Category: Day of Coordination

The worst wedding day phone call ever

The worst phone call in the world

I did a wedding recently that was…AMAZING!  It was beautiful, the venue and food were fantastic, the couple is SO in love, and the guests were ready to PARTY!  However what most people don’t realize is that behind all of that there were a good deal of major issues during the day.

Before I launch into the story, let me assure you that this bride was ON TOP of her planning – she plans events for a living so it’s no surprise that her skills carried over to some very effective wedding planning.  But a whole lot of what went wrong that day were things that were totally out of her control, things no one could have predicted, things that would have ruined her day if she didn’t have BDP and her other awesome vendors there to take care of the problems.  To go through them all would make this post 4 pages long, so let’s just talk about the biggest…

The day started at 9:45am with THE nightmare phone call… “Jennie, the photographer has the stomach flu.”


Let’s just stop there.

Interjection…. I can tell you that for anyone in our industry, THIS is their worst fear; waking up in the morning with the stomach flu.  We work tired, we work injured, we work sick, we power through just about everything.  Waking up and being physically ill and having a fever is one of the few things we can’t always “work through”.

So we got on it – phone calls, texts, Facebook messages – her photographer and I raced through the Metro-Detroit wedding industry to find someone that happened to have a Friday in July off.  We found someone in the wonderful, talented, John Richmond of John Richmond Photography. Long story short, the original photographer powered through until after the post-ceremony photos and then broke down into fever again.  John stepped up, took control, and ran through the rest of the evening like he’d been involved from the very beginning.

I want to give a special shout-out to John, of course, but also to her original photographer – the talented Roni Rose with Roni Rose Photography.  She had driven out from Chicago to do the wedding and was cursed with the flu that morning.  As I mentioned, this is a worst fear of anyone in our industry but she handled it like a champ.  She rose the alarm, got help finding a replacement, and even sucked it up and did the photography through the first half of the day.  She did everything anyone could have asked of her and I applaud her for all of her efforts.  I hope that our paths cross again soon and can’t wait to see her amazing images from this wedding!

Lastly a huge thank you to our bride and groom – thank you for trusting me and BDP to help with the wedding.  Also thank you for trusting me to deliver you back to the hotel at the end of the night – our shuttle abandoning the couple doesn’t usually happen (especially since I specifically told them not to leave you behind…), but I still enjoyed the chance to escort you and your new husband to your hotel at the end of the night.  I truly enjoyed working with both of you and hope to see you again soon!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to these amazing vendors that made the day great!

Roni Rose Photography

John Richmond Photography

The Colony Club (love you, Bertha!!)

Visi Productions

Parsonage Events

The Kilted Magician

Red House Salon