Lauren, what was your biggest fear and how did it play out?
Rain. I feared it would rain and ruin all of our plans. And it did rain that day, almost all day. It cleared up before the ceremony and allowed us to have our ceremony outside as planned. In the middle of the ceremony, I can remember the exact words our officiant was saying as I felt the sun break through the clouds and shine on us. Little did I know that it caused a rainbow to form over our ceremony. At the end of it, in all of our overwhelming joy - our photographer took our photo & then told us to look behind us and that's when we saw the rainbow. Unbelievable! It truly felt like a gift from our loved ones above.
The rain did come back afterwards and so a lot of people ended up eating under umbrellas or inside. It did change our plans but it then forced everyone to get together inside, party & dance! The rain created quite a memorable affair for us all! After all that worrying, I am grateful that it rained!
How did you meet?
We met at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington state. We had both traveled there to see Dave Matthews Band (our favorite band). We met the first night there but we barely spoke and didn't exchange info. A week later we met again while tailgating for another Dave Matthews Band concert in San Diego, CA (where I lived at the time). We were both in the pit for the show and stood literally feet away both dancing the whole time on our own, to shy to make any moves but stealing glances at one another. We at least managed to say more than a few words to one another this time & got enough info to connect again later. It wasn't long after that for our long-distance romance to begin!