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Ashley and Paul’s Wedding at Race and Religious in New Orleans

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And here is Part Two of the Epic Adventure of Ashley and Paul’s Wedding Celebration in New Orleans! These two know how to throw a party. But before the celebrating could commence, the pair shared vows amongst their family and friends. The day started very relaxed, as Ashley and her girls sipped on champagne and admired her GORGEOUS Berta wedding gown before she stepped into it. Then she walked downstairs to go see her groom for the first time. It was so sweet. I always love first looks, because the groom usually has NO idea what his bride will be wearing. Usually when the groom turns around, he gasps at his beautiful bride and tells her how gorgeous she looks. But when Ashley and Paul saw each other for the first time, tears started to gather in their eyes and huge smiles formed, and she immediately said to Paul, “I love you, I am so grateful for you”, as the hugged and laughed and smiled.

Guests started to arrive, and the ceremony began. Everyone listened as the two shared their own written vows. Paul let Ashley know that the first time he met her, he barely heard a word of what she said, because of how entranced he was. He knew she would be the one. The pair said “I do” and it was time to celebrate! They were later introduced as husband and wife and danced their first dance together as such surrounded by sparklers. The Phunky Monkeys killed it on stage, getting everyone on their feet for the entire night. The guests indulged in Melissa’s Fine Pastries enormous (and gorgeous!) cake, along with a gelato station. There was also a cigar room and a scotch room, and everyone mingled and partied around the pool and fireplaces all night long. Ashley and Paul had gigantic smiles on their faces the entire night. As I got ready to say good bye to the happy couple, Ashley said to me “This has been the best night of my entire life”….and I would totally agree with that! Congrats to Ashley and Paul!!!

Coordinator: Brooke Casey Weddings Venue: Race and Religious Florals: Antigua Floral Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries  Band: Phunky Monkeys Videography: Lonely Eskimo Productions Hair: Ali Vasquez Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro Invitations: A Fine Press  Ceremony Dress: Berta Reception Dress: Jenny Packham

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Ashley and Paul’s Second Line Rehearsal Dinner in New Orleans

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Here is Part One of the epic weekend that Ashley and Paul invited their friends and family to join them in celebrating their marriage! The pair decided to tie the knot in New Orleans, for many reasons. Obviously, New Orleans has a certain charm about it that is undeniable, but mainly they picked this city because it holds a special place in their hearts! These two LOVE this city. Paul actually took Ashley to New Orleans early on in their dating stages, knowing that if she could handle this city and love it for it’s character, flavor, beauty, and charm, then she was the one. Of course, she loved New Orleans, and they have been visiting together ever since.

The “opening night” of their wedding weekend started with a masquerade dinner at the Elm’s Mansion, located in the Garden district.  Guests laughed along to a few roasts of the bride and groom to be, and then we all gathered into a few streetcars and headed to the French Quarter with a full brass band for a celebratory Second Line!!! We shut down the streets as we paraded through singing and dancing along to the band playing. Crowds formed around, and a few strangers tagged along to the joyful dance! The tour ended at The Swamp on Bourbon Street, where the wedding guests kept the party going. It was a lot of fun and excitement, but in reality, we hadn’t even seen the wedding dress yet! Stay tuned for Part Two of Ashley and Paul’s big wedding day, held at the stunning Race and Religious! AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-5AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-7AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-8AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-10AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-12AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-13AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-15AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-17AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-18AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-20AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-16AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-19AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-21AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-22AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-23AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-25AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-27AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-28AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-30AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-31AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-32AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-33AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-35AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-34AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-38AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-39AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-37AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-40AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-41AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-42AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-43AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-44AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-45AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-46AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-47AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-48AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-51AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-53AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-54AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-55AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-56AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-57AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-59AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-60AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-61AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-62AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-63AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-64AshleyPaulWeddingBlog-65

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Barcelona Cooking Class

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While on my solo trip around Europe, I did have my mom join me for a few days. She happened to tag along during my time in Barcelona, and thought of a perfect activity we could do together; a cooking class! When I visited Thailand, one of the best memories I had was attending a cooking class in Chiang Mai. Food is the heart and soul of a country’s culture. There is so much to be learned from the history of a country’s cuisine, and the areas of the country certain dishes come from. I knew I wanted to take a least one cooking class while in Europe, and it happened to be in Barcelona! I was looking up a few online and came across Just Royal Bcn Cooking Class, where we had the option to talk a market tour in the Gothic Quarter of the city before the class, and then would be learning how to make a few tapas, as well as what I had been waiting for; paella!! We walked into the *beautiful* setup that chef Alfredo had for us. We then tasted tapas from all over the country, such as octopus, patatas bravas, garlic shrimp, manchego, and mussles. It was fun making our own dishes, and then we got to eat everything together as well! I’d HIGHLY recommend this cooking class for anyone visiting Barcelona in the future!

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