They Planned The Perfect Backyard Wedding — & Then It POURED

Photo: Courtesy of Pat Furey Photography.
You can have each vendor squared away, the music carefully curated, the menu on lock, and every other detail of your big day hashed out. But when it comes to the weather, you’re basically just staring up at the sky, fingers crossed, hoping the sun shows up.

Well, that wasn't the case for Caitlyn Carpanzano Durcan and Mark Durcan, when, 30 minutes before their outdoor ceremony, the skies opened up with a torrential downpour.

"Being the OCD, type A person I am, I quickly went overboard in planning our outdoor wedding in my parent's backyard," Carpanzano Durcan, who is head of PR at Mic, tells us. "We planned to get married on top of a remote hill overlooking the idyllic Catskill mountains. My brother passed away a few years ago and his ashes are spread on the mountain that overlooks the hill. It was important that he be there with us while we said our vows. We spent months landscaping our backyard, laying out the tents, putting in electric down at the 'park,' as we began calling it, building a screened-in room and a kitchen 'barn' for the cooks to be in. Needless to say, we put our everything into it."

So you can imagine the shock when the drops started to fall. "I cried at first, mostly because I was so upset that we couldn't get married with Trevor looking down on us." But despite the change in location, the two quickly saw the rain as an opportunity to bring family and friends closer than ever — literally.

"Our 170 guests crammed into our dance tent, no seats, soaking wet, and — I’m sure — confused,” Carpanzano Durcan says. "The ceremony was the most love I have ever felt in my life. It was real love. And everyone was just on board with us. At one point, Mark's college friends were saying, 'We are going to make this the best damn party we have ever been to. Fuck the rain.'"

And that's exactly what they did. Click ahead to see the pics from their epic day.
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The bride went with a two-piece dress by Israeli designer Lihi Hod.

"I love crop tops and the two piece wedding look, but still wanted something classic," says Carpanzano Durcan. "This custom-fit gown checked all the boxes and I couldn’t have been happier with it. "
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Mark, who works as director of IT at Plated, getting ready for the big day.
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Caitlyn's gorgeous wedding shoes.
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The couple's dinner setting consisted of mismatched floral centerpieces and candles.
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The calm before the storm. The bridal party poses in their floral Reformation dresses before the ceremony.

Later on, they all piled into golf carts and went up the hill to the original ceremony site — where the couple had planned to honor the bride's brother.

"When we got up there, it stopped raining completely and the sun peeped through the clouds," says Caitlyn. "We had just enough time to get a few photos and for my brother to send us his love from above."
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The rain won't stop 'em!
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The couple's niece and nephew, Caroline and Conor, taking their jobs very seriously.
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Guests received a parting gift of honey, made in Caitlyn's hometown of Krumville, NY.
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The rain adds a mysterious element, no?
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Everyone gathered 'round!
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Wet hair, don't care! The couple let loose during their first dance.
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The bride's mother wrote the drinks menu by hand. By the end of the day, the rain had washed it all away, but at least they'll always have this pic to remember it.
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The two newlyweds jumping for joy in the original spot where they'd planned to say their vows.
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