[FRAMED] The Caddy
Good morning and happy Friday! Since we're here at the end of the week, it's time for another installment of my [FRAMED] series. This week's moment is from Blake and Justin's amazingly beautiful Emmetsburg, IA Wedding [featured here]. This one just goes to show you that no matter how perfect your wedding day is, sometimes things can still go wrong and you just gotta roll with it – such is the case with Blake and Justin's sparkler exit and the caddy. Lets dive in. As I started to say, sometimes unexpected things can happen during your wedding day regardless of how smoothly everything is flowing. In the case of Blake and Justin, one of these moments happened during their sparkler exit from the Shores at Five Island Event Center in Emmetsburg, IA. Up until that point, their day had been nothing short of a fairytale (use the link above if you don't believe me). However, if anything were to go wrong, I'm glad it was something minor like this.
It was the end of the night and the couple were enjoying their last dance before they made their grand exit out of the event center and off into the night. Rumor had it that a relative or family friend loaned them a beautiful, white 1960 Cadillac Eldorado so they could take off in style. While the couple finished their dance and began to say goodbye to their guests, I began ushering people outside and arranging them for a beautiful sparkler exit. Once the people were in position, I went to check on the car status to make sure everything would go off without a hitch. When I did find the Caddy, things weren't going so well. The hood on it was up and some family members had it tethered to another car – attempting to jump start it. After about 10 minutes or so, they cranked the engine and it finally turned over, roaring to life. It was only then that we saw the problem.
Evidently, the Caddy had an electrical gremlin in the form of the interior door light. When the doors open, there are lights that shine straight down on to the ground to help the driver locate puddles. This light just happened to be stuck on, even when the doors were closed. Since it was driven there during the day, no one really noticed and the battery had slowly drained itself. However, spirits were high once we got it started because the engine's alternator would begin to recharge the battery as long as it stayed running.
The family let the caddy sit for a few minutes to run and warm up before moving it into position outside the venue. Once in place, we had the guests light the sparklers and gave the signal for Blake and Justin to run out and hop in their chariot. The two of them strolled through the tunnel of sparklers with huge smiles on their faces, heading straight for the Caddy. Justin helped Blake get in and shut her door. He then made his way around the car and before he could even get in, the Caddy died. Surely it would start again, it had been running this entire time, right? Wrong. He turned the key and there was no noise. The battery had gone flat again. It was at that point that we all realized the Caddy also had a faulty alternator so it wasn't going anywhere. Regrettably, the couple got back out of the car and hopped into Blake's mom's car to make their wedding day get away.
As I said before, sometimes things can still go wrong even when the day is flowing so perfectly. But, in the grand scheme of things, I'm glad the problem was so minor. Sometimes, you just have to shrug off these things and keep things moving. In the case of Blake and Justin, they definitely weren't going to let this little hiccup ruin their special day.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned...I'm still working on my 2015 Wedding Favorites to try and get that post up next week. Should be a great one.