Friday was the rehearsal dinner which was at the swamp exhibit inside of the Audubon zoo! It was so cool. We rode the trolley through the zoo at night and then were let off at the swamp exhibit where we were all greeted by a brass band. Clay and Angela danced their second line parade as (almost) newlyweds down the swamp exhibit boardwalk with their umbrellas as we all danced with our handkerchiefs. It was a true New Orleans celebration! As soon as we entered the swamp exhibit we saw black bear just chilling and multiple alligators swimming in the swamp. It was really a neat place to have a dinner party because we were surrounded by animals and swampy trees but there was a large deck and indoor area where we ate, drank, and celebrated. Many people gave toasts and expressed their love to Clay and Angela. It was so great to be with my family.
This past weekend (February 19-21) Tyler and I had the pleasure of flying down to New Orleans for my cousin Clay’s wedding. It was so much fun! We stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel which was awesome. Their lobby is beautiful and the Sazerac bar is located inside the hotel (where Heather asked me to be her bridesmaid!!!), as well as one of Chef John Besh’s restaurants, Domenica. The weather was amazing so we lounged at the rooftop pool and Tyler swam (unfortunately I forgot a swimsuit). As soon as we got there we headed to R’evolution, one of Chef John Folse’s restaurants, for a late lunch and drinks. I had some of the best gumbo of my life and Tyler ordered some fancy turtle soup. Of course we took our drinks to go!
Saturday was the wedding day! The first order of business for Tyler and I was ordering room service breakfast. Bacon, eggs, and coffee healed our aching heads and tummies. We hung with family down in the cafe inside the hotel then walked around the French Quarter. We all got brunch/lunch at Lüke, another one of Chef John Besh’s restaurants. It was AMAZING! We started with stuffed shrimp & crab oysters (the best I’ve ever had) and some deliciously roasted brussel sprouts. I got a croque madame and Tyler got shrimp and grits. It was definitely a cheat meal but oh so worth it. After brunch we hung by the pool until it was time to start getting ready for the wedding. The wedding was the most beautiful I’ve been to. The venue was outside under the full moon beneath the oak trees in Audubon park and the reception was right inside the adjacent Audubon Clubhouse. The trees, lighting, weather, food, flowers, drinks, band, photo booth, artist, and everything were all perfect. We had a blast getting down with our family and celebrating the Taylor’s! It was a night I will always remember.