It seems like yesterday all she was interested in was her Simba and her blankie.
It seems like yesterday we were planning her sweet sixteen.
It seems like yesterday we were taking her senior photos.
It seems like just yesterday, she fell in love….and got engaged…
And today….today was a day a mother wonders about for years. The day that plays through a mother’s mind as her baby grows up…the day when her daughter goes in search of that perfect dress…the one that will be worn on that perfect day…to marry the man of her dreams. I thought it might be an emotional day, and I wanted everything to be just as she dreamed it would be. We had fun looking through dresses the night before and picking the ones she liked. We had even more fun walking thru the bridal store looking through so many dresses in hopes of finding the one.
I mean, we’ve all seen, “Say Yes, to the Dress,” right?
And then, we had a little moment in the dressing room. I am sure she didn’t think anything of it, but I thought everything of it. Silly, but true.
And then I was instructed to sit. That’s all the help I was allowed to offer. After all, I am the Mother of the Bride.
And I’ve only been the Mother of the Groom. Which was amazing….and I love my sweet new daughter. And I remember seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress, not too long before the ceremony was supposed to start. She was stunning…all dressed up and ready to marry my son. She probably didn’t think to much of it, but I did. A Bride, ready to meet her Groom.
So, Mother of the Bride is new to me. And as I sat there waiting, she took my breath away when she walked out in the first dress.
And she continued to take my breath away as she tried on the dresses that just might be that one.
And then, I knew. I could tell by the look on her face that she knew.
And that’s all that mattered.
And then, it was like we were little girls, sworn to secrecy….secretly planning the big moment when she would walk out and take everyone’s breath away. Especially, her groom.
That moment when she rang the bell and said yes to her dress. Where I became choked up with emotion and the tears trickled down.
My baby is getting married.
No, we’re not sharing.
No, you can’t just get a peek.
No, not even a glimpse.
For a bride only has that one moment, when it’s all about her, about her wishes, her dreams; that moment when her father will first see her as he prepares to take her to meet her groom. And that moment when her groom will see all she has planned and prepared for him, on their wedding day.
In case you didn’t know….that’s what we did today.