Saturday, October 29, 2011
Today was the wedding of a friend of ours. A wedding that she planned meticulously for over a year.
A wedding that turned into a winter wonderland.
Yes, we got our first snow of the year today and what a snow it was!
I had worked the night before, so I slept until 2pm and then got up and got ready. We left the house at 3ish and the snow was already coming down like crazy–big, thick, wet flakes.
The driving was very difficult. It was almost impossible to see the street signs. We had to use an umbrella to walk from the car to the chapel.
Even though we were running behind, we made it in time and the ceremony was beautiful 🙂
Then it was back out into the snow which still had not let up.
We made it to the reception, slowly, with a windshield that kept fogging up. We were inside, relaxing with drinks and apps, mingling and chatting with our friends, when the unthinkable happened…the power went out.
And the place did not have a generator.
We were informed that we would all have to leave shortly.
I felt SO bad for the bride. Her night of nights was definitely NOT turning out how she planned.
But then her father gave a moving speech. Her cousin, one of the bridesmaids sang acapello so that there would be a first dance. Everyone worked together to move the gifts, cake, decorations to the motel.
Most everyone then went to a local bar to continue celebrating. We made the decision to leave early because we were worried about the roads. Good thing we did…it took us almost 2 hours to get home!
And then when we got home we saw that we had lost power. That our beautiful magnolia tree had cracked in half. That trees were continuing to crack and fall from the weight of the heavy snow.
And that was only the beginning of the awful week of no power.
But as for our friend, she and her groom and her loved ones continued to party! A week later when I saw the pictures, I was glad to see that she was smiling, because there was definitely a period when she was holding back the tears. The photographer got some awesome pictures in the snow. It was definitely a wedding that she’ll NEVER forget!