Define Irony: A bride writes an article about keeping one's head and not stressing out when all the details are handled prior to the wedding. On the day that said article runs on a popular bridal website, an ice storm hits the bride's town, making it impossible for her much-anticipated photographer to be at the wedding. Cue Stress Machine!
Except that it wasn't that way. Everything was fine, thanks to Lindsay, my awesome wedding planner, Megan, my awesome (and stuck in California) photographer/OBB editor, and Ariel, my awesome wedding muse and the publisher of Offbeat Bride. Really, everything was more than fine. Everything was fantastic.
I hired Megan to shoot my wedding a little over a year ago. She was cutting me a fantastic deal, as it was her first year shooting as a professional photographer. I was extremely happy with all aspects of the contract. I liked Megan from interacting with her on Offbeat Bride and the Tribe, I loved her photos and style from her website, and I was so very happy to be able to afford her.
Fast forward to the day before my wedding. On that day, the aforementioned ice storm resulted in Megan's flight from California being cancelled. There was no way for her to get to DC in time to shoot my wedding. None whatsoever. She called Lindsay, my planner, and told her the bad news. And then she told her the good news. The best news, as far as I'm concerned.
See, when she heard about the weather situation, Ariel reached out to fellow wedding blogger Lara from So You're Engayed. Lara in turn helped Megan find a DC photographer who would be willing to shoot my wedding at the last minute and on a budget. In exchange, Ariel and Megan were offering the photographer a vendor listing on Offbeat Bride. [Editor's note: Yeah, us wedding folk have totally got yo' back!]
Talk about your win/win situations! I'm still floored that Ariel and Megan would go to such lengths for me. But more about that in a minute.
The photographer they found was a DC photographer named Mary Kate McKenna. She was fantastic. She's already given me a sneak peek at some of the shots. Both my husband and I are in awe of her talent, and we can't wait to see the full catalogue.
She fit seamlessly into the groove of our day. From the moment she arrived at our girls' get ready party, Mary Kate was fun, lively and full of ideas. She knew I was in love with Megan's style, so she'd taken the time to peruse Megan's website and get a sense of what I wanted from my wedding photography. She also took some time to scout out some truly awesome locales within the hotel venue. These worked out really well when it came time to shoot our pictures.Mary Kate was an active and participating part of the fun when it was appropriate, and she did an excellent job of not being obtrusive (or even really visible) when it was not. At the end of the night, I remember telling her that I felt as if I'd known her for years, and I didn't want our friendship to end. Because that's what she'd become, in such a short time: a friend.
So all's well that ends well. Mostly. I still wish I would have had the chance to meet Megan in person, and I told my husband that now we really have to do a vow renewal in a few years so that she can come shoot it. But even though she didn't shoot my wedding, I felt like Megan couldn't have taken better care of us. Ice storms fall under the heading "acts of God," and therefore, she didn't have to do anything at all! But she did. She and Ariel (and Lindsay, my planner) worked together to get me a photographer and save my wedding photos.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of "above and beyond the call." But it occurs to me that that is what Offbeat Bride does. Offbeat Bride is more than a book or a blog; we've become a web-family. And when one member of the family needs something, the others step up and get it done. They sure did for me, and I only hope I can someday return the favor.