I’m writing this note with exactly 59 days until my own wedding.  I’ve already spent hours addressing invitations and thank you notes, and I spent a solid afternoon talking with my mom about the shape of my wedding program.

Since I was coordinating my own wedding while working on this issue, I can promise you the magazine you’re reading is packed with usable wedding tips and advice. For all you need to know about hairstyles, turn to page 20, for Mirella Cameran’s guide to hairdos and necklines. For wedding gown inspiration, check out our bridal fashion spread, styled by Lisa Tudor on page 65. The gowns and jewelry pieces are beautiful and all of them can be found in the New Orleans area. In addition to looking gorgeous, you’re going to need a place to get ready. For that, make sure you look at page 93 for three fabulous New Orleans hotel rooms worth the splurge. Planning a wedding is a big task, but your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so I hope this issue helps you make it as perfect as you’ve always wanted it to be.

This also marks my last issue of New Orleans Bride, as my husband-to-be and I are moving to Belfast, Northern Ireland, after our wedding for a new adventure. Melanie Warner Spencer is taking over as editor in May, and she will be great; she comes to New Orleans via Houston, where she was the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine.

I’ve enjoyed editing New Orleans Bride and I hope you enjoy this issue. If you have any questions, find me on Twitter @haleyadams25, or feel free to shoot me an email at haleyadams25@gmail.com.

Best wishes on your upcoming wedding!