Attitude is everything. Thus, when Megan and Alex’s wedding day forecast was rainy, after months of careful planning, they decided to live in the moment and enjoy the rain. Isn’t rain on your wedding day supposed to be good luck? I have a feeling it was for this couple.
Here’s Megan’s wedding story:
When your meticulously planned outdoor wedding happens to fall on a record-breaking rainy afternoon, you only have two options: You can lock yourself in your future in-laws’ bedroom and cry, or you can grab an umbrella and roll with it.
One of the first decisions Alex and I made after getting engaged was to hold the wedding at his parents’ house in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The twenty-two acre property features gardens, lily ponds and a beautiful tree lined field that almost seems designed to host a wedding. We were living in Northern California at the time, so I did a majority of the planning on the phone during lunch breaks, squeezing all the vendor interviews, tastings, dress shopping, yard work and DIY projects into two short trips home.
Alex and I worked hard to inject our personalities into the wedding wherever we could. From the dinosaur cake topper to the subtle X-Men reference in our vows, we strove for elegance with a dash of humor and a pinch of nerdiness. Alex is a graphic designer and developed a beautiful stationery set that allowed us to be traditional without being stuffy.
In the same way, I wanted the wedding’s aesthetic to be distinctly autumn, without using any of the traditional fall color palettes.
I chose a universally flattering plum for my bridesmaids, with accents of gold in their jewelry and throughout the décor. The centerpieces were a labor of love. My mom built the boxes that held white pumpkins, Spanish moss and pine cones gathered from the property; they were all assembled days before the wedding. Probably one of my favorite things, and truth be told why I resisted moving the ceremony to the tent, was the arch built by Alex’s dad who is an incredibly talented artist and sculptor.
When it comes to planning, I don’t mess around. I had a binder filled with spreadsheets, contact information for anyone remotely involved with the wedding and timelines starting with our plane touching down in Kentucky. In the end, I believe it was this planning that kept the day from turning into absolute chaos.
A few weeks before the wedding, I saw that some of the weather predictions were calling for rain. I told myself we’d work through it. We would have the ceremony under the tent if need be. Even as I woke up to the sound of rain on the big day, I still told myself it would pass and everything would work out. The day proceeded just as planned: a relaxing morning with my bridesmaids, putting on our makeup, listening to music and laughing.
Luckily, we got a break in the rain long enough to do our first look and wedding party photos. As we walked outside, my wonderful photographer, Lang, asked me a question. “How worried are you about getting your dress dirty?” My answer: “I don’t care. It’s just a dress.” Though he shooed me back inside before the drops started coming down again, it was this acknowledgement that would set the mood for the entire day.
Choosing the people you’re surrounded by on such a stressful day is vital. From our wedding party, to our photographers, to our amazing friend and mentor, Jeff Johnson, who served as our officiant, we felt enveloped by love, friendship and laughter.
Over the next few hours, we watched the radar and tried to make a decision on what to do. Thinking we had found a lucky break in the rain, we gathered the guests, lined up the bridal party and cued the music. I distinctly remember asking Alex before he headed to the altar, “Should we move this to the tent?” He looked at me with a smile on his face and said, “Let’s do this.” Rain or no rain, this was happening. Before the bridesmaids were down the aisle, a downpour had begun. As I stepped out to head toward Alex, I fully expected to see the miserably wet faces of my guests with looks of “Why are you doing this to me?” in their eyes. What I saw were smiles. Huge smiles. And as I stood at the altar and looked out on our families and friends (most of whom had just met) sharing umbrellas and laughing as Jeff quoted Moonstruck, I knew that everything was going to be all right.
In total, it rained 6 inches on my wedding day. Although the lights flicked on and off, and the ground under the tent turned to mud, I kicked off my shoes and danced until midnight. In the end, it’s not about the flowers or the hairstyles or even the dress. It’s about celebrating a fleeting moment in time with all of the people who helped get you there.
- Photography: Lang Thomas Photography
- Invitations: Alex Griendling
- Floral Design: Elizabethtown Florist
- Rental Companies: M & H Rentals and Entertaining Elegance
- Catering: Tony York’ s On Main
- Cakes: La French for the two-tier cake (270-358-4841); Simply Sweet for the cupcakes (270-320-
- Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals
- Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Colleciton
- Pumpkins: Hobrocks Market.com
- Groom’s Attire: J. Crew