We stood awash in puddles of umbrellas. Two here. Three there. All huddled together for warmth. Clinging to each other as the rain came down.
And oh did it ever come down.
In buckets, in bath tubs…it poured down on us with purpose and determination, and washed the day clean. It rained so hard our eyelashes grew heavy as they lined with tiny rain drops and the world in front of us went blurry.
And still…the rain came down.
They tried to talk her out of it. Told her to consider a safer, more comfortable option. To think about the alternative. But she just hiked up her dress, looked down at her wellies and said, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but I’m getting married.”
To him. Because in that moment there was nothing more she wanted than to stand out in the pouring rain under that tree….their tree…and marry him.
Justin, Julia & I stood the perimeter and stood watch. We felt like we were there as much for protection as documentation. The last line of defense between what they wanted and what the rest of the world had in mind. I shot her a look as if to say “It’s ok…we got you. Just soak it all in. You’re here with him now… and that’s all that matters.” And just like that the air went electric. The rain grew hot and burned on my skin, charged from the power of feeling connected. From watching two people take a stand. Seeing two people choose to live and love the way that they wanted to. The only way that made sense to them.
I looked over at my smiling husband with rain pouring down his face and hair stuck to his forehead, and I raised my face to the sobbing sky and silently thanked God for the life that he has blessed us with. Because see, there are a lot of people in our lives who will never understand why we do what we do. Why we choose to take such a long, hard road, when safe & comfortable was just within reach.
But we do what we do for the very same reason that Alison & Jeremiah stood out under that tree. Because it was where they felt closest to everything they love. Everything that really matters in life. See, they stood out there because it wasn’t safe or comfortable. But because it was remarkable. And it was theirs. Just him and her and their love.
And it made them feel alive.