From the June 2013 magazine.

June 2013: My big fat sober wedding

Soggy flowers, black & blue bridesmaids, a blackout and an injured groom. Step Ten to the rescue!

No matter how much we may want things to go our way, sometimes God has other plans, and the best we can do is laugh at his idea of humor. On May 14, 2011, Tim and I became husband and wife; however, the days and hours leading to our big moment presented a series of obstacles. Until about a week before the wedding, all of the planning had seemed effortless, almost perfect in its flow. We had both wanted our wedding to be a memorable day—but we didn’t know just how unforgettable this event would be. Looking back, I’m amazed by how well we handled the many misfortunes that we encountered. I believe that the Tenth Step and God’s grace had everything to do with our tolerance.

The first incident happened on Mother’s Day. One week before our wedding, my two daughters were involved in a car accident that turned out to be a very close call. In the end, aside from some airbag and seatbelt bruises, they were both OK. This emotional trauma was the beginning of a valuable lesson. Did I mention that my “black and blue” daughters were the bridesmaids in my

-- Melissa C.

Coconut Creek, Florida

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