Far Beyond Forever: Veil Away, Veil Away, Veil Away

This was it! It was time to walk down that beautiful grassy aisle! Our ceremony musician, guitarist Rich Barry, officially kicked things off by starting to play Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), which Mr. GP and our officiant first walked out to, then Mr. GP’s parents together, then my mom escorted by Mr. Guinea Pig’s sisters.


This worked out to be a wonderful way to include Mr. GP’s sisters in the ceremony, and I loved that our families were united from the start!

Next it was time for the bridal party to come on out—we chose to have the groomsmen and bridesmaids walk out together, as I never did understand why people make the bridesmaids walk out there alone (plus it probably helped to have an arm to balance on with heels in the grass)! The bridal party walked down the aisle to Prelude in C Major (also by Bach).


I know I’ve said this before, but I loved my bridesmaids’ dresses—the different looks in that bright blue and sister GP’s contrasting yellow dress—whoooeeee! Love. They all looked so fabulous!

Next was MOH/Sister GP with Best Man J—I think it’s hilarious that they were exactly in step down the brick stairs.


Then it was time for my entrance with Dad GP! For this, we asked Rich to play Bach’s Air (from Orchestra #3, also known as Air on a G String, but I couldn’t put that in the programs and keep a straight face). Oddly enough I didn’t even realize there was a trend in the pieces we’d chosen until Rich emailed me back and said “I really like that you’ve chosen all Bach for processionals”. Uh yes! We totally meant to do that.


I wish I could remember what my dad was saying to me in the photo on the left! I was taken aback by everyone standing up and turning to look at us, even though I theoretically knew that it was going to happen. We walked up the aisle where I had to stop once and pull my veil back after it blew in front of my face (right photo, above). When we got up front there was a super strong gust of wind and I instinctively held my veil onto my head!


(I love how much my bridesmaids are cracking up in this photo)

And then with one last hug from my dad,


I stood up at the ‘altar’ with my soon-to-be husband!

I handed my flowers off to sister GP, and this is where you see the beginning of the end. I was desperately trying to wrestle my veil down because it kept blowing sideways, so I did one more adjustment to bring it behind me:


And suddenly, pouf! A veil-less bride!


In the background you can see that everyone started clapping and laughing—there was also a collective “Ohhh!”. Friend J was sitting on the aisle and did a quick reach out to grab it as it flew by. It was so fast that no one got any photos of it, but we do have some video from the day that shows it blow away! Here’s a clip so you can see the gale force winds in action. :)

(video courtesy of Sprocket Pro)

It was actually a nice start to the ceremony, because it eased any nerves by making us all laugh, and I’m really glad the distracting veil was gone! Now I could focus on the actual ceremony…

Did anything unexpected happen to you during your ceremony?

Up next: We laugh, I cry: the first half of our ceremony

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***

(some cropping by me to fit in collages)

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:58 pm

    This post made me smile so much! I just love it. The pictures and Friend J grabbing the veil is priceless. I love all of this. :)

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    Moose1209 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:59 pm

    We had an organist at our wedding and he played a selection of prelude music as people were being seated. When it was time for the processional to start, he stopped the music for a pause before beginning the processional. As soon as the church got quite apparently my baby cousin was concerned by the lack of music and said “UH OH” at the top of his lungs. The whole church burst into laughter. His mom and dad thought we were going to be soooo mad because we didn’t have kids at the wedding (I made an exception for her to bring her little ones to the ceremony). But hubs and I both thought it was hysterical. Like you it was so nice to have something to lighten the mood and take the pressure off. It was one of my favorite memories from the day. I can’t wait to hear it on the video : )

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:10 pm

    Hahaha, those pictures and the thought of a veil taking flight (freeeeeedom!) is hilarious, wish I’d witnessed it!
    During our ketubah signing at the rehearsal, there was a prayer that we both recited to each other, using either “husband” or “wife” as appropriate. Well, I clearly was either nervous or just not really able to focus bc I said “my wife” the entire time, not really understanding what I was saying…All of our friends and families were cracking up and my rabbi had me go back and say it correctly (my husband!)

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:13 pm

    Glad someone caught your veil! Our big thing was our officiant was 45 minutes late. She’d been so nice and then this. It threw everything off and now she’s saying it wasn’t her fault. What? She’d had the address for 3.5 months or more which the time, date, and address were in the email requesting a quote. Also, she spoke so softly no one could hear her. Argh! She darkened the whole day with her inexcusable actions for which she never apologized to me for.

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    Encore 680 posts, Busy bee @ 3:16 pm

    That picture of your and your father hugging is so sweet. Luckily right before I start to tear up, I see your veil sticking up vertically from your head and then I have to giggle. I love it.

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    Ginevra 15 posts, Newbee @ 3:24 pm

    Where are your bridesmaid dresses from? so gorgeous and the various style options totally come together

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:32 pm

    What a fun memory. I’m glad it didn’t cause any major distractions and your hair looked fab still. During our ceremony we realized our wine for our love letter and wine box ceremony was leaking. Oops.

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:36 pm

    Love, love, love your wedding (not just because of, but) especially because of your veil! GP, you’re awesome :)

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 pm

    That’s too funny. Luckily you are a bride that could laugh it off and wasn’t traumatized by the unexpectedness of it all!

