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A Match, A Rainy Day, A Dress and A Steel Drum Band

A Match, A Rainy Day, A Dress and A Steel Drum Band

A little over 2 years ago a couple met through Match.com.  They had each travelled their own paths to get there, and they were both open to love.  They had each kissed their share of frogs and were ready to find someone who they really, really liked and liked them back. 

They had their first date, and then a second. They laughed and shared.  They met each other's families (and even that didn't deter them!).  They grew together, they ran together.  He supported her, she supported him. They were kind to each other.  They accepted each other, warts and all.

He proposed at Hershey Park, one of their favorite places.  He had planned to ask her on the way up the Big Bear Roller Coaster.  I guess he was truly ready to share all life's ups and down's with her!  That day it rained. The coaster was closed for safety reasons. Disappointed but not deterred, he just waited for the right moment.  They spent the day going from place to place in the park, the ring burning a hole in his pocket, each spot getting rained out.  Finally, almost defeated, they ran through the rain to their car, jumping puddles and soaking wet. He turned to her and said..."I have been trying to do this all day, will you marry me?"  Of course she said yes.

They were thrilled, both families were thrilled for them. Their friends were overjoyed! Not wanting to spend a fortune on a wedding, they decided to keep it simple and small.  They even talked about a destination wedding. Her best friend said, "Why don't you have it at my house".  The couple liked that idea.

They decided it would be fun to surprise their friends and family by having a party, exchange vows in the middle, and then continue with the party. Realizing that much of her family was a bit time-challenged, and wanting everyone to have a part, they shared their plans with their immediate family.  It was detemined that the start they had planned for their life together needed to be a bit more special. The planning began.

She shopped for a dress, many too plain, many too fancy, until she found the one that was just right. She planned, he helped. He accomodated her every request. Their parents helped. Family and friends in the know pitched in.

The invitation to an engagement party went out..."Last Fling Before The Ring".   There was a note that said that there was going to be a big surprise for the happy couple at 4 PM, so if you didn't want to miss it, please be there before 4. Almost everyone invited said yes! 

On October 1, 2011 just after 4 PM they became husband and wife, in front of a very surprised house full of people.  It was overcast, cold and rainy and the day couldn't have been more perfect.  There were family and friends from Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and of course all over Maryland.

She was stunning in a dress that looked like it was made for her.  He was so handsome in his suit.  Her niece and his neice proudly served as flower girls.  Her sister and brother walked her out.  Her oldest brother, ordained especially for this occasion, performed the ceremony with the ease of one who is truly full of faith in God and in love. His sister and her oldest sister each read special readings that seemed written with this special couple in mind.  A recording of "The Wedding Song" performed many years ago by her mom who had passed away when the bride was just seven, was played while the couple handed bouquets of roses to some of the special women in their lives. Papa Razzi captured every special moment with each click of the camera.

There were tears and laughter, and more tears and more laughter. I think the rain was the angels tears of joy that Scott and Amy had each finally found each other.  I am sure that her parents and grandparents looked down from heaven with pride, in the knowing that this is the match that was meant to be.

Our host and hostess could not have been more accomodating in their beautiful home.  Not to be deterred by the rain, furniture was moved into the garage, and the party continued with The Baltimore Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum Orchestra playing in the dining room!  There was a bountiful and delectable spread of food by Monaghan's with additional delicacies by friends and family, and a variety of beverage options that would put most bars to shame! The wedding cake from Sugarbaker's in Catonsville, topped with a fresh flower arrangement created by the groom's mom, was absolutely delicious.  There was even Karaoke that went late into the night!  This is a day that will be remembered by many for years to come!

Congratulations to my beautiful sister Amy and my new brother Scott.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. May every rainy day end in overwhelming joy.  May every day of sunshine remind you that you are truly blessed. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together.  May God bless you beyond your wildest dreams!I love you both.  Take care of each other always! 

Here's just a couple pictures to tide you over til we get the professional shots!!  I always love to see the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time!  Big brother is on the right, getting a bit emotional too!

Surprise Wedding    Bride's entrance   

Surprise Wedding, Wedding at Home,       

You really like me
Don't you.

And I really like you back

and you like me back

and I like you back

And that's the way we keep going

Every Day

 

I like you because

I don't know why but

Everything that happens

is nicer with you

I can't remember when I didn't like you

From "I LIKE YOU" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg (read in part by Scott and Amy prior to their vows). 

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO   bridget.mcgee@swbc.com or www.marylandmortgagemama.com

 

If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • October 02 2011 11:23PM

Comments

What a beautiful story, who says the rain doesn't bring sunshine.

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) over 8 years ago

Aha, that is what the surprise was. What a great story and your sister is beautiful.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

This is an awesome story!!!  Even brought a tear to my eye!!!   I love weddings!!!!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 8 years ago

What a fantastic story and even better tribute from you Bridget!  Your sister is blessed to have you in her life.  Lots of fun ahead with the Holiday's and new family to share them with!

Posted by Rebekah Radice, Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training (Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency) over 8 years ago

I'm so glad it went well.  Congrats to Amy & Scott.  She looks so much like you.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Markita,  You are so right!

Ellie, I couldn't be more happy for them.  She was gorgeous, thank you!

Deborah,  They have both been through a lot.  When talking to Scott and his friend, his friend said "I have seen Scott at his lowest and I have seen him happy.  Now he is really happy."  Then Scott, with a HUGE smile said "I AM OVER THE MOON!"  It was an awesome moment.  They will take good care of each other.

Rebekah,  I am the one who is truly blessed. His family is lovely, it will be great fun!

Stacey, It was wonderful.  Lots of laughter and lots of (good) tears!  I will pass on your good wishes!  (Oh, and we both look like our mom!)

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 8 years ago

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