Many a wedding guest has seen the bride cry tears of joy during her wedding ceremony. And as an officiant, I admit I hold a few back myself. There is nothing more beautiful than being caught up in moments of love and expressions of life-long commitment. I look out towards the guests and see family and friends dabbing their eyes and wiping away tears as well.
The groom, on the other hand, isn't usually expecting tears to come. Until the moment the ceremony begins, most grooms have followed the bride's lead during planning as they haven't dreamt of every detail since age five! Although they may have participated in a DIY wedding project or learned the difference between lace and tulle during the months leading to the ceremony; the grooms aren't always prepared for the emotion that hits them as they see their bride begin to walk down the aisle.
And when the processional music begins and the groom and bride lock eyes, I always look towards the groom. In his face you see everything. Suddenly, the bride's composure and confidence approaching her husband to be stands in stark contrast to his unexpected display of emotion. That's when the groom springs a tear or two. It's my favorite moment officiating.
I never forget what an honor it is to be invited to officiate a wedding ceremony. I get to guide and witness the first lovely moments of a marriage. I have a front row seat to the tears of joy!