complimentary at retail locations and available online at brideneworleans.com. Postage paid at Metairie, LA, and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005. Copyright Š 2017 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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c ont e nt s ON THE COVER

20 STANDARDS

91 DETAILS

f rom the e ditor 20

cak e S 9 2

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Three delectable, minimalist cakes

When to bring a plus one and dress codes for every type of wedding

Gather Round the Table

Sweet Simplicity

Guests and Dress c ui s i n e & cock t a i ls 96

f eat ure 48

Let Them Eat Cake A lavish Marie Antoinette-inspired wedding day set at Stella Plantation and fit for a queen r eal we dd ing s 121 honeymoon 146

Great Escapes

High and low honeymoon options for every couple

Minis and Multiples Travel-sized versions of the best beauty products to keep you glam from the aisle to the isles

Big Easy Bonding Staycation in New Orleans before heading out on the honeymoon checklist 156

Check It Twice

Use our handy checklist to stay organized. in thi s issue 158

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What Lies Beneath How to buy your critical undergarments

Streamline Hi-tech workouts and apps that fast-track you to fitness mak eu p 34

Melt-Proof

10 Essential makeup products to beat the heat hair 36

Classically Beautiful Bridal hair that stands the test of time

Artisanal honey makes goodbye a little sweeter

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Stay Golden Gilded gifts for your maids or yourself in vita tio n s 40

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Invitation suites to suite every couple

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Belly Up Four Hot Cocktail Trends for Wedding Receptions

Fab after-party food to keep your guests fed and fueled for the night

Prep Work

Heat-proof skin for a flawless glow on your Big Day

Family style serving at your reception

Good to the Last Bite

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Sweet Farewell

Model Gabrielle Chaisson is wearing gown from Bliss Bridal and jewelry from Adler’s Jewelry. Photo by Theresa Cassagne, Hair by Niki Walker, Makeup by Meggan Ory

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Big Day Benevolence White Hall Plantation offers Southern-style charm with a side of charitable giving

Historic Charm B RID A L / b ri d e s ma i d s M ENSWEA R / F L O WERS 5 5

Wedding venues and places to prep steeped in history and beauty

Vintage-inspired dresses, classic jewelry and natural beauty combined with an effortless, laid-back approach create the perfect blend of romance and elegance.

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Great audio and killer bands are the keys to getting people on the dance floor

Easy Does It

Bountiful Baubles Diamonds and pearls to polish off your Big Day look

Straight Shooters

Tips from the pros choosing your photographer M USI C 1 1 4

Get into the Groove

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Exit Strategy

Getaway cars, trolleys and carriages to carry you away in style


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Editor ’s n oteb ook

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

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Bella Umbrella on Magazine Street has a parasol or umbrella to fit any bride or groom’s style or personality for second-line perfection. The Battenberg Lace strolling parasol has a wooden shaft and handle and loads of Victorian style. shop.bellaumbrella.com

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ome lovebirds opt for simplicity, whereas others adore the concept of more is more. The good news is neither is wrong and it’s entirely up to the couple, their personality, preferences and budget to decide how minimal or maximal they want to go on their Big Day. In this issue, we’re celebrating the less is more approach, but don’t worry, there’s also something for the more lavish among us. Connoisseurs of grandeur proceed directly to page 48 for an absolute feast for the eyes in, “Let Them Eat Cake!” This styled shoot is fit for the former Queen of France herself, Marie Antoinette. It features some of the city’s top wedding pros (listed on the Resources page), set on the breathtaking grounds of Stella Plantation and populated by New Orleans’ “scandalous party queens” the Merry Antoinettes Mardi Gras krewe (Disclosure: I’m a member of the Merrys). This très chic shoot — which we think of as the inspiration for our daily “Let Them Eat Cake” blog come to life — imagines the full wedding day of our bride. Tea in the boudoir, a posh hunting party and champagne le déjeuner are just a few of the activities of our lady’s day, which with its gilded cake and elaborate 18th century gowns will provide inspiration to spare for your wedding. C’est magnifique! The minimalists among us will go ga-ga over our “Easy Does It,” fashion story on page 55, a study in natural, effortless elegance. The vintage-inspired wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses in pretty pastels and tuxedos and suiting that would give Frank Sinatra a run for his money exude simplicity and grace. For the no-fuss bride whose mantra is “keep it simple,” it’ll be hard to pick just one. Luckily, you don’t have to and you have our permission to scoop up a dress for the ceremony, the reception and the after party. Speaking of after parties, flip to page 100 to get the scoop on party food that will keep you and your guests energized and on the dance floor in “Good to the Last Bite.” We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it. It’s sure to provide everything you need to ensure perfection on the dreamy day you become queen for a day. Salut!

On Jan. 11, join us at the Hyatt Regency for the New Orleans Bride Magazine Bridal Show. Meet more than 150 of the city’s top wedding professionals in a festive setting, sip champagne and sample fabulous food. Visit myneworleans.com/events for tickets, pricing and more information.


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Guests and Dress

When to bring a plus one and dress codes for every type of wedding by Dee Lane

Q: I have a few weddings to attend this summer and am wondering if it’s rude to add “and guest” to my reply card. I’ve always thought that it would be appreciated, but recently I mentioned that I was going to do so to a friend of mine’s maid of honor and she flipped out on me. Am I wrong? If the bride and groom wanted a single friend of theirs to bring a guest, the outer envelope would be addressed to the friend and the inner envelope would read “Miss Smith and Guest.” If your invitation doesn’t have “and Guest” on it, and you aren’t married or living with your romantic partner,

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then under no circumstances should you bring someone along with you — or, for that matter, call the bride or groom and ask if you can. Doing either is considered rude and can lead to awkward conversations about the wedding party’s finances. The only caveat to this is if you’ve recently moved in with your romantic partner or became engaged, it’s OK to ask the bride or groom. However, you should explain the situation, and if they say you cannot you shouldn’t argue, threaten to not come (this is the height of rudeness) or make a stink. The short answer here is: Respect the bride and

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groom’s decision; wedding planning, especially decisions on the guest list, is very difficult and as a guest your job is to do your very best to lessen that stress.

Q: My husband and I have been invited to a wedding that has several events associated with it, and each one has a different dress code. I know what they mean for me, but what does he wear to each? When is a tie appropriate and when can he wear a shortsleeved shirt? Dress codes can be hard to navigate, but men’s options are actually easier than women’s. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the dress codes you might

come across: White Tie or Ultraformal: Tuxedo or cut-away jacket, white tie, vest, shirt and cummerbund. Women wear long gowns (ankle to floor-length). Black-tie or Formal: Tuxedos. Women wear long dresses, long cocktail or dressy separates. Note: For a more modern look for men, sometimes this can include a black shirt or not wearing a tie with tuxedo for men. Black-tie Optional: Basically, the same as Formal, but men have the option of wearing a dark suit with a tie instead of a tuxedo. Semi-formal: The only dress code that changes depending on time of day. Before 6 p.m. this means a suit for him and an appropriate shorter dress or dressy suit for women. After 6 p.m. calls for a dark suit for him and a cocktail dress for her. Cocktail: Dark suit for him and short, elegant dress for her. When in doubt, either call someone associated with the wedding party and ask, or err on the dressier side. As my grandmother always told me, you’ll never feel embarrassed for looking too good, but the first time you don’t have lipstick on when you go to the grocery you’ll see every crush you’ve ever had. b


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Prep Work

Heat-proof skin for a flawless glow on your Big Day By Mirella Cameran Preparation is key when it comes to a protecting your makeup from the effect of New Orleans’ humidity. Follow our smart guide on how to prepare your skin for a flawless look no matter what the mercury reads.

Spritz your look with a hydrating, setting spray for long-lasting perfection. Clarins Fix’ Make-Up

Dust translucent powder on top of the primer to set it and then apply lip liner and lipstick with a brush. M.A.C. Blot Powder Pressed

Apply a lip primer by smiling and letting the primer fill in any micro-gaps. Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer

Tap concealer around the lip line to stop the color from running and set the whole look with the translucent powder. Lancome Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer

Keep blotting papers with you, repeated application of powder will clog pores and create a caked look. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese beauty papers

Apply a light, illuminating primer to the whole face to create a healthy glow. Victoria Beckham Morning Aura Illuminating Crème

Sweep a greaseabsorbing toner along the T-zone to prevent oiliness later in the day. Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner

Gently exfoliate your face and lips to clear up any dead skin. This will help skincare products absorb into your skin and your makeup will go on more smoothly and adhere better. Hydro Peptide AntiWrinkle Polish & Plump Peel Two-Step System

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Hydration is important for even make-up application but use a mattifying moisturizer to lock in moisture without shine. Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Soft Cream

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Stash the Hansderma SkinCool Ice Roller in your bridesmaid’s bag. Store it in the freezer the night before and pass it over your wrists and temples for instant cooling.

Don’t forget to prime your to your eyelashes, it will help the mascara stay on the lashes as well as building fullness. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer Mascara


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Best Lingerie for Different Dress Styles Strapless: Consider a custom-tailored corset with boning which will nip in the waist and create cleavage. Seamless Slimfitting: You will need a smoothing, all-in-one seamless shaping slip or seamless shape wear that starts underneath the bust.

What Lies Beneath How to buy your critical undergarments By Mirella Cameran

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he words “bridal lingerie” conjure up images of sensuous silks and pretty lace, but the truth for most brides is: practicality comes first. A bride’s undergarments are her foundation pieces for the dress and have to be as hardworking as the name implies. The undergarments prime or prepare a bride’s silhouette for the dress by eliminating any lines, bulges or bumps. Given that most wedding dresses are made of lightweight charmeuses, silks or chiffons — which will show any imperfection — a bride needs to set about her lingerie shopping armed with an insider’s guide to the best the underwear industry has to offer. Here is ours: 1. As soon as you have chosen your dress take key measurements, how long is the front and the back? How long is the illusion panel? How wide are the straps, where do they sit on your shoulders? Take photos from every angle and head to the lingerie department. 2. Enlist an expert at a store and get measured properly. If you are likely to lose weight bear that in mind but do not buy

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anything that is too small or it will create a line or bulge. 3. The safest choice for underwear is a seamless, microfiber thong or boy shorts but if your dress has a wide skirt you have more room for choice. 4. Consider whether you need an underwire bra or not. Some dresses are so structured and fitted that they offer enough support. If not, consider whether you might just need extra padding added to the dress or if you can have your bra tailored to sit inside the dress. 5. Buy the undergarments and take them to your dress fittings. Stand in a well-lit area (natural if possible) and see if you can detect any lines. Match your underwear to your skin tone not your dress, it will create a smoother silhouette. 6. Always make sure you have adhesive tape on hand on the day. Last minute weight loss or perspiration might cause the dress to slip; the tape can afix everything into place and make sure it stays that way. If you are not wearing a bra, do not forget skin-hued pasties. b

Plunging Neckline: Don’t give up the bra. Rather, find a wide-set style with demi cups to boost cleavage. Halter gown: Find a backless and shoulderless bra with a plunging necklace, which still provides good support. Body Enhancing Dress: If your dress highlights your rear invest in “long line” seamless pantyhose with thigh shapers to lift and lengthen. To create an hourglass shape, a go with a bustier with boning. For a slim-line effect, seamless thighlength slips smooth the tummy, rear and thigh. Bonus tip: If you are still dreaming of a pretty two-piece bra and panties set, a sheer camisole or a bra and skirted garter belt with stockings, pack them as part of your trousseau and slip into them when you do not have to wear anything on top.


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who like running, walking or biking, the phone’s GPS tracks your routes and can pull heart-rate monitor data to show length and duration of exercise as well as calorie count.

Daytum This is a composite app that monitors and combines all the data you need to track progress from different workouts and calorie counts and provides you with easy-to-read graphic updates.

Nike Training Club You can find dozens of workouts form Nike’s professionals, pro athletes, celebrity trainers and more for free.

Streamline

High-tech workouts and apps that fast-track you to fitness By Mirella Cameran

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This popular app has it all, offering informative articles, it measures weight goals and workouts and can even scan food labels and link you to a fitness consultant.

GymGoal

n the age of the smartphone, working out has gone high-tech. Every minute of exertion and every calorie burned can now be counted. This can make the exercise we do more efficient and our fitness goals more achievable. The current fitness craze is for High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. A study at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting showed two weeks of HIIT training improves aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance training. Other research shows

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Daily Burn

you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of HIIT than you can on a treadmill for an hour. One of the newest available in New Orleans is Orange Theory. This national chain claims its “theory” enables you to work out for one hour and burn calories for another 36. The claim is based on Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC) whereby exercisers work to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. They wear a heart rate monitor and track their progress in real time.

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The exercisers try to push themselves from the green- to orange- to red-effort zones. In our age of technology, some people believe the best weight-loss tool is sitting in the palm of your hand on your smartphone. Using the right apps, your phone can provide all the workouts, music and measurements you need without any gym, personal trainer or class fees. Here’s a selection of a few of our favorites:

Endomondo Sports Tracker Particularly good for people

This responsive system will teach you exercises and build a balanced workout routine, continually tweaking the sets and reps to match your abilities. Rest time, vibration alerts and iTunes control keeps your motivating music streaming.

Body by Simone TV One of many online streaming services that allows you to workout anywhere in the world and access your favorite celebrity classes from your nearest screen. A monthly subscription gives you access to online videos. b


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Melt-Proof

10 Essential makeup products to beat the heat By Mirella Cameran New Orleans brides face high temps and humidity most of the year, but products with high-tech ingredients can guarantee they will look cool and flawless all day. Here’s a round up of the some of the best:

Cargo’s Water Resistant Blush’s silky powder formula has silicone-coated pigments which provide better adhesion to the skin and an amino acid that increases its longwearing and water-resistant properties.

The collagen-fueled formula in Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is applied with a specially shaped brush and not only creates unbelievable length and volume but its film-forming polymer guarantees all day smudge-proof wear.

Created and tested by professional and Olympic athletes Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Bronzer SPF 25+ is designed to be workout and sweat-proof.

Chanel Illusion de Ombre Long wear Luminous Eye Shadow is a gel-based eye “mousse” that glides on easily to create a budge-proof ,pretty shimmer.

The polymer technology in Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion fills in any imperfections and provides 24-hour crease-free shadow and more vibrant color.

Surfer, Kelia Moniz, alpine-ski racer Julia Mancuso and BASE jumper Roberta Mancino put Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 through the paces and prove their staying power.

A brush-on gel that shapes and shades with a non-greasy formula, MAC Pro Long-wear Waterproof Brow Set, is not only resistant to sweat, but it is flake- and clump-proof as well. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a silicone-based primer that creates a flawless canvas and strong foothold for foundation.

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Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil is an extra longlasting waterproof eye pencil developed 25 years ago for the French Synchronized Swimming Team. It does not smudge even underwater.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is the go-to for Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic swimming medalist who hopped into the pool to prove this waterproof line is for real.


