A Wedding Story: Sick Kids, No Rings, and $3,000 Goes Missing
Everyone knows that weddings aren't perfect. Even the most controlling bride plans for at least 5% of her day to go awry. Whether it's rain on your wedding day, a limo that doesn't show up, or the crazy drunk uncle that is making inappropriate jokes to your college friends in the corner - there is always at least one hiccup.
However, on our wedding day we had way more than our fair share of hiccups, so no matter how bad things were on your wedding day, I'm betting that after you read this you'll be glad that you aren't me! Behold - 5 things that went very, very wrong on my wedding day.
1. We didn't bring the rings! Our rings were in a black gift bag with pink tissue paper - the way they come directly from the jeweler. I saw that bag sitting by the front door when we packed the car, and then I saw it in our room the night before the wedding so I thought that we had the rings. Except that when my husband surprised me with a wedding gift and I discovered that it was a diamond bracelet from the same jeweler that was wrapped in the exact same way as our rings - I panicked. My husband had asked me if I brought the rings and I said yes because I saw that bag by the front door and assumed that in it were the rings - I didn't realize it was the bag that he was bringing with my gift in it! So we called around to every room in our party at the hotel at 11 pm the night before trying to find out if the rings were in another room. We woke up my parents, but we finally found the rings. Whew. Disaster averted.
2. Both of our kids were sick. Like, really, really, really sick. On the Monday before the wedding, my daughter's school called and sent her home- sick with fever. I immediately took her to the doctor where they diagnosed her with croupe but said she would be better for Saturday. The next day she took a turn for the worse and we were back at the doctor. Things were looking up on Thursday but on Thursday night she went back to being really, really sick. By this time our son was running fever as well and coughing all of the time, too. When Saturday morning arrived both kids looked markedly worse instead of being better as the doctor had promised! Audrey Grace even had red swollen eyes like she was coming down with pink eye and had fever yet again.
The photo above was taken at 4:02 pm (our ceremony was supposed to start at 4:00) when she was passed out in her grandmother's lap back in the bride's room. I was trying to wake her to see if she wanted to walk down the aisle, or go to the ceremony at all. She kept crying and asking me "what do you think Mommy? Should I do it?" My heart broke every time - the mom in me just wanted her to sleep and miss it, but I knew that if she did she would be upset about it for the rest of her life - there are no do-overs. I make the difficult decision that if she could wake up and power through 30 minutes it would be best for her She cried all the way around the back of the church and I felt so guilty. She cried the whole time my bridesmaids were going up the aisle and then suddenly, when it was her turn, she dried her tears just long enough to walk down the aisle with her brother. It was exactly what I needed to walk down the aisle with a smile on my face for the first time that day.
After the ceremony we sent them both back to the hotel room to order room service and go to sleep. They missed the entire reception. I doubt they even remember much of the day which is heartbreaking to me because they had waited for our wedding day for so long. Not one, but two sick kids on our wedding day. Oy.
3. The church lady walked up the aisle and ruined our recessional and long-awaited 'dip photo'. The one photo that we really wanted, that we practiced over and over again for was ruined by this lady's backside in our photo. Really, lady? Did you have to walk up the aisle right that very second? Sigh.
4. Our son refused to do anything but stick out his tongue in ALL of our photos. I know, I know he was sick - but this is normal behavior for him. All we wanted was one nice family photo with everyone smiling. It didn't happen. All of our photos were photobombed by 'the tongue'. Oh well - these things make for great memories, right? Right? Right...
5. We lost track of $3,000 in cash somewhere in the hotel room. My husband withdrew $3,000 from our bank account before the wedding so that we would be able to tip, pay our bill at the restaurant, etc. in cash without having to worry about reaching limits on our debit cards. He and I left for photos around 12:30 pm and we didn't realize that the hotel was going to switch our rooms around for our wedding night. Our groomsmen and bridesmaids moved all of our stuff for us but right after the ceremony my husband realized that he had left all $3,000 IN CASH in the hotel room - and that we no longer had a key to it! Our photographer took this photo of us right before we walked into our reception - me on my husband's cell phone trying to work with hotel security to figure out where our $3,000 was. To say that I was panicked would be an understatement. Let's just say we are very thankful that the housekeeping staff was so honest with us - they had found it and returned it to us - every single penny.
So there you have it - there are the things that went very, very wrong on our wedding day. Obviously the biggest deal to us was that the kids were so very sick, but I suppose in the end it could have been much worse.
Did your wedding day go smoothly? Share your stories with me in the comments!
Photos by Los Angeles Photographer Rob Greer.