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Oh What a Night

I just got home from a very memorable wedding that I have to blog about. I may never get the pictures back to post but the story is too good to not mention. This bride and groom chose their home and backyard gardens for the site of their ceremony and reception. They’ve been working for months to get the grass, flowers, shrubs, and trees ready for this one day. I’ve seen them in action, and they definitely put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the work there. And it paid off! When I was down to the house a month ago the gardens were in full bloom and they were stunning. Perfect backdrop for the perfect wedding.

Fast forward to tonight, or last night, I should say. Fast forward to Hurricane Danny and all of its rain. And where the gardens and the flowers and the lawn become, well, flooded. Under water. Completely soaked. Then add 100 people walking all over it. The result – MUD.

Every bride wishes perfection on her wedding day. Although we always have a backup plan for rain, most don’t expect rain and mud and slop and filthiness on their big day. This is the kind of thing that would crush most couples, devastate the bride, cause panic among the guests, and completely ruin their wedding day – assuming they didn’t just cancel the whole event all together. We’re talking about that much mud. Even up until an hour before the wedding the groom and groomsmen were using giant squeegees to push the mud and water out from under the reception tent. They had a wet vac out and were trying to vacuum the grass around the dance floor. The groom’s 70 year old father was working a drainage pump to try and push the water across the driveway and away from the wedding site. This is the amount of mud that would have some brides thinking about calling the whole thing off. It was a lot of mud.

But to this bride and groom it didn’t matter. They had the right perspective all along. They didn’t get bogged down in details, held back by weather or circumstance, and they weren’t going to let anything get in the way of their perfect day. Because the day was perfect because of people not things. It was perfect because their family had come in from all over – including some from Italy – to be there for them. It was perfect because of their friends and neighbors who gathered there for the union. It was perfect because she was marrying the man of her dreams and he was marrying the woman of his. And no hurricane or rain storm or Woodstock-like mud pit could get in their way. The bride picked up her dress, threw on some big rubber boots and walked proudly down that aisle. And she was as gorgeous a bride as I’ve ever seen.

I have worked with many many brides who stress over things like ribbon colors, hair pins, best man toasts, fussy bridesmaids, invitation font, and every other detail that is painfully tiny. Sure, these are important, but if you step back and remember what you’re really there for – you are joining your life with that of another person and pledging to love them and be with them for the rest of your life – and you keep that a focus throughout the planning – then everything will be fine. I promise. I know it. And I believe it even more after tonight…

To tonight’s bride and groom, Michele and Eddie – you are beautiful people and you had a beautiful wedding!!! Thanks so much for letting me a part of your special day. I would love for all of my couples to have the same carefree approach to their wedding day that you did. You guys made it great because of the wonderful people you are and I know you are heading into a lifetime of happiness together. Love you guys!! And send me pictures!!! 🙂

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  1. Tracey says:

    Great post Shannon!

  2. Gail says:

    I'm sure the capable and level headed wedding planner made the evening go smoothly as well!
    Congratulations to all!!

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