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Classically Beautiful Bridal hair that stands the test of time By Mirella Cameran

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our best hair day ever, that’s what you want your wedding day to be. You want to look back forever and sigh with delight at how gorgeously perfect your ‘do looked all day long. But how do you find the right style with staying power? We recommend considering one of the three most iconic bridal looks: the chignon, waves or braids.

The chignon A chignon is more flexible than you think. After a blow dry, curl with a curling iron into 1-inch or 2-inch curls depending on whether you want a structured or a more relaxed look. For a more Bohemian style, the hair can be grabbed into a low-slung bun at the base of the neck, leaving a lot of natural texture in the look. To increase the sex

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appeal, backcomb at the crown and pull into a smooth, higher bun and a clean silhouette. For added sophistication, tease the hair at the crown then create a deep side part and sweep the hair across the cheekbones into a smooth, controlled bun. To soften the look of a structured gown, center part the hair and build height at the top, pull the hair into a side or center messy chignon and tease some layers around the face. For more texture and depth, consider adding highlights to create a pretty, soft glow around the face.

For a strapless dress, let the waves hang down naturally and add a hair slide, brooch, crown or other accessory to dress the hair to match the look and style of the bride. Alternatively, blow out the hair and then only curl random sections in the same way as above, to create a more undone look. For a more classic, structured style, backcomb the top section of the hair and pin the sides up for a half up-do. Highlights or lowlights at the bottom of the hair will add interest to the overall look.

Waves

Braids

Waves spell romance and give a bride a multitude of options. For a soft look, first blow out the hair and take hair at 3-inch sections to curl from the mid-shaft to the bottom with a 1.5-inch iron, twisting away from the face.

Plaits, or braids can create a whole look or be worked in as an element in an overall style. For a plaited bun, use a central part and braid some hair in two sections from either side of the head. Then take smaller pieces

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from the bottom layer of the hair and pull all of the hair into an interesting, pretty bun, allowing pieces to fall naturally around the head. Alternatively, create two loose braids on either side of the head and pull them into a loose chignon, embracing any fly-aways in a romantic look. Incorporating some braids into a full on updo creates texture and intrigue; either create a few braids at the front or try a side braid as a “headband.” A low-slung braid is another option. The braid starts at the nape of the neck and is pulled to the side and front. Bangs work well with this side-sweeping style or gentle wisps of hair can be teased out. The beauty of braids is not just how they look when you are wearing them, but the cascading waves they create afterwards for the reception or honeymoon the day after. b


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Stay Golden Gilded gifts for your maids or yourself

By Mirella Cameran photographed by theresa cassagne “Andrina” adjustable necklace in rose gold, “Ashlyn” ear climber earrings in rose gold, “Cole” bracelet in rose gold. kendrascott.com. New-fashioned genuine feather ballpoint pen and personalized marble coasters, hand stamped by local artist nolagiftsanddecor.com. Hand dipped and decorated chocolate-covered strawberries, Oreos and almonds. mynnyechocolates.com. Leather gold-leaf-trimmed guest book, Vietri dinner plate, Wedgwood salad plate adlersjewelry.com.

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i nvitations Soft blues and grays printed in two-color letterpress set the scene for a vignette of New Orleans. This classic scene features a riverboat and the St. Louis Cathedral, while vintage flourishes add texture and interest. scriptura.com

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Invitation suites to suit every couple By Mirella CamerAn photographed by theresa cassagne

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Botanical wedding suite featuring watercolor laurels on pearl white cotton stock paper, with a light gold backing and mint green enclosure. meganjeweldesigns.com

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Invitation suite featuring a Vera Wang pewter card engraved in sun gold ink with an oyster envelope lined in gold. bettyhunley.com

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Double-layered invitation suite printed on off-white and kraft stock paper. The combination of type styles and inks accentuate the bride and groom’s names. Completing the look is the matching kraft save-the-date card. gemprinting.com

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Let Them Eat Cake! A lavish Marie Antoinette-inspired wedding day set at Stella Plantation, fit for a queen produced By Caroline Parrone & Midori Tajiri-Byrd PHOTOGRAPHED BY greer gattuso


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WToo "Cambria" V-neck gown with Remi Lace motifs on bodice, soft net A-Line skirt, double-faced satin ribbon at waist and pearl buttons up the back at Pearl’s Place. Cushion-cut diamond ring, 1.05 in halo setting at Adler's Jewelry

Easy Does It Vintage inspired dresses, classic jewelry and natural beauty combined with an effortless, laid-back approach create the perfect blend of romance and elegance. By Lisa Tudor Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Models, Gabrielle Chaisson, James Kemp @fiftytwo45, Angelle Folse, Taylor Hamric Hair by Niki Walker and Esly Guillen, Makeup by Meggan Ory Adler’s Jewelry


Light grey otch lapel suit and paisley jacquard silk tie at Tuxedos to Geaux


Black “Jackson” slim-fit tuxedo and vest by Ike Behar with single-breasted front, satin peak lapels and besom pockets, shown with wing-tip collar and black tie at Rome’s Tuxedos. Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks and studs with Mother of Pearl inlay at Adler's Jewelry


Lillian West chiffon and jersey gown with self-tie "Sabrina" neckline, open long sleeves, keyhole back, lined in jersey with lace appliquĂŠ trim at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme. 14-karat white gold diamond necklace and 18-karat white gold, South Sea pearl and diamond earrings at Adler's Jewelry


Ella Rosa Collection by Kenneth Winston all-over corded Alencon lace and English net stretch-satin gown at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique. 18-karat yellow gold, South Sea pearl and diamond ring at Adler's Jewelry


At left, Bill Levkoff chiffon gown with sweetheart neckline, sheer shoulder straps, pleated bodice and open keyhole back sampled in "Petal Pink" at Bliss Bridal. At right, Sorella Vita Luxe double-knit wrap dress sampled in "Stardust" with adjustable straps and a how-to-tie guide at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme. 18-karat yellow gold and diamond earrings and 18-karat yellow gold pearl earrings at Adler's Jewelry. Gerbera daisies, tulips, freesia, ranunculus and wax flowers from Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs.


Sorella Vita ruched English net V-neck dress sampled in “Thistle” Town & Country and Southern Bridal. 18-karat yellow gold pearl earrings and moonstone and diamond ring at Adler's Jewelry. Garden roses, scabiosa flowers, wax flowers, lisianthus and a variety of grasses from The Plant Gallery.

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"New Beige" notch Lapel Suit and tie at Tuxedos to Geaux

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Hayley Paige Occasions "Platinum/ Pewter" English net A-line gown with silver metallic lace bodice and cap sleeves at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme. Vintage diamond ear clips at Adler's Jewelry


Rivini by Rita Vinieris billowy translucent "Margaux" gown with slit skirt and deep-V, hand-beaded bodice in double silk organza at I Do Bridal Couture. 18-karat white gold, South Sea pearl and diamond earrings and 18-karat yellow gold, South Sea Pearl and diamond ring at Adler's Jewelry


Morilee by Madeline Gardner dress with scalloped Alencon lace edging and appliquĂŠs, crystal beaded straps and soft tulle skirt at Ladies & Gents Formal Wear. Cushion-cut diamond ring, 1.05 carat in halo setting and vintage baroque pearl drop earrings at Adler's Jewelry

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Morilee long beaded lace dress sampled in silver designed by Madeline Gardner at Ladies & Gents Formal Wear. 14-karat white gold and diamond bangle and vintage baroque pearl drop earrings at Adler's Jewelry

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Watters "Lenora" beaded gown in signature circle lace with body-contouring cutouts, open keyhole back and puddle train at Town & Country. 18-karat white gold and diamond bracelet at Adler's Jewelry

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The Navy two button "Sebastian" tuxedo by Ike Behar with satin notch lapels, besom pockets and side vents at John’s Tuxedos

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At left: Hayley Paige Occasions dress sampled in"‘Ivory Tuileries over Candlelight" with back-strap detail and pleated chiffon skirt at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique; At right, Wtoo illusion halter dress with "Telosma" sequin lace bodice, fit-and-flare chiffon skirt and satin ribbon waistband, sampled in "Arena" at Pearl’s Place. 14-karat white gold and diamond bangle and 18-karat yellow gold pearl earrings and vntage baroque pearl drop earrings at Adler's Jewelry

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Lace mermaid gown by Lillian West with sheer illusion "Sabrina" neckline, sheer back with lace appliquĂŠs, jersey lining and sweep train at Bliss Bridal. Cushion-cut diamond Ring, 1.05 carat in halo setting 18-karat white Gold and diamond Bracelet at Adler's Jewelry

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Hayley Paige Occasions Chantilly lace crop top sampled in "Champagne" with chiffon A-line skirt sampled in "Cashmere" at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique. 18-karat yellow gold and diamond earrings and yellow gold and diamond bracelet at Adler's Jewelry.Roses, snowberry, dusty miller and corn broom from Grow With Us Florist & Produce.

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Ivory single-button "Shawl" dinner jacket by Jean Yves with self-shawl collar and besom pockets at Rome’s Tuxedos. Sterling silver, mother of pearl cuff links and studs at Adler's Jewelry

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Hayley Paige Occasions chiffon A-line gown with draped v-neckline, strap detail at back and gathered skirt sampled in "Mink" at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique. 18-karat yellow gold pearl earrings at Adler's Jewelry. Ivory garden roses, white mini cymbidium orchids, magnolia foliage, scabiosa stellata pods, peach stock, white Queen Anne’s lace, ivory majolica spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, ivy tails, steel grass from Kim Starr Wise Floral Events.


Stella York lace over satin gown with hand-sewn clear beading, sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, keyhole back and layered train at Southern Bridal.


Hayley Paige Occasions "Almond" English net A-line gown with silver metallic lace bodice at The Bridal Boutique by Maeme. 18-karat yellow gold pearl earrings and angel skin coral ring at Adler's Jewelry


After Six Bridesmaids "Luxe Chiffon" shimmer gown sampled in "Topaz Gold’" at Southern Bridal. 18-karat yellow gold and diamond earrings and yellow gold and diamond bracelet at Adler's Jewelry. White ranunculus, red lisianthus, purple astranias, Sahara roses, patience garden roses, quicksand roses, dollar eucalyptus from Bella Blooms Floral.

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Cushion-cut yellow diamond with half moons in platinum ring. Pear-shaped yellow and white diamond drop earrings in 18-karat gold. Radiant-cut yellow and white diamond bracelet in platinum and Asscher-cut diamond bracelet in platinum. Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry

Bountiful Baubles Diamonds and pearls to polish off your Big Day look By Mirella CamerAn photos by theresa cassagne Hair by Esly Guillen , Makeup by Meggan Ory model Audrianna Strickland @fiftytwo45


Graduated South Sea pearls with pavé diamond clasp in white gold necklace. Pearl and diamond cluster earrings set in white gold. Pearl and diamond cluster ring set in white gold. Five strand pearl bracelet with diamond catch, set in white gold. Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers


Platinum with 14.07 carats of marquis, pear and round brilliant diamonds and 14.47 carats of rich green, pear-shaped emerald necklace. 18-karat white gold set with 33 round brilliant rich green emeralds and 84 fine round brilliant-cut diamond ring 18-karat white gold set with rich green oval and step-cut emeralds and fine round brilliant-cut diamond earrings. Symmetry Jewelers & Designers


Timeless diamond necklace featuring 2 5/8-carat diamond weight, set in 14-karat white gold. Double row fashion earrings featuring 94 diamonds set in 14karat white gold. Vintage-inspired diamond bracelet featuring baguette and round diamonds set in 14-karat white gold. 14-karat white gold ring with 3-carat oval center diamond set in Halo style. Ramsey Diamond Jewelers


18-karat white gold graduated round diamond Y-neck with diamond bar sections necklace. 18-karat white gold channel-set diamond baguette hoop earrings with round diamond borders. 18-karat white gold graduated diamond baguette link bracelet with round diamond borders. Aucoin Hart Jewelers


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Eight layers of Italian cream cake with Italian cream fillingin a 10-inch cake and five layers of old fashioned butter cake with praline infused butter cream with Louisiana pecans in a 7-inch ake. Both are covered with white fondant and decorated with pale pink fondant ruffles. Gambino’s Bakery, gambinos.com


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Gather Round the Table Family-style service at your reception

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t your wedding, the only line you want your guests in is a second line. This rules out a buffet style dinner, but the idea of having guests choose their entree on their R.S.V.P. card doesn’t sit right with you. Consider family-style service at your reception instead. Not just for Thanksgiving feasts or bountiful trips to Italy, this type of pass-theplate experience — with larger portions and a variety

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of food brought straight to each of your guests’ tables — can benefit your reception experience in more ways than one.

Personal touches You’ve created a visual theme that extends from the first step down the aisle to the getaway car. Familystyle service can help add an element for you to further personalize that theme. Sarah Hall, president of Joel Catering and Special Events,

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finds that of the couples who are looking to provide a seated dinner for their guests, about half of them are opting for family-style to set the tone of the event and keep with the spirit of aesthetic individuality. “For clients looking to have a beautiful but not a formal event, family-style offers that balance,” says Hall. “The table presentation really stands out and it can be a little more relaxing than a full formal presenta-

tion. It also works well with long, communal-style tables, which is a design choice popular with many of our brides.” With the attention to detail in themes that is so prevalent in the bridal realm, another benefit of family-style serving is the opportunity to further the personal aesthetic in ways that you can’t with a buffet table and conventional chafing dishes. “We’re always excited


for individuality and using vintage place settings is a wonderful way to achieve that,” says Hall. “It can be a little more work, but it provides a high impact for the photos and really impresses the guests. One option for easier planning and sourcing is to add just one vintage element — like a special water glass or charger plate.”

Managing a budget Depending on the dazzling dress you’ve selected, catering can often be the highest cost of a wedding. If you’re a couple who is budget conscious, familystyle service may be a winning solution. Stacey Messina, co-founder of Messina’s Catering & Events, suggests that larger plated portions brought to each table can reduce your need for a large waitstaff. “(Family style) is definitely more cost effective than a sit down dinner, as less servers are needed,” says Messina. Concurrently, less foot traffic also keeps the pace of the event moving along at a steady pace. “The service is faster than sit-down and definitely less intimidating,” says Messina. “Guests can eat as much or as little as they like — if you don’t care for an item, just pass it along!” Rushing finds the same to be true at Brennan’s. “Serving family style food can reduce costs significantly,” he says. “A much smaller serving team is required overall which can help keep costs down. Also, the guests will most likely consume their food at a faster pace than if the meal

was served plated by course, allowing for a reduced rental time at the venue.”

