I think we can all agree, that as much as we get excited for weddings and partying the night away with our family and friends, there is one moment during that day that can’t be beat. The excitement and reaction that ensues, is absolutely incredible.
On their wedding day, a bride and groom wake up for the last time as a “single” person. Leaving behind all the years of finding Mr. or Mrs. “Right” and knowing in their hearts that there isn’t anyone in this world that is better suited for them than the person they are about to say “I do” to. They wake up knowing that today, when they see each other for the first time, it will be different than any other day. It is the day their fiancé is no longer just their fiancé….they’re their bride (or groom!). And in moments, they will be married.
But before the party and before the vows, a bride walks down the aisle to her groom . There is a build up of emotion as each bridesmaid enters and everyone waits for the doors to open, to catch the first glimpse of the bride in her beautiful gown stepping towards her future….for me, it is THE moment when I find myself holding my breath.
I imagine the build up in front of the doors is similar to the experience behind them as well. Mona and her father waited behind closed doors for a little while as she and Drew had a large wedding party. I thought about what it was like as she clutched her dad’s arm and waited for those doors to open to see Drew waiting there for her. I also thought about what it was like for her father, what he must have been thinking as he was about to lead his daughter to the man that would love her how she deserved to be loved. The nerves, the excitement, the happiness, the joy, the overwhelming sense of the years flying by too quickly, thinking about the days when she needed to hold her father’s hand for safety…to this day, when she held his arm to walk her down the aisle. And then those doors open. This photo says it all for me. It encompasses all that emotion and the start of a new future for Mona and Drew.
For a bride and groom, the aisle might seem like it never ends! But for a dad who is walking his little girl down the aisle, that moment is gone in a *blink*. My advice to my couples is to enjoy every step of that walk . You will only have one chance to see your bride for the first time in her wedding gown and as a bride, you won’t take a walk like that with your father again. Take it in, breath with every step and be present in the moment.
Come back in a few to see more from their perfect day!