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Ask a bride to look back on her big day, and, more than likely, she'll tell you that it seemed to pass by in a blink. But in every whirlwind, there's a magical moment or beloved detail that captures hold of in her memory. We asked our readers to share the things they loved most about their weddings.
"The reception was amazing and fun, but we weren't able to have a minute to ourselves...until we ran into the photo booth. We spent a few quiet minutes alone just hugging, smiling, stealing a kiss, and taking it all in. It was honestly my favorite moment " — Amanda O.
"My now husband joked that he would yell 'Dibs!' and throw me over his shoulder and run down the aisle after we were pronounced husband and wife. Unfortunately, we didn't know that our officiant still had a community blessing to do, so I ended up being carried away, then back toward the altar, and away again after he finally said he was done. Such a fun time, and the guests thought it was hilarious and very fitting for us!" — Morgan B.
"The look on his face as I walked down the aisle was most special to me. I'll never forget that smile." — Danielle-Lee C.
"We snuck away just for a few minutes after we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Just those little moments we were tucked away waiting for our guests to exit the church were actually the first time we were 'alone' since the rehearsal dinner the night before." — Stephanie S.
"Just getting my husband to dance with me. He hates dancing in public and always refuses at weddings, but he danced with me all night and made a huge spectacle of it. Made me feel amazing." — Kate S.
"We did most of our photos before the ceremony, but did a few afterwards too. While we were waiting to start those, we practiced our first dance one more time. We did it without music and just had those few moments to enjoy alone. Our photographers caught an image of it as they were coming to meet us." — Michelle S.
"Reciting our vows to one another that my mother wrote. Mom is a minister, but we chose not to have her marry us so she could be fully present as the mother of the bride and not feel like she was 'working.' So she wrote special vows for us, which concluded with the same line my parents recited at their wedding ceremony over 35 years ago. So special!" — Brenda D.
"We were able to go get a picture of us, our daughter, and both of my great grandmothers — of which is 100 years old this month and the other is in her 80's!" — Jess E.
"The most special part was the next morning. We had lots of family from both sides come over for a brunch. Being surrounded by loved ones on a more intimate level than the wedding day was so incredible." — Jamie Ann C.
Jolène M. Bouchon is a regular contributor to Brides.com and a freelance writer.