Carson reached out what felt like forever ago.
I could tell she would be a pretty laid back bride.
She was engaged to her brother’s best friend, and they were planning their BIG beautiful day at The Destin Bay House in late May. . .
Little did I know, I’d be more than one hundred months pregnant by the time the day got here. . . but MAN am I glad we (baby Jesse & I) made it.
All of the details were perfect.
The prep robes, the gown>>>
The florals, by Florals By The Sea were what Tropical wedding dreams were made of. . .
Her ring was so heavy, I needed an assistant to tote my bag, so I could carry it. . .
All of it, absolutely perfect.
And though everything was nearly set, the weather showed it would give everyone a good run as it slowly started billowing over the backyard.
Carson wanted a first glance, and I am so glad we were able to sneak it in before the clouds gave way, to a million rain drops.
Her dress blew all over that dock, threatening to take a dip at every turn.
Her fiance, was thrilled to see her.
We took what we could and scurried back inside the adorable venue right as the rain started falling.
The Bay house team struck into action, covering linen sofas with tarps, and wrapping lamps and frames and anything else they could.
We all sat quietly inside the house, hoping the 100% chance of tropical weather, would break long enough for us to make it back to the beach for the “I dos”
Thankfully, they had a small group, who were more than willing to wait for the ceremony to start, so the two of them could have the dream wedding they’d be planning for months.
Benches were wiped, though the moss covered oaks continued to shower down throughout the ceremony thanks to the light breeze coming off the water. . .
Their guests willing sat, sipping signature cocktails as the sky turned from deep grey, to faded blue.
The music started, as Adele serenaded all of us, to a song that couldn’t have been picked. . .and lovelier.
“When the rain is blowing in your face, and the whole world, is on your case, I would offer you a warm embrace, to make you feel my love”
As she walked down the aisle, I was so excited she was able to stick to her original plan, though she’d shown no signs of stress if she wouldn’t have been able to.
Their ceremony was short and sweet.
We wrapped up portraits and then dinner, when it was finally time for the toasts.
First, her sister.
Then, her brother.
Next his brother.
And finally, his dad.
Of course, my hormones are at an all time high, practically waiting for my water to break at any given moment.
But something about a grown, older man, in a suit. . .getting choked up, whilst talking about his son, had my eyes welling up so hard I couldn’t see to take the shots. ((That’s what non-hormonal second shooters are for, after all)
“I am so, very proud. . .of the man he has become” he said. . .barely able to speak. . . directing all of his attention at his son > > >
“And your mom and I. If that rain hadn’t of stopped, we would have sat in it anyway.
We sat through it for little league and soccer games, we would have certainly sat through it for this!”
I thought to myself, isn’t that the truth.
Life is full of storms, and trials.
Little league games, and your son accidentally running his truck into your home when he first starts driving. . .
“But when you really love somebody, none of those things even matter” he said. . .
Cheers to you both.
For turning lemons into the most delicious signature drink any pregnant lady could have drooled over.
I know the rain wouldn’t have stopped you, but I’m glad we didn’t have to try. . . .
Cheers, to the rest of your lives.
Thanks so much for having me and my crew.