Sometimes the best-laid plans blow up all over us! Elaborate arrangements for a Labor Day weekend wedding in Corpus Christi began ebbing away when Hurricane Harvey first hit the Texas shores. Shortage of gasoline became the final blow to the couple’s wedding dreams. On Thursday evening when Joy called to tell me they had decided to cancel plans for a Saturday wedding in Corpus, she asked if they could get married in the gazebo behind our newly purchased home. Well of course! No problem! Yikes! Crawling into bed that evening, I asked Chris, “Can we pull this off?” “Of course we can,” he assured me.
So, with the first floor of our new home totally torn up for remodeling, downstairs toilets pulled, running water turned off, and only one day to prepare, we put a wedding together. Chris worked extremely hard cleaning the pool and balancing the PH levels. Our daughter Kirsten once again came through with brilliance and stamina. Todd helped with the delivery of tables and chairs and with wise suggestions. David, Melissa, Lane and Dalton joined the effort. We cleaned, swept, and moved tables and chairs.
Kirsten arranged for Central Market catering, ordered and then decorated a three-tired wedding cake, and created small table arrangements of roses.
David, Lane and Dalton decorated the gazebo. Although Dalton has artistic ability, Lane and David had never decorated anything in their lives. My worries turned out to be needless since our son and two grandsons created a stunning wedding look. Who would have thought it possible? However, the guys were exhausted from the strain on their artistic ability.
After walking with Joy, her dad also officiated at the ceremony. Jordy’s son Cameron took care of the rings. As soon as the final words ended, twelve-year old Aidan dove into the pool with a tasteful splash. Very soon the other children joined him.
Joy sang a song she had composed for Jordy and Lane played his guitar and sang to the couple. While we ate, Lane continued to provide background music. Our new back porch filled with sweet friends and loving family. Members of the Meyer’s family, who would not have been able to make a trip to Corpus, were able to attend an Austin wedding. What a blessing.
The nagging question on everyone’s mind became, “How will Joy and Jordy feel about this change in their plans?” More than anything, all of us wanted them to experience the satisfaction of a quality wedding, filled with love and a bit of magic. For certain, a lot of people demonstrated a sincere outpouring of love. I guess, in the end, that fact matters more than any of the other details. I believe Joy and Jordy felt the magic. May God bless their marriage.