Communal environment As a bride, you’ve painstakingly planned every detail, including the seating arrangements. You’ve grouped guests at particular tables hoping they’ll hit it off and strike up meaningful conversation. Family-style service is a complement to all of your efforts, creating a relaxed environment from the very beginning. Slade Rushing, executive chef at Brennan’s, says family style service helps encourage a more intimate group experience. “Offering family-style servings often puts guests at ease,” says Rushing. “All at once every table has platters of food to enjoy. There can be an anxious or nervous atmosphere when guests are forced to wait or stand in line for food, he said, but with family style, a new taste experience is just one ‘pass it over’ away.” In a world where technology can take over at every turn, creating a minibonding experience at each table that may help ward off the hard-to-resist call of WiFi. “I have a theory that family style servings are becoming a popular trend because it encourages conversation between guests who might otherwise fall victim to smartphones, Facebook or other distractions at large and significant gatherings, like weddings,” says Rushing. “Familystyle servings encourage guests to engage with each other and truly bond over a shared meal because it feels communal and familial.” b

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Potent Punches

Flowers suspended in ice

Belly Up Four hot cocktail trends for wedding receptions By Amy Gabriel

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ou’ve got your somethings old, borrowed and blue. Serve up the “new” at the bar at your reception and impress your libation-loving guests with a few unexpected twists on celebratory sips.

Cubism Getting creative with the ice cubes is a trend that can excite your on-the-rocks guests. Laura Bellucci, lead bartender at SoBou, suggests freezing garnishes within. “Big, hibiscus

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tea infused ice cubes are my go-to when I’m trying to make a big impression — they slowly melt to create a color changing punch,” says Bellucci. She also suggests that flower petals and or candy can make a fun visual when suspended in ice. “I think a surprising, personal detail always delights guests. During Mardi Gras, we freeze a King Cake baby in each large cube,” she says. “This would be delightful in a wedding — blue Swedish Fish in the ice for an ocean themed wedding or

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A fun choice for a budget-conscious couple is to create a pre-mixed punch. Not only can you incorporate individuality into the serving container choices like large glass canisters or labeled jars, the larger batch can be served easily and can stir the bartender’s creative juices. Abigail Gullo, the head of the bar program at Compère Lapin, is a big fan of this concoction option. “Punches are still classic and easy to serve,” says Gullo who has noticed a trend towards refreshing fruit-forward punches. “Make sure your cocktail is simple and easily batched out for your guests.” Bellucci finds the same to be said of the punch trend at SoBou, which harkens back to the 1600s tradition of the American drinking culture gathering around a punch bowl. “Any budget alcohol can be infused with herbs or fruits or both, and then turned into a very elegant punch for very little money,” she says. “My go-tos for infusions are lavender, mangos, green tea, bergamot, cardamom and hibiscus.”

His and Her Cocktails Creating a signature cocktail to represent the couple is a common trend, but there is a growing interest in selecting individual choices for the bride and groom. Jason Coleman, Brand Ambassador for Sazerac Company, has noticed a trend towards his and her drinks. “I have seen his and her options in more and more weddings,” said Coleman. “I recently got married and had a classic Sazerac cocktail as ‘my’ drink and my wife chose a Sazerac Royale (a Sazerac topped with champagne) as ‘her drink’”.

Take-Aways There is no better addition to your Uber ride home than a little nip for the road. The newly wedded Coleman did just that for his guests, incorporating not only a booze choice that he and his wife agreed upon — bitters — but also adding a customized logo label that they had created for their Save the Dates. “I love the idea of bitters bottles or small 2-ounce glass bottles for a shot or sip of a cocktail,” he says. “Small glass bottles are quite affordable, and while they take some time to label and fill, they are always well received.” b


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Good to the Last Bite Fab after-party food to keep your guests fed and fueled for the night By Amy Gabriel

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our guests have burned up the dance floor with their best party moves and plundered the bar in the process. Spirits are high and the mood is jubilant. How to take the celebratory mood up one more notch? With a surprise round of after-party food. Put a little pep in their second-line step and send your guests home satiated and singing your praises for thinking of every detail, down to the last morsel. Aaron Shaffer of Mr. Mudbug and Twelve Seasons Catering finds that a mini version of a classic

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Crescent City treat serves as an inspired idea that’s just the right size for the ride home. Case in point, at a recent reception at Benachi House, his team incorporated miniature po-boys for some fun foodie flair. “When the motorcoaches came to pick the guests up, we filled paper bags with hot peewee po-boys in brown pressed paper, added a bag of Zapp’s and a wet nap, then sealed it with a monogrammed sticker stamped with ‘laissez le bon temps rouler’ and put one on every seat of the bus,” says Shaffer. “They were a big hit.” If you want to send your WINTER-SPRING 2017

guests off on a sweet note instead, Shaffer suggests a spin on a NOLA staple. “The callout we see most is for classic mini beignets sitting on top of shot of a cafe au lait,” he says. “When your guests have been drinking all night, they want that little extra shot of coffee and chicory to get back on track.” Stacey Messina of Messina’s Catering & Events finds guests love a sweet tooth moment at the end of the festivities. “I have seen passed, late-night sweets and dessert stations taking the place of a traditional wedding cake,”

said Messina. “Donut trees, macaron trees, and King Cakes are very hot right now.” She suggests that late night food can also add one last personal touch to the night that caters to the couple’s personalities. “Most couples ask for traditional New Orleans late night food — bananas Foster flambé, bread pudding (tons of variations), beignets, pralines, and hand pies — but we like to turn the tables to include a dish from their hometown or even their favorite recipe from Mom,” she says. “Mom usually loves to share!” b


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LOCATIONS

Big Day Benevolence

White Hall Plantation offers southern-style charm with a side of charitable giving By Kelly Massicot

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ocated on River Road, minutes away from downtown New Orleans and the Central Business District, sits the charming, 1850s White Hall Plantation. The former sugar plantation is now a part of the Magnolia School, a campus founded in 1935 for those with developmental disabilities. In 2014, the house underwent a major renovation in preparation for hosting weddings, corporate functions and other events. Along with the renovation came the partnership with 12 Seasons Catering and Mr. Mudbugs. The company is responsible for all catering on the

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property, which includes the cafeteria for the school. The school receives 100 percent of the rental fee from events held at the plantation. “You’re only limited to your imagination,” says Aaron Shaffer with 12 Seasons Catering, which offers brides and grooms a vast opportunities for their Big Day. The first floor of the plantation home is currently available for use, allowing for 169 guests. The long center hallway creates an open and inviting floor plan, though the space is technically separated into four different rooms. With large, floor-to-ceiling entryways, the flow continues

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from room to room. With only a semi-furnished living room area and a few banquet sized tables, the space truly is only limited to your imagination. Furniture can be moved around to different areas and matched with the different antique fixtures throughout the house, making for a distinct experience with each wedding. The rental of the space includes the expansive front lawn and concrete paved area perfect for a dance floor under the stars. The first floor plus outdoor areas can hold a few hundred guests for any event. Shaffer explained that White Hall is really the ideal spot for

a couple on a budget, but still looking to get the complete New Orleans feel. Shaffer says there are plans in the works to continue the renovations to the space in the coming years and potentially open up the second floor of the building. Meanwhile, couples can still do something good for their neighbors with developmental disabilities by having their Big Day at White Hall Plantation. White Hall Plantation, 100 Central Ave., New Orleans (corner of Central Ave. and River Road), 465-9770, facebook.com/ WhitehallPlantationb R Photo Tim Black L Photo Fran-Parente


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Historic Charm

Wedding venues and places to prep steeped in history and beauty By Marie Simoneaux

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countless historic sites where you can live out your fantasy wedding. Below are 10 of our favorite locations steeped in history.

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Stella Plantation Relaxation is key at Stella, which books just one wedding a day, so there’s no need to rush. The 250-year-old home is

one of the oldest working plantations in the state, still harvesting crawfish and satsumas. Couples can choose to be wed inside the carriage house,

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within the circle of citrus trees, or beneath the shade of the historic oak trees that line the 1,500 acres. While most take advantage of the grounds’ natural beauty, the main house is also available.

Southern Oaks Plantation Southern Oaks was never a working plantation, however, it definitely has the same grandeur. Southern Oaks has three acres of grounds, an elegant main house with a large front porch, three live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss and plenty of special features. Owner Bobby Asaro makes it his mission to make each wedding stand out as a truly New Orleans experience. Asaro offers home-cooked catering, carriage rides, fireworks shows and even a personal parade, complete with floats. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests.

The Berry Barn A working produce farm, the Berry Barn on the North Shore offers a provincial backdrop without slipping into kitsch. The barn can accommodate up to 300 people and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the floors and ceilings are hardwood, with both brick and hardwood on the walls. When paired with the custom wagon wheel chandeliers and the fairy lights and draperies flowing from the rafters, the effect is more rustic elegance than down-home country.

Melrose Plantation Melrose does not have any room or hall dedicated to weddings or events, so only book here if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding. That being said, the grounds of this historic home are dripping with antebellum beauty. With 200-year-old oak and magnolia trees lining the seven-acre property and the Big House towering in the background, the effect is striking. Between 200 and 250 people can be accommodated and catering is not provided.

Marché Nestled between the bustling French Market and the quiet Mississippi is Marché. Once a part of the market, it is now a strikingly elegant space for events. Marché is made up of two rooms, the main room and the terrace which is a balcony overlooking the Market, which offers a panoramic view of the river and the streets of the French Quarter. Sit down dinners and reception-style options are available, and the space can fit up to 150 or 250 people.

Louisiana Castle A replica of an English Keep-style castle, the Louisiana Castle offers a different kind of history. The castle, complete with turrets, would fulfill any aspiring Cinderella’s dreams. There’s even a throne room, with thrones for a king and queen as well as a suit of armor. The 10 acres of land are filled with lush greenery, a pond with lily pads and a large pavilion, where the BrideNewOrleans.com |

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ceremony can be held if the Grand Ballroom doesn’t suit your taste. Catering, a DJ and custom-designed cakes are included.

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St. James Hotel This historic hotel does not offer event spaces, however they do have beautiful accommodations that provide perfect lodgings for bridal parties looking for a classic New Orleans feel. Once a Union hospital during the Civil War, the hotel is rich with legend and lore. It was refurbished in 2012, with all new wood floors and traditional New Orleans decor. The hotel works with your bridal party to make

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Built in 1790, this home has been everything from a sugarcane plantation, to a train station, a brothel, a restaurant and now an event space. As the oldest standing building in Jefferson Parish, its history is undeniable. Romance is infused throughout the home, making it an ideal venue for a wedding. Couples have access to the entire plantation, which includes the chapel, ballroom, pavilion and gardens. Anywhere from 50

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to 350 guests can be accommodated, in-house catering is provided, as is a DJ.

Annadeles This 182-year-old, classic plantation-style house now serves as a bed and breakfast, an upscale restaurant and events venue. Couples can rent out the entire home (for a minimum of 150 adults), which includes the grounds, restaurant, bars and all of the suites in the historic mansion. Annadeles is boldly reminiscent of southern class and luxury, without feeling too extravagant. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated and catering is available.

Nottoway Plantation If you’re searching for the biggest, grandest, most extravagant wedding you can imagine, look no further than Nottoway Plantation. Think “Gone With The Wind” on glamour-steroids. The house was built in the 1850s as a sugarcane plantation and is the largest antebellum mansion in the south. Offering an array of lavish accommodations, pampering is no question at Nottoway. Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies are available, as well as three different ballrooms for the reception. b


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Straight Shooters Tips from the pros choosing your photographer

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hile it may be hard to imagine now, but someday in the not-so-distant future the fuss and stress involved with planning your Big Day will be over. The food will be gone, the presents unwrapped (and, if necessary, returned), the dress you searched for forever will be carefully packed away, only to be

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brought out many years from now for your future daughter, who will take one look at it and announce she’d rather have her own, thank you very much. At the end of the day, apart from the rings you’ll wear, the photos are one of your biggest Big Day takaways. After the venue and jewelry, photography is typically the third-highest-

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ticket item on a wedding budget. According to Amy Lombardo, co-owner of Tres Bien Photo and Video, wedding photography in New Orleans typically runs a bit higher than the national average of about $2,500. “I’d say for the middle range, you’re looking at between $2,800 and $3,500,” she says. Given both the expense and the importance of

photography, the obvious question is how do you choose the right photographer? This is where the Internet is such a wonderful thing. Can you imagine all the legwork that used to have to go into such a task? Running around town making appointments with every photographer in the phone book? “I started my search


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through Instagram,” says Desiree Watkins, owner of Desiree Watkins Photography. Watkins and her boyfriend, and fellow wedding photographer, Hunter Ryland, recently became engaged, thus finding themselves on the other side of the process for the first time. “One piece of advice I’d give couples is don’t hire someone to do something you don’t see in their portfolio,” Watkins says. “For instance, we’re going to be getting married outside in the morning, so I wasn’t looking for somebody who mostly did church weddings and used a lot of flash.”

What to look for in portfolios “You want to see that a photographer is both well rounded and consistent,” says Ryland. “Of course you’ll see photos they’ve taken in a variety of different locations and scenarios, but there should be this underlying tone —

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something that sets them apart. That will help you really get an idea of what you’re going to get.” Lombardo has been working in the business for five years and says 95 percent of the photo and video work Tres Bien does is wedding related. “It’s important when you look at a photographer’s work that first, you see the entire wedding,” says Lombardo. “Don’t just look at a sampling of photos. You want to see how that person tells the whole story of the day. Did they catch unique moments? Did they take a creative view of things? Did they capture real emotion or just posed shots? You also want to ask yourself, ‘Can I see us in these images?’ If you’re laid-back and quirky you don’t want someone to make you look like a supermodel in Vogue.” A New Orleans native, Lombardo says it’s also important to consider the venue. “If you’re having a

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wedding at say, Race and Religious, you don’t want to go with someone whose style tends to be super modern,” she says. “The venues here all have their own personalities and that needs to be accounted for.”

Speaking of personalities… Your caterer can be basically a stranger, your florist, someone who is honestly kind of annoying, but your photographer? That’s a different story. “You’re going to be with this person your entire wedding day, so it’s really important that your personalities mesh,” says Lombardo. “The goal is that by the wedding you consider us close friends,” says Ryland. “We make it a point to really get to know each couple, which could mean going out for a cocktail or a coffee first. In order to capture our clients and their relationships it’s important to connect with them. A great way to try someone out is

to use them first for your engagements session.” On the relationship side, it’s also important to talk to any potential photographers about how booked they are and how likely it will be that they will be the one photographing your wedding? Will there be a second shooter accompanying them? Who will be the backup photographer if they can’t make it?

