30 Years Later: 5 Brides Share the Wedding Memory They've Cherished Through the Years

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30 Years Later Wedding Memories

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Memory is a funny thing. It fails us, comforts us, and often holds onto the moments we'd least expect. While it's natural to have a large collection of memories from your wedding day (you know, a fairly important day), we thought it would be interesting to poll a collection of women married for over three decades, and ask them a simple question: What is the one memory from your wedding day that stands out most vividly to you, to this day? Here's what they had to say.

"I don't even have to close my eyes to transport myself back to that room, that day, that moment. Ed, my husband, was singing 'Annie's Song' by John Denver to me during our wedding reception. We were so focused on each other, really in 'the moment,' like the world stopped for a few precious minutes."— Lyn Klodt

"Standing with my father at the church before the double doors opened and we walked down the aisle. My father looked at me and said, 'You look beautiful and walk slowly now, this is your moment.' It is an amazing feeling seeing all eyes on you and guests smiling and showing emotion as you walk past them."— Aileen Hagy

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"My dad talking to me just before I walked down the aisle. He turned to me and said, 'Listen, if you want to call this off and get in the car with me and drive away, it's okay.' He said I didn't have to be embarrassed or worry about the money he spent, he said my happiness was the most important thing to him. I told him of course I wanted to go through with it. I realized it took a lot of courage for him to say that because my mom would have nearly murdered both of us if we would have left. I love that he didn't care about anything more than wanting the best life for me." — Jill Behrle

"I took my wedding veil off way too soon after the ceremony! It was full length and kept being stepped on so I had this graceful (not) head jerk every time someone stepped on it. So all of my pictures during the reception are me without the veil and I look like I'm just someone who happened to be trying on a wedding dress and stopped by at this great party. As a side note, it didn't matter a bit, the love of family and friends and an incredible 10-piece orchestra overrode any insecurity I had."— Carol Cutting

"Standing at the entrance to the church about to walk down the aisle with my father. I remember seeing my sister, who was maid of honor, walking ahead of me noticing the movement and color of her dress as well as the way the light reflected off the fabric (cerise colored satin). I remember seeing the faces of family and friends looking at me expectantly and seeing Frank, my husband, standing at the alter with his groomsmen. I remember taking my father's arm, inhaling deeply, and taking the first step into the church." — Cynthia Evans

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