I must admit, this couple may go down, as the CALMEST in "Pre-nuptial History"!
"Wedding Day" began as the majority of them do..... uneventful. Not a rain drop in forecast and all of the sun & humidity that a June day could bring. The pre-ceremony vendors are on schedule and everyone is going about the normal rotation - but just as I was beginning to relax, I get a call, from the staff at the venue, that a black bear has been spotted on the property. Yes, you read that correctly - a BLACK BEAR! as in ......
Soooo, I check the guest list and just as thought, no Mr. & Mrs. Bear
listed. I advise the venue to staff to keep me posted, ramp up the prayers -
x's 10, alert my staff and proceed to get dressed. What does one wear to wrangle
With traps in place and no additional bear sightings to report, I decided to move
forward with "Plan A". I was more nervous than EVER and certain that the
humidity wasn't the only reason we were perspiring, as all of the
wedding events were scheduled to take place outside and NO one, with the
exception of the Vendor Team, had any idea that there was a ummm "problem";
but we were ALL ready to spring into action, at the first sighting of movement
on 4 legs!
The ceremony took place in the serene Aqua Garden and it was everything the
couple dreamed of.
Nope, none of the guests were wearing black fur, just checking.
It was time for cocktails, which REALLY sent my blood pressure and
heart rate to a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet...surely food would draw our un-
invited guest(s) to the party. Our staff continued to keep watchful eyes for this
bear. We were so on edge about the bear, that the frogs on the lily pads didn't
bother us and the musical sounds of the woodland animals were music to our
Nope, still don't see anyone sporting a fur.
As we moved the guests under the tent, for the reception, I began to relax - just
a pinch. Maybe Yogi decided that it was bad etiquette to show up for dinner
& cocktails unannounced. Or maybe he decided to save himself from a
major fashion don't....as furs are NOT in season during the month of June.
Whatever it was - I was ELATED that he decided to stay away! The guests ate,
drank and danced the night away. We opted to let the couple in on our "little
secret" at the end of the night and after they stopped laughing, they couldn't
believe that we pulled it off.
Creative Team:Venue | Belmont Manor & Historic Park, Elkridge, MD
Event Management | Affairs Remembered
Floral Design | Fleur de Lis Florist
Images | Jay Moore Photography
Entertainment | Capetown Productions
Catering Team | Clementine Baltimore
Photo Booth | Charm City Photo Booths