Bridal Buzz

New Bridal Collection

Morilee By Madeline Gardner has released its Spring ’22 Starlight Collection of wedding gowns that pull inspiration from the mystery and beauty of the stars. In addition to luxe fabrics and ethereal movement, the Starlight Collection incorporates mesmerizing details, brilliant reflecting layers and delicate textures. With a hint of whimsy, and the designer’s love of glamour and romance, the line includes subtle sparkle and dramatic silhouettes. Think twinkling layers of airy fabrics with hand beading and sequined starbursts. Flattering new necklines include the “Bridgerton”-inspired square-neck style and the modest ballerina oval. Cup corsetry also is part of the collection. Several gowns also feature light, detachable skirts and detachable flirty sleeves for more versatility. As brides have had to alter their wedding plans due to the pandemic, Gardner decided to deliver diverse options that could carry a bride from the ceremony to the dance floor—regardless of the situation. The gowns are available at Pearl’s Place in Metairie.


Customizable Accessories

Stoney Clover Lane has opened its fifth U.S. store in New Orleans, located in a cute pink building on Magazine Street. The shop joins its sister stores in Palm Beach, Florida.; East Hampton, New York; New York, New York; and Newport Beach, California. The co-founders, Kendall Glazer and Libby Glazer, are both graduates of Tulane, so it was only fitting for them to choose New Orleans as the next location for their whimsical boutique. Each shop is uniquely designed to reflect the character of the city in which it is located, and the 2,100-square-foot Magazine Street space features French-inspired decor. Stoney Clover Lane offers exclusive branded merchandise, including a collection of pouches hand-selected by Kendall and Libby that reflect their favorite local spots. Also on offer are pre-sewn products available for purchase. Customers can work with a customization specialist at the pouch bar to make their own designs, while an in-store seamstress brings them to life. The customizable pouches make for great bridesmaid gifts.


Elopement Package

The Chloe, the boutique hotel from local restaurateur Robert LeBlanc of LeBLANC + SMITH (known for restaurants such as Sylvain, Cavan and Longway Tavern), is offering a package called Elope at The Chloe (all-inclusive, starting at $1,500). The package includes a two-night stay in one of the 14 well-appointed rooms within the Victorian-era house originally designed by renowned local architect Thomas Sully. Reimagined by local interior designer Sara Ruffin Costello, each of the guest rooms include modern soaking tubs, four-poster beds or low spindle beds and original photography and artwork. The elopement package also includes a cake and champagne toast, a space inclusive of florals for a ceremony and add-on options like a photographer, officiant and dinner. The hotel also features an inviting pool and herb garden, an outdoor bar area and seating nooks hidden throughout the property. The Chloe is an ideal destination for intimate weddings and shoulder events like reception brunches, rehearsal dinners and welcome receptions.

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