Mum's The Word

My Life of Riley
Hi, I’m Riley Davis*** and I’m a Wedding Coordinator.  Did that sound a little 12-step ish? I have a few things to get off my chest.  My friends tease me all the time.  They say I’m living the ‘Life of Riley’, after all what could be bad… I own my business and my days are spent at the most luxurious resorts sharing a couple’s happiest moments.  I get paid to attend to their weddings.  What could go wrong?

In my position I get entrusted with a lot of secrets. Sometimes by multiple people in the same wedding party, it can be quite entertaining. The trick is to keep everything said to you a secret, no matter what. It’s not always easy.


Last weekend my bride was sobbing. Her dress was too tight and there was nothing she could do about it.  Her mother had pulled me aside a week before and told me her daughter was gaining weight and it was my job to stop her from eating before the wedding. The bride did not seem heavier to me but in fact her dress was not fitting properly.


Two days before the event, at the rehearsal she pulls me aside and finally admits to me she is pregnant and has told no one, not even her fiancé. She wanted to wait to tell everyone.  Now, I needed to keep her properly fed, hydrated and get the dressmaker into the event without anyone noticing, especially her mother who was watching us like a hawk.


All of a sudden the bride and I became two giggly teenagers sneaking out at every chance we got.  Except instead of sneaking a beer or boys, as high school girls are prone to do, my bride desperately wanted lamb chops.  Never let it be said I don’t provide… This is my “Life of Riley.” 

© 2015 Cortney Clifford and Jennifer Levine
** Riley Davis is a fictional character written by Jennifer Levine and inspired by Cortney Clifford over copious amounts of coffee and a great deal of laughter.  These stories are motivated by “What could go wrong”; any resemblance to actual events are purely coincidental.  (and OMG we are SO SO sorry!)