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    snow 875 posts, Busy bee @ 4:05 pm

    I can’t believe how windy it was! At least the wind made for great pictures and some nerve-calming!

    Is it weird that I barely remember anything from our ceremony? I know that’s the part that’s supposed to be the focus of the day, but man, I can hardly remember anything. I think it was because I was a nervous wreck….

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:06 pm

    @Moose1209: Hahaha – I can just imagine the UH OH echoing through the silent church! Excellent tension breaker :)
    @Mrs. Trail Mix: Ha! So funny you didn’t even notice! That would have been hilarious to hear you repeat ‘my wife’ again and again!
    @Ginevra: The dresses are by Lula Kate! They added some new styles after we ordered ours, too, and I love them even more – definitely check them out! (Although they are quite pricey).
    @Mrs. Hot Wings: Oh no! Haha – mid ceremony stop and stick a glass under the leak to save the wine for later?! Hope it didn’t get on your dress!
    @Mrs. Nachos: Aw, thanks Nachos!!
    @Miss Hippo: Someone remarked to me after the ceremony “I was so impressed you didn’t get upset when your veil flew away!” I was like – uh, did you see the wind? What was I going to do, pause the ceremony and glue it to my head? Who cares?! It helped that I made it myself for $7 so it wasn’t some expensive masterpiece flying away 😀

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:10 pm

    @Mrs. Snow: Not weird at all – I watched a video of our ceremony for the first time last weekend (showed it to family who couldn’t make it to the wedding), and I was like – wait, that happened? That’s what Mr. GP’s vows said? Why did we hug before recessing?! Haha 😀 I guess that’s why photos are important? And I see why people put videography high on their list now (although it was last on the totem pole for us, I wish we’d pushed it up a bit for this very reason).

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:17 pm

    That video made me smile!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:18 pm

    You picked great music — and I, too, have a hard time keeping a straight face with “Air on a …” you know. :) I love the sun-flare in the picture where you’re hugging your dad.

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:26 pm

    Additionally, thank you for getting Enya’s “Sail Away” in my head now. 😉

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 pm

    @Mrs. French Fries: Muwahahaha. I cannot read this post title without singing it in my head … and sometimes out loud 😀

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:31 pm

    that is some serious wind, gp! but no matter, everyone looks so happy, and wow i can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous you are!

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    tomboypink 777 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm

    I LOVE the pic of the veil with your dad – so beautiful!!!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:33 pm

    You’re so beautiful! And the veil story made me laugh :)

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    Sarah, Guest @ 4:58 pm

    My veil blew off into a water hazard when we were mini-golfing the next day.

    I mean, you’ve got the dress, might as well wear it, right?

    Mini golf cashier: Did you just get married?
    Groomsman: Nah, she just really needs to do laundry.

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    jenbabe 335 posts, Helper bee @ 5:04 pm

    My Aunt had a lizard crawl up the back of her dress during her outdoor ceremony. Everyone could see it but her and she was pissed about all the chatter going on. You handled the veil away very well.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:58 pm

    Oh wow, it was windy, haha! Love the video – and, once again, you look incredibly beautiful! :)

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    mszebra 365 posts, Helper bee @ 5:59 pm

    I love your mother’s dress! Even though the veil was a PIA, you got some great shots there!

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 6:27 pm

    Love the veil story and the accompanying video!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:22 pm

    Great save by friend J!

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:46 pm

    hehe, crazy wind! those “flying” pictures are pretty darn awesome though. and you are beautiful!

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    Mom GP, Guest @ 2:59 am

    Just looking at the pic of you and Dad GP hugging makes me tear up as I remember how much he was trying not to sob out loud :-) It was a very emotional moment.

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:19 am

    Oh I love your bridesmaids bright blue dresses too! And your veil flying off? Charming and memory-making!

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    clane616 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:14 pm

    I love the story about the veil. I also love the last pic that shows your updo. So beautiful!!!!

  30. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:29 am

    So hilarious! That veil sure had a life of it’s own, huh?

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    Far Beyond Forever: The Ceremony Begins | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:30 am

    […] Now that my veil had blown away, we were ready to get on with the ceremony! […]

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    tinylittlebird, Guest @ 12:12 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. It’s such a cute and hilarious story, for one.

    But, more importantly, it makes me feel justified in my feelings of not wanting a veil for my outdoor wedding. They can be very pretty, but as you have proven, one blustery day and what was a pretty accessory is suddenly transformed into a big hassle.

    It’s a good thing that this happened to a bride with such a great sense of humor :)

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:31 pm

    Awwww I love your crazy veil, and I love that someone managed to get a clip of it flying off! That is pretty funny. Dang, those winds were strong!

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    sbeall1 4 posts, Wannabee @ 1:03 pm

    Hello, I see you got married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club at the Beach house location and was wondering if you could help me a little since this is also my wedding location…

    How did your layout work excactly? How did you utilize the actual beach house? They told us that usually brides will have the band set up in the beach house but then i dont know how we would get music to play in the actal dining area. The only thing i can guess is that only some of the band would sing in the dining area? ugh. Im just so confused!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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