Rain is Just One of Life’s Reminders

This is a little personal blog about Saturday’s wedding….the “official” one will follow, but I just have a few things to say…

The day, this Saturday, April 24, 2010, was scheduled to be a beautiful Spring day, according the Farmer’s Almanac, so Allison dreamed up a beautiful Spring outdoor wedding at the gorgeous Furman University amphitheater.

There are a few people who join in the dream of a bride….her mom, sister, friends, florist, event planner, musician, etc…and, of course, the wedding photographer…that would be me.

I love to dream up a wedding…to create scenes in my head, staging the posed and “spontaneous” moments of a wedding. It’s challenging to go in “blind” to a wedding venue-makes dreaming happen faster and on the job- but I find excitement in this, too. However, I was not “blind” to the amphitheater at Furman…it’s pretty close to being in my back yard. I walk by it, shoot near it, enjoy concerts there, etc…SO, my dream of shooting in this “new” but dear location for Saturday’s wedding had been brewingthough not as long as Allison’s.

I honestly cannot remember the last time it rained SO hard, SO sideways, and SO long! REALLY?! This isn’t happening! I pleaded all morning for it to hold…but literally as Allison was stepping into her dress it started…and it lasted ALL day and into the night!

Around 2:00, the reception was “called” for us…it was going to be inside at the Hartness Pavilion. Around 3:15, the wedding was “called” for us…it too was moved to the HP. AND let me just say “KUDOS” to all the people working behind the scenes for this one! WOW! I cannot believe how seamless it was executed! I’m VERY IMPRESSED WITH FURMAN UNIVERSITY STAFF! and a loud shout out to my friends Sandy and Mary for being jamming good wedding coordinators!

So as it all unfolded I found myself quietly chanting …this is NOT about me (I’m sure none of you have that problem!) I even told my friend and second shooter, Christy-”You may have to keep saying out loud to me ‘It’s not about you!‘” I was SO sad!  And honestly, I was heartbroken for one of the sweetest brides ever! Allison handled the disappointment with complete grace. We had a few teary moments, but what do you expect?!

Around 4:15, we began the indoor ceremony and celebration.  And at the end of the day, there was a bride and groom united as man and wife and all was well with the world again.

I did, however, find myself continuing to process the day…and as I rode to church Sunday morning under gloriously brilliant blue Spring skies…an audible “Why?” came out of my mouth-right there! in front of both of my children! Will I ever be done with that question?! Mike said “ok Job…” and I quickly remembered the proper question to replace my “why? didn’t I get what I wanted” with is…”where was I when God created the rain…?”

I have no idea why Allison and Brad’s wedding was rained in. I have NO idea. But I know WHO DOES! and I know, Brad and Allison, God has a perfect plan for your marriage! I know that this will unfortunately NOT be the last time life doesn’t go as planned…for me, or for you. I know RAIN is going to continue as long as we’re here in this broken world. I know God is in control and I am not.

The celebration of marriage is another reminder…that we belong in relationship…with the God who stops and starts the rains.  That HE would call us His bride is GLORIOUS! And your wedding day was as well…



April 27, 2010 - 4:15 am

Mary Daum - Kim,
Well never did I imagine that our Great Big God was planning all that He was on Allison’s wedding day. I have never seen people and circumstances come together the way they did that day. I appreciate your noticing all that was happening. Your comments were so glorifing. Thank you for stepping in and being part of the team that pulled it together. I can’t thank you enough for being an awesome photographer and capturing the moments but also for being a fantastic sister in Christ and being there in the midst of the unexpected! Your art reflects the passion that is in your heart!
Love ya, Mary

April 26, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Logan Wolfram - I normally wouldn’t comment on something where i don’t know the person, but as soon as i read your post the following came to me for the bride…i think it was from the Lord. Sometimes heaven’s rain saturates us in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

Looks like tonight, the sky is heavy
Feels like the winds are gonna change
Beneath my feet, the earth is ready
I know its time for heaven’s rain
It’s gonna rain

Cause it’s living water we desire
To flood our hearts with holy fire

Rain down all around the world we’re singing
Rain down can you here the earth is singing
Rain down my heart is dry but still I’m singing
Rain down rain it down on me.

Back to the start, my heart is heavy
Feels like it’s time, to dream again
I see the clouds, and yes I’m ready
To dance upon this barren land
Hope in my hands

Do not shut, Do not shut, Do not shut the heavens
But open up, open up, open up our hearts

Give me strength to cross this water
Keep my heart upon your altar
Give me strength to cross this water
Keep my feet don’t let me falter

April 26, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Allison - Thank you so much Kim. I had yet another teary moment when reading this. Your words of wisdom and encouragement mean so much to me. God worked it out that you were my photographer! :) As the wedding has passed, I have started to hear more and more stories about the things that family, friends, florists, and Furman University did for me that day. I am blown away with the behind the scenes work that went on. My florist sent one of his good friends to the Hartness when the wedding was moved at 3:15. He knew what was going to happen and she dropped what she was doing and came to help oversee all the decorations. The furman police drove around the parking lot asking who was going to the Billings/Barron wedding and personally escorted people the front of the HP so they wouldn’t get rained on. My soccer coach stood in the rain at the amphitheater so everyone would know where the wedding had been moved. Those are just a few stories of many. The day wasn’t short of memorable and all that matters is that at the end of the day God was honored.

You are the BEST kim!

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