Our wedding day truly was the best day of my life. The many months of planning came together in a beautiful and unique day that really represented Mike and me as a couple. Most importantly, we were surrounded by everyone we love. It was romantic and emotional and SO MUCH FUN!
Hopefully I don’t bore you all to death with my wedding posts, but I really want to get all the details documented here on my blog. Before I get into some posts on my wedding DIY projects and other details, I wanted to share some of my favourite wedding moments. We have beautiful portraits that were taken with our wedding party and families, which I’m sure I’ll share soon, but these photos capture those memorable moments that made the day so special.
Looking at the first picture below, I can remember exactly how I was feeling. Just 10 minutes prior, the girls and I were scrambling to get out the door of the hotel, frantically looking for jewelry at the last minute before squishing ourselves into the car and making the short drive to the University of Toronto, where we did our portraits. In the hotel room as it got close to go-time, I’d started getting super anxious, but at this moment I remember feeling quite calm. I walked up behind Mike for our first-look, and I remember feeling a quiet excitement as I waited for him to turn around!
Before the ceremony, the girls were sequestered in a room downstairs. We were able to hear all the guests upstairs and that really built the excitement. As we came up the stairs, I remember that I was all flustered because I couldn’t really hear the music and wasn’t sure when I was supposed to go. And then I was suddenly at the end of the aisle, and everyone was looking at me. I’d heard and read over and over advice to take a moment before walking down the aisle to really take it all in. I remember that I took a very deliberate pause, but all I saw in that moment was bright colours. But I do remember the feeling of that moment and I hope I can hang on to that!
I don’t really remember walking down the aisle. I’ve read other brides’ descriptions of locking eyes with their groom and seeing no one else. I’m sure I was looking at Mike, but I don’t remember.
I do remember this moment, though. As my dad lifted my veil, all I was thinking was, “this is it, this is it.”
A few minutes into the ceremony we paused as the families lit a unity candle. I think we all were able to relax in this moment.
And then there was this moment, where I was trying to jam Mike’s ring onto his finger. We were so worried about this moment that we’d practiced! I even had our coordinator run to the kitchen moments before the ceremony to grease up our rings with olive oil. It’s really challenging to put someone else’s ring on! Mine slipped on without too much trouble, but although I made a good attempt, I couldn’t get Mike’s ring on.
After the vows and rings were exchanged, and the glass was smashed and we had our wedding kiss and were announced as husband and wife, I remember when our recessional music came on (Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) and we basically bounced back down the aisle. We were so happy and the energy was so high and everyone was smiling and cheering. I feel like I can see the jubilation in this photo.
This moment is right after we walked back down the aisle, before we went downstairs where we chilled out while our guests enjoyed cocktail hour upstairs. I remember that we got to the stairs and I looked back at our guests and was surprised that they were all still looking at us, so we went for this kiss. It’s those little wedding moments, being surprised in that instant, that stand out because they were unanticipated. I’d visualized our wedding day from beginning to end so many times over the previous months during the planning, but these were the unplanned moments that really struck me.
Our first dance to Brad Paisley’s Then was definitely a source of some anxiety for both of us leading up to the wedding. I knew Mike was really nervous, so I was mostly nervous about how it would go for him. We’d choreographed a simple dance, stealing moves from YouTube, and had practiced mostly in out kitchen and not nearly enough. Mike started the dance off with this little turn, which he got suddenly self-conscious about a few days before the wedding, deciding he didn’t want to do it.
This photo captures the moment right after Mike did his spin, and we were both laughing and feeling like it was all going to be ok. I’m actually the one that ended up messing our dance up by completely missing a move, throwing the rest of the dance off, but we were smiling the whole time and had a great time. It was great when it was over, too.
Everyone gave the loveliest speeches, but I especially loved the speech given by Mike’s older brother, Matt. One part in particular really stuck with me, where he said some words welcoming me to the family but that it felt like I’d been part of their “little clan for some time now,” which was so incredibly touching.
Mike and I were super nervous about getting hoisted up in chairs during the Horah, but we also knew we definitely didn’t want to miss the opportunity. Sure enough, it was totally terrifying, and I was sure that I was going to hit the ground at any moment, but it was also exhilerating and so much fun to be up there and see all these people laughing and cheering and dancing around us.