This series of posts will start on Apr 15th 2013 and will post every week for 8 weeks.
The older lady used the universally known signal for “now”, pointing to the ceiling and then pointing to the music guy. The music guy, filled with the nervous emotion of “this is it,” placed his big finger on the play button and pushed down hard. Hard rock and screeching guitar whipped out of the sound system. There was absolute panic on the face of the music guy as everyone turned to look at him. His big fingers hit the stop button so hard the table bowed with the force. Dead silence filled the air for a moment then from the very back of the hall, flying into the room from the hallway outside the big doors, came laughter. Not just any laughter, but big crocodile tears, rolling around on the floor laughter. The 93-ton elephant got up and started to leave the room as understanding washed over the wedding guests. It was the bride. She was almost in the fetal position. The groom, standing in the front of the room, relaxed as he heard the laughter of the love of his life slide down the aisle.
The music guy checked his track number, made the correction, looked at the disapproving older lady for direction and then hit that big play button with a bit of hesitation. The sound of strings dancing to the tune of Canon in D drifted without effort into the air. The guests rose as one, as the happiest of brides, with tears of laughter, slid into view. The over used word: “grace” was absolutely defined as she drifted down the aisle toward her groom.
Thud! Then an “oh my gosh,” and everyone inhaled abruptly. The elephant pounced onto the congregation and demanded to be supported. Then again, laughter and that elephant started to slide back out of the room. The look of shock and instant concern faded from everyone’s face especially the bride’s as her groom slowly got back up, chuckling. He simply stopped breathing; his knees locked and, just as has happened to hundreds of stage performers, he passed out. He got to his feet with contagious laughter that spread to his bride, the officiator, the bridal party, his mother, the music guy, and then, well, everyone.
I was there to capture the event and lock moments into photos but, even as an observer, I could not resist the overwhelming positive energy and began to laugh as I fired away. The rest of the day was full of giggling and laughter. The bride and groom truly enjoyed their wedding. Their guests seemed to feel at ease like everything was supposed to happen the way it happened.
This bride and groom did exactly what every bride and groom should do. They plan for the best and absolutely enjoyed the unexpected. This clearly is not easy to do but, if somehow, someway you can find yourself in this mentality at your wedding, than there’s no question at all that you’re going to have your perfect wedding.
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