- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Here is our wedding day story. Sorry if it’s a little long, feel free to skip the words and look at the photos!
When Darling Husband and I went looking for venues, the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY was one of our first visits. We both LOVED it, but I was a little anxious because the ceremony and the cocktail hour were to be outside. The reception would be in a (huge!) tent beside the mansion overlooking the Long Island Sound. I am generally an optimist, but the idea of a chance of rain, and a very much less satisfactory plan B, was really scary!
As we continued looking, we visited some nice places, some ok places, some not-so-good places. While we were at one particularly bizarre venue in New York City, DH turned to me and said he hated everything else after seeing the Vanderbilt. He is generally very go with the flow, so I knew that he really, really loved it there, and that would have to be the place.
When it came to the date, we knew we wanted the end of September, so being the total crazy person that I am, I did research and found that it had rained less than 1/10th of an inch over the past 10 September 29ths. And that was how we chose our date. This was about 18 months before the wedding.
Fastforward to the week of September 29th, 2012. The forecast had fluctuated all week, peaking at 70% chance of rain 5 days before (oh, you should have seen me that day), and finally settling on 10% for the last 2 days before the wedding. I was confident we would have a beautiful day. And I was wrong, so, so wrong. The whole morning of September 29th consisted of rain, lots of it, with short occasional breaks that gave me excessive amounts of hope. I think I was fairly calm, because I was in the mindset of “well, what can we do about it now?’ I know it’s totally clliche, but I was so excited and happy to be marrying Darling Husband that the venue was totally secondary (I wish someone would have told me I’d feel like that before we spent all that money on the venue, haha). The caterer (who was awesome and so reassuring) set up a mini version of the ceremony we were supposed to do outside in the tent as a backup. It was definitely not my favorite option, but it was all we could do at that point.
While I was getting ready in one of the rooms of the mansion, we were unsure as to whether we would have the ceremony outside or not. The caterer decided to wait until the very last moment to make the call, watching the weather. The wedding was set to start at 4:00pm. At 3:45, we decided to go for it. The ceremony would be outside.
The weather held up for the rest of the day. It was overcast for most of the ceremony, but the sun actually came out eventually, and many of the guests swore that it happened when the officiant pronounced us man and wife. I’m not entirely sure thats true, but it’s a great story.
Onto the photos! I hope it’s not too many! It’s hard to narrow it down when you have over 1600 of them!
I watched it rain off and on the whole time I was getting ready.
My favorite photo of the day. My face is INSANE.
Yeahhhh, he cried. haha <3
That red carpet drives me nuts, but they had to put it down because of all the rain.
There’s that sun! The jerk!