- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2009
I’ve been reading how swine flu changed honeymoon plans of many bees, but in my case, it was our wedding that had to be totally changed because we got married on May 2nd, right in the middle of all the restrictions our government set up as a protection of the swine flu virus…and we had to change everything!
By friday, just the day before, we knew all churches were closed, so that meant we weren’t going to have our ceremony in my lovely church where i had attended for my entire life, our venue was under threat (if we had our party there, it was going to be fined), our caterer cancelled on us the day before, so that meant no food, no drinks, no waiters!
It was the worst nightmare a bride could have imagined, but surprisingly i didn’t cry my eyes out (well, just a little bit) and my dear parents, my Fiance and I tried our best to deal with the situation… we talked to the caterer and he agreed to provide us only food but no other services, so our dear friends offered to waiter during the reception!
We changed our venue and decided to have both religious ceremony and reception in my family’s little ranch, right in the middle of nowhere, at 4 pm instead of 7 pm, so our guests could arrive while we still had sunlight just in case electricity decided to cancel on us too!
Like headless chickens, we made phone calls to all of our guests, asking them to keep our new plans kinda secret, so the police won’t know them (the police was ordered to interrupt and cancel any large crowd reunion, to prevent people for the virus) and even my family’s good relation with our major didn’t help at all (we even speak -actually, beg- him to make an exception, but it was useless so we make him believe we canceled all our plans).
We bought all flowers and my girlfriends helped me to make all centerpieces and bouquets, my make-up and hair appointment was changed, our cake’s decoration was uncompleted by the time we went to picked it (we picked everything ourselves and took it to the ranch: chairs, tables, linens, food and beverages, flowers, cake, decorations, everything just the day before!)
We had a little ceremony rehearse almost at midnight and my parents, my sweet siblings, some friends and my beloved Fiance sang to me happy birthday, because on saturday, it was also my 24th b-day! They even bought me a cake and buried my face in it! it was the perfect ending for such a day!
On saturday, we had our civil ceremony at 10 am at my parent’s house, the judge was late and i had a mini heart-attack until i saw she finally arrived and we got legally married!
And at 4 pm, with our closest family and friends, we had our religious ceremony under a modest wood tent, my heart beating like crazy when I saw through the veil a handsome groom at the end of the aisle, waiting for me with teared eyes, then i saw my proud father lifting my veil and giving me away to this great man that today is my husband, the love of my life…
From that moment on, everything became to me a blur, a rush, a brief moment of 5 hours spend with our guests, laughing, joking, hugging, crying of pure happiness…
After all we made through, May 2nd was a perfect day made of all kind of imperfections, with every second full of love and joy, and i wouldn’t change it for anything!
It will make a great story to tell our children, don’t you think?