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The happiest of endings

By Alana Christensen 10 November 2017

With so many decisions involved in putting together the perfect day, you can expect some things to go wrong.

However, four days out from my best friend’s wedding, I was not prepared for the magnitude of disasters that were due to hit us.

The first blow was a big one – the loss of our makeup artists.

With one increasingly nervous bride, six bridesmaids, as well as the mother of the bride, aunty and grandmother, the makeup artist’s text message sent waves of concern throughout the group.

It seemed as though it was the first in an ever growing snowballing effect of dramas and misunderstandings as the stress of the impending day started to take its toll.

There were mothers decorating elements of the wedding with the best of intentions that were to neither the bride, groom or their wedding’s taste, there were tense and loud phone conversations regarding seating arrangements the day before the nuptials, and there was the bonbonierres which had been somewhat neglected, forcing dedicated parents to tie and style tags until the early hours.

The planning was by no means seamless. The solutions often came hurried and just in the nick of time, and there was anger, frustration and tension in the air right until the lead up to the wedding.

And then, something changed.

The bride put on her stunning dress, everyone caught their breath and the drama faded away.

It’s something I’ve heard from brides say of their own wedding in the past and now that I’ve seen it for myself I finally understand.

All the stress in the lead up to the wedding – the planning, the chaos and the drama – doesn’t matter in the slightest once the day is underway and two people in love stand side by side, in front of family and friends, and exchange vows.

There were tears and endless smiles and ultimately, each argument dissolved into nothing more than a footnote in the story of a perfect, beautiful and magical day.

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