Post # 1
Ok, I need to get this out of my head so please just let me vent.
I know that Hurricane Sandy has caused major chaos. New York is a mess. People don’t have power. It’s flooding. People have died. I’ve prayed for them and I’m grateful that I have heat and lights and my health right now. I am.
But I’m getting married this Friday in Asheville and it was suppose to be 64 freaking degrees. 64. Not 54, which is what they are now projecting. I don’t have a jacket that will look nice with my dress and I don’t want pictures with us all wrapped up in jackets and scarves. Plus, we had planned to get married on these huge, flat rocks in the middle of the river but it’s suppose to rain tomorrow so the river might be too high for that and the embankment we have to climb down is going to be a muddy mess. To top it off, I had planned this little picnic in the meadow where we would cut our cake, toast our union, and have our first dance but if the ground is wet/muddy, that’s not happening either. Ugghhhh….! I want the lovely, sunny, cool autumn day I had planned. Not a damp, cold, muddy mess.
Ok, thanks for letting me vent. Now I’m getting over myself. People are truly suffering because of this hurricane and the only thing I have to worry about is wearing a coat, mud and wet shoes. I have a coat and shoes to wear. Lights to get dressed by. A car that’s not underwater to drive to the elopment site. And a wonderful man to marry. I just need to put this in perspective and come up with a Plan B.
Post # 3
Hey a girl’s gotta vent. That doesn’t make you a bad person. But you’re right in that in the grand scheme of this natural disaster, you are one lucky lady. Any options in the works for a Plan B?
Post # 4
I would recommend you look for a cute pair of rainboots that will look great in photos.. Wear thick socks to keep your feet warm… If you refuse to change plan A then consider changing the date…
If you are ok with a plan B then consider incorporating the weather change in your elopment. An elopment is usually spur of the moment thing.. So go with the theme of a crazy weather day.. Wear the rain boots, consider a location where you can light a fire to keep warm. Take photos with your husband to be sharing his coat with you.. It will all work out perfectly! I freaked about a random heat wave we had the week before our wedding and then the day of the weather was perfect.. Just focus on the POSITIVE …
Post # 5
Sorry you’re dealing with this. Hurricane Sandy aside, this is always a risk with outdoor weddings. I’m kind of amazed when people have enough faith to plan an outdoor wedding (or outdoor anything really) without a Plan B they like. I’m way too much of a skeptic for that. It probably also has to do with living in an area where the weather regularly turns on a dime though.
Post # 7
We almost eloped this today instead of last Tuesday. Boy am I glad we changed our minds. Whew!!
You could wear a stole (I got a faux fur one from ebay just to be on the save side) or wrap/pashmina and a pair of nice gloves. 🙂
Post # 8
I live near Asheville, and the good news is it is supposed to be SUNNY 🙂 Don’t worry too much about the river being too high. A creek runs through my front yard and when it rains it gets higher but usually goes down pretty quickly once the rain ends. Hopefully the sun will make it seem a little warmer. I’m sure it will be a lovely day for you and Fiance. Best wishes! 🙂
Post # 9
I need more info on these flat rocks in the middle of the river – have any pics of them in low river levels? It just seems like asking for trouble climbing down an embankment in a wedding dress, even in good weather, but I probably am not picturing them right.
I’ll tell you this – I had a friend who had an outdoor wedding planned and had to change it a week out due to rain predicted. Moving it indoors was the BIGGEST BLESSING to that wedding you could have ever imagined. She didn’t really see it that way, but it was about to be a disaster if it had been outside (even if the weather had cooperated). Moving it indoors made it so much smoother.
I wish you the best!
Post # 10
@cerenatee: I was wondering about you yesterday! We are still on for our Saturday elopment in a local park (Philly suburbs). Fiance is going to drive over there tomrorow and make sure it’s accessible and not a total mess of downed trees and such. They’re saying we will hopefully have power back by tomorrow night… otherwise we may be showering and getting ready at a friend’s house vs. our own. Hopefully the salon I use has power by Sat! LOL
It’s going to be sunny but only upper 40’s/low 50’s here… and very very muddy. I figured I would wear a fleece and just stuff it into a bag before we start taking pictures. And to walk around the park taking pictures I’m taking a pair of slip on sneakers that I can walk in and then carry my heels until we get to the picture spots. I figure if we get a few candid pix of me with sneakers and a fleece over my dress then so be it… it’s part of the memory and 20 years from now we can say “this was taken a few days after a major hurricane”.
Feel free to message me if you need to vent some more! I’m with ya!
Post # 11
Find a cute umbrella and rainboots for the pictures! Google pictures of weddings in the rain…some folks made good on a bad situation!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for your suggestions and support. I love it!
@lulu12: Great suggestions! I hadn’t thought of any of that. I especially love the one about using the coat in pictures.
@OctBride-2012: I don’t have a stole but I was thinking of using a cardigan. I’ve seen some great pictures with cardigans.
@BeeLadylike: Thanks for the update. We’re heading to Asheville tomorrow morning so we’ll get a chance to check it out. Hopefully the levels are still low or dropping.
@NAvery: Here’s a picture of the rocks. It’s usually not as low as it is in the picture but it’s still low enough to stand in the middle of the rocks and have the river flowing around you.
@GFerg: Good idea.
@elspeth: I heard about the damage in Philadelphia. I hope loss of power is the worst of it for you. I can’t imagine what a mess it is up there.
I’m glad to hear you’re still going on with your wedding. Are you excited? Cause I’m starting to freak. I’m nervous about the vows and freaking out about the pictures. I haven’t taken even regular pictures in years since I gained weight so I can’t imagine how it’s going to go or how it’s going to turn out. I’m trying to keep positive though.
Great idea on the shoes. I can get a pair of cute rain boots if it’s still wet and/or muddy and then wear my turquoise glitter flats where possible. I know the paths through the woods are covered in leaves so I should be able to wear them there. I’m even excited now about wearing the coat and boots. It would be a really cool thing to tell the grandkids one day. Thanks for putting it in perspective.
Post # 13
Beautiful rocks!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!
We got power back last night (hurrah!!) and I called my salon just now and confirmed THEY have power and my appt for Sat morning for hair/makeup. Next task is to locate a nice restaurant somewhat close to our area that has power.
I think the only thing I am nervous for at this point is same as you, pictures. I am at my highest ever weight right now and not very “sure” of myself.
Post # 14
I think a cardigan would be really pretty. Asheville is so beautiful and I’m sure you’ll only add to it’s beauty. Good luck and have fun!!! 🙂