*This is a continuation of my series of wedding day recaps! If you missed the first few posts, check them out here, intro, hair & makeup, getting ready, guys getting ready, bride & groom gifts, and bridal party before continuing on!*
After we took bridal party photos, the guys and girls arrived at the church separately, with some careful planning to avoid the bride and groom seeing other. And by careful planning, I mean the groomsmen running out saying “Stop! We don’t know where the groom is!” Yeah, we’re super organized. #reasonswhyyouneedaweddingplanner But I digress!
We wanted to preserve the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but after seeing a few creative alternatives on the internet (thanks Pinterest!), we chose to have what is now commonly called a “first touch”, where the bride and groom hold hands around a corner or door to say hi or read letters from each other shortly before they see each other at the ceremony.
I told myself that I wasn’t going to cry, but it turns out that chanting to yourself “Don’t cry, don’t cry, DON’T CRY” doesn’t actually make a difference in whether you do or not. And despite common assumptions to the contrary, I was NOT PEEKING. Just to set the record straight!
Meanwhile, guests were arriving and it was about time to start lining up for the all-important walk down the aisle!
The ladies and gentleman successfully made their way down the aisle, no one tripped, and everyone went in the right direction, which is pretty much perfect when you have almost 20 different people to coordinate. As I waited with my dad, he insisted on talking and making jokes. I initially deemed it inappropriate for the moment, but then realized that it was keeping me from crying. It worked for a little bit, but once we started down the aisle, there was no stopping the waterworks.