Those who know me know that I’m not really a hugger. (This statement mostly applies to hugging people I don’t know very well. But I’m a super awkward hugger even if I do know you.) When I was younger, hugs just creeped me out. What makes it okay for a person who you just met to get all up in your personal space and touch you when you barely know who they are? I was that person who just awkwardly backed away and waved during goodbyes, a terrified look on my face as I desperately hoped that no one would try to hug me.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to, well, embrace the hug, for lack of a better word. I enjoy a hug when it is appropriate. And I awkwardly accept hugs from near strangers, if I must. It turns out that getting married is an occasion for hugs. The good news for me is that, when it’s your own wedding, you like and know the people you’re hugging! Immediately after the ceremony, the hugs began.
Mr. Whale got an awesome hug from his groomsman, Zach. You can tell Zach is a great hugger. (I don’t know how to give a good hug. I’m so awkward!) Because he loves hugs so much, I got one too.
Then Mr. Whale got in some hugs from the bridesmaids.
Mr. Whale gives excellent hugs. He is probably the only person with whom I have successfully mastered the hug.
MOH Leah is a good hugger too. Look at her get in there!
I have no idea what I was doing at this point. Later, I told this to Mr. Whale, and he was all like, “Weren’t you hugging people?? I feel like I hugged everybody!” And I was like, “Ummmm. I hugged one or two people. I guess I was just standing there awkwardly.”
But the photos seem to indicate that I was showing off my bling!
Why do I look terrified of my ring? Who knows. (Also, the girls have no idea here that I’ve already switched from the real ring to my fake stand-in. I think their faces indicate that my fake ring did the trick! They look fooled and completely convinced that those are diamonds on my hand!) 🙂
When Mr. Whale was finished hugging everyone, it was time for a few more photos. We’ll head there next time.
Anyone else out there not a huge fan of hugs? (I’m not alone in this, right?)
*All photos by the fantastically incredible Brenda Upton Photography unless otherwise noted.
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously…
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows, exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.