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Weddings 2015 special section: Brides find romance in lacy, beaded gowns

Photo by Warren Conerly Photography -- Nicole Wesley, left, shows off a wedding gown with beautiful lace sleeves, while Briel Edmonds models a strapless wedding gown, from Gabrielle's Bride & Occasion Salon.

Isn’t it romantic? That’s what wedding guests are saying these days as they watch brides glide down the aisle. Light, full, flowing gowns accented with lace, crystals and beads are turning the heads of brides-to-be and, no doubt, their grooms. “We are seeing a continuation of brides wearing beautiful lace. It’s a lovely,… Continue reading →

SLU Theatre to present alumna’s ‘Peter & Tink’

SLU Public Information Office photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University student William Rushing, of Walker, playing the role of Capt. Hook, holds Peter Pan, played by Olivia Waguespack, at bay while crew members watch in fear in 'Peter & Tink,' which runs next week at SLU's Vonnie Borden Theatre in Hammond.

Southeastern Theatre presents “Peter & Tink” by playwright and Southeastern Louisiana University alumna Chelsea Krause at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 21-24, in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall on campus. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students. SLU students are admitted… Continue reading →

Not a private club Camera rolls during Swine Palace’s ‘Book Club Play’

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Amanda Clark reheares for the Swine Palace upcoming production "The Book Club Play" at LSU's Student Union on Thursday, April 2.

The format is almost universal in reality television: Something happens, then the camera breaks away for private, individual interviews, where the characters freely talk about each other. Maybe it’s a setup. Then again, Ana quickly learns that nothing in her beloved book club is private when the cameras are rolling. Ana is the founder and… Continue reading →

It’s time to party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- PCAL luncheon --- At Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana's third annual Community Engagement Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel April 1 are, from left, board President Lana Crump;  Karen Fournet; Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services; Dr. Vincent Felitti; Alice Greer; and Executive Director Amanda Brunson.

Easter and spring break slowed down the social scene in and around the Capital City, but now it’s back to full speed ahead and the calendar’s packed from now until the end of May. We all needed to rest up for all the fun headed our way. That said, there were a few events on our… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Love planted, grown over time

I used to think to myself, “I’ll never be like my Dad when I grow up.” I didn’t like to do yard work, feed chickens or pick vegetables from a garden. I only wanted to spend my days exploring the neighborhood, climbing trees and collecting rocks. Yard work seemed to be a form of punishment for us… Continue reading →

Area book events for April 19-25

Book events RENEW BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Reading Engaging Nonfiction to Expand our Worldview. JUST LISTEN TO YOURSELF: 1:30 p.m., State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. 4th St. Poets from throughout the state will read their works, including Ralph Adamo, Jack… Continue reading →

‘Sock Thief’ a charming lesson in manners, values

'The Sock Thief' by Ana Crespo and Nana Gonzalez

“The Sock Thief” by Ana Crespo and Nana Gonzalez. Albert Whitman & Co., 2015. $16.99. Felipe has mangoes and needs socks. This delightful story follows Felipe around the town as he exchanges mangoes for socks and, ultimately, explains why he needs them. This book teaches manners, values and… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for April 19, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The 40th Pelican State Chamber Concert will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. The three musicians who initiated the concerts in 2005 will perform. James Alexander, Dennis Parker and James Ryon… Continue reading →

LSU’s ‘Racy’ to use poetry, movement, narratives

The LSU Communication Studies Department will present “Racy,” a collaborative theatrical performance about race, racism and reconciliation Wednesday through Sunday, April 22-26, in the HopKins Black Box Theatre, Room 137, Coates Hall on campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. The show uses creative movement, personal narratives, poetry and dance… Continue reading →

Featured soloist to help BRSO conclude season

Photo provided by BRSOSonja Bruzauskas

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2014-15 Investar Bank Masterworks season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Mezzo soprano Sonja Bruzauskas will be the featured soloist. Also featured will be the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, directed by Chorus Master David… Continue reading →

A little variety in tuxes for big day

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Guillermo Suarez, Vincent Schwartz, Brandon Songy, Darren Johnson, Jon Casteix and Greg Strecker, from left, show off some of the latest in tuxedos styles from Squires Formalwear. Suarez and Schwartz are wearing Michael Kors, while Songy, Johnson, Casteix and Strecker are wearing Jean Eves.

Changes in men’s formal wear happen about as fast as turning a battleship — slowly. But this season there is a definite trend. “The grays are the new black,” said John Loftus, of After Five. “That’s the big fashion statement for weddings.” Not that black tuxedos aren’t still a popular choice, but the trend… Continue reading →

Photos one of two wedding ‘tangibles’

Photo by Jay Faugot Photography -- Photograher Jay Faugot believes wedding photographs should stand the test of time.

