Hello Mr & MRs Duke.Goodbye Spicers Homestead.

It's not all the 'things' on a wedding day that make it special, it's the people you share it with. 

Truer words have never been spoken, nor put more to the test.

Emma and Matt's day started out perfectly... gorgeous venue, perfect weather, beautiful styling (by Green & Bloom), family, friends... and of course - the ceremony.

And that's where things took a bit of a turn south.

Right after the ceremony (during the family photos), one of Emma's brothers noticed smoke coming out of the homestead chimney (a little too much smoke).  And seriously, just like that... the homestead was well and truely on fire - and the wedding was being evacuated. 

But, as they say, the show must go on.. and that it did.

After we all knew everyone was safe, Emma and Matt decided to just get on with it. Family photos were taken.. and the bridal party shoot went on (somewhat) as planned.  But, as the sun  was setting... and the fire was blazing, it became clear that they weren't going to have their reception under the stars, by the barn as planned. 

Emergency Plan B kicked in to action... and the wedding relocated to the Grandchester Pub to carry on with the reception.  Everyone grabbed what they could when leaving the property, a few decorations, donuts that were meant to go with their cake and some of their friends even hunted down and decorated a cake from the local grocery store.

Emma and Matt were devastated, as anyone bride and groom would be, but these guys showed the strength of their relationship and their own character - they kept smiling and made the most of it.  They still had what mattered most, each other, and their family and friends celebrating with them.  Like I said, it's not all the 'things' on a wedding day that make it special, it's the people you share it with. 

Steve Bliesner