by: Jessica Burke

Tiara Trot organizer Janie Glade is on a mission to feed children in need. As principal wedding planner for Old.New.Blue she has planned many events and guided 

Janie GladeTiara Trot organizer:Janie Glade

 countless couples on their walk down the aisle. It is no wonder that she chose a walk, or trot in this case, as her method of giving back to the community and helping to end childhood hunger in Louisiana.

Glade's Tiara Trot helps raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana by tasking engaged couples and their friends and family to collect donations for Second Harvest. The couple who collects the most money not only wins a complete wedding, but feeds hungry children across Louisiana.

The first annual Tiara Trot took place in December of 2012 and raised $27,000, helping to feed over 3,900 children each day in 2013. Tiara Trotters help contribute towards three of Second Harvest's programs. The Backpack program, provides food for children from 24 elementary schools in South Louisiana when schools are closed on weekends and holidays. Kids Café, which started in January 2012, focuses on feeding children through after-school programs. Summer Feeding brings 175,00 breakfast and lunches in the summer, when food is not as readily available, to 3,900 children at 63 camps. Glade has set her fund-raising goal for the 2014 Tiara Trot's at $50,000. With one in five children suffering from hunger in Louisiana, meeting this goal will have a tremendous impact on ending childhood hunger in our state.

2012 winners Nicky Valenti and Stephen Wood2012 winners Nicky Valenti and Stephen Wood Photo: Danielle Walters Photography

 The 2012 Grand Prize winners Nicky Valenti and Stephen Wood took the cause to heart and asked friends and family to help them raise money. "It was such a great process. We approached our neighbors, family and friends and all were very happy to help donate money to such a wonderful cause," shares Valenti. The couple won a wedding package valued at $38,000 with everything from the venue to the photography to the tuxedos being donated by local wedding professionals.

"We were so happy and so appreciative for winning the grand prize," says Valenti. However, the best part of the event for the couple was knowing that they helped children in need.

Valenti and Wood's wedding was planned by none other that Tiara Trot organizer Janie Glade who donated her own services as part of the Grand Prize Package.

"Planning the wedding for Nicky and Stephen may have been the most fun I've ever had as a wedding planner!" says Glade. "Each and every vendor who donated to the Grand Prize Wedding put their best foot forward when it came to Nicky and Stephen's wedding. No corners were cut, no compromises were made on the products and services that were delivered. I was immensely proud to represent Old.New.Blue and every other vendor involved in making the amazing event happen. Nicky and Stephen are blissfully in love and working with them throughout 2013 to plan their special day is a memory that I will cherish always."

Nicky and Stephen are looking forward to raising money for the 2nd Annual Tiara Trot scheduled for June 8, 2014 at Audubon Park. The 2014 Grand Prize wedding includes a reception for 100 at the JW Marriott on Canal Street among many other fabulous prizes. To register for the Tiara Trot and help end childhood hunger in Louisiana, please visit:



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by: Michelle

Want your reception to look regal? Cobalt, ivory & gold deliver the royal treatment while sequined accents provide light-catching sparkle.



Styled by Posh Productions | On Location at The Blue Room, Roosevelt New Orleans | Photos by Ardent Studio | Floral Decor by Bella Blooms Floral | Table Numbers, Menus & Invitations by Stationery Studio | Rentals by Event Rental

by: Michelle

This bright, whimsical table kicks up the girly factor with coral and mint, but the gold brings us back into classy, grown-up territory. The Chevron pattern is one of our favorite current trends and also keep this look very current.



Styled by Elegance by ACE | On Location at Antoine's Maison Verte Room | Photos by Stacy Marks Photography | Floral Decor by NOLA Flora | Candle Decor by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Menus & Table Numbers by Exquisite Events | Cake by The Sweet Life Bakery | Cake Stand by Fabulous Cake Stands by Nola B. | Chairs, Napkins & Flatware by Event Rental

by: Michelle

Cobalt blue adds high drama, while mint steers the gold accents from antique to modern. Succulent plants are not only a great way to save money on floral arrangements, they are used to bring an organic, earthy touch to a modern, minimal table.




Styled by Weddings by LuLu | On Location at Royal Palm | Photos by Lauren Carroll Photography | Linens by Weddings by LuLu | Candle Decor by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Candy Display by Sugarcoat by Graceful Events

by: Michelle

Coral, cream & gold bring a bright, sunny freshness to the table. Gold also finds its way into vintage brooches, which add a decorative touch in unexpected places.



