Morgan and Timmie’s Virginia wedding was like Cool Kid Summer Camp that also had adult beverages. Not only was this wedding memorable for our team because it was our first out-of-state wedding (and one of our favorite couples), Morgan and Timmie’s wedding will ALWAYS live in infamy because it included an event that not many people know about…… 9/18/2020 is the day that Melissa and I crashed a golf cart into cocktail hour.
Morgan Robertson, founder, editor, and creative director of ModMotion, used to live in Wilmington, NC. As one of our favorite videographers, we worked with her often before she moved back to Richmond, VA. When it came time for her wedding, our team was the one she wanted to coordinate their day, even when it included the extra costs to bring our team in from out-of-state. She knew she wanted the level of attention to detail and professionalism that Melissa and our Knot Too Shabby team brings to the table.
Morgan and Timmie had envisioned a unique and personable wedding experience for their guests. It was set with a BEAUTIFUL backdrop of the rolling hills of Crozet, Virginia at MontfairResortFarm. Every detail was accounted for including personalized camping mugs, an opportunity to canoe around the lake, smores around a fire, an origami crane photo booth, lanterns hung from the trees, buried booze for tradition, and one dope bride and groom. We were ecstatic to be a part.
One of Morgan’s important details of her vision included a collection of vintage rugs that were scattered down the aisle for the ceremony.
But being the KTSE resourceful-detail-istas that we are, wanted to re-use the rugs during cocktail hour and the reception. While the ceremony was on a bucolic hillside, the reception was about a ½ mile down by the lake and lodge. We had a large tent/dance floor set up lakeside and then utilized a blanket of sky and stars for the firepit and lounge.
We couldn’t carry the rugs that far, So Melissa and I decide to roll up the rugs and bring them down in the golf cart. While we were at it, we cut down the large floral arrangements attached to the arbor – we can put those somewhere pretty too! Melissa is in the driver's seat, the rugs are rolled up in the passenger seat, and I am standing on the back of the cart, holding the giant floral arrangements in place across the back seat.
The weather couldn’t have been better that day, but we had recently gotten a lot of rain so everything was a little… soft.
We take the back way around to access the waterfront and Melissa tactfully drives the cart between the tent and the water – about a 6-foot-wide space. Well as we turn the golf cart to head toward the fire pit area, the golf cart starts to roll backward into the lake, shifting all the contents in the golf cart. Melissa hits the gas to save us from rolling into the lake. All of a sudden, the cart careens out of control toward cocktail hour (and guests)!!
It probably happened in two seconds, but time slowed down as I watched our lives (and careers) flash before our eyes. Guests are jumping out of the way. There’s shouting and commotion. And the golf cart slams into two MASSIVE wooden picnic tables. Now, ask any member of our team how heavy these things were (shout out to Jared!!) because we had to move them, and LUCKILY we had put two end-to-end, so the golf cart wedged under a picnic table and wasn’t forceful enough to move two. I had jumped off the back as we were flying toward the crowd and Melissa has jumped out shouting, “IT WON’T STOP!! IT WON’T STOP!!!” What we didn’t realize as we zoomed away from almost rolling into the lake is that the rugs had wedged themselves against the gas pedal!! A couple of wonderful guests jumped in to help, and as we all pulled backward on the golf cart – tires still spinning midair – we were able to unwedge the rugs from the gas pedal.
We returned the picnic tables to their place, stomped back in the turfs of unearthed grass, took a moment to assure the rattled flower girl that everything was okay and no one was hurt, and then all had a decent laugh about it – guests and all. The saddest part is that Morgan and Timmy were off taking their pictures with their photo/video team so none of it was caught on camera; In fact, they were forming their own camp story as they witnessed the video team’s canoe capsize, but that’s another story for another day.
We were so grateful that this fateful accident happened with a couple that KNEW us and is also in the biz and knows mistakes DO happen – every wedding, behind every great vendor team. But one of the most memorable things that I witnessed was Melissa’s resiliency and her ability to shake off such a frazzling event because, well, the show must go on!
You’ll notice that WE rarely use the word perfect to describe a wedding day because well, they rarely ever are. But the hours and hours of pre-planning, experience, and ability to keep calm in the chaos is what helps the inevitable mishaps, at best, never even come to anyone’s attention or, at worst, turn in to laughable camp stories. What happens at Cool Kid Summer Camp doesn’t always stay at Cool Kid Summer Camp, but it sure makes for a hilarious story to tell around the next campfire. Happy Anniversary, Morgan and Timmie!
Venue: Montfair Resort Farm
Photography: Kenzi Creates Co.
Videography: MOD Motion
Reception DJ: America Wedding Entertainer
Ceremony Musician: J.P.P. Jazz Ensemble
Rentals: Virginia Tent Rental
Rug Rentals: Amy Marie Events
Cart Rentals: Valley View Golf Carts
Cake: Debby Robertson
Ice Cream Truck: Wonderment Bakeshop & Creamery
Florist: Moondance Florals
Brides Hair: Susan Chesson
Hair + Makeup Artist: Beauty by Krista Rose
Officiant: Kathryn Kirk
Dress Shop: Lovely Bride NYC
Dress Designer: Prea James