They say rain on your wedding day forecasts good luck for the marriage. (“They” also say it represents the number of tears the bride will shed during the marriage, so there you go.) But from those of us steeped in car culture—and maybe especially those of who genuinely look forward to spending the biggest chunk of every weekday here at One Autoweek Tower, surrounded by the people and things that make this culture such a rich and rewarding one—what could possibly be more fortuitous than finding a Mercedes-Maybach S600 in the fleet as the appointed day fast approacheth?

Such was the luck that Autoweek’s own editorial administrative assistant Darleen White landed as she prepped for her big day, a year’s planning and organizing (and agonizing and ulcer-izing) graced at the 11th hour with a big dollop of V12 awesomeness.

The car itself a beauty bedecked in diamond-white metallic paint, its creamy leather interior supple and deep, the executive-class rear seats cosseting its occupants as they restfully reposed, champagne cooler at their elbows, tufted pillows at their backs, calves verily caressed by plush cushioned leg rests: A more refined way to embark on a life of blessed matrimony the car world has never effected.

(Perhaps, however, one should’ve been more envious of the chauffeur; the benefits might not have been as material, but with the surging power of a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 at the whim of his right foot and the tightly bound sway of its 5,000-plus pounds in hand, Darleen’s chariot might’ve galloped for her, but at his command.)

To her credit, she would not let the day pass without making sure to exploit every moment with the Maybach (and accompanying chauffeur), being whisked from her hair appointment to the church, from the church to hall, and from the hall to her hotel in full and glorious view of guests and congregants and random passersby, experiencing but a taste of the life of a one-percenter—or, perhaps more accurately, a Chinese one-percenter, as it is true that most of these cars will make their off the assembly line at Sindelfingen, Germany, and onto boats that will ferry them straight to far, far eastern shores.

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