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Real Couples' Favorite Wedding-Day Memories

You spend months — if not years — planning your big day. But which of those special moments will you truly remember long after the last song ends? Here, real couples reveal their favorite big-day memories. 

By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein

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  • The Walk Down the Aisle

    The Walk Down the Aisle

    “Waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad was so memorable for me. The anticipation was indescribable," said Jenn.

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  • Family Huddle

    Family Huddle

    “I’ll always remember riding to the church with my father. We were smiling ear-to-ear the whole time," recalls Jennie. “After the ceremony, we came together with our families in a ‘family huddle.’ It was wonderful to hold our newly molded family together while the feeling of ‘we did it’ was in the air!”

    Photo Credit: Le Secret d'Audrey / Planning and coordination: Anne Mulvihill at Fête in France

  • Coming Together

    Coming Together

    Candice's favorite memory: "Seeing my divorced parents walking down the aisle arm in arm was a special moment for me. It was so nice to see that the love in my family endures."

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    Photo Credit: Shawna Yarbrough & Damion Hamilton

  • A Surprise Tribute to The Couple

    A Surprise Tribute to The Couple's Grandmothers

    "Our moms read letters and poems that our grandmothers wrote to us while they were alive, which made it feel like they were a part of the day,” said Stacy.

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  • Roses In Remembrance

    Roses In Remembrance

    Loree and Gabriel honored their mothers with fresh red roses. “As I walked down the grassy ‘aisle,’ someone took a cell phone photo of me that caught me in a ray of light. I felt that my mother, who died a few years ago, was with me after all," says the bride.

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  • Cheeky Marriage Advice

    Cheeky Marriage Advice

    Advice from Elise’s middle school students was incorporated into the ceremony. Such wisdom included: “Give your husband chores” and “Don’t go to Las Vegas."

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  • A Case of the Giggles

    A Case of the Giggles

    “During our ceremony, Tom and I started teasing each other for crying. We had to ask the officiant to pause for a moment so we could release our laughter and catch our breath," said Stephanie.

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    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Making A Grand Entrance

    Making A Grand Entrance

    "Making our entrance as husband and wife by riding into the reception on our vintage scooter was pretty incredible and a definite crowd-pleaser,” said Kelly.

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  • Riding Off Into the Sunset

    Riding Off Into the Sunset

    A charming "Just Married" sign graced the front of Catherine and Benjamin's vintage tandem bike. The couple recalls, “One of our favorite moments was riding off in our old vintage tandem bike — an instance of pure bliss!”

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  • Hitched

    Hitched

    After the ceremony, "The horse and carriage drove off with only the two of us in the carriage — our flower girl and ring bearer had to run after us — a funny and endearing moment," says the couple.

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  • Bringing the Generations Together

    Bringing the Generations Together

    "I recall dancing with Laura's 85-year-old grandmother to 'Do You Love Me' by the Contours as a high point of the evening," said David.

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    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Having a "First Look"

    Having a "First Look"

    For Danielle and Kyle, having a first look was one of the best decisions made during the planning process. "For couples who think it will take away from the moment of seeing each other during the ceremony, it did not ruin anything! It made us able to enjoy the moment," said Danielle.

  • A Special Moment With Dad

    A Special Moment With Dad

    Taylor did a "first look" with her father for emotional support. "I was standing in the foyer with my bridesmaids taking bridal photos, and someone said, 'Go see who that is walking in to make sure it's not the groom.' Then they said, 'It's not the groom, it's Pete's dad.' So, I didn't think anything of it, and when I turned around, my dad was standing there. I started to tear up as I looked at him, and I said, 'Do I look pretty?' He exhaled and said 'Yes!' I walked over and burst into tears while we hugged," Taylor says.

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  • Seeing One Another in Church

    Seeing One Another in Church

    Charlotte and Dan's most cherished wedding memory: Seeing one another at the church for the first time that day.

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    Photo Credit: Tracy Timmester Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Terri Eaves from Bash

  • Memories Caught on Film

    Memories Caught on Film

    One of Jaime's favorite memories was "taking pictures with Henrik and all of our wedding party."

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  • A Four-Legged Ring Bearer

    A Four-Legged Ring Bearer

    “I loved watching the expressions on our guests’ faces as our dog Eloise trotted down the aisle. No one expected her to be our ring bearer,” said Rebecca.

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    Photo Credit: Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik of Choco Studio Photography

  • Spending the Entire Day Together

    Spending the Entire Day Together

    "Getting to spend the entire day together. We calm each other down, and I know we were both nervous about the day, so having Sarah by my side all day made me feel a little less nervous," said Liz.

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  • Bestie Bonding Time

    Bestie Bonding Time

    "My bridesmaids and I got ready together. The funniest moments occurred when we blew the fuse in the hotel suite — twice! — because of all the curling irons we had plugged in."

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  • Starting the Morning Off Right

    Starting the Morning Off Right

    “I’ll never forget the feeling of jumping into the ocean, hand-in-hand with Matt the morning of our wedding. I knew the next time we did, we’d be husband and wife," said Mariel.

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    Photo Credit: Andy Marcus of Fred Marcus Photography

  • Peek-a-Boo Ring Bearer

    Peek-a-Boo Ring Bearer

    Jaime's two sons served as ring bearers in her and Bryan's Fourth of July-inspired wedding. Jaime's favorite memory: "During the ceremony, my two-year-old popped his head through Bryan's legs, as if it were a game of peek-a-boo!" Bryan's most memorable moment: "When I held my step-son and watched Jaime walk down the aisle toward us."

