Author: Photos by Teresa Cassagne

Refined Simplicity

Two-tiered, almond pound cake iced with American buttercream, in stucco and marble, adorned with sugar dragees, by Swiss Confectionery, swisscakes.net. Three-tiered devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry cream cheese and iced with white buttercream icing, covered in fondant. Decorated with…

The Perfect Match

Today the ever-classic combination of black and white for the bride and groom continues its reign as the most traditional of color schemes. From season to season, elite designers like Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera punctuate their collections with black…

Invitation Inspiration

This modern invitation letterpressed in black ink is designed by Smock and printed on smooth cotton white 2-ply paper made exclusively at a historic mill in New England. The use of serif and script fonts help define important information without…

Top Female Achievers

"I always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success." - Gloria Vanderbilt Each year New Orleans Magazine profiles a selection of extraordinary women from across our community continuing to make a difference. We present here seven…

Painted Elegance

Three-tiered almond cake with lemon mascarpone buttercream and fresh fruit filling, covered in grey marbled, gold and white fondant with decorative navy and gold ruffles, The Sweet Life, nolasweetlife.com. Three-tiered lemon cake with cream cheese filling, covered in white fondant…

Invitation Paper Trail

  Rustic, romantic invitation suite hand-deckled and thermography printed on 130-pound paper with metallic gold ink to enhance the couple’s monogrammed greenery crest, Invito Bello, invitobella.com.   This premium-weight pewter invitation by Vera Wang features bright Sun Gold engraved ink.…

Seasonal Sparkle

18 karat white gold, natural sapphire and diamond necklace, and 18 karat white gold, natural sapphire and diamond flower earrings, Adler’s, 523-5292, AdlersJewelry.com. MODEL: CHRISTINA CRAIG / MAKEUP: MEGGAN ORY / HAIR: MONIQUE MUNOZ Georgian-era vine motif necklace with 7…

Charming Gifts for the Perfect Couple

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 artist Betsy Lody,…

The More the Merrier

Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup: Pilar Miranda Hair: Heidi Schirrmann Model: Alexandria Galiano | ABOUTFACES MTM Agency Location: Laurenia at the Pythian Market     STANDING TALL Black strapless squared jumpsuit with notched front sequined side panels by AG Studio…

Exotic Elegance

STYLING: Marie Elizabeth Oliver PHOTOGRAPHY: Theresa King Cassagne MODELS: Lauren Shipp, Ibrahim Nofal, Darby Miles and Brianna Hunter HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kelly Snesrud TREND WATCH: Megan Romer THANK YOU TO: Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel Viktor&Rolf Mariage…

Joli: Invitations / Tropical Front

The GG Palms Suite invitation uses jewel-toned palm designs and hints of gold foil for a natural yet classic touch. The invitations are wrapped together with blush raw silk ribbon with an option to customize to…

Stock The Couple's 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 artist Betsy Lody,…

A Classic Combination: Invitations in light colors and gold

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…

A Gift For Him, Her and Them

  Pink catch all dish, phinashop.com Happy Tears embroidered bride and groom handkerchiefs, nolagiftsanddecor.com “The Art of the Bar Cart” book and silver and glass playing card holder, hazelnutneworleans.com Set of four elegant cheese knives with agate handles, perch-home.com  …

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

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…

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…

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…

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…