A final consideration Before signing the paperwork, you want to be clear on exactly what you’re getting for your money. When you receive a quote, make sure you know exactly how much time that gives you with the photographer. How much is it if you go over? How many photos does that include? Does that price include post-production work? Touch ups? How long will you have to wait for your photos? Finally, as with any major business transaction, make sure you get a contract that covers all your questions. b


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Great audio and killer bands are the keys to getting people on the dance floor By Sarah Ravits

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ew Orleans weddings set a high standard for festivity and fun. The romantic backdrop of the city is unrivaled and even spending just a few days here can provide enough fond memories to last a lifetime. When guests attend a wedding in the Crescent City, they expect top quality food and

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drinks — and they expect to dance. When couples get married here, they expect their nuptials to be the best day and night of their lives together. There are several important elements to consider while planning the occasion, but in a city that’s known for its vibrant music scene, a bride must put extra thought and consider-

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ation into the soundtrack for the event, for the ceremony itself, the reception and, in some cases, the post-reception party. In the past several years, couples have been upgrading their audio service to ensure the best sound; there’s been an increased collaboration between DJs and bands, and some couples

even ask their guests to contribute to the evening’s playlist of the evening. Often, to infuse more New Orleans flavor into the celebration, couples hire brass bands to perform during a second-line following the ceremony. Troy Marks, lead singer of No Idea Band says the overall concept of wedding bands has JULIA BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY


changed dramatically over the years. “The idea of a wedding band used to be old guys who played traditional music,” he says. “If people said that about your band, it was almost like an insult.” Now, though, there’s a sense of pride. “I consider it honorable to be in a band and play at someone’s wedding,” says Marks. “We go out of our way to make it special and cool. It means something to me. There are a lot of bands out there now who know the industry equates to money so they’ll throw things together… Longevity means a lot. Do your research and make sure you’re not hiring someone that’s just there for the money.” Marks group has been performing since the ‘90s. “We have a lot of energy and that’s what really makes our band,“ he says. “[Musicians] approach it as, ‘We’re going to put on a show.” Many couples still opt for their hired wedding musician or band to play a few sentimental tracks and classics, but Dalila Serauntine, lead singer of the Groovy 7, says that cheesiness is definitely out. “The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that brides don’t want to do bridal party dances,” she says. “They come to me and they say, ‘I don’t want anything cheesy. I don’t want line dances. “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Brick House” are out. “ Couples sometimes

come to her with requests by indie musicians, so if asked her group also learns to play new material. Marks and Serauntine both report that couples like to mix it up when it comes to reception music, opting for rock and roll as well as pop music. “We get requests to play ‘Cake By The Ocean’[by DNCE] and the new Justin Timberlake song that’s everywhere,” says Marks, referring to the upbeat “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” Country music has also become increasingly popular, both musicians note. “It’s really been on the rise,” says Serauntine, who adds that it’s perhaps because of the “integrity of the lyrics. Eight out of 10 people want a country song or a classic R&B song or jazz song.” Often brides, whether they are local or planning their destination wedding here, make requests to cover regional favorites, ranging from The Meters’ iconic “Hey Pocky Way” to DJ Jubilee’s bounce hit, “Get It Ready.” Brides and wedding planners should also know that booking the music in advance is of utmost importance. Both Marks and Serauntine recommend booking their bands at least a year in advance, if not more. Troy Marks and No Idea Band, 914-4091, noideaband.com; Dalila Serauntine and the Groovy 7, groovy7.com, 343-2311. b

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transportatio n midnight. Motor coaches offer personalized services for large parties needing transportation between hotel, reception and back again. If climbing in a vehicle and driving off into the sunset seems outdated, consider taking the party to go with a motor coach. Louisiana Motor Coach, 3912 4th St., 343-1400.

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Exit Strategy

Getaway cars, trolleys and carriages to carry you away in style By Amanda Wicks

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edding planning may be all about “getting there” and throwing one memorable event once you do, but making a stunning exit can be just as important. From traditional modes of transportation, like luxury sedans and limos, to something with a bit of flair, like a trolley, here are a few ideas to make sure you make just as much of a splash saying farewell to your guests as you did saying “I do” to your significant other.

Limousine Easily the most iconic wedding vehicle on the market, a limousine exudes

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luxury and style all at once. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that there’s typically a champagne bar to boot. Many couples choose to leave their reception in a limo for a reason, and that’s because the vehicle turns heads. Throw a few tin cans tied to string on the back as well as a “Just Married” sign for an added tradition that has helped launch the start of many happy endings. Limo Livery, 4333 Euphrosine St., 561-8777.

Rolls Royce If rolling away in style sounds appealing, there are more iconic options besides the traditional limousine. Consider hiring an antique

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car, like a vintage Rolls Royce. Not only does the Rolls Royce exude a certain level of opulence that takes any bride and groom’s departure to the next level, but it also provides a cozy, intimate setting that other, larger vehicles might not have. Alert Transportation, 3 Westbank Expressway, 362-4145.

Motor Coach For newlyweds, hopping in a wedding vehicle after all is said and done can be a special moment, but sometimes it’s nice to keep the party going with family and friends. After all, a special day doesn’t need to end when the clock strikes

Getting married in New Orleans means finding ways to add the city’s charm and distinct feel to your special day. One way to put a personal stamp on a New Orleans-style wedding is by hiring a trolley. Similar to a motor coach, trollies accommodate large parties (or small), but it’s their aesthetic that makes them stand out. Painted red, after the traditional Canal Streetcar line, trolleys will make sure any wedding party — no matter the size — arrives and leaves with a certain southern flair. Bonomolo Limousines, 1401 Lafitte Ave., 522-0892

Carriage Who doesn’t like feeling like Cinderella on their big day? For a more old-fashioned wedding vehicle, a carriage can turn any farewell into a fairytale moment. Typically offered in white, carriages are pulled by one mule and driven by a tuxedoed professional for that added touch of grace and charm. Whether getting brides to the church, or chauffeuring couples away from the party, a carriage offers the kind of ride that’s sure to be unforgettable. Royal Carriage, 700 Decatur St., 943-8820. b


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Bride: Alyssa Barr Groom: Jesse Petrus Date: July 23, 2016 Ceremony location: St. Louis Cathedral Reception location: Royal Sonesta Hotel Coordinator: Belle Soiree Events, New Orleans Gown: Austin Scarlett – Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas Bridal Salon Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy- De Ma Fille, Fort Worth, TX Men’s Attire: Vera Wang- Men’s Warehouse Rings: Engagement Ring, custom designed by groom; Brides Band, Lauren Belle Jewelry, Dallas, TX; Grooms Band, James Avery; Blue Safire, Family heirloom from bride’s mother Florist: The Plant Gallery Caterer/ Cake: Royal Sonesta Hotel Photographer: Julia Bailey Photography Hair/Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Music: Louisiana Spice Invitations/ Stationary/Programs: Alexa Pulitzer Second Line: Paulin Brothers. Coordinated by Eddie Selby Calligrapher: Blue Eye Brown Eye, Fort Worth TX

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Bride: Marissa Brown Groom: Thomas Hoell Date: March 12, 2016 Planning and Design: Elyse Jennings Gown: Badgley Mischka Wedding Dress-Fonda Ceremony and Reception location: Race and Religious Photographer: Greer Gattuso Florist: Nola Flora Caterer: Joel Catering Cake: Pure Cake Music: Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union, Omega Sound & Equipment, Kinfolk Brass Band Rentals: Event Rental Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Transportation: Alert Transportation

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Bride: Susan Doussan Groom: Philip Ewbank Date: May 16, 2015 Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Church Reception Location: New Orleans Museum of Art Planner: Sapphire Events Gown: Yvonne LaFleur Groom: Brooks Brothers Groomsmen: Perlis Rings: Adler’s Florist: Kim Starr Wise Caterer: Joel’s Catering Cake: Pure Cake NOLA Photographer: Kristy May Photography Hair and Makeup: Glow Hair and Beauty Bar Music: Top Cats

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Bride: Rachael Gliottoni Groom: Joshua Creek Date: March 5, 2016 Ceremony & Reception location: Stella Plantation Coordinator: Mint Julep Productions & Caroline Parrone Gown: Blanc Bridal Bridesmaids’ dresses: Adrianna Papell Men’s Attire: BlackTux. com Rings: Blue Nile & Bel Dia Setting Florist: Mitch’s Flowers Caterer: 12 Seasons Catering Cake: Flour Power Photographer: Mark Eric Photography Videographer: Bella Productions Hair: Glam NOLA Makeup: Laura Palumbo Ceremony Officiants: Happy & Dianne Leman, The Vineyard Church Ceremony Musicians: Judah & Evangelina Dawkins, The Vineyard Church Reception Music: Aaron Lane Entertainment Vintage Rentals: Timeless Vintage Lighting: Luminous Events of New Orleans Dance Floor: Event Rental Transportation: A Regal Limo Photo Booth: Picture This Photo Booth, LLC Guest Accommodations: The Windsor Court Hotel

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Bride: Erica Pierce Groom: Joe Cardosi Date: September 16, 2016 Ceremony and Reception location: Rosy’s Jazz Hall Gown: Linda Lee Bridal Bridesmaids’ dresses: Linda Lee Bridal Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Florist: Beth’s Flowers Caterer: Rosy’s Jazz Hall Cake: Chez RuRene Bakery Photographer: Julia Bailey Photography Hair: Kira Steed, HairiTage Salon Makeup: Meggan Ory, Makeup By Meggan Ceremony Music: Peter Honan & Ted Long Reception Music: DJ- Decades Music Photobooth: Inslomo Booth Favor: Nola Snow Snoballs

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

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6268 Vicksburg St. New Orleans, La 504-371-5153 info@nolasweetlofe.com nolasweetlife.com Hidden away in the heart of Lakeview is The Sweet Life Bakery, a cake design bakery that uses inspiration to create incredibly delicious works of art. Our designs range from classic to contemporary. We do cakes that are cute, fun, and classic and ones that are inspired by you. Catering 12 Seasons Catering & Mr. Mudbug 131 23rd St. Kenner, LA catering@mmiculinary.com 504-465-9770 Specializing in custom, on site catering, 12 Seasons & Mr. Mudbug prides itself on offering international gourmet creations, a touch of elegance to events of all sizes and professional service. Copeland’s of New Orleans 1319 W. Esplanade Ave. Kenner, LA 504-617-9146 copelandsofneworleans.com Copeland’s restaurant’s casually festive atmosphere combines New Orleans flavor and comfort with an upscale sensibility. From the Creole favorites that embody the heart and soul of Southern Louisiana, to our flavorful takes on seafood, pasta, salads, steaks and desserts, we offer something for everyone. First Class Presentation Catering P.O. Box 3773 New Orleans, LA 504-872-9398 1stclasscateringnola.com Martin Wine Cellar 3827 Baronne St. New Orleans LA 714 Elmeer Ave Metairie La 504-896-7351 martinwine.com/catering Martin Wine Cellar provides full-service custom catering for events large and small. Offering seasonal menus with quality ingredients and professional staff to make your gathering seamless and memorable. Messina’s Catering and Events 2717 Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA 504-469-7373 maggie@messinascatering.com messinascatering.com Passionate about perfection and committed to excellence in every event big or small! Ralph Brennan Catering & Events exclusive caterer for New Orleans Opera Guild Home

2504 Prytania St., Garden District 504-539-5510 ralphbrennancatering.com The New Orleans Opera Guild Home is ready to host your next special event. Entertain your guests in a unique setting offering historical elegance and modern luxury in the heart of the Garden District.  Picture your wedding or bridal shower inside this historic mansion or outside in the lush, adjacent garden.  Wine and dine with exclusive catering by Ralph Brennan Catering and Events.  The Opera Guild Home offers the perfect marriage of grace and taste. Ceremony/reception/ locations Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse 5101 West Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-5533 austinsNO.com 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. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 875 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530 Michelle Kirn 228-386-7155 Brennan’s 417 Royal Str., French Quarter 504-934-3329 brennansneworleans.com Ralph Brennan and Terry White’s iconic pink building on Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, recently emerged from an extensive renovation that spared no effort or expense.  Eight glamorous dining rooms, as well as the famous open-air courtyard, celebrate the opulence of old world New Orleans.  Brennan’s personable, and attentive service creates a unique and sophisticated experience that lives on in every visitor’s memory. Broussard’s 819 Conti New Orleans, LA 504-581-3866 valeriel@creolecuisine.com broussards.com Broussard’s is one of the founding Restaurants in the French Quarter and one of the most Historic Venues in the city. It boasts a large luscious courtyard and private rooms to host your Wedding or Rehearsal Dinner. Copeland’s of New Orleans 1319 W. Esplanade Ave. Kenner, LA 504-617-9146 copelandsofneworleans.com Copeland’s restaurant’s casually festive BrideNewOrleans.com |

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atmosphere combines New Orleans flavor and comfort with an upscale sensibility. From the Creole favorites that embody the heart and soul of Southern Louisiana, to our flavorful takes on seafood, pasta, salads, steaks and desserts, we offer something for everyone. Compass Point Erin Steen French 504-366-1768 985-969-4526 200 Opelousas Ave New Orleans, LA erin@compasspointevents.com Erin Steen French & Amy Steen Reggio, proprietors Weddings, receptions, showers, guest houses Courtyard on the Ridge 407 Folse St. Harahan, LA 504-737-6660 cotrinfo@gmail.com courtyardontheridge.com 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. Dick & Jenny’s Restaurant 1221 Marais St. New Orleans, LA 504-355-7552 Susan Nash 3 M Marketing Dick & Jenny’s Restaurant is a unique Uptown New Orleans dining  establishment, located in an historic «corner-store» cottage. Both locals and visitors truly appreciate and enjoy its authentic neighborhood charm and intimate ambience. Dick & Jenny›s Restaurant and Chef Vidak Spaar have created a distinctive seasonal Creole Cuisine menu  with a Southern twist. Our private dining options are individually designed and include receptions and seated dinners. Dickie Brennan’s 605 Canal St. New Orleans, LA Restaurant directory: 504-274-1958 Palace Café: 504-523-1661 Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: 504-5222467 Bourbon House: 504-522-0111 Tableau: 504-934-3463 “The Dickie Brennan family of restaurants includes four restaurants located in the heart of New Orleans’ picturesque French Quarter. Each of our restaurants are dedicated to showcasing the unique culinary history of New Orleans by featuring the freshest local ingredients prepared using traditional techniques with a

modern twist.” DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans 300 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-212-3600 At the heart of everything! DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans is located at the base of historic Canal Street, situated directly across from the French Quarter. In 2016, the hotel underwent a $25 million renovation to enhance the guest experience, which has New Orleans natives and guests doing a double take. This is not your grandparents’ DoubleTree. The hotel’s premium location and design affords guests a guaranteed one-of-a-kind view as each room overlooks the Crescent City’s best downtown destinations and attractions as well as views of the mighty Mississippi River. We invite you to bring your guests to the newly remodeled 16,000 sq. ft. flexible, modern meeting space. Additionally, our International Ballroom, with unobstructed, panoramic views of downtown New Orleans and the Mississippi River, is the perfect wedding and event venue. Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-895-9200 info@elmsmansion.com elmsmansion.com Built in 1869 the Elms Mansion is the ideal setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Full-service wedding planning and onsite catering provided. Beautifully preserved interior and expansive gardens. Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau 1540 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 850-651-7647 CVBSales@co.okaloosa.fl.us Maureen Morgenthien The Emerald Coast, Destin – Fort Walton Beach – Okaloosa Island offers 24 miles of sugar white beaches and emerald green waters, this makes the perfect back drop for wedding photos and memories of a lifetime. The Emerald Coast CVB boast over 13,000 units in the area from Luxurious Resorts, beautiful beachfront hotels & condominiums as well as romantic gulf-side homes & cottages. Many happy couples recite vows to one another every year on the sugar white sands of the Emerald Coast. Call us romantics, but here at the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, we love a good wedding and look

