Day 17 of Blog Every Day in May: A favorite photo of yourself and why.
This was taken as we entered our reception. When we arrived at the reception venue after the drive over from the church, our wedding coordinator snuck my new husband and me up the fire escape to the second story of the hotel. We were going to make our grand entrance by walking down the stairs and into the main foyer where the cocktail hour was going on, and it felt so fun and playful to sneak up a back stairwell, totally out of sight of our wedding guests.
We convened in my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's room where I took off my fur jacket and my veil and put on my flower headpiece, had a small sip of champagne, and had a really nice, quiet couple of minutes with my bridesmaids, sister-in-laws, and my husband. Then we went to the top of the stairs to wait. I was so giddy with excitement!
My Dad then stood at the bottom of the stairs and gave the most amazing speech. My Dad is a writer and has a way with words that I will always admire, and his speech was just so heartfelt. It was beautiful and special and unforgettable. Then my little brother took the microphone and introduced us as husband and wife, and that's when we began walking down the stairs to lots of cheers and clapping and smiles.
I will never forget the joy of that moment, looking out at our beautiful loved ones, the man of my dreams at my side, our very first seconds facing the world together as husband and wife. I get butterflies in my stomach just writing this, and I'm so thankful to have a photo to remember that feeling by.