Figured I'd give you the scoop and the behind the scenes of everything, so here goes....
We were due to meet up with the TLC production crew Thursday (1/29), at 11am in Busch Gardens (a local theme park centered around the theme of darkest
Africa, with rides, a safari trek, and of course, beer, hehe...) Earlier that morning (about 6am) we drove to the castle (about an hour away, and
then another hour back) to drop off some stuff for the wedding. We did that, then went to an eye exam, so I could get my contacts back before the
wedding, etc. Just barely made it to Busch Gardens in time.
So, we meet the crew (which were all extremely nice), and start getting miked up (the portable clip on kind), and they have us repeat many little
things they think will be interesting on the show. That felt a little weird, as well as having people around us wondering who the hell we were, etc.
but still kinda cool... They have us go on two different roller coasters...(no biggie, except that they happen to be my two least favorite ones,
hehe....as they both jar me around alot...) Of course though, for different angles we rode each twice in a row, hehe...
But luckily, we just
felt a little queasy, not bad.... All this time, we're lead by a personal guide of the park. Next, we got to go in a safari truck, and feed the
giraffes. THAT was an amazing experience... They are really HUGE.... You just can't appreciate it seeing them on tv, etc. Being right up to a 16
foot tall animal, is really something, and to be petting it's neck is unreal... We were feeding them all kinds of plants, and learning a lot about
Then, soon after this, we leave for Medieval Times in Orlando (about a two hour drive there, and another two hours back). Well, we DID pick the spot,
hehe... It seemed perfect for our theme, and the bridal party really got a kick out of it. We got real VIP treatment (just as we did for Busch
Gardens), and I got to be knighted by the king before the show, and Wendy was made a princess. We sat in the best seats in the house, even got
souvenir golden goblets. It also was in the winning knight's section. Wendy would always be picked to get the knight's flower, or other token,
etc. so that was neat. Still, made for a very long day....
Interview day. They interviewed Wendy first, and I had to kind of make myself scarce upstairs... I'm just glad we had time to clean house before
all of this.... Her interview lasts about 3 hours (amazing when you consider on the average show, they only have about 10 minutes for BOTH
interviews...editing). Mine goes for about the same, and we barely make it to the rehearsal dinner on time, at the Maid of Honor's house.
Then, we get the blow that Wendy's father backs out of the rehearsal, and likely the wedding. He just pulled this 180 all of a sudden, and didn't
want to do it. Nevermind that we've spent the last 5 months rebuilding their relationship...but that's another story entirely.... Suffice to say,
she was crushed, and didn't take this well at all. Still, we pushed on, and got through the rehearsal, including a complicated ritual ceremony, and
bridal party dance (the one from A Knight's Tale)....
Unfortunately, the forecast for Saturday, was looking grim. It had gone from sunny, to an all out rainstorm...ALL DAY. I quickly scrambled to get a
tent rented and set up at the castle. TLC even offered to comp the rental company some advertising, but they refused, and wanted the
cash....(idiots...the advertising was worth far more than the rental fee).
Day of the Wedding. It was cloudy, and rainy all day...saving the best rain for the time of the ceremony...
Well, one of the groomsmen and I
went to pick up the cake from my mom (who as some may remember, is a professional baker). The shop is "A Better Cheesecake" (check them out at
abettercheesecake.com). Anyhoo, the cake was in 10 different boxes (it was one hell of a cake), and took up nearly all of the van's floorspace (with
all of the seats out). I had to put our suitcases for the honeymoon on the roof rack, hehe... Then of course, I had to drive it an hour to the
castle. Well, the cake made it intact.
Then, we started setting up things, decorations, centerpieces, etc. We then get word that all the girls are going to be late (the other groomsmen are
at the castle by now)... The girls will get there about when the ceremony should be starting. Well, some of the girls had duties such as guestbook,
etc, so we scramble to assign groomsmen and ushers to tasks. We also set up a quick covering to keep the guestbook station dry (which the wind later
nullifies....) We get a decent turnout, but many didn't make it due to weather, getting lost, etc. Still, about 75% make it (of course, I still
paid for the other 25%.....)
At least we got good presents....
I'm sure most guests didn't hear a lot of the ceremony due to the rain. It was also cold for most as well...(unheard of in Florida most of the
time...but on our day...of course). Still, our guests were real troopers, and the ceremony went off pretty good (even if one of the groomsmen, did
forget our dog's costume....)
The reception went well, despite some missing elements the DJ missed (most due to weather concerns, but still missed). Don't get me wrong, the DJ
did an otherwise phenomenal job, and many guest commented as such, but WE knew what was missing. Our dance went off well, and amazed quite a few, and
everybody had a really good time. The cake looked amazing all put together, and my mother even had a special surprise ornament of blown glass with a
knight and lady on top of one of the castle parts.
The food was great (guests could choose from prime rib or lasagna) and I was surprised how many were actually in costume. They say rain is supposed
to be good luck....at least that's something. Still though, everyone had a good time.. I'll do some followups on this thread for the honeymoon
days...if I haven't bored you to tears already, hehe....