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forward to helping make the bride and groom vision a reality. If you can dream it, we can make it happen with our professional staff assistance. For starters we can assist with: Accommodation assistance, Local information & referrals, complimentary welcome information for guests, and honeymoon options. We also offer a complimentary wedding guide to assist your planning needs. For additional information please contact the Sales Department at 850-651-7647 or visit our website at emeraldcoastfl.com Emerald Grande 10 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 850-424-0622 EmeraldGrande.com Celebrating together at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village has an enchantment all its own. We have spectacular venues with stunning views to host your event, dream wedding or social celebration. We can take care of all the details so you can relax and make treasured memories. Led by a team of skilled event planning and culinary professionals, our staff is experienced in hosting an incredibly wide range of functions. English Turn Golf & Country Club One Clubhouse Drive New Orleans, LA 504-392-2200 jessicak@englsihturn.com Englishturn.com Let our dedicated staff assist you in planning the wedding you have been dreaming of. English Turn is located just 8 miles from downtown New Orleans while at the same time offering a feeling of peacefulness with its tranquil setting. Our outdoor ceremony and reception locations offer the rare opportunity to celebrate your event outdoors with the lush greenery and picturesque setting of our PGA course as your backdrop. Expotel Hospitality 504-212-2744 nolasales@expotelhospitality.com Gulf South Hotels is your ultimate wedding time saver! With multiple hotels in various locations throughout the South Louisiana Area, we have it all. Discounted hotel rates for out of town guests or private event spaces for reception. Call today! Fair Grounds Race Course 1751 Gentilly Blvd New Orleans, LA 504-948-1285 groupsales@fgno.com fgno.com/groupsales Whether it’s a group for “A Day at

the Races” to watch live racing in the Clubhouse or Suite, a party in the Black Gold Room, a meeting or an evening party, Fair Grounds is the perfect setting to host your next event. Federal Ballroom New Orleans 147 Carondelet St. New Orleans, LA 504-587-2088 marketing@securitycenter.com federalballroom.com The Federal Ballroom is A Historic Wedding Venue Built in 1923 as a Federal Reserve Bank. The Most Elegant Wedding Venue in the South. Located in the Central Business District Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter 541 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 504-524-6711 groupsales@fourpointfrenchquarter. com The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter features 186 guest rooms and over 6000 square feet in event space providing you with the charm and personal attention of a small hotel with perks of a banded hotel. We invite you to come discover the elegance of our modern luxury hotel, yet retained the unique history of the original first French Opera House in America that once stood on our grounds. Our rooms either face Bourbon or Toulouse Street for the “full experience” or a “quieter and peaceful view” of our beautifully landscaped pool and traditional New Orleans courtyard. Generations Hall 310 Andrew Higgins Dr. New Orleans, LA 504-581-4367 hector@generationshall.com generationshall.com With three spacious rooms which can be rented either separately or as a whole, Generations Hall can accommodate any group, large or small. Our three primary spaces are: The Metropolitan One, The Metropolitan Two and The Big Room. The facility is perfect for weddings, private functions, banquets, concerts, luncheons, and convention meetings of any size. Generations Hall provides a unique New Orleans atmosphere for any event. Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-293-1200 shelby@highpointe.com neworleanshamptoninns.com Imagine saying your “I do’s” in a lovely New Orleans style courtyard


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surrounded by brick walls, climbing ivy, and flourishing flowers. Celebrate your union by dancing the night away in the Grand Ballroom, an expansive space featuring classic finishes, romantic lighting, and a neutral color palette that can accommodate any couple’s’ personal style and tastes. Catering is provided by Joel’s Catering, one of the highest ranked catering companies in the city so your guests are sure to leave feeling deliciously full! Whether you are throwing the biggest bash of the year or an intimate affair with your nearest and dearest, the impeccable wedding planners at the Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center will move mountains to execute your vision of the ideal wedding day!

504-620-4127 Lauren Langenstein, Catering Services Manager From our ornate historic architecture to our unique event space, the Le Pavillon truly is «the belle of New Orleans.

House of Blues 225 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 504-310-4990 hobnolaweddings@livenation.com facebook.com/HOBSpecialEvents 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.

Le Méridien 333 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 70130 504-525-9444 504-207-5173 Lemeridienneworleanshotel.com

House of Broel’s Victorian Mansion and Gardens 2220 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-522-2220 504-494-2220 info@houseofbroel.com houseofbroel.com The most romantic and affordable site in New Orleans. A House of Broel event isn’t expensive – it’s priceless. Hyatt Centric French Quarter 800 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA 504-565-4537 caitlin.miner@hyatt.com Hyatt Centric French Quarter is a full service hotel with 254 guests rooms, 10,300 sq ft of event space, with dining outlets such as Powdered Sugar (café), Batch Bar, as well as Hard Rock Café and Red Fish Grill.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-561-1234 kathy.mata@hyatt.com neworleans.hyatt.com From gourmet menus and lavish ballrooms to luxurious guestrooms and exceptional service, our team will ensure your special day is unforgettable. Le Pavillon Hotel 833 Poydras St. New Orleans, La

La Maison du Lac 7412 Lakeshore Drive New Orleans, La. 504-309-0700 lamaisondulacevents.com La Mason du Lac offers an elegant indoor space, and rustic charm on the deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. With panoramic views of the Marina and breathtaking sunsets. All inclusive Wedding Packages starting at $9700. (plus tax)

Loews New Orleans Hotel 300 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-595-5316 loewshotels.com allison.elfrink@loewshotels.com 4 star, 4 diamond hotel, centrally located in downtown New Orleans. Ideal for wedding receptions, outdoor/ indoor ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, wedding room blocks. Convenient valet parking. The spectacular Louisiana Ballroom is the perfect venue for your reception. The Piazza d’Italia is a dramatic outdoor backdrop for your photos or ceremony. Balance Spa for pre-nuptial treatments. Louisiana Castle 47168 Highway 10, Franklinton, LA 504-455-8700 Castleinfo@aol.com LouisianaCastle.com Louisiana Castle, a replica of an English Norman Keep Castle, is a romantic venue for breathtaking wedding ceremonies, elegant receptions or any special event. It is located on 10 acres with beautiful grounds, a large stage and a beautiful pond. The glass enclosed grand ballroom is the main reception area and the Throne room with the King and Queen thrones, suit of armor and a wedding sofa is a great photo setting. The entire top floor is the Juliet Suite where the female members of the wedding party get ready, but it is also where you can spend your wedding night. The entire castle is yours—only yours for a truly magical night. Louisiana State Museum BrideNewOrleans.com |

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751 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 504-568-6968 louisianastatemuseum.org “Our historic properties are perfect venues for meetings, corporate parties, wedding receptions or other special occasions. Each of our locations has its own undeniable sense of history, charm, and character, and three of these landmarks – The Cabildo, The Presbytère, The Old U.S. Mint – are available to host your special event. Weddings, parties, and galas call for dramatic locations and incomparable atmosphere, and our locations offer that and so much more.” Maison Dupuy Hotel 1001 Rue Toulouse New Orleans, LA 504-648-6114 sales@maisondupuy.com neworleanscourtyardweddings.com In the heart of the French Quarter, this luxurious outdoor courtyard is perfect for parties of 2 to 250 guests. Parties include engagements, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Marche 914 N. Peters New Orleans 504-586-2074 x 5027 Valerie Landry Located in the French Market of New Orleans, Marché offers sweeping views of the majestic Mississippi River, the charming French Quarter, and the downtown skyline. Marché can accommodate reception style groups up to 300, as well as groups up to 180 for seated dinners, using both the Ballroom and the Terrace room. For a seated dinner, the Ballroom can hold a maximum of 120 guests, and the Terrace room can hold a maximum of 50. Marché may also be combined with the historic Dutch Alley below for cocktail receptions or to accommodate larger groups. A variety of table sizes, Chiavari chairs, and ivory linens are always included with our venue. Marché proudly offers an experienced sales staff that will cater to all of your needs in order to make your event a memorable success. We will ensure your event is customized to meet your needs and expectations – from creating a custom menu to event enhancements such as décor, beads or live entertainment – we are here to ensure the planning process is easy and seamless for our clients. Messina’s at the Terminal 6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-241-5300

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maggie@messinascatering.com The Terminal located at Lakefront Airport is a New Orleans Tradition, dating back to the 1930’s and only minutes away from downtown! Our venue offers to very unique event spaces! Inside the terminal building, guests find an Art Deco wonderland, featuring murals by artist Xavier Gonzalez, friezes by Enrique R. Alferez and an array of stone wall and floor treatments. Napoleon House 500 Chartres St., French Quarter 504-934-4704 napoleonhouse.com Experience the essence of historic New Orleans in the most unique setting in the French Quarter. The 2nd floor suite of rooms (intended as Napoleon’s apartment if he made it to the new world) can accommodate seated rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies and much more. Include 1st floor patio and bar for groups up to 300. Catering in-house by Ralph Brennan’s talented staff. New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 855-798-6642 FrenchQuarterWeddings.com Splendidly original hotels in america’s Favorite city - gorgeous courtyards, ballrooms and cottages for your wedding. NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans 317 Baronne Street New Orleans, LA Pre Opening Executive Offices 935 Gravier Street, Suite 120 New Orleans, LA Colleen Page, Director of Catering cpage@NOPSIhotel.com NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans is opening in late Spring 2017 in the former New Orleans Public Service, Inc. building. The 1920’s era building is under a historic renovation which will bring the building’s original arched ceilings, Corinthian columns and polished terrazzo floors back to their original state. The project includes the restoration of the attached Dryades Building into an industrially elegant 4,000 square foot ballroom featuring exposed brick, 30 foot ceilings and huge arched windows. The Dryades Ballroom promises to be the most unique wedding event venue in the Crescent City! New Orleans School of Cooking 524 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 504-265-9070 Located in heart of the French


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Quarter in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800’s, the New Orleans School of Cooking emulates the unique charm of classic New Orleans. Our venue and lush courtyard, complete with a flowing fountain, create an intimate French Quarter hideaway. It’s the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner or private function, where your guests can experience the Vieux Carre’ of long ago with the authentic cuisine and outstanding service for which the New Orleans School of Cooking is known for. We can also provide your wedding guests with customized New Orleans gifts, including anything from our hand-made roux spoons to our fresh, all-natural pralines. NOLA Hotel Group 504-962-7220 alebouef@nolahotelgroup.com blakehotelneworleans.com saintjameshotel.com hotelstpierre.com andrewjacksonhotel.com Come experience the joie de vivre that only New Orleans can offer and generate memories that will flourish forever. Whether Downtown or French Quarter, Nola Hotel Group has something that will delight your senses and leave you more than satisfied. Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 504-529-7022 cmyers@omnihotels.com omniroyalorleans.com From a classic ballroom to a private French Quarter courtyard wedding site and Spanish lace balconies, the Omni Royal Orleans is the embodiment of the best of New Orleans wedding location. Orpheum Theater 129 Roosevelt Way New Orleans, LA 504-274-4871 sales@orpheumnola.com The Orpheum Theater is a nearly century-old Beaux Arts theater in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Built in 1918, the iconicspace—which is one of the few remaining vertical hall designs in the US—has hosted vaudeville acts, silent films, movies, corporate meetings, weddings, and countless concerts. More than a stunning historical structure, the reimagined space brings an entirely new tier of entertainment and private event space to New Orleans. Ralph’s on the Park 900 City Park Avenue, Mid-CIty 504-488-5100 ralphsonthepark.com

Ralph’s on the Park, across from the gateway to New Orleans’ City Park, is the perfect location for all of your wedding functions. Located in the heart of Mid-City and featuring globally-inspired local cuisine, Ralph’s on the Park will make you and your guests feel right at home, while making your event truly unforgettable. Host your next rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, wedding or post-wedding brunch at Ralph’s on the Park. Riverview Room 600 Decatur St. 4th Level Jackson Brewery Millhouse, New Orleans, LA 504-208-2590 The Riverview Room occupies the entire fourth level of the Jackson Brewery Millhouse in the heart of the French Quarter.  It’s open spaces and outdoor terraces offer panoramic views of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Floor to ceiling windows present ever-changing river views. Four terraces, two covered and two open, are available for guests to step outside and experience the charm of New Orleans.  On the Decatur street balcony, guests can view the cathedral spires in Jackson Square, the expanse of Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Paris-like skyline of the French Quarter. Rizzuto Management Group, LLC 10016 River Road Saint Rose, LA Victoria Lehew, Special Event and Catering Manager 504-300-1267 victoria@rizzuto-group.com Rizzuto Management Group owns and operates Amici Ristorante & Bar on Magazine Street, The Rex & Iberville Rooms on Bourbon Street, and Creole Carre on Bourbon. Whether you’re uptown or in the French Quarter, RMG has an event space just for you. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, or bachelor & bachelorette parties! Rosy’s Jazz Hall 500 Valence St. New Orleans, LA 504-896-7679 steve@rosysjazzhall.com rosysjazzhall.com Rosy’s Jazz Hall is a unique venue with a warm atmosphere and a rich New Orleans heritage. We have a two story atrium, which is used for wedding ceremonies as well as an indoor balcony and beautiful outdoor New Orleans Style Courtyard. Royal Palm 1901 Manhattan Blvd. Building E Harvey, LA BrideNewOrleans.com |

