In my last post I showed you guys our ribbon-cutting ceremony, where we blindfolded Mr. Big. As this finished, our timetable told us that we needed to get to our civil ceremony at the Hunter Valley Gardens. While Mr. Big and I were still at the villa, our guests had started to arrive.
Mr. Big arrived a moment later, positioning himself with his groomsmen at the front of the aisle. We had music playing for our guests during this time—some of which people may think are nontraditional choices:
Meanwhile, at the villa, and already approximately 15 minutes late already, I was beginning to panic that we hadn’t left yet. Everyone and their mum assured me it was OK for the bride and groom to be a little bit late to their wedding, but Mr. Big had already left and I was stuck waiting. At first, I felt bad inconveniencing our guests and vendors like this, but as it was culturally important, everyone assured me it would be OK.
But time was getting further and further away, and I was still at the villa.
Luckily for me, Papa and Mama Bighorn saw the look of absolute fear and anguish in my eyes that I would be late to my own wedding, and gently ushered me into the car, telling me that they would handle it. I’m not too sure what they did, but after a harrowing five minutes, we were underway, all the while Papa Bighorn cheering me up as he drove.
When we finally got to the ceremony site, things happened quickly.
Waiting at the gate was a golf cart, the driver ready to take me up quickly to the waterfall outlook with my parents. After a short ride (thank God for that golf cart), I saw my bridesmaids who were looking relieved that I had finally arrived.
Yes guys, that is a Ferris wheel behind them. No, we didn’t get to ride it. BOO!
After a short apology, the wedding coordinator gave me a brief nod and I heard the music start. Now, you guys may or may not remember, but my tastes in music aren’t really conventional. We decided pretty early on that our music would suit our tastes, and so I present to you our processional song.
Because the song was rather long, and the bridal party wasn’t too big, we decided it would be played for all the bridesmaids and me. So first off, my girls came down the aisle:
What you can’t see through the photos was that they were holding parasols all the way down the aisle up until the stairs. As they went down the stairs, they closed the parasols (like MoH M&Ms is doing) and then placed them at their sides as they formed up.
The girls were amazing throughout the day! But enough with my ranting, let’s get back on track.
After my girls were lined up (as above), I came down the aisle with both of my parents. I knew, from the beginning, that this is what I wanted to do. Both of them play a huge part in my life, and I wanted to honour them both.
As we prepared to walk down the aisle, I was nervous! My stomach was in twisted knots and I was terrified I would trip, stumble, or worst—cry! But as I linked arms with both of my parents, our coordinator signaled us to walk down the aisle, and as we turned the corner, I saw Mr. Big waiting there for me.
And I know this sounds cliché, but my nervousness disappeared, replaced with a calm excitement.
Mr. Big was looking something like this:
Folks, this picture and the one of both my parents and me walking down the aisle are two of my very favourites.
As we reached the front and I finally caught a glimpse of Mr. Big’s face, I felt my heart explode with happiness. I couldn’t help the smile.
Meanwhile, Mama Bighorn was finding it hard to hold it together.
After I gave both of my parents a strong hug and Mama Bighorn a quick kiss, they took their seats, leaving me standing at the front of the aisle. With Mr. Big in front of me, tears in his eyes, I felt a giddy surge of energy run through me.
We were getting married, guys! Up next—the ceremony!
All photos by Studio Something
Need to catch up?
- Laugh, weep, and celebrate with us by watching our wedding video.
- I am a delegating ninja! (I’m really not.)
- We have a “nice” morning of Car-Tetris fun!
- I tell you guys about the frenzy that is the lead-up to our wedding day.
- We practice walking and talking.
- We eat a loooooot of meat.
- I celebrate my last night as a Miss.
- I talk to you about a major wedding regret.
- The girls get their pretty on.
- The guys clean up nicely.
- I get all fancy with my duds.
- We cut some ribbon.