The procession down the aisle is a pinnacle moment in many weddings. For many straight couples, the moment the bride first emerges down the aisle, finally visible to the groom and all the guests, is an intense moment of adoration.
In this moment, it's often deeply apparent how much the groom loves his wife, as tears well up and nauseatingly loving gazes are exchanged.
But the thoughts going on in a groom's mind during that moment are often even more mushy or complex.
"Wow she actually wasn't joking about not wearing shoes."
"What in the world are she and her parents doing coming around the side instead of down the aisle?"
We got married outdoors, where maybe the lack of walls created confusion. In any case, we thought it was pretty funny afterwards.
It felt like a constant euphoric rush, and one of the few times in my life that I profoundly felt that I was doing something right. We'll be married 20 years this summer.