Monday, November 9, 2009

The Wedding in New Orleans

Here are the rest of the pictures from this past weekend in New Orleans!

The back of my dress
(In our hotel room)

On the way to the wedding
(It's kind of funny, we're all dressed up, walking down a pretty rough looking street)

The wedding was at the New Orleans Board of Trade. The ceremony was in the evening, outside in the courtyard and it was gorgeous!

Me and my hot date

The fountain in the middle of the courtyard with candles all around

At the rear of the courtyard where the bride entered from

The groom's father (retired navy) officiated the wedding

Most of the wedding party

Soo pretty!

All our good-looking friends!

(Her dress was incredible)

I had a picture like this of Kacey with all the guys too, but it was out of focus! =0/

Us at the reception


I love the topper!
(I think that's the bride's father in the background!)

Showing a little of how pretty the room was!

The food

Totally amazing

Matt and Tiff are incredible on the dance floor!

All of our friends are really great dancers and hardly took a break, once the dance floor was open! They, and I, tried, and tried, and tried to get Philip out there....

Outside, they had guys shelling fresh oysters, and you could have them raw, or grilled with garlic butter and cheese... they were AMAZING!!

The only picture I have of the happy couple!
(During a toast, I think)

Kacey with some of our friends on the dance floor

The bride and groom showing everyone how it's done =)

Finally, towards the end of the night, I convinced Philip to dance with me for a slow song (which turned fast halfway through - LOL!)

Somebody caught us on camera

I sure love this guy!


Phil and Kacey with parasols, getting ready to start the Second Line

The special napkins for the Second Line

Heading out from the reception...

The second line was really fun - the band, bride and groom lead the way, followed by all the guests, shouting and dancing and waving the napkins. It was like a parade, with people lining the sidewalks and cheering, and a police escort to block off all the roads we passed!

Sean and Johanna

Us (me carrying my uncomfortable shoes, and wearing flip flops!)

Matt and Tiff

It was so cool!


Once the line reached the restaurant for the "after party", Philip and I headed back to the hotel to relax and watch some TV. Then we headed to bed for what we hoped would be a blissful, uninterrupted, long night of sleep, without worrying about kids to wake us up.... Well, that didn't exactly work out, since there were people partying down on the street five floors below our window... until 4 am! Philip found some white noise on the laptop, which helped, but we didn't sleep super well...

It Was nice to be able to get up when we wanted to though, and take our time getting ready before heading out. We stopped at Denny's for a Delicious breakfast, and then had a nice drive home (we took turns driving so we each got a nap). We were soo excited to see the kids (more than they were to see us, I think!) They had soo much fun, and we are extremely grateful to Vanessa and Bill for taking care of them so we could get away!


The Woodford's said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! Glad you had such a fun time away. Love you!

Mom E said...

I'm so glad Philip finally danced with you. I always tried to teach him, y'know. ;-) Everything looked like so much fun! You have such a wonderful 'eye' for the photos.

Are you getting any of the effects of hurricane Ida?
Love, Mom

p.s. your dress was amazing! Loved the back!

Rachel and Hans said...

Great pictures, Joia! What a fun trip. I went to New Orleans in high school for the National Youth Gathering with our church and remember what a fun city it is! Glad you had such a good time.

Tara said...

Joia, looks like an awesome wedding!!! Great photos. Rachel, I went to the National Youth Gathering in HS in New Orleans, TOO!!! Wow! We could have crossed paths :)

Andrew said...

Wow look like you had a wonderful time together in NO's. Seems like a great place might have to put it on my list of places to go.