Author: Kelly Massicot

Spooky, Socially Distant Date Night

  This month, Built Story, a self-guided tour marketplace outlet, released a new self-guided tour of the best-decorated “spooky” homes around New Orleans. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, a self-guided and socially distant activity is welcome. And this…

Safety First

  New Orleans is slowly but surely loosening COVID-19 restrictions, but being cautious, wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing and practicing social distancing is still essential to everyday life. In a city that likes to throw a party for…

A Few Socially-Distant Resources

  When the coronavirus pandemic first shut down the city in March, we put together a few resources to help couples continue their planning while social distancing at home. At the time, we're sure everyone thought we'd be back to…

Canal Place Welcomes Iconic Prytania Theatre to Downtown New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – O’Connor Capital Partners today announced that the Prytania Theatre will open a second location this year at Canal Place, New Orleans’ premier luxury retail destination. The Prytania Theatre, New Orleans’ oldest operating theatre will open…

Real Wedding: Sargent - Munoz

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

Simply the Best

  Each year, Conde Nast Traveler hosts a reader’s choice list where readers from around the world vote on their favorite locations, destinations, hotels and more. For another year, New Orleans has made the list of top destinations in the…

Petite Fête

  This week, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art announced a new event package tailored specifically for events during the pandemic and its continued restrictions. The Ogden’s “Petite Events” are set to be intimate gatherings with customizable options to match…

Recipe Pairs Well With Virtual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

  LAFAYETTE, La – Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is going virtual this year, but that doesn't mean you can't add a little something special while celebrating at home. Acadian Slice sent their "Brown Butta Pecan Pie" recipe to Acadiana Profile…

Spice It Up

  One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of the Big Easy is the food. Whether it’s for a family get-together or even a wedding-related party, everyone wants to know what’s on the menu. (Kelly here:…

It’s a Tailgate Date

  Over the past year, dealing with the coronavirus and navigating staying at home, Let Them Eat Cake has given readers a few date nights in options. But, now it’s football season and though we can’t all cheer at home…

David Shaw

Many know David Shaw as the front man for local rock band The Revivalists. For over a decade, Shaw and the band have been a staple at festivals and concerts around the country, but like many who have tried something…

Bridal Buzz: Bridal events, trunk shows and gift options

  Though there are still hoops to jump through when planning your wedding during coronavirus phases and reopenings, some bridal boutiques are easing the transition with incentives and trunk shows events. Today, Sept. 28, through Oct. 5, Pearl’s Place on…

Pennant of Love

  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when something good comes out of a year filled with pandemics, civil unrest and Mother Nature wreaking havoc across the country. But just as New Orleanians have in the past when faced with hardship,…

Real Wedding: Matherne - Wolfe

  Bride: Mallary Matherne Groom: Dr. Ryan Wolfe Date: Postponed due to COVID (original date April 4, 2020) Actual wedding date: June 13, 2020 Ceremony Location:  Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks, Dripping Springs, Texas Reception Location: Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks, Dripping…

A Lasting Romance

  Enduring a pandemic isn’t exactly the most romantic couple’s activity – especially a couple who was planning to wed after the coronavirus hit. Many a campaign by national brands and local wedding professionals alike champions the call that “love…

Real Wedding: Payne-Gandy

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

Mask Up

Wearing masks in public is now an essential part of our lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it appears as though it will be a while before we can say, “masks are a thing of the past.” Instead of…

It’s in the Stars

  The use of astrology in determining compatibility and even influencing the wedding day and surrounding details is a practice used in many cultures around the world. It was a big part of the Netflix hit “Indian Matchmaking” that premiered…

Real Weddings: Roberts – Fayard

    Bride: Blakeley Roberts | Groom: Tripp Fayard Date: Feb. 8, 2020 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Getting Ready Location: Roosevelt Hotel Reception: NOMA Planner: Blue Gardenia Events Gown: Savannah Miller at I Do Bridal Couture Baton Rouge Shoes: Jimmy Choo Groom’s Attire: Black Tux Rings: Custom made by a friend –…

Relationships of the Future

  Today, Aug. 31, The Knot released its recent study, “Future of Relationships and Weddings.” The goal of this study was to look at the younger generations entering the relationship and marriage stage of their lives — specifically, Gen Z…

Traveler Broads

Remember when we could all travel? Before a global pandemic interrupted spring and summer travel – or basically travel for the foreseeable future – Jessica Fender and Kerry Maloney took their love of exploration and turned it into a colorful,…

They’ll Eat It Up

  We’re all still trying to navigate COVID-era weddings. But no matter what New Orleans is faced with – like currently dodging a hurricane – food is always our unifier. Food brings us together and, besides a good party, is…

New Orleans Chefs Share Labor Day Recipes

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Chefs Nina Compton, Isaac Toups and Bryan Landry have shared a few of their favorite recipes ahead of Labor Day celebrations. Chef Brian Landry, Bayou Bar 1&1 Burger with Hickory BBQ Sauce - No…

Date Night: Hurricane Edition

    Last week, we published a date night blog geared toward the ongoing need for social distancing and staying home as much as possible due to the pandemic. The post shared a delicious recipe from the MyNewOrleans.com “Side Dish”…

Date Night: Pandemic Edition

  With statewide and city pandemic phasing and social distancing mandates still in place and a few tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico, it is easy to let everything consume your mood and completely kill the romance. But it’s…

Simply the Best

  Typically, the first thing someone does when they hear a couple is engaged – besides looking at the ring – is inquire, “how did [they] ask?” Whether it’s thanks to movies or fairytales, we’ve come to expect that there…

The Registry Game

  In a recent Bridal Buzz roundup, we announced the official launch of The Knot’s new registry platform. On Aug. 5, The Knot launched a registry store for couples paired with thousands of products and connected to many popular big-box…

Best Dressed

  Weddings, like people, come in all different shapes, sizes and personalities. A wedding reflects the best aspects of a couple. It shows their personalities while conveying style and an energy felt by all those who share in their experience.…