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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