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504-644-4100 kim@5starfpc.com royalpalmfpc.com Royal Palm is a luxury events venue located only 7 miles from downtown New Orleans. We have ample parking, and can accommodate events anywhere from 30 to 1000 guests. Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA   504-553-2205 RSNOsales@sonesta.com sonesta.com/royalneworleans Royal Sonesta New Orleans has unveiled its newly reimagined Grand Ballroom! The more than 5,000 square foot room’s design draws inspiration from a softer sophisticated side. The aesthetic uses an incandescent subtle color palette with traditional patterns. The feeling of the space is romantic, glamorous and updated. Our beautiful Fleur de Lis Suite with Courtyard access pairs perfectly with Sonesta’s creative “Food Is Art” philosophy, in addition to Restaurant R’evolution inspired menus. Accommodate your guests in our newly renovated guest rooms or luxurious suites; including Bourbon Balcony Suites, which are great for entertaining. Offering the highest degree of personal service from a team of warm and wonderful wedding planners, we create uniquely personal events from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, to bachelor and bachelorette parties. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel 500 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-525-2500 Whether it’s a grand affair or an intimate celebration the Sheraton New Orleans hotel offers the perfect location and the perfect fit. From the Armstrong Ballroom with its lofty ceilings, magnificent skylight, 20 foot wall of windows and sweeping views to the sophisticated backdrop of the more elegant Waterbury Ballroom with its sparkling crystal chandeliers, we have the ideal setting for making memories. Southern Oaks Plantation 7816 Hayne Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-245-8221 southernoaksplantation.com Steamboat NATCHEZ 600 Decatur St. Ste. 308 New Orleans, LA 504-569-1431 melissa@glnosc.com Stella Plantation 4881 Highway 39 Braithwaite, LA 504-919-7474

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caroline@stellaplantation.com stellaplantation.com New Orleans’ Best Kept Secret Stella is a family-run, working plantation 20 miles southeast of New Orleans. An inherently Southern setting, the plantation grounds are shrouded in live oak trees and surrounded by 1500 acres of gorgeous countryside and wilderness. Stella is an enchanting venue for a unique excursion, intimate gathering or grand event. The Cannery 3803 Toulouse St. New Orleans, LA 504-486-8351 info@cannerynola.com cannerynola.com The Cannery is a premiere wedding venue. The 12,000 sqft venue includes an outdoor terrace, grand foyer, ballroom, chic lounge & bridal suite with a private restroom and walk-in closet. The Chicory 610 S. Peters New Orleans, LA 504-521-8055 brent.bogan@chicoryvenue.com chicoryvenue.com The Chicory, an elegant venue for your New Orleans wedding ceremony and reception, features exposed beams, brick walls, and gas lanterns. Originally built in 1852 as a coffee warehouse, The Chicory has maintained its simple name with New Orleans pride. With over 25,000 square feet, 6 rooms and an elegant outdoor rooftop, The Chicory is a very versatile space. From intimate private dinners to grand New Orleans weddings, and corporate events, The Chicory offers a unique and historic event space. The Degas House 2306 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-821-5009 degashouse.com The Forum 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA catering@mmiculinary.com 504-833-7666 Located in the heart of Metairie, The Forum is ideally located and perfectly suited for a variety of meetings, receptions, and parties. Spacious enough to accommodate large groups, The Forum has intelligently designed rooms that can break down into smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings such as workshops and business retreats. The Greystone Venue 935 Clausel St. Mandeville, LA 917-543-9959


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Tomas Bistro/Tommy’s Cuisine 755 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 504-527-0942 contact@tommysrestaurantgroup.com tomasbistro.com Beautiful venue with exposed brick walls and vaulted glass ceiling for a very “New Orleans” style ceremony and reception. All food is catered in-house by our amazing culinary team. W Hotels of New Orleans 333 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 504-207-5173 whotelsofneworleans.com Get ready for your big day. Say “I do” overlooking the sparkling downtown lights at W New Orleans, or celebrate under the stars in the courtyard at W French Quarter. White Hall Plantation 100 Central Ave. Jefferson, LA catering@mmiculinary.com 504-465-9770 Located on River Road, White Hall Plantation is a hidden gem in the heart of Jefferson, Louisiana. A charming venue and culinary expertise coupled together to create your special occasion! Event Planning Clandestine New Orleans 7027 Green St. New Orleans, LA 504-301-2991 clandestinenola.com Flowers A Wise Bride 437 Philip St. New Orleans, LA 504-315-5607 awisebride.com fb: awisebridenola instagram: awisebridenola A bepoke online wedding package boutique Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs 738 Phosphor Ave. Metairie, LA 504-830-4031 Eric@beesweddingdesigns.com BeesWeddingDesigns.com At Bee’s Wedding & Event Floral Designs in New Orleans, we understand that every wedding is like no other, because every bride has a unique vision of what her wedding ceremony and reception should be. We also recognize that the decisions and pressures involved in a wedding can be frustrating and timeconsuming. Our decades of experience with weddings have taught us that our first job is to learn your needs and concerns. The next step is for us to follow through with close attention to

every detail, helping to give you more time and less worry. With a wide range of floral options and a longstanding reputation for personalized service, Bee’s stands ready to help make your wedding day in New Orleans joyful, beautiful and trouble-free. Beth’s Florist & New Orleans Wedding Planners 2014 Clearview Parkway Metairie, LA 504-455-2353 bethsflorist@gmail.com bethsflowersonline.com One thing that sets us apart from other florist is the day before your wedding you can come in a view your wedding flowers! Brittney Ray’s Florist 2108 Paris Road Chalmette, LA 504-271-9012 brittneyrays@yahoo.com brittneyraysflorist.com New Orleans Premier Family Florist. We realize a wedding is a once in a lifetime affair! We provide exceptional, personalized service and use only the freshest flowers. We are family owned and operated for over 27 years. Each work of art that leaves our store is designed especially for you with experience and class. Conerly Floral 1834 Burgundy St. 504-313-8508 conerlyfloral.com Fabulous Flowers LLC. By Appointment New Orleans, LA 504-909-0253 fabulousflowers@cox.net fabulousflowers.us Specializing in weddings and events Fabulous Flowers can provide a wide selection of styles and looks for your special day while working with your budget! Make your wedding, Fabulous! Grow With Us Florist 106 Metairie Heights Ave. Metairie, LA 504-837-9449 flowers@growithus.com growithus.com Fresh, custom, unique florals. Iris Floral + Event Design Studio 5331-B Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 504-304-4966 weddings@irisnola.com irisnola.com Custom-designed wedding flowers...no minimums...local, destination, bridalparty-only weddings welcome! Kim Starr Wise Floral Events BrideNewOrleans.com |

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437 Philip St. New Orleans, LA 504-315-5607 kimstarrwise.com fb: kimstarrwisefloralevents instagram: kimstarrwise Special Event, Wedding and Corporate Floral Design

504-834-7000 or 800-899-8553 vacations@travelcentralvacations.com travelcentralvacations.com “Our travel experts are looking forward to helping you plan the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding by sharing our insider tips and invaluable advice.”

Nosegay’s Bouquet Boutique 4931 W Esplanade Ave. Metairie, LA 504-888-1212 MyOnlyFlorist.com Jay@MyOnlyFlorist.com We at Nosegay Floral Designs create fabulous bridal bouquets right here in Metairie for all the New Orleans area. Our designers are artists that turn your ideas into floral elegance and our service is second to none. When you come to us for your special day be prepared for the royal treatment!

Invitations Exquisite Events New Orleans, LA 504-975-4089 Info@eeinvites.com eeinvites.com Exquisite Events was created with the unique client in mind, offering a full line of invitations to perfectly complement your event. Luxury invitations at an affordable price.

The Crystal Vase Flowers & Gifts 504-888-8891 crystalvaseflowers@gmail.com crystalvaseflowers.com Crystal, the owner & designer has been in the wedding floral industry for over 20 years. I recently closed our retail store to place all of my attention on weddings.  I pride myself on details and the personal attention each one of my brides receive from me, after all it is your special day!  The Plant Gallery 9401 Airline Highway New Orleans, LA 504-488-8887 kenny@theplantgallery.com scanner.tpg@theplantgallery.com amy@tresbienphotovideo.com ThePlantGallery.com The impact that floral arrangements have on a wedding’s ambience cannot be underestimated. Their natural elegance reminds guests of the simple beauty of love, and their vivacity celebrates the couple’s new life together. To ensure that our custom creations meet the happy couple’s vision, we hold one-on-one consultations to discuss theme, color, and setting among other details. Honeymoon travel Town & Country Travel Inc 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 180A Metairie, LA 504-838-8702 tctvl@bellsouth.net townandcountrytravelinc.com We are a full service travel agency specializing in Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Call for your consultation. Travel Central 3221 N. Causeway Blvd. Metairie, La

Gem Printing Co. 1904 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-831-1762 gemprinting.com gem@gemprinting.com Gem Printing Co., locally owned and operated since 1918 ~ now in our fourth generation, specializes in wedding invitations, custom cups, koozies, handkerchiefs, napkins, etc. We carry invitations for both weddings and showers, as well as birthdays, graduations, and baptisms. One Day Service. Jewelry Adler’s  722 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-523-5292 For over 100 years, Adler’s has held its position as the leading jeweler in New Orleans and the Gulf South. From the original shop on Royal Street in the historic French Quarter, Coleman E. Adler founded the family jewelry business that quickly gained a reputation for excellence. Today, Coleman E. Adler II - the founder’s grandson, continues the tradition of service and leadership that makes Adler’s one of America’s premier destinations for fine jewelry, watches, giftware, china, crystal, silver and so much more. Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers 5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Veterans at I-10 504-885-4653 1901 Manhattan Blvd in Fountain Park Centre 504-648-2300 ramseys.com diamonds@ramseys.com Extraordinary quality. Prices that will delight. No one does Diamonds like Ramsey’s. Music

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Jason Schell 3 Mary Ridge Ct. River Ridge, LA 504-481-8771 jakapi@aol.com Formed 11 years ago, Refried Confuzion is New Orleans’ Premiere wedding band specializing in Custom Weddings and Second lines to make your special event an evening to remember! Photo booths Boogie Booth Photo Booth Comapny PO Box 581 Mandeville, LA 504-457-8033 info@boogiebooth.com boogiebooth.com We are a full service photo booth and green screen company who specializes in bringing the fun to your event. Funtastic Fotos, LLC P.O. Box 58418 New Orleans, LA 504-466-9209 anthony@funtasticfotos.com funtasticfotos.com Funtastic Fotos’ flipbook technology requires guest to move around for only 7 seconds with props in hand in front of a white or green screen. The 7 second video is then converted into a flipbook, which is printed on-site in about 90 seconds. All flipbooks and pricing include a custom designed cover, use of props and hand held signs, as well as a DVD compilation of all the videos at your event. Inslomo Booth 1940 Cambronne St. New Orleans, LA 504-875-7170 Info@inslomobooth.com Inslomobooth.com New Orleans’ first and only slow motion photo booth company. We provide your guests with instant prints and slow motion video clips. We can also provide you with a memorable custom video montage of the video clips from your wedding. It’s the next generation of the photo booth. Mobile Memories Photo Booth 985-290-9060 mobilememoriesbooth.com Mobile Memories Photo Booth is New Orleans’ premier photo booth rental company! We specialize in weddings and all of our packages include a friendly photo booth attendant, props and unlimited visits to the booth. And instead of exiting the photo booth and having 2 photo strips, we print a strip for everyone who was in the picture. So if 5 guests go into the booth, all 5 get a photo strip to take home. Guests absolutely love it!

Selfie Spot Photo Booth 601-347-8222 Joepas1@me.com Joe Pascal, owner and operator of Selfie Spot Photo Booth has been in the wedding Photography, Video, Sound & Lighting Business for over 30 years. Selfie Spot Photo Booth operates in conjunction with Diamond Pro Video. No matter how Large or small your event, we can do it all. Our compact Photo Booth Unit sets up fast without using your valuable floor space. We have all the popular props needed to make your Special Wedding Day a memorable event for your guest. Photography Ashley Marks Media 1025 N Hullen St. Metairie, LA 504-444-8356 Ashleymarksmedia@gmail.com ashleymarksmedia.com New Orleans based videographer / photographer specialized in weddings and Boudoir. Belle Amour Photography 1441 Fremaux Ave. Slidell, LA 985-768-6603 nichole@Belle Amour Photography.com Belle Amour Photography.com The stolen glances and heartfelt embraces. It’s the look of anticipation as he waits for you down the isle. It’s the look of pride on daddy’s face as he gives you away while fighting back tears. It’s the feeling as if nobody else is in the room during your first dance. These and all the other special moments are what we strive to capture. Every wedding is unique, so let us tell your story with beautiful and timeless photographs...preserving every detail of your big day! We are Belle Amour Photography - Beautiful Love David Tompkins Photography 504-738-7944 david@davidtompkinsphotography.com davidtompkinsphotography.com David Tompkins is a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. As a photographic artist, David has shot weddings all over the world. David can customize your wedding to your needs. Eau Claire Photographics New Orleans, LA 504-432-7879 eauclairephotographics.com Eau Claire Photographics is a husband and wife photography team based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Our clients and couples often describe our style to us as natural. We agree. We love soft and romantic imagery. Our


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wedding day coverage is unscripted and unposed. We photograph emotion as it happens for elegant documentary coverage of your wedding day. Eye Wander Photo 7341 Jefferson Hwy. Ste M Baton Rouge, LA 225-366-4567 hello@eyewanderphoto.com The first step in capturing the essence of a wedding with all its intricacies is not to look, but to listen. As we hear the hearts of our clients when they talk about their relationship and celebration, we are translating their desires into emotional, beautifully lit timeless photographs, bringing to life their vision. From the Wanderings of our Eye, we give you memories to treasure for a lifetime. Images By Robert T. 985-966-2793 info@imagesbyrobertt.com imagesbyrobertt.com With the many years of experience, Trent has made a name for himself in South Louisiana as a photographer flexible enough to produce heart-warming memories for families during the special milestones of their life. When a couple allows me to photograph their wedding, I become a part of their life. For as long as they live, they will look at the pictures of their wedding and remember the photographer who took them. For that long, I remain a part of their life story, that’s what makes my job rewarding. Jessica Blaine Photography Studio@jessicablaine.com Intimate portrait photography sessions to celebrate you! A NYC-trained photographer, Jessica offers intimate photography sessions with an editorial & sensual artistic focus. LA Studios 2808 Athania Pkwy Metairie, LA 504-669-5711 r.ron@cox.net LAStudios1.com Photographer specializing in contemporary wedding photography. Also destination weddings. We provide still photography and video productions at very reasonable prices. NOLA360 Photography 3100 Ridgelake  Lake Drive Suite 204 Metairie, LA   nola360photos.com Nola360photos@gmail.com Donovan Williams is a local New Orleans Photographer who specializes in Weddings, Events, & Portrait Photography.  His passion for photography and love for nature produces unique and stunning photographs.  His business, NOLA 360 Photography will capture

your memories and provide you with amazing customer service,  and the highest quality pictures and products for you to enjoy for a lifetime. Call today to let NOLA 360 Photography capture your memories. Red Leaf Weddings 10172 Jefferson Hwy New Orleans, LA 504-402-7692 info@redleafweddings.com redleafweddings.com New Orleans wedding photography studio, Red Leaf Weddings, delivers timeless, naturalistic photojournalism and beautiful fine art wedding day portraiture. Contact us to learn about our wedding day photography packages. Rick King Photography 445 Laura Dr. North Mandeville, LA 985-626-3614 rking@rickkingphotography.com rickkingphotography.com Wedding Photography Stacy Marks Photographer 1025 N Hullen St. Metairie, LA 504-237-2173 stacymarkswed@gmail.com Stacy’s style draws from a background of fashion, editorial and music photography, which blend into one when photographing a wedding. He has the talent of drawing people out of themselves to capture real interactions and beautiful images. Visit his site to see more stunning photos! The Red M Studio 504-450-0065 theredmstudio.com We are a husband and wife team who has been delighting our clients since 2011 with our clean, authentic photographic style. With a keen eye for capturing moments that matter, we tell wedding stories inspired by your love and create heirloom art pieces to pass along for generations to come as your family legacy. From initial consultation to final delivery, we offer a full-service photographic experience that receives the same care as if it were our own. Tim McAskill Cinematic Weddings 504-390-1002 timmcaskill.com Très Bien Photo+Video info@tresbienphotovideo.com 504-534-TRES tresbienphotovideo.com At Très Bien Photo+Video we are always excited by your love story. We love appreciate couples who want to be a part of the creative process and we work extensively with you to achieve a look that BrideNewOrleans.com |

