I’m so excited to share the latest update with you all because we have finally chosen a destination for Stephanie and Michael’s ultimate wedding…THE BIG EASY! You never really know what the true spirit of a place is until you visit, so true with New Orleans, and Stephanie and Michael really fell in love with the bustle and charm of this big city after the first site visit. New Orleans is a visceral, lively hub of culture and adventure, and I think the guests are going to be blown away. Now the vision is really starting to come together!

Although the ceremony site is still TBD, we’ve nailed down a site for the reception dinner in the Galvez Restaurant. We’re already planning some NoLa style surprises, and a reception feast of family style Spanish cuisine for this fantastic foodie couple.  After indulging with a tasting of Manchego stuffed croquettes, sole with crawfish sauce, rack of lamb, and seafood paella (over a dozen dishes overall!) Stephanie and Michael felt the simple, honest food was going to make for a delicious reception.

As a finale, Sucre of Joel’s Catering will be doing the wedding cake.  With the plethora of flavors still tickling our taste buds, (vanilla with almond, chocolate with strawberry, hazelnut with orange, and chocolate with salted caramel) the bride and groom needed a little more time to decide on just one, or two, or three.

Another big find was waiting downtown for us at the local Vera Wang boutique Mimi. Without giving too much away I will tell you that it is an exquisite gown that Stephanie wears well, though after meeting Stephanie, I can tell you she would wear a sack of potatoes well. Now we just need to find a great pair of orange heels!

We also secured accommodations for their guests, which was a feat in itself. Halloween weekend is second only to Mardi Gras with the amount of activity and visitors taking over the city. The Voodoo Music Fest takes place the same weekend, making hotel reservations, particularly for large groups, scarce. We were able to secure blocks at the Omni Royal and Omni Royal Crescent (amazing 360 degree view of the New Orleans skyline and a really great pool and rooftop bar) as well as the Marriott Springhill Suites (who offered us a military discount for the amount of military families in their party, how perfectly lovely.) These will offer guests great choices, both in the French Quarter or just a short walk away, keeping everyone close to the activity.

Now that a lot of the major components are in place, we get to focus on the fun intricacies that will make this an unforgettable weekend for Stephanie, Michael and their friends and family. Stay tuned for more updates as we formulate design and ideas.  The fun has just begun.

As they say in New Orleans, Laissez les bon temps rouler….