Our wedding (and the events leading up to it) was one of unpredictable
and unexpected surprises. My husband Brad had planned to propose to me
in my home town, atop Enchanted Rock where we shared our first kiss.
While Brad, my family and I were heading out the the park for what I
thought was a casual hike, we discovered the park was closed due to
reaching capacity. Without breaking a sweat, Brad asked me where I
thought we should go and I led them to a hill off the beaten path with
beautiful views of my hometown. Little did I know, I got to choose
where Brad would ask me to marry him.
If that wasn’t a surprise enough, just after Brad proposed, his family
(from states away) came out from their hiding places and had flown in
and followed us around as our plans changed to witness the proposal
and share in the event with us. What an incredible day that was!
Just weeks after the proposal I had my appointment at Norman’s Bridal
to shop for my dream dress (thanks mom for planning ahead). Pat
quickly seemed to grasp my style and just four dresses in, she brought
me the gown I would walk down the aisle in. When I began my
appointment Pat told me I would know, and when I slipped into the
dress, I knew.
The big day finally came for our dream outdoor June Texas wedding at
GrapeCreek Winery and things were flowing seamlessly. Looking back on
that day, it is so sweet to reflect on the details that filled that
joyful day. At 6:30pm (ceremony start time) I was dressed in my gown,
peaking at my soon to be husband, lined up behind my bridesmaids. And
at 6:30pm it began to rain. The radar showed a slight break in the
storm was close but that break would be brief. So the very second the
rain ceased, the musicians began to play and the ceremony began. Storm
clouds rolled in behind us throughout the ceremony giving guests an
apparent “light show” behind us. But the storm held off long enough
for us to share our vows and be married. We quickly snapped some
photos with our Bridal party and as a couple before the skies opened
and it poured on us for what felt like forever.
While I never hoped it would rain on my wedding day, looking back I
wouldn’t change a thing. We endured two rain storms, got drenched in
our suits and gowns and then danced (hard) on our wet dance floor in
our bare feet for the rest of the night. And at the end of the night
we were sent off under a tunnel of sparklers. It was such a sweet and
memorable day that I will truly forever cherish. Every moment, every
detail, all of our friends and families in one place. It was perfect.
Photo Credit: Virginia Ann Photography