Before the ceremony, Hud and I checked in to the gorgeous Romeo and Julliet Suite at the Peabody.
And they brought us strawberries and champagne!
Hud took me to lunch at Rizzo's downtown. It was divine.
Blackened catfish eggs benedict. Because you just should.
Then it was a quick trip back to the Peabody to change and hop into our carriage for a leisurely ride down to Tom Lee Park to meet our friends for the exchange of our vows.
Of course we chose the carriage with the most dogs and the sassiest horse. Meet dapper Diesel.
Diesel was a commedian. He took his time to get places. In fact when the driver swatted him and told him to go faster, Diesel would clippity clop for about a foot and a half. Then he would turn around and snort, like, "Yeah, buddy. Like THAT'S gonna' happen." Hud and I didn't care. The unexpected part of the trip down to the river were all the smiling people, waving and wishing us congratulations.
When we arrived and dismounted, the driver stopped to offer Diesel a drink from his water bucket. Diesel cut his eyes and smashed his snout into the bucket, spewing water everywhere! And then he threw his head back, bared his teeth in a wide grin and laughed and laughed and laughed. "Tip your waiters and waitresses, folks! I'll be here all week!" The driver exclaimed that he always did that. And I said, "Of course he does. It's funny!"
Afterward the beautiful ceremony, we all made our way back to the Peabody to our suite. What I hadn't shown you before is that the rooms are on two levels with a narrow winding staircase that leads to the living space.
The ceiling were about twenty five feet tall. It was stunning. I had brought our wedding albums. Hey, with twenty-seven photographers at the first event, we have a couple of books and a huge photo box of prints from our wedding. It was,um, well documented.
I put my incredible bouquet by Rachel's in a vase and started to cut the cake we had our friend, Joel of Manna, make for the occassion.
Well, tried to cut the cake. Unfortunately, the table was cut as low as my dress, so Hud had to do it!
We talked and laughed and ate Joel's Chocolate Dulche de Leche confection that tastes like a dream and comfort, sprinkled in unicorn sneezes and happiness. Our lovely friend, Tracey arrived just in time for the treat.
When everyone left, Hud took me to a wonderful dinner at Chez Phillipe. After that, it's none of your business! Let's just say that we had the best day ever.