- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
Hello Hive! I am MARRIED! I am posting an overall recap here with some guest pics, and I will do a detailed one later with pro pics too!
But obviously to address the glaring occurance: RAIN. We brides, especially those with outdoor weddings as mine was, FEAR precipitation. For obvious reasons, but hopefully my recap will help those of you facing wet conditions to look on the positive side!
So of course all the week before (and all this week, too) is supposed to be perfect fall weather: 70-75 degrees during the day, sunny, not windy, just lovely. And about 5 days out from the wedding we finally see it: 70% chance of rain for 9/21. I tried not to stress about it because I literally could not change it. COULD NOT. Also I tried reminding myself that the weather will change like, every day. It kind of did….
The day before the wedding it said rain starting around 1:00. Boo. And then the day OF the wedding, mother nature kept holding it back, holding it back! My venue was a B&B, with the ceremony in the ruins of the old stone bank barn (so open to the sky) and the reception is under the tent in their riding ring (they have horses – and once spring/summer comes, they don’t use the ring anymore so no worries about horse manure!!)
So the rain held off and held off and we were able to wrap our pictures up around 3! I do think that some of the formal pictures got a tiny bit rushed because we were racing the rain, but that was ok with me because my groom is NOT patient when it comes to pictures and he was about all done. Had he been an actual three year old, I would have been counting down from 10 to the temper tantrum lol. That being said we got the important ones! And I learned this: No matter how planned out your picture time is, there could ALWAYS be more pictures to take, more poses to play with, more areas you hadn’t thought of, etc. In this area it’s best to let go, go with the flow, get the very very important ones, and then enjoy the ones you CAN get!
So, anyway, the rain held off until about three, when it began to sprinkle. At that point I went to go hide in the B&B anyway, while the guests began to arrive around 3:30 for the 3:30-4:30 pre-ceremony cocktail hour. (It should also be noted that my groom and I did a first look.) So all the while the guests are arriving, it sprinkled, which was fine because they were all in the reception tent. We were on standby: last minute, can we do the ceremony outside in the beautiful space? Or do we have to improvise in the tent? We practiced in the tent during rehearsal and I had really tried to come to peace with it, because it would still be beautiful and meaningful and it would have almost been like a ‘wedding in the round’ because our guests would be seated all around us.
4:30 comes, and it is time to make a decision. I decided, for the sake of our guests, to go with the tent. My bridesmaids and groomsmen kept trying to say “it’s your day, its just a little drizzle, we don’t mind,” but I really wanted our guests to be comfortable. As I had decided the tent, my groom was on his way over to try and convince me to have it outside. And then the best man (groom’s brother) told me, “most of the people I have talked to said they hope you have it outside even with the rain.” I said “really?” he said “yeah! It’s not bad at all!”
So we changed it to outside! When our DOC went over to make the announcement, all our guests cheered!!!! Not one person I spoke to said they minded the drizzle (and at least it was pretty warm too) and it was a short ceremony as well.
Honestly, I think the rain gave all our guests a chance to feel even MORE involved in our day, like their willingness to sit ouside in a light drizzle made the day that much more special, and they were happy to have “lent a helping hand”. I also think it made people loosen up and kick back!! The spontaneity of the ceremony (inside, outside, inside….) and then the fact that it POURED as soon as we were introduced back into the reception tent made people feel like they were all really in it together to party and not let the rain ruin ANYTHING. Plus if it really is true that rain is good luck, we have a 1/2 inch to an inch of good luck. I think I might start playing the lotto!!!!
So all in all, the rain didn’t ruin anything, it just made our day that much more unique and special, and it ended up working out with our timeline and venue!
So of course, here are some guest pics! (I know that’s what you’re all waiting for anyway ;P )
the amazing moon photobooth my mom and stepdad made!
pre ceremony pic
I would love to upload a pic of our bridal party but first I need to blur faces, etc. So these are it for now, definitely more to come with details later!