We had the best time in New Orleans last weekend for a friend's wedding. I had never been to Louisiana before, so we went a day early and were tourists in all the best ways. We started with beignets at Cafe Du Monde, then took a carriage tour of the French Quarter, wandered through the aquarium, and ate spicy shrimp outside.
On Friday night the groom's family hosted a southern party for all the guests and we had po' boys and salted caramel popsicles. I was pretty much in heaven.
During the day on Saturday we took a walking tour of the garden district, and I wasn't the least bit ashamed of how cheesy we were being with the site-seeing. Ever since we took a private tour of Berlin in the fall, I've been fascinated by a city's history. I think I want to do one of the tourist tours here in LA, just so I'll know nuggets of information to pass along to friends who visit.
But finally it was time for the main event. With permission from both the bride and the groom, I'm posting some photos here of their happy celebration. They're both tv producers and you could tell how well these two can put together an event by all the details and the flawless execution. It was one of the best weddings I've ever attended. Fun and unique and the food was out of this world.
Little accordian programs and also fans for the sunset wedding. (It was hot!) Our His & Her wedding shoes. This sort of just sums us up, doesn't it?
After the sweet ceremony where the readings were from Kahlil Gibran and also The Avengers, there was a cocktail hour with cornhole and a twelve piece band and a photo booth. It was like the best backyard party you've ever been to. Only everyone is dressed up!
(The picture above on the right is how we got our table numbers. Inside the envelopes were personal notes from the bride AND the groom to every single guest. Every guest, even if you were the spouse or guest of the guest. Just an incredible touch that I haven't stopped thinking about.)
It didn't take very long before jackets were off, ties were loosened, and all the heels were kicked off in the grass.
I was so happy when it was time for dinner. The groom is a real foodie, so I knew the menu would be great. I didn't manage to take a single photo of the family-style feast because I was inhaling it. Pulled pork, fried chicken, truffle mac-n-cheese, shaved brussel sprouts, and on and on. It was delicious!
After dinner was dancing and general merriment.
I kept trying to get a good photo of the bride's dress, but just take it from me that it was a show stopper.
Another cool thing they had was a slow-motion video photo booth. So instead of a little strip of photos, you took these slow videos that I'm not good at explaining, but were awesome.
And of course there were desserts. Cookies and mini-cheesecakes and traditional bride & groom's cake.
And after all of that: the dancing, the wine, the video booth, the cornhole, the belly-busting dinner and laughing and back-to-the-bar...they brought out burgers and fries. And I might have whooped.
It was just the perfect celebration and I'm grateful to have been there, for the whole weekend away with my love, thinking about love.