Real Brides Share: How I Felt Walking Up the Aisle, After the Wedding Ceremony

Ceremony & Vows

Immediately post-ceremony, what will it be like? From the reports of the three brides you've been getting to know through this mini blog series, there's wide variation of emotional experience in those moments as you rush, or glide, or hold hands up the aisle. We hope this final installment in this series offers you a glimpse of what that moment and important life experience may be like for you.

As I walked up the aisle after the ceremony, with my brand-new husband on my arm, I felt...

"Sheer elation and excitement!" remembers Channon from New Jersey. "The umbrella protecting us from the rain, and we couldn't contain our huge, happy smiles. Phillip Phillip's 'Home' serenaded us through the last of the rain drops and into the warmth of our friends and family awaiting us in the venue."

"I'm a runner," said Laura from Tennessee. "So it felt similar to finishing a race. Walking up the aisle, as husband and wife, after months and months of planning every little detail of my wedding, felt like crossing the finish line. I felt happy, exhausted, proud, and relieved."

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"I was totally overwhelmed by all of the smiling faces," said Tina from New York City. "It really struck me in that moment that people came all this way to celebrate our marriage. I knew I'd never have this exact moment again, so I made a huge effort to take it all in — walking hand in hand with my brand-new HUSBAND!"

In this, the final installment, we had one final question for the three brides:

Could you have predicted this broad array of emotions you went through during that 90-minute period? The intensity, the variety, the intimacy, the nuance, the vulnerability, the calm, the sheer joy?

Their universal answer: "NO!"

Allison Moir-Smith is The Bride Whisperer and uses psychology to solve sticky wedding-planning situations.

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