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    Photo Credit: Meg Hamilton of Rodeo and Co.

  • Reciting Personalized Vows

    Reciting Personalized Vows

    Laura and Benjamin hosted an Up-themed wedding in Walt Disney World, and a highlight was sharing their personalized vows. Most memorable line: "Carl and Ellie may have had the greatest Disney love story of all time, but someone had to write it for them. Ours is even better, because it's real." 

    Photo Credit: Ty Boyce of Disney Fine Art Photography and Video

  • With These Two Hands

    With These Two Hands

    A minister officiated as Nicole and Evan exchanged traditional vows and lit a unity candle to represent the merging of their families. "The minister asked Evan and me to hold hands during the ceremony. He said that throughout our marriage, these would be the hands of our best friend, the hands that would hold our children and that would work to build our future. And that one day, even when our hands were old and worn, they would offer us the same tenderness that they did on our wedding day," Nicole says.

  • A Magical Disney Ride

    A Magical Disney Ride

    During their Disneyland wedding, Jennifer and Peter arranged a private ride on one of the park's most popular attractions, Soarin' Over California. "It was amazing to be on the ride with all of our closest friends and family," said Jennifer. "It was a truly memorable moment." 

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  • Emphatic Vows

    Emphatic Vows

    "At the ceremony, Anil shouted ‘I do,’ which made everyone laugh. It was a great way to kick off our marriage," said Rebecca.

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    Photo Credit: Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik of Choco Studio Photography

  • Breaking the Ice at the Altar

    Breaking the Ice at the Altar

    "When I got to the altar, Matt said, 'You look beautiful,' and I said, 'I know.' It was a loose Star Wars reference, but it still makes us laugh!" said Megan.

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  • "Just Married" Selfies

    "Just Married" Selfies

    "Robert and I took our first official 'selfie' as husband and wife just after we walked down the aisle arm in arm, vows complete, and then the bridal party spied us and joined in for a group selfie!" says Vicarin.

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  • A Private Post-Ceremony Moment

    A Private Post-Ceremony Moment

    "After the ceremony, Amir and I went back into the gazebo, where we'd just said our vows, and shared our first kiss alone as husband and wife. It was such a small moment but so special. Fortunately, our photographer captured it, and it's one of my favorite pictures," said Jessica.

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    Photo Credit: Nick Brown

  • Rainbow Sighting

    Rainbow Sighting

    Kaitlin and Steve tied the knot in Doonbeg, Ireland. “The rain held off for our ceremony, but it started pouring moments after we arrived in the tent for our reception. A giant rainbow appeared afterward — it felt totally magical," Kaitlin says.

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    Photo Credit: Elisha Clarke

  • Blending Cultures

    Blending Cultures

    Sally and Paul blended their shared Greek and Lebanese cultures throughout their wedding day. “The entertainment truly was the highlight of the wedding. I loved that my American friends belly danced and did the traditional dabke, a Lebanese line dance!” said Sally.

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    Photo Credit: Susie Hamidi assisted by Jeff Laplante

  • The Toast

    The Toast

    Brad and Kristen toasted each other with beer instead of champagne. Brad brewed five custom ales just for the wedding. "I was touched by my father’s toast. He spoke about us very personally, and his special words really moved both of us," Kristen says.

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    Photo Credit: Photography by Leah

  • Highlight Reel

    Highlight Reel

    A highlight of Annie and George's reception was when the newlyweds played a sentimental video that the bride's brother had crafted for them (he was deployed three weeks before the wedding).

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    Photo Credit: Miki & Sonja Photography / Wedding Planner: Magnolia Event Design 

  • The First Dance

    The First Dance

    Dana and Whitaker took dance lessons for almost three months to prepare for their first dance — and they loved it so much that they still take lessons! They impressed guests with a fun dance to "Almost Like Being in Love" by Nat King Cole. Before the reception, Dana changed to a shorter dress to prepare ("We did a swing dance, so I needed something where I could spin and kick!"). 

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    Photo Credit: Abby Rose Photo

  • Dance Floor Hijinks

    Dance Floor Hijinks

    Danielle and Erik did the Hora and Hava Nagila, traditional Jewish dances, to honor the groom's religious upbringing. “It was a rockin’ party on the dance floor — exactly what we wanted!” Danielle said.

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    Photo Credit: Andres Valenzuela

  • Song Dedication

    Song Dedication

    “During the reception, Jason got on stage with his guitar and played a song he’d written for me. It was so spectacular that I don’t have words to describe it. It was an emotional moment," Jessica says.

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  • Fireworks Finale

    Fireworks Finale

    After hours of dancing, band members finally asked everyone to join Alexia and Blaine for a toast on the terrace; from there they watched a dazzling fireworks display. "The fireworks lit up the lake and the sky. Standing on the hill, watching them with Blaine, I thought, 'We did it!'" the bride says.

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    Photo Credit: Emily Angle

  • Bringing Together All of Their Loved Ones

    Bringing Together All of Their Loved Ones

    “It was such a beautiful event, but the best part, for us, was that it brought together people from all different parts of our lives," said Joanna.

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Real Couples' Favorite Wedding-Day Memories

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