So, where did I leave off…
About 4:30 Saturday we headed over to the Tiki Bar to wait for the ceremony. Chris, Todd, Scott, and I waited there chatting and directing people initially to where the ceremony would be, but the weather wasn’t really cooperating. So, we started pointing people into the restaurant to wait inside. Come 4:50 I sent them all down to their chairs and Todd and Chris got them all seated. Several other people who were staying at Garland for other reasons realized a wedding was getting underway and started offering shots and drinks, and hanging out on the patio to watch. About 5:00, planned start time, Louann came by and I asked “We all ready?” to which she applied “Not exactly, have you seen Pastor Toby?” Hmm, of all the things that can go wrong at a wedding, the top three include crappy weather (check), missing bride or groom (good there), or missing minister (check). So, we wait for him, until about 5:15 when I go and let everybody know whats going on, and ask them for 5 more minutes. As I walk back up to the patio, I look behind and see not a single person in a seat. Oh well, it was cold out. So, just as we all get back into the restaurant, it starts to rain. It had been a light sprinkle, but was getting heavier. Then, we notice, it changed over to snow. Louann continued to run between her office calling our minister, and me and Jenn giving updates. She called her own pastor and asked him to come up as a replacement. Around 5:45, Jenn called me and asked if we want to move it inside, and I agreed. So, we moved everybody from the restaurant to the Great Room (where the reception was to be held) to take their seats there.
Standing outside the Great Room, a minister comes up to me and starts explaining he is the replacement. Louann quickly comes over and escorts him away, explaining to me that he is our ministers replacement and that her replacement was also there. We had already mentioned that should both arrive, we wanted to go with hers, as we weren’t really happy with Toby. So, I spoke briefly with the DJ and new minister about how Jenn and I wanted things to go, and at about 6:00, an hour behind schedule, we got under way.
We were married in front of the fireplace, which was lit, in the Great Room. Several people later remarked that it was beautiful, and we should have planned that from the beginning. Jenn and I then took our leave for pictures and returned at 7:00 to begin dinner. Following dinner was our dance, Jenn and her Dad’s dance, and the wedding party dance. Rest of the night all went to plan, with everyone having a wonderful time. Around 11:30 most people were gone so we sent the DJ home, helped with some of the cleanup, and Jenn and I went to our villa to open cards and relax.
Sunday, we met up with a couple people, packed, and then took Todd and Ashley to breakfast in Lewiston. We saw some guys from Ferris there also so chatted with them for about an hour, then all went our separate ways. Jenn and I headed over to Alpena to separate what was ours from her parents from what her sister wanted for her upcoming wedding in June. We opened our gifts there also, then headed back across to Gaylord, where we stayed for the night. Monday morning, it was back in the car and we headed home where we stayed for two whole nights before running off again.
So, honeymoon to come tomorrow. Though, pictures of it are already on Facebook.