They say rain on your wedding day is good luck (and Alanis Morisette also calls it ironic), but no one gets married in Hawaii and hopes for rain! The weather was beautiful throughout Julie and Alan's entire wedding weekend on Maui, with the exception of one very specific window of time: the hour before and the hour after (give or take) their outdoor ceremony. It elicited some of the same stages as grief: denial ("it won't actually rain," or "it's just a passing cloud"), bargaining ("if it can just hold up until the cocktail hour, we'll do that inside if we can have the ceremony outside"), depression ("why did it have to rain right now?!") to acceptance ("it's fine, we'll just have the ceremony inside, as long as we get married, that's all that matters").
As all of this unfolded, so did a completely unexpected storyline to the wedding day. There were special moments that resulted from this disappointing twist, like the dance party Julie's bridal party and parents threw for her to distract her as they postponed the ceremony in hopes that the rain would let up. Or the storm watch team that Alan assembled to keep a minute-by-minute watch on the clouds. Tense situations can sometimes bring out the worst in people, but not these guys. The way Julie and Alan communicated throughout the uncertainty, the way everyone did their part to support them, make them laugh, dance it off, hold Julie's hand when she was feeling disappointed... it was beautiful.
Like any good story, the tension, the suspense, the anxious anticipation of the unknown only made the resolution that much sweeter. As Julie and Alan finally exchanged vows and leis on the lawn overlooking the ocean, an hour and a half later than planned, on a ceremony site which came so close to being unused, it was clear that everyone was savouring every moment that much more. That energy transferred into the reception as well, as friends and family shared stories about the couple and let it all out on the dance floor via glow sticks and epic dance offs.
As uninvited as the rain might have been, it certainly made Julie and Alan's wedding memorable. It is now part of their story; every twist and turn. We are so glad Julie and Alan allowed us to be their storytellers, it was thrilling!