Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You Make My Dreams Come True: Our First Dance

When the cake had been cut and everyone had a chance to get a piece (or two) we went ahead and had our first dance. I wanted as much dancing time as possible, and we also knew several of our older guests/high school teachers/etc would want to leave after the ‘main’ parts of the reception were over.

Leading up to the wedding we’d gone back and forth about doing a fun first dance (a la Rock the Reception) since my best friend, MOH A, and I were both on the dance team in high school and taught the guys dances during spirit week. I had these grand visions of starting our first dance normally and then having the music skip and the video of one of the boys’ high school dance routines (with A and I leading them) come on the screen. It would’ve been hilarious. And so much fun. But MOH A also lives 8 hours away and was only in town for a week before the wedding. You may remember I left a LOT of projects to finish during that week. There was just no time to choreograph and teach a dance routine.

Looking back I’m still kind of sad it didn’t work out, but I also know it would’ve made the week leading up to the wedding a lot more stressful than it already was. And I would’ve been anxious about ‘performing’ in front of all of our guests. So our first dance was simple and uneventful… and perfect. We talked about how we couldn’t believe we were finally married, we laughed, we kissed, we sang to each other, and I cried a little. I love those memories.

There was never any question which song we’d dance to if we did a ‘normal’ dance, though. True Companion by Marc Cohn has been our song throughout our whole relationship. And I’d been waiting for YEARS for these lines to be true for our relationship:  ‘So don’t you dare try to walk away. I’ve got my heart set on our wedding day. I’ve got this vision of a girl in white – I’ve made my decision and it’s you alright. And when I take your hand, I’ll watch my heart set sail. I’ll take my trembling fingers and I’ll lift up your veil.’ Feel free to play the song to really set the mood for the pictures!

{I love that she caught me singing!}






{The fact that I can tell David has a huge smile on his face just from the laugh lines by his eyes makes me so happy! I’m so thankful for this shot!}

We were honestly in our own little world the whole time we were dancing. I really hate being the center of attention, but I wasn’t even concerned about everyone watching us. The four minutes flew by, and I immediately wished I could go back and repeat it as soon as the song ended. But I still had my other favorite man to dance with – My dad! Up next, the father/daughter and mother/son dances!

*All photos in this post taken by Becky of Stamp of Life Photography*

Need to catch up?
We started on Thursday.
We decorated Friday morning.
The guys had their turn.
The girls stole the show
We got some fun bridal party pictures
We took care of the formal portraits.
We took pictures with the kiddos.
We spent time hanging out waiting for the ceremony to start.
The grandparents and parents were seated.
It was finally time for the processional.
A step back to the playing of the slideshow.
The ceremony started. (Part 1)
The ceremony continued. (Part 2)
The ceremony ended. (Part 3)
We had a little fun with our recessional
I shared our ceremony details
We made our grand exit.
And then made our grand entrance!
We listened to touching toasts.
Then it was time to cut the cake.


  1. There's something about the lyrics to True Companion that makes me teary-eyed every time. These are such sweet pictures! (Also, we almost did a 'fun' first dance, too...but quickly nixed it when I determined that my dress was way too heavy/big to really "get down". Ha!)

  2. These are some of my favorite photos from your wedding. You two look so happy. I love it.

  3. i like your gown i like your wedding it is so beautiful i like the cake everything ..

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