It’s the most important picture many women will ever take. The wedding day, that moment when love, celebration and decades of family history converge and somehow it all must be forever recorded. Enter the wedding photographer. A bride can expect to budget between $2,500 and $3,000 for good wedding photography, and $5,000 or more for top… Continue reading →

Women like diamonds; men want tough metals edding ring bands trend toward durability

Photo provided by Lee Michaels Fine JewelryMen's 14K white gold wedding band with milgrain edges.

For centuries, brides and grooms have chosen wedding rings to signify their love. Women still overwhelmingly choose the traditional diamond band, but men are seeking rings made from alternative metals, especially tungsten-carbide, cobalt and titanium, said Richard Elgin, owner of Elgin’s Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge. “This has made wedding rings a lot more… Continue reading →

Wedding cakes should show elegance, style

Photo provided by Baum's Fine Pastries and Chocolates -- Some brides want a 'naked' wedding cake, like this one from Baum's Fine Pastries, where there's little icing and lots of fruit.

Simple, elegant, rustic, homemade, lacy, naked — all these describe what brides want in their wedding cakes. “Every bride says she wants simple and elegant, but they don’t. They want elegant, but not simple,” says Martha Hebert, of St. Martinville, co-owner of Sweet Southern Ladies with sister Becky Guidry. “They want something that makes a statement… Continue reading →

Options abound for bridesmaids

Photo by Warren Conerly Photography -- Nicole Wesley and Nikita Roberson model bridesmaids gowns in shades of blue from Gabrielle's Bride & Occasion Salon.

Your best friends agreed to be bridesmaids. Now your job is to make sure they look great. Finding a dress that fits several women with different body types and opinions can be tricky, but local experts say it can be done. Now more than ever, brides can choose from a wide array of… Continue reading →

Take time to find right fit for mother

Photo provided by Bridal Boutique -- This mother-of-the-bride gown from Bridal Boutique features lace and tulle over taffeta in a trumpet silhouette. The hand-beading and sweep train speak add to the glamorous look, which comes with a matching shawl.

The to-do list for mothers of the bride is long, but local consultants say picking out her dress should be at the top of the schedule. “It’s important for the mother of the bride to feel good in what she’s wearing. The mother of the bride is the hostess of the event, the mother of the… Continue reading →

Finding that Cinderella shoe at end of to-do list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Brides should not only consider style, but comfort and setting when choosing their walk-down-the-aisle footwear.

No offense to Cinderella, but she sort of had it backward. The shoe should be at the end of the to-do list for a wedding fairy tale. After the engagement, first consider the venue, then the dress — then the shoes and other accessories, experts say. Collectively, they should have a complementary vibe.… Continue reading →

Tips for making your wedding day perfect

Every woman wants her wedding day to be perfect. To help you enjoy the day of your dreams, here are some tips: Begin the day with some light exercise. Eat a healthy breakfast. You don’t want to feel faint during the ceremony. Take a warm shower or bath… Continue reading →

Follow these milestones for wedding prep

Weddings take work. And planning. Lots of planning. As a general rule, the simpler the wedding the less advance time required for planning. But, when it comes to ordering dresses and making reservations for churches and reception halls, the best advice is: The earlier the better. Here is a wedding planner many couples use as a general… Continue reading →

Setting up a perfect proposal

Turns out, most women might not be that shocked when their significant other gets down on one knee. When asked about their engagement experience, most women say they knew it was coming, but about 40 percent say they were surprised. Creating the perfect proposal setup is no easy task; that’s why… Continue reading →

Tips for an honorable toast

Glasses are raised, poised to hear the toast that will honor the newly married couple. “Down the hatch” doesn’t quite cut it. Here are some suggestions for getting it just right: Do it in a way that is most comfortable for you. You may remain seated. If you are in… Continue reading →

It’s out. They’re in. Presbyterian Church (USA) approves same-sex marriage

Ellie Genuardi poses with a sample of her company's ethnic partners wedding cake toppers at the Renellie warehouse in Costa Mesa, Calif.  on Friday, June 6, 2008. The distributor who makes wedding-cake figures that can be customized to come in bride-bride and groom-groom pairs, said they have gone from selling 50 a day to 150 since the May 15 ruling allowing gay marriage. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has endorsed same-sex marriage and is allowing its clergy to perform the ceremonies. At last count, 93 of the 171 presbyteries — groups of local churches similar to a Catholic diocese or Methodist conference — voted to approve an amendment to change the definition of marriage from “a… Continue reading →

Many religious leaders express their opposition to same-sex marriage

It didn’t take long after the Presbyterian Church (USA) announced its approval of gay marriage that other Presbyterians and Christian leaders declared their opposition to it. “Due to the most recent pronouncement of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to redefine marriage, we in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church reaffirm our position on Christian marriage,” read a statement from the… Continue reading →

