We had 2 photographers, so we were able to get pictures of me in the lodge waiting to walk down the aisle and pictures of the wedding party on the pier.
I started to get butterflies as I waited to walk down the aisle. It was also fun to see everything happening from so far away. I couldn’t really hear the music playing when the maids were walking down, but there were people to let me know when to start walking down and that was awesome. My dad and I also got quite a few minutes to ourselves as we were waiting.
I love this picture, because you can see my ring, my mom’s veil and my grandmothers hankie all together. And, I love this picture because it shows my something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new all in one picture. You will see more of my mom’s beautiful veil a little later.
While all of these pictures were being taken, we had the mothers and wedding party coming down the aisle.
Both mothers were escorted by the two best men down the aisle.
This might be one of my favorite pictures. I wish I knew who Jeremy was making this face to – he doesn’t remember either. I also love this shot of his mom and her reaction to seeing her son standing at the alter about to get married.
My beautiful maids walking down the aisle.
And Jeremy all set and ready to go.
During our planning of the wedding, I waited a while before I decided what I want to walk down the aisle to. I also wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. I thought I would start at the gazebo on the property and walk from there. It wasn’t until about a month before the wedding that I decided I wanted to start at the lodge. From the lodge to the pier where the ceremony was isn’t close.
I found a song I loved and still get emotional to, to this day, and decided that I had to walk down the aisle to it. It also was the perfect length, and there is a perfect part of the song that would be fabulous to walk down the aisle to.
I know you have to be dying to know what song I am referring to, so here you go:
Judge me if you want to, but this version of the song is beautiful and it really made sense for me. I have loved Christina Perri since her Jar of Hearts days, so I knew this song would be incorporated somewhere in our wedding. I plan on doing a music post to list all the music we used and where later on.
Continuing on. Since everyone was ready and standing on the pier, it was my turn. My walk down the aisle was a long one. It took me 4:30 minutes, but it was perfect. I was able to soak up the moment, get a little teary eyed, and share it with my dad.
She will be getting a post dedicated to her skills, but one of my bridesmaids created all of our chalkboard signs by hand. She free handed this one all by herself. All that I did was send her things I liked from Pinterest and she created this on her own. All of her signs were fabulous that she made for us.
This mountain view was the selling feature for me for our venue. I’m sorry, but it’s gorgeous with the lake.
Jeremy’s niece graciously held my train as I walked down the aisle. You see, up until we got to our venue on wedding day, the pier and the walkway that I am on above weren’t painted white. They did that for our wedding – because we asked them to. The walkway to the pier was in bad shape and really needs to be completely redone, but I am so happy that they painted it for us. Maddie was to hold my dress and veil to make sure that it didn’t get snagged on the wood. She did a great job!
Our guests stood for the entire 4:30 minutes that I walked down the aisle. Now that is love!
I’m taking a deep breath because I almost didn’t make it down the aisle without bursting into tears. But I made it!
And since this post is already way too long, I am stopping here.
Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Ridges Resort and Marina
Photography – Jason Hales Photography
Videography – Kimberly K Cinema
Florist – Moore’s Florist
Cake – Cakelady
DJ – Lethal Rhythms
Farmhouse Tables and Chairs – Classic Party Rentals
Beaded Bridal Belt – Elegance by Kate
Bride and Bridesmaid Robes – Silk and More
Brides Earrings – Sticks and Stones NY
On deck next week, our ceremony. I am doing things a little different next week and I will be posting our entire ceremony with pictures during it (more for myself than you guys). But if you are interested in a personal ceremony, then check it out.
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