Truly the Floodgates of Heaven. While most brides would be devastated by rain on their wedding day, one woman viewed the spontaneous downpour during her outdoor ceremony as a cause for celebration. In an exclusive interview with The Knot, the bride, Atlanta native Brynn Massey Aylward, opens up about her stormy wedding ceremony, and why she believes it’s important to enjoy life’s unexpected moments.
When Aylward, 24, started planning her wedding, she was looking forward to marrying the love of her life — but was dreading the absence of her dad, who had recently passed away.
The bride, who married her fiance, Jake Aylward, at the historic Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Georgia, on Sunday, July 3, tells The Knot that there was a “zero percent chance of rain” the morning of her wedding. Then, just as she was about to walk down the aisle, it started to pour.
“What could have been a very bittersweet day quickly turned into a miraculous day of pure celebration as the skies opened up right before I started walking down the aisle of our outdoor wedding,” Aylward recalls. “The small raindrops started to become larger and larger. The wedding director looked at my mom and asked, ‘Alright ladies, what are we going to do?'”
The bride and groom saw two options. “Up until this point I was panicked, confused, and heartbroken that my wedding was ruined! But the second she asked me that question, everything changed,” she tells The Knot. “I felt a peace and a sense of humor come over me. I looked at my mom and we both said, ‘Let’s go for it!’ I showed up that day with the intention to marry the love of my life, and I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me! I was also not about to let all my guests get soaked as I stayed dry.”
As the bride-to-be and her mom stepped out into the rain to walk down the outdoor aisle, they smiled and laughed as it began to pour even harder. “All I could think about was getting to Jake at the altar,” Brynn shares. “Even though I immediately became drenched, it didn’t phase me at all!”
Although Brynn couldn’t imagine her wedding day without her dad by her side, the unpredictable weather may have been just what the new bride needed. “Because of the rain, we were all forced to put [on] a brave face and laugh at the troubles life throws at us!” Brynn tells us. “And honestly, it made for the most beautiful ceremony I could have ever asked for. This is the stuff you can’t plan!”
“I hate that my dad couldn’t make it, but he made his presence known,” she says. “It was a running joke for the rest of the evening that only [my father] Trey Massey would cause such a scene at a wedding.”
Thanks to We Two Photo Video – who the newlyweds discovered via The Knot – they can relive their rainy day wedding anytime. The talented videographers managed to capture every moment, despite the fluctuating weather. In the video – set to American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life,” there is no question that Brynn and her husband, 26, are filled with happiness and love.
And the newlyweds aren’t the only ones who reveled in the soggy celebration. Their guests also enjoyed themselves – laughing, cheering, and even dancing as the rain continued to fall. The short video captures the joyous vibe perfectly.
“The beauty of the rain was that it lightened the mood and distracted from the glaring absence of my dad,” Brynn explains. “I think it was a blessing in that way.”
The Aylwards knew their wedding day was special, but to their pleasant surprise, their story resonated with folks all over the world. Within 48 hours of We Two Photo Video posting the sneak peek video on their Facebook page, it had been viewed over 100,000 times and shared by over 1,000 viewers. Brynn was beyond thrilled that her wedding video has gone viral. She hopes that other brides-to-be will find inspiration in her story.
“Being a bride without a father is a very sad experience,” she tells us. “Everything seems to revolve around the bride and her dad! Walking down the aisle, father/daughter dance, pictures, welcome speech, escorting the mother-of-the-bride, etc. The list goes on! I made the decision to do what felt right to me!” she acknowledges. “It was harder than expected.”
“There is no right way to do things,” Brynn continues. “You can do whatever you want to recognize your dad. For instance, my mom walked me down the aisle and gave the welcome speech, and my dad’s brother was our officiant. That was our way, and it was beautiful.”
Like many soon-to-be brides, Brynn knew exactly what she wanted on her dream day. “I wanted my wedding day to be perfect!” she admits, “and by perfect I mean, exactly according to the plan and vision in my head.”
“The initial reaction of panic and heartbreak when the rain hit woke me up a little bit,” she shares with The Knot. “This day is not about the flowers, the dress, the hair, the make-up. It’s about getting married!”
Brynn’s perfect plan may have been ruined, but her perfect wedding was not. “It was different [than] I originally wanted, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she tells us. “I think THAT is inspiring. No amount of planning will determine the miracle that happens at a wedding. Don’t let the pressures destroy what could be a beautiful day,” she tells future brides. “Enjoy the moment, don’t sweat the small things. Laugh and dance in the rain!”