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On the Cover Stationery With Style .............................. 8 Tulle, Trains & Tiaras ............................ 18

Photo by Steve Randon

Real Weddings ....................................... 23 Southern Glamour ................................ 30

Associate Publisher’s Note ................................. 6 The Berry Barn ................................................. 7 Stationery with Style .......................................... 8 It’s Your Time Events ........................................ 11 Planning a Bridal Tea ...................................... 12 A First Look .................................................... 16 Transforming Brides, Transforming Lives ............. 17 Tulle, Trains, & Tiaras ...................................... 18 Southern Glamour ........................................... 30 Choosing a Diamond ...................................... 34


Louisiana Traditions ......................................... 36 Destin-ation Weddings ..................................... 38


Wedding Timeline ........................................... 40

Fritscher-Schmidt Wedding ............................... 23

Bruns-Connick Wedding................................... 26

Wedding Marketplace ..................................... 42

Whiteley-Myers Wedding ................................ 24

Grundmann-LeDonne Wedding ......................... 27

Sophisticated Weddings Program ..................... 43

Johnson-Graham Wedding ............................... 25

Forjet-Sclafani Wedding................................... 28

behind the scenes

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell Editor Anna LeDonne Art Director Dianne Waller Graphic Designer/Staff Photographer Claire Thomas Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson Account Executives Anna LeDonne and Lisa Jones Distribution/Circulation Manager Katherine Nelson Contributing Writers Sarah Cottrell, Maria D’Antonio and Stacy Tobin Contributing Photographers Brooke Boyd, Jerry Cottrell, Steve Randon and Nick Salvetti Production Gallinghouse Marketing + Creative

At Sophisticated Woman Magazine, photographing our Enterprising Woman makes for an enjoyable afternoon, but preparing for a bridal photo shoot, teeming with gorgeous floral arrangements, ruffled ball gowns and sparkling diamonds was a completely different experience. So many people and vendors came together to make the day a success. Wedding planner Maria Maginnis of InNola Events and Design worked with us to create a glamorous and sophisticated look. We utilized furniture and accessories from Mandeville Party Company and Royal Event Rental, as well as flowers by Ambiance Flowers to complete the scene. Our “bride” Rachel Keiffer, had her hair styled by Ashton Guillory of Downtown Chic Salon and her makeup applied flawlessly by Melanie Hollander of Makeup by Melanie. Her bridal look was brought to life with gowns and headpieces from Southern Bridal and Olivier Couture in Mandeville and jewelry from DeLucca’s and Grande Opus jewelers. The entire scene was shot on location at the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington by the wonderful Steve Randon. Thank you to everyone who made this “faux wedding” an incredibly beautiful and fun event.


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PLANNING THIS ISSUE was a lot like planning a wedding. It took me back to when my husband Jerry proposed to me. Being the romantic that he is, he picked a date that was special to him—the date he joined the Navy 10 years prior. It happened to coincide with the arrival of Haley’s Comet, so after a romantic dinner at one of our favorite restaurants we headed to the lakefront. It really was a surprise when he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him, but I told him he would have to ask my father first. So it was back to my house to call England to wake him up at 4 a.m. Once he gave his blessing I accepted Jerry’s proposal, and the planning began. My first thought was Vegas, but my husband told me his parents would not be happy about that. My second choice was to travel to my childhood home in England, where my family still lived, and get married in Beaminster, in the 600 year old church where I had been christened.

My wedding was a destination wedding for the many guests who traveled from the States, and we did a lot of the planning long distance. I was fortunately able to travel home a month before the wedding to finalize all the plans and take that vital trip to France to pick out the wine for the wedding. Planning this first issue of Sophisticated Wedding Magazine took a team of passionate, talented people. Since the conception, our editor Anna LeDonne has been at the forefront of the planning and has been involved every step of the way. This issue would not be what it is today without her vision and help. I would like to thank the entire team of dedicated professionals that helped bring you our first annual issue of Sophisticated Wedding Magazine. We hope you all enjoy this issue, find inspiration, enjoy your planning, and create wonderful memories of your special day. Enjoy and blessings,



