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August 9, 2016
It was on this day 8 years ago that I woke up to a torrential downpour, fearing for the worst that our wedding would be ruined. And I don’t mean a light rain – I mean like flash flood status, couldn’t-see-past-your-hand-if-you-held-it-out-in-front-of-you kind of rain. This storm wasn’t on the weather report leading up to our wedding date. It was supposed to be warm (actually hot, like high 90s, but that was my fault for choosing August to get married lol… I digress…) and sunny.
I was devastated.
I called you. And through intermittent sobbing and the blabbering mess that I was, you calmly spoke to me. You walked me through, step by step, exactly what we were going to do. First, you called our photographers because our first look and wedding party portraits were supposed to be outside at 3pm, and they said that if it didn’t clear by noon that we would decide at that point what to do.
Then you called me back and told me everything was going to be okay, and even though I didn’t believe you at the time, I trusted that it would all work out.
9 am passed by. 10am. 11am.
And then it was noon. And the clouds miraculously lightened up and a bit of sun was peaking through the clouds. I began to have a glimmer of hope.
We met our photographers at the Kauffman Rose Gardens and it was… absolutely beautiful. Just like you promised. Then we headed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for our first look, wedding party, and bride and groom photos and had a blast with our friends and family taking photos around this beautiful Kansas City landmark. As we pulled up to the Church of the Resurrection for our indoor ceremony, it began to sprinkle, as if right on cue.
I love living life with you. Traveling across the country and making our own little home in Arizona together. Having a baby with you. All of it.
As much as I’ve wanted it to be sunny and all warm and fuzzy, truthfully, it hasn’t been all smiles and cupcakes… cupcakes. yum. haha. squirrel…. anyways. We have had many storms in our marriage along the way, some were light drizzles and some were so bad that we couldn’t see past our own hand. Some days it seemed as if everything was a blur and the skies would never clear. But they did. And we got through it. I began to see a glimmer of hope that everything was going to be okay. And we are stronger together because of those times.
Now here we are, 8 years later, and you still teach me every single day to be patient. Be calm. And to trust you. You make me a better person and everyone around us can see it.
And it looks like what they say is true.. it’s good luck to have it rain on your wedding day 😉
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You wrote that with so much feeling…so beautiful. What a Blessed couple you are to have God in your lives, each other and now Kinsley too! Happy Anniversary!
Great story! Wish you many more sunny years together. Happy Anniversary!
Beautifully put Tina Marie Kraemer – It rained on our wedding day as well — poured — March 10, 1990 and we celebrated 26 years of marriage this year — they were truly showers of blessings from above! Here’s to many more years of happy marriage for both of us rained on brides — be blessed! Jeri
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Blessed to have you in our family! Congrats on your anniversary and here’s to 100 more!!
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