Author: Photos by Theresa Cassagne

Summer Fun Without the Sun

Splash grounds, water parks, outdoor pools, sno-ball stands — all are beloved options for families trying to make it through another New Orleans summer. But there are always those days when summer storms strike or when the thought of another…

Gifts: Stock the Bar

Sleek Olivia & Oliver decanter and ice bucket, Bed Bath & Beyond, bedbathandbeyond.com; etched gold double old-fashioned glasses, Hilltop Shoppe, hilltopshoppe.com; stamped Italian marble bee coasters by Gary Schiro, Nola Gifts & Décor, nolagiftsanddecor.com. Ceramic leaf platters handmade by local…

The Duchess Effect

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT / Elizabeth Melancon MODELS / Ann Smith, Carson Noriega, Morgan Olivier, Mary Leonards for Images MAKEUP / Meggan Ory & Meggan Ory Cosmetics HAIR / Monique Munoz FINE JEWELRY / Boudreaux's Jewelers LOCATION / Il Mercato New Orleans,…

In With The New

Wedding planners specialize in curating the perfect Big Day that’s unique to each couple. They have the expertise, local contacts and their clients’ best interests in mind. That’s why it’s important to let the experts handle the details. Here, we…

Invitations: Airy Palette

Rich pearlized ivory stock accented with gold foil press, on pocket-style invitation with die-cut enclosures, Exquisite Events, eeinvites.com. Heavyweight paper, printed with cathedral design and gold ink on blush, with metallic gold shimmer envelope, Two Sprouts, twosprouts.com. Heavyweight white cotton…

Fanciful Florals

  Heavyweight cotton stock invitation, letter-pressed with charcoal ink and accented with a Chinoiserie bird and bamboo envelope liner, scriptura.com. A heavy bright white vellum stock with a shimmer belly band, featuring a colorful floral accent, gemprinting.com. Flat-printed invitation suite featuring calligraphy…

Top Female Achievers

Ashley Longshore—Artist A self-taught artist from Montgomery, Alabama, Ashley Longshore is just as colorful and larger-than-life as her creations, which include a painting of Jesus hovering over an Oompah Loompah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg backed by an array of hands giving…

Garden Variety

Timeless cakes with added fresh florals for a touch of natural elegance

Finishing Touches

FAUCETS 1. Moen Align 2. Brizo Litze 3. Brizo Talo 4. Kohler Purist LCR 2601 L and A Road, Metairie 504-378-8300 lcrnola.com COUNTERTOPS 1. Silestone Eternal Marquina Quartz 2. Cambria Levven Quartz 3. Bianco Superiore Quartzite 4. Cambria White Cliff…

Ask the Experts: Seasons Change

Punxsutawney Phil predicted a quick spring arrival this year, and as early as Groundhog Day, Oriental magnolia trees were already splashing the landscape with striking pinks and whites, hinting at the coming change of the seasons in early February. Just…

Throw Me Something Green!

  When the city’s big vacuum trucks took a turn around town after last year’s Mardi Gras, many were surprised by the haul of 46 tons, or 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and Carnival debris that were lodged in…

Vintage Vows

Models: Stephany Osorto, Russ Vegas, Meggan Ory, Jacquelyn Lindsey Makeup by Meggan Ory for Makeup by Meggan Cosmetics Hair by Monique Munoz Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry Location: The Seraphim House New Orleans (Top) Willowby by Watters "Thistle" gown with…

Cakes: Garden Variety

Floral styling by IRIS floral + event design studio, irisfloral.com Devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry and chocolate buttercream, covered in a poured chocolate fondant, swisscakes.net. Classic almond wedding cake, embellished with scored fondant and accented with brushed gold, haydelbakery.com.…

Gifts: Traditionally Yours

  Embroidered linen hand towels, gold leaf alligator tray and bride and groom painting, nolagiftsanddecor.com; Slant Collections ceramic Mr. and Mrs. mug set, nothingbundtcakes.com; Michael Aram Bittersweet cheese tray with knife and trinket tray, bedbathandbeyond.com; Ann Marie Cianciolo rings: cushion…

Invitations: Fanciful Florals

  Heavyweight cotton stock invitation, letter-pressed with charcoal ink and accented with a Chinoiserie bird and bamboo envelope liner, scriptura.com. A heavy bright white vellum stock with a shimmer belly band, featuring a colorful floral accent, gemprinting.com. Flat-printed invitation suite…

Big Easy Bridesmaid Bonding

It’s no secret that New Orleans is a hot spot for bridal parties. In addition to our bounty of amazing food and libations, the Crescent City always has something fun in the works. To put it simply, this city knows…

Elevated Elegance

Tradition trumps the sheer and sensual with an emphasis on pared-down dresses and frothy ball gowns that reflect romance, femininity and tenderness.

Head Turners

Platinum and diamond necklace featuring 35.65 total carats; 10.04 total carat platinum and princess cut diamond studs; platinum and diamond band ring in 10.28 total carats; platinum and fancy pear shape diamond ring (5.08 total carats). Adler’s, 523-5292, adlersjewelry.com.  …

Living with Antiques: Not Goodbye

In 2007, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles editor in chief Errol Laborde called to ask me if I would be interested in writing the antiques column for the magazine. Of course, it depended on my meeting with the editor, Eve…

Ask the Experts: The Stone (and Tile) Age

Options in hard surfaces like tile and stone are continually expanding and evolving, giving homeowners more choices to make than ever. Whether you want hard surfaces with a subtle, soft appeal or a stony, rustic intensity, you can just about…

Night Moves

  Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup Artist: Pilar Miranda Hair: Heidi Schirrmann Model: Helena Koclanes Scarlet Clematis Red high necked long sleeved hand embellished iridescent sequin swing dress from SoSuSu; gold dangle earrings from Perlis; gold plated bronze arrow pin…

Make It Work

  Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Makeup by Wendy Karcher Hair by Ainsleigh Callaghan for Salon Callidora Model Kelly Murtagh Gilchrist Photographed at NOPSI Hotel, Nopsihotel.com   Alice + Olivia Tabitha Slit-Shoulder Sapphire Dress with detachable Fox Fur Cuffs at Saks…

Editor's Note: Falling for Fall

  I love spending as much time as possible at the beach all summer long, but autumn will forever reign supreme as my favorite season. Long walks in Uptown and through the Garden District, porch sits and flinging open the…

Making It

  What do you get when you combine a love of horticulture, innovative engineering, warm sunlight and feminine creativity? The answer is Axil Rose, NOLA’s first mobile solarium and design studio. This 23-foot van, made in part with reclaimed cypress,…

Garden Party

Styled by Marie Elizabeth Oliver • Photographed by Theresa Cassagne • Hair and Makeup by Kelly Snesrud Models: Ella Clark and Aaron Broussard • Location: University of Louisiana Alumni House Viktor&Rolf Mariage embroidery patchwork dress with detachable skirt from Le…