If you had the honor and privilege of attending Haley and Marcus’s wedding, you would have had no idea what happened behind the scenes leading up to the ceremony! Everyone that was there before 5:40pm knows what I’m talking about. Got your attention? Quick backstory.
7 months before their wedding, June 8 2019, Haley and Marcus asked me to be part of their special day and document the wedding. We were all pumped. Summer wedding, warm weather, hopefully a light breeze. What more could we ask for?
Fast forward to a month until the wedding, the weather forecast said there was a chance of rain (around 40%). And rainy weather in Augusta is very odd: it can be 100% chance of rain and not a single drop in sight. Haley was slightly concerned, but with it still a month away, both of us agreed we’d be fine! 🤐
Wedding Week: Rain and thunderstorms were now guaranteed for the weekend, starting on Wednesday. With small patches of rain throughout Wednesday and Thursday, we were all crossing our fingers 🤞🤞🤞 for a cloudy day on Saturday! Friday was the same, slight patches of drizzle but nothing like they were predicting (⚡🌊⚡🌊). But during the Rehearsal Dinner at The Partridge Inn, 3 days worth of rain dropped from the skies and quickly flooded the Cigar bar. I was afraid the weather would put a damper on the evening, but House Wiggins and House Harper (yes, I’m currently watching Game of Thrones and yes, I’m way behind!!) continued on with the festivities without paying attention to the road bumps.
Weddings are made up of so many moving parts, people, and situations: delays can and may happen. Despite helping Haley put together a solid timeline with extra time to account for potential delays, uncontrollable circumstances got everyone off to a rough start. We were running 3 hours behind schedule!! But with tons of adapting, compromise, moving efficiently, and everyone in the wedding party pitching in to help, Haley and Marcus still got married (in a different location) on schedule with time to have their grand exit earlier than scheduled! Curious now? Keep reading! 😁😁
Overall, the delays during the ‘getting ready’ portion of the day could happen at any wedding, with nothing anyone can control or fix. (Broken bow ties, traffic, hairstyles with extra thick hair, and accommodating hair and make-up for muggy Augusta weather in June). My second photographer and I took advantage of our extra time by capturing beautiful details. By the way, doesn’t that tie look so nice!!
Before relocating to the Old Medical College, we were informed that all the decorations and chairs were already set up on the outside lawn: it has been raining on and off throughout the day and heavier rain was coming. We had to decide and quick: have the ceremony outside (guaranteed wet shoes and mud, with possibility of rain) or transfer everything inside. Haley and Marcus decided inside was the wiser choice.
While we were setting Marcus up for the first look and waiting for Haley’s arrival, the groomsmen (and everyone involved) became the heroes in this section of the story. They took on the job of transferring all the chairs inside, including the arbor. This included the tear-down and re-setup of all the wet chairs (about 150), and getting them dry.
Behind the scenes, everyone was doing extra work to make Haley and Marcus’s day full of happiness and joy. In the meantime, Marcus saw his beautiful bride in her wedding dress for the first time. Oh and update on the weather, hasn’t rained during any crucial moments… yet.
As we were capturing beautiful portraits of the future Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins, it started to rain.
One of the many blessings were the towels and umbrellas everyone thought to bring! Towels will play a role in a minute. In the meantime, the clear umbrellas look classy with the couple walking.
One of things Haley and Marcus cherish are their two dogs, Levi and Remi. As we were heading to the front gate, outside of the Old Medical College’s property, the bottom opened up. Knowing how much they love their fur-babies, I was going to get those photos! Major kudos to Marcus in managing a medium-sized dog, holding an umbrella, and following my directions at the same time!
Back to towels. While Haley and Marcus had the umbrellas with Levi and Remi, the groomsmen were still carrying chairs inside. Yes, their clothes were soaked!! Towels to the rescue. In addition to bringing in the chairs, they also placed them and wiped off the water. Will, Harrison, Connor, Bryce, Peyton, and Bryan = MVPS. 🙌🙌🙌. I was unaware of the situation. As we were heading back inside, I was caught up. I know that the groomsmen were tired and wet, but we also had to do wedding party photos.
I gave Haley and Marcus a short break (also for the groomsmen) while I documented the details. Casey, my second photography (and wife!), captured Haley and her group opening a bottle of champagne.
While the groomsmen were drying off, Haley and her group were up for photos. No rain, yes!
After fixing a few sad boutonnieres, Marcus and the groomsmen were next. They literally look like rock starts. Not like they just transferred a couple hundred chairs. Lookin’ good!
With 5 minutes left before hiding Haley and Marcus, the wedding party got together! I went 3 minutes over the schedule 😢, but everyone still has plenty of time to rest and refresh! 👍
And just like that, Haley and Marcus got married exactly on time! Everything afterwards went well (other than the storm cutting off the power for a few seconds) and on time. No more rambling, more photos!
Haley Harper Wiggins and Marcus Wiggins
June 8, 2019
Note- The vendor’s name will lead you their website. Additional links are added!
Photographer: Duane Borba Photography (You’re at my website!)
Catering: Berry’s Catering and Floral (Instagram) (Facebook)
Baker: Lil’ Dutch Bakery (Instagram)
Florist: Jarleigh & Ivey (Facebook)
The Salon: His & Her Hair Salon (Instagram) (Facebook)
—Makeup Artists: Skin Care By Kayla, LLC (Instagram) (Facebook) & Ashley Adair
—Hair Stylist: Carolyne Simms (Facebook)
DJ- Disc Jockeys Now
Officiant- Ronnie Faircloth
Getting Ready: The Partridge Inn
Ceremony/Reception: Old Medical College of Georgia