Month: May 2011


The month of May we celebrate the joy and excitement of weddings!
This special edition of GTP is packed with valuable information for every bride and groom. Come with us to the beautiful South Beach Biloxi, where you can enjoy the ultimate in luxury at the only Coast hotel on the beach! We introduce you to the Rev. Linda Giardelli of Biloxi, who performs nondenominational ceremonies like no other. Our old friends at Paul’s Pastry Shop in Picayune show off their extraordinary wedding cakes, and we take you to the most beautiful places on earth for the perfect honeymoon.
Get to know the charming, charismatic Eugene Eash, front man and star of Coast stage productions and casino entertainment.
On a personal note, we are also celebrating the college graduations of two lovely young women: my daughter, Alexa from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Dawn Mattina’s daughter, Shayla from Mississippi State!
All this…and so much more!
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Including Pets in the Wedding

By: Dawn Mattina
There are those couples who wouldn’t think of banning their favorite creature from their wedding, whether it is a dog, a cat, or a parakeet. They would rather drop one of their family members from the invitation list than their beloved pets. (more…)

The Wedding Cake Through History

By: Dawn Mattina
The tradition of serving cake at a wedding goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks. The newly wed couple would cut a sesame
seed cake together to symbolize fertility and happiness – it is from where we get our modern custom of cake cutting at a wedding. (more…)


By: Nancy Marchbanks
Linda Giardelli was born an intensely spiritual person who felt uniquely connected to God. She has always lived a very rich and full life but it was fraught with hardships and pain. As she navigated through her life, she found that she was drawn to a very unique path for a woman…Linda wanted to be a minister. When the moment was right, and everything fell into place, she followed her calling and became a minister of the Church of the Universal Brotherhood. Since her ordination, she has administered the sacrament of marriage to hundreds of loving couples. (more…)

Paul’s Pastry Shop Wedding Cakes

By: Nancy Marchbanks
Wedding cakes are expected to be beautiful. Wedding cakes are expected to be delicious.  But the wedding cakes prepared at Paul’s Pastry Shop in Picayune are also extraordinary works of art.  The talented cake decorators at Paul’s create magic, and make dreams come true.  Clients begin their experience in the Wedding Gallery, where expert coordinator, Tiiffany Wilson, presents all the elegant and divine choices available to the bride and groom.   (more…)

South Beach Biloxi Hotel & Suites

By: Nancy Marchbanks
This absolutely beautiful and unique property sat idle for a very long time. It was originally designed to be a Condominium development,consisting of two towers for a total of 326 units. The economic downturn made it impossible to follow through with the original plan, but developer, Ray Wooldridge, of R W Development, wasted no time in turning South Beach Biloxi into a very prosperous, high end hotel and tourist destination. (more…)