Take time to pause.
On my wedding day, just before I walked down the aisle I was reminded to PAUSE.... to take a moment and soak it all up. As I walked down the aisle to my husband, I was overwhelmed with emotion, nerves and excitement. However, as soon as I arrived at the front, I heeded the advice and took a moment to look around at all my guests. In that moment I saw a lifetime... my past, present and future. I saw the faces of the family members that believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, who encouraged me and supported me. I saw the friends that shared in so many different life moments from childhood, college, and Physicians Assistant school. I saw my girls... the sisters that I was blessed with... the ones who molded me and encouraged me, who cried with me and laughed with me. Last but not least, I saw my husband, my future, my best friend. I was overcome with gratitude and so much love!! I savored that sweet moment and will always have it tucked away in my heart. Therefore, my first tip to our brides/event hosts is the most important tip I received: Take a moment to PAUSE.
As a bride or groom, it's easy to focus on the things that need to get done prior to the big day... the timeline, double check that the caterers are where they need to be, etc. The list is endless. But remember that the union and commitment you are making in front of all your #1 fans is the most important part of the day. That's what it's all about. Everything else can crumble, but at the end of the day, you'll be married and that's the whole point!
Poet, Henry David Thoreau described this perfectly:
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
I chose this photo because it captures the support from our loved ones as they watched us tie the knot. The people sitting in those chairs are the faces I saw... the faces that made me appreciate that very moment. Even in "real life" when you're not planning your wedding, when you are sitting with your parents, your siblings, when you're running errands with every interaction, live in that moment! Enjoy it. This is life, all of it can change in just a second.