It’s pretty well known that the party cannot start at the wedding without the bride and groom. Your caterer will ask if they can serve your guests if you are not around or if they should extend the cocktail hour. if you plan on taking photos during your cocktail hour, discuss with your planner and photographer the amount of time needed to complete these expeditiously so that your guests are not kept waiting. This is especially true if you have a wedding during a very hot or cold season or with little entertainment during the hour. If you take too long, you run the risk of running out of food, or running up your bar tab (when people are bored or nervous, they eat and drink).
One of the biggest questions couples face today is whether or not to see each other prior to the ceremony. I, as a die-hard romantic, felt like there was something magical about the groom’s face as he sees his bride ascend up the aisle for the first time. That being said, I understood my brides’ concerns and desires to not see their grooms before walking up the aisle.
Then there was Caryn—gorgeous, smart, and dare I say it, practical. Caryn decided she would see her groom prior to the ceremony. As we built the timeline for them to secretly meet at Jekyll Island’s historic Villa Mariana, I crossed my fingers that the we could keep it private, intimate and magical. Since Caryn and Jonathan’s wedding was at the Jekyll Island Club’s Crane Cottage, the Spanish Colonial, Villa Mariana was the perfect getaway that was close by. Caryn described it as one of the most beautiful moments of her life. She walked up behind Jonathan, put her hand on his shoulder and he emotionally turned around, visually took her in and swept her into a long embrace.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
And the pictures prove it:
These moments, captured by the illustrious Scarlett Lillian just go to show that the same intimacy and magic you wish to capture at that moment going up the aisle, can still be present at a first meet. Can’t you sense the anticipation and tingling in your toes when you see Jonathan’s back to Caryn? You can almost feel his heart racing and see his unrelenting smile as the seconds tick away until that slight touch on his shoulder. Imagine how he felt at that moment—not having to share Caryn’s beauty, that moment, that love—with anyone else. It was theirs, and theirs alone. Time had stopped. (well, for them. The wedding planner was hard at work 🙂 ) Linens didn’t matter, the bar tab didn’t matter. What mattered was that the most important person in their lives were together. And in love. Not only does it save you a lot of time during your cocktail hour, but it also gives you private moments that you may not have again until the end of the evening.
Still not convinced? Check out what event engineer Saundra Hadley has to say, as well as photographer Jennifer Stone’s thoughts. Either way, it is your moment…whether you spend it at a “first moment” or going up the aisle. I know you’ll make it fabulous.
PS—The ceremony for Caryn and Jonathan was just as emotional. I bawled the whole time. I know….Crybaby Wedding Planner. But I’m still awesome.