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Good Morning!

We just couldn’t wait to share yesterday’s wedding with you:

 

 

The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park.  We constructed dozens of paper lanterns (thank you Chris!) so that they would ‘spill’ out of the tree, meeting hundreds of ivory rose petals  at the roots of the tree.  Burlap aisle runner decorated with rose petals matched the outdoor setting perfectly.

Along the aisle we set up shepherd’s hooks with ball jars filled with wildflowers.  The limbs of the Tree of Life were strung with more paper lanterns and the natural Spanish Moss that fills the tree year round.

The reception was held at Rosy’s Jazz Hall– a perfectly intimate space with enough room for a stage and dance floor.  On the tables at Rosy’s we topped the tables with ball jars filled with dahlia’s in autumn’s shades, and votive candles in a light blue glass container.

Our bride’s bouquet was filled with roses, tulips and a selection of wildflower.  We wanted this outdoor wedding to reflect the couple’s great energy.  We think this one was a wedding for the books! You can check out more photos of this wedding on our Facebook page.

— Team KSW

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Yesterday was the first full day back in New Orleans, after the storm.  Things were mostly back to normal, a little debris here and there but nothing a little elbow grease can’t clean up in a few days.

After catching Moonrise Kingdom (so cute!) at the Prytania Theatre we took a long meandering walk through Uptown.  Luckily the flowers were still bloomin’.

Below are some of my snapshots of the local gardens that we saw on our walk through New Orleans.  (Listen to this Fats Domino song while you read : )
–Team KSW

 

Sorry for the absence in posting folks.  We had a tremendously busy and productive weekend (remember the three summer weddings that I kept going on and on about on twitter?)  Second to flowers, all anyone could talk about whether or not Isaac would actually make it to New Orleans.

Tension in the city ran high especially because the storm was set to reach land on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

When a Hurricane comes to New Orleans, you can choose to hunker down and prepare for a power outage or you can make a plan to head out of the city.  At about 8:00 PM on Monday night, I made the choice to head to a neighbor’s family home in the one-stoplight town of Washington, LA.

We got in later that night and settled in to for a Hurricane with a family that had been through it before.  Luckily, the storm missed us for the most part and we didn’t get anything more than some average speed winds.

To pass the time, I finished my biography of Jackie O, America’s Queen, played (lots and lots) of cards, watched a ton of Bravo TV and The West Wing and tried to keep up with the goings on in New Orleans via Twitter.  Here are some snapshots of this year’s Hurrication.

  1. A wagon that was gifted to (or pawned off on) me by the family I stayed with.  I think it could be a nice outdoor addition to the new studio (with flowers and herbs growing in it).
  2. Awesome oak tree in the front yard.  I would’ve loved climbing this guy when I was growing up.
  3. Garden roses survived the rains pretty well.
  4. Cards, lots of cards.  I dominated at Casino : )
  5. Someone who enjoyed typography certainly made this rain gauge.  It was fun to discover this guy attached to the family’s mailbox and remember that design makes everything better.

6.  We got boudin sausage and cracklin on our first day in town.  Y-U-M!  I liked the hot boudin the   most.
7.  Awesome selection of polyester shirts at the Opelousas Wal-Mart.  Can you guess which one I chose?  Hint: Bottom row.
8.  Homemade burgers at the corner Citgo station.  I hear that this is the local gathering place for the men in town.  I’d love to observe that.
9.  “Don’t climb into the saddle unless ur ready to ride.”  ‘Nuff said.

Finally, nothing like being around these dudes this week.  They were one of the highlights of this week for sure.

How did everyone else fare this week?  Where are you, and if you’re out of town when will you head back?  We can’t wait to get back to work!

“Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?”

― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

Part of being in New Orleans is dealing with the summer weather.  That means feeling hot and sticky pretty much from May through October, and cursing everyone who has a pool but forgot to invite you over.

The gorgeous part of the summers here are the afternoon showers.  The ominous clouds roll in, you can smell the storm in the air and then….it hits.  The storms don’t last long but there is so much inspiration in them.

The sky turns from blue to gray, to deep gray, to yellow, to a light red and back to where we started at blue.  All in as quickly as twenty minutes!

And then of course, all of that rain begets this

(images one and two via WWL, image three via here)

Sometimes you just have to get out of town and into nature to recharge.  Luckily about 30 minutes outside of New Orleans is one of the most gorgeous natural preserves I have ever seen.  The raised walking path of Jean Lafitte National Historic Preserve takes you through swamp, marsh, and opens up to a beautiful waterway at the end of the trail.  Below are a few snapshots from my afternoon stroll on the Bayou.

My very good friends Charlene & Greg were married this past June 16th, and I had the pleasure of making her bridal bouquet and her (many) bridesmaids bouquets.  I had been given a color palette to work with and being that she is Trinidadian she wanted COLOR in the flowers, except for hers!!!  Those were the only restrictions, and I only wish I could have taken her to the flower market on 28th street in Manhattan and let her hand pick the flowers she wanted.  Charlene trusted me, as she should ; ), and let me get creative and have fun in the design.  The bouquets turned out beautifully and I was really excited because I was able to choose the flowers from local growers, her mother-in-law to be’s backyard, as well as Greg’s families garden center.

Much love to Greg and Charlene!

PHOTO CREDIT TO THE EVER TALENTED AND MUSTACHIOED MIKE O’NEILL OF GOOD MOJO NOLA (www.goodmojonola.com)