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achieves your vision. Our biggest joy is to create imagery that is romantic, classic, and timeless. We enjoy vintage cars, cheesy wedding dances and creating images that represent you! Weenta Productions Weenta.girmay@gmail.com 301-503-5022 Welch Photography & Video 1199 Girod St. Mandeville, LA 985-845-8405 welchphoto@gmail.com welchphotovideo.com As a family team of photographers and videographers, we will be there to tell the story of your special day. Wild Wonder Photography 847-708-7281 wildwonderphotography@gmail.com wildwonder.photography Real estate 1st Lake Properties, Inc 504-455-5059 rentals@1st-lake.com 1stlake.com 1st Lake Properties has over 70 locations and offers over 9,500 quality apartment homes in the greater New Orleans area. Where you live is our business. The Blanchard Group w/ Keller Williams Realty 504-455-0100 Rentals OMRents 504-482-4408 504-313-8508 Info@OMRents.com Terry Conerly OMRents is an innovative cutting edge company serving the special events and convention industry for over 40 years. From our dedicated delivery drivers to our account executives and show coordinators everyone on the OMRents team is committed to providing quality event furniture with a level of service insuring customer satisfaction. Our distribution center is centrally located in New Orleans with 50,000 square feet of rental inventory ready for immediate delivery. Royal Event Rental 985-400-9416 110 Campbell Ave, Unit 1 Mandeville, LA royaleventrental.com Special services Backyard Printing (& Secondline Handkerchiefs) 1960 Surgi Drive

Mandeville, LA 985-231-7789 Backyardprinting@gmail.com Backyardprinting.com Secondlinehandkerchiefs.com Leslie McGoey Backyard printing is a full service screen printing and embroidery business. Our special love is our second line handkerchiefs and decorated umbrellas that we print and decorate for weddings and special events. We have two websites. Dillard’s Bridal Registry 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd #1 Metairie, LA 504-833-1075 dillards.com Harvie Live Wedding Paintings 2961 Maurepas St. New Orleans, LA 985-687-9106 info@harvieoilpaintings.com harvieoilpaintings.com As seen on TLC Four Weddings. Guests are amazed as Harvie transforms a blank canvas into a timeless keepsake using oil paints and thick impasto texture. The Bride and Groom are the focal point, surrounded by the bridal party and guests. Transform your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary with this unique form of entertainment. Heirloom Live Event Paintings 4401 Euphrosine New Orleans, LA 504-812-1750 heirloomlive.com Heirloom Live Event Paintings would like to capture a moment in time from one of your most important days of your life! We will come to your wedding and create a keepsake that can be passed down from generation to generation. Our Paintings come to life and depict that special moment as your guests watch the artist in action! You now have a memory that can last forever! Mynnye Chocolates, LLC 504-250-6106 mynnyechocolates.com Mynnye Chocolates, LLC, owned and operated by Shanell “Mynnye” Shaw, is a boutique chocolate company serving Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas. With over 20 years experience creating and making chocolate delicacies, Mynnye Chocolates, LLC specializes in edible art for any occasion. If you can imagine it, Mynnye Chocolates can provide a high quality, memorable chocolate experience for your next event!

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NCA Group 1905 W Thomas St., Suite 356 Hammond, LA 985-630-3206 Simplee Gourmet 70457 HWY 21 Covington, LA 985-892-8370 simpleegourmet.com The Bridal Registry 5517 Edmondson Pike Nashville, TN 37211 615-832-2387 thekitchentradition.com/gift_packages Uptown Phunk 985-768-8950 sponsor Dorignac’s Food Center 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-834-8216 A wedding is for celebrating, not worrying. So, why not let Dorignac’s help make it easier? Our floral artists, experienced chefs, bakery personnel and wine experts are here to assist you with everything from floral arrangements and beautiful cakes to selecting wines and party trays. Best of all, getting high quality doesn’t mean paying a high price. Call 504834-8216 or stop by the store and let’s start planning your big day! Transportation Alert Transportation 3 Westbank Expressway New Orleans, LA 504-525-0500 alerttransportation.com Alert Transportation & Limousine co is a family owned and operated since 1999. We can provide chauffeured service for one to hundreds. We have a wide variety of vehicles: sedans, limos, Limobuses, Black Vans, and traditional minibuses. Bonomolo Limousines Inc. 1401 Lafitte St. New Orleans, LA 800-451-9258 Info@BonoLimo.com BonoLimo.com At Bonomolo Limousines, we offer the most dependable and affordable means of transportation whatever the occasion may be. We are a company based on loyalty and customer satisfaction, which is the main reason we have been in business for over 40 years. Celebrity Limousine & Transportation, Inc. P.O. Box 73373

Metairie LA 504-888-5466 tierney@celebritylimoservice.com celebritylimoservice.com Family owned and operated since 1982. Limousine Livery 4333 Euphrosine St. New Orleans, LA 504-561-8777 info@limolivery.com At Limousine Livery, we understand that a wedding is not just an event; it is an experience that will shape your life forever. For more than twenty five years. Limousine Livery’s wedding planning consultants have helped brides and grooms select the best options for their wedding. We know that your wedding is unique and deserves special attention. With Limousine Livery’s worry-free wedding packages, you’ll have a high-quality service for your special day. From the first time you call, to the moment we deliver you to your final destination, you will be thrilled by Limousine Livery’s wedding services. An experienced, professional company that understands the importance of this occasion will ensure that your big day begins and ends perfectly! Videography Bella Productions Wedding Films 5860 Citrus Blvd., Suite D194 New Orleans, LA 504-400-7915 Korry@mybellafilm.com mybellafilm.com Cinematic Wedding Films RZ Productions 504-975-0817 rzproductions.net Cinematic Wedding Films Your Day Production Wedding Videographers yourdayproduction.com weddings@yourdayproduction.com 504-273-0005 New Orleans 985-227-4579 Houma/Thibodaux Video & photography services for your special day with over 25 years of experience. Our combination of creative video artists and the latest technology gives us the ability to transform the record of your wedding into an original and stylish work of art you will want to watch forever. Wedding apparel Bliss Bridal 4712 Magazine St. 504-592-7507 beablissbride.com nola@beablissbride.com Combining the elegance of a


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full-service bridal boutique with a showroom of beautiful gowns under $1500, we create the perfect moment for our brides to Say Yes without overstepping their budgets. Bliss Bridal offers brides an upscale, yet affordable, experience. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique 3230 Severn Ave Suite B Metairie, LA 504-780-7090 bustlesandbows@gmail.com bustlesandbowsbridal.com Come say “I DO”, in Style! I Do Bridal Couture 4265 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, LA 225-361-0377 ramsey@idobridalcouture.com  Louisiana’s couture bridal boutique offers private suites for brides and their families. Exclusive lines include Monique Lhuillier, Sareh Nouri New York, Heidi Elnora, Liancarlo, Tulle, and AMSALE, Watters, Bliss Monique Lhuillier, and Nicole Miller. James & B Bridal Outlet Brooke Ory & Jamie Lombardino 1169-B Robert Blvd Slidell, LA 985-302-0755 James & B Bridal Outlet offers Deep Discounts on Designer Dresses. We Discount the Dress, Never the Experience! John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-455-5353 johnstuxedos.com A locally owned and operated full service men’s formalwear store serving the New Orleans Area since 1984. Voted “Best of the Knot”. Ladies and Gent’s Formal Wear/ Lulu Allyn 708 East I-10 Service Road Slidell, LA 985-643-9449 ladiesgentsfw@aol.com ladiesgentsformalwear.com We are dedicated to bringing you exceptional service, attention to detail and an atomospher of distinction that you will not find anywhere else. It’s not just a wedding day, it’s your wedding day. Making it memorable is as important to us as it is to you! Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-885-9213 info@pearlsplace.com pearlsplace.com Family owned & operated for 42 years.

The only full service bridal salon in the metro area. Looking forward to helping you & your family with any of your bridal needs. As always complimentary alterations. Rome’s Tuxedos 3213 17th St. Metairie, LA 504-324-7227 romestuxedos@gmail.com romestuxedos.com Tuxedo and suit rentals and sales. Southern Bridal 1200 West Causeway Approach Suite 8 Mandeville, LA 985-727-2993 southernbridal@yahoo.com southernbridal.net We love to dress your entire wedding party with Unique & fashion forward styles, and pride ourselves in offering the highest level of customer service! The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe 3331 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 504-266-2771 maemebridal@gmail.com mae-me.com Designer gowns at delightful prices where customer service is always in style! Bridal, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid, Flowergirls, Accessories, Jewelry & More! Town & Country Bridal 1514 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 504.523.7027 townandcountrybridal.com hello@tcbridalnola.com instagram: @townandcountrybridal Facebook: Town & Country Bridal Blanc Bridal Couture Located in the heart of the Garden District for nearly a century, Town & Country is an oasis for the discerning bride. From bold and robust silhouettes to simple, clean-lined dresses, Town & Country offers a hand-selected, curated mix of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening gowns, flower girls, mother’s dresses, evening dresses, shoes, accessories and daywear that meet every taste and budget. Tuxedos to Geaux 3400 16th St. Metairie, LA 504-455-5393 tuxedostogeaux@gmail.com tuxedostogeaux.com DON’T RENT! OWN IT! New tuxedo coat, pant, formal shirt, tie and cummerbund set or New Suit, dress shirt and tie with free lifetime alterations. $159!! We specialize in wedding groups, small or large. •

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Great Escapes

High and low honeymoon options for every couple By Becca Hensley

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ometimes you’re flush. Sometimes you’re not. Either way, if you dream, you can do it. For couples ready to splurge, luxury abounds. Even just marrieds on a budget can realize an unforgettable version of their honeymoon fantasies. Do you want to go high? Or, low?

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French Polynesia, also called Tahiti for its biggest island, is composed of multi-sized isles, presents crystalline lagoons, horizons awash in Renoir blues, waterfalls, black sand beaches and volcanic peaks, which tower above emerald rainforests. High: Dive from your opulent over-the-water

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suite’s back door directly into a transparent lagoon at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. In the shadows of Mount Otemanu, this hotel, located on its own motu, has 107-thatch-roofed bungalows which appear to hover above the water. Order breakfast served by outrigger canoe on your terrace, indulge in a Tahitian-inspired treatment in the spa, or have the

amphibious pool server bring you cocktails in the water. $975, fourseasons.com Low: Like a real castaway, float over to further flung Fakarava South, where family-owned Raimiti operates as an all-inclusive Polynesian pension. With rustic huts fronting the beach, the bed and breakfaststyle hotel feels like you’re playing Robison Crusoe on


your own island — but with flair. Enjoy meals and beverages, as well as hotelsupported diving expeditions and other outings, complimentary kayaks and more. With no locks on the doors, and few frills, this renewable energy-run escape ensures old-school tranquility. $216 (for two), includes breakfast and dinner, raimiti.com

Greece By Boat It sounds quixotic. Greece. In a boat. Imagine sailing along the aquamarine coasts of this seaside country and its many islands. With ancient ruins. a slowed down lifestyle, Byzantine pathways, volcanoes, and definitive Mediterranean cuisine, this culturally rich nation invites rumination and exploration aboard a vessel. Do it with Sailo, the Airbnb of boats. High: Big enough for 12 guests (do you want to bring some friends?), with seven guest rooms, a hot tub on the top deck and a crow’s nest-worthy bar with a view, this immense yacht includes a home theater, complete with 1000 movies in case you have a rainy day. Play with jet skis, kayaks and tubes as you cruise from Santorini to Mykonos and beyond. $23,358 a day, including captain, sailo.com/boats/ Elliniko_Greece/Motor/ rental_boat_2341/ Low: Set sail like Greek sailors of yore, stopping whenever you like for a beach picnic or snorkeling expedition. With room enough for four, this large Bavaria 34 luxury sailboat/ yacht has teak decks and rooms below. Sunbathe on

the top deck, or relax down below while cooking in the well-outfitted kitchen. $175 a day, available for weekly charters with our without a captain, sailo.com/boats/ Athens_Greece/Sail/rental_ boat_2136/

Over-WaterBungalows You’ve seen them in photos: idyllic houses poised atop sticks, dotting a turquoise stretch of water, a crescent of sand back on shore, edged by a verdant rainforest. Just photos of their exteriors suggest the ultimate romantic rendezvous. Here, you’d nibble grapes one by one, laze about in a swim suit all day and dip into the sea at random intervals. Traditionally, found in the South Pacific, these over-the-water suites now appear in places beyond French Polynesia. High: At Rosewood Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya just north of Cancun, amid an expanse of mangrove forest, Deluxe Overwater Lagoon suites seem suspended in mid-air, with jade-hued water lapping below. A multi-faceted resort space that hold various resorts and Venetian-like canals that undulate all the way to the beach, it embodies an eco theme, which honors abundant wildlife and sporting pursuits. $1,450, rosewoodhotels. com/en/mayakoba-rivieramaya Low: Tuck into Guatemala’s Peten Jungle at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, an eco lodge near the world-renowned ruins of Yaxha and Tikal.

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Rustic, sustainably built, outfitted with hand-carved furniture and local art, these suites-on-stilts stand above the Quexil Lagoon. Listen for birdsong and frogs from your outdoor jacuzzi after a day’s ATV ride through the hotel’s wildlife-brimming nature reserve or a boat trip to storied Monkey Island. $340, laslagunashotel.com.

