Martha Stewart Weddings 20th Anniversary Edition – featured!

It is an inexplicable pinch-me-please honor to be named one of top 63 planners in the nation by Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as to be quoted in the latest article. If you’re glutting yourself on all things weddings, now is the time to pour over the countless talents listed below . . . many of whom are my dear friends + and daily inspiration. There are a lot of über creative and relentlessly innovative peers on this list- people whose humility is the only thing that keeps them from the all-consuming limelight. This craft is not easily honed; it is a God-given gift, and thus it is terribly fun to see a panoply of great people trumpeted for their commitment to excellence in design + planning!

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a jaunt to the big easy

It’s about time I made the trek to NOLA, considering it’s the French sister city to Charleston, a foodie paradise, home to grand fêtes + weddings alike, and a cultural experience that (apparently) stands alone.

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This getaway promises to be more about champagne, po-boys, + live jazz than cucumber water + Enya, which is totes fine by me. Do you ever just need that inspirational kick-in-the-breetches? I’m thinking a good stroll up and down Magazine Street (Leontine Linens, here I come!) is just the fix.

On the roster is Pêche, the much-lauded nosh spot from a childhood friend + James Beard recipient Ryan Prewitt.

Pêche New Orleans

{Paul Costello}

I’m a sucker for sourcing new craft cocktails for our clients, so I’ll be pillaging ideas from Napoleon House.

Napoleon House New Orleans

{John W. Schulze}

There will definitely be a late night trip to Snug Harbor, with high hopes of Trombone Shorty just, ya know, walking in the door for a quick sesh . . . all to be followed by the requisite next morning’s saving grace of Café du Monde.

beignets from Café du Monde, New Orleans

{Lushes Food}

We’ll squeeze in a little culture with a visit to St. Louis Cemetery + Preservation Hall . . .

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

 {Flying SunCruiser}

. . . followed shortly thereafter by some wallet damage at everything from Malachite to Perch to Sucré.

Sucré New Orleans


Although no stranger to a second line at our weddings, I’d love to catch one when I’m not bleary-eyed from an 2 week install.

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We’ll break out the stilettos for Restaurant August, if only because I’ve been obsessed with John Besh since sampling his food at the Garden & Gun party held her for his most recent book, Cooking from the Heart.

john besh cooking from the heart

Bring on the beignets, people.

bows for your beaux

I have, admittedly, a well-documented obsession with bows. I also have, blessedly, a fabulous beau who can rock a bow tie with the best of ‘em, which is just plain unabashedly South’un.

When a fabulous at-home-try-on box from High Cotton Ties appeared on our studio steps, I knew I liked Judy Hill straightaway. For starters, her story is great. (Germaphobes unite!) Secondly, she must have sensed that we wedding designers have a James-Bond-like aptitude for tying the expert bow tie in 5 seconds flat x 19 groomsmen with cocktail in hand. K, maybe sans cocktail, but we’re still bow-tying-ninjas. Bonus point: they’re Carolinians too. Secondary bonus point: Judy’s really lovely + put-together, and you just kinda want her to be your automatic pseudo-aunt or something along those lines, stat.

Groomsmen + dapper gents, please partake . . . they’re like candy for your neck. Thanks for sharing, Judy!

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