Of course, the birth of my son will always be one of the greatest, most memorable days of my life, but I chose to share the more recent happening - our winter wedding. It's technically two photos, but our photographer stitched them together and gave it to us like this.
Aaron had his heart set on not seeing me, his bride, in my wedding gown until the moment I appeared at the start of the aisle. He desperately wanted that romantic moment to hold in his memory, forever treasured. But as it turned out, we needed to take our photographs before the ceremony, which wasn't until later in the evening, hours after daylight would have vanished, so he had to give up that dream. We did have a private first sight between the two of us that was documented by our photographer, capturing the tenderness and excitement we both shared.
I thought perhaps that because we us seen each other, all dolled up, earlier in the day, that special moment might not be as special. That because we had our ceremony run-through with our wedding attire on, when the moment finally came, the magic might be lost. But when the music started playing and I stood arm-in-arm with my father on the landing of the staircase we were about to walk up, I felt it. I felt the magic begin to grow and for the first time, I had butterflies. I felt light and I felt whole. I knew the face I'd see waiting at the end of the aisle for me was the face I had grown to love, the face I looked forward to waking up next to for the rest of my life, the face of my truest love and very best friend.
When dad and I took our steps up the staircase and rounded the corner, the happy tears I promised myself I wouldn't get started to well up in my eyes. I was blissful, absolutely content - the most joyous I've ever been - as I made my way down to my future husband. Standing up there with him, shaky hands holding shaky hands, exchanging our vows and our rings, smiling with glee, seeing the faces of family and friends supporting our love and our choice - it was the most beautiful thing. There's not a single detail that could slip my mind.