The Merry Minks: And Then, The Rain Came

Just as we finished getting ready, Dr. Bridesmaid noticed that the men had arrived at our venue, Pippin Hill. You’d think that after knowing Mr. Mink for seven years this wouldn’t be a big deal, but I actually got butterflies when I saw him coming down the little hill.


Photo by Elisa B Photography

Minutes after the men arrived, the inevitable happened. The rain I knew was coming arrived.


Photo by Dr. Bridesmaid

If you look at the bottom of these images, you can see the ice-cube-sized hail on the ground. I don’t know why someone even bothered to put two ceremony chairs outside, but I was worried they’d get carried away because the wind was so strong.


Photo by Dr. Bridesmaid

I had been so anxious about how bad the rain would be all morning long. When the downpour started, my bridesmaids went into consolation mode. Instead of the anticipated breakdown, I started laughing so hard that my stomach hurt. What else was there to do at that moment? It was a spectacular storm.


Photo by Elisa B Photography

When the lights flickered, I was thankful that I had accumulated my massive cache of candles for Pippin Hill’s main room. Just as I was wondering if they had a generator, Kelly from Pippin Hill’s staff came into the bridal loft to assure me that they did.

Within minutes, the storm had blown through, but there was a lot of water left behind. The bottom of the path that led from the parking area down to the venue had been turned into a moat, but at least the storm had passed.


Photo by Dr. Bridesmaid

The timing was actually perfect. The guys were getting ready, so we had time for one last glass of champagne before our first look and bridal-party portraits.


Did you miss a Merry Mink recap?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
Cauldrons on the Chesapeake: South to Solomons
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  1. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:10 pm

    Oh wow! If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then you are one of the luckiest girls in the world. What a storm!

  2. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:32 pm

    That rain is just crazy! Glad you guys got to the venue before the skies opened up!

  3. castle Bee
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:16 pm

    Oh my goodness what a storm! You handled it in the best way possible, with laughter.

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    LaughLines 348 posts, Helper bee @ 9:14 pm

    As a fellow Charlottesville bride and a Weddingbee reader I had my mind on your wedding that June day, and I remember my heart sank when I saw the rain start. And then, yes, it was most definitely not an ordinary storm, as these pictures captured! Sounds like you faced Mother Nature’s change to your plans with grace and humor.

  5. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:17 pm

    What a spectacular downpour! Love your coping mechanism: laughter and champagne. 🙂

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:35 pm

    oh wow, that is a spectacular storm. I will say though, in the last picture, the world seems to be perking up a bit after the storm. Such a difference between the two shots

  7. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:45 am

    Well, those pictures are really spectacular, I rarely see rain (desert girl here) and rain like that is considered a hurricane around here. I’m glad it stopped.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:34 pm

    I know storms on your wedding day isn’t nice, but gosh does it look gorgeous.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:44 am

    I am so happy for you and how you handled this, Mrs. Mink. At least you got some great pictures?

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