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Snowy Days Many wintertime-matrimonial couples head to the beach — but snow bunnies will want to bundle up and jet to their bucket-list mountain resort. Exhilarating and endorphin promoting, ski and snowboarding jaunts have their own romantic appeal. Cuddle before the fire, hot chocolate in hand; whiz down a slope making WINTER-SPRING 2017

first tracks, the two of you traversing in a well choreographed pas de deux, soak in an al fresco hot tub, your breath misty in the cold air. High: Get the royal treatment with Beaver Creek’s White Glove vacation. An indulging package, it spoils with first-class airfare to Vail/Beavercreek’s Eagle Airport, followed by a private

helicopter ride to the resort. Whisked by private car to Trappers Cabin, on slope, and surrounded by Aspen groves and pine trees, you’ll meet your butler-like ambassador. After that, just relax and be coddled. While the cabin alone wows, other extravagances include a personal chef, ski lessons, equipment and guides, bespoke ski wear from Helly Hansen, first-track privileges and four Epic Ski passes, which can be used all year at 13 resorts in three countries. $50,000 for four days for up to four people, BeaverCreek.com/ WhiteGlove for reservations.    Low: Head to the French Alps, where Val Thorens encompasses the largest ski area in the world, with more than 370 miles of slopes. In this fairytale setting, check into the chalet-style Club Med Val Thorens, an architectural marvel with panoramic views, just steps from the lifts. Defined by such amenities as it two Michelin-starred restaurant, this cosmopolitan, allinclusive resort offers all meals, alcoholic and other beverages, ski passes, lift tickets, ski instruction, an indoor climbing wall, athletic facilities and evening entertainment for one price. $303 per person, double occupancy, per night, clubmed.us b


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Minis and Multiples

Travel-sized versions of the best beauty products to keep you glam from the aisle to the isles By Mirella Cameran You have used an arsenal of beauty products to help create your stunning wedding-day look so how do you cram it all into a suitcase for your honeymoon? With more stringent baggage size restrictions, higher baggage fees and a 30-milliliter liquid limit for carry-on bags, don’t even try. Instead use our guide to the best TSA-approved, spill-proof products to keeping you looking lovely and your luggage light.

Find your perfect shade in AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF+ 50, you won’t have to worry about spills or brushes and you can build coverage.

Kate Somerville’s True Lash, Lash-Enhancing Eye-Makeup Remover conditions and fights fine lines too as well as removing even waterproof mascara without tugging

Recycled airplane air leaves skin dry and ravaged so use Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask, the charcoal in it will detox and clarify your skin in one application.

Pack Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil in its TSA regulation compliant bottle as an instant remedy to hydrate and smooth the skin while creating an extra glow.

As an alternative to cleansing wipes try Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, just twist dial at bottom, massage into skin and rinse or wipe off. It’s 40 milileters so stick it in your luggage.

When it comes to keeping your tresses tamed Sexy Hair and Pureology offer travel size versions of their famous shampoos and conditioners.

Multi-purpose products are definitely a traveler’s friend. Caudalie’s TSA friendly Make Up Removing Cleansing Oil will also tone and moisturize in one go.

Don’t risk a mishap with your favorite perfume, the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Solid Perfume Compact is guaranteed mess-free.

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Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Pomegranate uses real Pomegranate extracts that react to your skin to create a perfect personalized depth of color in a slim-line applicator.

If you are worried about your skin breaking out from all the partying, pop Mario Badescu Travel Size Acne Facial Cleanser in your case.

Bumble & Bumble is your best bet for styling with its miniature bottles of Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil and Surf Spray.

We love the fact that Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35+ BB Cream is a skin perfector, primer, moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation in just one tube.

The FDA has warned that sun wipes won’t give you the sun protection you need, so avoid messy liquids with the Clarins Board Spectrum SPF 30 Stick Solaire Special.

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Now there is a mini version of the standardsetting L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray why would you use anything else?

A great concealer is essential, we found Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer Treatment will cover up any dark circles with its built-in sponge

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BlowPro “Faux Dry” Dry Shampoo absorbs oils in hair after a long flight — just a pump or two and you’ll go from flat to fabulous. The revered French beauty brand Klorane, also has a travel-sized dry shampoo with oatmeal.

Extra Tools For complete sun-care protection the Coola four-piece Organic Suncare Travel Set has it all. For a fresh face anywhere pack Prospector Co. Compressed Towel Tablets, you run one little ‘pill’ under warm water and a face towel appears in an instant. Pinch Provisions MiniMergency Kit has essentials you need: stain removers, breath freshener, pain relievers, clear nail polish, earring backs and a tiny sewing kit in a sleek little pouch. Keep your wedding smile perfect with a compact Foreo ISSA Mini Electric Sonic Toothbrush. If you have to take makeup brushes the Sephora Collection Face & Eye Travel Tool Kit has everything you need in miniature.


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Big Easy Bonding

Staycation in New Orleans before heading out on the honeymoon By Becca Hensley

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ith a couple of days between the wedding of your dreams and dashing off on your honeymoon, why not plan a little Big Easy romance? Lucky for you, New Orleans is a place where out-of-towners choose to spend their honeymoons year-round. Follow their lead with a pre-honeymoon staycation right down the street. With plenty of untapped culinary treasures, not to mention those activities you’ve always wanted to try, the Crescent city is the

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perfect place to bide time before departing to further flung locales — or simply to spend time together without the hassles of far-away travel. One tends to get in a rut in their own city — eating in the same restaurants, swilling at the everyday bar, perusing well-known shops. To shake up your staycation, have someone else invent the itinerary. Kelly Troika has your back. She’s founder of Clandestine, a bespoke New Orleans concierge company. Her focus goes beyond goes booze and

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bacchanalia to promote the Crescent City’s higher and more complex echelons. While they proffer tours that range from culinary to Cajun (beginning at $1,250), Clandestine will customize romantic agendas for couples, too. We asked Clandestine to come up with staymoon just for you. Here’s what they suggested: The Hotel: Soniat House Reminiscent of something Tennessee Williams had in mind as backdrop, Soniat House delivers you smack into the good graces of blessed-hearts

and Southern hospitality. Hewn from three, historic, French Colonial homes in the French Quarter, just far enough from Bourbon Street, this small luxury hotel feels like visiting friends in the warm embrace of their soulful home. For honeymooners, the picturesque courtyard and cosseting bedrooms pamper fancifully — a sanctuary made for decompression and connection. Arrive to Soniat House to find a bouquet from your wedding already adorning your suite. Next to it, chilled champagne


Soniat House

and Sucre chocolates would tempt. Alone, at last, all you want to do is debrief on your event, bubbly flute in hand — and Soniat’s intimate digs promotes that. However much fun you have, do set your alarm to awaken for the homemade biscuits and marmalade, delivered by black-tied staff to your in-town haven for breakfast. After a good night’s sleep, awaken the next morning to Soniat’s biscuits, followed by an all-New-Orleansderived brunch (from Cafe du Monde beignets to Stein’s Deli bagels to District Donuts). Once you’ve digested, you’ll be indulged by Clandestine’s two favorite masseuses, who will unravel the wedding-ceremony knots without you ever leaving the privacy of your room. When you’re finally hungry again and ready to emerge, you’ll be delighted with that coveted table Clandestine has snagged for you at a popular place you’ve always wanted to try — perhaps dimly lit Meauxbar, (in a corner booth) — where escargot and pork chops tempt. Dessert could be a VIP table at the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta — unless you just want to get back to the suite.

If you have another whole day before disembarking on that cruise (or flying to the Maldives), Clandestine has more plans for you. They suggest you awaken late to be piloted by limousine to brunch at Commander’s Palace, where crispy soft shell crab will sate. Next, they urge you to walk it off at Besthoff Sculpture Garden. There, pose in front of the LOVE sculpture — the ultimate metaphor for your mutual adoration (a professional photographer will take your picture). After that perfect portrait, you’ll step into a private gondola for a cruise through City Park. The cheese and charcuterie tray from which you nibble aboard the watercraft comes from St. James Cheese — wait, how did they know Sancerre was your favorite wine? Ready for more? It’s nearly dark when the limo whisks you to a waiting small plane, which you board for a tour of New Orleans’ twinkling city lights. Famished, because love does that, you cap the magic at Bywater’s hidden N7, a sexy French Bistro you didn’t even know existed. clandestinenola.com, soniathouse. com, commanderspalace. com, meauxbar.com b BrideNewOrleans.com |

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty

luminouseventsnola.com; Fat Cat

Us Florist & Produce, 106 Metairie

“Streamline,” pg. 32

Florals, 486-8580, fatcatflowers.

Heights Ave., growithus.com;

Orangetheory Fitness, 4141

com; Symmetry Jewelers, 8138

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events,

Locations

Bienville St., 408-2602, neworleans.

Hampson St., 861-9925, symme-

437 Philip St., 315-5607,

“Historic Charm,” pg. 104

midcity.orangetheoryfitness.com

tryjewelers.com; Mad Batter

kimstarrwise.com; Bella Blooms

Stella Plantation, 4881 LA-39,

Bakery, 204 W. Judge Perez Drive,

Floral, 3018 Cleary Ave., 875-3777,

682-2491, stellaplantation.com;

Gifts

682-2253, madbatterbakery.net;

bellabloomsfloral.com

Southern Oaks Plantation, 7816

“Stay Golden,” pg. 38

12 Seasons Catering, 131 23rd St.,

Kendra Scott, 5757 Magazine St.,

495-9770, 12seasoningcatering.

Jewelry

noaksplantation.com; The Berry

613 - 4227, kendrascott.com; Nola

com; Feet First, 4122 Magazine St.

“Bountiful Baubles,” pg. 82

Barn, 56118 Holden Circle, (985)

Gifts and Decor, 407-3532, 5101 W.

899-6800, feetfirststores.com;

Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry, The

981-5788, theberrybarn.com;

Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal

Melrose Plantation, 3533 LA-119,

Esplanade Ave., nolagiftsanddecor.

comperelapin.com

Hayne Blvd., 245-8221, souther-

com, Mynne Chocolates, 250-6106,

Fashion

Place, 522-8080, jacksutton.com;

(318) 379-0055, melroseplanta-

mynnechocolates.com;

“Easy Does It,” pg. 55

Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers, 701

tion.org; Marché, 914 N. Peters

Adler’s Jewelry, 523-5292,

Tuxedos to Geaux, 3400 16th St.,

Metairie Rd., 831-2602, boudreaux-

St., 586-1155, 586-1155, march-

adlersjewelry.com

455-5393, tuxedostogeaux.com;

sjewelers.com; Symmetry Jewelers

eneworleans.com; Louisiana

Rome’s Tuxedos, 3213 17th St.,

& Designers, 8138 Hampson St.,

Castle, 47168 Highway 10, (985)

Invitations

324-7227, Romestuxedos.com;

861-9925, symmetryjewelers.

839-9988, louisianacastle.com;

“R.S.V.P.,” pg. 40

Bridal Boutique by Maeme, 3331

com; Ramsey Diamond Jewelers,

St. James Hotel, 330 Magazine

Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St.,

Severn Ave., 266-2771, mae-me.

5700 Veterans Memorial Blvd.,

St., 304-4000, stjameshotel.com;

897-1555, 3301 Veterans Blvd.,

com; Bustles & Bows Bridal

290-0065, ramseys.com; Aucoin

Cedar Grove Plantation, 6533 River

219-1113, scriptura.com; Megan

Boutique, 3230 Severn Ave.,

Hart Jewelers, 1525 Metairie Rd.,

Rd., 431-5743, cgtplantation.com;

Jewel Designs, 266-0345, megan-

780-7090, bustlesandbowsbridal.

834-9999, aucoinhart.com

Annadeles, 71518 Chestnut St.

jeweldesigns.com; Betty Hunley,

com; Bliss Bridal, 2126 Magazine

6057 Magazine St., 895-2870,

St., 592-7507, baeblissbride.com;

Cakes

Nottoway Plantation, 31025 LA-1,

bettyhunley.com; Gem Printing,

Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs,

“Sweet Simplicity,” pg. 92

(225) 545-2730, nottoway.com

1904 Veterans Blvd., 834-580,

738 Phosphor Ave., 830-4031,

La Petite Confections, 214-0112,

gemprinting.com

beesweddingdesigns.com; Town

lapetitecakes.com; Swiss

Photography

& Country, 1514 St. Charles Ave.,

Confectionery, 747 St. Charles Ave.,

“Straight Shooters,” pg. 108

Feature

523-7027, townandcountrybridal.

522-7788, swisscakes.net;

Tres Bien Photo and Video,

“Let Them Eat Cake,” pg. 48

com; Southern Bridal, 1200

Stella Plantation, 4881 LA - 39,

W. Causeway Approach, (985)

Cuisine & Cocktails

Desiree Watkins Photography,

682-2491, Stellaplantation.com;

727-2993, southernbridal.net; Plant

“Gather Round the Table,” pg. 96

(225) 229-3502, desireewatkins.com

Greer Gattuso, greergattuso.

Gallery, 9401 Airline Hwy.,

Joel Catering and Special Events,

com; Midori Makeup Artistry,

488-8887, theplantgallery.com; I Do

1201 Convention Center Blvd.,

Honeymoon

miordimakeup.com; Elon Bridal,

Bridal Couture, 4265 Perkins Rd.,

299-8400, joels.com; Messina’s

“Big Easy Bonding,” pg. 146

5207 Magazine St., 516-2799; CM

(225) 361-0377, idobridalcouture.

Catering & Events, 2717

Clandestine, 301-2991, clan-

Branding Co, carolinemendez.com;

com; Ladies & Gents Formal Wear,

Williams Blvd., 469-7373,

destinenola.com; Soniat House,

Tommy Centanni, Embodyment

708 1-10 Srv. Rd., (985) 643-9449,

messinascatering.com

1133 Chartres St., 522-0570,

Salon & Spa, 3701 Magazine

ladiesandgentsformalwear.

St., 891-4440, embodyment-

com; John Tuxedos, 3200 Houma

“Belly Up,” pg. 98

Palace, 1403 Washington Ave.,

salon.com; Cate Swan Creative,

Blvd., 455 - 5353, johnstuxedos.com;

SoBou, 310 Chartres St., 522-4095,

899-8221, commanderspalace.com;

cateswan,com; Luminous Events,

Pearls Place, 3114 Severn Ave., 885

sobounola.com; Compére Lapin,

Meauxbar, 942 N. Rampart St.,

1800 Huey P. Long Ave., 324-6441,

- 9213, pearlsplace.com; Grow With

535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119,

569-9979, meauxbar.com

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543-8737, tresbienphotovideo.com;

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Sweet Farewell Artisanal honey makes goodbye a little sweeter by Melanie Warner Spencer

In the words of William Shakespeare, parting is such sweet sorrow. Focus on the sweet with fresh honey as a wedding favor for your guests. Ponchatoula’s Best Honey is one of our local favorites. Print tags or lables that say, “So Sweet of you to come,” and bid adieu, off to your sweet honeymoon.


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New Orleans Bride Winter 2017  

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