in the arbor twinkle in the twilight sky. A soft melody of outdoor ambience settles in a comfortable background as friends and family turn their heads to see the bride emerge from a charming barn and walk up the aisle. This is a typical weekend for the Berry Barn, a wedding destination for those looking for a more rustic feel for their big day. Elizabeth Liuzza explained that the Berry Barn did not start out as a wedding venue. Although renowned for their strawberries, Liuzza Farms, like all produce farms, is subject to bad weather leading to crop failure. Elizabeth wanted to create an additional source of income for Liuzza Farms in case of a bad crop. She soon started hosting field trips which triggered the building of the barn, completed nearly a year ago. “The barn was built as a covered area for field trips,” she said. However, one day she was approached by a couple wishing to use the space for a wedding. Soon, she transformed the open barn and closed it in, equipping it with climate control, restrooms, a stage for entertainment, and a built-in bar. “By word of mouth, it started growing into a wedding venue,” she described. Business has been booming ever since. This fall, they are completely booked with weddings. “The barn is a one-stop venue,” commented Elizabeth on one of the reasons for the barn’s popularity. Aside from the wedding and reception being in the same space, the Berry Barn comes equipped with tables, chairs and lights while also welcoming the patrons’ choice of caterers. They make it easy for guests to come in early to decorate and customize the venue by booking only one wedding a day, so there’s no rush. This gives guests the time to enjoy some of the 500 acres of property surrounding the Berry Barn. The Berry Barn is nestled in the Liuzza Produce Farm, owned by the Liuzza family. Only 30-40 minutes from Covington, off Interstate 55, it makes a perfect getaway for a country wedding while still accessible for guests. There’s more to the Berry Barn than accessibility and easy accommodations. It is the perfect marriage of rustic and elegance. “The ambience is really already there,” commented

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Elizabeth. “It’s designed with an elegant, vintage look in mind.” The string lights above the wooden beams in the high ceiling and custom chandeliers help create an atmosphere that both guests and staff can appreciate for such an important day. “I think my favorite part is watching the couples, especially when they write their own vows,” Elizabeth reflected, “and being part of an atmosphere full of love.” Touches like the miniature mule and buggy that shuttle guests between the barn and parking lot add to the overall experience. The Berry Barn is the perfect venue for couples seeking a unique wedding experience for the most significant day of their lives. “It’s the perfect rustic feel,” Elizabeth said. The Berry Barn is located at 56188 Holden Circle in Amite. For more information, call 985-981-5788 or visit Sophisticated Weddings | 2015/2016 7

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Wedding stationery does more than serve as a practical way to notify guests of the time and place of your wedding. If that were the case, you could just call your guests on the phone or send them an email. Rather, an invitation sets the tone of an event. The quality of the paper, the type of printing, the design, the wording, the typography—all of these elements come together to give your guests a first glimpse into your wedding day. 1 Who knew charcoal envelopes and hot pink wax seals were a match made in stationery heaven? Classic calligraphy and typography complement a formal affair. Impression Paperie, 985-893-9589.

2 Rustic charm radiates from this hand-lettered invitation wrapped in brown paper and twine. A hot pink return address envelope ties in the Save the Date for a cohesive look. Impression Paperie, 985-893-9589.

3 This classic black and ivory wedding suite indicates a traditional and formal event, whereas the floral brunch invitation denotes a touch of whimsy. Speedway Printing, 985-626-0032.

4 A hand-lettered invitation adds a bit of personality while the gold-foil letterpress on extra-thick paper amps up the sophistication. An outdoor ceremony program doubles as a fan. Impression Paperie, 985-893-9589.

5 A Disney themed invitation could easily become cheesy, but

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this couple’s modern-day fairytale theme is made beautifully apparent through classic illustrations and ornate lettering. Impression Paperie, 985-893-9589.

Jt's Your Time Events

PLANNING A WEDDING can be wonderful, fun and exciting, but at times it can also be very frustrating and time consuming. During the planning process, most people spend an average of 20 to 30 hours planning the details of the wedding (planning only the day of the event). This doesn’t include the time spent looking at various locations, pouring over bridal magazines, and shopping for the perfect dress. The 20 to 30 hour figure refers simply to coordinating all the details you need to make the wedding go off without a hitch. If you have a more complex wedding, if you are inviting a lot of guests, if you are having a destination or beach wedding, or if you are making decorations yourself, planning a wedding can take much longer. I specialize in event planning, designing and coordinating. My work involves developing a relationship with you so I can better work with you and your vendors to bring to life your vision to create an aesthetically pleasing, beautiful environment. I guide the overall look and feel of your event to ensure that each supplier is on the same creative wavelength, implementing and executing your vision throughout and bringing everyone and everything together to create a wedding that is not just cohesive, but that also infuses and reflects your personalities as a couple. Our journey through the planning process begins with you, your fiancé, possibly your parents, and myself. I actively listen to your wishes and needs so I can better define to your vendors what you want your wedding to feel like—to better understand your personality, your style, your ideas and define your dreams and vision. After our initial meeting, I work with you to create an inspiration board which will act as the master plan to guide every design decision throughout the planning process. Together, we will determine the rest of the aesthetic elements—flowers, linens, stationery design, prop sourcing, wardrobe, tablescapes and lighting. Each detail carries out your vision, and nothing is overlooked. On your wedding day, I will be there to implement and style every element, making sure our visual representation is fully executed. We are at our happiest when you are! My key message is it is your time, and all events are personal. I will take things off your hands that you do not have time for or are not interested in doing yourself. I will get to know

your tastes so the wedding is executed and tailored around your personality right from the start. You, potentially, won’t have to worry about any coordinating (except maybe if the electricity goes out). On your wedding day, none of you should have to deal with vendors or giving guests directions. That is a coordinator’s job. This is a celebration of life and love, and it is my job—my goal—to make it so you can relax and enjoy this most wonderful wedding day, including the week and month leading up to your special event.

