Sometimes the most often said phrases – never mind that we roll our eyes when we read or hear them – ring the truest. So now it’s my turn to use one: Saying goodbye is the hardest part.
When I started with New Orleans Bride, it was June 2006 and Bride was only a 29-page section, editorially composed of a cover, six pages of fashion and a one-page article. Our last issue was 136 pages with more than 15 editorial sections, information-packed advertising sections, amazing photography and some of the chicest photo shoot styling you’ll see in any bridal magazine.
This issue forward, Haley Adams has taken the editorial reigns of this magazine, working alongside art director and stylist Tiffani Reding and photographer Theresa Cassagne, spending half a year crafting the glossy perfection that readers crave, along with a cadre of some of the most informed freelancers in the business. This issue stands testament to their talent.
Almost to my first wedding anniversary, I’m here to tell you goodbye. At my wedding, even though I knew I was going to see most of my guests the next day at our brunch, I just couldn’t leave. Even as we kissed our parents one last time, told those who were also still left (at 1 a.m., mind you) thank you and walked as slowly as we could, it felt like time was moving too fast.
Saying goodbye to you and working on this magazine feels a little like that. I have no doubts that New Orleans Bride will continue to thrive, and I hope that you’ll join me in watching its bright future. So instead of saying “goodbye,” let’s raise a toast and say “Cheers!” – it’s much more New Orleanian.
– Morgan Packard Griffith,