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Winsome Venues

  Part of the beauty in having a New Orleans wedding is the plentiful (not to mention gorgeous) locales available for weddings and receptions. With COVID-19 vaccines rolled out, this is sure to be one of the busiest wedding seasons in decades. Venues also are now open for more capacity, so weddings are back on […]

Cookie Confections

  When it comes to planning a bridal shower, one of the main ingredients is desserts. For wedding favors, almost anything locally made will be a hit. Enter these precious cookies from Brown Sugar Boulangerie for either occasion. The locally based, Black-owned cake studio specializes in beautiful custom cakes and other sweet confections. Head chef […]

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 […]

Check It Twice

10-12 Months To Go You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and ask them as […]

Saints and Angels

  Makeup by Meggan Ory | Hair by Monique Munoz | Models Roshard Hooper and Georgie Mae Harris for Images Model + Talent | Photographed at Hotel Peter & Paul New Orleans The artfully restored Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, school, rectory and convent at 2317 Burgundy Street has emerged as the Marigny’s destination hotel, bar and […]

Getting There

  Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly […]

From the Editor

Weddings didn’t go away during the pandemic and love was indeed not cancelled. But as vaccines continue to be rolled out and restrictions loosen more and more, we are amid a wedding boom of epic proportions  —  and we’re here for it! This also means it is up to couples to start planning as far […]

Haute Tension

  Dry skin, peeling patches and pimples are visual hallmarks of stress. Thankfully the formerly niche category of anti-stress skincare is burgeoning with solutions and we’ve scooped up the best ones for you.   [gtx_gallery]

Candid Camera

  Now that weddings are back in action, it’s time to start thinking about what type of photography will best capture your Big Day. Of course, every photographer has their own eye, with a perspective that may or may not align with your ideas. Since the photographs will last long after you say, “I do,” […]

Honeymoon High Jinks

  For dream holidays with friends, your go-to plan for years has been renting snazzy vacation houses to share for communal fun. So, when you sat down to devise your honeymoon a deux, he said: “Let’s get a house somewhere awesome.” You nodded — then frowned. “Wait a minute,” you said, coyly twisting his tie […]

Real Weddings: Schmitt-Lee

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Marissa Schmitt Groom: Doug Lee Date: July 10, 2020 Venue: Longue Vue House and Gardens Gown: Hayley Paige from Linen Jolie Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pearl’s Place Groom’s Tux: Theory from Saks Fifth Avenue Groomsmen: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Diamonds Direct Florist: Herbivore Floral Designs Cake: Julie Crawford Photographer: Nina Celie Videographer: Jeff Strout Hair: […]

Dinner for One

  You won’t consider your wedding reception a success until at least one of your foodie friends hikes up her dress and stands on a chiavari chair to snap a photo of the hors d’oeuvres. Despite new service challenges, your reception fare can easily be “chair climb worthy” while factoring in a safety-conscious delivery style. […]

Flip the Sip Script

  With visions of your dream wedding dancing in your head, you never imagined, “Let’s raise a can to the happy couple!” But, times, trends and hip drinks change — and you want your bar to go with the flow.  Shirin Braden, senior market manager of Moët Hennessy USA, has seen a major uptick in […]

Set, Stay, Slay

  The heat and humidity are a torture test for makeup, but brides who make the right choices can look glowing and fresh from morning until night. [gtx_gallery]

Enduring Elegance

A tasteful, embossed ecru stock with black ink, pearlescent lined envelope with matching response cards and informal notes help to complete this graceful suite, by Gem Printing, gemprinting.com These custom invitations, with an illustrated wedding map, were meticulously created focusing on tropical influence and delicate details. Each illustration, font and color choice were tied to […]

Perfectly Imperfect

  Over the past year, couples who didn’t want to postpone or cancel their weddings had to get creative and go with the flow. This styled shoot hosted and photographed by Steib Weddings, embodies the couple that embraces elegant simplicity amid imperfect circumstances. Natural elements and vintage flair enhance the intimacy cultivated in the newly […]

Do Watcha Wanna

  People who live in garden variety cities only have to plan music for their wedding ceremony and reception. In New Orleans, however, there’s a third category of musical fun: the brass band “second line” parade that usually fits right between the two. Second lines, which originated in West Africa and flourished in New Orleans, […]

Real Weddings: McKenzie-McPherson

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Megan McKenzie Groom: Todd McPherson Date: March 6, 2021 Venue: Galeriè de Galatoire Wedding planner/coordinator: Elizabeth Kelleher Gown: Monique Lhuillier Exit dress: Tadashi Shoji Shoes: Sarah Flint Makeup and hair: Andrea Wyman and Abbie Guidry from Studio One 2 One Engagement ring, bracelet, and wedding rings: Friend & Company Officiant/Rabi: John Pitzner Bridesmaids […]

Smooth Operators

  The Louisiana heat is a torture test for hair. The minute you step outside the AC, your hair can turn into a frizzy mess. Fortunately, an updo is a failsafe way of having a good hair day, on your Big Day. Talking to experts, we learned about some of the most popular styles to […]

Real Weddings: Rottier-Castillo

[gtx_gallery] Groom: Joel Rottier Groom: Mario Castillo Date: April 16, 2021 Reception and Ceremony Location: The Chicory Coordinator: The Chicory General Manager Jenna Bonura Attire: Allison Schultze at Knot Standard Rings: Tiffany & Co. Florist: Herb Oldknow, Herbivore Floral Designs Caterer: The Chicory Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photographer: Dark Roux Photography Hair: Xandro Canales of Volume […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM