A misleading title I know, but a similar story. Yesterday's wedding was the stuff all wedding and event video crews have nighmares about. We turned up at the wrong church - Argggh!!
Despite our experience of filming hundreds of weddings all over the UK and our usual careful planning we not only turned up but I filmed the church interior and organised our positions before it dawned that maybe, just maybe, there wasn't a wedding at this particular church.
This particular wedding was only booked 2 weeks ago and despite googling the small town where it was held, finding the only church where the vicar (a Canon) held the services, emailing the vicar explaining we were filming at the church I'd found and turning up in plenty of time, which included a leisurely lunch at a teashop across the road then sauntering into church for the prep shots, we decided hmmm something's fishy. No flowers in church (not unusual), but no sign of the musicians either, which I knew were booked and should have been there early too, I asked in a local shop and the lady confirmed there was no wedding there that day.
From that point on - Turbo!!! Mad dash to pack and collect the gear then a rocket fueled 2 mile dash to the real church. Luckily this one, where the musicians were waiting outside, was still locked and we made it, breathless, and rocking with adrenalin, on time.
So . . . The moral? - You can't beat turning up early, cause one day, the fickle finger of fate will play its hand.