Who Will Walk You Down the Aisle?

Who will walk you down the aisle?  There is a new trend in town…many brides are opting to have BOTH their parents walk them down the aisle.  This is a great honor, and quite touching.  My thoughts, as ‘Mother of the Bride’? I didn’t do it with my first two daughters, and don’t plan to with the last two.  While this is a purely personal decision, I think a ‘mother of the bride’ misses an iconic moment in her life, and that of her daughter’s, if she doesn’t watch her little girl make that life changing march.

Would you want to miss either of the photos below?

Patty Cloherty Photos

Hannah Rachael Photos

I’m not saying to miss the fun “Mother/Daughter” photos, because they are to be cherished, but perhaps before or after the cermony?

Stephen Wang Photos

Hannah Rachael photos

I love the image below.  This bride’s father and step-father put their daughter first and created a united bond to escort her down the aisle. This is love.

The point can be argued that the “mother of the bride” can enjoy her daughter recessing UP the aisle with her new husband.  I agree, but there is just something so tender about the iconic combo of the bride and her father.  But then some brides are not lucky enough still have their dads in their lives.  This creates other issues, and yes, stress.  And you, the “MOB” must do whatever it takes to make your daughter comfortable and happy.  Hasn’t that been your job all her life?

The Bride With Two Dads

The bride with two dads…In today’s world of blended families, brides often ask the question, “Should my dad, or my step-dad walk me down the aisle?  Well, the young bride I worked with last weekend had the perfect solution.  She had both of the men who raised her enjoy the honor.

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(Above is the ceremony venue before the gusts arrived.  Lovely!!)

The two dad’s had different styles, and that was ok.  Their style of dress reflected who they were.  And their daughter seemed to embrace that.  The love they showed her in a candid moment which I captured below, told their story.  They both cherished her and wanted to be a part of this most special moment.  Together, they walked her down the aisle to start the new chapter in her life, with the love of her life.

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Look how they dads are both tenderly adjusting her veil.  That simple gesture speaks volumes.  And the photo below, so very sweet.

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Below you see the beautiful couple exchanging their vows.  And if you look at the lower right of the photo, you can see the two dads sitting side by side, sharing together this joyous occasion.  I don’t know these men, only met them at the rehearsal. They were both lovely, but to me, their relationship is a mystery.  I do know, though, that on this particular day, there was a strong sense of camaraderie between them.  They did it right.  Their daughter came first.

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And below, a close up of the beautiful couple.  As they said the vows they wrote themselves, there were few dry eyes.  Their words were sensitive, funny and heartfelt.

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And the cake below…well, I included it just because I love wedding cakes and wanted to share it with you.

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All photos: Mary P. Karnes

 

 

 

 

Kathleen’s Walk Down the Aisle

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Kathleen’s walk down the aisle – I think every mother envisions that walk the minute she hears she’s a mother of a daughter.  And my KK didn’t disappoint.  The top photo, courtesy of our photographer, Hannah Colt of Power Station Events, captured her bouquet beautifully.  One thing I would caution brides, mothers of the bride and groom, and bridesmaids, is to hold your bouquet at waist level.  It is a much more flattering look for your dress.  I, myself, had trouble accomplishing this…Maybe by the time I am a ‘mother of the bride’ for daughter number four…I will have it down.

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And there she was…walking on the arm of her father, my husband to “The Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner player by two violins and a cello – Contracted by the lovely mother of the groom, Janice.  Not only did the entrance of my first born tug at my heartstrings, but the sweet, soulful music did as well.

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The above photo is of the church alter, tabernacle, lectern, etc.  It all fits perfectly with the architecture of the old church.

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Here is a good photo of the preciously mentioned red carpet – why red was chosen way back when…I don’t know.  I’m very happy Tyler didn’t choose to write on the bottom of his shoes, “Help Me” as Urban Legion has that some bridegrooms do…thanks for that, Tyler!

The alter flowers are shown to good advantage in this photo as well.  While complimenting the wedding colors, they didn’t clash with the questionable red carpet.  Next post, I really will share the blooper from last year’s wedding which as to this point has yet to be mentioned.  🙂

Photo Creds:

Image #1 Hannah Colt

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