Erin St. Pierre England is the owner of It’s Your Time Events Wedding Planning & Design. To contact her email Erin at or visit

Planning a Bridal Tea?

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HOSTING A BRIDAL shower may seem like a daunting task, but it certainly does not need to be complicated or difficult. Often, the hostess of a bridal shower must worry about details like time, cost and décor—and a bridal tea offers a fun, easy solution to all of these hostess dilemmas. A bridal tea creates an elegant yet laid-back theme ideal for a southern bride. Floral tablecloths combined with tastefully mismatched teapots and china make the perfect setting for an “English garden” themed tea party, and finding these items is easy to do. If there are multiple hostesses, you can source china from each person, and you can also search for vintage finds at resale boutiques and thrift shops.

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Teacups make fantastic whimsical containers for floral arrangements, and a simple rose tied with raffia is an excellent alternative to napkin rings. A few more effortless touches like personalized signs honoring the bride, recycled bottles featuring single roses, and place cards at each guest’s seat will surely help to create a charming atmosphere. The décor can be as labor-intensive or low-key as you like, but you certainly don’t need a large budget to make a beautiful impact. In fact, for a bridal shower hostess, a tea is a budget-friendly solution that’s also versatile in terms of size and location. Whether you plan to host a small gathering at your home or a larger group at a local tearoom, a bridal tea can be suited to accommodate a party of any size. 14 Sophisticated Weddings | 2015/2016

At a tea, the menu is lighter—it can be limited to small portions and traditional tea servings of finger sandwiches, scones and fruit. Once you have an idea of how many guests to expect, portion-planning is a piece of cake! One pot of loose-leaf tea serves 2-4 people (we like the wedding blend from the English Tea Room!) and you should plan for each guest to have two of each type of sandwich as well as one of each type of scone or dessert. If you’re serving a small group, tiered trays are terrific for placing food on the table, and for larger groups you can create a buffet allowing guests to serve themselves. Of course, no shower is complete without a parting favor for your guests. Something tearelated is always appropriate, but there is plenty of room for creativity here. We chose beautiful porcelain flower magnets wrapped in clear cellophane bags. You can place these gifts on each guest’s seat or arrange them on a pretty tray or cake stand near the door for your guests to take as they leave.

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A First Look O

ne of the most emotionally charged moments of a wedding ceremony is the first time the bride and groom see each other. Traditionally, this moment occurs when the bride walks down the aisle and meets her groom at the altar. However, a new trend in modern weddings is a “First Look”, a private moment between the bride and groom, recorded by a photographer.

The First Look : • Private moment between the couple without a large crowd • Better photos recording the first time you see each other • Extra time with the photographer and more time to spend with guests later on 16 Sophisticated Weddings | 2015/2016

Transforming Brides, Transforming Lives YOU’VE SEEN THE PHRASE “Sweating for Reagan pictured with her husband Jeff before the Wedding” emblazoned across workout tees beginning her training and meal program with Ingrid. or heard your friends and family proclaiming, “I can’t, I’m on a wedding diet.” For some brides and grooms, getting in shape for the big day is just as important as choosing the flowers and the reception venue. But for Ingrid Rinck, the owner of FITCAMP and Sensible Portions meals, it’s not just about that one day, it’s about transforming a lifestyle. “I first started coming to Ingrid in 2011, right after I got engaged. I knew my wedding photos would be forever and I wanted to be happy with the way I looked,” says Reagan Charleston, a designer, law student, and the woman behind the Reagan Charleston line of fine jewelry and handbags. “I have trained with many personal trainers over the years, but with Ingrid it was different—I wanted to workout with her and see her. I started doing the meals as soon as she began offering them and the weight just fell off. Ingrid makes it so loss. Each week the meals are different, but much more personal. She knows what she’s you will receive three meals per day for five doing and comes from a place of understanddays. The kicker—it’s only $80 per week. That’s ing because she’s been there.” probably less than the money you would spend Ingrid, herself, has lost over 120 pounds in buying all of the food at the grocery. eight months by embracing her own philoso“It’s not about the way you look, it’s about phy and utilizing her Sensible Portions meal the way you feel,” explains Reagan. “Ingrid has program. One major hurdle women face when changed my perception on health and fitness; trying to lose weight is watching what they’re I have never looked back. At this point, I use eating and making time to prepare meals. Sensible Portions because it is convenient and “You have to take in fewer calodelicious, not to mention it’s ries than you are burning in helped to maintain my ideal order to lose weight. It’s that weight even after my wedding simple,” Ingrid explains, “A day has come and gone.” calorie restricted program for FITCAMP Training Studio weight loss allows the body is located at 105 Campbell to burn calories from your fat Avenue, Suite 3 in Mandeville storage. But it is often difficult with Metairie, Baton Rouge and to prepare meals for the week Covington locations opening soon. when you don’t know what to To sign up for Sensible Portions cook or you don’t have time to meals or for more information, do it.” text “I’m Ready” to Ingrid’s cell, Sensible Portions meals are 985-290-9757 or visit them all portioned at 1000 calories on facebook at (or 1300 calories for men), the FitCampBodies. ideal calorie count for weight Sensible Portions owner Ingrid Rinck.

