I too walked down the wedding aisle alone

Today I watched the live broadcast of Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry. Watching the blushing bride marry her Prince took me back to my wedding day on August 2014. Jason and I got engaged while on a safari in Tanzania. I was not expecting the proposal. While we had been together for several years, we never went ring shopping.

On our long journey back to the States, we planned our wedding. All the major decisions were made. Where, when, how many people, the formality, and the color concept. We tossed the idea of eloping; however, we couldn't bring ourselves to get married without our family. We opt for an intimate wedding with 62 people in Blue Ridge, GA. We had visited the area a couple of times and fell in love. August was the best time for us to get married and the weather up in the mountains that time of year is beautiful. We loved the whole weekend wedding concept so we invested a huge chunk of our money into a luxury cabin and booked several other cabins surrounding.

Being in the industry and learning from my clients' experiences, I was honestly terrified of planning my wedding. I had heard all the hardships with family dynamic and I really wanted a stress-free engagement. When I saw all the talk building up about Meghan walking down the aisle, it reminded me of my wedding. I felt a need to defend her. My wedding was non-traditional to say the least. I mean I wore a black wedding dress after all. I knew right away, I wanted to walk down the aisle by myself. Sorry, Meghan I started the trend before you.  I had my sisters walk down the aisle and sit in the first row. Then, I walked down to an acoustic guitarist playing Fools Rush In by Elvis Presley. It was drizzling the morning of and when I walked down the aisle there was a huge rainbow. The walk down the aisle was intense! It was just me and it was just him at the end. He was looking at me and I was looking at him. That is why I decided to walk down the aisle. I didn't feel I needed someone to give me a way. Also, in my family dynamic it was complicated. I have a dad and a step dad. They were both present at the wedding. I just wanted to take my steps on my own to my husband. I didn't need them for this. My decision was made, Jason is the perfect man for me. 

Who thinks I should blog about why I decided to wear a black lace wedding dress? 

 Wedding dress by Ines Di Santo 

Wedding dress by Ines Di Santo 

 Tali's wedding day in Blue Ridge Mountains

Tali's wedding day in Blue Ridge Mountains

 Dress was designed by Ines Di Santo

Dress was designed by Ines Di Santo

 Bracelet and Rose Gold Jewelry by Maria Elena Headpieces. Suit by Ralph Lauren

Bracelet and Rose Gold Jewelry by Maria Elena Headpieces. Suit by Ralph Lauren