Far Beyond Forever: Sunsets and a Dance

After feeling so much incredible love, warmth and happiness during the toasts, Mr. Guinea Pig and I snuck out while everyone got their dinner so that we could take a few moments to ourselves and enjoy the beautiful sunset.



This series of photos is definitely one of my favorites from the wedding, but I’ll spare you all of them and let those two stand as representations. There was still plenty of wind (see Mr. GP’s jacket flapping in the wind), so we could only stand out there for about 5 minutes because of the sand that was getting thrown into our faces!

With a few moments outside to gather ourselves, we giddily returned to the reception and finished our dinners. As dinner wrapped up for everyone, we stepped onto the dance floor to show off our one dance lesson…which we had taken one week before the wedding. But don’t worry, we practiced! Twice. 😉 Actually, it turned out very smoothly and we were both really pleased with the dance. We did the foxtrot to the song More, by Bobby Darin (from which the title of my recaps was taken).


We managed to make use of the whole dance floor, do a couple spiffy moves and spins while grinning the whole time and not stepping on any toes, and ended with a dip! Plus, people thought we’d taken way more lessons than we really had, so I count that a success.


We used the end of our first dance to invite everyone onto the dance floor, and suddenly it was jam packed!


Our awesome DJ, Evan of MyDeejay.com, moved smoothly into upbeat songs that were the same general feel as our first dance song—classic oldies that everyone loves and are great to dance to!




(This is probably my favorite ever picture of BM L. I love that her twin, E, is laughing hysterically at her!)

As the music progressed from ‘couple dance’ music to just plain fun dance music, people started really having fun!



(I love Mr. GP’s aunts!)


And the night was still young at this point!


(hamming it up with the bridesmaids)

We absolutely loved going from our first dance into an open dance floor, because it gave us a chance to spin around and chat with everyone who was dancing. And we were really glad we’d taken those few minutes outside alone, because the rest of the night was a mad dash to talk to everyone while still managing to get in lots of smooth moves (ha! yeah right) on the dance floor.

Up next: Time for a sugar high!

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***

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Mrs. Guinea Pig

Baltimore, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:54 pm

    Those first to pictures are so dreamy! I love them!
    What a great idea to invite everyone out after your first dance, it looks like your guests had a lot of fun :)

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    HoneyAndT 99 posts, Worker bee @ 5:55 pm

    OMG I absolutely love the song selection. It’s just so classic and beautiful!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:03 pm

    Wow, the colors in those sunset pictures are just stunning! And you definitely looked like you knew what you were doing on the dance floor, from the looks of the pictures! :)

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:04 pm

    what a classy and magical wedding! you look positively radiant, Mrs. GP!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:11 pm

    Those sunset pictures look amazing!

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    marieta 339 posts, Helper bee @ 6:33 pm

    I LOVE those sunset photos, and now I want to know how they were created. :) Was a spotlight put on you? From the grass nearby, that’s what I’m guessing. However they were done… simply incredible.

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:19 pm

    @HoneyAndT: Thanks! I knew as soon as I heard the song, I wanted it to be our first dance. Mr. GP took some convincing 😉
    @marieta: Yes, there was a spotlight! The second shooter stood on the ceremony lawn above with a handheld super bright spotlight and shone the light on us while Amy took the photos down on the beach level with us. We had let her know before the wedding that we wanted sunset pictures, so she came well prepared and got some great photos!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 7:48 pm

    That just looks like tons of fun! :)

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    Encore 680 posts, Busy bee @ 8:40 pm

    As a local girl, I’m dying to get some advice on where to get good dance lessons in the area. Any help you can offer would be welcome!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:02 pm

    Love these photos, way to go on your first dance!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:00 pm

    I love how everyone is boogey-ing in these pictures!

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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 10:31 pm

    Looks like so much fun! And your sunset pictures are absolutely beautiful.

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    Kelly, Guest @ 4:11 am

    I love those sunset photos

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 am

    I’m with everyone else-those sunset pics are absolutely to die for. You two look like models!

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    lamb 953 posts, Busy bee @ 8:25 am

    Those sunset pics are sooooo worth a little sand in the face! BEAUTIFUL!

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    Blueshoes2 2638 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:44 am

    Sunset Pics = perfection! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:18 am

    wow, those outside pics are amazing! and everyone looks like they’re having such a great time on the dance floor!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:19 am

    Those sunset pictures are absoultely breathtaking, GP! And it looks like your first dance went off without a hitch! Props to you for taking dance lessons…Mr. FF and I were kind of sort of dance lesson dropouts. 😉

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 am

    @Encore: We went to the Towson Dance Studio (it’s actually in Timonium now: http://www.towsondancestudio.com) , and highly recommend it! We took one private 1 hr lesson where we brought in our song, the instructor told us it was a quick foxtrot, and then he spent the next hour teaching us the basic steps and about 3 or 4 ‘extra’ moves that we could throw in as we felt like it. He was really patient, and very helpful (except I can’t remember his name!). We also looked into the Arthur Murray studios but didn’t like them.

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:27 am

    Your dress looks gorgeous in those dancing photos. You can really see the detail.

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:19 pm

    omg you guys are too cute, I love the pictures of your dance!! and you are too gorgeous GP :)

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:14 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious…those first two sunset photos you posted are seriously AMAZING!!!! Love love love.

    Plus…your dancing photos look super fun…looks like everyone had a fabulous time breakin it down!

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