During the wedding ceremony, there are various moments that are
particularly charged with emotion and sentiment for both the couple
and the congregation.
The ceremony begins with great anticipation of the entrance of the bride. The vows and first kiss are intensely intimate yet public moments for the bride and groom.
The ceremony ends on the elated atmosphere of the recessional (when the bride, groom and wedding party leave the ceremony venue), when guests want to congratulate the couple and the party-atmosphere of the reception beckons.
See Wedding Style: The Ceremony