The time in between taking pictures on the farm and walking down the aisle is a big blur in my mind. I remember hanging out with my bridesmaids in a bedroom, and hearing that the guys had arrived and they were waiting in the garage. I was super paranoid about hiding from Mr. Turtle. Since we had chosen not to do a first look, I didn’t want a chance encounter to ruin our moment of first seeing each other when I walked down the aisle. The only other thing I remember is a lot of, “Oh my gosh! The guests are getting here!! You guys are almost married!” And so on. Our officiant, my family’s pastor that I’d grown up knowing, came in and prayed with us. I remember him thanking God for surrounding me with such a wonderful support circle of girls and asking Him to bless my marriage to Mr. Turtle. I also remember hearing sniffles and being pleasantly surprised to realize that I hadn’t shed a tear all day!
Meanwhile, our guests were walking up the driveway, along the side of the house, and admiring the hanging display of family wedding photos that my mom and I had worked so hard on.
They were signing our guestbook, and being handed a program, which didn’t end up being the cute little booklets I’d worked so hard on, but instead a folded over piece of paper that I’d quickly designed two days before our wedding, with the help of Bridesmaid Red. My dad and brother had them printed at Kinko’s, and to my surprise, they turned out just fine! And I highly doubt our guests were sitting around wishing it was a cute little booklet.
The 100 people we’d invited were quickly filling up the silver chairs…
…as the string quartet filled the air with beautiful classical music… (which I really regret not being able to hear!)
As I sat waiting in the house, Mr. Turtle was walking down the aisle, escorting his mom…
And then it was my turn! The string quartet began to play my song…
Apparently, my dad and I raced down the aisle. I don’t remember it that way, but that’s what everyone said. (I can’t believe we neglected to remind ourselves of the most basic aisle walking advice: “Slow down!!!”) I can’t say I regret our speedy pace though. It was one of those things that just didn’t end up mattering.
My bridesmaids watched me and my dad with the sweetest expressions on their faces… 🙂
And so did Mr. Turtle!
When we reached the end of the aisle, we did the traditional “giving of the bride,” and my dad hugged me and took his seat by my mom. The time had finally come! We were getting maaaarried!!
In case you missed out on my earlier recap posts:
- So Happy Together: The Rehearsal
- So Happy Together: The Rehearsal Dinner
- So Happy Together: The Wedding Morning & Bridal Details
- So Happy Together: The Girls Get Ready
- So Happy Together: The BFF Shots
- So Happy Together: Bridesmaid Portraits
- So Happy Together: Groomsman Portraits
*Note: To answer your fashion questions, my dress was by Casablanca, the bridesmaid dresses were by Watters, and Mr. Turtle’s suit was from Banana Republic.