I’ve been dying to share this post ever since this wedding took place, not only because it was beautiful and so much fun — truly one of my favorite weddings of the year — but also because this couple is a perfect example of what to do when the unexpected happens on a wedding day.
And by unexpected I don’t mean a ripped dress or a late groomsman, I mean holy-moly-what-just-happened and some-day-we’re-going-to-be-telling-our-grandkids-about-this unexpected!
This wedding was definitely one for the books.
I had been looking forward to this wedding ever since this couple’s snowy engagement session on Lookout Mountain. We had so much fun that day — I just knew their wedding would be amazing.
And if I was excited about this wedding, you can only imagine how these two were looking forward to it!
Friends and family came in from out-of-state and across the country — only the bride and groom and one groomsman live here, and they were looking forward to sharing a little bit of the beauty that is Colorado to everyone who was visiting. What they didn’t know was that they’d showcase a lot more of Colorado than anyone expected….
This wedding day started out just like an ordinary wedding day. Lots of pretty details. So much laughter in the girls’ getting-ready rental house in Boulder Canyon as bridesmaids, sisters, moms, and best friends had hair and makeup done.
This BHLDN dress — gorgeous! And rose gold jewelry?? Yes, please! And champagne…. always champagne. Over at the guys’ getting-ready house, they were having the usual pre-celebration celebration. These guys were some of the kindest and funniest groomsmen ever. They made it so much fun and easy for me to grab a couple of quick snaps before heading out the door for the first look.
I usually suggest a first look to couples because it can sometimes be the only alone-time a bride and groom have during their wedding day, and it also gives us more time to capture couple portraits rather than waiting until after the ceremony.
In the case of this wedding, though, the first look truly ended up being the saving grace — it meant lots of special time together and with their wedding party in Boulder before things started changing course.
And this first look was everything a first look should be — sweet, sincere, and so, so special. Can you get over the look on his face when he sees his bride for the first time? And so many happy tears.
It was only a matter of time before we all found out the news: Fire in Boulder Canyon.
Wedding venue? Evacuated.
With almost all of the guests in from out of state (some even out of the country), the only option was the second one.
That’s when the groom, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids all got on their laptops and cell phones and started alerting wedding guests. It’s one thing to plan a wedding — but moving the location one hour before the ceremony start time takes wedding planning to a whole new level!
What happened next is nothing short of miraculous. All of the guests hopped on shuttles and traveled 94 miles to the new wedding location. (Even though this didn’t count as a destination wedding, how many wedding guests are treated to such a whirlwind tour of the state!?)
Wedgewood Boulder Creek loaded up food, drinks, cake, s’mores, flowers, table centerpieces, and decor and carried it all down to their new Black Forest venue, where they set everything up all over again.
We even had time to grab all of the family photos in the waning light before the ceremony thanks to how proactive Wedgewood’s event planners were in keeping us posted on the new timeline! (Xoxoxo a million times to these wonderful ladies!)
Maybe the floral arrangement didn’t fit the new location’s trellis. Maybe the wedding started two and a half hours late and went into the wee hours. Maybe this wedding wasn’t when and where it was expected to be … but it was just how it was supposed to be.
These two shared the most personal and unique ceremony, honored their parents with tea service, and made their guests laugh and cry through the sweetest, most heart-felt vows. When they headed back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs., we all knew their wedding happened exactly as it should.
Everyone — the Wedgewood staff, the DJ, the entire bridal party, all of the guests, and the bride and groom, with the biggest smiles ever — continued on as if nothing had gone wrong at all.
There was so much hospitality, so much joy, and … So. Much. Dancing. Lots of dancing! You would have thought with this much celebrating they had planned it this way all along.
When the bride and groom were announced to their cheering guests at the reception, they didn’t waltz in to the music of their originally planned song. Instead, they made their grand entrance to a slightly more appropriate tune — We Didn’t Start the Fire.
Which just goes to show that if something goes wrong on your wedding day, don’t just roll with it — own it!!
Take whatever happens, embrace it as part of your unique story, and make it the beginning of a new and amazing adventure!