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-SaÃ«ns’ “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!
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)
Catch up on our PaC recaps!
- In the days leading up to the wedding, I wanted to be sedated.
- I walked the line between calm and stressed for the better part of our rehearsal day.
- “Don’t panic” and its friends were what Mr. PaC kept telling me on the way to our rehearsal dinner.
- Best wedding morning advice: wake up slow and tackle the day at your own pace.
- Once at our venue, our DIY projects were assembled with our own two hands.
- The girls get ready with champagne and chocolate-covered potato chips.
- The guys are ready…and waiting.
- She’s mine! All mine! (The dress that is.)
- Brown-eyed girl (and guy) portraits.
- Something old and new, borrowed, and blue.
- My sneaky groom has a secret heart when it comes to surprises.
- A first look for the two of us plus more couples portraits in the garden.
- With brother and sister standing by, we took our bridal party and family portraits.
- After fretting about rain, the sun came out just as our guests arrived for the ceremony.
- Maybe I was just a little amazed at how beautifully our ceremony had started.