Everything had been set up just perfectly for the ceremony. It was exactly how I imagined it, with our DIY programs and initials displayed in the foyer leading to the sanctuary…
…and the “reserved” signs I had made indicating where our families would be seated.
Naturally, I got to enjoy none of the guest ambiance while being quarantined in the hallway just outside the church foyer. I knew I’d get to see everything all together soon, however, when the pianist started to play the selection I had chosen for the families to be escorted in to, “Sheep May Safely Graze” from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 208, and my heart skipped a beat when I realized I would be saying my vows in mere MINUTES!
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First, Mr. A’s mom was escorted in, followed by my great-aunt and grandmas.
We had Mr. A’s grandma (Mr. A was raised by his grandparents) and my mom each light the tapered candles on either side of the unity candle as their way of contributing to the ceremony. I think it was a great way to recognize them and allow them to be more involved so they felt extra special!
Mr. A’s grandma went first…
…followed by Mama Dillo.
And then, from my solace in the hallway, I could hear the music shift to the selection we’d made for our bridal party to enter to, “Le Cygne” from Le Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns.
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Our Pastor led Mr. A and the groomsmen out to the front of the sanctuary at the sound of the music change.
One by one, each of my ladies made their way down the aisle.
First came BM Dancer, looking lovely and statuesque as always.
She was followed by Li’l Dillo, who looks so grown-up in this picture to only be 13!
Due to BM Mascara’s daughter being an uncooperative flower girl, MOH Henna was next down the aisle.
BM Mascara came after, with our two flower girls in tow!
After everyone had made their way into place, my dad came around the corner and gave me a mischievous grin. “It’s showtime!” he exclaimed, and with a sigh of relief, I stepped back into my ruby slippers, lifted the front of my gown, and took my place in the foyer as our ushers closed the doors to the sanctuary in preparation for my grand entrance.
Up next, I take my turn down the aisle to the most perfect entrance song, and everybody CRIES!!!!!
Did you have uncooperative flower girls at your ceremony? Did you have to roll with the punches to avoid some catastrophes? Did you choose to acknowledge your mothers in any special way during the ceremony or did you give them a way to be involved somehow? Anyone elses’ officiant look like Gene Hackman?
- I gave you guys a recap of my recaps.
- I cried over cupcakes, we rehearsed, and stayed up until ungodly hours the night before our wedding day.
- We spent the whole morning and afternoon of the wedding day setting up the reception venue, and I massaged my own feet in the shower.
- Mr. A and his guys got dressed and had a mini photo session in the alley behind our church.
- Our photographer gets some shots of my wedding day accessories, and my ruby slippers are presented with their own personal photo session.
- I FINALLY get into my dress and I take some awesome pictures with my bridesmaids and Mama Dillo.
- I get a special, sentimental gift from Papa Dillo and I become obsessive about the time and take a few more pictures with the parentals before we head off to the ceremony!