PaC Man & Wife: Here Comes My Girl

I always knew what song I wanted to walk down the aisle to. Even before I knew who Mr. PaC was, I sure about the song. I fell in love with it as a little girl watching ECPOT’s movie Impressions de France. Beyond the enchanting melody, it resonated with me because of our French roots. My processional song? Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Aquarium” from The Carnival of the Animals. (You may recognize it from our video.)


Everyone lends a hand to pick up my skirt.

As my dad and I approached the edge of the garden, the DJ transitioned from the main processional song, “Maybe I’m Amazed,” into the bride’s processional song. What a magical moment! All of those years of hoping to hear that song and here we were.


Cool, calm, and collected. Not one ounce of nervousness!


Daddy PaC and me discussing the lovely French classical music I selected for our processional


Mr. PaC waits for his bride to appear.


Oh, the things a father must be thinking moments before he walks his daughter down the aisle. (We lucked out that he felt well enough to walk with me!)


Locking eyes across the garden




Daddy PaC trying not to let his emotions get the best of him—he’s proud of me, but I’m proud of him too.


Here I come!


Relaxed, confident, and ready to do this!


Getting closer!



Mr. PaC, recalling my dad’s remark that I was “his problem now,” makes a memorable face and gesture.


A handshake and unspoken agreement


With one last kiss, Daddy PaC gives his oldest daughter away.


My husband-to-be takes my hand and leads me up the stairs.

Up next, the full ceremony with lots of laughter!

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)


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 Wedding Morning




Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 12:43 pm

    I love Camille Saint-Saëns!! “Aquarium” is a lovely piece to walk down the aisle to. :)

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    bellefille 232 posts, Helper bee @ 12:51 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous!

  3. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 1:18 pm

    ah i love your narrative…i feel like i was there!

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 pm


  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:17 pm

    Aw, I love Mr. PaC’s reaction shots and the first photo with your dad, so sweet!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:13 pm

    Your ceremony space is breathtaking!

  7. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:39 pm

    @shaynapunim: so excited someone else knows this piece of music!

    @BelleFille, @paw, & @ChicagoDreamer: Thank you! It is a breathtaking space. :)

    @Miss Gray Wolf: If you felt that way reading this post, then I did my job! My hope is that reading these recaps 10 years from now will bring all of the memories back.

    @Mrs. Pony: Our photogs were like ninjas – I never noticed them! It definitely made for more natural photos. We felt free to be our goofy selves!

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    bridesmomma 475 posts, Helper bee @ 9:04 pm

    Your dress (and you) looked so gorgeous as you walked down the aisle!!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 am

    GORGEOUS! The backdrop is so spectacular (perfect word for it)! It makes me so excited for my own garden wedding.

    That being said, I have tears in my eyes – I’m going to be such a wreck at my own wedding. The whole thing – the walk, the handoff, the anticipation, is all so beautiful though. I can’t help myself. :)

  10. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:46 am

    @bridesmomma: Thank you! :)

    @Blonde17Jess: Garden weddings are so dreamy! I hope you have great weather. Your emotions might surprise you and pull a 180 from what you’re expecting! I get teary-eyed reading other bees’ wedding stories, but there were no tears on our own wedding day. Sometimes you’re just too full of happy to even cry happy tears.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:05 pm

    your pictures just get more and more gorgeous, how is this possible? your recaps have been so beautiful

  12. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:18 pm

    @Miss Panda: You are so sweet, Miss Panda! We got lucky – with the weather and our photographers!

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