Casey and Luis were the sweetest bride and groom. While getting ready in the morning, Casey complimented her bridesmaids on how fantastic they looked, how beautiful each girl’s hair looked, and how well done their make up was. Casey even complimented my outfit, and wished me a happy birthday (my birthday was the day before!). On her own wedding day, Casey was most concerned with building up her bridesmaids and friends. Luis was no different! Luis also wished me a happy birthday, and he made each person present feel important and loved. I brought along Carly as always, but I also brought along one of my best friends Kendra to assist me. Casey and Luis thanked Kendra for being there and treated her like an old friend just like they do everyone they meet.
Casey and Luis got ready at the reception venue, Rock Creek Farm in Gallatin. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, but it rained off and on and we were able to get done all the pictures we needed to get done. Casey and Luis exchanged personal vows on either side of a stone wall. Casey promised to “Sing along to your made up songs, except when it’s better as a solo. Then I promise to dance along.” Luis promised to “extend extra patience when he tells the waiter ‘We need more time. My wife hasn’t decided what she’d like to order yet.’” The bridal party and my team and I laughed and shed a few tears alongside them.
After the vows, it was time to head to the Church of Our Savior for the ceremony. While the priest spoke, the rain poured down on the roof of the building. Casey and Luis promised their lives to each other, and sealed their marriage with their own secret handshake and an epic, dipping kiss.
In the way the weather seemed to do that day, it let up and we were able to make it back to Rock Creek Farm and take bridal party pictures as well as bride and groom pictures. We finished Casey and Luis’ pictures just maybe 2 minutes before the bottom fell out of the sky. Casey and Luis entered the reception, and their family and friends cheered. This is where the weather decided no longer to comply with our wishes.
Rock Creek’s reception space was under a chandelier-lit pavilion. The rain plan was to lower down plastic tarp rain covers to keep rain from blowing into the pavilion. What no one saw coming, however, were the fierce winds from the severe thunderstorm that blew the rain covers in towards the guests, food, cake, and DJ equipment. The tarps were weighted down with metal beams, but the winds were so powerful, the beams had no effect. Immediately the groomsmen and friends ran to literally “hold down the fort”. Casey and Luis began dancing and showed their guests that a little storm (okay kind of a big storm) wasn’t going to ruin their party. The rockstar employees of Rock Creek Farm began moving the valuables out of harms way. The food and cake were moved back into the kitchen and everyone braced for the worst of the storm. The DJ kept the party going as well and played funny songs like Toto's "Africa" to put a light spin on the storms.
When one cell of the storm passed, the venue owners informed us we needed to move into their own home on the property. In 6 years of weddings, this had never happened at Rock Creek Farm! As Casey and Luis do, they simply moved the party inside the house. The employees plated the food and brought it, plate by plate, to the house to begin feeding the guests. The speeches were made, and Casey and Luis danced their first dance all in the kitchen of the house. When the worst of the storm was over, we were able to move back to the pavilion and keep partying on. And party on, they did! Casey and Luis threw a party unlike any I’ve been to. All of their friends and family danced like they’d never run out of energy. To top off the night, Casey and Luis made a grand exit through sparklers.
Casey and Luis, your wedding was a dream. In all of the ways that it “went wrong”, there’s no couple who could have smiled and danced through it all like you two. It was an honor to serve you and tell your love story. I’m kind of devastated this is our last time to work together (for the forseeable future), but I’m hoping to get to be a part of the stories you want to tell for years to come!