Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, Wedding Officiant and Author

How It Feels To Get Married

As you begin that walk down the aisle you enter a state of mind we call "Wedding La-La Land." Here's how some Wedding Goddesses experienced those precious moments: (Photo of Denise Cante-Tanz and Jason Tanz by Arlene Sandler/​

“It was such a touching moment. When I held Steve’s hand and looked into his eyes, I felt so calm. We were just gazing into each others eyes and mouthing to each other how great we each looked. I had the biggest grin on my face for the entire ceremony. People kept telling me how excited I looked and you could just see it on my face.”

- Teresa who married Stephen

“Our ceremony included a comical story of how we met -- that was cute and made everyone laugh -- and a very special poem. Tears rolled down Billy’s cheeks continuously. I was giggly, laughing and smiling throughout, until I had to place the ring on his finger. When I took his hand and started repeating the vows, I started to cry. It came as such a surprise to me that he was at that moment becoming my husband and that is when I let out the happiest tears.”

- Anna, who married Bill

“It was only once I was standing next to my husband and the ceremony began that my focus shifted to the ceremony and I was overwhelmed that the moment had finally arrived.”

- Amy, who married Brent

“I was jittery at first, but seeing Terry was a comfort and a thrill. I was just very happy when the ceremony began. I cried a little. The tears felt like a natural part of a very moving day. Overall, I felt very present and happy, like there was no where else I’d rather be in the whole world. There was one moment during the ceremony where I realized all I had gone through in my life to get to this point. It’s a little hard to explain. It was all very moving.”

- Jessica who married Terry

“I was grinning like an idiot all through our vows. “
-Sophia, who married Zvonko

“We both cried but Xingmin started it when he was reading the vows he wrote to me. I remember everybody laughed and I thought ‘shouldn’t that be me crying?’ And then I cried to. We didn’t try to cover it up. It was the most wonderful feeling.”

- -Katerina, who married Xingmin

“I love a good cry. Tears for me make me know I am connected and feeling it all. I had several moments like that.”

- Susan, who married Bob

“When the ceremony began we were both feeling a little emotional and when Andy was reading his vows, he did start to cry a little and I remember really squeezing his hand and trying to show him that it was okay.”

- Jodie who married Andrew

“All I could think of was I didn’t want to cry too much … and that I wouldn’t be able to hold out the whole ceremony without kissing him on the cheek – he looked so perfect.

- Randi, who married Christopher

“I was crying the whole time and felt like I was dreaming.”

-Lori who married Kris

“”I cried and he cried a bit. I wanted to hold it together and found myself laughing out loud throughout the ceremony – such a joyous event. I let all show through and we reveled in our expressions of the moment. Many people told me afterward they had never felt so included in a ceremony. I think that is because we were up there being real and ourselves and expressive in the moment, so everyone else felt they could be.”

-Summer, who married Tony

“We cried a lot. They were totally tears of joy and we did embrace them. The only reason I fought tears at all was I worked so hard on my make up and want to blow it. I couldn’t stop the tears though. Ironically, my favorite pictures of us are with tears in my eyes.”

-Courtney, who married Ray

Inspirational Quotes on Love

These inspirational words and sayings about love, romance and marriage are beautiful sentiments to include in your wedding ceremony.

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
- Herman Hesse

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
- William Shakespeare

My first glance fell on your heart
- Johann F.C. Schiller

You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without.
- Author Unknown

My true love hath my heart, and I have his.
- Philip Sydney

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet
- Plato

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
- George Sands

Love those who love you
- Voltaire

Whatever our souls are made up, his and mine are the same
- Emily Bronte

Soulmates: two halves of the same soul joining together in lifes journey
- Author Unknown

Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.
-William Shakespeare

Give all to love.
- Waldo Ralph Emerson

Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.
- Author Unknown

Where there is love there is life.
- Mahatma Gandhi

If I never met you, I would have dreamt you into being.
- Sebastian Chantoix

For I have found the one whom my soul loves.
- Song of Solomon

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
- Victor Hugo

Oh my love's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprun in June
Oh my love's like a melody
That's sweetly sung in tune
- Robert Burns

We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. But that doesn't diminish its value. Because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives.
- Author Unknown

Each morning as I awaken, your the reason I smile, your the reason I love.
- Jerry Burton