Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wedding Day....Plan B!!!

Post 3...
Here are some pics of the day of the wedding before the ceremony! This day was not what we had planned for 18 months and this day contained hours of stressful, chaotic, nervewracking, "where's the Tylenol" feelings. HOWEVER, this day proved to Rodney and I that no matter what goes wrong, the Lord provides and is good and is always in control..... and that we are truly, truly blessed with the BEST family and friends. (These pics are not in any order...I can't seem to get this figured out how to manipulate these crazy pics around!! Any help will be appreciated!)

We woke that morning with a beautiful day and we headed out to set tables with linens, china, stemware, vases, candles, etc.  As we were ticking right along, we heard the slight sound of a rolling rumble of thunder off in the distance!!!! Hummmmm....that's odd! YIKES!  Carry on troops!! By late morning, those rumbles had turned to a heavy downpour of  rain...Okay it was a washout where everyone stood and watched the linens and china get a good cleaning. Panic set in and we ran to the TVs, computers for a forecast.  Supposed to move out by 2:00 p.m. This would have been fine had it been sprinkles but this was a rain like you can't imagine so even with friends bringing tarps that cover baseball fields to cover the entire wedding site, it could not prevent a swamp and the ground from being totally saturated. The Bride was 7 miles away getting her hair and makeup done and I worried about how she must be feeling.  I know how bad I felt for all she had planned for. I cried and anguished. I wanted to crawl in bed until it was over. And then she came in through the downpour and told her Daddy that she could not put her guests through wading through the swamp and let's go to Plan B.  Dad said we could hold out and see what happens but that girl is one trooper and wanted to get on with the show.  I'm so proud of her and how well she handled it all.  I will forever remember her positive attitude and her beautiful smile.  And so, Father of the Bride gave the signal, and over 30 of the hardest working, kind hearted, people we know jumped in and went to battle to move EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) to the Elementary School I teach at next door. Auntie T and Uncle R took linens to be laundered, china was packed up, tables hauled in a horse trailer, lights down and put back up, 300 chairs folded up and reassembled in a new setting, place setting decor finished.  This began at appoximately 1:30 p.m and by 4:30 p.m., an Elementary cafeteria became the most beautiful wedding site and a gymnasium became a reception area that was stunning and so garden like. I know that there was not a Fairy Godmother that turned mice and pumpkins into things of beauty with the touch of a wand, but there were many, many hardworking angels that I witnessed that day. I have never seen people pitch in and work harder and give of their time and hearts.  Everytime I looked up there was a new face helping and I began to bawl again.  We were touched more than words will ever say.  At 4:00 I got a call that said "Mom, you need to come home and help Lace get ready!" I walked in and saw the most beautiful beaming bride ready to put her dress on! And again I cried.  I, on the other hand, stood there still drenched from the rain with clothes on that I had been wearing for 2 days.  No lie!! And so that is how I got my picture taken by the photographer. Not what I planned!! Then about 10 people on the last crew rushed in to take showers and get ready for pics.  At one point, my husband, son, sister in law and I were all in my bathroom getting ready and my future niece in law appeared ready to shower in that bathroom....ummmmmm maybe not!!! By 4:30, the sun was out and it was time to take some pics somewhere! The house was full of beautiful, smiling people and my daughter's beau breaks the news to me that "the air conditioner has quit!!!!!!!!!" ARGGGGGHHHH! We make a mad dash to an air conditioned school and pics begin. If you can stand reading any more of this craziness, I'll post some wedding/reception pics later!! Someone out there please tell me that you have had an experience similar?????

A calm Bridal Luncheon was planned....turned into "Anybody need a bite to eat?"

She is so pretty and happy!               

Momma and her girls!

Momma in clothes that she had been in for 2 days and were rain drenched!

This is my girl who just walked in and made the call to go with Plan B.....not upset just wanted a snack!!

Cody who helped with every job possible..
helping one of the ring bearers, Stratton with his tie.

I had a mini breakdown watching the forecast!!

Haley and Momma
We're smiling but I think the news came that the ac broke right about now!!!


AnnaMarie said...

Oh I can't wait to see more pictures!! Still waiting on mine!!! Congratulations!!! (=
We had thunderstorms the night of the rehearsal and my decorator was flipping out. It turned out great though. Thinking of you...

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh that torrential rain really made for a stressful day for you didn't it? But it sounds like it all turned out just fine. How lucky you were to have the school right next door! You and your daughter sure do look beautiful in the pictures! :-) Can't wait to see more pictures! I sure do love weddings!

PBKISSES said...

What a day! But it all worked out beautifully. What's that "Family Motto"?;)DARE TO ACHIEVE or something like that? I'd say a beautiful wedding was the achievement of the day!

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Hey Tanya,

I don't know where to start! but one thing is for sure...that bride of yours is BEAUTIFUL (and the rest of you not to shabby either) You know that I prayed and prayed for the weather and I also had been praying that God would be the guest of honor and it sounds like that is exactly what He was! Our pastor is always saying God is good all the time and all the time God is good! Can't wait to see the rest of the pics and I have to say I'm glad your back to blogging, missed ya!


Happy@Home said...

Hi Tanya,
Thanks so much for your visit and the kind comments you left. I really appreciate it.
I just scrolled back to read all the details of your daughter's wedding day. I was getting a little nervous as it was leading up to the big day and I could have cried when I heard about the big thunderstorm. Thank God there was a Plan B and your daughter so cheerfully accepted it. Thankfully you also have so many wonderful friends and family members to help. It must have been very stressful there for awhile.
But, your daughter looks absolutely beautiful. In the photo of you with all of your daughters, I believe you could pass for their sister.
I was relieved to hear that in the end it all worked out well. I look forward to seeing more pictures. I haven't had any children get married yet, so I need to start taking notes for the day when it happens :-).

Dee said...

Bless your heart!!!! But what a beautiful bride she was. Have you recovered from it all?

jamjar said...

TK...It's me, JamJar. I love you...You are the best sister to me...thank you for that. You are in my heart and prayers everyday!!!Just wanted to tell you that again.
Gentle Readers: Please pray for TK...They have had a death in the family and with her mother's diagnosis of alzheimers ...well, just pray for them.
Bless you...May the God of peace give you hope

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Hey Tanya,

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I will be praying for you sweet friend! May our God cover you with His peace and comfort.


GardenofDaisies said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. And your Moms diagnosis. Praying for you and your family. Sending hugs to you.