After the morning preparation and one holy crap I’m getting married cry, both Lilly + Chris were dressed and ready to see each other. Standing at the top of the aisle where they would become husband and wife, they met in exploded excitement. She walked up the aisle as his hands rubbed together, ready to see her. I squealed and whispered, she is coming!! He could barely contain his excitement, and resisted the urge to spin on his heels to greet his bride. She came up right behind him and tapped him on the shoulder, his eyes lit up, and he couldn’t have turned around fast enough. He kissed her, hugged her, and then kissed her again. Oh, how happy he was to see her. Their moments of joy unfolding.
They had their time together. Just a right amount of time to have their butterflies settled. Shortly after, they were both tucked away and the nerves of the morning had completely dissipated.
The pews were packed on either side, standing room only. The brides father went up and down the rows, greeting everyone that had come out, while the organist set the mood. There was a low chatter as everyone awaited the ceremony’s beginning. The pastor led Chris to the altar as the procession began. The girls made there way down the aisle and then the doors closed, preparing Chris for his gift wrapped in white. Even though he had already seen her, it didn’t take away from this moment. This moment that was actually about to happen. The moment where his beloved Lilly was about to become his wife.
The music crescendoed and the doors came swinging open to Lilly and her father, Gary. Tears welled up in both of their eyes as she made her descent down the long aisle towards her husband-to-be. How happy they both were! They met with smiles, and tears, and all of the emotions in the in-between. But Gary kept things light and whispered to Lilly, and then back to Chris, and then okayed giving Lilly away. They laughed, and the ceremony, just like that was underway.
Once these two sweet people were finally pronounced as husband and wife, they enjoyed their afternoon. They enjoyed their balloon release, a champagne toast on their limo bus, and our portrait session. Thankfully the morning rain had cleared out of the area. A bit brisk, but we had fun and we finished up fast so they could enjoy the limo!
The evening that awaited them was filled with plenty of spirit, pride, laughter, and dancing. Lots of dancing. It was filled with tears and smiles during the introductions, toasts, and dinner. It was filled with happiness, one that couldn’t be replaced. A celebration of two hearts being united as one. It just couldn’t be replaced.
Chris + Lilly, what a fabulous celebration you had. Surrounded by so much family and so many friends. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate alongside you. To witness your love alongside you. What a couple you make, and I only wish you all of the absolute best of blessings in the years to come. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day and I pray that the memories of this day are never forgotten.