Outdoor Wedding Processional
It is amazing how quickly the time goes by on your wedding day. The hour we set aside for photos after our first look went by in a flash, and it was time to get this show on the road!
We were all corralled into a lineup by our venue coordinator, and waited for the music to start. In the meantime, Mama Dreamcatcher helped me into my veil:
Once we heard the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Hey Soul Sister” by Train, everyone, except me and Mama Dreamcatcher, made their way outside.
Our processional order was as follows:
- Mr. Dreamcatcher’s grandma + aunt (paternal)
- Mr. Dreamcatcher’s grandma + grandfather (maternal)
- Mrs. Dreamcatcher’s grandma
- Mr. Dreamcatcher’s mother + stepfather
- Mr. Dreamcatcher’s father + significant other
- Bridesman Coaster
- Bridesman Microscope
- Groomsman G
- Groomsman GW
- Groomsman N
- Mr. Dreamcatcher
- Bridesmaid Cue
- Bridesmaid Source4
- Bridesmaid Meyer
- Bridesmaid Fresnel
- Bridesmaid Pokeball
- Bridesmaid Ravenclaw
- Mrs. Dreamcatcher’s brother #1 and ring bearer
- Mrs. Dreamcatcher’s brother #2 and flower girl
- Mrs. Dreamcatcher + Mama Dreamcatcher
As with most things related to wedding planning, we debated forever about what the correct order would be. We realized with our not perfectly traditional family structures we should just do exactly what we wanted, even if it didn’t match those pretty Pinterest graphics exactly.
Our officiant started the processional, followed by our family, then our groomsmen.
And of course, dapper Mr. Dreamcatcher…making a ridiculous thumbs up?
The ladies were up next…
…followed by our ring bearer and flower girl, my nephew and niece. My brothers (their fathers) escorted them down the aisle because they were both too young (and unpredictable) to make it down the aisle solo. I know I’m a little biased, but I’m pretty sure they are the most precious and adorable kids on the planet.
This one just makes me melt. *heart eyes*
Mama Dreamcatcher and I share one more tender moment, and make our grand entrance to Vitamin String Quartet’s “You look Wonderful Tonight,” which was my parents’ wedding song.
Honestly, I can’t remember exactly what I was thinking. There was definitely some “For the love of God please don’t trip.” and “Awww, look there’s X! He drove eight hours to be here. And Y, Z! I can’t believe they made it either!” and also some mild panic because my veil kept getting caught on the stone walkway. But mostly I remember feeling so. darn. happy, in the most overwhelming way. All these wonderful people here, and most importantly a handsome groom waiting for me at the end of this aisle. The moment was finally here!
All photos by Laurel Mountain Photography!
Dreamcatcher tip #13: Just throwing it out there…my flat shoes were one of the best decisions I made in my entire wedding. If you are at all on the fence about heels, just go with flats! Also, think about your aisle. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it was quite panic inducing when my veil started getting stuck, and that possibility didn’t even occur to me. Oops.
- My dress almost doesn’t happen.
- I get by with a little help from my friends.
- We stumble through a rehearsal.
- We give some awesome gifts.
- Flow it, show it, hair, hair, hair, hair.
- Stuff gets sprayed on my face and makes me pretty.
- It takes one mom and six bridesmaids to dress me.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Dressed
- A look of the first variety.
- I forget I planned a gift exchange.
- Our wedding party cheeses something fierce.
- Our photographer somehow makes us look good.