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Tulle, Trains & Tiaras

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This Page: Justin Alexander silk dupioni sweetheart bodice accentuated by an elegantly beaded belt with a full-layered tulle skirt. Olivier Couture. French netting bird-cage headpiece by Richards Designs. Southern Bridal. Drop diamond and pearl earrings. Grande Opus Jewelers. Opposite Page: Allure blush, sweetheart bodice topped with delicate lace appliquĂŠ and beading, followed by a mermaid train of English netting and lace. Southern Bridal. David Tutera earrings. Olivier Couture.

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This Page: Gorgeousivorysleeksatinmermaidgowntopped with intricate silver beading and satin covered buttons by Allure. Southern Bridal. Custom-made,silver-plated,Swarovskirhinestone and crystal tiara accented with freshwater cultured pearls. Grande Opus Jewelers. Opposite Page: Sleek, strapless sheath dress with Alenรงon lace overlay and slim beaded belt by Tara Keely. Olivier Couture. Sara Gabriel 110 inch pale ivory veil with Alenรงon lace trim. Olivier Couture. Oval engagement ring. Grande Opus Jewelers.

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Bottom: Sara Gabriel silk flower and delicate rhinestone headband. Olivier Couture.

Fritscher– Schmidt

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n the evening of June 20, 2015 Leighann Fritscher, daughter of Johneva and Bryan Fritscher, married fellow Northshore native Justin Schmidt, son of Jerilyn and Eddie Schmidt. An elegant invitation done locally by Speedway Printing asked the couple’s close friends and family to join them for a wedding ceremony at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Old Mandeville followed by an intimate reception at Benedict’s Plantation.

How did he propose?

Tell us about your dress!

On March 5, 2013 we went to dinner at GIO’s Italian Restaurant in Old Mandeville,

It was a sophisticated, satin, fit and flare gown by Maggie Sottero, and I wore my

and Justin proposed during my favorite part of the meal—dessert. I told him earlier that

mother’s veil—my “something old” and “something borrowed.”

week that I had been offered a position in Houston and would be relocating soon.

What was the most fun detail about the reception?

Well, after an evening full of timid conversation, nervous sweating, and Justin nearly having a stroke, we walked out of the restaurant engaged to be married.

What was your favorite moment of the ceremony? Seeing Justin smiling at the end of the aisle.

How many dresses did you try on? A lot!

There were a lot! We had a martini luge, and as a wedding gift, my mother-in-law had an artist painting a scene of the reception. The flowers were absolutely beautiful, and the band was fantastic.

How was the cake? Our cake was an elegant traditional wedding cake with praline filling. It was the most delicious cake I have ever tasted. The groom’s cake was a replication of Justin’s grandparents’ wedding cake to honor their 56th wedding anniversary.

The Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church Reception Venue: Benedict’s Plantation Bride’s Dress: Weddings by Debbie Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Linda Lee Bridal

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank Photographer/Videographer: Welch Photography and Video Band: Stormy the Band Cake: Maple Street Bakery

Florist: Lynn Fritscher Wedding Planner: Girls in Black Event Coordinating Service Invitations, Programs & Save the Dates: Speedway Printing


imee Elizabeth Whiteley, a Madisonville native, met Jason Nathaniel Myers of Covington in a yearbook and web design class at Mandeville

High School. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, in a dress fit for a princess and carrying a beautiful bouquet by Ambiance Flowers, the daughter of Jeffery and Melissa Whiteley married her high school sweetheart Jason, the son of Gregory and Gertrude Myers. The ceremony took place at a small chapel in Covington and was followed by an enchanting reception at the Southern Hotel.

Whiteley -Myers How did Jason propose? I had just gotten off work. I was getting ready

Did you wear something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue?

because we had dinner plans for date night, and

I did! Something old was my great-grandmother’s

Jason walked into the room and dropped down

rosary attached to my bouquet, something new

on one knee. I remember turning around and

was my wedding gown, I borrowed my mother’s

being so completely shocked. That’s when he

diamond earrings and my shoes were blue.

It was the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and

asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

What made your wedding special?

How many dresses did you try on?

The amount of family and friends who traveled

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from out of state, especially the grandmothers.

Tell us about your dress! It was my dream gown. It was a blush colored, princess ball gown with ivory accents. It had a beaded bodice, corseted top and a long flowing train with a tulle bottom. I wore a matching veil with a tiara that was gifted to me by family friend and wedding coordinator Nicole Justice.

Also, the generosity of Sister Grace and the nuns who sang for our special day.

