this past weekend, i had the great privilege of spending thanksgiving with the smith/mackinnon clan in louisiana. after the big meal on thursday in mandeville, a town across from new orleans via lake pontchartrain, we spent the weekend in NOLA with matt’s older brother and his wife, as well as family that poured in from arkansas, texas, and of course, seattle.
this was my first holiday away from my family, but it sure didn’t feel like it. i’ve never encountered a group more generous and welcoming, and i am so grateful to have been a part of the gathering. i can’t wait to visit again.
everything about NOLA — from its big history to the little architectural details in the french quarter — totally enchanted me. it was a dream to photograph and i’m already craving one last helping of beignets.
i owe my love for color to my mother, who has an incredible eye for design and home decor. her dinner table settings are legendary, and above is a picture of the glassybabys (candle votives) she brought to our cabin for thanksgiving a few years back. they are a sight to behold on their own, but my mother’s color selections and the way the evening light falls upon them really made for a stunning thanksgiving table.