Bridesmaids Pre Ceremony
After finishing up our before-the-ceremony photos, I piled into my parents’ car with my youngest brother, Groomsmen S, who is in high school, and complained mightily about how my dress was taking up most of the back seat (some things never change). Mr. Blue Moon, his family, and the rest of our wedding party carpooled over in various combinations ahead of us, with two groomsmen making quick stops to pick up their dates. As you might imagine, we were all running a few minutes behind at this point, and a few of our guests beat us to the church.
Photo by Amilia Photography
Once we arrived, Mr. Blue Moon, our officiant, and Best Man L were hidden away in a room behind the altar. Our other groomsmen were set in the front entry to seat our guests. Our wedding planner, Adriel, whisked my bridesmaids and me into the nursery at the front of the church to await the start of the ceremony. This nursery room was awesome because it contains a one-way mirror looking out at the sanctuary space, which we were greatly entertained by as we watched the guests arrive. It was also pretty fun for selfies.
Playing in front the one-way mirror | Guest Photos
Of course, some of our guests told me later that they could kind-of-sort-of see us behind the one-way mirror. Oops.
Meanwhile, outside, everyone was studiously ignoring us in the mirror while they were being seated, and our lovely musical duo from Mockingbird Musicians had begun to play. We pretty much gave our musicians free rein over the song selections as guests were being seated, but I did make one special request. That request was “Neville’s Waltz” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Only a super nerd like me would recognize it for what it was, but I was listening super closely for it to start since I knew that would mean the processionals and ceremony were about to begin.
Photo by Amilia Photography
As our musicians started on this last song of the prelude, my mom helped sweep my blusher veil over my face, and Mama Blue, my mother-in-law, stopped by to wish me well one last time before lining up with the mothers and grandmother to be seated. At this point, I began to feel a little bit nervous and super anxious to see Mr. Blue Moon standing at the end of that aisle. The best several moments of my life were about to begin!
Did you miss something?
- My girls and I indulge in some R&R.
- We have a fancy bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- We rehearse, eat, and forget to take pictures.
- I get ready with my girls.
- My dad and I pretend like we are not the most awkward people on the planet.
- We have the hottest first look of all time.
- Our wedding party takes a hike.
- We share all the little details.
- My inner diva comes out.