Knights of Peter Claver conference set April 24-26

Norman Francis

The 71st Louisiana State Conference of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary will be held April 24-26 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Among the conference highlights are the group’s awards banquet, where Xavier University President Norman Francis will speak, and its Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast, where Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J.… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Rev. Tom Ranzino finds more ways to serve in Baton Rouge diocese

The Rev. Tom Ranzino, pastor of St. Jean Vianney and Director of the Office of Worship of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

When approached about expanding his service in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Rev. Tom Ranzino was more than willing. Faithful serving with compassion has been among Ranzino’s gifts during his 35 years in the diocese. And it’s been Ranzino’s way of giving back to a faithful God. “I really trust in God’s faithfulness to me… Continue reading →

Artists, photographers invited to submit works to church for gallery exhibit

Artists and photographers are invited to submit works for the next River Community Church art and photography exhibit, “Favorite Faces.” Preference is for submissions to be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas, with a wire on the back for hanging. Children and adults can submit photos and art between April 26-29 at the church, 36367 Old Perkins Road,… Continue reading →

Home renovation challenge: An open concept with private spaces, a modern design that maintains character

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The renovation of Wes and Jennifer Hataway's home opened up the space, creating a large family room with dining space and and enlarged kitchen.

Wes and Jennifer Hataway’s renovation started with a drawing on a napkin at their daughters’ lemonade stand. The Hataways were visiting at the curb with local architect Dyke Nelson and his wife, Rebecca, when Jennifer Hataway asked Dyke Nelson how he thought she could make more room in her home. Nelson… Continue reading →

Bonsai and butterflies this weekend

Advocate file photo -- Bonsai

Ever wanted to learn how to grow a bonsai, those remarkable little potted trees meticulously pruned into artistic shapes? Here’s your chance. The Louisiana Bonsai Society is holding its show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge. There will be bonsai… Continue reading →

Learn garden designs that attract butterflies

Learn how to bring butterflies to your garden on Saturday, April 18. A 10 a.m. to noon program at the East Baton Rouge Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., will explain not only how to attract these beauties to your garden, but how to keep them coming back. The EBR Parish Master Gardeners will provide information about… Continue reading →

Community News, April 17, 2015

Photo provided by ANNABELLE ARMSTRONG -- Chronologically Gifted -- Jane Patterson, president of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, showed slides of Louisiana birds for the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on March 25. Shown are, from left, Emily Jane McCune, Jeanie Bastin, Patterson and James Calhoun.

Terry Thibodeaux presented a report on the Rodriguez clan to the April 4 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society. He provided an inventory of the passenger lists of the 1778-1783 migration from the Canary Islands, which included many Rodriguez roots. He also followed his own lineage to… Continue reading →

LSU AgCenter Garden News: Henna coleus named Louisiana Super Plant

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS  Henna coleus, a Louisiana Super Plant for this spring, has leaves in shades of gold and chartreuse brushed with burgundy.

Coleuses are generating a lot of interest these days. The National Gardening Bureau has declared 2015 as the Year of the Coleus, and the LSU AgCenter has named the Henna coleus a Louisiana Super Plant for this spring. Henna has been a proven performer in trials at the Hammond Research Station and at the LSU AgCenter… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities, April 17, 2015

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Iris Domestic Violence Center — Jessica Beech, (225) 389-3002 or operations@stopdv.org: Iris Domestic Violence Center needs skilled social workers and counselors to volunteer with domestic… Continue reading →

The Farmers Market: Arrival of green onions a sure sign of spring

Photo by Lacey Dupre  --  Green onions await customers at Red Stick Farmers Market.

It’s truly springtime when the immature onions commonly called green onions begin showing up at local farmers market. The term “green onion” is applied to several members of the onion family with the long green stems, including a distinct variety called “scallions.” The names are used interchangeably, but a true scallion has a base with straight sides… Continue reading →

Beyond Ballet: Baton Rouge native Helen Daigle returns as guest artist at BRBT spring concert

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- Guest artists Helen Daigle and Brandon Ragland, who performed in 'Swan Lake' in Baton Rouge in 2012, will be the guest artists in Friday's 'Beyond Ballet,' the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's spring concert.

Helen Daigle is coming home — at least for a few days. The principal dancer for the Louisville Ballet for the past 16 years, the Baton Rouge native will showcase her talents Friday as the guest artist for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s spring concert “Beyond Ballet,” which will be staged at the Baton Rouge River… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Life of public service rings true for Bell

Photo provided by SHANNON DOMINGUE -- State Beta Club president -- Iberville Math Science & Arts Academy East Junior DWayne Bell II was elected as Louisiana Senior Beta Club president on Jan. 16 in Lafayette.

At 17, D’Wayne Bell II has made academics and community service a priority at his high school, where he is honing his skills for public service and leadership. Since becoming president of the Louisiana Beta Club in January, the junior at Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-East in St. Gabriel is out to let teens know… Continue reading →