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May 16, 2011 - Steve Schulwitz
Nineteen days. That is how many days are left until Andrea and I take our vows and become husband and wife. We have been planning the event for almost a year, but as the big day approaches, nerves and stress are starting to rear their heads.

The emotions we are feeling are normal I'm sure, as we hope to have the day come off without a hitch and want those in attendance to enjoy the special occasion with us.

A few last minute snafus did pop up last week, which bumped up the anxiety level a notch for both of us. Thanks to some quick thinking and assistance and compassion of others, we managed to work through what could have been major snags in our wedding day plans.

First, last week we were informed that the gentleman who was scheduled to conduct the ceremony and help us exchange our vows had to cancel. It was for a family matter, and I understand, but never the less, it put us in a tight spot to try to find someone to marry us on very short notice. Finally, after contacting several candidates who couldn't help because of prior commitments, a local pastor in Rogers City agreed to help us. That eased our stress for about 48 hours until the next issue surfaced.

We had folding chairs reserved for our use during the ceremony, which is outside. On Thursday I got a call notifying me of a scheduling mistake, and the chairs were already promised to someone else for a graduation party. Great.

The search for chairs began with calls to local clubs, churches and schools, but because our wedding day is smack dab in the middle of graduation season, none were available. It started to look as if our guests would have to stand, sit on the lawn, or watch from their car. Once again, a good deed by someone helped solve our dilemma.

I called the Northern Lights Arena in Alpena and asked if they had chairs I could rent. The manager, Jeremy Winterstein, said there was a comedy show the night before the wedding, but we were welcome to use them on Saturday. That was very generous and very much appreciated. Thank you.

With any luck at all, it will be smooth sailing until the big day, but part of me is still waiting for another foot to drop. I hope it doesn't, but it is nice to know people will step up and lend a hand to others when the chips are down. Now let's hope Mother Nature feels the same way and blesses us with a rainless, sunshine-filled day.


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