Monday September 15, 2003
8:39am - Man receives a phone call from a worker at the Washington D.C. Temple. The worker claims that the wedding ceremony planned for Saturday the 20th must be moved to one of three days (the 15th!, the 16th or the 17th) because of the fast approaching hurricane Isabel. The worker explains that they don’t know for sure if the hurricane will have passed by then – and don’t want to take any chances. Man agrees to call back with an answer…
8:50am – Man calls Woman with the news. Woman doesn’t think the joke is funny.
9:33am – Plans are made to have the ceremony on Wednesday the 17th in the early afternoon.
Tuesday September 16, 2003
10:11pm – Woman and her family arrive at the Northern Virginia home of Man’s parents (a 6 hour drive from West Virginia). Woman proceeds to work through the night on her hand-made dress.
Wednesday September 17, 2003
9:45am – Man and Woman arrive at the Temple so that Woman can receive her endowment. Woman remains in shock (not because she’s a bride-zilla but because above all, she hates to be rushed)
1:06am – Man receives word that the scheduled sealer (a close friend of the family) will not be able to make it in time. The temple president offers to help.
2:00pm – Amid the rush and confusion, Man and Woman kneel at the alter of the temple with their closest friends and family. The ceremony is deeply peaceful and extraordinarily insightful and spiritual. Woman cracks her first smile in a few days.
3:03pm - Man and Woman proceed to the front of the temple to be photographed. Not in a tux and wedding gown but in their Sunday best.
4:14pm – Man and Woman face the possibility of spending their wedding night in Man’s parent’s house. (ouch!) In addition, the reception and honeymoon flight are still scheduled for Saturday the 20th. What to do for three nights and 2 days? Man’s friends come through with three nights at a bed and breakfast in old-town Fairfax. (cheers!)
9:46pm – Hurricane Isabel pounces on the D.C. area – pulling down trees and cutting power and water supply.
Thursday September 18, 2003
9:00am - While Man and Woman wake to a delicious breakfast, their families wake to 16 people, 1 child, no running water and no power in a 3 bedroom townhouse. Tensions run a little high.
Friday September 19, 2003
1:00pm – The mood is lightened by a pre-planned trip to Baltimore to see the Orioles battle the Yankees. Because of the continued storm potential, thousands skip the game (which compels the powers-that-be to allow the fans to sit wherever they want in the ballpark.) Man teaches his impressionable niece how to boo Jeter on 1st base. The party ends in the 6th inning when rain ends the game.
Saturday September 20, 2003 (original wedding date)
8:50am – Man and Woman travel to the temple with Woman’s father (a photographer) for the formal wedding shots. The sky is as clear as they’ve ever seen it.
6:00pm – The reception, held at a local community center, is a great success. Homemade cheesecake is served instead of crusty old wedding cake.
10:12pm – Man and Woman leave the event in a limo. They both exhale.
Man and Woman ponder the implications of such a rocky start to their life together. But mostly, they’re just grateful for those few moments – on that one day – in September – and for most everyday after. Honest.