The historic Mountain Magnolia Inn in Hot Springs, NC provided the setting of their dreams.
However, just before it was time for the ceremony to begin there was a 10 minute delay in Christina's preparations that created a bit of anxiety for her.
As it turned out that delay was perfect timing! Right at the moment that all the guests were gathered, we heard the loud whistle of the train and the sound of steel wheels on the rails. So we paused and waited until the train had passed which took a good 5 minutes or so.
The Mountain Magnolia Inn, which was built in 1868, is situated near the train tracks. Trains make a wonderful sound that brings of feelings of nostalgia and the urge to roam in many people, including me. But most of us would prefer not to have that sound arrive in the middle of a wedding ceremony!
If not for that unforeseen delay, the train would have arrived during the ceremony causing us to stop everything and wait for it pass. It did pass, of course, and we proceeded to have a beautiful ceremony in shade of the Inn's ancient trees.
As a Celebrant, I try to be ready to remain present no matter what surprises may unfold. With all the preparations and decorations and planning, the Main Thing is still the Main Thing -- an important transition is being honored, intentions are being declared, deep connections are being forged. I believe the Universe supports us when we undertake to give our lives this kind of sincere attention. So I remember to breath, trust, ask for help if needed and, above all, relax!
My very best wishes to Christina and Brian for a lifetime of joy, love and good-timing!
From my heart,