Ashley Nicole and Aaron David 's Wedding

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We had a fabulous wedding! Everything worked out perfectly the day of the event. There were some minor challenges the day before the wedding, but all of my wedding vendors wound up being fabulous. I planned my entire wedding which took place in Abita Springs, LA(I grew up in Slidell, LA) from Durham, NC(where I live now). Thus, the majority of my planning was done online. Reviews were very helpful, but I did have a chance to check out most of my vendors prior to the event itself. I did not go with a wedding planner for budget reasons, and it really worked out fine without a coordinator. My photographer, officiant, floral designer, and band were all friends or family member who specialize in these things. Take a look at my reviews of the none-family member vendors(all of whom were awesomeWe chose the Abita Quail Farm for the value it offered and we felt like it fit us perfectly as pertains to budget and priorities. We wound up saving money and getting what we wanted...good food and a nice atmosphere. Having a wedding in the French Quarter would be great, but impractical unless you have the budget for it.

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Distinctive Floral Designs LLC
Slidell, LA
Florists

Distinctive Floral Designs provided the flowers for my wedding in Abita Springs, LA. I wanted a flower that was rather uncommon and they went out of their way to provide, price, and accommodate my needs. I gave them a general idea of the colors, style, and arrangements that I wanted and then gave them creative freedom for the design and choosing of the specific flowers(besides my one special request). The cost of service, delivery and the flowers was very affordable and the bouquets and arrangements were stunningly beautiful. Working with the ladies at the shop was great and they helped navigate the entire experience with knowledge and ease. Perfect vendor!


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Angelo's Bakery
Metairie, LA
Cakes/Candies

I ordered my wedding cake from Angelo's bakery for my wedding in Abita Springs, LA. Lisa, the cake specialist, was very flexible and willing to work with me. I wanted a simple cake with simple designs that tasted delicious and Angelo's was perfect. They arranged the delivery directly with my reception vendor and delivered the cake on time with no problems. The cake was absolutely magnificent and tasted wonderful! There was a large amount left over, which made the cake more than worth the value. Great experience. I was glad to give this locally owned and family run bakery the business.


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Honeyfund.com
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Registry

My husband and I decided to register for our honeymoon rather than for the traditional household stuffs. Honeyfund.com made it possible! You have the option to set up the honeyfund website to deposit funds directly into your paypal account, which is what we did. We upgraded our honeyfund site, which had some nicer features than just the standard site templates they offered. Honeyfund.com was a great way for us to get what we wanted without asking for cash outright. All of our guests really liked the idea and supported our decision to register for travel. Those who wanted to give us something else, did so. It was really a win-win and we're really glad we went the honeymoon registry route.


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Wedding Paper Divas
Invitations

I picked out and designed my invites on Wedding Paper Divas with ease and control. I spent a lot of time deciding on which invites to go with, but I was really happy with the ones I chose. I also loved how they provide matching paper for everything related to the wedding. The invites came very quickly and were beautiful. Less expensive than going to a local printer and due to the vast selection of designs it's unlikely that your guests will have seen your invites for another wedding. Good choice!


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David's Bridal(Durham, NC)
Bands/Live Entertainment

I had a very long engagement, and thus, I had lots of time to try on wedding dresses. I went to David's Bridal probably 5-6 times trying on new dresses and one dress in particular that I was considering until I finally made a purchase. This is the benefit of a corporate chain supplier. They want you to come in multiple times. They want you to buy not matter what. I would guess it might be hard for a small wedding dress shop to accommodate brides 5-6 times each. The quality of the dresses seemed to vary. I wound up purchasing a dress that was of higher quality and pricier than some of DB's other dresses and thus I was really pleased. You just have to keep your expectations realistic. I had a relatively good experience with DB, but I'm not high maintenance. The attentiveness of the sales girls varied from always around to relatively hands-off. The only thing that I wish they would have done differently was to measure/size me while I had my bustier, and slip on. After I had decided to buy and the saleswoman was placing the order, she measured me and order according to my size in regular clothing. Thus, she ordered a 16W vs a 16, which meant that the bust area of my dress was slightly too large for my body. In the end everything worked out and I looked and felt great on my wedding day, but there was a bit more material than necessary in my bust region making the dress dig into my shoulders some. Keep your expectations real about David's Bridal and your needs practical and you can find some affordable wedding attire.


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Abita Quail Farm
Abita Springs, LA
Ceremony Sites
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Abita Quail Farm
Abita Springs, LA
Reception Sites
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St. Louis Cathedral
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attractions/Entertainment

Another great stretch of the city that exemplifies local lifestyles.


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Audubon Zoo
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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National World War II Museum
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Children's Museum
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

I have wonderful memories of going here as a child!


