Rainy wedding day – Goose Rocks wedding
Meg and Nate had the most outrageous wedding on the beach. What had been planned as a normal beautiful wedding-on-the-beach ceremony took a slight turn with the weather.
Everyone got ready in the same house, Nate was upstairs giving bow-tie lessons while Meg and the ladies got ready downstairs.
The bridal party made use of a farm/rental property near the beach. This pig wandering loose was the perfect touch for these two. Right after their first look, they chatted to each other and to the swine.
A half an hour before the ceremony started, the skies opened up and poured rain. Not to be deterred, we all headed down to the beach to scope out the situation. I later heard back from some of my wedding photographer friends, and their weddings all ran for cover. Wimps! Not this crowd a beach wedding was to be enjoyed, rain or shine!
Exactly on cue, the rains lifted the moment Meg walked down the aisle, the timing was exact. Her bridesmaids and groomsmen walked in a slight drizzle and then it stopped for the entire ceremony.
In a tradition designed to guarantee good weather on the wedding day, Meg and Nate had buried a bottle of bourbon upside down in the sand the week before. The tradition also follows that the newlyweds dig up the bottle and toast to their happy marriage.
In a telling twist of fate, the bottle was dug and dug for but was nowhere to be found. Nate’s cell phone was fetched and the the photos of the bottle going into the ground was compared for micro-landmarks. To no avail.
The party was held at The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, a gorgeous property near the coast, right in the middle of the woods. Ben, Meg’s brother was on hand for laughs and guffaws. I photographed his wedding to Steph (also with Goose Rocks elements) a couple of years ago.
I asked them if they had anything to say to future couples and they had this to say: “Our advice is don’t do anything you don’t want to do. We weren’t announced, didn’t do a cake-cutting (or even have cake), and skipped certain parts of wedding traditions that seemed superfluous to us. Create a big picture with details that matter, and get a damn good band. Lastly, and most importantly, involve loved ones in every possible step. Sharing this weekend made it the most special for us, and hopefully for our friends and families.”
I couldn’t agree more.