Tara + Drew wedding, sandpoint ID

This wedding was not like any other I have witnessed. Everything was planned, created, and dreamed of prior to the day of their celebration. Tents were assembled, tables and chairs set, all of Tara’s labor of love was hung in just the right spots.

We knew the day called for thunder storms but we didn’t really believe it. We were in Sandpoint, ID where the sun shines almost everyday in the summer. Who would believe it would rain?! Well, that night it didn’t rain it stormed! Luckily, the next morning the tent took minimal damage and we were still sitting pretty.

Fast forward to post ceremony we are on our way back to the lake house where their reception will take place. The minute we pulled into the driveway the rain started. Guests were arriving, the caterers were in place, all tables were set. The rain turned into a downpour and the wind was almost a hurricane. All the adults rallied outside to try and salvage any order we could in the storm. The kids were screaming and dancing in the rain. In a matter of ten minutes it was all destroyed and blown away!!

I will never forget standing at the bar with Tara holding down the margarita salt, wine bottles, and glasses. Obviously we were the logical ones, right?! In a blur I looked at all the people running around collectively trying to save anything they could and was overwhelmed with how wonderful it all felt. It was that moment Tara looked at me and said “this is just perfect, Nicole!”

The entire reception was moved indoors and the party persisted. Everyone was soaked from the rain yet their was still happiness and humor in it all. A sense of real community.

A couple hours later the sun broke and we all moved back outside to enjoy what was left of the tent. The beautiful table settings were gone, the decor was hanging by threads, and all the details Tara hand crafted had blown away in the storm.

Beautiful things happen for strange reasons. All of this didn’t matter.

Tara and Drew were still floating.

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