New Orleans Bride - Winter-Spring 2019

From the Editor

When my husband Mark and I got married, it was 1998, and bachelorette parties were relegated to a fun night out with the girls. My bridesmaids gave me gag gifts and then we hit our favorite bars and clubs for…

Advice: Problematic Persuasions

Q: I’m getting married in New Orleans soon and we’re planning on having an open bar, but I have an aunt who can’t hold her liquor — she often even shows up to gatherings drunk. I can’t not invite her to…

Beauty: The Natural Facelift

Inge Theron visited 57 spas, sweated through 32 types of fitness classes, experimented with 25 anti-aging treatments and endured 15 detoxes, all for her column, “Chronicles of a Spa Junkie,” in the Financial Times. After finding herself housebound from an…

Beauty: Top Tech

Wedding stress and festivities can take a toll on your skin, just when you want to look as flawless as possible. Take advantage of the best new skincare technology to keep your skin healthy and happy. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating…

Hair: Crowning Glory

Your hair is always your greatest accessory, but never more so on your Big Day. Therefore, before choosing between the traditional updo or the blowout, think about which style will complement your dress and wedding style to maximum effect. There…

Hair: Great Expectations

Every bride wants luscious locks for parties, photos and of course all those Insta shots. But tresses can become stressed by heated styling tools and product. Treat your hair to treatments that pack a punch.  Dyson Airwrap Style Complete -…

Makeup: New and Notable

With dozens of new beauty products launched every day how can you filter out the heroes from the zeros?  Here’s our guide to the new launches. Benefit’s Brow Contour Pro 4-in-1 Pen - this brow wonder will beat others into…

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…

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.…

Cuisine & Cocktails: Sophisticated Sipping

The only words as important as “I do” at a wedding celebration are “the bar is open.”  In a city where cocktail culture reigns supreme, a celebratory reception is a golden opportunity for  couples to showcase their creative spirits. Here,…

Cuisine & Cocktails: Interactive Eats

With the continual climb of the foodie culture and our collective passion for posting plated images on social media, couples now more than ever are motivated to deliver a memorable reception menu — especially in New Orleans. When it comes…

Cuisine & Cocktails: Bridal Brunches

The enchanting Crescent City is a dream destination for a bride to celebrate her engagement with her nearest and dearest. Even the champagne corks seem to fly higher here. When selecting a perfect spot to toast your bridal bliss, consider…

Locations: Making History

The New Orleans Athletic Club has been a New Orleans staple since 1872 and is the third oldest athletic club in the country. Typically, one would not think of an athletic club as the most romantic spot to say, “I…

Locations: "I Do" Venues

As any married couple will attest, the venue can make or break a wedding. In addition to finding a gorgeous space, it’s important to find a venue that provides top-notch service and all of the elements you want for your…

Photography: Picture Perfect

New Orleans remains one of the most picturesque cities in America, the perfect backdrop for engagement and wedding photos. Because of its unique and colorful ambience, the city routinely attracts many out-of-town couples for destination weddings. Photographer Bob Bradford has…

Music: Reception Music 101

When Robert Juneau started Decades Music more than 25 years ago, he was pushing vinyl on two turntables at weddings and other events. “I had to carry in crates of records and two huge speakers,” he said, adding that songs…

Transportation: 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…

Real Weddings: Campbell-VanAusdall

Bride: Kara Campbell Groom: Jacob VanAusdall Date: March 24, 2018 Ceremony location: Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church Reception location: Elms Mansion Coordinator: Mint Julep Productions (Day of – Courtney Bryant) Gown: Johanna Johnson from LVD Bridal in Nashville, Tennessee Bridesmaids’…

Real Weddings: Matherne-Schmidt

    Bride: Malayne Matherne Groom: Lt. Jacob Schmidt Date: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Church/New Orleans Reception Location: National World War II Museum Freedom Pavilion Coordinator: Brooke Casey Gown: Pronovias at Town & Country Bridesmaids Dresses:…

Real Weddings: Songy-Bozeman

Bride: Lorilei Songy Groom: William Steven Bozeman, Jr. Date: Dec.9, 2017 Get Ready and Ceremony location: Ritz Carlton Wedding planner: Lulu Alexander, Weddings by Lulu Florist: Erin Steen Invitations: Scriptura Programs: Basic Invite Hair Stylist: Marsha Leyva Makeup Artist: Angelle…

Real Weddings: Sullivan-Lirette

Bride: Ali Sullivan Groom: Mike Lirette Date: April 8, 2017 Ceremony & Reception Location: Il Mercato Gown: Nouvelle Amsale from Blanc Bridal Couture Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew Men’s Attire: Tuxedos To Geaux Engagement Ring: Leigh Jay & Co. Vintage Jewelry…

Real Weddings: Verma-Daniel

Bride: Pooja Verma Groom: Bron Michael Daniel Date: March 24, 2018 Ceremony: St Louis Cathedral Reception: Windsor Court Hotel Coordinator: Joli Noce Events of New Orleans and KLS Interior and Design of Florida Gowns: Studio East 6 Chicago Bridesmaid’ dresses:…

Honeymoon: Getting Lit on the Lake

When most of us think of Vegas for bachelorette parties, it’s lights, gambling and shows. But it’s easy to add some pampering and relaxation along with Thunder from Down Under. Lake Las Vegas in neighboring Henderson and only 30 minutes…

Honeymoon: Honeymoon Like a Headliner

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite yesteryear movie idol or modern day television (or film star) muckamuck at one of these glitterati-tested resorts. For Couples With a Penchant for Vintage Films: Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale, Arizona Natalie Wood and…

Lagniappe: High Spirits

Customized koozies, matchbooks and candies are always a hit at weddings, but some couples are opting to send guests home with a parting gift that has a personal, New Orleans-style twist — cocktail mixers. Cocktail + Creative (cocktailcreative.biz) provides cocktail…