Wedding Weather

posted by Sharon March 7, 2014 25 Comments

My Friday find this week is a sky full of color and vibrance. Here’s why this is such a happy find. My daughter’s outdoor wedding was Sunday. The ceremony would happen, rain or shine, but we were so hoping the storm would break by Sunday afternoon. Here’s the scene earlier in the day.

About 2 hours before the guests arrived, we decided to chance setting up the chairs on the patio. Would the rain hold off for a while? Yes!

And during dinner, the sky put on a show. People spontaneously stood up and gathered outside to watch the enchantment of sunset on the ocean.

The arrival of the strongest storm in decades coinciding with Meg’s wedding brought home to me a few truths.

1. The most important ingredient of a wedding is not the weather; it’s the people. We gathered for the rehearsal while the skies poured and wind whipped about. No one really cared, though, because we were all there together. The bridesmaids smiled.

The happy couple smiled.

Take that, you storm. You cannot dampen our joy.

2. Rain outside adds a coziness inside. The rehearsal dinner, slated for the patio, was moved into the restaurant. Running in from the rain, we arrived thankful for a place to stay dry. There was a feeling of us against the world, sheltered together safe from the dark and cold in a place of light and warmth. The smell of Italian food cooking welcomed us. A hot meal, laughter, good wine, friends and family.

3. Sometimes you can’t see the future. Through the week, we checked the weather (every hour or so, hoping it would magically change). The big storm was headed our way on wedding weekend. It did indeed arrive. Would it clear in time? As I drove to the venue in the morning, windshield wipers going full force, I realized that we just wouldn’t know until right before. Checking hourly wouldn’t really help. The chairs would be outside or inside and we just had to wait and see. This is a hard one for my planner personality.

4. When you steel yourself to weather the storm, you can really appreciate the return of clear skies. If the forecast all week had been for sun, we would not have been nearly as thankful for the privilege of being out in the fresh air.

5. Wedding weather doesn’t really matter much after all. Rain, clouds, wind, and sun–it’s all good. Because weddings celebrate love and life. Hope and joy shine through any kind of weather, don’t they?

How about you? Have you made it through stormy weather lately?

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25 Comments

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Claire March 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

Ah, if you lived in England you’d know we always have a wet-weather plan for any event 🙂 When we were first married and lived in CA (hubby’s American), he couldn’t understand why I would always say, ‘What if it rains?’ when we planned a BBQ or picnic!
Glad it all went ahead, and such gorgeous photos!
Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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sarahhuizenga March 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

It sounds like you made the very best of the situation, and that she had a lovely wedding that is also full of many memories.

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FlowerLady Lorraine March 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

Smiles, love, good food and wine, and togetherness, in spite of the weather.

I’m so glad the weather cleared for the wedding. Congrats to the lovely couple and may their days be filled with much love.

FlowerLady

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Snap March 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Oh, Sharon! What a gorgeous post. I loved seeing your daughter and son-in-law. Congratulations to all. Happy Friday!

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mscarletti March 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Everyone looks so happy!

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Buttons March 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Oh how beautiful and that the weather changed just in time is wonderful My daughter will be married this summer on the farm it is always a worry about the weather. Your daughters turned out perfect and truly beautiful I can see. B

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Robyn March 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Sharon,
Looks like things turned out great for your daughter’s wedding, even if the weather was challenging. Your insight and go with the flow attitude are awesome. I’m sure it wasn’t easy wondering what the storm would do and thinking “what if.”

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Beverly March 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

The first sky picture is so beautiful, as is the story behind it all…bride and groom so happy looking. Congratulations to them!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin March 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

How special and wonderful! So glad it was a lovely, lovely day!!

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laura bruno lilly March 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

‘There was a feeling of us against the world, sheltered together safe from the dark and cold in a place of light and warmth. The smell of Italian food cooking welcomed us. A hot meal, laughter, good wine, friends and family.’ Ahh…a taste of what married love and life is all about…forever!

This piece is perfect…as was your daughter’s wedding….
peace

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tiarasandtantrums March 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

beautiful couple! Congrats!

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kim March 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Love your attitude! What mattered most was celebrated! Congrats to the happy couple! Congrats to you too, Mama!

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Sheila March 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I love your first image – beautiful! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time, regardless of the weather!

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal March 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

What a handsome couple! You need to arrange some modeling for them. $$
Weather doesn’t always cooperate but I know you had a memorable time. Thanks for sharing this special event. xo

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Karen, Pixel Posts March 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

How beautiful. A dramatic day weather-wise for the wedding.

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latane March 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm

A beautiful wedding. Even if the weather wasn’t perfect I am sure everyone thought the wedding was.

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Ida P. Krause March 8, 2014 at 4:13 am

How wonderful that the weather held off for the wedding. Very much like my niece’s beach wedding last September. The couple look very happy.

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Carletta March 8, 2014 at 4:54 am

A beautiful post!
The important things are always there come rain or shine. 🙂
That last shot is lovely!

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Carmel March 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

Beautiful, beautiful images of your very special day. Your daughter looked so radiant.

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Lynne March 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Delightful, beautiful and whew . . .

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Hootin' Anni March 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

What else can I say but totally awesome!!! Beautiful…absolutely beautiful.

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jeanne stone March 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Your shots are just beautiful and so glad that all turned out well and everyone was flexible. What a joyful event!

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Marit Johanne March 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I imagine there was extra excitement because of the weather! So good it turned out so well, it looks very nice. Congratulations to the happy couple, and to the happy mother too!

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Melinda March 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

Congratulations! I loved reading your story- beautiful people, a beautiful sky, and a beautiful wedding!

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Carolyn January 27, 2015 at 1:47 am

What a beautiful set of photos and thoughts! Yes, it was all as you say!

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