“Ocean Avenue” by the VSQ (original by Yellowcard) started playing as the cue for BM E and GM P to start walking. We relate this song to our friends, specifically the groomsmen. There used to be an inside joke about this many years ago that I can’t remember anymore.
Too close (for my taste) behind them came BM L and GM L…
…and then, BM A and GM J.
I had timed the song (or so I thought), but they either walked too fast or too close to each other, or both, so they all made it down the aisle too early in the song. Eventually the song faded into the first notes of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” again by VSQ (original by Aerosmith). Mr. Toadstool’s pick.
It was time for Mr. Toadstool’s dad to escort his two daughters.
Then, my brother escorted my mom and sister.
Finally, it was Mr. Toadstool’s turn to walk with his mom.
The song faded into Jonathan Cain’s “Bridal March” (special thanks to Mrs. Doe for bringing this into my life).
I squeezed my dad’s arm—“So, we just walk?” he asked, only half joking—and we started walking. I tripped a bit on my dress when walking down the steps, and then a bit more in the grass. I couldn’t hold my dress up with one arm around my dad’s and the other holding the bouquet, so I just asked my dad to walk slower.
Then I looked up—our families were there, all looking at me. I fought tears back. I was instantly overwhelmed: they were all there to share this moment with us. I remember looking at one of my aunts with a smile so big it barely fit her face and I felt I was going to lose it.
And there he was, my groom, my best friend, waiting for me with a half-smile and an awkward pose, not knowing what to do with his body. That was the man I agreed to marry.
I reached the end of the aisle and my dad took my hand, squeezed it, and put it in Mr. Toadstool’s. He didn’t gave me a kiss; no one told him he had to and it was his first time doing this, but in my dad’s and my language that squeeze meant more than a hundred words.
Will/ did you rehearse the walk down the aisle? What song will/did you use? Why am I the only one smiling in this picture?
*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography