January 3, first Saturday in January, two days after New Year’s Day. Most people are sitting at home and relaxing. Maybe taking down some Christmas decorations, watching the 42nd Football Bowl game. Taryn and Mitch were getting ready to start their lives together, and I was preparing for my part of the day, the reception.
I met Taryn and Mitch at a bridal tasting at The Chattanoogan earlier in 2008. It was certainly a pleasure meeting them both, and I knew right away how special this wedding was going to be. Taryn hired me very early in the planning process, which was great! It allowed us plenty of time to do the proper planning for the reception. What I did not know at the time, is Taryn would be spending most of her time in school! We talked several times before her reception and she told me the types of music that she and Mitch liked. We worked out the details for most of the special dances, all except THEIR first dance!
When I arrived to begin setting up everything for the reception, most of the other preparations had been completed. Black chair covers with red sashes, done by The White Table, gave the already lovely room, a feel of simple elegance. One obvious feature of the room was the size of the dance floor, it was HUGE! Needless to say, I was quite excited about that!
During dinner, I went to Taryn to find out if they had chosen their song yet. They had, “Your Song” by Elton John. When I called Taryn and Mitch to the dance floor, they came to the center of the floor as I started the song. The first dance is certainly one my favorite parts of any reception. Every bride smiles, every groom smiles, with just a hint of nervousness. This was no exception, except for one. It has been a long time that I have seen a groom with such devotion and admiration in his eyes. The smile that Taryn had was big and bright enough to make everyone in a 10 mile radius forget about their problems for that moment. The two of them in the center of the floor, holding hands, talking to each other, moving slowly together as Elton sang, “…how wonderful life is, while you’re in the world,” was the highlight of the night for me.
We had a fantastic time. We played music from the 70’s, 50’s, 60’s, 80’s, 90’s, and current music. (I guess I could have just said we played a little of everything!) Taryn had a special request for a song from the Rocky Horror Picture show, that was fun!
Thinking back to this reception, I cannot help but think how lucky Taryn and Mitch, and all couples are, to have found each other. How so many little things contribute to meeting each other. How so many little things could have prevented the meetings. Maybe judging someone based on an opinion of someone else, maybe not going to class that day, or any other reason. It amazes me how, of all of the people on earth, the right two can find each other. I think of the all of the “problems” I have in my life, similar to yours I am sure, paying bills, raising my child correctly, just the daily challenges we all face. Then I see someone like Taryn and Mitch. Two people, with their smile and devotion to each other, it makes me forget about my problems, and enjoy and cherish my blessings. They reminded me how happy two people can be, and how, with just a little bit of effort, any challenge we face can be overcome.
Thank you Taryn and Mitch for allowing me to be a part of your day. I had a fantastic time, but more importantly, I hope you and your guests did as well. It sure seemed they did!
I will post pictures later. This was a blast of a reception, I want to share and give credit to everyone involved in making Taryn and Mitch’s day so wonderful.
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