So after months and months without a single rain shower, it’s suddenly been an entire week of insanity. The Rio Boda (that’s what we call the arroyo behind our office building) crested late yesterday and we’re under a flood watch. At one point earlier today I couldn’t tell the difference between the sidewalk and the road. Rio Boda means “Wedding River” for you gringos who missed the joke. Doesn’t it just figure that as soon as we have MAY WEDDING MADNESS the weather would turn? It’s been crazy at Weddings in Vieques this month.
Jenna Hains and Greg Armstrong got married at Hacienda Tamarindo on Sunday, May 15, 2011. It was a beautiful private ceremony, with torrential rain in the background. About the same time the groom kissed the bride, the rain let up. Suddenly a beautiful rainbow appeared over Esperanza, in the background of their wedding pictures. Before they’d finished shooting pics with the rainbow, a second rainbow appeared, even bigger than the first one. It was magical.
That said, the bride and groom told me about the funniest youtube video of this guy videotaping a double rainbow. Then the next couple to arrive on the island said something about it too. So I went and looked it up (we’re always out of touch down here). Hilarious. Don’t know what the guy was on, but it’s a hoot. You, my readers, have probably already seen it. Anyway, they turned it into a song too… a really horrible awful song. And I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I realized that some client of mine is probably going to put this stupid song on their wedding reception playlist in the next six months! No really. I’m not kidding. http://youtu.be/MX0D4oZwCsA
So after we slogged through the rain for Jenna and Greg’s elopement, you would think God would have shown a little mercy on Rebecca Bokkon and Jason Salt for their wedding on Tuesday evening. No such luck. It was a really rainy day. It almost stopped before the ceremony — we delayed a little bit with our fingers crossed — but then the drops got bigger and fatter and we gave it up and held the ceremony on the covered porch of the $3 million villa they’ve been trapped in all week.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Salt and their guests were all really good sports. It was a small group of immediate family, but that certainly didn’t mean the dance floor was empty by any means. The bride was gorgeous in a strapless gown as she whirled around the living room in her new husband’s arms.
So two couples made lemonade out of lemons this week, but c’mon, isn’t that enough? Carrie Schoell and John Lewis arrived today and the sun was out for their first view of the island but it looks like it’s going to turn on us anytime now and the radar is showing some ugly green stuff to the south. Carrie and John will be greeting a big group of guests beginning tomorrow for their wedding this Saturday, May 21st. No more rain! I have a plan B for their beach ceremony, but I really, really do not want to have to use it.
At the risk of sounding terribly irreverent, the lyrics to an old Depeche Mode song come to mind here:
I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumors but I think that God has a sick sense of humor and when I die, I expect to find him laughing…
Alrighty, so Jenna and Greg left this morning to honeymoon on the big island (where it is also raining) and Amy Baxter and Stan Jones will arrive on the island tomorrow. They’re getting married on Monday at sunset. Hopefully on Sun Bay, weather permitting. Clients Teebe and Marlon arrive tomorrow too. They’re here on a planning trip for their wedding next May and we’re spending Sunday afternoon looking at wedding venues for their big day in 2012. By noon tomorrow, we’ll have four sets of clients here all at once! Eek, I think I need more staff!
Speaking of staff, I have a new intern for the summer at Weddings in Vieques — Alissa Kolm from University of Nebraska! It’s been raining since she got here and if it doesn’t stop soon, I’m going to have to fire her for the sake of the brides to make the sun come out! Just kidding. Maybe. We always blame either the new guy or the last guy to leave the company around here. Or we blame the Dominicans, but that’s a Viequenses thing I learned from one of the former employees we now blame stuff on. 🙂
Anyway, I think Alissa rocks so I’m going to let her take over my blog some days (and she’s also serving as my inspiration to get off my butt and blog again — I’ve been MIA for awhile now). Keep an eye out for her postings!
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques! And please say a prayer for good weather for Carrie and Amy’s weddings this weekend!