While it was delightful to have the opportunity to tourist New Orleans a bit - the purpose of our journey was to join the celebrating two great people. Eileen is one of fabulous gifts of UPeace. I loved the learning there - but the people I know because of that place are so much more incredible. She's one of Carly's 'people' (do you know what I mean? Oh how deeply I hope you have your own 'people'. I can't imagine life without mine) and I love that over time I have had the opportunity to get to know her a bit more. She's inspiring, energetic, a dreamer AND a do-er. She's kind, thoughtful, and generous. AND she's a ridiculous amount of fun. It would impossible to image her being smitten with anyone other than an equally great person. It always feels a bit funny to meet someone at their wedding, but - Hugh appears to be all the wonderful that he was rumoured to be. I wish them a lifetime of joyful celebration, surmountable challenges, patience, kindness, and of course deep deep love.
Their wedding day was filled lots with magical moments. Another wonderful Upeacer asked me to take lots of pictures (a task I'm happy to be assigned) ... so I tried. Here are some of my favourites.
Eileen and Hugh got married in Audubon Park under the Tree of Life which was planted in 1740! It's a giant oak - with incredible branches. We arrived to a giant shade tree which was a nice break from the hot sun and a very talented saxophone player while we waited for the wedding party to arrive.
|Doesn't it make you want to climb on up?|
|Eileen's lovely parents, Ginger and Charlie|
|A variety of people did climb up.|
|Peddlin' the petals|
|He was great!|
|The groom arriving and greeting his mom|
|Watching a beautiful bride approach|
|A reading by one of Hugh's sisters.|
|Another by Eileen's Godmother.|
Both the Dad's spoke - which was lovely. I unfortunately didn't get an in focus photo of Hugh's dad's speech. I love how the ceremony was filled with laughter and great big smiles.
|Don't they look smitten? So much happiness!|
|The amazing tree!|
For some reason - I didn't take many pictures from here on out. Apparently food was too distracting - but I have a couple and the wonderful Ms. Avra has said I could share some of hers that I really loved.
|So there are a few versions of this picture - and at least one person look ridiculous in each of them...|
|My beautiful date (photo care of Avra)|
|New Orleans Roomies (photo also care of Avra)|
|View from the balcony|
|I think this is when another wedding was walking by...|
|The first dance - which kicked off some ridiculously fun dancing|
|(photo by Avra)|
|Oh yes, in New Orleans, you parade with your drink|
I tried to take a little video - as there was no other way to capture the event. I loved how random passersby joined in. I don't know that I've ever uploaded a video though... so I don't know if this will work.
|Towards the end of the night - sweaty and happy (also photo by Avra)|
|This one is also by Avra|
The next morning - lots of people were hurting, but we stopped by for coffee with the newlyweds - and lucked out on a brunch date with Eileen.
|I was a smidge too late. Moments before Charlie's hat was pulled down tight |
into what looked like a most uncomfortable nap.
|Poor fella, needed a bit of lie-down while we waited for brunch. |
I promise the car was stationary - or we would have moved him.
|Apparently when they put in the new park - they didn't really take out the old pier.|
|There were pillars all throughout with different messages, peace, equity, family...|
|The butt view climbing the rainbow|
|I'm sure you can guess why it's called the rusty rainbow.|
|Captain Eileen and her brunching crew!|
All 'round a wonderful celebration. I feel fortunate that we were able to go - and look forward to many more moments of celebration throughout the years with these awesome folks.