What was most memorable about the reception? The second line! Everyone at the reception jumped up to participate, and even a few of the guests at the hotel bar joined us.

Did you have a grand exit? Our family and friends gathered in the courtyard and formed an aisle for us. As Jason and I walked through they threw flower petals over us.

The Vendors: Ceremony: The Vocation of the Discalced Carmelite Nun Chapel Reception: The Southern Hotel Bride’s Dress: Southern Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Gabriel’s Bridal Boutique

Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse Photographer: Rick King Photography Band: Rockin Doopsie Jr. Cake: Cocoa Bean Florist: Ambiance Flowers

Transportation: The Royal Coach Wedding Entertainment: Sister Grace and the Carmelite Nuns Wedding Coordinator: R and R Hospitality Hair/Makeup: Tera and Patrice of Element Hair Salon

Johnson– Graham


arryl and Gina Graham were the last to be married at St. Gertrude’s Chapel before it was shut down. Thirty-seven years later on a beautiful day in May, their son Joshua married the love of his life, Courtney, daughter of Shelly and BJ Johnson, at the very same venue—what is now Vintage Court in Covington.

How did Josh propose?

Tell us about your dress!

Josh proposed on the night of my birthday at Doe’s Eat Place in Baton Rouge. This

I wore an all lace Stella York dress. I tried it on for the first time at a boutique in New

was also the restaurant we went to on our first date, and in addition to my birthday,

Orleans and liked it but was unsure. I went dress shopping in Mandeville and found it

we were celebrating our three year anniversary that night. No one other than our

there. I tried it on again and loved it but still could not make a decision. I went dress

parents knew that he was proposing. He invited all of our close friends and family

shopping in Baton Rouge and found the same Stella York dress and decided to seal

members to meet us after dinner at Sullivan’s in Baton Rouge to celebrate my “surprise

the deal. I guess it’s like they say, “the third time’s a charm.”

birthday party.” When we showed up engaged, EVERYONE was surprised because

What was the most memorable moment of the reception?

they thought they were there to celebrate a birthday, and I didn’t have a clue what

When Josh and I made our grand entrance, the music changed to the song “All I Do

was going on.

is Win” and Josh started break dancing.

What made your wedding special?

What was your favorite detail?

That God blessed us with beautiful weather. The wedding was in May, so planning

MY FLOWERS! My florist Ainsley Lahaye, owner of Prim and Proper, is what I would

an outdoor wedding was risky. We can both say now that it was certainly worth it. It

call a flower artist. She made some beautiful centerpieces that made a stunning

was sunny and there was not a cloud in the sky; not too hot, and not too cold.

entrance to the reception.

The Vendors: Ceremony/Reception Venue: Vintage Court Bride’s Dress: Blush Formal and Bridal Salon Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Suits: After Five Tuxedo Rental Photographer: Lainey Reed Photography Band: AM/FM

Cake: Pam Keowen Florist: Prim and Proper- Ainsley Lahaye Transportation: A Royal Coach Limousine


arguerite Carey “Maggie” Bruns, daughter of Robin and Harry Bruns,

married Blase Paul Connick, son of James “Dutchie” Connick and the late Mary Louise Connick, stepson of Jean Kass Connick, on the evening of Friday, June 19, 2015. Blase proposed in March 2014 in a beautiful spot in the mountains


overlooking Vail Valley and the two New Orleans natives knew they would tie the knot at Immaculate Conception on Baronne Street.

Describe your wedding style in three words.

What was the most fun detail of the reception?

Romantic, classic, elegant.

The most fun detail of the reception had to be

What made your wedding special? Family. Our wedding was truly all about family. They are what made everything so memorable. Everyone pitched in to help and celebrate us! I couldn’t imagine our big day without all of them.

Tell us about your dress. My dress was exactly what I envisioned. It was an off-white, sweetheart, lace dress with an English tulle bottom. There was a jeweled belt on a cream ribbon under the bust. I added tulle off-the-shoulder straps to top it all off. I would wear it everyday if I could.

What was your favorite moment of the ceremony? My favorite moment of the ceremony was walking up to Blase with my Dad. I couldn’t stop shaking. I was so excited to get down the aisle! When I saw that he was crying, I immediately started to tear up. It was such a special moment

our late night pass-arounds. Blase was obsessed with these mini moonshine milkshakes. They went perfectly with the sliders and fries that were passed around towards the end of the reception. The staff at The Chicory made a bigger version of the milkshake just for Blase! It was too funny!

What was your favorite detail? Our favorite detail was the lounge created by Audra from Distressed Rentals. It was the perfect touch to the venue! Poppy & Mint and Luminous Events accented it just perfectly.

Did you have a grand exit? Our grand exit was so fun. Kinfolk Brass band led a second line out of The Chicory onto Fulton Street. Blase and I followed them and danced away underneath the gazebo on Fulton. Then we made our way into a pedicab adorned with a “Just Married” sign and waved goodbye to all of our guests who were still dancing in the street!

for the two of us.

The Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Reception Venue: The Chicory Bridal Gown: Bustle Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Groom’s Suit: Custom Made Groomsmen’s Suits: Tuxedo to Geaux

Photographer: Kristen Soileau Portraits Videographer: Dyle Films Band: Rewind Cake: Royal Cakery Florist: Poppy and Mint Photo Booth: Event Booth Nola

Transportation: New Orleans Pedicabs Hair & Makeup: Bleu, A Blowdry Bar Second Line Band: Kinfolk Invitations: Abbey Printing Lighting: Luminous Events Furniture: Distressed Rentals


hen Vinnie LeDonne proposed to Sophisticated Woman editor Anna Grundmann, he pulled out all the stops. He


set up a gallery of photos and artwork they had collected together as a couple, told his unsuspecting bride they were going to an art exhibit and took her on a trip down memory lane. He used a painting by her grandmother (of the proposal that hadn’t yet occurred) at the end of the gallery to pop the question. Over a year later, the two said “I Do” on November 22, 2014, carrying the personal and romantic theme over into their stunning Northshore wedding.

Describe your wedding style in three words. Classic. Romantic. Personal.

What made your wedding so personal? It was truly a family affair. Every person present contributed to our wedding in some unique way. You could feel all of the love in the room that day.

Did you have a wedding planner? Vinnie, my mom Gaby and I planned the entire wedding ourselves. I’ll admit that she did most of the work! We had an overall idea and she made everything happen.

Tell us about your dress. I fell in love with the first dress I tried on! I knew I wanted a dress with an illusion neckline and I found it immediately.

What was your favorite moment of the ceremony? My favorite moment was when I walked through the doors at the Abbey with my dad—I could see Vinnie tearing up at the front of the church, which made me start crying, and then I could barely see anything for the rest of the way down the aisle! When we finally got to the altar, our celebrant commented that it was the first time he had seen both the bride and the groom come up crying!

What was the most memorable moment of the reception? My sister Grace, Maid of Honor, surprised us by getting on stage with the band and singing two special songs. She sang At Last and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and got the whole reception to their feet.

Did you have a grand exit? I changed into a little 20s inspired shift dress and we ran out through a blaze of sparklers!

The vendors: Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Abbey Reception Venue: Palmettos on the Bayou Bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Olivier Couture Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank Photographer: Kristen Soileau Photography

Videographer: Bride Film Hair and Makeup: Brantley Hair Studio Invitations: Scriptura Band: The Issue Cake: Zoë’s Bakery

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auren Elizabeth Forjet, daughter of Joel Randazzo Forjet and Felix Emile Forjet, Jr., is the lead cake decorator at the family’s Italian

bakery, Nonna Randazzo’s. As you can imagine, when Lauren married Charles Hobbs Sclafani, Jr., son of Rox Anne Sclafani, on June 28, 2014, the day was filled with lots of love for the couple, as well as a love of food, pastries and fine wine!

Forjet-Sclafani How did he propose? He proposed to me on Halloween of 2013. He spent the day at my brother’s house carving pumpkins. My entire family knew what was going on—he even included my nephew. I saw the pumpkins all set up to take pictures, but when I went to the other side, I saw it! “Will you marry me?” was carved into four different pumpkins, and he dropped down to one knee in the front. I was so surprised.

Describe your wedding style in three words. Beautiful, Elegant, Traditional.

Did you hire a wedding planner? My wedding planner was my mother. She did a fantastic job (even calling a favorite California winery and giving them the menu so they could pair the wine to be served with our food). Several very close family friends made sure that all the details were taken care of the morning of the wedding.

Tell us about your dress! I got my dress from Southern Bridal in Mandeville. It was a timeless A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline by Essence of Australia, with full lace over regency organza. We added a full-lace bateau neckline jacket by San Patrick Pronovias with quarter length sleeves and a beautifully adorned belt with pearls and rhinestones.

What was your favorite moment of the ceremony? The first was standing behind the doors with my arm interlocked with my Dad’s and him telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me. The second was kneeling on the altar next to my husband. The church was filled with so much love and happiness it was overwhelming, but we managed to take a brief second to whisper “I love you” to each other.

What was the most memorable moment of the reception? It had to be our first dance. Again, everything was going so fast and there were so many people that we wanted to see, it was a few minutes to hold each other and be together.

What was your favorite detail? “Love is sweet” - My favorite detail of the wedding had to have been our dessert bar. We had it filled with my favorites—peanut butter cookies, heart shaped chocolate chip cookies, orange pudding cake cupcakes. It also had traditional Italian desserts like cannoli, fig cookies, biscotti toast and Italian wedding cookies. The venue packed a box for us to take on our honeymoon!

Tell us about your cake. The cake was everything I ever imagined. I grew up seeing the cakes made with the fountains in the center at our family bakery and I always knew that I wanted one. Of course, I did make my own wedding cake. It was ivory to match my dress. I piped the entire thing with cornelli lace and added ivory pearls for accents. The cake was almond, traditional wedding cake flavor, but I had strawberry filling in the center. It was delicious!

