The Merry Minks: The Wedding Morning

Looking back, the morning of our wedding makes me laugh…even though I was in tears at times.

We woke up and did our usual morning things. I gave Junior Mink his breakfast and Mr. Mink took him outside while I made coffee. Mr. Mink decided to go out and get bagels to hold us over until we met up with our respective parts of the bridal party for food in the afternoon. (I had ordered food to be sent to the bridal loft, and the guys made plans to go to a pizza place near our venue for lunch.) I packed the last of our decorations and supplies and Mr. Mink loaded them into my car.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

It was overcast outside, but otherwise the weather was just fine. It wasn’t all that hot or humid out, either. The optimism of the venue staff started to have an effect on me. Maybe they were right and the weather that was headed our way wasn’t going to be as bad as the weather reports predicted.

As I put my wedding gown into the car, it started to rain lightly. Within a few minutes, it was raining more heavily. I wish I could say I rolled with it, but I shed some tears. Form the very beginning, we wanted to be married outside and we wanted Junior Mink to be part of the ceremony. Though we had seen dogs at our venue, we had been told that Junior Mink was not allowed inside on our wedding day. I was so disappointed.

This is when things got silly. We blasted Phish’s “Weekapaug Groove” and danced around the living room, with Junior Mink running around us wagging and barking. What else was there to do at that point but let the day be what it was going to be?

The dance party didn’t last too long because I had to get going. I had to pick my freshly steamed reception dress up at the cleaners and head to the venue with my MOH. We did a last-minute check to make sure we had everything we needed in the car, and then Mr. Mink saw me off…

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He’s making a heart shape there. / Photo by Mrs. Mink

When I got to the dry cleaner, the women behind the counter all wished me well and the owner helped carry my dress to the car. Once we had the dress laid out in the back, she told me that she was a rainy-day bride 26 years ago and that she knew how I was feeling at that moment, but that it would all work out in the end. It was such a nice thing to hear at that point.

When I got to our venue, I checked my phone and saw messages from two friends who have wonderful marriages:

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Like many people, I had heard the saying that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but these sweet messages were just what I needed. I was disappointed, but I decided that even though rain might put a damper on the day, it would have no effect on our marriage.

Any other rainy-day brides out there? How did you react when the rain started to fall?

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Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:49 pm

    Awww I feel for you. I am dying to know what the weather will be like in 9 days when Mr. W and I get married, I really would love an outdoor ceremony under the sun. But still, better to have good luck and a happy marriage than a sunny wedding right?

    Your dog sounds so sweet, that’s totally something all of my childhood golden retrievers would do :)

    And I recognize that Kate Spade box… Is it a cake cutting set? Looks like ours :)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:54 pm

    @Miss Wallaby: The good news is that there seems to be a connection between rainy day brides. Every Saturday since our wedding that it has rained, I’ve thought of the couples getting married that day and I hope for the best. :)

    That IS a cake serving set. :)

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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:03 pm

    @Mrs. Mink: That’s really sweet :) I think the same thing – we haven’t gotten a lot of rain in Houston this summer but on really hot days, I was sympathizing with the summer brides.

    I went back and forth over splurging on the Kate Spade set but decided it was worth it for pie-cutting on future Thanksgivings and Christmases. Serving up pie and treats in style!

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    cauldron 99 posts, Worker bee @ 2:28 pm

    Me, me! It was 100% chance of rain on our wedding day, and boy did it rain. And it was freaking amazing. :)

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    phoenixandstars 565 posts, Busy bee @ 2:36 pm

    I’m a marathon runner and the first thing you learn when training for a marathon is, you can’t control the weather. So come wedding day when it was as gloomy as gloomy could get and the rain came down and down, I just told myself there was nothing I could do and tried to make the best of it. The only time it truly bothered me is when it started to seem like we weren’t going to get all the outdoor shots we wanted and then my bridal party stepped it up and we all said “eff it” and took them anyway, in the rain, and the teasers we’ve seen of it so far are amazing because of the rain! :)

    Cheers to you my fellow rainy day bride!!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 2:49 pm

    I had basically resigned myself to rain by the time we got to Brockville — every forecast that I could find was calling for rain, for at least a week before the wedding up until the day of. I had pretty much let go of any bad feelings about it, because to me, it was gonna happen and I couldn’t do anything about it — but then it shone after all!

