Tales of a Planner Part 2
You should be ashamed! Here just to revel in the crazy…
Who could blame you? It is the first question we are ever asked. “What is the craziest thing that has ever happened?”
Without a doubt the most surprising thing that had happened occurred in our very first year. It should have sent me running for the hills but alas here I am. :)
We had a lovely couple to be married in a Catholic Church for a early brunch style wedding reception to be held at Olbricht Gardens. As our bride was about to walk down the aisle she was understandably nervous, but hey so was I. It was my first year so who was I to say the degree of which she seemed jittery.
Well, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS PEOPLE!
While up at the alter I noticed from the back pew that she was starting to sway. Her hands then rose to her hips as it to brace herself. Not your usual pose in a wedding gown. Getting uneasy in the back I began to gather my emergency kit and twitch around a bit.
Then, like in the movies, the Father said, “Now join hands as we recite your vows.” In that moment the nerves took over, she turned to her soon to be husband and she curled over and… was sick.
Vomit. Vomit on the kneeling pillow.
OH lord I felt terrible for her! I ran to the front with something to cover it, a trash can, and my emergency kit. She was laid out on the ground, dress askew, and her guests standing in the pews scared out of their minds. “Here is some water. Here is a tissue. Here are some mints, rolaids, a trash….” She stopped me. “Don’t do anything.” I stood there confused. “What would you like?” She turned her head “I don’t want anyone to know.”
I told the videographer and photographer to put their lenses down, soothed the audience a bit and we gave her a moment to collect herself. She finally stood up, they said their vows, and she nearly ran down the aisle.
I felt TERRIBLE!
I asked the groom if there was anything I could do, “No, she does this. She is like a puppy when too excited she gets sick.”
Things I would have LOVED to know.
Suffice to say this was not the glamorous job I imagined. It was not the beautiful carefree day I imagined giving my clients. But I did learn a lesson. Questions I need to ask prior to the day. Things I need clients to be comfortable enough telling me. What I need to pack in my emergency kit.
We have many lessons to be learned in planning and some of these lessons only come with first hand experience. I have plenty of stories. Trust me! But most of the time its nothing quite so exciting. However, I know it really get peoples attention so stay tuned and I will fill you in on a story soon that is definitely NOT PG but it is damn funny!
Enjoy your day y’all!
DISCLAIMER — THIS IS NOT A PHOTO OF THAT WEDDING :)