Oh Alanis. You're so ironic. 

Inclement weather on your wedding is something most couples fear. Rain and wet on white dresses. Humidity on prepped hair & makeup. Travel problems. Plans have to change. Precautions have to be put into place... what a mess, right?

The Livingston's were married at The Willard Hotel during Hurricane Irene - which also happened to be a couple days after an earthquake hit Washington, D.C. {photo credit: Steve Canning Photography} 

The Livingston's were married at The Willard Hotel during Hurricane Irene - which also happened to be a couple days after an earthquake hit Washington, D.C.
{photo credit: Steve Canning Photography

First of all, Inclement weather is reason 8,652 why you need a wedding planner and professional, trusted vendors on your team. It's going to feel stressful without having to worry about who's going to set up the tent and did the string quartet get the notice about where the ceremony is going to be now, and does the venue have umbrellas. Leave that to me! 

The best advice I can give couples going into a situation where rain or snow or other weather could be a factor is to accept that it could be a factor. Being prepared is the first line of attack!

 {photo credit: Steve Canning Photography} 

 {photo credit: Steve Canning Photography

Additionally, don't focus on what you can't change. It's going to rain whether you huff and puff and cry and whine. So instead, drink an extra glass of champagne and look around you. Look at all the people who are there to support you. Remember that person you're about to marry? Exactly. YOU'RE ABOUT TO MARRY YOUR BEST FRIEND AND SOULMATE. Um. Hello? No amount of rain is going to change that you FOUND YOUR SOULMATE.

Disclaimer on the following photos/story: I did not plan or coordinate Brenden & Elizabeth's wedding but was a guest and received permission from the gorgeous bride, who is a dear friend, to share her wedding photos. All photos were taken by Anthony Ziccardi Studios.

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

Elizabeth & Brenden planned a beautiful wedding day at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, New Jersey. The venue is right on the water in a cute little town. Their ceremony & cocktail hour were supposed to take place out on the deck overlooking the lake. But Hurricane Joaquin had other plans for their day.

The ceremony was moved inside (and honestly, if it hadn't been raining, no one would have known it was ever supposed to have been done differently) and took place in front of a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling window, with lake views. 

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

The most impressive thing to me, as a guest, a friend and a wedding planner, is how amazing every single person's attitude was that day. When I asked Elizabeth how she was feeling, she brushed off the rain and concentrated on her gorgeous wedding day. 

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

{photo credit: Anthony Ziccardi Studios}

The icing on the cake to Elizabeth & Brenden's wedding? The RIDICULOUS photos Ziccardi Studios captured. The storm didn't change a thing about how much these two people love each other or how much they are loved!

 

 

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Sincerely Pete Events is an equality-minded, lesbian-owned, full service and coordination wedding planning and design company in Washington, D.C. with over 13 years of experience. We believe in a personal, curated & customized approach to each wedding couple we work with taking their values & personalities into account and keeping the relationship as the focus of the wedding. We plan Washington DC weddings, Virginia weddings, Maryland weddings and destination weddings all over the world. Contact us today for more information! 

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