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?
There is the moment of anticipation, the bridal party is in place, the attendees are standing and the flower girl is at the start of the isle ready to spread her petals in advance of the bride. A hush falls over the room and suddenly you hear the cries of a little girl “I do not have the ring, you do.”
The audience gasps and murmurs. I rush to the ring bearer and flower girl to calm them down and then to the father of the bride to remind him calmly to wait till he hears the wedding march until he brings the bride out of the room.
The bride’s ring is missing.
This event is an intimate wedding of thirty people and they all know the bride is superstitious. Loosing the ring would be a bad omen. Whispering amongst the group, soon all of the guests were crawling around on their hands and knees searching for the ring. Chairs were moved silently while the bridal party stood perfectly in place holding their breath. About five minutes later (although truthfully it seemed like an eternity) the flower girl found the ring in her basket and we reset in our places.
As far as I know, everyone mutually agreed to never tell the bride… 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!)