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The Wedding During a Blizzard

Sarah and Tom selected their wedding date months ago: January 23rd, in New York City. The blizzard hit, busses and cabs stopped running, roads became impassable, several train lines were shut down, and Sarah’s meticulous plans for the big day underwent revisions on the fly. Luckily, she is no bridezilla, and went with the flow. She focused on the bright side, specifically, how everyone went above and beyond the call of duty to make it work. The bride’s sister Terri Pous gives us an account of the entire day.

Originally, Brooklyn Winery wasn’t going to open to guests until 5:30, just a half-hour before the wedding began. As soon as the transit shutdown was announced, the venue informed us that guests could show up whenever they wanted, however they wanted, and hang out, as long as they didn’t mind seeing everything get set up. (Spoiler: no one minded!) They also opened the bar early, set out charcuterie and other snacks for people to enjoy, and did it all without a trace of stress. I later found out that they were working with only half their staff, but no one could tell. Not only that, but several employees had walked to work in the morning and booked a nearby hotel for that night just in case they couldn’t get home. Professionalism!

The florist showed up to the venue, flowers in hand, by 1 p.m., and arranged the bouquets and centerpieces on site. Professionalism! A hairstylist trekked in from Long Island early, just in case. Professionalism! When the second makeup artist couldn’t make it into the city, one woman did 12 people’s makeup with extreme care and attention. Professionalism! The DJ had set up his equipment the night before, just to be on the safe side. Professionalism! The band hung out at the venue all day, all dressed up and ready to play. PROFESSIONALISM!

All in all, it was a lovely wedding, and one no one will forget if they were lucky enough to make it. Read how Sarah and everyone involved pulled together to make it happen at Buzzfeed. The flexible and innovative photographer Sean Kim took great pictures both in spite of and because of the weather.

(Image credit: Sean Gallery Photography)


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