Wedding Disaster

  • Post published:07/05/2017
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During the Master Gardeners tour of beautiful gardens, we came upon a young couple  with their photographer taking historic photographs under the tranquil shade of old trees. The groom was handsome and  the  bridge was beautiful and wearing  a gorgeous wedding dress with delicate lace and a train. The photographer had endless directions for the happy couple – please kiss – now, bride, look demure – now look adoringly at each other. All was going swimmingly, although I was worried about the train being trailed along the rough path.

rosy wedding arch
Rosy wedding arch

While romantic photographs were being taken down the path, florists were putting  the finishing touches on a romantic rose bedecked arch, the perfect place for wedding vows to be taken.

Bridesmaids in waiting
Bored bridesmaids in waiting

The florists had work to do, but the bridesmaids could only wait to take  their part in the celebration.


The cooling zephyrs that had been so pleasant gave a whoosh – and disaster! Catastrophe! The startled bridesmaids fled, the florist got on the emergency phone and the rosy arch lay in pieces on the ground.

Disaster continues
Disaster continues

The pieces had to be picked up. Consultations with headquarters.

More photos - with the Bridal Party
More photos – with the Bridal Party

But in the face of disaster, what can the celebrants do?  Carry on, of course. The photographer has more orders to give, and the bride and groom more memories to make.  I can’t help thinking of the stories they will have on their anniversaries – and wonder whether they will have all florist charges forgiven.

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  1. Helen Opie

    In years to come, this will give them better stories than if all had gone as intended. It sounds like no lasting damage nor injuries made it excellent story material. I hope they enjpy many yeats of telling it; they began with their first shared oops!

  2. Pat

    Helen – I completely agree. Our wedding in NY City Hall went without a hitch – but the honeymoon with three daughters and their friend spent sanding cat pee soaked floors, building a house and hauling water from a well for a few days, and then helping the friend’s mother clean out her sewer line gave us a great story. Our Woolworth wedding rings were worn down to the pot metal and served until we went to Tiffany’s on Valentine’s Day and bought two golden rings.

  3. Indie

    Building a rose arch seems like quite the challenge for a florist in the first place, and demands the sturdiest of supports! When we were getting married, someone told us that something will always go wrong in a wedding (and sure enough it did!) Let’s hope this is the most of their troubles, and makes a good story.

  4. Helen Opie

    Your story of wearing down your woolworth rings brought to mind my mother’s tales of “rush ring marriages”. These alliances were neither serious nor permanent; they lasted until the ring, made of whatever rush or reed was handy wore out. You two didn’t stop when the first rings wore out, you upgraded! I love that; you two move on with the times.

  5. Pat

    Indie – the supports were of the flimsiest sort – revealed when the arch fell over. Always good to get the first marital disaster over with early on. I assume you got a good story out of yours.

  6. Dee

    Great story! We just did a wedding with one of our daughters. So easy to have a disaster or two.

  7. Pat

    Dee – I saw those wedding photos – and it didn’t look like you had to survive any disasters. Much happiness to the Bride and Groom.

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