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13/05/2017

Historic Charm

 

From glitz and glamor to classic grandeur or rustic charm, New Orleans and the surrounding areas have countless historic sites where you can live out your fantasy wedding. Below are 10 of our favorite locations steeped in history.

Stella Plantation

Relaxation is key at Stella, which books just one wedding a day, so there’s no need to rush. The 250-year-old home is one of the oldest working plantations in the state, still harvesting crawfish and satsumas. Couples can choose to be wed inside the carriage house, within the circle of citrus trees, or beneath the shade of the historic oak trees that line the 1,500 acres. While most take advantage of the grounds’ natural beauty, the main house is also available.

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Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks was never a working plantation, however, it definitely has the same grandeur. Southern Oaks has three acres of grounds, an elegant main house with a large front porch, three live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss and plenty of special features. Owner Bobby Asaro makes it his mission to make each wedding stand out as a truly New Orleans experience. Asaro offers home-cooked catering, carriage rides, fireworks shows and even a personal parade, complete with floats. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests.

The Berry Barn

A working produce farm, the Berry Barn on the North Shore offers a provincial backdrop without slipping into kitsch. The barn can accommodate up to 300 people and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the floors and ceilings are hardwood, with both brick and hardwood on the walls. When paired with the custom wagon wheel chandeliers and the fairy lights and draperies flowing from the rafters, the effect is more rustic elegance than down-home country.

Melrose Plantation

Melrose does not have any room or hall dedicated to weddings or events, so only book here if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding. That being said, the grounds of this historic home are dripping with antebellum beauty. With 200-year-old oak and magnolia trees lining the seven-acre property and the Big House towering in the background, the effect is striking. Between 200 and 250 people can be accommodated and catering is not provided.

Marché

Nestled between the bustling French Market and the quiet Mississippi is Marché. Once a part of the market, it is now a strikingly elegant space for events. Marché is made up of two rooms, the main room and the terrace which is a balcony overlooking the Market, which offers a panoramic view of the river and the streets of the French Quarter. Sit down dinners and reception-style options are available, and the space can fit up to 150 or 250 people.

Louisiana Castle

A replica of an English Keep-style castle, the Louisiana Castle offers a different kind of history. The castle, complete with turrets, would fulfill any aspiring Cinderella’s dreams. There’s even a throne room, with thrones for a king and queen as well as a suit of armor. The 10 acres of land are filled with lush greenery, a pond with lily pads and a large pavilion, where the ceremony can be held if the Grand Ballroom doesn’t suit your taste. Catering, a DJ and custom-designed cakes are included.

St. James Hotel

This historic hotel does not offer event spaces, however they do have beautiful accommodations that provide perfect lodgings for bridal parties looking for a classic New Orleans feel. Once a Union hospital during the Civil War, the hotel is rich with legend and lore. It was refurbished in 2012, with all new wood floors and traditional New Orleans decor. The hotel works with your bridal party to make your stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible.

Cedar Grove Plantation

Built in 1790, this home has been everything from a sugarcane plantation, to a train station, a brothel, a restaurant and now an event space. As the oldest standing building in Jefferson Parish, its history is undeniable. Romance is infused throughout the home, making it an ideal venue for a wedding. Couples have access to the entire plantation, which includes the chapel, ballroom, pavilion and gardens. Anywhere from 50 to 350 guests can be accommodated, in-house catering is provided, as is a DJ.

Annadeles

This 182-year-old, classic plantation-style house now serves as a bed and breakfast, an upscale restaurant and events venue. Couples can rent out the entire home (for a minimum of 150 adults), which includes the grounds, restaurant, bars and all of the suites in the historic mansion. Annadeles is boldly reminiscent of southern class and luxury, without feeling too extravagant. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated and catering is available.

Nottoway Plantation

If you’re searching for the biggest, grandest, most extravagant wedding you can imagine, look no further than Nottoway Plantation. Think “Gone With The Wind” on glamour-steroids. The house was built in the 1850s as a sugarcane plantation and is the largest antebellum mansion in the south. Offering an array of lavish accommodations, pampering is no question at Nottoway. Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies are available, as well as three different ballrooms for the reception.

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11/05/2017

Why It's Considered Bad Luck To Get Married In May

 

"Marry in May, rue the day," goes the old superstition. As much as we'd prefer to follow a saying that goes something like, "Get married whenever the heck you feel like it," this old wives' tale has real staying power. Among the many longstanding wedding superstitions, May's bad luck reputation has been around since ancient Rome.

