"I couldn't stop grinning," says Paslay of seeing his bride for the first time
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Seconds before her big walk down the aisle to wed singer Eric Paslay on April 26, Natalie Harker admits she had a bit of a “freak-out moment.”

“I had no doubts about the groom – he’s the one thing I’m sure of,” Harker, who wore a Vera Wang gown for the ceremony, tells PEOPLE. “But the thought of being in front of all those people was terrifying for me.”

Fortunately, Paslay had it covered. Instead of waiting for his bride at the altar, the singer met her at the beginning of the aisle so they could take that walk side by side.

“It was an amazing moment. I just went down, lifted her veil, and she was gorgeous,” says Paslay, 32. “We got to take our last walk together as an engaged couple and our next walk as a married couple.”

Afterward their 200 guests dined on steak and pasta before the fun really began. “We clipped through everything fast – from sitting down and eating, to toasts and cutting the cake, so we could have the rest of the night free and just dance,” says Harker, 32, who changed into a Johanna Johnson dress for the reception (“It’s fun and comfortable and I can dance in it,” explains the new bride of her choice). “We had a ball. We just let go and got lost in each other.”

The bride and groom even made a grand exit. “It was a magical moment,” Paslay says of their closing out the party with a sparkling salute from their guests. “Natalie planned the whole wedding, and it’s amazing how it all looked. It was truly awesome.”

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