Patricia Gannon: The Bold and The Beautiful

We’re pleased to announce wedding photography’s return to old-school ways by seeking inspiration in bridal portraits of the past.

While wedding photos have straightened up considerably, couples’ engagement pictures continue to come off like some photographic version of Twister — her arm over his leg over her knee. Why not just formalize the whole process and let Nora Roberts, the prolific romance novel writer, guide you and your photographer. The following should get you started:

SHIP POSE NO. 1: Lash the fiancĂ© to a wooden ship’s mast while the bride-elect clings to him in a diaphanous white slip.

SHIP POSE NO. 2: Still lashed to the mast, she clutches him under the arms while he gazes over his shoulder.

Meadow Pose No. 1: At sunset, him standing, her seated on the ground with her back to him and dressed in a hoop skirt and crinoline. An electric fan will be necessary to blow back his hair. A crew cut just won’t work here.

Meadow Pose No. 2: A pale pink slip with a corset top is good. Stand the couple knee-deep in flowers but only when there’s a lightning storm for the background. Place his brawny hand on her arm and the other around her waist. Timing is everything.

Beach Pose: He wears jeans and a white shirt, she is semi-collapsed in a sarong and wearing a hibiscus flower. Sand is good.

Period Pose: He wears a kilt and she’s dressed like Regency England. We’re surprised no one’s thought of this before.

Actually, you can skip the photographer altogether. There are companies that will turn your engagement picture into a romance novel cover.

Provided you haven’t done that already in the newspaper.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Victoria holds royal tea

Any excuse for a tiara, we always say. And no one wears them better than Krewe of Victoria, having one last hurrah at an English tea honoring young attendants and their mums. The Candlelight Drive home of Beth and Gerald Guilbeaux was decked out prim and proper, complete with alfresco tables and the requisite three-tiered servers. “We’re teaching manners and the history of the tea,” said costumed Ande Hakeman, who serenaded the ladies with “English Tea.” We’d wear a tiara, too, if it meant more of those fabulous sausage rolls.

Second Harvest debuts dinner

Second Harvest Food Bank launched its Harvest at Home signature event at the Silver Oaks Lane home of Mike and Lea Ann Remondet. Mercurial weather moved the event inside, but you’d never know it from the living room turned banquet hall. There was Champagne on the porch with fresh spring rolls and gazpacho shots, all featuring the Louisiana strawberry. And to accent Acadiana even further, Les Bassettes played a little plein air Cajun fiddle Beausoleil-style. The $500 donation per couple covered five courses courtesy of chef Jeremy Conner, who told us the strawberry was the only thing he could depend on this time of year. Taking spring in stride were president and CEO of Second Harvest New Orleans Natalie Jayroe, Peter and Alexa John, Mary and David Rath, Dean and Denise Angelle, Michelle Franques, Dana Topham, Katherine Guillot and Lisa Abel. All proceeds will support the Second Harvest’s Lafayette facility and its mission to feed the hungry in Acadiana.

Gallery show opens

Broussard-boy-turned-Austin- artist Thad Morgan came home for a week and The Frame Shop made the most of it. Morgan’s Friday night show was crowded and first class — the wine was French, Clementine’s catered and you couldn’t ask for better. “I’m always looking for an opportunity to reconnect with my supporters in Louisiana, and this was good timing,” said Morgan. On hand to welcome him back was gallery owner Jeromy Young, Bo and Diane Billeaud, Aline and Bruce Conque, Mike DiBenedetto, Anna Tan, Nicole Eldarraggi, Richard Young and Raoul Blanco. What we loved: Morgan’s vintage car portrait, his Jimi Hendrix and Frankenstein in the spring.