the big easy, matrimony

they call new orleans “the big easy”, and if you’ve ever been there, it is just that.

marriage, however, they say is not so easy.

“it’s a lot of work,” the old couples will tell you.

well, my friends Al and Leslie decided to take their vows in the shadow of bourbon street, and we all had a blast.

st. louis cathedral is a popular ceremony venue.  understandably so… it’s historic and incredibly beautiful.

Joe and Erin ham it up at the rehearsal dinner.

it was great to see all of my old austin friends…

the girls got ready, and the rains came down.

this calls for champagne!

the mom’s got all dolled up and felt beautiful…

the ceremony ended, but the rain kept up.  we were all praying that the levees hold…

but the rain can’t stop a good party in nola… and even though i was shooting, i had a great time too!

Al and Leslie danced the night away…

early sunday morning, i wandered the soaked streets of the french quarter looking for coffee.

i saw a weathered older couple stumbling down the sidewalk with tall boys in their hands, partially concealed by brown paper bags.

i grew an affinity for a city struggling somewhere between poverty and excess.  it’s a city with real soul.

music, cuisine, and art unique to its people.  drugs, alcoholism, and prostitution.  good and bad… all weighed heavy on me.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2010