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Happy 2 week anniversary to the Giroirs!

It’s been 2 weeks since my best friend got married to the love of her life.

Michelle and I have been friends for a long time and I am so happy that she found someone as fantastic as Michael to spend the rest of her life with!

Insert embarrassing old pictures here:

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I can’t say enough about how wonderful the wedding was, so I thought I would document some highlights – with pictures!

The Bachelorette Party

A girls’ night out Bourbon Street never felt so sweet (or sweaty). We were pirates for the evening, as you can tell from our t-shirts (that say “This Bachelorette Party is rated ARRRRRGH!”). We even had a bona fide treasure map leading us to some of the most classic spots on Bourbon Street.

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My favorite drink of the night – the Pimm’s Cup from Napoleon House.

Shake your own Pimm’s cup:

  • Fill a tall 12 oz glass with ice and add 1 1/4 oz. Pimm’s #1 and 3 oz lemonade.
  • Then top off with 7up.
  • Garnish with cucumber.

The rehearsal

Though we got started a little late (the jet lagged and exhausted best man got separated from the group which caused a momentary snag in plans – but it all worked out ok!), the rehearsal was fantasic. And as Maid of Honor, I got to sign the marriage certificate – so I will legally be part of their marriage forever! (Let’s face it, they’re stuck with me).

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The rehearsal dinner was touching, emotional, and delicious – thanks to the great people at Drusilla’s Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge and the wonderful speeches by Mr. Giroir and Mr. Mahone. The love in the room on an occasion like that is really moving – and yes, I cried the whole way through.

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The ceremony

I cried fairly uncontrollably when Michelle and her Dad came down the aisle (that part gets me every time), and then I got a hold of myself. This is partially due to the nerves – I was afraid I would screw up my duties of handing over his ring, holding her bouquet, and fluffing the train. All in a day’s work!

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The music was perfect thanks to John Mlynczak and Jeremiah’s amazing voice. Not to mention, Michelle’s dad asking her “Do I have to stay in the back of the church with you the entire time? I really don’t want to miss Jeremiah singing.”

And no, we did not dance down the aisle, though it was tempting.

One of my favorite moments was when Michelle’s Dad saw her in her dress for the very first time. I tried to capture it in the following video, enjoy!

Michelle’s Dad sees her in her wedding dress for the first time from Caitlin ‘Qcait’ Kaluza on Vimeo.

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The party!

The reception was more fun than I could have ever imagined. AMAZING food (Boudin balls, anyone?), fantastic music by Baton Rouge band Stormy, wine a flowing, and LOTS of dancing! My ONLY complaint is that it went by so fast!

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Congratulations!

All in all, the wedding weekend was full of love, adventure, joy, music, food, friends, and fun! A perfect start to a marriage that I know will be full of the same!

To the Giroirs, I love you both very much and I am so honored to be a part of your wedding!

Love, love, love.

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