None of the common unfavorable wedding phrases were applicable for this one.
The groom got cold feet? Everyone's feet were cold at this wedding on a rainy, windy, 45-degree Sunday morning.
Runaway bride? She took off running after the ceremony, along with her bridesmaids, her new husband and his best man.
The wedding of Joel Rogalsky and Amy Wills went off without any problems from the front porch of a friend's home at NW 35th and Walker, about six miles into the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
The bride and groom, along with three members of the wedding party, ran the six miles, got married, then headed back out to finish the half-marathon.
Originally, they planned to run the full 26.2 miles, but the cold, rainy weather led to a change of plans.
“Maybe it's time to start the honeymoon early,” Amy joked.
“We've already accomplished our goal,” Joel added.
Other than the bad weather — bad for a marathon or a wedding — everything else went just as the couple had hoped.
The bride threw her bouquet just before the end of the race, and Joel, wearing a powder-blue tuxedo T-shirt, carried her across the finish line.
The maid of honor, Amy's 19-year-old daughter Ashton Wills, ran her first half-marathon as part of the celebration. She trained simply for the chance to run alongside her mom on the big day.
“My family has always been involved in running and I used to play soccer, but I never ran more than a couple miles at a time,” Ashton said. “When my mom told me they were getting married during the marathon, I thought, well, I have to run with them.
“I started training in January and this is my first race.”
Of all the weddings chaplain Larry Mitchell has officiated, the Rogalskys' was by far the most creative.
“It's very unique,” said Mitchell, a life-long friend of the groom. “I think what Joel said earlier about the novelty of the wedding as compared to the seriousness of the marriage — they had a lot of fun with the wedding, but they're taking the marriage very seriously.
“I was just glad there was an awning I could stand under to stay out of the rain. As long as I didn't have to run in it, I was fine.”
Running perfectly symbolizes the new life of the happy couple. They met at a marathon in Arkansas. Their first date was a 50K race. Now the wedding.
And a chilly rainstorm wasn't going to keep anybody down. The bride added some long sleeves to complement her white running skirt, lace gloves and veil ballcap, but otherwise, everything went smoothly.
“Just adapt and overcome. Modify and adjust,” Amy said. “Our goal was to get married and that's what we were going to do, rain or shine.”