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Ursuline Convent
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Great spot for history buffs or those interested in the history of Catholics in New Orleans.


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Contemporary Arts Center
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Great art on display. Was free last time I checked.


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The Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Riverwalk Marketplace
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Canal-Algiers Ferry
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Great FREE trip across the Mississippi. Takes 15 minutes to go across and runs every half our. Just make sure you go to Algiers point and not down river(an hour and a half ride).


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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Preservation Hall
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Old Opera House
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Brocato Angelo Ice Cream & Confectionery Inc
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants

An all time favorite as someone who grew up in the Slidell/New Orleans area! The pistachio almond ice cream still remains #1 best-ever anywhere.


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Angeli On Decatur
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants

Great food for when you're out and about late or just need to grab some lunch while downtown. (Get the spicy tomato spread.)


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Rue De La Course
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants

Great coffee. Nuff' said.


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Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants

Tried and true classic.


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Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Snug Harbor is a great place to go hear jazz and has the "jazz club" feel that many look for especially in New Orleans. They always have a good line-up of local or famous jazz musicians.


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French Market Corporation: Flea Market Ofc
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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House of Blues
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Stylized folk art interior and good live music. The food is pricy though and I'd recommend going here for drinks or a show.


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Tipitina's
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

One of my all time favorites! Waaaay uptown, but worth seeing a show here if you're looking for some music.


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Central Grocery Company Llc
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Home of the Muffaletta and traditional New Orleans grocer.


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Pere Antoine Italian Restaurant
New Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurants
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Pat O'Brien's Bar
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants
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Greenwood Cemetery
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Holt Cemetery
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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St. Louis Cemetery #1
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Bayou St. John and Esplanade Ridge
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attractions/Entertainment

Bayou St. John is really beautiful and it's nice to walk along the park lining the bayou, which is across the street from City Park(for a long distance). This is a nice outside venture if you're looking to go for a walk.


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Fortier Park and Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants
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Lower Ninth Ward
New Orleans, LA,
Attractions/Entertainment
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Frenchman st.
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

See where the locals hang!


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Royal Street Inn
New Orleans, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

The "R" bar. Haircuts available on Mondays.


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Peristyle and Timken Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attractions/Entertainment

Beautiful spot in the park.


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The Lakefront
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attractions/Entertainment

Southshore Lakefront drive.


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Rips On the Lake
Mandeville, LA
Restaurants
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Mandeville Lakefront
Mandeville, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Often overlooked by those travelling to New Orleans, but a great place to dine and drink on the Lakefront. Barley's Taproom is located here and is a great hangout spot.


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Deanie's Seafood Bucktown
Metairie, LA
Restaurants

Go here if you want a true SE Louisiana fried seafood platter or boiled crawfish and bloody marys.


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Honey Island Swamp tours
Slidell, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Great for those who want to see some gators in the wild.


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Turducken
Gretna, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Manchac Wildlife Management Area
Ponchatoula, LA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant
Ponchatoula, LA
Restaurants
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Abita Brewing Company LLC
Abita Springs, LA
Restaurants
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Fort Pike
Fort Pike, Louisiana
Attractions/Entertainment

Cool attraction for history buffs looking to learn a bit about Lake Pontchartrain history.


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Palmettos On The Bayou
Slidell, LA
Restaurants

The hours are weird(thurs-sun), but their entrees are real New Orleans inspired creole dishes.


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Creole Bagelry
Slidell, LA
Restaurants

I used to work here years ago and the place hasn't changed much except maybe the food has gotten better(not that it was ever bad, it's just that good). Great for breakfast or lunch in Slidell.


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Gott Gourmet Cafe
New Orleans, LA
Restaurants

Great uptown lunch spot. The sandwiches and wraps are da' bomb.


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Sunrise Cafe
Slidell, LA
Restaurants

The breakfast boats are awesome! It's like an omelet plate all mixed up together. This local spot really "hits the spot".


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Fontainebleau State Park
Mandeville, LA
Attractions/Entertainment

Lines the Northshore Lakefront. National park recreation area with picnic benches and such.


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Comfort Inn & Suites
Covington, LA
Hotels/Accommodations
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New Orleans Food & Spirits
Covington, LA
Restaurants

New Orleans Food & Spirits really made sure that my wedding party was well accommodated for our rehearsal dinner. The manager worked with us to pick out a menu that was appropriate. The food was awesome and got rave reviews from all of my in-town and out-of-town guests. The service was also superb. Overall a great experience and I would recommend this venue for just general dining or for rehearsal dinners. My Mother-in-law paid for it so I'm guessing on the cost of service, but it was definitely very affordable.


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