The leaves are changing which usually brings on a lot of sentimental feelings around headquarters and I begin to unravel what was an amazing summer/wedding season. Each wedding season is full of incredible moments that most folks don’t get to see, and being that our staff works in private events, we trickle out certain moments while trying to keep most private. A mountain of planning, hours of meetings and emails, and good old-fashioned luck combine to make these memories/magical moments happen. Hats off to our staff and the other vendors and their staff’s efforts throughout the year. I truly believe that no one gets to witness the sacrifice that these professionals make in their own lives to achieve that happy Bride and Groom.
One of the moments that sticks out to me was a simple one. I had a delightful couple whose Mother-Groom dance was ‘Stand by Me’. Seems simple enough right?….Wrong. I have a tremendous amount of respect for my own parents, and try to channel this into my own handling of my client’s parents on wedding day. This particular MOG (Mother of Groom) was an absolutely delightful conversation, strikingly beautiful, and had a magnetic smile. Unbeknownst to me, until I arrived on site and met her, she was also in a wheel chair. Once I put two and two together, add in the song selection, a mini-stroke or two within 5 minutes…I decided to see how this played out without going directly (Transparently) to my client to clarify.
The Ceremony was beautiful and the couple was all smiles. As I was helping this mother from Ceremony sight to reception sight, she clued me in. She had braces and as a surprise to everyone, was going to wear them during the dance allowing her to stand. She and I worked out the proper timing and as the Father-Daughter dance concluded, I introduced her and she proudly stood with her handsome son and danced to “Stand By Me’. Everyone in the room was in tears. The moment was complete and all I kept thinking that night on the way home was “Wow”.
This and many other moments like it throughout the year really define what I am most proud of as it pertains to Ogle Entertainment and the collection of men and women that I work with. While a wedding day brings so much happiness and enthusiasm to a couple’s beginning, it also goes a long way to removing the burdens that all of our families go through, if only for a day.
I feel blessed by many of my clients for what I get to witness in these very personal moments, and appreciate the opportunities I have to gain the experience to make these things happen. Ogle Entertainment 2012, signing off.