Last summer, I was in hell. I'm not a fan of extreme temps, and the triple digit heat and humidity of the summer 2012 nearly did me in. There were three separate times when I got so overwhelmed by the heat that I was struck down sick.
Fortunately, the wedding I planned and performed on Saturday June 29th was not one of those days... but it was so unbearably hot that the carriage ride that I'd planned for the grooms had to be canceled as the horse's are not allowed to work in temps over 85 degrees. Part of me wishes that there was a law protecting wedding planners too! LOL
Now if I hadn't earned my wedding planner merit badge before, I sure did with this wedding as both grooms had a surprise for the other and I had to send them both copies of the ceremony. I ended up having three separate versions of the same ceremony, but also couldn't mark each one with their names or they'd get suspicious. I had to get very creative. Mine I simply labeled "for Andrew's eyes only!" (thank Heaven Microsoft has expanded the number of characters one can use in labeling a document. I know, these are really first world problems, right?)
And not only did the singer we hired to perform "Songbird" sing beautifully like a.. well a song bird but one of the grooms also surprised us all performing a beautiful piece he'd written himself. It's pretty awesome when even though one plans something, one can be surprised by the outcome.
The grooms had a small wedding party, just a sister of one and the brother of the other. After the ceremony, the six of us (including our photographer Katje) walked through Central Park to the Plaza for snacks and champagne. I was nearly sweating through my jacket but kept a smile on my face (I think that deserves another merit badge! LOL)
Afterwards, the grooms and their new in-laws piled into a limo and were off to a dinner we had set up for them. The driver, a middle aged woman, told me at one point that she was so happy to drive the party around because as a lesbian, she was so happy for this time in our history. It kind of struck me that she probably didn't share this with just anyone and was really happy to have the wedding party in her car that day.
I bid them all goodbye and was happy that in the exitement of the day, I'd forgotten all about being overheated. I guess being in the midst of love will do that to you. And it was kind of nice to know that I'd earned my keep on this spinning ball o mud for another day.