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 brewing…though 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…