What I love about wedding days is that they very rarely unfold exactly how they were planned to.
It's the way people respond to the challenges I love - it really reveals their true nature.
On the morning of Lauren and Blair's wedding at Souter Lighthouse there was a storm. Lauren was out in it... pinning down the marquee so it didn't blow away!
Despite her best efforts, and even ending up with smashed glass in her hair from the carnege around her, it had to be abandoned and, with the help from her bridesmaids, they had to quickly find an alternative venue for the reception in a few hours time.
Thankfully the lighthouse staff closed to the public for the day and allowed them to use the inside for the reception. So all the tables and chairs were carried inside, and re-decorated (they had practice after having just done it all the night before!) by the busy bridesmaids.
And all through this, Lauren remained positive and cheery! If there was ever the opposite to a bridezilla... it was Lauren!
The wedding was lovely, and what a privilege for them to have their reception inside the lighthouse.
After the speeches Lauren and Blair went to visit her Grandad who had missed the wedding due to a last minute hospital visit.
While they were away the weather had improved and every single guest pitched in and re-furnished the marquee to it's pre-storm glory.
Of course there were tears as the bride and groom returned to such a transformation.
What a fantastic day, and what a loving effort from all their friends and family. It might not be the way they had planned it, but it brought out love and support from all around them... which is what a wedding is all about after all!
Each table setting had a little token which the guests could exchange for an icecream at the Minchella's ice cream van.