What is one thing that made your wedding day special? One thing that made my day very special was the police escort that we had from Covington to Slidell. We had three police cars arrive at our house, but when two other officers found out that it was someone from St. Bernard getting married, they (being former St. Bernard residents) joined in the escort. To see the cars and trucks flying past us and stopping all the other traffic was an exciting experience!

The Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Officiant: Father Frank Lipps Organist: Dr. Margaret Campo Reception Venue: Patton’s, Salmen-Fritchie House Bride’s Dress: Southern Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: John’s Tuxedo Photographer: Photo 255 David Morris Band: Joe Simon Band Cake & Dessert Bar: Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery Florist: Beth’s Florist

Photographer of details at reception and guest arrival: Jamie Voorhies Live Wedding Painting: Alex Harvie Transportation: Royal Coach Limo DJ: Joseph Gilbert Tent: The Tent Man

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An elegant venue of historical significance, The Southern Hotel served as both the inspiration and the setting for the glamorously styled wedding. The Camellia Sun Room’s elegant travertine floors and lofty ceiling, bordered by wall-to-wall French doors and elegant marble sideboards, create an inviting and classically neutral space for any event. A palette of soft Tiffany blue paired with gold and ivory enhance the natural beauty of the grand room. Floral arrangements with lots of greenery, whites and muted pinks sit atop stunning crystal globes, making quite a statement. Gold-rimmed china and gold-plated flatware are complemented by menus adorned with vintage silhouettes, soft pink hydrangeas and gold lettered place cards. The table is flanked by two stately gold and white canopy chairs, ideal seating for the bride and groom.

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This Southern wedding tradition dates back to Victorian times when a bride would place tiny charms in the wedding cake for her attendants. Each charm symbolizes a different fortune for the bridesmaid, and the tradition remains mainly unchanged to this day.

Second Lines

A New Orleans cultural brass band tradition, the term “second line” comes from parade-goers lining up behind the “main line” of the actual parade or band, simply to dance and enjoy the music. Their purpose in weddings is to signify a new beginning for the bride and groom.


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WITH OVER 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Stephanie Miller Murphy decided three years ago to open her own boutique travel consulting company, Travel With Stephanie, which specializes in luxury travel and custom international travel. According to Stephanie, the top reasons couples choose destination weddings are ease of planning, cost-effectiveness and amount of time with loved ones. Many couples who have destination weddings choose to stay for several days after their guests have gone home. By combining the wedding and the honeymoon, the bride and groom save on cost as well as on the headaches of planning two separate events. Also, many couples opt for destination weddings because they allow for more quality time with friends and family. The typical wedding reception will last only a few hours, and all too often the bride and groom are unable to enjoy most of it because they spend so much of their time trying to say hello to everyone. Destination weddings usually span out over several days, allowing the bride and groom ample quality time with their loved ones in a far more relaxed environment. As Northshore residents, we are fortunately able to have destination weddings without traveling far at all. Florida’s gulf coast provides the perfect setting for a beach wedding without the added expense of air travel. And though it’s long been a local favorite for summer getaways, Destin’s sugar white sands and emerald green waters have made it a choice backdrop for romantic beach weddings. Convinced yet? Pack up that dress and take a trip east! When choosing a location, it is important to be sure the venue can accommodate your wedding party and any of its unique needs. For a Destin-ation wedding, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa is ideal. Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate gathering or a large, extravagant celebration, this resort can accommodate. This resort offers three all-inclusive packages, which each include a team of wedding experts available to assist you every step of the way. Another reason to love the Hilton Sandestin is the plethora of activities available that contribute to the carefree vacation mood. With four golf courses, 15 tennis courts, three pools (including one indoor), and free shuttles to local retail shops, there is something here for everyone in your wedding party. Also, between the six restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining and the 24 hour room service, this resort can cater to any guest’s dietary needs or dining preferences.

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One distinct benefit of a destination wedding is that the entire bridal party gets to relax for a few days and experience the beauty of the location. No matter how near or far you travel from, a clear advantage of destination weddings is that everyone is in a more laid-back vacation mood and can enjoy the couple’s special day. With proper planning, a destination wedding weekend can feel just as carefree as the most luxurious of vacations. Speaking of luxury, the tranquility of the Hilton’s exquisitely decorated 14,500 square foot Serenity Spa offers a perfect place to unwind before the wedding. Treat your bridal party to some pre-wedding spa time with specialty treatments featuring seawater pearls and sea salt or traditional beauty treatments like facials, manicures, and pedicures. Also available is a lounge area that can be rented for the bridal party.