Although it's difficult to know the exact reason why the Romans avoided May weddings, it could have been due to the festival of Lemuria, which lasted most of the month and paid tribute to the dead. Some believe it would have been frowned upon (and thus considered unlucky) to court a spouse when you were supposed to be celebrating the deceased.

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Meanwhile, the people of southern France had a very, um, explicit explanation. According to an 1840 article about superstitions within the region, the entire month of May was "rejected by the young girls who are betrothed; and they frankly say upon the subject, that it is not suitable to marry at a period when the asses are amorous." In other words, why not wait until after May, when all of the livestock is done mating?

This explains why 19th-century agrarian communities would want to skip May weddings, but nowadays, it's pretty unlikely you'd have a wedding right next to a bunch "amorous" donkeys. According to The Knot, the only days in May actually worth avoiding are Mother's Day and Memorial Day (since having your wedding on a major holiday might put a dent in your guest list). But, seriously, there's no real reason to worry a May wedding spells doom for your marriage.

It'd be nearly impossible to hold a wedding that followed every single marriage superstition out there. To name just one example, almost every day of the week has been considered unlucky at some point — yes, even Saturday. Unless you're a big believer in superstitions, set your date for whenever you want (or whenever the venue of your dreams is available).

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08/05/2017

Sarah Elizabeth Dewey -- Dr. Phillip Petitto

 

Sarah Elizabeth Dewey was in no mood to be set up on a date. But her roommate and a friend were having a dinner party on New Year's Eve to ring in 2014, and they took matters into their own hands. They sat Sarah Elizabeth next to Dr. Phillip Anthony Petitto.

Sarah Elizabeth admits she was standoffish at first. Philip, though, was "very interested right away. But she didn't want anything to do with me," he said.

Eventually she warmed to his charm. "We had an old-fashioned courtship," said Sarah Elizabeth, a designer and co-owner of the fashion brand Jolie and Elizabeth. "We dated for a few months before we became a couple. Lots of courting, him being sweet, very thoughtful, like walking me to the door. I got flowers, we went out to dinners and on trips.

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"It was a true dating experience."

As the relationship got more serious, Phillip, a dentist at Petitto Family Dental, started thinking about a proposal. "She was kind of waiting for it," he said. "Christmas (2015) went by, then Mardi Gras, her birthday, Valentine's Day ... but I told her that you will never suspect when I am going to do it.

"Then I got the ring, and it was burning a hole in my pocket, so I called her friends and said let's do this."

Phillip proposed at St. Alphonsus Church, one of Sarah Elizabeth's favorite places. With the help of Sarah Worsley of Mint Julep Production (who also planned the wedding), the church's steps were decked in candles, and Sarah Elizabeth's friends were gathered to witness the moment. After she said yes, a pedi-cab whisked them away to Brennan's, where family and more friends were waiting to celebrate. The wedding date was set for March 24, 2017.

Sarah Elizabeth and Phillip are both of Italian descent, so they planned a traditional Italian wedding "mixed with New Orleans" style, she said.

"We wanted a very traditional, reverent Catholic Mass," she said. The priest, Rev. Reuben C. Dykes, was Phillip's friend from college, and the couple received a papal blessing. After the ceremony at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, the wedding party left in a second line with Italian flags and streamers, with Phillip and his father, Frank Petitto Jr., carrying walking canes filled with flowers in the colors of the Italian flag. That red, white and green color scheme also was used in subtle ways decorating Il Mercato, where the reception was held.

Since it was Lent, the couple opted for no meat at the reception, but their priest advised that alligator would be considered seafood. So Joel's Catering created an alligator bar that featured alligator and grits, alligator sauce piquant and fried alligator. And while champagne and other libations were flowing, guests also were offered strawberry wine from the Petitto family farm (in Amite and Monroe).

After much dancing to music from the Bucktown All-Stars (which also lead the second line), the night wound down, and Sarah Elizabeth and Phillip left the party to the sounds of the Tulane University a cappella group singing "Hooked on a Feeling," apropos for the night's celebration and for this couple.

THIS PHOTO: Sarah Elizabeth Dewey and Dr. Phillip Petitto second-line from St. Mary's Assumption Church to the reception at Il Mercato, March 24, 2017.

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