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A Party in New Orleans

Most of the time, we love living and traveling in California and wouldn’t have it any other way. But every once in a while, an event comes along that makes us wish we owned a private jet.

Helena Gown by Austin Scarlett for Kenneth PoolThe W Hotel French Quarter in New Orleans, in conjunction with Destination I Do Magazine and the Anti-Bride, is having a super-cool party to help you prepare for your wedding. The event is on Thursday, October 30th and looks like such fun. Austin Scarlett of Project Runway fame will be there to show his latest bridal collection for Kenneth Pool.

Spaces will sell out, and RSVPs are required, so visit their website for more info soon.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Oct 23, 2008.
Filed under Honeymoons and Travel


Do you take Party A?

After the CA Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal, the words “bride” and “groom” disappeared from marriage licenses and related legal forms.

I have to admit, this was something I didn’t even think about! Personally, I was too busy celebrating the fact that now more people had the right to get married, like the fashionable couple Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler (congrats to them, by the way!). 

What do you think? Is having gender-neutral terms a huge step toward equality for couples, same sex and not? Do you wish we would go back to the traditional terms “bride” and “groom”, like recently married couple Rachel Bird and Gideon Codding do? Or do you not care if Party A marries Party B?

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Julia Posted by Julia on Oct 22, 2008.
Filed under In The NewsTrend Watch


Breakfast at Hartley’s

Did you know that before the 1880s, a couple was required by law to have a morning wedding ceremony? During Victorian times, the U.S. followed English custom with ceremonies between 10am and noon considered most fashionable.

Me posing with the bride at Hartley BotanicaEven though I’m not a morning person, I was excited to receive an invitation to a 10am wedding of my friends Scott & Judy at one of my favorite locations, the lush gardens of Hartley Botanica. The breathtaking wedding aisle featured a series of vine-covered arches, glistening with morning dew. The bride was equally resplendent in a strapless peach-colored gown with glittering embroidery. Ever the originals, for their recessional Scott and Judy danced down the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

The social hour unfolded on a garden patio where guests partook of champagne along with bagels and cream cheese. A full breakfast reception followed, and Command Performance Catering put on a delicious and lavish buffet, including an omelet bar replete with bay shrimp, avocado and other gourmet goodies. I may not like mornings, but I love breakfast, and accompanied by a joyous mood and tropical surroundings, eggs never tasted so good.

I also noticed the vibe at this wedding was particularly relaxed and fun—so when Scott and Judy invoked the century-old tradition of a morning wedding, they were definitely on to something… What do you think? Anyone else planning to serve breakfast for their big day?

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Oct 20, 2008.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocationsReal WeddingsReceptionsWedding DressesWedding Ideas


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