You guys, we had the best time in New Orleans last weekend. The little house we rented on Octavia Street was a gem -- it was the perfect size for the two of us, full of old-world charm and New Orleans details (like the shutters on all the windows and doors!) Although we didn't get to use them much, the back patio and screened-in (cat friendly!) porch were also just so darn cute. If B could make the 8 hour trip, she would've really loved that screened-in porch. Kitty heaven.
The neighborhood was wonderful -- Laurel Street Bakery was just around the corner, and the houses we walked by on the way were like something out of a magazine. Everyone we met was so friendly! We loved taking that walk every morning we were there. Also, our neighbor across the street had three chickens!
In our spare time before the wedding, James and I drove around Uptown -- we stalked the Mannings (the two-story yellowish house -- with a black kitty cat -- below), shopped on Magazine Street, and ate at Dat Dog because everyone told us we had to eat there (it was as good as everyone told us it would be). We walked around Audubon Park a couple of times, and visited the Audubon Zoo on Saturday -- probably the best zoo I've ever been to. These two spots were our favorites.
And, even though I was not the best photographer during the wedding, it was lovely. I already knew New Orleanians can throw a party -- but wow, I think we danced for 5 hours straight! The ceremony was at a beautiful old church, Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church. Right after the couple said "I do," guests were given handkerchiefs and a cold beer (!) and told to wait for the bride and groom to emerge from the church...all while a jazz band was playing in the street! Amy and Josh came out of the church with parasols, and the band began to move toward Canal Street, where we followed, waving our hankies to the music. We
danced second-lined all the way to the reception in the French Quarter. James and I both said it was one of the coolest experiences we've ever had! So much fun. The reception was at Latrobe's on Royal and was equally as beautiful. Good food, a fab band, and more dancing. After the wedding was over at midnight, we all went to a bar with more dancing until the wee hours in the morning. The blisters on my feet the next morning were definitely a reflection of the awesome time I had the night before -- ha!
The last night of our trip, our friends gave all of us October babies pinafores and birthday crowns and sang happy birthday to all of us. Ah, the love. We ate one last huge amazing meal together, and then it was time to go home and get ready to travel the next day. I already miss all of them so much! The next time we'll all see each other is for another wedding in February in Philly...I can't wait.
Here are a few of my fave pics from our trip:
Oh, New Orleans, we love you! Until next time...