As a wedding and event planner, I live by the age-old phrase, “Hope for the best and plan for the worst.” I make each client come up with a Plan B in case of unforeseen weather or any other issues that may arise – not because I want to stress them out, but because sometimes things really do happen that are beyond our control, and it’s good to be prepared for anything. And when I’ve implemented Plan Bs before, we have been prepared – but nothing could have prepared us for the veritable monsoon that came through on the day of Lexi + Austin’s wedding.
What we thought would be scattered showers ended up being a torrential downpour. Lexi and her bridesmaids watched anxiously from the bridal suite as the sky turned black and the flooding rain started, all the while knowing that somehow, some way, we were going to need to get the entire wedding party over to the chapel from the barn where they were getting ready. We kept hoping we could wait out the rain, but before we knew it it was half an hour to the ceremony and we hadn’t done any pre-ceremony photos. With the all-important first look photos in mind, we gathered the few umbrellas we had among us and the plastic that the suits had come wrapped in and we started walking the wedding party over to the chapel two-by-two.
As soon as Lexi + Austin saw each other, the whole vibe of the day changed. The stress and the tears and the anxiety were gone and all they could do was smile and laugh and share the joy of their big day. As guests started to arrive, the bridesmaids held sheets up to cover Lexi from view as they snuck her out of the chapel and into the restroom to hide. Everyone was happy and ready to get the show on the road – and then, just as the chapel doors opened and the processional started, the power cut out. And it stayed out. There were no lights, no music, no nothing except nervous whispers from the guests.
I turned to Lexi and she said, “It’s okay. Let’s just do it.” In spite of everything, she knew that the man of her dreams was waiting for her at the end of the aisle and she didn’t want to wait any longer to marry him than she already had.
And, needless to say, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. It was quiet and intimate and truly moving in a way I’ve never experienced. Even when the rain stopped and the power came back on and everything went back to normal, there was still so much love and joy and support for this amazing couple. Lexi + Austin are such special people and so wonderful together, and Lexi said it best when she said their day was “real, intimate, raw, and still so imperfectly perfect.” It was truly an honor to be a part of their love story.