At every precessional we have two focal points; the bride walking down the aisle with her dad, and the groom’s reaction as he sees his bride. Typically the bride is a wreck and the groom smiles. This one was unique. We had already done a “First Look” so bear in mind that Alex has just seen Alicia about 20 minutes prior to this moment. Allow me to set the scene. Alex stands at the altar with the standard shaky smile. Arms at his side but unsure what to do with his hands, he waits. Alicia has just peeked her head out the door way trying to get a glance of her future waiting only a few short steps away. Dad whispers in her ear something I can only imagine to be, “He’s waiting for you.”
Alicia grasps her father’s arm. The precessional music starts. Chris focuses his eyes on the bride and I on the groom. This is the moment. The white of Alicia’s dress shines brilliantly in the sun but not as bright as her smile when she sees Alex. Alex draws one hand to cover his eyes only to delay the inevitable. He removes his hand to reveal tears falling. He throws his hands back down to his side, sobbing, and simply announces, “I can’t help it.”
This moment was about a man who cried at the alter. It occurs to me now that his tears weren’t over her beauty (which was undeniable), rather they were over the realization that he was about to start the rest of his life with his best friend. This was his wife.
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The When and Where:
Alex + Alicia were married May 7th, 2012. Their ceremony and reception was located at the charming Polen Farm. I love this venue for its elegant meets rustic decor. It is perfect location for the DIY bride. If you would like to know more about Polen Farm click here.