Lovely Tonight: The First Dance

During your wedding planning process, have you ever had an incredible epiphany that is absolutely impossible to get out of your mind? For me, it was the song that we used for our first dance. I remember the moment like it happened yesterday: I was busy cooking dinner in the kitchen and my iTunes were on shuffle. All of a sudden, a song by Joshua Radin came on. I had downloaded his album a few months prior, but hadn’t really listened to the songs very closely. However, when the song Lovely Tonight started playing, I remember stopping dead in my tracks. My spatula was suspended in mid-air and I was completely entranced with the song. It was perfect. I knew from that moment that it HAD to be featured in our wedding in some way. Initially, I wanted it as a processional song. However, after much consideration, I realized that it would be the perfect first dance song for Mr. Buttons and me. The words, the melody, everything.



I need you to know this won’t be broken,
And all that we said will not be lost into the dawn.
And you would be the last thing I saw coming,
I’m still surprised.

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You are lovely tonight.
You, dear, will guide me into the morning light.
You are lovely tonight.
Lay here beside me ”“ I see the rest of my life with you.

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Alone we are fine; but when we’re two, we are eternal.
The moons have aligned our separate lives, here become one.
And you would be the last thing I saw coming,

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I’m still surprised.

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You are lovely tonight.
You, dear, will guide me into the morning light.
You are lovely tonight.
Lay here beside me ”“ I see the rest of my life with you.

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All my life I’ve lived alone without you.
All this time I couldn’t find a way to belong.

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And you are lovely tonight.
You, dear, will guide me into the morning light.
You are lovely tonight.
Lay here beside me—I see the rest of my life with you.

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Ah, looks perfect, doesn’t it? Oh, I sure could have fooled you! I have a secret: with all of the wedding planning and the crazy schedule before the wedding, Mr. Buttons and I COMPLETELY forgot to practice our first dance. We had absolutely never danced to this song before the wedding day. Never. And I am being completely honest when I say that it was incredibly awkward. We did the middle school sway”¦Mr. Buttons was turning us in a circle too fast, so I attempted to lead”¦he stepped on my feet.

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I made funny faces”¦

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But, even with all its awkwardness, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

*All photos courtesy of Pilster Photography*

Previously”¦

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Mrs. Buttons

Location:
Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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    BirdofaFeather 866 posts, Busy bee @ 2:35 pm

    i heart joshua radin! we danced to “today” and had i heard it before our wedding, i would have picked “lovely tonight” as well. it was one of my BM’s first dances and it still almost brings me to tears.

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    Melissa, Guest @ 2:36 pm

    I was hoping that’s what the tie to your recap titles was going to mean!

    I LOVE this song so much and when I first heard it–18 months before reconnecting with my FH–I knew I wanted to dance to it at my wedding some day. We ultimately chose a different first dance song, but this will DEFINITELY be on the must play list. And I’ll probably cry more dancing to this because it’s such a reminder of dreaming about and waiting for my love.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:43 pm

    Aww! I love the last photo of you with your tongue out. LOL

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    Mrs.H2B 1688 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:52 pm

    this is absolutely beautiful! the pictures are amazing, and I love the song. Makes me excited for my wedding day and for my first dance!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:53 pm

    Awwwww, so sweet! I love Mr. Radin and that song sounds 100% perfect.

    This post makes me smile soooo big!

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    IslandSoiree 232 posts, Helper bee @ 2:57 pm

    Joshua Radin sings our first song too! I adore all of his work! :)

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    PitBulLover 8411 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:03 pm

    Those lyrics are beautiful! I love these pictures – our first dance was incredibly awkward toO!

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    LC, Guest @ 3:03 pm

    I’m so sorry if you already covered this, but I can’t find it.

    Can you PLEASE share where you got your dress and what it is? I am in love with it.

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    LC, Guest @ 3:10 pm

    @LC: @LC: No worries, I found it on your earlier post :)

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    sugarpea 4908 posts, Honey bee @ 3:16 pm

    Awe these pictures are so sweet (: I’m sure our first dance will be awkward too. You definitely can’t tell from the pictures though that you did the “middle school sway” haha ;)

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    hrev2010 416 posts, Helper bee @ 3:29 pm

    I had the same type of epiphany! I had our song picked out, but six days (yes six days!!) before the wedding I changed it.

    Netflix had recommened me to watch “The Buddy Holly Story” so since I was hanging out by myself I watched it on my computer. One of the last scenes shows Gary Bussey singing “True Love Ways”, a song Holly wrote for his wife. I was in love! We did practice a few days later so I got to do a dip and a twirl.

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 3:30 pm

    Love love LOVE Joshua Radin. And that song. And these pictures.

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    jaguar 6146 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:32 pm

    I love this song – you guys look perfect together. Like real pros! ;)

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    bridesmomma 451 posts, Helper bee @ 4:18 pm

    Great song choice–and your pictures are so sweet!

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 pm

    You both look so happy :) . And the pictures are stunning!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:26 pm

    Beautiful – love the last photo!

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