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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