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The hotel offers several location options for the wedding ceremony, but what better backdrop than beautiful sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters? A sunset ceremony offers an idyllic backdrop and flattering light for wedding photos. Your team of experts will handle the catering, flowers, organizing, and officiate all your day-of needs to ensure that your special day is as perfect as you dreamed it would be. The best part is that after the wedding you can immediately begin your honeymoon in one seamless event. Stephanie Miller Murphy can be contacted at Travel With Stephanie, 985-727-5577, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa can be reached by calling 800-559-1805 or visiting

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Planning Timeline 4-6 Months Before

9-12 Months Before

Book a wedding band or DJ. Shop for groom’s and groomsmen’s formalwear. Obtain or renew passports if necessary. Write thank you notes after wedding showers. Choose and book wedding day transportation. Confirm all wedding vendors.

Establish a budget. Decide on the size of your wedding and draft a guest list. Choose your bridal party. Secure a wedding planner if you will be using one. Research and choose a ceremony location. (Tip: Inquire about venue rules, catering, linens and rentals.)

Pick a date! Check with key members of your wedding party first. Research and reserve a reception location. Begin shopping for a wedding dress. Choose your bridesmaids dresses. Begin shopping for wedding stationery. Select and secure your vendors with the required deposits. • •

Photographer • Videographer • Caterer • Florist Reception Music • Transportation • Photo Booth

3 Months Before Hire a calligrapher if you want professionally addressed invitations. Book your stylist to try out big-day hairstyles. (Tip: Take your headpiece with you to try out in your hair and decide if you want an up-do.)

Book a makeup artist and begin makeup trials.

Ceremony Music

(Tip: Go to a local wedding show to check out local vendors!)

Research wedding insurance. Begin researching wedding bands and DJs.

2 Months Before

6-9 Months Before

Mail your invitations. Write your vows. Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other. Plan and shop for your honeymoon attire.

Select and order your wedding stationery. Order your wedding dress. Consult a travel agent for honeymoon plans. Reserve hotel accommodations for out of town guests. Most hotels offer special rates for wedding blocks. Compile your guest list with names and addresses. Register for gifts. (Tip: Select at least two different registries.Try to choose gifts in different price points.)

Create a wedding website. Meet with bakers to taste and decide on cake design. Order bridesmaids’ dresses. Send save the date cards. Contact rental companies for anything you may need such as tables, chairs, linens or props.

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1 Month Before Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you’re getting married. Write notes to your future spouse and parents to give to them on your wedding day. Have final gown fitting. (Tip: Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress.)

Have the dress pressed and bring it home. Confirm all bridal party members have gowns or have ordered tuxedos to be ready for wedding day. Make last-minute adjustments with vendors. Create a wedding program to hand out to guests. (Tip: Consider a fan for outdoor weddings in the summer months.)

Choose a guest book or another fun way for guests to sign into the wedding. (Tip: Consult Pinterest for creative ideas.)

Put together or order in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests. (Tip: Keep it local with treats and maps that will help make their stay more memorable.)

2 Weeks Before Review final RSVP list, and call any guests who have not yet sent a response. Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. (Tip: Include who should be in formal portraits, and consult your photographer to determine when portraits will be taken.)

Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and any songs you do not want played. Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color. Give reception site including caterer final guest head count.

(Tip: Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare. Let them know if any guests have special dietary needs such as those with celiac disease. If there will be young children at the wedding, consider a child’s option.)

Supply the location coordinator with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist. If you are having a sit down dinner, prepare seating chart. Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you have hired to do so. Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements. Give the ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers. Get the groom’s hair trimmed. Attend bachelor and bachelorette parties.

2-3 Days Before Have your gown pressed or steamed if necessary. (Tip: Most bridal boutiques provide this service for their brides free of charge.)

Night Before Rehearse the ceremony. Meet with the wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and work out details. Bring any ceremony accessories to the site. Give your marriage license to your officiant. Attend the rehearsal dinner.

(Tip: Ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner are actually best done two nights before the ceremony to ensure that everyone is well-rested and ready for the big day.)

Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner.

Day-Of Don’t forget to eat and drink plenty of water during the day. It’s going to be a very long day! Present parents and each other with gifts. Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony. Give best man the officiant's fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony. Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for any questions or problems during the reception. Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he knows who is who. RELAX AND TAKE IT ALL IN! It’s your special day, enjoy!

Post-Wedding Designate a person to take your wedding day items to a place of safe keeping. Pre-arrange for someone to return any rentals. Pre-plan for attendants to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return the groom's tux to the rental shop.

Groom: Go for a final fitting and pick up your formalwear. Have the best man confirm that all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their formalwear. Determine wedding-party positions during ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional. Deliver place cards, table cards, menus, favors, and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager. Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute changes, including delivery times. Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; make sure to include names and delivery instructions. Pack your pre-wedding and wedding-night bags.

Day Before Assign a point person if you don’t have a wedding planner. Provide all wedding vendors with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding. Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

Post-Honeymoon Write and send thank-you notes for gifts and for any vendors who were especially helpful.

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Backyard Printing & Second Line Handkerchiefs

Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery

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