Narrowing down the guest list, picking out a caterer, DOC, finding the venue of your dreams can all be oh-so-overwhelming. I hired one of my Pet Caregivers Grace to bring Eddie to my ceremony. He arrived in style, sporting a Mint tuxedo (very popular color for 2013). He entertained my guests before my arrival, as they patiently waited 2 hours for us.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, women! But I swear the delay had nothing to do with me! I was even a half hour early. No, my husband Gary didn’t get cold feet either (PHEW). Unfortunately my venue had all THREE elevators go out of service right before our ceremony (including the service elevator). Our minister and a guest got stuck in the elevator. To my horror, we were never informed and were left in complete chaos. We aimlessly wandered from elevator to elevator (in heels) wondering why we couldn’t get in. Eventually, the elevator in the connecting building brought us up 9 flights, leaving us with 4 remaining flights to climb. It was the Mount Everest of stairs! We had to drop off items at the bridal suite before the ceremony. Just recalling the events, makes me break out in a sweat. All in all, I remained calm, everyone knows, things rarely ever go off without a hitch. We made it to the ceremony.
The sun was setting, it was 80 degrees in October, and we were surrounded by love. My mother and nephew gave me away. Grace reunited us with Eddie at the alter. Seeing the sweet face of my boy provided the comfort I so needed. In that moment, no one else existed but Gary, Eddie and I. After photos, Grace politely escorted Eddie back home.
We rushed to the venue afterwards to begin the festivities. The night ensued with a delicious cocktail hour and buffet, and the insanely contagious beats from our DJ. The dance floor never emptied until after our final song “Don’t Stop Believing”. Even Gary’s 80 year old grandmother graced the dance floor all night long!
Although the day started out in chaos, once we passed those obstacles, we really did have a Pawfect Wedding! The important people were there and we lived in the moment. There are things you may not be able to control, but in the end, all that matters is who you are surrounded by. The support and love given to us by our Day of Coordinators, Pet Caregiver, family and friends that day was truly remarkable. I still smile when I look back, I’m smiling now.