Did you ever hear the term “shotgun wedding”. I still laugh when I suppose about the days when a couple would end up in a “situation” plus he vision of the dad kneeling there with a shotgun in his hand in case the groom tried to escape. As silly as it sounds, this did happen back in the day. My wedding was not that type of wedding however it did happen easily quickly. You see, I married my hubby just before he was set to deplot for a year to the war zone. My associate and I had been planning a wedding for a year out, however when he got orders, my friend and I decided not to wait any longer! The only thing I had was a dress, plus even that hadn’t been altered yet. My associate and I called around for a place to hold the reception only to find that they were all booked. It was mid summer time so I at least wanted a place with a/c. There were places that rented out barns, tents, plus picnic areas however I knew that they would be easily uncomfortable for both the wedding party plus the guests. In desperation, I started calling everything from universitys to churches trying to find anywhere that had an Heating plus Air Conditioning system that worked. I finally found a fire hall one neighborhood over that not only had a room sizable enough to hold almost everyone however it was air conditioned. This was not my ideal setting for my reception however at that point my friend and I didn’t have time to be picky. My associate and I decorated it as best my friend and I could plus the day turned out perfect. The main thing was, I was now married to my best friend, even I had to say goodbye to him for the next year.