I definitely have a new respect for those MOB's out there (mother of the bride), when it comes to planning or helping to plan their daughter's wedding.
My daughter Chloe was married at a very intimate setting in Ponte Vedra, FL on September 15, 2013. We had a few months to plan for it. Personally, I was up for the task because I just fell in love with Josh, and the love they have together.
There was talk of going to the "courthouse"...oh no no no. haha. I know my daughter, and I know that would have pained her later, that she did not have her beach wedding.
I spent a few weeks just looking for an affordable beach house near Jacksonville FL, where Chloe is stationed in the Navy. Most houses refused to allow a wedding on the premises. Their "maximum occupancy" for renters, is all that they would allow in the home, and we had a guest list of just around 15. I was becoming disheartened when I finally found a cute beach cottage with a wonderful owner who allowed our request. And it was affordable!!
|Chloe and her younger sister/maid of honor.|
I wont go into a big long story, but we got all of the above worked out. Josh and Chloe were to arrive at the beach house in Ponte Vedra that Friday before their wedding. I arrived a few days before that, and Chloe and I did last minute errands which included picking up her altered wedding dress, which had NO bustle when we got there. Thank God they got that bustle done 24 hours later! We picked up the chairs and the arch, and I found Chloe some gorgeous pearl earrings at Jared to go with her dress.
|Helping my daughter put on her pearl earrings, as my other daughter, Anna, takes over with my camera|
|Chloe puts gloss on her flower girl/niece , Eva. We had some left-over starfish from decorating the arch and we thought one would look fabulous in her hair! it was a gorgeous touch!|
The day before the wedding, at approximately 5pm, my youngest, Josie, went down to the beach, and returned saying...there was no beach. I panicked because Chloe's wedding was going to be at 5:30 pm that next day, and a high tide would mean issues. Sure enough, there was very little beach, just a small cliff. I stood there for minutes thinking..what now? what now? can I fit everyone on this small area? If so I can't line the isle with the parasols. I then went up the the yard and thought, maybe in the yard? But Chloe really wanted a "beach" wedding. I spent hours in the yard picking "sand spurs" out of it, just in case we had to have the wedding there. If you don't know what sand spurs are, they are tiny burs with spikes that get stuck on everything and hurt like heck if you step on them. My niece, Eva, even helped me a bit. But after hours of this, I realized..there are too many and this is no use.
In the mean time, Chloe was crushed. Not only was the high tide looking like it might drown out her wedding, but the weather forecast for the next day was calling for late afternoon storms. I found Chloe, sitting down by the beach in the rain. Sat with her for a few, trying to console her. My heart was breaking for her and I WAS going to make this work.
Later that evening, spirits lightened when my oldest daughter Lynda, walked in with pizza and wine!
The morning of the wedding was spent in last minute preparations for us girls, while Josh and his brother had some "bro time". Vanessa was busy with details, while I tried to get ready and photograph the hairdresser doing Chloe's hair. Josh's mom Becky arrived to cook her wonderful meal for the reception, and we were all watching the tide and the sky. Chloe announced "its not going to rain". I said "how do you know did you see it on the news?". She replied "No, I prayed to God and I know it's not going to rain".
The hairdresser was leaving as the Musicians, the Chaplain and some of the guests were arriving. The sky was looking good, and the tide had not progressed any further inland than it had the night before, so Josh and Vanessa started bringing chairs, parasols and the arch down to the beach.
Kyle and his partner from Wehner Weddings, in FL, started playing for the guests as Chloe emerged from her room to be greeted by the man who would walk her down the isle, her Grandfather.
Just before the flower girl made her way down the path, Chloe exclaimed "MY BOUQUET!!". Anna ran back up to the house to grab the bouquet just in time, whew!
Chloe's prayers came true. We had beautiful weather, and we made that little cliff of sand work, although several times those waves were a little too close! Everything works out in the end. Chloe knew that. And Josh was her rock. High five to all the MOBs out there. I now know just a tiny bit, of what that is like, and im so proud and happy.