Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wedding Day Countdown Revisited: Top 10 Moments (Part Two)

Here, the conclusion of my top 10 recap, in which I’m revealing each anticipated moment the way I first imagined it, and then the way it turned out in real life!

#6 -- Exchanging a kiss and leading the recessional, after we’re at last pronounced husband and wife

I felt so much joy in these brief moments, even though our priest made a couple last-minute mistakes and I had to lead the recessional without my bouquet.

#7 -- Our first dance, the result of many lessons, lots of hard work, and our truly working together as a team

Without a doubt, this was one of my favorite moments! Though my heavy and long gown did throw us off just slightly, we made it through our entire routine to resounding cheers and applause from our guests. It was so much fun!

#8 -- Watching the amazing slideshows my bridesmaids have lovingly created through hours of dedication

I may have had tears in my eyes while walking down the aisle, but I was fully crying by the time my bridesmaid Pooneh’s slideshow was finished. Her perfect fusion of pictures and songs meant the world to me.

#9 -- Dancing the night away with friends and loved ones I haven’t seen in ages

Fun, fun, fun! We really made the most of our dance time!

#10 -- Sneaking off with Stephen for a private walk where we’ll reflect upon all that the day has meant and how our lives have forever changed

While we didn’t have a chance to take a walk entirely by ourselves, we did spend a few minutes alone in the bride’s room at the reception site during cocktail hour. We’d originally planned to join our guests, but after the frantic pace of taking photos out in the hot sun, and the emotional nature of the ceremony, we both needed just a few minutes to unwind. Plus, during our sunset photo shoot, our photographers took a step back, giving us our “moment.”

Do you or did you hope to steal a private moment with your husband during the reception?

(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography)


  1. We didn't really get any "private" moments other than when we were having our pictures taken with just the two of us. But we made up for it with plenty of alone time on the honeymoon :)

    Your pics are great!!

  2. I love the photo of the dancing and the private walk you took, even if your photogs were lurking behind. I hope we will have some time to steal away for a bit at our wedding . . . I think we'll definitely need it!

  3. Amazing!! I am absolutely loving ALL your photos!

  4. Great pics! I love that you were able to have a private moment togetehr.. I am hoping we can do the same!

  5. As I did yesterday, I'll share with you my thoughts on the same things:

    6) I had my bouquet during the recessional, but had to worry about not getting blood on it or my gown as I shared in my post this week about how I cut myself putting the ring on!

    7) I wish we would have stuck with our plans to take dance lessons but there was just too much going on and too much money already spent :( Yours sounds amazing though!

    8) The video montage I put together that was played at our ceremony was definitely a highlight of our day and something I was super proud of and super excited about. I love the fact that your friend put yours together for you - so special.

    9) Mr Fix It and I barely danced together though I definitely snuck in some dance time with my bridesmaids as well as my girlfriends. It was super fun. Our dance floor was packed but it totally didn't seem like enough time once the night ended.

    10) Yeah, since Mr Fix It is a massive social butterfly, we didn't have any private moment the entire day! As a matter of fact, while my sister was trying to bustle my dress during the cocktail hour, he kept insisting he was going to leave me in the room so he could get out there with the guests! Oh well...we had a great time the next day though so it kind of made up for it.

    These photos are so great...especially that last one. I just love it!

  6. That is great that you guys took dancing lessons and it turned out so wonderful! I bet you were like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers :) I love that last picture!

  7. Love that last photo...wish we would have done this! ♥

  8. isn't dancing the best?! i love that you were able to sneak a moment with your husband :)

  9. We sort of managed to get some private moments during the photos but the photographers were around!

    The journey from our church to the venue was the first bit we got on our own, altho the driver was there!