Jef and I went to New Orleans a few months ago with some friends and apparently I never pulled the photos off my point and shoot! Not only did I forget I took these, I forgot about some of these moments. That was a fun trip (and fun to find these pictures again). Now I want to go back! In the meantime, here are some of my favorites.
I'm sure I've mentioned The Men From Nantucket here before. Oh yes! Here, here, here and here! They are a great Austin band that broke up right as Jef and I moved to town. We got here just in time to see their final show (and the rehearsal for the final show since I was roommates w/ the lead singer and drummer at the time). For a band that hasn't officially existed as long as we've lived here, I've become quite a fan thanks to their many reunion shows.
A few weeks ago they had their 5th Final Show at Elysium. Loved seeing the boys back together again and anytime I see Waiting for August is a good day.
Pictures from the She Craves show at Stubb's last weekend. Great job, guys!
The girls in the front row LOVED the show. They rocked out the whole time, dancing and jumping around. At the end of the last song they gave Christine some bracelets they'd been wearing.
One Eyed Doll A quirky two-piece band that followed She Craves. They remind me a bit of Dresden Dolls.
My friend, Rinku, was married this past weekend. It was the first traditional Indian wedding I'd ever been to - it was unbelievably beautiful. I wish I'd done some research ahead of time so I knew better what everything meant, but that's ok. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, even if I didn't understand everything. :)
I didn't take many photos at the wedding itself, she had a great photographer that day named Jesus Tirso from Decca Phototography. I can't wait to see his photos. I did, however, take photos a few days earlier when she had her Mehndi ceremony - that is the traditional application of decorative henna to her hands and feet. I've always adored henna, and this artist was amazing. I'm glad we got pictures, it's hard to believe this work will just fade away.
Bridal Mehndi ~ Initials Traditionally the artist hides the groom's (or in this case, the couple's) initials in the pattern and the man has to sit with his finance until he finds them. I hear 'Eagle Eyes' Himanshu did very well.
Bridal Mehndi ~ Rinku
Bridal Mehndi ~ Hands
Wedding ~ The families meet
Every year I seem to JUST miss the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration and swear that the following year I'm going to make sure I don't forget. By some miracle this year I actually remembered and even managed to wrangle a few people to come down to the procession with me. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday when family and friends gather to honor the dead and remember loved ones who have passed. The Austin celebration has been sponsored for the past 25 years by the Mexic-Arte Museum. They are dedicated to developing awareness of Día de los Muertos and sharing its importance to our community. If you missed the celebration, they have an alter exhibition thru Nov 9 (as well as some great pieces in their Young Latino series, also up thru Nov 9).
A few more photos are over on Flickr.