My book has led me to lots of new places where I’ve met lots of great and interesting people. Some of them have become friends. The year the book came out, I received an email from a woman wanting to order a case of books to be shipped to her sister in Poland for distribution in Europe. Emails were exchanged, and the order was filled.
A year later, I was sitting at a table at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival with a couple of my books on display, and a pair of very animated and attractive women stepped up and proceeded to get all excited about the book. And who do you think they were? Yep, they were the very same sisters who had ordered the case of books to go to Europe!
The younger of the two and I have become very good friends. BB is a sociology professor interested in environmental issues in children’s literature and has done more to promote my book than any distributor I could have paid!
And she got married Friday night on a Mississippi river boat called the Creole Queen. This was the first time I’d ever been to such a wedding, and it was fantastic!
Dotter and I checked into our river view room at the Hilton that afternoon, thankful that bride and groom had gotten a discount for their guests!
The view from our window of the river and all the passing boat traffic was wonderful! As I stood there, I imagined my boys passing that very spot on their respective tugboats, pushing long barges to places north and south of New Orleans.
And could this be our riverboat docking? We wouldn’t have far to go in that case!
This is the view as we descended the hotel steps to the dock where the Creole Queen waited, beautifully lit in the early evening light.
(For you photographers, the lack of flash added noise since I was not using a tripod. Even so, I love the softness that makes this photo look almost like a painting.)
The ceremony, performed on the upper deck in a brisk Eastern wind, was thankfully short, sweet, and to the point!
Below deck, the decor was warm and festive, the food divine and the drinks any way you liked. The music was a hand-picked mixture of oldies that really set the mood for their celebratory reception,
starting with the couple’s first dance. Don’t they look dreamy?
After a delicious dinner buffet was served, we cast cast off for a two-hour cruise up the mighty Mississippi and back to the port of New Orleans. Taken from inside the boat, this photo shows the New Orleans skyline and the reflection of the room as we traveled.
The paddle wheels were mesmerizing–as seen from inside the boat. Also amazing was the fact that we could not tell we were moving. Not even the waves from other boats affected the stable ride of the Creole Queen.
No New Orleans wedding is complete without a Second Line dance. Wasn’t the bride gorgeous!
It was quite a classy wedding, and I was honored that BB and The Italian invited me. Dotter and I had a really nice time at our first ever riverboat wedding!
Rest today, for tomorrow is back to work on the Raising of Camp Dularge!