I would like to say the wedding took place without any problems, misfortunes or last minute changes. However, this is one that surely will go down in family history as one that had more than its share of misfortunes. The whole point, though, is that Bobby and Rhiannon are happily married and will have plenty of stories about the weekend to tell their children someday!
We thought the biggest battle would be against the elements. Rain threatened absolutely everything we did all weekend. But, the biggest battle was one that wasn’t anticipated. Around 11 p.m., the night before the wedding, Bobby was informed that the venue for their wedding reception had been shut down by the police because they didn’t possess a business license. So, slightly over 12 hours before a Sunday wedding on a holiday weekend, the bride and groom found themselves without a site for their post-ceremony merriment. Anxiety, panic, tears and anger were all fitting adjectives describing emotions Saturday night. The bride’s family didn’t sleep at all the night before the wedding. They managed to reach the pastor of their church, make emergency arrangements to use the fellowship hall and moved all of the tables, chairs, etc., that would fit into the church basement. It wasn’t quite big enough, there was no dance floor and it wasn’t handicapped accessible, but, it was a space and we were all grateful for it. God will provide!
Sunday morning, it rained and rained and rained. The backup location for the wedding was supposed to have been the original reception site. But, that was no longer available. We hoped and we prayed and about the time we needed to arrive at the wedding site, the clouds parted and the sun came out. The wedding was held at Loose Park after all. It may have been a little soggy and a bit warm and humid, but, it was beautiful. I have a nice sunburn to prove the sun was, indeed, shining on Bobby and Rhiannon’s wedding day!
This morning I slept in. I’m completely spent, but, very happy with the outcome of the weekend when all was said and done. The happy couple is married and off to enjoy a much deserved honeymoon. And I am back to work tomorrow!