PaC Man & Wife: Ring of Fire

Whose idea was it to give inebriated guests giant sparklers? And encourage them to wave the lit wands enthusiastically at the bride and groom at an uncomfortably close distance?

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Our sparkler display

Oh. That would have been us.

We should have known better. Earlier in the night, a guest (who still remains anonymous) decided to test out the flammability of the sparklers and the lobby’s interior by lighting a sparkler. WTH. Linda, our venue coordinator, has eyes in the back of her head because she was on it in moments. The bucket of sparklers and conveniently placed lighter (my bright idea) were hidden away until the grand sparkler exit. Not in the lobby. Outside.

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(guest photo)

Mr. PaC and I realized we never gave the whole sparkler exit much logistical thought until we were standing in the foyer peering out at the guests…gleefully waving their unlit sparklers, one in each hand, with such zest that I began to question our sanity. A kitchen torch was produced and a succession of sparks zipped up the parallel ranks of the guests. This was it.

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(above two images: guest photos)

We stood at the beginning of the gauntlet and listened to the sparklers crackle and fizz. I was going to go up like a dried Christmas tree in February with all this hairspray. I emphatically motioned for everyone to step the hell back. Mr. PaC grabbed my hand tightly…and ran!

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Woah, wait! We’re running this thing?

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We hurtled toward end of the line, slowing to a trot as we approached our getaway vehicle—one very fast convertible, idling in wait. I handed off my bouquet to my new husband, scooped up my voluminous gown, and hopped into the car. We glanced over our shoulders to our cheering friends and family still vigorously waving those sparklers. In this fleeting moment, all was perfect.

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The engine revved. Mr. PaC threw it into gear, and I threw my hand triumphantly into the air, just as I did at the end of our ceremony, as we disappeared into the darkness.

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The warm summer night swirled all around us as we zoomed through chateau country past stone walls and old estates, and chased us down into the valley over hills and summer fields. Intoxicating smells of sweet grass, the meandering Brandywine River, and finally the cool, green canopy of the park marked our ascent back into reality.

The night, and our adventure, was far from over, but this convertible ride concludes the Pain au Chocolat wedding recaps. Many times during that night, Mr. PaC and I remarked how much fun we were having, the speed at which the night was passing, and how we’d do it again next year…and the year after that! My one wish for every bride is to feel this way. To have so thoroughly enjoyed her wedding that she would do it again in a heartbeat. To feel the support of family, friends, and fellow bees. And, most importantly, love—the really good kind…heart-swelling, swoon-worthy, conquer anything kind of love—for her beloved.

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)

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Location:
Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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    fionak, Guest @ 1:53 pm

    Love it!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:48 pm

    I love it. The gorgeous pictures from a sparkler exit seems always worth the fire risk. I can’t believe your recaps are finishing up! nooo!

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    elbayanela 20 posts, Newbee @ 3:06 pm

    (trying to catch my breath) I seriously snorted my water.

    T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U
    We are getting married NYE and my better half showed me a picture of the sparklers and I really did try to be supportive and go with the idea but alas I have visions of doing a Michael Jackson in a Pepsi ad (yes I just dated myself).

    This was brilliant and for sure I’m sharing with him.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:35 pm

    @fionak: Thank ya!

    @Miss Panda: The answer to a sparkler exit is ALWAYS! Do it, do it, do it! (The recaps are over but I’ve got a few things left to talk about.)

    @elbayanela: Snorted your water? That’s a serious compliment! ;) Like I said to Miss Panda, definitely do a sparkler exit. It’s an amazing way to end the night. (And you may have dated yourself but I know what you’re talking about so at least you have company.)

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    cauldron 99 posts, Worker bee @ 6:33 pm

    I have loved your recaps, PaC! Gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous couple. Here’s to happily ever after…

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:00 pm

    Your send off looks amazing! I love the pictures if your getaway car, perfect way to end the day :)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:39 pm

    aww i feel like you just started! love that last photo.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:58 am

    This: “My one wish for every bride is to feel this way. To have so thoroughly enjoyed her wedding that she would do it again in a heartbeat. To feel the support of family, friends, and fellow bees. And, most importantly, love—the really good kind…heart-swelling, swoon-worthy, conquer anything kind of love—for her beloved.” made me teary. Your wedding was so whimsically elegant, I’ve loved every moment of you sharing it with us.

    And, of course, SPARKLER EXIT = SWOON. For real.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:19 pm

    @Mrs. Cauldron: Thanks! I’ll raise a glass to happily ever after.

    @Mrs. Pony: Perfect and unplanned! Perhaps a memo that I (as a super-planner) should take to heart.

    @Miss Gray Wolf: It is a great capture! The recaps may have just started but I’m approaching two years here – time to pass the torch to the planning bees! :)

    @StephK527: So glad that last piece of the post resonated with you. It can be so difficult to put emotions/thoughts into elegant writing, so I gave this “final” recap a lot of thought. It was an absolute delight to share our wedding with you and the rest of the hive! Seriously. Thanks x a million! :D

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