Well, it’s official, WE’RE MARRIED! (he says with trepidation with the impending election tomorrow when it could all be stripped away).
I wish I could say the day went off without a hitch (well, except for our getting hitched), but that just would be good blog fodder, now would it?
We spent all morning on Saturday cleaning the back yard, setting up tables and chairs, stringing lights, creating a beautiful little area for our ceremony to be held. It actually went rather smoothly. So we laid down around 2ish to try to get in a quick nap before the festivities began.
At 2:30 I heard Laurent jump out of bed and mumble something about rain. Then I heard him cursing.
Yes, although it never rains in California in November, it was indeed raining all over the tables and chairs and benches.
It wasn’t a downpour, more like a heavy sprinkle. And by the time we got downstairs it had stopped and the sky lightened up.
As we were standing there dumbstruck not sure of what to do, it started to sprinkle heavily again. Then it stopped.
Finally Laurent said we may have to move everything inside the house. Seating for 45 inside our fully-furnished house within hours before guests were supposed to arrive. I wasn’t looking forward to it
nor could I envision it honestly.
So in a last ditch effort I told him to run to the party rental place just a couple of blocks from our house to see if they rented tents.
While he was gone I jumped into the shower, mostly because I didn’t know what else to do with myself.
By the time he got back our friend Louise was over and they were looking at the hour-by-hour weather and it predicted scattered sprinkles for the rest of the evening.
So we started moving three rooms of furniture into our guest room and replacing it with wet tables and chairs.
Surprisingly it took us less than an hour to get everything set up and ready for guests. Marguerite and Louise finally left a few minutes after 4 to go home to get ready. I gave Oliver a bath and got him dressed and then finally got dressed myself.
Our officiant, Faith, was the first to arrive (while I was half-dressed and Laurent was running around upstairs nekkid!).
Because of the rain many of our guests were late, which ended up being for the better. We finally started the ceremony at 5:30. And as one of my friends said, it was magical! I have video of it but I think it may be too big for YouTube, but I’ll try to see (after I drop off our marriage license at the court house!).
Until then, there are many photos here. Enjoy!