Editor's Note

Less than a year ago, I moved to New Orleans from a Midwestern college town, a place very different from here. Thanks to New Orleans’ historic buildings and amazing slices of culture everywhere you look, I often have “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I live here” moments. That’s what happened on the day we shot our fashion feature (page 54) for this issue. It was a beautiful May morning, and even though we were lugging photography equipment and pushing dress racks into the elevator, the sun was pouring in the huge windows of The Chicory and it made the day feel much more elegant than it actually was. It got me thinking about how lucky New Orleans brides are to live in this city when it’s time to get married. There are so many beautiful places here, whether you’re having an intimate wedding with close friends and family, or a wedding with 300 guests.

If you’re still looking for location inspiration for your own day, you’ll definitely find a lot of great places in Annie Bleecker’s story about outdoor wedding spots (page 74). Once you’ve picked your location, I encourage you to browse our photos of invitations, bridesmaid dresses and gifts, along with the beautiful flowers in our fashion feature. And while you’re making all of these plans, I hope you take some advice from our wedding checklist (page 134) written by Tarani Duncan, who called her married friends for their best wedding planning advice. If you have any comments or questions about this issue, feel free to email me at haley@myneworleans.com or tweet me @haleyadams25.

Congratulations on your recent engagement, and I wish you the best of luck for your own wedding day, honeymoon and marriage. You’re lucky to start your marriage in a stunning place like New Orleans.
 

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