Rain on my wedding day

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“If it rains on your wedding day, every time it rains for the rest of your life you will be reminded of that special moment”

Soul Stories

Many life circumstances in our every day are out of our control.

I remember the week of my wedding and the foreboding weather forecast of rain, rain and more rain.

The problem was this; we had an outdoor wedding, both service and reception on the shores of our beautiful city of Perth. It was mid Summer, and it had been a long season of drought, with hardly any rain.

Over and over I was stepping into the unknown of my wedding day believing that the rain clouds would disappear.

Then a moment of clarity came, where my friend said to me “Amanda, you need to release control.”

And that is what I did.

I prayed for no rain, but if it rained, I believed that it would be a brilliant day of celebration.

The rain came on my wedding day, and instead of being terrible, it became the thing that everyone remembered.

My wedding photos are full of bright and colourful umbrellas.

My wedding dress turned from pure white to an off-beige because we danced in the rain.

And the memories of the beauty of this imperfect celebration make us laugh every time we think of them.

What are you holding too tightly with control?

Sometimes the greatest gifts are the times when we step into the great unknown releasing control and finding laughter waiting there.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth