Not every wedding day will go exactly as planned. In fact, I often tell bride’s that no matter how much planning you do, there will often be something small that won’t go exactly how you envisioned. But in the case of Lindsey and Matt’s wedding day, it wasn’t just something small. It was pretty much the entire thing. You see, Lindsey and Matt were set to be married underneath the Avenue of Oaks leading up to her Aunt’s Plantation home on the outskirts of Charleston. However, Mother Nature had a different plan in mind. The weekend of their wedding a tropical storm was barreling up the east coast, and that meant it poured rain nearly the entire day. By the time I arrived to begin pictures Lindsey was well affair of the flurry of activity going on downstairs below here to move the entire outdoor wedding inside. But if she was upset, she wasn’t showing it. In fact, she handled the entire situation with such grace, that would have left other rattled. It was such a testament to what a great person she is.
The morning was filled with moments that made the day so incredibly touching, that no amount rainfall could take away from them. Those included her mother gifting her a jewelry box with her grandmother’s earrings, after her other one had been stolen, her father seeing his little girl for the first time, the flower girl and ring bearer dancing around in between photos (which of course made the best photo of all), and her bridesmaids and mom praying over Lindsey just minutes before she was set to walk down the aisle. But the most touching moment of all was when Matt saw Lindsey approaching from the grand staircase inside the house toward the spot he was waiting for her on the wrap around porch. He was overcome with emotion and in that moment I knew that this turn of events had to have been God’s plan for this day after all.
One thing that also stood out for me on their wedding day was the speeches given by both of Lindsey’s Maid and Matron of Honor, and Matt’s brother’s who served as best men. They were so incredibly touching, yet funny at the same time. All four of them spoke of Matt’s service to our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, and in turn Lindsey’s strength in keeping them together through moves and deployments. I looked around the porch of people both laughing and crying with Lindsey and Matt in the center of it all, and was so incredibly thankful for people like these two. Their sacrifices for our country are not lost on me, nor were they on the guests attending, and when Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” played out during the reception the emotion and triumph during the lyrics about our troops was palpable.
Lindsey and Matt, despite the change in plans and the crazy weather your day was absolutely perfect. I know it wasn’t what you expected, but I honestly hope you can look back on it and smile knowing everything worked out. Maybe one day you’ll even laugh about it. Lindsey, your grace under pressure was so admirable, and the beauty inside of you shines so bright. It’s even more beautiful than your gorgeous good lucks, if that’s even possible. There is a reason multiple people called you an angel throughout the day. Matt, you are one lucky man. I wish you all nothing but the best in your future together as Mr. and Mrs. Davey without a single tropical storm in sight!