There’s something about the rain. Sure, it has its negative qualities… but at its best, it is peaceful, soothing, and brings life to the earth. It is joyful + beautiful. It has a hint of mystery + magic. And often, it is romantic.
Matt + Allie are no strangers to rain. In most of their major relationship moments, when events couldn’t be rescheduled – it rained. At their prom… at their proposal… during their engagement pictures… and even at their wedding. But these two? They have embraced the rain. Even when the rain tried to ruin their dreams for an outdoor ceremony… they did it anyways (see below!). They’ve embraced those positive qualities about the rain – and adventured on.
And really, that’s a healthy perspective to have as one enters marriage – or any relationship! Truth be told, the days are not all going to be filled with sunshine + goodness. The rain is going to come – whether it is a spontaneous storm or clouds that linger. But when the rain comes, we have a choice on how we can respond. Hopefully, we can find the strength + bravery to embrace it, push through it, and feel the raindrops until the sun comes again. When we do, life feels a bit more full + peaceful + magical. Wouldn’t you agree?
Matt + Allie – thank-you for embracing the rain. Congratulations, you two! <3
The radar was not our friend that day. It was going to rain… and then not going to rain… and then it was going to be a short storm… and then the rain was going to last all night. It was so hard to make a plan! All we knew was that Allie had been dreaming of an outdoor ceremony… and we all wanted to make that happen! But as the guests began to arrive, and the clouds rolled in… it was clear that it couldn’t happen very easily. With some swift decision making, and adventurous spirits, Matt + Allie opted for a short, outdoor ceremony with just a few witnesses. The boys hopped into a golf cart with the pastor and drove out to a large oak tree by the halfway house. The girls followed a few minutes later – there, under the umbrella of the leaves, Matt + Allie became husband + wife. It was sacred, intimate, and perfect. After they said, “I do” – everyone returned to the clubhouse where the guests were seated. Ceremony #2 commenced – this time the full version with the special readings + songs + message, etc.:)