Happy Wednesday! Before I share more details of our wedding weekend, I wanted to share this story because it brings about some realness to what went on behind the scenes of our wedding. Pictures and words, Instagram and the Internet are very good at hiding reality, but let these stories offer a little comic relief! No matter how much you painstakingly plan every detail, things that are out of your control STILL happen. It’s better to laugh, roll with it, and then laugh some more when it’s over.
Sean and I were both exhausted the Thursday before our wedding. We packed up our car to drive to RI that night, but decided last minute we were too exhausted to drive and would just wake up early and make the drive the next morning. Sean got up around 5am (still dark) and took Winnie outside for her usual walk. About 15 minutes later, I hear him SCREAMING at her. I knew whatever it was, wasn’t good because he never yells, especially at the dogs.
He opens the door and immediately I was hit with the most overwhelming, repulsive smell of SKUNK. There’s a first time for everything. Winnie decided THAT morning was the morning to chase a skunk. We locked her on the deck, looked at each other, and just started screaming lol. A lot of F bombs. I was hysterical. We put her in the bathroom and Sean started rinsing her with whatever concoction we googled in a frenzy- dish soap and baking soda. I was frantic haha.
We ended up leaving her in the bathroom, got on the road to RI and decided to figure it out on the way. THANKFULLY, we had an amazing family friend who loves dogs, take care of her and bathe her with (who knew???!!) Summer’s Eve which got rid of most of the scent. Crisis #1, resolved. Except for the lingering smell of skunk to THIS day, all was good and Winnie made it for pictures.
PART 2: Birth Certificate
Did you know state-to-state, birth certificates look COMPLETELY different? No, me neither. Long story short, I “had” Sean’s birth certificate ready to get our marriage license. Didn’t think much of it. When we got to town hall (on a very very tight timeline due to the skunk incident), the town clerk commented on how “cool” the Connecticut birth certificate looked. As the rest of the staff were admiring it, one person realized that we didn’t have Sean’s official birth certificate. Instead, we had a “souvenir” certificate from the hospital.
We ended up having some friends and family run around town (they were still in CT thankfully) like complete nutcases for us trying to get/find/whatever the correct birth certificate. Again, we were saved by our friends and family and ended up getting the correct certificate in time for our marriage license. YES, you can still have your wedding without the marriage certificate, we just wanted ours signed and sealed on our actual wedding day! Either way, it wouldn’t have changed a thing about our weekend!
At the end of the day, these stories were just a little blip of unfortunate events, but they certainly gave us some stories! At the end of the day, no matter WHAT happens, your wedding will still be perfect!