|| September 19, 2020 ||
With the original wedding date (June 2020) and location (Martha’s Vineyard) in jeopardy because of COVID travel and capacity restrictions in Massachusetts, Tracie asked her fiancée what he thought about having a doubleheader wedding in two cities in September. Greg laughed. Even though she only had three weeks to pivot with a new plan, Tracie dug into the details and Greg couldn’t’t help but get on board with the idea of a fifteen-hour wedding because the idea was just so “Tracie.”
On September 18, 2020, Terry Bear of Premiere Transportation took the VIP wedding party from the couple's house in Nashville to Greg's hometown of Indianapolis for the rehearsal dinner. At 10 am the next day, guests began arriving at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis as platinum-selling songwriter, Chancie Neal, performed. Tracie walked down the aisle with her Dad, who had received a new kidney in April, wearing a redesigned version of the dress her Mom wore when she got married fifty-four years ago! After the ceremony, which was live streamed to guests unable to attend in person, came the heart-warming toasts from family and friends followed by Aaron Villalobos singing the Mother-Son dance - Through the Years, and the Father-Daughter dance - Don’t Worry Be Happy. After lunch was served, platinum-selling songwriter, Joe Denim performed for the sixty-eight guests.
Around 2:30 pm, the couple began to say their goodbyes before heading to the bus with a few additional VIP guests who were joining the road trip for the second half of the reception. The bus made a quick stop at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar in Louisville before pulling into downtown Nashville at 7 pm. Greg and Tracie made their entrance into the reception with forty-one guests greeting them with rally towels and cut out heads of the couple. After 289 miles of marital bliss, they renewed their vows, heard more heart-warming speeches, had their first dance - This Is It, and cut the cake. Chancie and Joe performed together and separately to close out the fifteen-hour “Wedding on Wheels.”
Even though Tracie and Greg never imagined a wedding road trip when they first started planning back in November 2019, they wouldn’t change a thing because they found a fun way to (safely) be surrounded by as many of their family and friends possible, for the biggest day of their lives. Unlike most things in 2020, love was not canceled. It was an unforgettable wedding that they will all be talking about for years to come, and you’ll probably hear them say, “That was just so Tracie and Greg.”