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A Wedding Story | Here in New England

A Wedding Story | Here in New England
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You may know what happens next. A week before the wedding, a great ice storm crippled the region. The church had no power; the inn where the guests were to stay had no power. Kirsten’s mother urged the couple to come up with Plan B. “There is no Plan B,” Tim replied. “I’ve waited 25 years to marry you in that church–there is no Plan B.”

Just in time, power was restored to the inn. But that would have been too easy. So on the day of the wedding, a storm roared in, with a foot of snow, making the roads treacherous. But only Tim’s dad, stranded at the airport in Chicago, couldn’t make it to the church.

It was 17 degrees inside. Candles provided the only light. The guests stayed in their cars, motors running, until the last arrivals. Everyone huddled in the first pews. There was nobody on the roads except power crews. It was so still. So quiet.

The Reverend Michael Scott was bundled into an overcoat and scarf. “This was the first time,” he recalled later, “[that] I’d spoken the words, ‘We are gathered here in the sight of God …’ and seen my breath floating out in an icy cloud toward the bride and groom.”

He’d written many words for the occasion, but in the cold, dark church he uttered only a few. “The indestructibility of this wedding ceremony in the face of almost unimaginable adversity suggests that the same might be true of the marriage,” he said. “Make it so.”

So give this story to anyone you know who’s planning a wedding. And if the arrangements are keeping them awake, tell them about Kirsten and Tim. They want everyone to know that months later, after the wedding where everything that could go wrong did go wrong, the only thing that really had to be right was. They’d found each other again. When they tell their story, she blushes, he blushes, and now and then they laugh like two kids.

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5 Responses to A Wedding Story | Here in New England

  1. Deb G May 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m sorry to be a ‘damper’, but what a sad example of the disposable marriage of our day. This is being made out as a romantic story, yet it is in reality a story of 2 broken marriages and multiple children from 2 broken homes. Marriage is not always going to be happy, nor is our spouse always going to meet all of our needs, but it still intended to be til death do us part. Especially if there are children, it is our duty to work out our selfish issues for the sake of those children.

  2. k c June 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I completely disagree! Studies show that couples who stay together for the sake of their children are doing them a disservice. Is it better for children to grow up with parents who hate each other and show no signs of love? Or is is better for children to grow up seeing two people who love each other, setting an example of what real love should be. This is truly a love story and those kids are lucky to have two loving parents in the home who give love and show love.
    I loved the romantic story of Tim and Kirsten!! Bravo Mel!!

  3. Jen Kahn June 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Who knows how the choices we make will turn out? Yes, broken marriages and ended relationships are always sad…but it’s not like either of these two broke up happy homes to be together – it’s more like they re-found each other amidst heartbreak and chaos, which I think is a wonderful thing.

  4. Alexandra Winters June 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    It’s funny. My reaction to this story was to cry! I enjoyed reading about the unusual circumstances of this wedding. I have to comment to say that the article was quite well-written and sparked real tears in my eyes. (And I don’t think the the author resorted to pushing my buttons, either.) Although I do agree that marriage is til death to us part, I do not really know the private workings of this marriage from one magazine article. Even in the Catholic faith, there are reasons that a marriage is not deemed sacred and circumstances in which one party does not approach the union with an open heart. I do wish this couple and their families all the best. I can’t help but feel very hopeful for them both. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. John Tucker June 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Wow, what a story. What a true love story. Warms my heart. I think the message to all that are about to get married in this season of weddings should be to make sure you are with the right person. This is only a story because of a mistake made many years ago, but I am grateful for their mistake, because this is one hell of a story… It sounds like they finally got it right and all involved will benifit from this union. Thank you Mel…you made my day…

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