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Rainy Wedding

Raindrops on Roses

Once upon a time, a certain effervescent nun went spinning through the Alps teaching a gaggle of children to sing about their “Favorite Things.”  Although I can completely understand the positive-in-the-face-of-anything attitude of The Sound of Music‘s Maria Von Trapp, most of the people I encounter here at the Wadsworth Mansion are more on board with finding the happiness in “girls in white dresses” than with finding positivity in the first phrase of the song [see blog title].

In all the wedding tours my colleagues or I have given to potential brides and grooms, I can absolutely, 100% guarantee the following phrase of five words has never and will never be uttered:

“I really hope it rains.”

Sure.  Of course.  Naturally.

However, weather-related reasoning is, nonetheless, at the apex of wedding date selection.  Practically all brides and grooms are somewhere along the spectrum between “concerned” and “apoplectic” when considering what kind of day mother nature might have in store for their grand event.  Even the most easy-going couples understand that weather contingencies are an important part of envisioning the big day.

And I totally get it.  As our wedding day neared, my husband and I weren’t exactly jazzed about potentially having to enact our rain plan.  We loved the look of the Wadsworth Mansion’s open air terrace which leads to the expansive vista, and a tent would’ve altered that vision; still, we reviewed all the options and were prepared to pull the trigger had the extended forecast looked iffy enough.  In the end we lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous day… but we also understood it was just that: luck.  Although its easy to say in hindsight, I truly believe that I wouldn’t have let a little inclement weather ruin my day.  I mean, it was the day I married my best friend in the presence of our loved ones.  The rest was just icing on the cake (or the cherry on top, or gravy, or whatever idiom you fancy).

Not all brides and grooms are so accepting of the idea of a potential “weather event,” however.  In fact, I’d say most can be borderline irrational when considering that their date might not be clear and cloudless.  At least half the inquiries of last week alone involved poring over our availability calendar trying to deduce which of the remaining dates will be the perfect combination of not-too-hot, not-too-cold, and rain-free.

Comb through the almanac, find a weather statistician, consult your local psychic; not a soul in the world will be able to predict the forecast with any kind of accuracy so far in advance.  Believe me, I wish I could.  My pay grade would be much, much higher…

So what’s a weather-worrier to do?  Select a date, make a plan…then let it go.  Stressing about the weather is wasted energy.  There are plenty of other things that could benefit from repeated consideration (like if you selected a seamstress who has ample experience altering beaded-fabric, or which guests you can task with babysitting Great Uncle Morty during dinner).  Focus on the things you can control and roll with the things you can’t.

And if that’s easier said than done, then there’s only one thing left to try: singing until you feel better.  Julie Andrews would be so proud.

 

Happy Planning!
Natalie

[A noted field expert (me) prescribes the old standard “Come Rain or Come Shine,” performed here by Ray Charles, although many great versions are out there.  Bring on the car and shower singing.]

 

Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

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Featured Wedding: Vivian and Jonathan, June 27th

This is one of those weddings that proves regardless of the weather, a Wadsworth Mansion event always comes together beautifully. Viviane and Jonathan had an international love story which took them on adventures all over the world so naturally, they incorporated this theme into their day. From the luggage tags as escort cards and favors to the cupcake/ dessert table that was set up with vintage suitcases, there were perfect touches all around that celebrated where they’ve travelled to the place they said “I Do”!

The ceremony took place in the East Ballroom but the rain held off long enough for the couple to take some amazing photos in our tree line at the back of the mansion. Congratulations to Viviane and Jonathan!  May your life take you on many amazing adventures together!

 

Caterer: Gourmet Galley

Photographer : Robert Norman Photography

Planner/ Coordinator: Always and Forever

Cupcakes: A Little Imagination Cakes

Flowers: Sharon Elizabeth

Band: Charisma

Tent: CT Rental

Hair/Makeup: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

 

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Featured Wedding – Lauren and Nelson 5/10/14

Lauren and Nelson were married on a typical New England spring day.  We were watching the rain clouds move through the state and hoped they would pass before the bride and groom arrived from their church ceremony.  As luck would have it, the rain let up in time for the newlyweds to take some beautiful couple photos on the terrace.  Lauren and Nelson, with the assistance of Christina from Celebrations by Christina, planned a beautiful celebration for their family and friends with delicious food served by Riverhouse Catering, Flowers by Designed to Order and a delicious cake by Cakes by Donna.  Everything was spectacularly captured by Sweet Monday Photography.  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Event Coordinator: Christina Morin, Celebrations by Christina

Catering: Riverhouse

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography

Bride’s Dress: Monique L’Huillier from L’Elite Boston

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

Make-up: Dana Bartone & Co.

Hair Stylist: Blades Salon

Florist: Designed to Order

Invitations & Calligraphy: Lettres Stationery

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Music: DJ Lion King

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Featured Wedding – Melissa and Kevin 6/7/13

Ah, Melissa and Kevin.  They were such a wonderful couple.  So happy to be getting married, so excited to share the day with their family and friends.  Melissa was worried about the weather.  Sometimes, no matter how much you plan, hope, and prepare for your wedding, the unexpected can happen.  In this case, it was rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  This was the ONLY wedding we had in 2013 that was dealt such a torrential downpour of rain that there was no way, not even with a tent, any part of the day would allow people outside.  At the rehearsal, we reassured Melissa that even if it did rain, she would be so caught up in the joy and celebration, it would hardly be noticed.  And looking back, Melissa agreed.

Melissa chose a bright, brilliant fuchsia for her bridal party dresses, and with the colorful accents of her decor, the interior of the mansion blossomed with a feeling of spring that equaled the magnificence of its outside lawns.  She even had a delectable candy table with a variety of delicious sweets that tantalized the guests throughout the evening.  With their wonderful personalized details, the day was truly a success from start to finish.
Melissa got ready upstairs in our Bridal Suite
And had bridal portraits done on the balcony
While Kevin and his men posed for pictures in the loggia
The ceremony, which was supposed to take place on the vista, was moved to the West Ballroom.
Following their “I do’s”, the couple posed for pictures upstairs on the balcony
And then in the West Ballroom with their bridal party
The reception was catered by Aqua Turf with the DJ talents of FM Productions.  Everyone had a wonderful time!  Rain? What rain?!
Congratulations Melissa and Kevin!  It was a joy to be part of your special day!  We wish you all the best.
Caterer: Aqua Turf
Photography: Hawk Photography
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