We spent months writing our ceremony. Since we asked my aunt to officiate, we wanted to incorporate her ideas and ours to create a cohesive and beautiful ceremony. There were revisions after revisions. Researching and reading. We finally nailed it down.
As guests were seated and the bridesmaids walked in, I remember looking to Jon, one of our photographers, grabbing his shoulder and saying “This is it, huh?” After nearly eight hours of preparation that day, it literally hit me two minutes before the ceremony that I was getting married. And, just around the corner was my dad. I had not seen him since the night before. Since I am an only child, I knew it was going to be emotional. That’s an understatement. We both lost it (I tried so hard not to). You can see it in our faces before I even walk down the aisle, as we walk down the aisle, and as we meet Mr. A at the end of the aisle. To be honest, I was so caught up in the moment of my dad walking me down the aisle, and looking at every single one of our guests, I do not even remember the song playing. I mean, I know what song it was, but I do not remember hearing music (for reference, I walked down to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds).
As part of writing our own ceremony, we also decided to write our own vows. This element was an important piece for us, and it was an incredible emotional part of our ceremony (we had so many people tearing up). I remember that part of our ceremony like it was yesterday. Just so special.
We had two dear friends read during the ceremony. My sorority “big sister” read an excerpt from “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard. Another sister read an old Native American blessing my aunt picked out. And, then we kissed and processed out to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.
All photos courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography.
I never thought that having so much involvement in our ceremony would mean so much, but it only amplified our feelings during those 15 beautiful minutes. I even caught my aunt tearing up a few times as she listened and even as she spoke.
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