Linda’s heart had been pounding out of her chest all morning. She was nervous and happy and excited all at once. It was difficult to believe that in just a few short hours she would be married to the love of her life, and her months of planning and anticipating would be over. She was grateful that she was surrounded by the women she loved – women who were able to keep her in good spirits despite the nerves and the impending rain on her wedding day. She watched with joy as her vision for her hair and makeup came to life. Not one for subtlety, Linda had opted to pull inspiration from pin-ups of the past, featuring elegantly curled hair and deep and dramatic makeup. Her dress, she knew, was a complete showstopper, featuring lace and beaded detail and an impossibly long train. Her bridesmaids were sure to dazzle in their deep royal blue empire floor length gowns, their hair falling in soft waves and accented with the occasional braid.
The groom and his groomsmen hardly had time to be nervous or reflect much on the rain. Taylor and his men were wild and fun, and no wedding formalities would change that. The group looked swell in their khaki pants and royal blue suit jackets. The always-cool group sported bowties rather than the traditional tie, and socks that featured absurd pictures of the groom. For good measure, they opted to take pre-ceremony shots out of plastic pink yard flamingos.
A mariachi band serenaded the guests as they arrived at the Roundhill Pines Beach Resort for the ceremony. The light drizzle quickly turned in to a torrential downpour, as the dark and ominous clouds grew dense over the beachfront wedding. The guests huddled under umbrellas as Linda and Taylor exchanged their vows, so elated by the moment that they simply laughed at the absurdness of the situation. Always chivalrous, the best man held an umbrella over the bride to protect her hair and gown. And while the rain was exhilarating, everyone cheered when vows had been said and the bride and groom shared their first matrimonial kiss, out of both well wishes for the couple and the desire to get out of the storm.
The reception was held under a tent, and once out of the rain this energetic group really let loose. The tables were filled with candy, and the good beer was in ample supply. The tipsy cake-topper got a few chuckles from the crowd, as it typified the couple and their relationship. The groom and groomsmen participated in a choreographed dance, and the bride and groom soon followed with the traditional money dance. There was no shortage of excitement at this reception!
As the storm cleared, the bride and groom made their way to the water. Dancing at the end of the candlelit dock, the bride’s train trailing gracefully behind the pair. The rain, they had decided, had only added character to the first chapter of their story as husband and wife – a tale they would tell for a lifetime.