How Wonderful Life Is: The Walk down the Aisle

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As our guests took their seats, Vitamin String Quartet’s version of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”³ floated on the air.

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Photo by R / This is such a classic photo of all of my friends. Hilarious!

Behind them all, at the top of the aisle, we gathered.

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I look upset here but I swear I wasn’t! / *

The wind hadn’t let up one bit, and once again, my veil had a mind of its own. Boy am I glad I didn’t wear a cathedral veil (something I heavily considered)—imagine trying to control THAT in the wind!

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It was threatening to blow right off my head, but Wizard Aunt caught it just in time.

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It was so windy, in fact, that in the same gust that took my veil up, something else was blowing away”¦


Above two photos by Uncle J

The tablecloth blew right off our register-signing table! Good thing the pavilion banister was there, otherwise who knows how far it would have blown. A few of our guests ran up to fix it (thanks, guys!), but sadly, there was one casualty in this accident:

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When the tablecloth blew away, it took our pen and paperweight with it. The pen landed on the floor of the pavilion, but the paperweight was nowhere to be found. We even went back out and looked more thoroughly after the ceremony, and Mr. Wiz’s dad looked again the next day, but no luck. I’m kind of bummed because I made that paperweight myself at a glassblowing class years ago, but I like to think that someone at the winery will find it and they’ll use it there. :)

The tablecloth, and my veil, were back in place just as “1979”³ faded out, the first processional song, VSQ’s rendition of “Just Like Heaven,” started, and everyone stepped into place. The ceremony was starting.

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MOH Lefty gave me a knowing smile, the kind of smile that conveyed more in her expression than any words could have possibly ever done. No amount of words that could have described that moment.

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Mr. Wiz and Wizard Aunt made their ways down to the pavilion, entering from the side steps—Mr. Wiz from the left and Wizard Aunt from the right.

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Hey, handsome.

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Once they took their places, Best Man D started the processional by escorting Grandma S to her seat before taking his place next to his brother in the pavilion.

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Think they’re related? I think they look like twins in this picture.


D likes to close his eyes for pictures a lot. / *

Next my dad and grandma made their way down to their seats.

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And then Mr. Wiz’s parents.

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I think it’s so funny that both the dads carried their cameras down the aisle!

And last, it was MOH Lefty’s turn, and she made her way down, leaving me all alone.

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While she walked, I waited.

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I had been dreading this moment of alone-ness for months prior to the wedding. So much, in fact, that I specifically asked one of our photographers to stay behind with me in case I needed a hug, or a tissue (or 20), or barfed, or fainted, or ran away screaming. Picturing this moment gave me the willies, and I spent the time leading up to the wedding in complete denial that it would happen.

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But on that day, in that moment, I was completely content. Relaxed. I just stood and soaked up the moment, my heart swelling, fit to burst. It was so fun to watch everything I’d planned play out before my eyes—everything was more perfect than I could have asked for.

As Lefty entered the pavilion, the music faded out, and there was a moment of complete silence. Anticipation buzzed through the air. I took a deep breath, and as the music—my music, the perfect song I had specially selected for this walk—started up again, I stepped off.

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A million thoughts were flying through my head. I thought of my mom, and how much I wished she could be there. I thought of all of you, hive, and of your well wishes from that morning and how badly I wished I could show you how beautiful the weather turned out and how I couldn’t wait to tell you about everything. I thought about how lucky I was to be marrying this great guy, marrying into this great family, surrounded by my nearest and dearest.

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I had so many thoughts spinning around that I got a bit overwhelmed, and the tears threatened to spill over.

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I love this photo that my cousin P took, because you can see that I had my pinkie through my mom’s wedding ring on my bouquet.

But I realized that I wasn’t being present. I was thinking so much about other things that I was just going through the motions of walking. So I told myself, “Stop. Stop thinking so much. This is the only time in your life you will ever get to do this, so just stop thinking and remember this moment.”

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That was all it took to put a smile on my face. Well, that and seeing my groom grinning at me from the end of the aisle once I rounded the corner.

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The rest of the walk was easy after that. I kept my eyes on my groom, made conscious memories of every single step of that walk, and before I knew it, I was at the end. Mr. Wiz stepped down to meet me, and we walked the last few steps together back into the pavilion.

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I handed off my bouquet to MOH Lefty, turned to face Mr. Wiz, and took his hands. And so it began.

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All photos by MichaelWill Photography unless otherwise noted. Photos marked with an (*) are edited by me, with permission from Michael.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Wizard

Location:
Pittsburgh
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:48 am

    I got chills all over, it is beautiful Wizard.

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:54 am

    Beautiful. Your pics made me tear up a little bit.

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 11:17 am

    That photo your cousin took brought tears to my eyes. I can completely relate to all the thoughts and having to tell yourself to remain present! wonderful recap!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:33 pm

    What a beautiful walk down the aisle! Your descriptions are so real and wonderful.

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    MissSpark 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:22 pm

    The music+the pictures+commentary=me crying in my cubicle, trying to hide the fact that I’m reading weddingbee…

    Congratulations, what a beautiful day.

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    Mrs. Treasure 1638 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:30 pm

    This is so beautiful, W!

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    Mrs. Pain au Chocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:53 pm

    The weather turned out to be amazing! How beautiful the venue looks with a bright blue sky as its backdrop. And, of course, Mrs Wiz – our beaming bride! :D

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:18 pm

    You are so beautiful and seeing your grooms face is priceless.

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    Mrs. Panda 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:54 pm

    This was so beautifully written. I’ve been loving your recaps so much!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:41 pm

    So beautiful — your photographer did an amazing job, and this is such a moving writeup!

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    Mrs. Trail Mix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:50 am

    This made me cry- so beautiful!

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    Mrs. Coyote 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:52 am

    I know this is an old post, but I am just catching up and had to comment on this one. I am sitting at my desk with tears streaming down my face. This is so beautifully written and the photos are just amazing. I can’t get over you walking down the aisle with that beautiful blue sky as your backdrop! You are stunning!

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