In March, I drove to Camptonville to marry a couple. They’d chosen a spot that was sacred to them, miles from civilization on a dirt road, with a view that lasted forever. They were a very sweet couple, and the bride’s two kids were excited to be a part of it. It was to be a small, intimate wedding with only family members and close friends in attendance.

There was one glitch: Rain was predicted. It’s risky in March and, though we’re almost always lucky with weddings and weather, this time we were not. As soon as we’d made the drive in our big trucks (the road was not driveable for anything smaller), it began to pour. Worse than that, it was c-c-c-cold. There was, of course, no view because everything was socked in with fog. It came down to me stripping out everything but the basics of the ceremony so that we could get it done quickly — and then, soaked and shivering, we drove home.

In my contract, I specify the importance of having an indoor alternative venue. Not everyone does and, sadly, sometimes there is a consequence. I hope that, eventually, this couple can look back on the day and laugh– certainly it will be memorable! — but please, no matter what time of year it is, do have a backup location in case of rain.

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