Hoppily Ever After: Walking Down the Aisle

Our string quartet began to play the opening lines of “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel.

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Mr. W and our officiant, Pastor J, were the first to walk down the aisle. They exited the Oak Tree Manor house (where the whole wedding party was lined up in order) and sauntered down the grassy aisle, looking handsome as ever.

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(I love that second picture. Mr. W has the look of a celeb climbing out of a limo, ignoring swarms of paparazzi. My husband, the movie star.)

Next came the families: my aunt and grandma, Mr. W’s parents, and Mama Wallaby (escorted by little brother J):

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The groomsmen were obvi pretty antsy to get their moment of fame. They each strutted down the aisle solo—except for Best Man A, who had to lead our shy little ring bearer by the hand.

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Then the leading ladies turned heads as they strutted down the aisle, lookin’ flyyyy.

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Little C, our niece and flower girl, practiced being a flower girl for weeks. She had the whole “toss, step forward, toss” routine down. But with everyone watching her, she clung to her mama…so she had some company during her walk down the aisle.

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Then the music changed…the string quartet began to play the classic “Canon in D.”

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(This was another one of those famous game-time decisions of ours. We only hired the string quartet a couple weeks before the wedding, and even then, I hadn’t decided on a processional song. I was leaning toward an arrangement of “Moon River,” the theme of Breakfast at Tiffany’s—and an all-around sweet song—but Mama Wallaby wasn’t so enthused about a nontraditional processional. In the end, we compromised and Mr. W and I picked a pop song for our recessional. Stay tuned for that one!)

My dad squeezed my hand, and we walked out into the daylight, where everyone was waiting expectantly. The music, the beautiful scene ahead, and the sheer emotions overcame me, and I broke down sobbing. (This was no surprise to anyone…I am known to break out bawling during Google commercials, people.)

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My better (and calmer) half, Mr. W, stood waiting.

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It was such a short walk, from Oak Tree Manor to the front of the aisle. I wish I could have slowed down time to savor those moments—because even though we did a first look, Mr. W and I were both completely overcome with emotion. It was an incredible moment, seeing my best friend standing there. I was ready to say our vows and finally marry that man!

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Mr. W suddenly smiled:

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And I smiled back, because I knew.

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Soon, I was beaming like a crazy person.

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Want another look at my sexy groom? OK. I do too.

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And with that, our walk was complete. Major bride milestone accomplished. Whew.

My dad gave me a little grin that said, I’ll love you forever, kiddo, even with all of the shenanigans you put your mom and me through.

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Then he lifted my little veil over my head. (Poor Papa Wallaby didn’t know anything about the birdcage until our family portraits, and the veil-lifting thing was a little awkward.)

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And he gave me a sweet final kiss on the cheek before shaking hands with Mr. W and leaving us to Pastor J.

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Up next: vows, bling, and a kiss.

*All photos by the phenomenal Mustard Seed Photography.

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 3:52 pm

    “even though we did a first look, Mr. W and I were both completely overcome with emotion. It was an incredible moment, seeing my best friend standing there.”

    This is so sweet!! You’re really selling me on having a first look, ha ha!

    P.S. Those Google commercials are amazing!! :D

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    mrshollinger 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:04 pm

    Ahhh! This made me tear up a little!

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    Mrs. Coach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:28 pm

    oh my gosh, that “dear sophie” commercial gets me every. single. time. glad I’m not the only one ;)

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    littlemisssally 262 posts, Helper bee @ 4:38 pm

    Awww.. I teared up too! I think it was the Canon in D that put me over the edge

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:14 pm

    The emotions on your faces are just perfect, what a beautiful walk down the aisle.

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    ecjohnson 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:17 pm

    beautiful! :)

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:35 pm

    Tears! So nice.

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    bluebelle23 972 posts, Busy bee @ 7:21 pm

    I really was leaning toward something nontraditional for the walk down the aisle, but Canon in D just now, with your pics, sold me! Happy tears! Beautiful!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1410 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:33 pm

    I used Canon in D, too!

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    texasaggiemom 594 posts, Busy bee @ 8:38 pm

    This entire post is greatness, but I love the change from tears to the huge grin when you saw Mr. W waiting for you – that had to feel so amazing! And like most previous posters, you had me at Canon in D – Kleenex, please!

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    Mrs. Treasure 1638 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:17 pm

    aww I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, too. :-) Love these pics!

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    Mrs. Jaguar 6086 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:48 pm

    We did a string quartet to Canon too – best money we spent, it’s so classic and beautiful! You looked amazing! x

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    Mrs. Mongoose 726 posts, Busy bee @ 8:06 am

    So beautiful Mrs. W–your wedding recaps are constantly causing me to tear up!

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    cosmo_gmr 945 posts, Busy bee @ 10:23 am

    awww… so pretty!!!
    I wanted to enter with Canon in D too, however I decided to go Movie on that one and chose the theme for Legends of the Fall. My brother in law played it and got a violinist too XD One of the best things of the day!

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    miss-care-bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:54 am

    I have goosebumps! What an amazing day!
    PS, those Google ads are killer. I am now crying at work… whoops ;)

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 11:16 am

    Yeah, I’m guilty on those damned Google comercials, too. *sigh* We’re softies. I’m just glad the AT&T long distance commercials are a thing of the past. Those killed me every. single. time…lol!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:57 am

    Totally cry at the Google commercials. Tearing up just thinking about them!

    I love the pictures of you and Mr. W when you see each other. So perfect.

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    Mrs. Fox 1634 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:17 pm

    Simply beautiful!!

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    Red Poppy 316 posts, Helper bee @ 11:52 am

    Aww, the photos and music really tell the story of your wedding ceremony! We used “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” too, only for the postlude after our recessional (my father and I walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary”).

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