Rachel
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Two Weeks Later, And We're Married!

Rachel, on September 16, 2019 at 4:41 PM Posted in Married Life 1 29
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Two Weeks Later, And We're Married! 1


We got married on September 14! It was a beautiful, sunny day and everything went just right. I can't wait to see the pictures from our photographer.

Our original wedding date was May 30, 2020. We had already booked our venue, caterer, DJ, bought my dress, and planned pretty much everything out. However, my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer about three weeks ago. There's no way of knowing how long he has left, but with this disease, it usually isn't long. So rather than risk not having him at our wedding, we decided to move the date up to as soon as possible.

We found a beautiful venue that does elopement ceremonies. They provided the officiant and music so that all we had to do was show up ready to get married. We found a photographer/videographer to capture the whole thing. I found a dress online for $80 (since my other dress is no where near being ready) and my now-husband wore a suit he already owned (though it was a little more snug since the last time he wore it!)

Our guests consisted of my parents, his parents, and his sister's family. Nine guests total. There was no way the rest of my family could make it that short notice since they all live far away.

I had two weeks to plan this wedding, and it was possibly the most stressful two weeks of my life, but everything fell into place and we got to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony with our loved ones. We're still going to use May 30 to have a big reception with all of our original guest list (since we've already paid for it all, we figure, why not).

But, yeah... I'm married!


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  • Cliodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
    Cliodhna ·
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    Congratulations, Rachel Smiley ring

    I'm so happy your father-in-law could be there to witness you both getting marriedSmiley heart

    I hope you all had a wonderful day together Smiley smile


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  • Mariah
    Dedicated April 2020
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    Congrats girl!!! I'm sure moving it up made it soooo special for your father in law!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    I think your decision to move the wedding up was a very good one, your veil is stunning & I love it!

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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
    Sinéad ·
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    Congratulations to you both Rachel!! 😍😍

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  • Rachel
    Dedicated May 2020
    Rachel ·
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    Thank you! My mom found it at Hobby Lobby on sale! Haha!
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  • Keri
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    Keri ·
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    Congrats! So glad you were able to celebrate that special moments with both set of parents.
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  • Lauren
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    Congrats! I think you made a great decision moving it up... and you still have a reception to look forward to!

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  • Kelly
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    I'm so sorry to hear about your father in-laws diagnosis!! It's so awesome that y'all were able to pull everything together so quickly and have a ceremony for your whole family to enjoy!! I can't imagine how much that meant to your father in-law!! I also can imagine what a stressful 2 weeks that must have been!! What an amazing story!! Congratulations!!
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  • Sharon
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    I'm so happy you were able to plan it on such short notice. Your dress is beautiful!!!!! That picture is stunning and the love between you both shines through. I know it meant the world to your husband to have his father there. And I know it meant everything to your father-in-law to be there and celebrate with you. Now on to planning the next one!!! Congratulations!!
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  • Brae
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    Congratulations! I'm sorry about your fil but I'm sure he's so grateful to have witnessed the ceremony.
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  • Alyssa
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    That’s so sweet that you all were able to do that for your FIL. Congratulations!!
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  • Madeline
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    Madeline ·
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    Congratulations!! ❤️I’m sorry about your father in law but how special that he got to shared that special day with the both of you.
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  • A
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    I am sorry to hear about your father in law but you guys look happy and in love in that pic and that's what counts. That should be a fun and enjoyable reception. We almost did it that way because of budget but worked it out so that we could have a nice wedding on the beach where we enjoy spending so much time together.
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  • Michaela
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    Wow good for you guys! Congrats and I love that pic!!

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  • Paula
    Super September 2019
    Paula ·
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    Congratulations to you both! And best wishes for your FIL and his entire family!
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  • H
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    First off, I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL and send your family my best wishes. Second, you look so beautiful! Congratulations on your wedding!
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  • Cyndy
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    Cyndy ·
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    Congratulations! That’s so nice that you were able to move it up and have your FIL there to share in the special day.
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  • Stefanie
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    Congratulations!!!!
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  • Rebecca
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    Rebecca ·
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    Congrats!
    I'm sorry for the reason you had to move it up, but I'm so glad it came together in time.

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  • Alisha
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    Alisha Online ·
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    Congratulations.
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