Photo: Caroline + Ben Photography
What does it feel like to actually get married? To stand before your nearest and dearest and commit your life to this man you love? Follow this mini blog series, get to know these brides, and learn about the range of emotions they experienced — so you can get a sense of what you may go through on your big day. Here, the brides share how they felt during their wedding ceremonies.
During my wedding ceremony, I felt...
"A lot more emotional than I thought I'd be," said Laura from Tennessee. "My engagement was long, with a lot of ups and downs, and the ceremony was the culmination of the wedding planning process and all the emotional work I did to prepare myself for marriage. When my now-husband began to read the vows he wrote, I started to cry. He often tells me he loves me, but telling me why in front of our family and friends was very special to me. Then I sobbed through my own vows. It was pretty embarrassing, but a lot of guests told me afterward how beautiful and heartfelt the ceremony was."
"So comfortable, so confident," said Tina from New York City. "I didn't feel like my usually shy self. I owned the moment in a way I didn't know I was capable of."
"An other-worldy feeling that came over me," said Channon from New Jersey. "I've always watched the bride and groom embark on their journey, but this time, it was me, and that was surreal — strange yet meaningful. But my reverie was abruptly shattered by a loud crack of thunder, bolts of lightning, and a summer sky that opened up. A few guests ran inside to escape the downpour, but we stuck it out, grinning widely at each other: This was the start of our adventure as husband and wife, and we faced it together. Someone handed us an umbrella, and instantly, we were in our own little bubble. We wound up soaked, but we were the happiest drenched people in the world."
Allison Moir-Smith is The Bride Whisperer and uses psychology to solve sticky wedding-planning situations. Look for her next post, "How I Felt Walking Up the Aisle, After the Ceremony."