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    Bias 98 posts, Worker bee @ 3:42 pm

    Yup, it sure rained on our wedding day this May. And it was strange, disappointing, ironic. It hadn’t rained a single drop in months before that day. There was a thunderstorm on the Friday night and then it rained until about 4pm on the Saturday. I remember sitting on the couch at my brother-in-law’s place and sobbing at storm. Despite the wet photo opportunities, we had a wonderful day and our events were indoors. In the end, what mattered was what was happening between hubby and me. :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:39 pm

    Look at that heart! he’s so sweet.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:51 pm

    Mr. Mink is the sweetest, love that picture of him!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 pm

    @Miss Wallaby: Yay! We actually got our set, the simple Mr. And Mrs. One, as a gift. :)

    @Mrs. Cauldron: I’m glad everything went well!

    @phoenixandstars: aw, I’m so glad you got your pictures!!!

    @Mrs. Dragon: Hooray for the forecast being wrong!!!

    @Bias: Exactly. I regret the weather, but I don’t regret the outcome. :)

    @Miss Toadstool: The sweetest!

    @Mrs. Pony: Hee Hee. He’s a sweetie pie. :)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:30 pm

    I have to say your stash of stuff is so *organized* I’m hoping that it doesn’t rain on our big day, but if I does, I’d love to take umbrella pictures with a big yellow umbrella, I don’t know why, I just love those shots

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 4:21 am

    My sister got married at the beach in 08. She didn’t just get rain, they got hurricane Hannah!!! They were supposed to get married on the beach, but luckily their pastor was able to find a nearby church to host the wedding (at no charge! but my parents donated the money they got back from the chair rental company to the church). The reception was already planned indoors, but my sister and her new hubby couldn’t stay in the bridal suite! The windows were too big/the floor was too high, so the room had to be boarded up.

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    Jenni, Guest @ 4:58 am

    Mrs. Mink, I know EXACTLY how you felt! I also got married on June 1, 2012, in Northern Virginia and we had the exact same weather! We were supposed to get married outside, in front of a gazebo, but obviously that did not happen. Funnily enough, my venue did the same thing during the rehearsal, trying to tell me that they never had a wedding rained out before. I guess I broke that record…. Fortunately, one of my bridesmaids is an event planner, so she whipped everyone into shape! Everyone kept telling me that rain on your wedding day is good luck :) The morning of was still stressful, and as the clouds got darker, there were times I wanted to cry, but it ended up being ok, because the whole point was to get married, and we did. Guests told my parents that they thought the original plan was to be inside, so I guess everything looked ok. I am sad that I’ll never have the beautiful outdoor ceremony pictures I always envisioned (especially since that was the whole reason we chose our venue [former plantation, next to the mountains]), but I’m glad we made the decision to book somewhere that had an indoor room and a legitimate rain plan. We were fortunate that the weather broke during our cocktail hour, so we were able to get some outside shots, thank goodness! And honestly, it was still a lot of fun :)

    I’m looking forward to the rest of your recaps, because it sounds like our weddings were very similar!!

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    KYbride86 307 posts, Helper bee @ 5:52 am

    It rained on our wedding day, but I honestly didn’t notice! It poured all day except for right before and after the ceremony, so we were able to do pictures and get to the reception without getting wet. We were supposed to do a sunset photo shoot during the reception, but it just didn’t work out because of the weather.

    But I honestly didn’t even notice the rain, and I was kind of glad we didn’t do the photo shoot because I didn’t want to leave the dance floor!

    It rained on the wedding days of my two college roommates too — I think it’s good luck :) I hope your day wasn’t dampened by the weather, hehe.

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    Eileen, Guest @ 7:36 am

    We loved that our reception site at Tavern On The Green (RIP) had a private terrace. The good news was the rain held off until we got to the reception. As you know we never made it outside. In hind site it made no difference as we had those we loved the most with us on our wedding day. Is a rainy wedding day good luck? For me, absolutely! I have woken up every day for the last 18 years thinking how lucky I am. I feel in my heart that you will have the same experience.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:39 am

    @Miss Panda: Oh, there was more…the bins just has the small items. :)

    @WoodenShoes: Ugh. I’m so sorry for your sister. It sounds like they made the best of the situation, though.

    @Jenni: Oh my gosh! Finally, a date twin! Wait until you see our pictures. Down here, it was interesting! Just yesterday, I was looking at the old forecasts and saw that something like 9 tornadoes touched down in Maryland that day. I guess people kept the tornado watch from me…good thing, too. I was so worried.

    @KYbride86: I think you had a better attitude than I did! I was so bummed…but it was a fun night regardless!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:26 pm

    Awww, totally digging the heart sign from your groom. Happy you had the support of other rainy day brides that morning. I do agree there is a special bond among those brides. It’s almost like a badge of honor!

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