Friday, November 18, 2011

Wedding Recap: Gettin' Down the Aisle

Walking down the aisle on my wedding day was one of those things I had gone over in my head (and maybe practiced in my bedroom a time or two) a million times.  I imagined what it would feel like to be standing there with my Dad moments before I would marry my best friend, what it would feel like to watch my girls strut down the aisle before me, and how I could possibly soak in everyone's looks as I passed by my friends and family in the audience.

There was no way I could have prepared myself for the overwhelming feelings of joy and excitement I felt walking down the aisle with Hat Dad (who managed to make it the whole day without a hat on his head).  I always wondered whether or not I would cry, but in the moment, tears were the farthest thing from my mind.  I was smiling so much my mouth hurt, but intense happiness was the only emotion I felt.

The boys made their way to our alter,

followed by Handsome Husband's Grandma Beach Bum and Grandpa Golfer.

Handsome Husband walked his mama down the aisle.

And my mama did a little paparazzi wave on her way down.

HH took a moment to pose with his buddies in a sport-themed squatting photo (much to my prior disagreement).

And then my girls made their way down the aisle.

Bridesmaid Does it All

Bridesmaid Swagger

Bridesmaid Kindergarten Teacher

Sister Swimmer

Bridesmaid Cute Apartment

Sister Singer

Maid of Honor Fashionista

My daddy and I soaked up my last few minutes as his oldest unmarried daughter.

And started down the aisle.

I couldn't help but make faces at some of my friends and family in the audience.

And HH's smile was huge.

We got to the end of the aisle, and my daddy shook my groom's hand,

and put my hand in his, giving us his blessing that would be the beginning of our ceremony.

Next time?  The actual ceremony.

Wanna catch up?  First my lovely bridesmaids showered me with love, then we headed to Palms Springs for a bachelorette weekend!  Bridesmaid Kindergarten Teacher shared her birthday with us for our rehearsal dinner, and two days later we got an early wake up call on our wedding day!  The boys got to sleep in before they got ready, and I (thank goodness!) managed to squeeze my booty into my wedding dress.  Handsome Husband and I saw each other for the first time on our wedding day, followed by bridal portraitsphotos with my ladies, and photos with HH and his best buddies.  HH and I took some romantic portraits with one another, and then some pictures with our entire wedding party gaggle.


Jules said...

You were such a beautiful bride and I love your gown! The navy and pink colors are gorgeous too.

Walking down the aisle feels like such a blur. I remember just smiling and looking at my soon-to-be hubby and seeing all the faces of my loved ones. It was so special.

Eschelle said...

so lovely so jealous wish mine bothered to do this lol!

Sheila said...

Beautiful pictures!!

I remember a few people had given me the advice of trying not to have 'tunnel vision' so I was so intent on trying to look at everyone but then I didn't look at my hubby until the very end hahaha... But I think it felt like 'save the best for last' .. :)

Arielle said...

LOVE the dresses!! :-)

Lil' Woman said...

Your photographer got great shots, you looked gorgeous!

Kathy S said...

What a beautiful wedding!

Leah from Sweet and Sour Showers said...

Cute post! You look beautiful and so happy! Love your bridesmaid dresses and your mom's dress too.

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