Monday, August 24, 2009

A Lucky Twist of Fate!

On August 14th we were preparing for a fabulous wedding at St. Mary's Cathedral for some clients.
Rehearsal was set for 4:30pm and upon arrival I greeted a panic stricken Bride and Groom- "We don't have a marriage license! We forgot to get the license!!" So we immediately ran out the door to my car and raced downtown to Washington Street to try and get a license last minute before 5pm! The rest of the family and bridal party remained at the church to rehearse with out us. The couple no longer lives in Memphis- and flew in from L.A. for the wedding the night before. Things were so hectic that they just forgot to take care of the most important thing- which can happen to the best of us :) I'm trying to come up w/ plan B for them because I knew that it was highly unlikely that we were going to have success in getting a marriage license on Friday at 10 til 5pm! The couple was so upset with themselves for forgetting such an important element- the very document that makes them legally married!
Once we got to the Gov. building they raced to the door to find it locked. Some by- standers asked them what they were doing and directed them down the street and around the corner to another building that was possibly still opened. I proceeded to try and follow them from my car- going down all these one way streets! In the mean time an undercover cop saw them and stopped to see what was going on. They explained everything to her and she said that Mullin Station office was going to be open until 5:15pm- which is all the way in East Memphis and they had about 15 minutes to get there! The police woman said she was headed there and that she would take them! So they hopped in her car and before leaving she went through the run down of documents and info they needed to have. Unfortunately they did not have their social security cards with them. She said that there was nothing she could do to help them w/ out those so they got out of the car, disappointed and sat on the courthouse steps. A few minutes later the same police woman came around the corner honking her horn and yelled out the window- I just found out I'm the only one who can access your info through your drivers license! I have called in some favors- get in the car!! So they all raced to Mullins Station and around 5:45pm they had their marriage license! What a miracle and as the Bride put it- "A Lucky Twist of Fate!" In the mean time I had gone back to the church to give everyone a report of what was going on and to continue the rehearsal. I only wish we had all of this on video! It is undeniable that these two are supposed to be married-there was Divine Intervention to make it happen :) And to top it all off- the angel of a police woman took them to the rehearsal dinner to enjoy the rest of their night.
We pride ourselves in being good planners but there are just some things we can't do for our clients and getting the licenses is one of those things! Thank God he provided a way and we have a wonderful story to tell and a happily married couple as our ending. Cheers!

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