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7/2: Wedding Memories


7/2: Wedding Memories

One’s wedding day is said to be the most important day in his/her life.  But, most ceremonies and receptions create special memories for, not only the couple but, just about everyone involved.  And, so, from the personal and poignant to even the comical, a few of us here at The Marist Poll decided to share some of our favorite wedding memories. Enjoy!



“My wife Sandy and I were married in the home of some dear friends.  We only had 9 people at our wedding… and 2 of them were the two of us!  We joke that when we go to the old folks’ home or if we get Alzheimer’s, we’ll have a better shot at remembering the names of all who came.  Besides us, there was the couple who owned the house, the pastor and his wife, my dad and my sister, and oh, yes, the photographer.  He was a shooter at the ABC affiliate where I was working at the time.  He just shot stills, but the big thing about this was that the guy was a rather (understatement) laid-back fellow who was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Unless he was at work, he was always barefooted, so you can imagine how impressed and relieved we were when he showed up for the wedding wearing shoes!

John and Sandy's Wedding

John and Sandy’s Wedding

“We got married February 23, 1991, the day before the ground war began for Gulf War I.  Honeymooning in New Orleans, we were at Pat O’Brien’s two days later when word came that the war was over before it even had really begun.  Reminiscent of that scene in Casablanca where the Germans and the French sang battling anthems at Rick’s Café, everyone at Pat O’Brien’s got up and began singing ‘America the Beautiful.’  It really was touching.” — John Sparks

“For me, one of the most special moments of a wedding celebration is when the bride is walking up the aisle. I always love watching the grooms’ reaction as he gets his first look at his bride-to-be and patiently awaits her arrival between the sea of wedding guests.

Jason & Julia's Wedding

Jason & Julia’s Wedding

“Well, my brother’s reaction did not disappoint. A ‘man’s man’ and definitely not one   to ever share feelings or emotions, my sister-in-law’s beauty overwhelmed him. Tears poured down his face and as Julia got about halfway up the aisle, Jason’s face turned white and he nearly passed out. Thankfully, Mom had smelling salts on hand which kept him upright!  It wasn’t until after the vows that he was able to collect himself. I guess you never know people’s reactions to that life-changing moment!

“And, I have to give credit to my husband for memorable moments — his surprise photo of me imprinted on the back of his tux shirt was quite the hit when he took off his jacket!” — Sue McCulloch

Mary & Another Wedding Guest

Mary & Another Wedding Guest

“A few years ago, my brother was a groomsman for one of his best friends.  As the couple knelt down before the priest, the words, ‘Help Me,’ appeared in white shoe polish on the bottom of the groom’s shoes.  (Apparently, my brother and the best man were busy prior to the wedding.)  The entire church had to stifle their laughter.  While I typically get choked up at weddings, this was one ceremony that caused a different type of tears — tears of laughter.” — Mary Azzoli

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  1. Shawn Swander - KC Wedding Photographer

    January 11, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    It’s really cool to see how wedding photography has changed over time. One of my favorite things to see is that because of technology people should be able to see photos from their great grand parents weddings in much more detail. It’s going to be really fun to watch that happen.

  2. Wedding Photographer

    October 23, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    “Help me” that’s hilarious. I’ve seen some great best man pranks over the years, but I think that one takes the cake.

  3. Joelle

    October 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    What a lovely read! Some very sweet stories!

  4. Edward Otto

    April 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    The wedding cake photo in this post reminded me of a story a bride told me while doing research about wild and crazy wedding cake ideas. She wanted to trick her husband into believing the wedding cake was as hard as a rock when they performed the proverbial first slice for the guests. So, she directed the baker to make that particular tier styrofoam. She said the look on her husbands face when he couldn’t cut the cake…was to die for.

  5. susan @ Sarasota Wedding Planners

    February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I remember my own wedding day… about an hour before the ceremony and my husband-to-be ready to pass out from stress or run in the other direction.
    When I heard how he was feeling I had one of my brides maids run down with a bottle of “jack” — two shots and 10 minutes later his nerves calmed down enough to go through with the ceremony. I kid him about it still.

  6. Atlanta Bridal

    July 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Beautiful wedding pics- brings back memories. 🙂

  7. Bridal Gowns Houston

    February 7, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    I recently attended a traditional family wedding in Zambia which was attended by nearly 500 extended family. It was a fantastic occasion which I shall never forget…

  8. pet classifieds

    September 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    the pics look like it was a wonderful day….would be good if they were a little bigger

  9. John Lloyd

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Weddings are usually an awesome event for everyone. Its very often a chance to see friends and family. Some of my fondest memories are from weddings I attended as a child. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Wishing Well

    June 6, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    A wedding is certainly a very special day in someones life. The day really goes by so fast. Its really important to get a good photographer to capture all the magical moments.

  11. coffee bean raosters

    May 16, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    i am about to get married in the next month, so this post is great…..Im getting a little nervous

  12. Wedding Cost

    April 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks for the great tip for Moms. Always take smelling salts to your son’s wedding! haha – thanks for the smile-inducing post!


  13. Thina Doukas Wedding Photography

    February 26, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Awesome post and interesting reading. Having been in the wedding industry as a photographer for over 10 years, we have seem many great and unusual moments along the way. Yes wedding memories are to be treasured for life. The real battle is building your relationship after the wedding day on a daily basis cheers!

  14. alex harrison

    November 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    My wedding day is without any doubt the best day of my life. My wife is my best friend, lover and confidante and I could marry her again over and over again! I really like to see positive posts, it makes a nice change

  15. NYC Condo Man

    November 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    What kind of cake is that?

    Thanks for the post.

  16. chilli seeds

    September 22, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Great post – takes me back to the day i got married……good memories

  17. Francesca Patterson

    August 27, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Small weddings are delightfully intimate and yours sounded wonderful. I absolutely LOVE! Your cake, it reminds me of a lighthouse.

  18. Andrew Murray

    August 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    I agree that one’s wedding day is one of the most important day in a person’s life. I believe that wedding memories are priceless and should be preserved. I enjoyed looking at the pictures, seeing how happy the couples were during their wedding day.

  19. Joanna

    August 19, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Certainly practical jokes are a great way to liven up the day and even make a special day even more memorable.

    Thanks for the lovely post. The beest day of your life should be remembered forever.

  20. Carol Lennox

    August 10, 2009 at 3:12 AM

    What a lovely post, I love Jason’s reaction. I imagine he was taken by surprise as well. It is just the most special day you can experience. We are hoping to have a second wedding and this time it will be just the two of us and witness will be provided. I think small weddings like your own are so special, it really is about the two of you and your promises to each other.

  21. Eric

    July 7, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    “Help me.” Classic prank on the groom.

    I’m with you on watching the groom’s reaction. I remember grinning like an idiot from ear to ear when my bride walked through the door. It made me always want to see the groom’s reaction from then on. So as the bride walks in, I’m always looking at the groom. I typically can’t see her anyway for all the standing people.

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