Monday, March 12, 2018

You Are the Best Thing

Our guests arrived at the reception about 45 minutes before we did, and then it was time to make our big entrance.

Rather than announce every single person in the bridal party, which I know can be embarrassing for everyone, we all came in as a group to George Harrison's "I've Got My Mind Set On You," a song we both love and that felt appropriate for us. It's also a fun dancey song to open up with!

Our first dance was a very lightly choreographed dance to "Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne. It's a jazzy, sweet song that we've both loved for a long time, and one that I think really sums up how we feel about each other.

We'd taken two dance lessons a month before the wedding, and had a ton of fun practicing the routine for a few weeks, but then ended up mostly forgetting the moves beforehand, so we kind of made things up as we went in the end. I don't think we were the most graceful couple ever to have a first dance, but we had a lot of fun and it didn't feel embarrassing to have everyone watching us like I'd worried it would.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when we were dancing and one of our flower girls tried to join us!

Thank you to Shaelyn for capturing this video of us dancing! 

Then, we seamlessly moved into our parent dances. My father and I danced to "Watching the Wheels" by John Lennon, a song that he used to sing to me when I was a baby.

And Roger and Sue danced to "Teach Your Children Well" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

And finally, it was time for speeches. Roger and I spoke first to welcome everyone and tell them how grateful we were for having them here, since so many had traveled so far. We hadn't really talked about what we would say, so when I was finished, I thought we were finished, but

Roger had a bit more to say! I think we threw our DJ off a bit!

Shelby then gave a lovely toast about our long and storied friendship, including a tale about how cool I am (true story).

And the Jeffersons gave a group toast that touched on so many of our inside jokes that we were keeling over with laughter! It felt incredible to be so deeply known in that moment.

Then we opened the buffet and started our dance party!

And ... this is one of the few things I regret about our wedding. Since we didn't do a formal sit-down dinner, I wish we had kept cocktail hour going for another hour before we going into dancing. It felt like we rushed right into the dance party, and then cut the cake too early, and generally things felt SUPER rushed until they were all over and then the wedding just wouldn't end. I embarrassingly begged Roger to let me end the party an hour early, but he wouldn't budge and overall the whole thing felt really stilted and awkward and exhausting for me. I think have a longer cocktail hour would have helped with the pacing of the party overall and it would have let us try some of the appetizers, which we heard were amazing, but didn't get a chance to sample. ... Okay, self-critique over. On to the dancing!

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