Styled by It's Your Time Events | On Location at The Champagne Palace Botanical Garden | Photo by Oscar Rajo Photographics | Floral Decor by Grow With Us | Candle Decor & Chandelier by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Stationery by Stationery Studio | Macaroons by The Sweet Life Bakery | Rentals by Event Rental

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by: Jessica

Since 2001, Fergie Lewis of Stationery Studio has been designing custom invitations for couples to announce their upcoming nuptials. 

"Invitations used to be all white or ecru," explains Lewis. Now, however, custom artwork and personalization are on trend. From vintage maps of New Orleans to brilliant pops of color, engaged couples are becoming more creative in how they say "You're Invited." 

Lewis, who custom designs 99% of the invitations she sells, loves working with couples to create something different, however, she cautions, "When you want something truly custom, it can be expensive." 

When it comes to designing your dream invitations, Lewis advises to pay attention to your budget and your guest list. 

Typically, no more than 4-6% of your budget should be allotted to stationery, so with a $25,000 budget, for instance, you would be working with a maximum budget of $1,500. 

Stationery includes not only the invitations, but postage, calligraphy, thank you cards, programs and any other printed items your event will require.  "I'm on your side," Lewis says "I can help you figure it out."

When it comes to making a statement, Lewis suggests incorporating the logo she designs throughout all aspects of the wedding. Many of her clients have used her logo design for many aspects of their decor from the aisle runner to even a custom carved ice bar! When designing artwork for an event, Lewis treats each wedding as though it was her only one. "I operate as if it were my own party," she shares. 

Lewis designs not only invitations, but also other custom items that make great favors including party cups, key chains, champagne bottles and koozies to name a few. Thoughtful touches like these will have your guests talking for months after your wedding and provide a little reminder of a great day they shared with you. 

No matter what your budget, you can always include a personalized touch. A few trends Lewis is seeing include invitations depicting the wedding venue, neutrals like grey or khaki with a pop of color and foil stamped invitations. 

When it's all said and done, Lewis loves her job. As she quite simply states it, "I love weddings!"

by: Michelle

Need color inspiration? Gold can be the accent to your decor or the life of the party. It can be a Diana Ross diva or the backup singer that provides the polish that makes the whole song shine.


Below is a table that shows the sophisticated elegance of black, cream & gold. The use of black with lighter colors makes every detail pop.


Styled by Get Polished Events | On Location at The Elms Mansion | Photo by Eau Claire Photographics | Floral Decor by Bella Blooms Floral | Candle Decor & Chandelier by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Stationery by Stationery Studio | Monogrammed Napkins by Ever After Gifts & Accessories | Rentals by Event Rental

by: Michelle

As we celebrate the contributions of veterans & active military today, we thought we'd bring a little light to an honorable tradition many of our service people have practiced at their own nuptials: the saber arch, or sword arch.


Six to eight enlisted officers or NCOs (non-commissioned officers) in formal dress uniform, and usually in the same unit as the service member getting married, create a double line formation just outside of the wedding venue (or at the end of the procession aisle for outdoor weddings). As the couple exits, the senior usher announces the couple and an arch is formed by the sabers with blades facing upwards. As the couple approaches the final two saber-bearers, the swords are lowered & the couple are momentarily detained until they kiss. Another tradition is to swat the bride playfully on the backside with the sword & welcome her to the military family, a tradition which is also by-passed if the bride is in the military.


To all our veterans & military brides & grooms, we thank you for your commitment and service on this Veterans Day!


Photo: Studio Tran | Venue: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation

by: Michelle

The first few notes of the LSU Fight song brings on feelings of fall tailgating and a love of all things purple & gold. LSU plays one of their biggest rivals this Saturday in its game against University of Alabama's Crimson Tide. We're getting into the Tiger spirit just in time to bring you some of our favorite purple & gold wedding picks...


Nails : Nicole Stoner | Shoe Photo by: She-N-He Photography and Design | Make-Up: Talasia's Dreamz

by: Jessica Burke


The Sweet Life Bakery | Bob Bradford Photography


We can't wait for the Saints to tackle the Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday! In anticipation of a sweet victory we've collected a few of our favorite black and gold-themed sweets and cakes. Bon Appetit!