#1 -- Finally stepping into the gown of my dreams, with my mom and sister right there beside me to share the moment
Looking back, things got a little rushed as the time suddenly started to slip away more and more quickly that afternoon, but the anticipation and build-up alone made this such an exciting moment.
#2 -- Glancing in the mirror and seeing myself as a “bride” for the first time.
Honestly, I don’t even remember my first glance in the mirror, though I’m sure I must have looked! After slipping into the dress, I was way too excited and eager to join my bridesmaids, who had all gathered in the next room. The girls made it even more fun by cheering and clapping as I made my entrance!
#3 -- Our private “first look,” shared only with each other, our photographer, and our videographer
I loved our “first look,” though it didn’t feel as private as I’d hoped, since I really couldn’t shut out the presence of the photographer and videographer. Plus, I could sense our wedding party watching us through the tinted windows of the room where they stood waiting! Still, it was a beautiful moment that helped both Stephen and I feel much more relaxed.
#4 -- Joining the rest of the wedding party to take pre-ceremony photos and video footage at the beautiful Gardens of the World
This site was truly incredible, and though we were only there about half an hour, some of my favorite pictures from the day came out of this shoot. The entire wedding party had a blast thanks to Alex, our fun and hilarious photographer.
#5 -- Walking down the aisle to the processional tune from The Sound of Music, with my mom and dad at my side
This was the most surreal moment of the day for me, and one of the few moments when I actually had tears in my eyes. And guess what? I don’t remember hearing the song at all! I recall hearing music playing in the background, but for all I know, the pianist could have been pounding out “Yankee Doodle” or something equally silly. This is one experience I can’t wait to watch back on video!
Married ladies, did your most-anticipated moments work out the way you’d planned? Engaged girls, which big day experiences are you most looking forward to?
(Photo Credits: Damien Smith Photography & Alex Neumann Photography)